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Southern Fried TWTD Rock

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Southern Rock has long been a popular genre of music and this Saturday night Those Were The Days will feature some of the best.  Ultimate Classic Rock recently came out with its Top 10 best Southern Rock songs of all time and we will count them down for you.  You may be surprised by the number one song on the list. There are a few standards that did not make the top 10. There is even a British band with a song in the Southern Rock Top 10!  I will be broadcasting volleyball  this Saturday night.   I will be back later in the night to play your rock and roll requests!  Please give me a call Saturday night. 

On October 12th Those Were The Days was officially 26 years old.  Thanks for all of the musical memories!  I would like to say that we have grown up together, however, I don't feel like I have grown up yet!


Phil Nee 

Paul Evans Singer-Songwriter On TWTD

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On this Saturday nights Those Were The Days, hear my conversation with Paul Evans.  He was the writer and performer on several big hits in the 50's and 60's.  Those songs include:  Seven Little Girls, and Happy Go Lucky along with hits for Elvis (I Gotta Know),  and Bobby Vinton (Roses Are Red).  He was a writer when rock and roll was young and he has a lot of tales about those days. 

Join WRCO FM 100.9 for Those Were The Days on Saturday night after CBS news at 6:00 pm and until 12 midnight.  Request a pop hit from the 50's through the 80's and I will see if I can dig it up for you.  Several tried and failed to stump me last Saturday night.  It is always great to hear from so many that enjoy the variety of music that we play.  It is fun to imagine what is going on out there in radio land and who is listening.  Last week we heard from an Elvis impersonator who was traveling through the area.  Two weeks back a couple called us for a song on their wedding night!    I love radio very much, however, I don't remember listening to the radio the night I got married. 

I hope to hear from you on Saturday night.



Get Your Kicks In '66

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This week on Those Were The Days, we will feature some of the top songs from this weekend in 1966.  There was a lot happening as music was changing that Fall.  Groups like the Association were having great success with beautiful melodies, the Monkees were first on tv and even out sold the Beatles late in the year.  Motown groups were all the rage and harder edged 'garage rock' was hitting the mainstream.  Enjoy the hits from this weekend in 1966 Saturday night on WRCOs' Those Were The Days. 

Enjoy the greatest pop radio memories from the 50's through the 80's.  Those Were The Days features a great soundtrack for campfires!  Maybe you will win a trivia prize.  I hope to hear from you Saturday night.



This week on WRCOs'Those Were The Days, KC of KC And The Sunshine Band will be my phone guest.  Although I have been blessed with the chance to interview hundreds of artists from the 50's through the 80's, the chance to have Harry Wayne Casey (KC) as a guest has never happened before.  Did you know?.....KC was a co-writer of George McCrae's number one hit 'Rock Your Baby' a year before the Sunshine Band hit it big...The Sunshine Band was the first act to score four # 1 pop hits in one 12 month period....KC's music has been featured in over 75 movies.


Have a disco good time Saturday night and request a song from our always expanding library of vintage tracks.  Those Were The Days on WRCO FM 100.9 can be heard from 6 p to Midnight.


Thanks for listening!


Disco Daddy Phil Nee

I have really enjoyed all of the great Saturday night requests recently.  There has been a great variety of music from all eras.  Thanks for the thoughtful dedications.  It is always fun when I get asked to play a song that has never been played on the show.  This seems to happen every week.  Join us for more Those Were The Days on WRCO FM 100.9 from 6:00 p - Midnight on Saturday night.



Where Were You In '82?

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This week on Those Were The Days we will hang out for a time during a weekend in 1982. I will be back to take your favorite rock n' roll radio requests from the 50's through the 80's. The 'magic cow bell' will ring when it's trivia time. I can't wait to dig out more vinyl memories for you during this Saturday nights edition of Those Were The Days on WRCO FM 100.9 !



Guest Night For GRACE

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This week on Those Were The Days we will have many features.  Hear some of the top songs from this weekend in 1972 and 1978.  Two of my children will take a crack at showing up the Old Man when they dj an hour of the show between 9 p and 10 p.

