K-EARTH 101’s 40th Anniversary: A Look Back On The Year 1972

This year, K-EARTH 101 is celebrating its 40th anniversary of playing the greatest hits on Earth since making the first switch on air in 1972.

A lot has changed in the world since then — fashion, politics, technology, and especially gas prices  (how about only 55 cents in 1972!) — but let’s take a trip back in time to the year 1972 to see what life was like 40 years ago in entertainment, sports, economy, and more!



  • Best Picture — The French Connection, Philip D’Antoni, producer (Twentieth Century-Fox)
  • Best Actor — Gene Hackman, The French Connection
  • Best Actress — Jane Fonda, Klute


  • Record of the Year –  “It’s Too Late,” [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Carole King[/lastfm]
  • Album of the Year — Tapestry, Carole King (Ode)
  • Song of the Year — “You’ve Got a Friend,” Carole King, songwriter
  • Best New Artist — Carly Simon

Popular TV:

  • Monty Python’s Flying Circus
  • Sesame Street
  • The Benny Hill Show
  • The Brady Bunch
  • Dad’s Army
  • Hawaii Five-O
  • Here’s Lucy

Highlights of entertainment in 1972:

  • Atari introduces the arcade version of PONG, making it the first video game
  • M*A*S*H premiered on CBS
  • HBO is debuted making it the first pay cable network
  • John and Yoko co-host “Mike Douglas Show” for entire week
  • Evil Knievel breaks 93 bones after successfully clearing 35 cars
  • Grease opens on Broadway

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