Comparing Keener to the Billboard Hot 100
Back before national programmers and record company marketing money decided which records got airplay, local stations could be true hit makers. WKNR helped rocket a ton of Detroit area talent onto the national stage, including Bob Seger, Deon Jackson, Mitch Ryder and the Rationals. Keener was also the key proving ground for Motown acts. Berry Gordy, Jr.’s special relationship with Scott Regen made it possible for Keener to have unique on-air access to artists and the WKNR Music Guide became a leading indicator of potential national success.
How did the WKNR Music Guide compare to the industry standard Billboard Hot 100? Visit the Motor City Radio Flashback site to see a 1964 example.