History Radio / AmericanCountryCountdown

19th May '16 6:43:00 AM Briguy52748
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*** Early shows had him cracking jokes that today would be considered politically incorrect, if not downright offensive. (For instance, one of the very first shows from the fall of 1973 had him make the joke: "How do you make a horse quit complaining in the wintertime? Shoot him in the summertime!") In fact, one episode from April 1974 had him read a letter on-air from a fan who said he appreciated hearing the songs and countdown but thought the jokes were a little much; Bowman cooled it after that, and having Bob Kingsley begin producing the show around that time also helped keep his humor under control.

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*** Early shows had him cracking jokes that today would be considered politically incorrect, if not downright offensive. (For instance, one of the very first shows from the fall of 1973 had him make the joke: "How do you make a horse quit complaining in the wintertime? Shoot him in the summertime!") In fact, one episode from April 1974 had him read a letter on-air from a fan who said he appreciated hearing the songs and countdown but thought the jokes were a little much; Bowman cooled it after that, and having Bob Kingsley begin producing the show around that time also helped keep his humor under control. [[note]](Incidentally, Kingsley would sometimes make a witty remark or two during the shows, but nothing that was even remotely close to offensive.)[[/note]]
4th Mar '16 2:27:37 PM Doug86
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The show's history dates to October 6, 1973, and was conceived as a spinoff of ''AmericanTop40''. Both programs were created by Don Bustany, Tom Rounds and Los Angeles radio personality (and {{voice actor|s}}) CaseyKasem. Initially, Don Bowman – a Lubbock, Texas, native who became famous for his comedy recordings and association with Waylon Jennings and Willie Nelson – was the host. While he did a very credible job, conflicts with his touring schedule eventually forced him to give up the show in the spring of 1978. Bob Kingsley, who began producing the program in the spring of 1974, took over as host, and the rest was history.

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The show's history dates to October 6, 1973, and was conceived as a spinoff of ''AmericanTop40''. Both programs were created by Don Bustany, Tom Rounds and Los Angeles radio personality (and {{voice actor|s}}) CaseyKasem.Creator/CaseyKasem. Initially, Don Bowman – a Lubbock, Texas, native who became famous for his comedy recordings and association with Waylon Jennings and Willie Nelson – was the host. While he did a very credible job, conflicts with his touring schedule eventually forced him to give up the show in the spring of 1978. Bob Kingsley, who began producing the program in the spring of 1974, took over as host, and the rest was history.
26th Nov '15 11:13:16 AM Twentington
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*** Remixes and extended album cuts were a comparative rarity in the early years ... but one notable exception was with the 1978 year-end countdown, when an extended album cut of Bill Anderson's disco-esque "I Can't Wait Any Longer" lasting nearly 6 minutes was played (on a show where only one other song longer than 3-1/2 minutes -- Waylon Jennings' "I've Always Been Crazy," at 4:11 -- was featured.

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*** Remixes and extended album cuts were a comparative rarity in the early years ... but one notable exception was with the 1978 year-end countdown, when an extended album cut of Bill Anderson's disco-esque "I Can't Wait Any Longer" lasting nearly 6 minutes was played (on a show where only one other song longer than 3-1/2 minutes -- Waylon Jennings' "I've Always Been Crazy," at 4:11 -- was featured. featured).



** {{Zig Zagged|Trope}} with Music/DierksBentley's "How Am I Doin'", which would alternate between the single version and radio edit (the radio edit omits the slower intro that begins "It's strange to hear your voice…").

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** {{Zig Zagged|Trope}} with Music/DierksBentley's "How Am I Doin'", which would alternate between the single version and radio edit (the radio edit latter omits the slower intro that begins "It's strange to hear your voice…").
8th Nov '15 12:31:38 PM Twentington
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** Oddly, a couple songs late in the Kingsley era seemed to ''always'' be presented in abridged fashion even though they weren't that long of a song to begin with, including "It's a Heartache" by Trick Pony and "Used to the Pain" by Tracy Lawrence, neither of which is much longer than 3 minutes uncut. On one show, he faded out Jo Dee Messina's "Delicious Surprise (I Believe It)" at the 2:21 mark, and a slower-talking GuestHost near the end of 2005 led to nearly every other song getting cut down (such as Music/JasonAldean's "Hicktown", which never got a cut otherwise). {{Inverted|Trope}} on Kingsley's last year-end countdown in 2005, where some songs (including "Just Might (Make Me Believe)" by Music/{{Sugarland}} and "Billy's Got His Beer Goggles On" by Neal [=McCoy]]) actually were ''extended'' by having the last verse and/or chorus play twice.

