Music from the past

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When I was young, I played with a cassette tape recorder and typically recorded my brother, sister and me talking, singing, etc. and sometimes I'd record America's Top 40 music show. It was the only way that I got most of my music back in the 70's as a kid. My family wasn't into buying current records. I recently retired in January 2020 and because of the Covid-19 quarantine, I thought it would be a good time to listen to the tapes to figure out which to throw away finally. Some of the tapes were labeled, but because they were something my parents didn't want to spend good money on, they got a lot of re-use and re-recording, so I wasn't sure what exactly was on them unless I listened to them. Well, one tape that I listened to just this past week of April 25, 2020 had one of the America's Top 40 weekly summary recordings that had Kasey Kasum as the show host. I didn't realize it until after I listened to it that one recording was from the show for the week of April 30, 1977. At the time, I thought, I wonder if they even have this in some archive that could be replayed - am I the only one with this recording? And I found it coincidental that it was the same week 43 years later and I was listening to it. So, today, May 2, 2020, we ventured out for one of the first times during this quarantine to pick up some supplies and we have Sirius XM radio. So, we just happened to turn to the 70's on 7 station and while waiting for curbside pickup, I noticed a song that I had really liked as a teen at the time. Then, the announcer comes on and I realize its Kasey Kasum and the station is actually replaying an episode of American Top 40 from April 30, 1977!!! I immediately thought, what are the odds of that happening? Me having the recording at all and me listening to it exactly 43 years later on my old tape and THEN hearing that same recording on the radio around the same time.
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Date submitted:Sat, 02 May 2020 21:05:10 +0000Coincidence ID:10443