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First Long Distance Dedication

I wrote the letter that became the first Long Distance Dedication. Was wondering if anybody remembers it.

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Was the song you asked to be dedicated "Desiree" by Neil Diamond?

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I wrote the letter that became the first Long Distance Dedication. Was wondering if anybody remembers it.

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Yes. I wrote the letter back in 1977 because my girlfriend, Desiree (Desi) had moved to Germany. Her father was in the Army. I got a call from AT40 the next year after going to Germany to visit her. It is amazing to me how the dedication thing took off, with even radio commercials that poke fun at it. People I meet are always amazed and amused when I play the tape of the dedication for them.

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Was the song you asked to be dedicated "Desiree" by Neil Diamond?

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I wrote the letter that became the first Long Distance Dedication. Was wondering if anybody remembers it.

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Do you by chance know the week that it was broadcast?

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According to a Top 40 website, it was 8/26/78, Desiree--Neil Diamond (Matt Wilson discovered the letter)