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** Oddly, a couple songs late in the Kingsley era seemed to ''always'' be presented in abridged fashion even though they weren't that long of a song to begin with, including "It's a Heartache" by Trick Pony and "Used to the Pain" by Tracy Lawrence, neither of which is much longer than 3 minutes uncut. On one show, he faded out Jo Dee Messina's "Delicious Surprise (I Believe It)" at the 2:21 mark, and a slower-talking GuestHost near the end of 2005 led to nearly every other song getting cut down (such as Music/JasonAldean's "Hicktown", which never got a cut otherwise). {{Inverted|Trope}} on Kingsley's last year-end countdown in 2005, where some songs (including "Just Might (Make Me Believe)" by Music/{{Sugarland}} and "Billy's Got His Beer Goggles On" by Neal [=McCoy]]) [=McCoy=]) actually were ''extended'' by having the last verse and/or chorus play twice.
16th Sep '15 7:44:57 PM Twentington
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''American Country Countdown'' is a weekly, [[LongRunner long-running]] syndicated radio program, currently hosted by Kix Brooks (of the country music duo BrooksAndDunn), which counts down the 40 most popular radio songs in the United States.

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''American Country Countdown'' is a weekly, [[LongRunner long-running]] syndicated radio program, currently hosted by Kix Brooks (of the country music duo BrooksAndDunn), Music/BrooksAndDunn), which counts down the 40 most popular radio CountryMusic songs in the United States.



Like ''[=AT40=]'', ''[=ACC=]'' plays requests and dedications from listeners, today called "''[=ACC=]'' Inbox". Much like Kasem's "Long Distance Dedication," the requests were often sentimental in nature and directed at someone whom the listener had not seen in some time, or an anniversary of a landmark event (such as an anniversary or a relative's death).

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Like ''[=AT40=]'', ''[=ACC=]'' plays eventually began to play requests and dedications from listeners, today called "''[=ACC=]'' Inbox". Much like Kasem's "Long Distance Dedication," the requests were often sentimental in nature and directed at someone whom the listener had not seen in some time, or an anniversary of a landmark event (such as an anniversary or a relative's death).



Like ''[=AT40=]'', song-ranking data originally came from ''Magazine/{{Billboard}}'' magazine, only this time using the Hot Country Singles (now Hot Country Songs) chart. The show has used Mediabase as its chart source since August 2009. The show's chart length was trimmed to 30 songs effective February 12, 2011, then later reverted to 40. Kix has also ditched the retro songs in favor of more recent recurrents.

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Like ''[=AT40=]'', song-ranking data originally came from ''Magazine/{{Billboard}}'' magazine, only this time using the Hot Country Singles (now Hot Country Songs) Airplay) chart. The show has used Mediabase as its chart source since August 2009. The show's chart length was trimmed to 30 songs effective February 12, 2011, then later reverted to 40. Kix has also ditched the retro songs in favor of more recent recurrents.



*** There were no listener requests; instead, he ended each hour by showcasing a previous #1 hit in chronological order.

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*** There were no listener requests; instead, he ended each hour by showcasing a previous #1 hit in chronological or alphabetical order.



** '''2000s''' and '''2010s''': Music/CarrieUnderwood, Music/TaylorSwift and Music/BlakeShelton.

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** '''2000s''' and '''2010s''': Music/CarrieUnderwood, Music/TaylorSwift and Music/BlakeShelton.



