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Those Were The Days Christmas Party

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This Saturday night on WRCO FM 100.9 we will spin a few classic rock and roll Christmas tunes.  The Solid Gold Dancers will be dancing on the tables and watch out for the mistletoe because Ray Schroeder will be trying to give you a Christmas kiss!  We will play all kinds of tunes from the fifties through the eighties.  I hope you will request a song and join the party.

I have fond memories of listening to the radio during the holiday season.  I would get my little transistor radio out every night and listen for the Cinnamon Bear.   My favorite Christmas songs were the lighthearted ones and the comedy classics.  'Snoopys Christmas' by the Royal Guardsman is my favorite silly one.  It also has a good message.  Join us for Those Were The Days this and every Saturday night on WRCO FM  100.9.

 

Phil

1966 At Forty-Five RPM On TWTD

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We will be taking your Top Forty Radio requests this Saturday night during Those Were The Days on WRCO FM 100.9.  We will also be flying back to Pop Radios' finest hour.  The year of 1966 featured hit after hit.  Artists that debuted that year included:  The Monkees, The Grass Roots,  The Association, Tommy James, Neil Diamond, B.J. Thomas, and The Mamas And The Papas.  Groups dominated the year as The Beatles, The Beach Boys, The Rolling Stones, The Lovin' Spoonful, and Hermans Hermits ranked as the biggest selling of 1966.  Many recorded jingles for radio commercials.  It was hard to tell the commercials from the full length songs. Tune in this week for great hits from the fifties through the eighties on Those Were The Days. You can play trivia and join the party this weekend.

 

Phil

This Weekend In 1971

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This Saturday night on Those Were The Days you will be transformed back to early December 1971.  There were big tunes from Cat Stevens,  The Grass Roots,  Three Dog Night, and Isaac Hayes.  It was a great time for music as I played with my G.I. Joe Adventure Team action figure and listened to the radio.  My first 45 record purchase would soon be made.  Bought at Saffells music store in Richland Center, 'Have You Seen Her' by the Chi-Lites started me on a habbit of buying music that I still have 43 years later.  Tune in WRCO Fm 100.9 this Saturday night and request a song.  Play trivia with us and win some cool prizes.  Lets escape to the fifties, sixties, seventies, and eighties again.

Phil

Mr. November 1981

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I turned eighteen in November of 1981.  There were many great tunes on the radio as I drove to basketball practice in the Ford Mav.  Daryl Hall and John Oates had two songs in the Top Twenty.  There were popular tunes from The Police, The Rolling Stones,  Rod Stewart,  Lindsey Buckingham, Genesis, and the J. Geils Band.  These songs were playing in the back ground as I slapped on the Brut and picked up my girl friend.  I am sure she was impressed.

Join me Saturday night on WRCOs' Those Were The Days for some great hits from 1981 as I put another candle on the cake.  I will have a mystery in studio guest to help me celebrate.  You wont want to miss this! 

Listen for Backtrackin at 5:30 p Saturday when I talk to Glen Leopold of Gunhill Road.  The group that brought us Back When My Hair Was Short has a new album called 'Every Forty Years'.  Hear the story of the new album this weekend.  We will celebrate with music together Saturday night.  Give me a call and request a song and play trivia.

 

Phil

Far Out Tunes From 1970 On WRCO

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The fourth weekend of November in 1970 we were jamming to some cool tunes.  The Partridge Family was a TV hit and 'I Think I Love You' was in the Top Five.  Neil Diamond was singing about 'Cracklin Rosie',  The Supremes were climbing the chart without Diana Ross,  The Jackson Five were the top selling act in music,  British groups like Free and The Who were having chart success.  What a great time to listen to Top 40 radio!  When I wasn't tuned in to hear the latest hits,  I was listening to the Milwaukee Bucks dominate teams.  They would win a championship the next Spring.  When the weather was just right, I could clearly see Marsha Brady on television.  Once in a while dad would have to get up on the roof and adjust the UHF  antenna so I could see the Brady Bunch better.

I hope to hear from you Saturday night during Those Were The Days on WRCO FM 100.9.  I will be in the studio to answer the Bat phone!  Join me for trivia and other fun stuff between 6 pm and Midnight Saturday.

