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The countdown always took place on Thanksgiving weekend (with a new survey taken every other year.) On even years, up to 1990, the survey from the previous year was played.
In the first Top 500, The Five Satins' doo wop classic "In the Still of the Night" was #1 and "Earth Angel" by The Penguins was #2.
The original transmitter site was atop the building at 500 Fifth Avenue.
for Atlantic Broadcasting Company, the former owner of CBS's AM station (no relation to the present-day WABC).
WCBS-FM also played a moderate amount of adult standards from the rock era.
The station played two current hits per hour known as "future gold".
This automated format was syndicated to CBS stations across the country and to AFR (American Forces Radio).
On August 27, 1967, the AM station had to launch its news format (which was not full-time until 1972) on WCBS-FM because a small airplane had crashed into the AM transmitter a few hours earlier.
Owned by Entercom, the station's studios are in the combined Entercom facility in the Hudson Square neighborhood of Manhattan, and its transmitter is located on the Empire State Building.The transmitter was moved to the Empire State Building in the early 1950s.For many years, WCBS-FM simulcast its programming with its AM sister station.In 1969, WCBS-FM launched a freeform rock format, which was becoming increasingly popular, and all other CBS-owned FM stations followed suit.
For the first time, WCBS-FM would have an airstaff.The station is continually ranked one of the highest-rated stations in the New York market, as well as one of the highest-rated classic hits stations in the United States.