** Oddly, a couple songs late in the Kingsley era seemed to ''always'' be presented in abridged fashion even though they weren't that long of a song to begin with, including "It's a Heartache" by Trick Pony and "Used to the Pain" by Tracy Lawrence, neither of which is much longer than 3 minutes uncut. On one show, he faded out Jo Dee Messina's "Delicious Surprise (I Believe It)" at the 2:21 mark, and a slower-talking GuestHost near the end of 2005 led to nearly every other song getting cut down (such as Music/JasonAldean's "Hicktown", which never got a cut otherwise). {{Inverted|Trope}} on Kingsley's last year-end countdown in 2005, where some songs actually were ''extended'' by having the last verse and/or chorus play twice.

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** Oddly, a couple songs late in the Kingsley era seemed to ''always'' be presented in abridged fashion even though they weren't that long of a song to begin with, including "It's a Heartache" by Trick Pony and "Used to the Pain" by Tracy Lawrence, neither of which is much longer than 3 minutes uncut. On one show, he faded out Jo Dee Messina's "Delicious Surprise (I Believe It)" at the 2:21 mark, and a slower-talking GuestHost near the end of 2005 led to nearly every other song getting cut down (such as Music/JasonAldean's "Hicktown", which never got a cut otherwise). {{Inverted|Trope}} on Kingsley's last year-end countdown in 2005, where some songs (including "Just Might (Make Me Believe)" by Music/{{Sugarland}} and "Billy's Got His Beer Goggles On" by Neal [=McCoy]]) actually were ''extended'' by having the last verse and/or chorus play twice.
20th May '15 5:50:17 PM Briguy52748
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* {{Montages}}: A staple of the year-end programs from 1973-2005; this was simply the No. 1 songs during the past year, often in chronological order. The host – Bowman or Kingsley – would tease that somewhere included was the No. 1 song of the year. The montage was played between the Nos. 2 and 1 songs.

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* {{Montages}}: A staple of the year-end programs from 1973-2005; 1978-2004; this was simply the No. 1 songs during the past year, often in chronological order. The host – Bowman or Kingsley – would tease that somewhere included was the No. 1 song of the year. The montage was played between the Nos. 2 and 1 songs. The feature was abandoned once Kix Brooks took over; Kingsley has continued it on [=CT40=].


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*** Remixes and extended album cuts were a comparative rarity in the early years ... but one notable exception was with the 1978 year-end countdown, when an extended album cut of Bill Anderson's disco-esque "I Can't Wait Any Longer" lasting nearly 6 minutes was played (on a show where only one other song longer than 3-1/2 minutes -- Waylon Jennings' "I've Always Been Crazy," at 4:11 -- was featured.
16th May '15 10:50:51 PM Green_lantern40
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* CatchPhrase: Kingsley had several of them:

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* CatchPhrase: Kingsley had several of them:them, many taken directly from Casey Kasem on ''American Top 40''.
22nd Apr '15 7:17:20 PM Briguy52748
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In April 2015, a newly syndicated series consisting of repeat broadcasts of Kingsley-hosted ''ACC'' programs from 1990-2005 was announced. The new show is called ''ACC Rewind With Bob Kingsley''.
22nd Apr '15 6:43:50 AM Briguy52748
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*** One of the early outro commercial bumpers featured the chorus singing, "Sweet talking', wise crackin' good timing' Don Bowman" along with a country artist of the day delivering in spoken word the "My kind of country, my kind of music" hook line. These were done by Bobby Bare, Tom T. Hall and Jerry Reed.
** Early Kingsley episodes
*** Without fail, during the first three or four years of Kingsley-hosted programs, his only to-commercial phrase was "___ hits to go to No. 1, and we're counting them down." By 1982, he was giving a teaser to one of the songs coming up in the next segment.

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*** One of the early outro commercial bumpers featured the chorus singing, "Sweet talking', wise crackin' good timing' Don Bowman" along with a country artist of the day delivering in spoken word the "My kind of country, my kind of music" hook line. These were done by Bobby Bare, Tom T. Hall Hall, Merle Haggard and Jerry Reed.
** Early Kingsley episodes
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*** His delivery was more laid-back and low key.
*** Without fail, during the first three or four years of Kingsley-hosted programs, his only to-commercial phrase was "___ hits to go to No. 1, and we're counting them down." By 1982, he was giving a teaser to one of the songs coming up in the next segment.segment (something Bowman frequently did).
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