 

Mr. P

 

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Gary Talley Of The Box Tops On TWTD

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This Saturday night on WRCO FM 100.9 our Those Were The Days radio program will spotlight The Box Tops.  My special guest (by phone) will be Gary Talley who was the lead guitarist of the group and at 19 years of age was one of the elder statesmen when they first hit with 'The Letter' in 1967! Other hits followed including: Cry Like A Baby, Soul Deep,  Neon Rainbow, Choo Choo Train, and I Met Her In Church.  After the Box Tops days, Gary has backed up a long list of great artists with his guitar. Hear his story on Saturday night.

We will be taking your requests again this week and playing trivia.  Last Saturday night you did a great job asking for songs that we have not played for a while.  Keep up the good work!

Philip

Lets Go Parking In 1979!

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This weekend on Those Were the Days, we will park the Ford Maverick on a hill far away and imagine that it is 1979.  The songs coming from the radio included hits from such artists as Supertramp,  The Cars,  Cheap Trick and many more.  Relive those hits with us during Those Were The Days on WRCO FM 100.9 on Saturday night.  I was starting to shoot hoops on the basket that hung on the outside of our corn crib.  My big debut with the Ithaca Bulldogs was near and I soon discovered that I was an outside shooter.  When I went inside the gym it wasn't all that pretty.  Speaking of pretty....I was about to go on my first date after dancing to the song 'Babe'  by Styx at the school dance. (the dance wasn't pretty but she was!)  The song 'Lets Go'  by the Cars was playing on the radio a week later as we went out for on a night on the town.  I will be set to play what you say this Saturday night as the best of the fifties through the eighties will be heard on the radio again.  Join us for a good time on Those Were The Days.

 

Philip

Trini Lopez With Phil On Saturday Night

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He may be the only artist that has been able to claim that he was friends with Buddy Holly, Elvis, and Frank Sinatra.  Trini Lopez will be my guest on the Saturday night show Those Were The Days.  I remember hearing Mr. Lopez's records on the radio when I was just a wee nee.  His first hit came in 1963 with 'If I Had A Hammer'.  He did a killer version of the song 'Kansas City' later that year.  His hard work from humble beginnings paid off when Buddy Holly helped him in Texas, later he was on Frank Sinatra's Reprise record label, and appeared in the classic movie The Dirty Dozen.  He was a fellow Vegas performer with Elvis.  He could have retired years ago, however, he recently put out his sixty-fifth album!  I have had the chance to interview hundreds over the past 28 plus years of doing the program.  Trini Lopez is a first time guest on Those Were The Days.  Join me for pop radio memories from the fifties, sixties, seventies, and eighties this Saturday night between Six and Midnight.  I will be taking your requests and will be playing trivia.  I hope to hear from you!

 

Philip

Those Were The Days Flight 1976

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This Saturday night on Those Were The Days I will be digging out chart classics from this weekend in 1976.  These were big hits as the Fall was coming on strong.  Hear big tunes from the Steve Miller Band,  Wild Cherry,  Earth Wind & Fire, Gordon Lightfoot, and seldom heard songs from Roxy Music and Ringo Starr. We will take time out for Regional Championship High School Volleyball and than close out the second half of the show with your rock and roll requests.  Take the trivia challenge and impress your friends during Those Were the Days on WRCO FM 100.9.  I will put on my P.F. Flyers and my husky sized bell bottom pants along with my Partridge Family t-shirt to host Those Were The Days.  I hope a bunch of our lady listeners can contain themselves when they find out what I will be wearing!

 

Phil

They Came From Canada On TWTD

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This week on our Saturday night program, we will spin some songs from some of our favorite Canadian artists.  There were so many great songs that came from Canada especially in the late sixties and early seventies.  One of my all time favorite groups The Guess Who led the way with many memorable hits and albums.  Paul Anka broke through in the fifties and many followed from the North.  Gordon Lightfoot, Joni Mitchell, Neil Young, Andy Kim, The Band, Lighthouse, and Anne Murray all brought huge hits to the United States record surveys.  Later harder edged groups such as Loverboy,  April Wine,  Bachman-Turner Overdrive, Rush, Triumph, and Trooper hit the airwaves in the states.  Bryan Adams had a big run of great music starting in the 1980s.  Hear the best of Canada on this weeks Those Were The Days radio show.  I will be back to take your requests and play trivia.  From Six until Midnight Saturday night WRCO FM 100.9 will transport you back to great memories and good times.

