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An Hour Of TWTD Brings $750 !!!!!

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It was a record setting Walk With Grace radio auction.  Thanks to a very generous bidder that bid $750 for the right to choose an hour worth of songs during a future Those Were The Days Saturday night show.  They will choose their favorites from the 50's thru the 80's and I will spin them.  It is very rewarding to know that someone would give that much money to the cause.

 

If you are interested in getting the chance to program one hour of the Saturday night oldies program, come out to Krouskop park on Friday night August 9th.  There will be a silent auction which will also benefit Greater Richland Area Cancer Elimination.  You can bid on your chance to be a Saturday night Program Director! There will be many other items and services to bid on at the park that night.  I hope to see you at this years Walk With Grace!

 

Phil-WRCO

American Graffiti

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This Saturday night on WRCOs' Those Were The Days, I will be playing hilites from the soundtrack to the movie American Graffiti.  The film was released August 1st of 1973 during a time when a rock and roll revival was hot.  The movie put 50's and early 60's nostalgia over the top.  TV shows such as Happy Days and Laverne and Shirley owe much to that classic movie.  Future stars such as Cindy Williams,  Richard Dreyfuss, Harrison Ford, and many more became household names after they appeared in the film.

 

It was Wolfman Jack's cameo in the film that made a young farm boy dream even more about being on the radio. I would dream about being the voice on the radio late at night while restless youth were cruising about.  The radio station in the movie looked very similar to the old WRCO building. 

 

I will be taking your requests, playing trivia, and weaving some American Graffiti tunes on Those Were The Days this Saturday night.  I might even eat some popsicles like Wolfman Jack did!

 

Phil

The Summer Of 1963

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On this Saturday nights Those Were The Days radio program we will travel back to the Summer of 1963.  There were many great 45's playing on the radio back than.  Hear some of the great ones and coments from Chubby Checker and Lou Christie who were both having hits that year.  According to Joel Whitburn's Record Research, the top 5 artists that year were: #5. Bobby Vinton  #4. The 4 Seasons #3. Rick Nelson  #2. Dion  #1. The Beach Boys.

 

We will be taking your requests during this Saturday nights show.  There were some great dedications called in last week.  I love it when someone gives me a 'Wow' factor request and I have to go digging.  My favorite requests from last weekend included: 'My Back Pages' by the Byrds,  'Ride My See-Saw'- the Moody Blues,  Jeepster by T-Rex,  and 'You Know How' by Vilas Craig And The Vicounts.  Keep up the good work!   Listen for trivia this Saturday night when you hear the 'Magic Cow Bell'. 

 

Phil

Summer of 1972

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Tune in WRCO FM 100.9 for Those Were The Days Saturday night.  Following up the sister of a Beatle is a tough thing to do!  Many of you sent coments this week about the interview on last weeks show with Louise Harrison.  She was a great guest and it was fun to learn more about George and celebrate his legacy.

 

This Saturday night we will celebrate the music from the Summer of 1972.  It was a magical Summer of songs. Every song on the radio spoke to me.  I remember a trip to LaCrosse with a cousin of mine.  We were singing to every radio hit.  I was especially good at the Donny Osmond tunes! I bought one of the early K-tel albums that year.  It was called 'Believe In Music'.  Even though the songs were all edited to 2 minutes, that album captured the variety of music that Summer.  It is still one of my favorite albums.  I will be in the studio this week taking requests and talking to as many listeners as I can.  I can't wait for Saturday night....

 

Phil

This Saturday night you will be able hear one of my 'bucket list' interviews.  This week I had the chance to phone Louise Harrison (sister of the famous Beatle George).  It is an interview I have long wished for.  This is the closest I have been to a Beatle!  I have interviewed several artists from the British Invasion who knew them and once I had a chance to chat with Ringo but it never happened.  We will celebrate the music of George Harrison as we share the interview on Those Were The Days this Saturday night. 

 

Louise and her husband were living in Illinois when George came to visit them in July of 1963.  The Beatles were famous every where else in the World, however, were not known in the states.  He spent time in tiny Benton, Illinois and even played with a local band.  In February of the next year he and his band were watched by a record TV audience on the Ed Sullivan Show.  I will talk to Louise about that July of 50 years ago and about her famed brothers life.

 

I hope you enjoy our action packed program Saturday night.  I will also go back to one of my favorite music Summers growing up.  The Summer of 1978!

 

Join us Saturday night for Those Were The Days on WRCO FM 10o.9.

