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"American Country Countdown" -- also known as "ACC" or "American Country Countdown with Kix Brooks" -- is an internationally syndicated radio program which counts down the top 40 country songs of the previous week, from No. 40 to No. 1, as recorded by Billboard magazine's Hot Country Songs chart. ACC is hosted by Kix Brooks, one half of the country superstar duo Brooks & Dunn. Brooks has been the host of ACC since starting with the January 21, 2006 program. An example of a Billboard Magazine. ... Hot Country Singles & Tracks is a chart released weekly by Billboard magazine in the United States. ... Brooks & Dunn are a country music singer/songwriter duo, one of the most successful in the history of country music. ... Brooks & Dunn are a country music singer/songwriter duo, one of the most successful in the history of country music. ... January 21 is the 21st day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... 2006 (MMVI) is a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


Based on the success of "American Top 40," Casey Kasem and Don Bustany, together with Tom Rounds of Watermark, created a country version of the top 40 program called "ACC." The three-hour weekly show premiered in October 1973 produced by Bustany and hosted by comedian Don Bowman. To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... Casey Kasem (born Kemal Amin Kasem on April 27, 1932, in Detroit, Michigan) is an American radio personality and voice actor. ... Look up October in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... 1973 (MCMLXXIII) was a common year starting on Monday. ...


In 1974 when the show was up and running, Bustany tapped Bob Kingsley, who had been program director at country station KLAC-Los Angeles, to be ACC's producer. Kingsley molded the fledgling program into a major success then, in 1978, succeeded Bowman and hosted the program until December 2005. Bob Kingsley is a popular radio broadcaster who hosts the nationally syndicated American Country Countdown, and another daily program, Bob Kingsley with Americas MusicMakers. ... This article is about the largest city in California. ... Look up December in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


During the early years of the show, the jingle, "My kind of country, my kind of music" was closely associated with "ACC." In the mid-1990's the jingle was discontiued. While the program's content during its early years was almost exclusively the songs in that week's Top 40, ACC was lauded as an outstanding show that contained a lot of information about the songs and performers.

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Changes through the years

Through the years, "ACC" underwent many changes. The show was expanded to four hours in January 1986, and Kingsley now played the previous week's No. 1 song at the beginning of the program. Also, the following new features were added: 1986 (MCMLXXXVI) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ...

  • "ACC Calendar," which spotlights a classic song; birthday of a performer or songwriter; or innovation in country music's history. At first an occasional feature that would be inserted at different points in the show, "ACC Calendar" is now played at the end of the third hour.
  • Previous hits from an artist, particularly if the song debuted on the Billboard charts on that given week.
  • From 1986-1991, a chronological playback of all the No. 1 songs, from 1970 to 1989; three songs were played per week.
  • From 1991-1996, the No. 1 songs were played alphabetically; at first, the list ranged from 1966 to 1990, but in later years of this feature, the list was shortened to highlight songs from 1980 to 1993. Again, three songs were played each week.

Today, in addition to "ACC Calendar," the show has a feature called "ACC Mailbag," where listeners are invited to request a song and share a story about why it means so much to them. "ACC Mailbag" began in 1996; two such songs are featured per week (at the end of the first and second hours). An example of a Billboard Magazine. ... 1970 (MCMLXX) was a common year starting on Thursday (the link is to a full 1970 calendar). ... 1989 (MCMLXXXIX) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 1966 (MCMLXVI) was a common year starting on Saturday (the link is to a full 1966 calendar). ... This article is about the year. ... 1980 (MCMLXXX) was a leap year starting on Tuesday. ... 1993 (MCMXCIII) was a common year starting on Friday of the Gregorian calendar and marked the Beginning of the International Decade to Combat Racism and Racial Discrimination (1993-2003). ...


Also during the 1990s, highlights of interviews from top country singers -- sharing humorous stories or the background of one of their songs -- began to be included.


Kingsley hosted the program for 27 years, stepping aside when ABC Radio Networks decided to move the show in a new direction. According to Billboard Radio Monitor, Kingsley – who produced "ACC" for distribution by ABC Radio Networks – and ABC "failed to come to terms in a renegotiation." The show was likely to be retooled to fit an artists' perspective, the magazine reported. ABC Radio Networks Logo ABC Radio is a division of the American Broadcasting Company (ABC) focused on AM radio and FM radio broadcasting. ...


While Brooks took the helm of "ACC," Kingsley began a new radio program called "Bob Kingsley's Country Top 40," which premiered December 31, 2005 (the year-end countdown). It is produced by Kingsley's KCCS Productions and distributed by Jones Radio Network, and uses the Mediabase 24/7-Radio & Records Country chart as its source. December 31 is the 365th day of the year (366th in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar. ... 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Jones Radio Networks is a radio programming company. ... Radio and Records (R&R) is a weekly trade magazine that tracks radio airplay from the various genres including Pop, Country, R&B and many others. ...


