John Sanford Gilliland, Jr. (October 18, 1935 – July 27, 1998) was an American radio broadcaster and documentarian best known for the Pop Chronicles music documentaries and as one of the original members of The Credibility Gap. He was born and died in his hometown of Quanah, Texas. He worked for a number of radio stations in Texas and California including KOGO in San Diego (1961-1965), KRLA 1110 in Los Angeles (1965-1970), and KSFO (AM) in San Francisco (1971-1978).
Texas Radio 
His radio career began in 1952 with KOLJ in his native Quanah, Texas. While attending Texas Christian University, he worked as a disc jockey at KCUL in Fort Worth. His shows were The House of Wax and The Man on the Beat. From 1959-1961 he worked for KLIF in Dallas. He also worked at KILT in Houston.
California Radio 
In 1965, Gilliland came to the news department of KRLA radio in Los Angeles County, where he became one of the original members of The Credibility Gap which mixed topical humor along with their news broadcasts. Fellow founding member Richard Beebe said of him that
Even though John was an integral part of the "Gap," working on the Pop Chronicles was always number one for him. It seemed like he was always working on it. John was a very talented guy and a lot of fun.
Gilliland researched this radio documentary, The Pop Chronicles, for over two years prior to its broadcast. It covered popular music of the 1950s and 1960s, was originally broadcast on KRLA 1110, later broadcast on many other stations, and now can be heard online.
Starting in 1971, at KSFO in San Francisco, he hosted weeknights 7pm-midnight. His shows included rebroadcasts of his Pop Chronicles, an old-time radio hour, Mystery Theater, The Comedy Hour, and The Great LPs. While working there he also produced and broadcast, beginning in 1972, The Pop Chronicles 40’s, about the popular music of the 1940s. He was succeeded in his on-air time slot at KSFO by Jerry Gordon.
|Pop Chronicles the 40's: The Lively Story of Pop Music in the 40's|
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Gilland left KSFO in 1978 and returned to his native Texas. He edited and in 1994 published Pop Chronicles: the 40's as a four-cassette audiobook, which was rereleased later (and somewhat less accurately) as The Big Band Chronicles. During his retirement he did some work for KREB in Houston and KXIC in Quanah. He died in 1998. In 2003, Gilliland's sister donated the Pop Chronicles tapes to the University of North Texas Music Library where they form The John Gilliland Collection.
- 1968 - An Album Of Political Pornography, with Lew Irwin and The Credibility Gap (Blue Thumb)
- 1994 - Pop Chronicles the 40's: The Lively Story of Pop Music in the 40's (Soundelux) ISBN 978-1-55935-147-8
Online sources 
- The Pop Chronicles (audio) from the University of North Texas Music Library
- Biography at The John Gilliland Collection at the University of North Texas Music Library
- Los Angeles Radio People, G
- Obituary from http://www.laradio.com
- The Pop Chronicles Presents The Forties originally broadcast November 5, 1972, from the Bay Area Radio Museum
- The Man on the Beat: John Gilliland and The Pop Chronicles, 2008 Association for Recorded Sound Collections conference presentation by Andrew Justice and Jonathan Thorn (audio).
Print sources 
- Gilliland, John. "On Chronicling Pop." in Los Angeles radio people : Volume 2, 1957-1997, by Don Barrett. Valencia, CA: db Marketing, 1997. (The pages in this book are not numbered, but Gilliland's essay is located between the E and F entries.)
- Vernon, Sondra Stewart. "Music plays on for longtime broadcaster: Semiretired disc jockey boasts collection that documents the history of popular records." The Dallas Morning News. July 14, 1988
- "Music plays on for longtime broadcaster". Nl.newsbank.com. 1988-07-14. Retrieved 2010-02-17.
- "Biography — University of North Texas Libraries". Library.unt.edu. Retrieved 2009-08-03.
- "ARSC Conference 2008 - Session Abstracts" (PDF). Retrieved 2009-08-03.
- Hopkins, Jerry (October 4, 1969). "'Pop Chronicles' Chronicle Pop". Rolling Stone (43). p. 34
- "~Los Angeles Radio People, Archives". Laradio.com. Retrieved 2009-08-03.
- MacKenzie, Bob (1972-10-29). "Radio Returns to the '40s". Oakland Tribune.
- "Pop chronicles. 36 (RU 11-1 [Sept. 1970]) [WorldCat.org]". [WorldCat.org]<!. Retrieved 2009-08-03.
- "Explore the holdings of UNT Music Library: List View UNT Digital Library". Digital.library.unt.edu. 2010-08-14. Retrieved 2010-08-23.
- "2008 ARSC Conference Recordings (Association for Recorded Sound Collections)". Arsc-audio.org. Retrieved 2010-09-30.
- "John Gilliland - Pop Chronicles: The Forties". Sfradiomuseum.com. Retrieved 2009-08-03.
- "Where was 'Radio Waves'?". Radio-info.com. Retrieved 2010-02-17.
- "Pop chronicles [WorldCat.org]". Worldcat.org. Retrieved 2009-08-03.
- Ruhlmann, William. "((( The Big Band Chronicles > Overview )))". allmusic. Retrieved 2010-02-17.
- "The big band chronicles (Audiobook on tape, 1997)". [WorldCat.org]. Retrieved 2010-02-17.