 

Phil

Greg Kihn On TWTD

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This Saturday night on WRCOs' Those Were The Days, we will again be taking your requests and playing trivia.  Special guest Greg Kihn will talk by phone about his career and his appearance at Mayo Park in Rochester MN. this weekend.  It is an honor to talk with him.  His Rock Kihn Roll album in the Summer of 1981 is one that I will always remember.  The song "The Breakup Song (They Don't Write Ém )" is one of those songs that I still can get a chill with when it plays.  I bought all of Greg Kihn's 80s albums and have always thought that they were under rated.  Who can ever forget Wierd Al's parody "I Lost On Jeopardy"?  It was a take off on "Jeopardy" which was the Greg Kihn Bands highest charted hit.  Greg even had a cameo role in Wierd Al's video! 

 

I hope you will use Those Were The Days as a soundtrack to your weekend fun this Saturday night.

 

Phil-TWTD Host

TV Themes List

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Last week we counted down the Top 40 Favorite TV Themes.  The list was voted on by the readers of ForgottenHits, the greatest web site ever!  Thanks to Kent Kotal for letting us count them down.  The reponse to the list was great and we even picked up a few suggestions for future countdowns.  Here is the ForgottenHits list that we counted down last week.

 

40. Where The Action Is

39. S.W.A.T.

38. The Munsters

37. The Dick Van Dyke Show

36. Miami Vice

35. The Dukes Of Hazzard

34. I Love Lucy

33. Green Acres

32. Twilight Zone

31. M*A*S*H

30. The Monkees

29. WKRP In Cincinnati

28. My Three Sons

27. Mr. Ed

26. The Brady Bunch

25. Perry Mason

24. The Jeffersons

23. Welcome Back Kotter

22. Davy Crockett

21. Laverne And Shirley

20. The Flintstones

19. Friends

18. The Mary Tyler Moore Show

17. The Andy Griffith Show

16. Hill Street Blues

15. Happy Days

14. Gilligans Island

13. Cheers

12. The Greatest American Hero

11. American Bandstand

10. Secret Agent Man

09. The Rockford Files

08. Batman

07. The Beverly Hillbillies

06. Dragnet

05. Bonanza

04. The Adams Family

03. Peter Gunn

02. Mission: Impossible

01. Hawaii Five-0

The Summer Of Love

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This week on Those Were The Days we will be flying back to this weekend in 1967.  The Summer Of Love was just getting underway.  The underground sound of rock and roll music was crossing over to the Top 40.  The Doors were the first group to have a number one on the FM and AM radio charts at the same time with 'Light My Fire'.  The Beatles Sgt. Peppers Lonely Hearts club band was the album to have.  Some of the 60's biggest stars were still cranking out hits including Frankie Valli who was having a solo hit away from the Four Seasons. I hope you enjoy the best of the Summer of '67.  I will be in the studio to take your requests from the 50's through the 80's and will be playing trivia as well.  Give me a call Saturday night!

 

Phil-TWTD Host

 

P.S. We have been getting great coments about last weeks Philfest 'live' concert of the mind!  The weather got bad Saturday night, however, luckily we were able to stretch a tarp across the audience and keep everyone dry. 

PhilFest This Weekend!

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Listen for a broadcast of great live performances during this weekends Those Were The Days on WRCO FM 100.9.  This concert of the mind is sold out and the only way to hear it is by listening Saturday night.  These are the groups, artists, and the songs that I would most like to hear at an outdoor fest.  The radio cast of the concert will begin around 7:30 pm.  I will be introducing the acts. 

  Here is a list of the performers at the first annual PhilFest in Sextonville.

 

7:30-8:00 p    Vilas Craig And The Vicounts

                    Tommy James

 

8:00-9:00 p    Steve Miller Band

                    Neil Young

                    Dave Mason

                    Fats Domino

                    The Grass Roots

                    Bob Seger

                    Kansas

 

9:00-10:00 p  Sha Na Na

                    The Guess Who

                    The Blues Magoos

                    The Cars

                    BoDeans

                    Kiss

                    Paul Revere & The Raiders

                    Foghat

                    Paul McCartney

 

10:00-11:00 p Tom Petty

                     Grand Funk

                     AC/DC

                     Billy Joel

                     ZZ Topp

 

11:00-12:00 a  Fleetwood Mac

                     The Eagles

 

 

*****Times are subject to change because of heavy runway traffic in Sextonville.

 

Join us for the concert of the mind this Saturday night on WRCO.  We will kick off the show with a look at The Forgotten Hits Favorite TV Themes as voted on by Forgotten Hits readers earlier this Spring!  Join us for a great time this weekend.

 

Phil

Grease Weekend!

