Twenty-five years ago today...
HERC had stopped watching Casey and his TV show sometime in 1985 or 1986. He remembers the local channel that carried it had dropped it (or more likely moved it) so HERC had moved on; he still listened to the radio countdown each Saturday or Sunday as his schedule permitted, noticing the departure of Kasem (reportedly over the root of all evil) and the arrival of Shadoe Stevens (below) in September that year as he held his newborn baby girl one weekend, inauspiciously indoctrinating her into a lifetime passion for pop music.
From the looks of the video below, by 1988 the show's format had changed a lot, with a primary focus on the Pop chart aka the Hot 100 and interviews rather than three charts each episode like the ones HERC remembers.
Top 10 Movies? Scrooged was #1 so that's kinda cool. The single "Put A Little Love In Your Heart" from the movie's soundtrack was #29 that week. Billboard Movers? Although the show is dated December 11th, the chart date is actually December 10th and as for those "Movers", here's how they fared:
Unfortunately, HERC wasn't able to procure a copy of the December 10, 1988 issue of Billboard. His microfiche reader is down and it just so happens that 1988 is a gaping hole in the Billboard issues at Google Books. So what's a HERC to do? It ain't much but here's the Number Ones on other charts that week:
#1 R&B Song
#1 Country Song