Thanks to Lon Arbegust for being our guest last Saturday night.  It was great to hear from a Richland Center man who was actually at Woodstock in 1969. 

Phil

Woodstock, Beach Boys, And Cowbells On TWTD

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On this Saturday nights Those Were The Days show on WRCO FM 100.9 Saturday night,  we will feature a talk with a Richland Center man who was at the 1969 Woodstock Music And Art Fair!  Later in the night you can hear the Top Ten Beach Boys radio hits counted down.  We will share with you some 'Cowbell Classics' and 70's Party Favorite songs during this Saturday nights program.  We will not be taking your requests this week.  Hang on to those and give me a call next week on October 18th when we have our next live request show.  I hope you enjoy this weeks show.  It will be a good one!

 

Phil

The year of 1967 was a great year for music with a wide array of styles.  It may have been Top Forty radios' finest year.  On WRCO FM 100.9 between 6 and Midnight Saturday night, we will shine our Ford Maverick headlights on that era.  The Box Tops from Memphis were on top of the pop scene with 'The Letter'.  Chicagos' Buckinghams were having one of four top 10 hits that came during the year for the group.  Tommy James was on the radio, Bobby Vee was having a comeback hit,  and Milwaukees' Esquires were in the Top Twenty.  I hope you give me a call to request a song this Saturday night.  Last week you made it tough on me.  I was digging for stuff all night long and I loved it!  Win some food, tickets, and other fun stuff when we play trivia this weekend during Those Were The Days.

The Fall Of 1981 Saturday Night

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It was the Fall of eighty-one and music was in the air as I lined up at center on the mighty Ithaca Bulldogs Football team.  Perhaps if I would not have had songs like Urgent by Foreigner,  Jessie's Girl from Rick Springfield, or The Breakup Song by The Greg Kihn Band running through my brain, I might have been able to block better for our quarterbacks. Poor Scott Crine,  Randy Nelson, Bob Faga and whoever else played the position.   That was a great time to be 17 going on 18.  My friends and I listened to the new Greg Kihn album,  AC/DCs' Back In Black,  4 from Foreigner,  Hi Infidelity-REO Speedwagon and the Blue Brothers movie soundtrack which had been released the year before.  So much water from the Willow Creek has gone under the bridge at Bush Flat near Ithaca since than.  Many things have changed, however, I still listen to those songs and I still go to Ithaca football games.  Thank you to the folks at Ithaca for inducting me in the school Hall Of Fame last Saturday.  It is something I will always cherish.  Who would have ever believed that the boy who spent more time in the principles office than Mr. Modjeski would some day have a legit reason for being in the hall!  Thanks for your kind words and I hope I can keep on rockin' for a few more years.  I will be back to deliver your favorite requests and play trivia this Saturday night on WRCOs' Those Were The Days from 6 until Midnight.  Join me for the greatest rock and roll and pop radio memories ever! 

 

Phil

This Saturday night on Those Were The Days between six and Midnight on WRCO FM I will dig out more favorite tunes from the fifties through the eighties.  We will continue our year long tribute to the British Invasion of American music that began fifty years ago.  Hear the Top Ten biggest chart hits from Hermans Hermits,  the Rolling Stones, and the Who!  I will also dig out the chart from this weekend in 1972 and spin a few!  This coundown is special to me because I remember writing down these songs in order as I listened to WRCO. There I was sitting at the kitchen table of the old farm house and listening to the old G.E. table top radio with a clock that never worked.  Songs from the Raspberries, the Hollies,  the Doobie Brothers, and America are all like old friends that have been in my life all of these years.  We will not be taking your requests this week.  Save those for next week because I always look forward to hearing from you.

Cheers!

Phil-One Time Member Of The Ithaca Math Team, All Star Center Football/Basketball, Right Fielder, Lead Singer Marty And The Corndogs.

Saturday Night In 1964 With TWTD

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This Saturday night we will cruise back to the year of 1964.  Fifty years have passed since the British group The Animals had the number one hit "House Of The Rising Sun".  That was a staple for many live bands.  Other memorable September of '64 hits include: Because-The Dave Clark Five,  A Hard Days Night-The Beatles,  Oh Pretty Woman-Roy Orbison,  It's All Over Now-The Rolling Stones, and G.T.O-Ronnie And The Daytonas.  What a great time for Top Forty radio.  We will have fun with those songs and more this Saturday night during Those Were The Days. Give me a call and request a song during the six hour request show.  You gave me good stuff last week and I had to dig for several that we seldom play.  Listen for the best of the fifties through the eighties between 6 pm and Midnight this Saturday night on WRCO FM 100.9.  