Earlier this Summer 2 listeners stepped up to the plate and bid big money for the chance to program an hours worth of their favorite songs.  This Saturday night they get what they payed for.   From 7:00 o' clock until 8 hear the songs chosen by 'Team Marlene'.  Marlene Tilsner has a great lineup of special dedications to her family and friends.  From 8 p until 9 p  join us for WPEP courtesy of WRCO.  Jeff Peper was the winning bidder and will unveil some of his favorites for family and friends.

It will be a fun night of great music from the 50's through the 80's on Those Were The Days Saturday night!



Labor Day Weekend 1967 And Your Requests

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The year of 1967 has always been a favorite music year for me.  This week on Those Were The Days we will play a few of those AM radio classics from the last few weeks of the Summer Of Love.   The song 'Light My Fire' by the Doors had recently hit number one and the group would make a memorable appearance on the Ed Sullivan show in the fall of 1967.  Bobby Vee was having a comeback hit with 'Come Back When You Grow Up',  The Beatles were proclaiming "All You Need Is Love",  and the Monkees were singing about a 'Pleasant Valley Sunday' during the first weekend of September in 1967.  Another reason that I am so fond of 1967 is that my wife June was born that year, however, don't tell her I told you so.  The song 'Brown Eyed Girl' by Van Morrison has always reminded me of her.  That was a big radio song this weekend 45 years ago.


On Those Were The Days this Saturday night you can enjoy 6 hours of great radio memories.  Call us with your requests, play trivia, and win a prize donated by one of our sponsors.



A Rick Nelson Profile And Your Requests

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On Those Were The Days this week, I will feature exerpts of an interview I recorded this week with Sheree Homer.  Sheree has written a book called Rick Nelson, Rock 'n'Roll Pioneer.  Sheree will give her thoughts on why she feels that Rick Nelson is over looked when people talk about the early days of rock and roll.  Hear some great tracks from a legendary artitst that began on his parents tv show at 8 years old.  He went from teen idol to adult superstar and became one of the first to blend Country music with Rock And Roll.


I hope to talk with you Saturday night when you request a song.  It is always great to talk music, movies, tv, and other stuff from the 50's through the 80's.  Those Were The Days can be heard from 6:00 p until Midnight on Saturday nights on WRCO FM 100.9.



Your Requests With Philvis And Elvis

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What a great night of requests this past Saturday night!  You made me dig for songs not played in a while and some that we have never played.  The hotline will be open and the 'Magic Cow Bell' will be ringing when its trivia time this Saturday night. We will also feature a few Elvis favorites and rare cuts.  

Many of us can well remember where we were on August 16th of 1977 when we first heard the news of his death.  I was with a cousin of mine and we were taking some time for bike riding because the rain that day had postponed the hay making.  When we got back to the house I went to my room and turned on the radio.  ABC news was just starting on WRCO and the newscast began with a portion of the song Hound Dog.  The newsman than stated that the King Of Rock And Roll had died in Memphis.  It didn't seem like it was real.  It took a few hours for it to sink in.  I had been a big Elvis fan as a very young boy.  I even saved my change and sent away for an Elvis record that was advertised on TV.  I used to imitate him in front of the mirror and branched out to Mrs. Varana's classroom in 5th grade.  This even won over a few 6th grade girls who actually talked to me after my Elvis tributes!  

Elvis is probably more popular today than in 1977.  We still get some of his songs requested each weekend.  Request one of your favorite Elvis tunes during this weekends program.  I hope to hear from you this Saturday night. 



Thanks For Helping G.R.A.C.E.

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During the recent Greater Richland Area Cancer Elimination radio auction, two of our great Saturday night listeners were  winning bidders and will now get to program their favorite songs during an hour of Those Were The Days.  Thanks to everyone who bid on this unique chance.  Congratulations to Marlene and Jeff.  They will each get to tell me what to play during an hour of Those Were The Days.  The show will air on Saturday night September 8th.  Thanks to everyone who helped G.R.A.C.E. in any way this year.



