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   R&R™ Magazine 1973 -2009   

"R&R" was a music and radio
trade weekly. It began on October 5th of 1973 as "Radio & Records" and published until  June of 2009. It included
radio and music industry news, format charts, station playlists, weekly columns, ratings summaries, station sales, FCC News, Classifieds. 1854 issues were published.

Year End Review issues are highlighted with a red background.
Some years have separate music review and news review issues.
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Radio historian Donna Halper has  been a major contributor to making this page possible.  Please visit her home page at http://www.donnahalper.com/
Over 1000 issues were contributed by R&R alumnus Jeff Axelrod.
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Radio & Records™ (R&R) was a trade publication providing news and airplay information for the radio and music industries. It originally started out as an independent trade from 1973 to 2006 until VNU Media took over in 2006, up until its final issue in 2009.

Radio & Records™ was founded in 1973 and published its first issue on October 3 of that year. The publication was issued in a weekly print edition, and it also issued a bi-annual Directory. Its weekly columns and features were intended to inform and educate the radio industry by each format, in addition to format-specific charts based on radio airplay. The charts eventually became populated by data from MediaBase.
On July 6, 2006, VNU, the parent company of Billboard announced the  acquisition of Radio & Records. The charts then used BDS data. On June 5, 2009, parent company VNU / Nielsen ceased operations on R&R just short of three years after acquiring it.
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R&R Timeline
1973
 Radio & Records is founded by Bob Wilson. The first issue is Oct. 1.
1974
 The first R&R Convention is held.
1979
 Radio & Records is sold to Harte Hanks.
1987
 Westwood One purchases Radio & Records.
1988
 The R&R Hotfax Updates debut, comprising 12 weekly format-focused fax publications.
1994
Perry Capital acquires
Radio & Records.
1995
Radio & Records launches
R&R Online.
1996 The first annual R&R Talk Radio Seminar is held.
The R&R Daily online news service debuts, and Music Tracking is launched online.
1997
R&R introduces the daily R&R TODAY news fax.
1998
The R&R Convention returns after a six-year hiatus.
The first R&R Industry Achievement Awards, voted on by R&R subscribers, are presented at the convention.
1999
 Data collection for R&R's charts is converted to include MediaBase airplay.
2000 Daily e-mail updates and Today's News online are introduced as extensions of the R&R TODAY fax publication. Radio & Records acquires Radio Y Música.
2001
Adult Alternative and Christian sections debuts in the weekly R&R newspaper, each with its own full-time editor. The Going for Adds fax publication debuts.
2002 A CHR/Rhythmic section debuts in the weekly R&R newspaper,
with its own full-time editor.
R&R produces its first annual Triple A Summit.
Electronic Promotion Kits are introduced for music customers, and the Street Talk Daily fax and e-mail publication debuts.
Radio Y Música is incorporated into the R&R newspaper.
2004
Radio & Records announces its new website
2006
VNU, a global information and media company, acquires Radio & Records. VNU owns ACNielsen, Billboard, the Hollywood Reporter and many other business-to- business publications. Radio & Records charts convert to Nielsen BDS airplay data.
R&R Absorbs "Billboard Airplay Monitor"
2007 VNU changes its name to The Nielsen Company.
2009 The Nielsen Company announces that it is  closing  R&R and merging it with Billboard. The final issue date is June 5.
 
 
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 Radio & Records began publishing on
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