Ronco has been a part of the popular culture for years, ever since Ron Popeil founded the company in 1964 the salesman and inventor’s innovate spirit has lead Ronco to try and do new things! It is with that spirit that we wanted to share a little known history of the company. Sure Ronco is known for it’s Showtime Rotisseries but did you know that Ronco once owned a record label? Apparently Ron Popeil even had good taste in music.

We wanted to feature a interesting blog that we came across lately A Pop Fan’s Dream– that features some of the greatest compilations of yesteryear including some of Ronco’s greatest hit.

Here’s an excerpt from their blog- check out the whole post at Chart Runners Volumes 1 and 2 (Ronco, 1983)

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Review
Ronco’s first compilation of 1983 was released at the beginning of March. Chart Runners came in two separate parts bearing a post-Tron image and a tagline stating “16 fast moving tracks!”” and “16 more fast moving tracks!!” Producer was Ashley Abram with Shoot That Tiger! taking responsibility for the sleeve design. And to show that late 1982’s glorious Raiders Of The Pop Charts wasn’t a one-off, we got this message in a a box:

THE TRACKS CONTAINED IN THIS ALBUM ARE THE COMPLETE UNEDITED SINGLE VERSIONS AS ORIGINALLY RECORDED.

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