Thanks For Helping G.R.A.C.E.

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Thanks to everyone who bid on an hours worth of music during our radio auction for Greater Richland Area Cancer Elimination.  The two winning bidders combined to contribute  $315.00 to this years Walk With Grace.  Congratulations to Marlene and Jeff!.  They are two of our most loyal Saturday night listeners.  They each will get to program an hours worth of music on Those Were The Days.  The show will air on Saturday night September 8th on FM 100.9.



The group Earth Wind And Fire had a pile of hits in the 70's and 80's.  An interview with group member Ralph Johnson will be among the highlights of this weekends Those Were The Days on WRCO FM 100.9.  The super group was getting much airplay this weekend in 1978 with a Beatles remake 'Got To Get You Into My Life'.  That song was from the ill fated movie 'Sgt Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band' which was getting panned by the critics during the Summer of 1978.  Listen for chart memories from '78 and get set to request a song during our 6 hour tribute to Rock And Roll that was made  between 1954 and 1989.  I hope to hear from you Saturday night.



The Walk Don't Run Marathon!

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This week on the show we will feature another night of songs with titles and lyrics about walking and running.  I think that you will be amazed at the amount of songs about motion.  The following is an example of the types of songs you can hear on WRCO's Those Were The Days on Saturday night:  Walk Don't Run,  Runaway,  Walking In The Rain,  Walk Away Renee,  Fox On The Run,  Born To Run,  Sleepwalk,  I Walk The Line,  Band On The Run,  Running Bear,  Walk This Way,  Take It On The Run, and many many more.  After six hours featuring  all of those motion songs, we will be in great shape!  Tune your radio to WRCO FM 100.9 Saturday night.


We hope to see you on August 11th for the classic car show at the Starlite 14 Drive In.  Beautiful cars, vintage music, and a benefit for the Smiles For A Child effort.  The local effort also continues to save our in door and out door theatres in Richland Center.  I hope you will get involved.


Thanks for reading.



I was very young in 1969, however, I remember my parents and aunt and uncle in front of the Curtis Mathis tv watching the Apollo 11 mission and the first steps on the moon.  I can still see  the glow of the tv from the living room and going outside to the screened front porch to look at the moon in hopes of seeing men walking on the moon with my own eyes!

There were some great hits on the radio during July of 1969.  I will spin some of them for you on this Saturday nights edition of  Those Were The Days. You will be able to hear an interview with Denny Zager.  He was 1/2 of the duo Zager and Evans.  That union has the title of 'Biggest One Hit Wonder Of All Time'.   In The Year 2525 was number one for 6 weeks in the Summer of 1969 (including the day man first walked on the moon).  Zager and Evans never had another chart success after that.  Hear some of the great hits from the Summer of 1969 and requests from throughout Soutwest Wisconsin.  WRCO FM 100.9 is the place this Saturday night for 6 hours of great pop radio memories.



The Beach Boys are touring in support of a new album and a single which we are currently playing on WRCO FM 100.9 called 'That's Why God Made The Radio'.  It has been 50 years since their first single 'Surfin' debuted on the radio.  They were one of the few American groups that made sure that the Top 40 charts of the 60's were not totally dominated by British acts.  A while back I interviewed  David Marks.  He was one of the founding members of the Beach Boys.  As a neighbor of the Wilson's he was asked to join the group at the age of 14.  Five albums later he left the group at the top of its popularity.  He is back with them this Summer and touring the World during the 50th anniversary year. 

Hear tunes from the Beach Boys and your rock and roll requests on this Saturday nights edition of Those Were The Days on FM 100.9.  I thought we had a great show last week.  There were so many requested songs that we hadn't dusted off for awhile.  It was incredible!  Thank you for making the host of Those Were The Days proud.