 

Phil-Host of Those Were The Days since 1986!

 

 

Weekend Heaven In '77 On Saturday Night

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This weekend we will go parking in September of 1977.  I promise to have you home by Midnight.  I will play some of my favorite records from artists such as Fleetwood Mac,  Heart,  Pablo Cruise,  Supertramp,  Kiss,  and more.  That era often is given a bad rap from music folks.  These 45s from '77 can put up a strong argument that the music was really strong.  I can remember being a big Junior High kid trying to play football for the first time.  I would run laps with these songs in my head dreaming about getting home to turn on the radio so that I could hear them again.  I saved some of my hay unloading money to buy the debut album by Foreigner that Fall.  It seemed everyone had a copy of Fleetwood Macs' Rumors that year.  Hear great hits from the fifties through the eighties this Saturday night between six and Midnight.  I will be writing down your requests and we will play trivia.  Get the gang together and please tune in FM 100.9 Saturday night!

 

Phil

Frankie Sullivan Of Survivor On TWTD

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The group Survivor had a ton of radio airplay in the eighties.  They had two songs that wound up in Rocky films.  Hear from group member Frankie Sullivan on this weeks Those Were The Days on WRCO FM 100.9.  Frankie wrote many of the hits for the group.  One of my personal favorites is the 1981 release 'Poor Mans Son'.  That will be a good song to play during Labor Day weekend.  I will be in the studio celebrating the music of the fifties through the eighties on Saturday night.  Please listen to 100.9 and if you feel the urge, give me a call and request a song.  The program runs from 6 p until Midnight.

 

Phil

This Saturday night on Those Were The Days you will be able to hear the fifty biggest Beatles singles according to Billboard magazine.  It is amazing how many flip sides charted large for the boys from Liverpool.  Some of the 'b' sides were bigger hits than the 'a' sides.  The idea for this program came from an avid listener of the show.  They have been telling me for some time that they would like to hear a Saturday night dedicated to the Beatles!   This weeks program will start with an hour of hits picked by one of WRCOs' Walk With G.R.A.C.E. radio auction bidders.  Hear fifteen favorite tunes chosen by Tom Berry.    Tom did a great job picking songs from the eras that we play each week.  He likes songs with great melodies and you will hear them between six and a little after seven Saturday night on WRCO FM 100.9.  Our Beatles countdown will follow and than we will wrap up the show with a Saturday night dance party!  We will not be taking your requests until next Saturday night (August 30th).  I hope you will join us for an action packed Saturday night with Those Were The Days on the radio.

 

Phil

TWTD After Packer Post Game Saturday Night

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The Packers play for a second weekend in a row.  This weeks preseason game will start with the pregame at 1:00 p and kickoff at 3:00.  Join us Saturday night at app: 9:00 for Those Were The Days (following the postgame show).  We will take your requests and play trivia.  I will also haul out a few records from this weekend in 1970.   Dig out your miniskirt and your bell bottoms and join the dance party on WRCO FM 100.9.  We have great shows planned during this month.  Hear a guest dj winning GRACE bidder on August 23rd and Frankie Sullivan of Survivor will join us on August 30th.  Listen for the best of the fifties through the eighties on Saturday nights with WRCO.

 

Phil Nee

Bidders Pledge $900 To Play TWTD Tunes

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It was an amazing Greater Richland Area Cancer Elimination radio auction recently. Two listeners bid for the chance to program fifties through the eighties radio memories for an hour on Those Were The Days.  The first bidder won the opportunity with a generous $500 donation to GRACE, and the second day total for one hour of Saturday night hits went for $400.  They will get the chance to play their favorite hits for you on Saturday night August 23rd. 

There will not be a Those Were The Days broadcast on Saturday night.  This weekend marks the start of Green Bay Packer football on WRCO FM 100.9.  The pregame is set for just after 5 pm.  Old rock and roll will follow next weeks preseason game on August 16th around 9 pm.

 

Phil-WRCO

 

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