ACC Specials

"ACC" broadcasts several special programs throughout the year. The most notable include:

  • "Christmas in America," a six-hour program aired either Christmas eve or Christmas day, with interview clips from country singers sharing Christmas memories interspersed between songs. The first special aired in 1989.
  • The "Year End Countdown," which counts down the top 50 songs of the year (from Nos. 50 to 1); from 1980 to 1998, this was a Top 100 countdown. The most notable highlight is a montage of all the No. 1 songs included in the countdown's survey period (usually, the previous November to the current November) before Kingsley plays the year's top song.

Other special programs -- usually centering on a theme or to promote a much-anticipated album that is about to go on sale -- air throughout the year. Past specials have paid homage to the West, presented unusual or notable chart facts and performer accomplishments, profiled a performer and presented the top female and male singers of the past decade. The Christmas Eve (1904-05), watercolor painting by the Swedish painter Carl Larsson (1853-1919) Christmas Eve, December 24, the day before Christmas Day, is treated to a greater or a lesser extent in most Christian societies as part of the Christmas festivities. ... Christmas is a Christian holiday held on December 25 which celebrates the birth of Jesus. ... 1989 (MCMLXXXIX) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 1980 (MCMLXXX) was a leap year starting on Tuesday. ... 1998 (MCMXCVIII) was a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated the International Year of the Ocean. ...


On the occasions when Kingsley was absent, a top radio personality from one of "ACC's" affiliates filled in as host. Michael Jay filled in for "ACC's" annual year-end countdown program on December 31, 2005. December 31 is the 365th day of the year (366th in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar. ... 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


Awards

"ACC" was named Billboard magazine's "Network/Syndicated Progam of the Year: Country" from 1987 to 2002. Kingsley twice won the Country Music Association's National Broadcast Personality of the Year award (in 2001 and 2003). An example of a Billboard Magazine. ... The Country Music Association (CMA) was founded in 1958 in Nashville, Tennessee. ... 2001: A Space Odyssey. ... 2003 (MMIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


Worldwide syndication

When "ACC" premiered in the fall of 1973, the show aired on just 45 stations. Today, the show is heard on more than 1,000 radio stations in the United States and worldwide, and can be heard on the Armed Forces Radio Network. American Forces Network, or AFN - the acronym that its most commonly known as, is the brand name used by the United States Armed Forces Radio and Television Service (AFRTS) for its networks worldwide. ...


"ACC" is produced and distributed by ABC Radio Networks. Tom Rounds' Radio Express distributes the program to radio stations outside the United States.


Further reading

  • Bachman, Katy, "Brooks to Host American Country Countdown." Mediaweek, November 9, 2005. [1]
  • Durkee, Rob. "American Top 40: The Countdown of the Century." Schriner Books, New York City, 1999. ISBN 0-02-864895-1. Includes information about "American Country Countdown."
  • Stark, Phyllis, "ABC Taps Kix Brooks As New Countdown Host," Billboard Radio Monitor, November 9, 2005. [2]
  • Battistini, Pete, "American Top 40 with Casey Kasem The 1970s." Authorhouse, January 31, 2005. ISBN 1418410705. Includes information about "American Country Countdown."

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American Country Countdown: Information from Answers.com (1130 words)
"American Country Countdown" -- also known as "ACC" or "American Country Countdown with Kix Brooks" -- is an internationally syndicated radio program which counts down the top 40 country songs of the previous week, from No. 40 to No. 1, as recorded by Billboard magazine's Hot Country Songs chart.
ACC is hosted by Kix Brooks, one half of the country superstar duo Brooks and Dunn.
Compared its pop predecessor, American Top 40, there was not as much backlash with country stations when the Brooks/Kingsley switch was made, and both shows air on many stations, with one on Saturday and the other on Sunday at approximately the same time on each day.
Other Programmes: »Country Top 40« with Bob Kingsley and »American Country Countdown« with Kix ... (1530 words)
The American Country Countdown was not only heard on hundreds of country stations in the USA and in the rest of the world, but Bob Kingsley was repeatedly honoured as best national radio host for many years until a rule change meant that at least every other year someone else could win this coveted trophy.
In this sense Country Top 40 is the real continuation of the American Country Countdown with Bob Kingley, only that they are not allowed to use the Billboard charts and of course they are using a new name.
But country music was reserved for the American station, because then as now, most other stations have no reason to consider a kind of music with at best a limited audience in Europe.
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