This week on WRCOs' Those Were The Days we will check out the hot happenings from the Summer of 1981.  I think it was one of the best ever in terms of music, tv, and movies.  We will prove our point on this Saturday nights show.  Big songs on the radio came from such acts as: Loverboy,  Moody Blues,  Pat Benatar,  REO Speedwagon, Foreigner, and more.  We will hear the music and from some of the artists that were enjoying Summer hits in 1981.


Top movies included:  Mel Brook's History Of The World Part One,  Bill Murray in Stripes,  Raiders Of The Lost Ark,  the James Bond action film For Your Eyes Only,  Cheech and Chong's Nice Dreams,  and The Great Muppet Caper.  I watched all of these in downtown Richland Center and later at the Starlite 14 Drive In (one of our sponsors).


We will feature an open phone line all night for your choice requests and you can win a cool prize when we play trivia.  Hear the best of the 50's through the 80's pop radio music on this weeks Those Were The Days from app: 6:00 p to Midnight.


I hope to year from you this week.



Rock And Roll For Grace Auction

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The WRCO G.R.A.C.E.  radio auction begins July 30th on WRCO FM 100.9.  Those Were The Days fans can bid on one hour of the show!  If you are the successful bidder, you will be able to program one hour of music during a future Saturday night.  The songs must be rock and roll classics from the 50's through the 80's  that we play on Saturday nights.   We play app: 15 songs  per hour on Those Were The Days.  Help out Greater Richland Area Cancer Elimination  and tell me what to play for one hour on a future edition of old time rock and roll on WRCO FM 100.9.  Listen for future updates on the G.R.A.C.E. auction during Those Were The Days.  Watch for details on our website and keep checking this blog for more information on a fun fundraiser.



1964 And Rain Songs!

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This week on Those Were The Days we will turn the clock back to this weekend in 1964.  Everyone remembers that the Beatles took the first shot and led the British Invasion on the American charts that year.  This weekend several American acts such as the Beach Boys were firing back great hits. 

Last Saturday night, someone requested 'Raindance' by the Guess Who.  That got me thinking that we should play a few rain songs this week and maybe we can shake some rain out of the sky.

It was a sad day recently when we heard of the death of Andy Griffith.  I wanted to live in Mayberry when I was a kid.  My dad had an Andy Griffith 78 rpm record that came out long before The Andy Griffith Show. The record featured  Andy's stand up routine "What It Was, Was Football" which is still funny after all of the these years.   He was so talented and had so much class.

Last week we lost Don Grady to cancer.  Don was well known for his role in My Three Sons. He was also the drummer of a 60's music group known as The Yellow Balloon.   He was my guest a few years ago on Those Were The Days and I will feature a bit of that interview on this weeks program.

We will also be taking your requests and playing trivia.  I hope to hear from you this Saturday night between 6 and Midnight  when we again 'take those old records off the shelf' on WRCO FM 100.9.



Favorite Songs Of Summer

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This week on Those Were The Days, you will hear a tribute to some of the best Summer songs of all time.  Songs that take us back to those care free times.  Here is a list of the Top 12 All Time Summer Songs according to readers of the Forgotten Hits website and Scott Shannon of the True Oldies Channel.


12.  A Summer Song-Chad & Jeremy

 11.  Itsy Bitsy Teenie  Weenie Yellow  Polka Dot Bikini-Brian Hyland

 10.  California Girls-Beach Boys

   9.  Wipe Out-Surfaris

   8.  In The Summertime-Mungo Jerry

   7.  Surfin'USA-Beach Boys

   6.  Under The Boardwalk-The Drifters

   5.  Hot Fun in the Summertime-Sly And The Family Stone

   4.  Summer Of '69-Bryan Adams

   3.  All Summer Long-The Beach Boys

   2.  Summertime Blues-Eddie Cochran

   1.  Summer In The City-Lovin Spoonful


You can listen for a few of these songs and more this Saturday night between 6 p and Midnight on WRCO FM 100.9.  We will be taking your requests and when we ring the 'Magic Cow Bell', you could be the trivia winner.  Happy Summertime!



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