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The mega successful movie Grease was released 35 years ago this weekend!  For those of us old enough to remember, Grease was the word during the Summer of 1978.  The soundtrack album came out 2 months before the movie and by the time the movie was released, You're The One That I Want by Olivia Newton-John and John Travolta had hit number one. The most successful songs from the soundtrack also include: Grease,  Hopelessly Devoted To You,  Summer Nights,  Sandy, and Greased Lightnin.   We will be spinning some of the best loved Grease songs along with your favorite tunes from the 50's through the 80's on this weekends Those Were The Days radio show on WRCO FM 100.9.  Listen for the 'Magic Cow Bell' which can make you a winner during this Saturday nights show and it airs between 6 p and Midnight.

 

Phil-Host

 

 

This Week In 1970

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There were some hot hits this weekend in 1970.  We will take an audio look at some of the radio memories during this Saturday nights Those Were The Days program on WRCO FM 100.9.  One of the top groups was C.C.R., Norman Greenbaum was hitting it big with his only top 40 hit "Spirit In The Sky" and artists that appeared at Woodstock in August of 1969 were enjoying early 1970 radio success. 

 

Join the campfire gangs of Southwest Wisconsin that use Those Were The Days as a soundtrack to weekend fun.  Saturday nights from 6 until Midnight on WRCO.

 

Phil

There have been many great songs that rang from tiny radio speakers over the years during the 3 day Memorial weekend.  We will take a look at some of 60's best examples on this Saturdays Those Were The Days radio show on WRCO FM 100.9.

 

I will also pull out some old Doors music in honor of Ray Manzarek who died this week. The Doors songs are so recognizable and the biggest reason is the key board sound.  Here is some info on the death of this amazingly talent musiciain.

 
Ray Manzarek, a founding member of the 1960s rock group The Doors, whose versatile and often haunting keyboards complemented Jim Morrison's gloomy baritone and helped set the mood for some of rock's most enduring songs, has died. He was 74. Manzarek died Monday in Rosenheim, Germany, surrounded by his family, said publicist Heidi Robinson-Fitzgerald. She said the musician's manager, Tom Vitorino, confirmed Manzarek died after being stricken with bile duct cancer.
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Give me a call Saturday night during Those Were The Days. (608) 647-4145.
 
Phil

The Group America On TWTD

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Gerry Beckley of the group America will be our special artist guest on Those Were The Days this Saturday night.  America won the Grammy award for the best new group of 1972 after the success of the song 'A Horse With No Name' and a number one debut album.  They were up against Loggins And Messina,  John Prine, Harry Chapin, and the Eagles!  One of their number one songs is also one of my personal faves 'Sister Golden Hair' from 1975.  Enjoy the hits of America on Saturday night. 

 

Recently we have been getting a number of older Country songs requested.  Our rule of thumb has alway been that we will play it if it made the Top 40 charts.  Johnny Cash had several songs that were played on the rock n' roll stations.  Tunes like I Walk The Line,  Get Rhythm, Ring Of Fire, and A Boy Named Sue all crossed over. Patsy Cline had several records that had success outside of the Country field.  An artist such as George Jones or Merle Haggard did not have the same cross over appeal.  Listeners are some times confused when they hear Johnny Cash and wonder why I wont play their request.    Feel free to call Beau on Sunday nights during his Old Country program and he would be glad to play something for you.

 

I will look forward to hearing from you on Saturday night.  Request a song from the 50's through the 80's rock and roll. 

 

Phil-WRCO

Spring Of 1965 On The Radio

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Hey Rock N' Rollers!  This Saturday night on WRCO FM  I will take you back to some of the great pop radio tunes from 1965.  Even if you weren't alive, you will remember hearing many of these 45's on oldies radio through the years.  Though the Beatles had a big hit from their second movie 'A Ticket To Ride', British group Hermans Hermits had two songs in the top 20.  American group Gary Lewis And The Playboys were holding their own against the overseas musical attack. 

 

Tune in 100.9 FM this Saturday night for another shot of Rock N' Roll from the 50's through the 80's.  Give me a call and request a song on Saturday night.  I would love to hear from you.  Listen for the 'Magic Cow Bell' and win something from the grab bag of goodies.  Prizes include water park passes, a gas card, cash,  food, auto parts, and more.  Listen to Those Were The Days this Saturday night.

 

Phil Nee

I am happy to announce that our Saturday Night program that aired a while back will be rebroadcast Saturday in Lake County Illinois and streamed live to the World.  The moving and grooving 'Walk Don't Run" marathon will hit the airwaves Saturday at 11am.  Thanks to Kent Kotal for making this happen.  We have been proud to work with him on past projects and many of you have enjoyed all of the features of his Forgotten Hits website.  Thanks to WRLR 98.3 for agreeing to playback the six hour program.  It follows their 5k run/walk on Saturday morning.  You can listen in through their website Saturday and than listen to WRCO live Saturday night. That is a total of 12 hours of Those Were the Days!.   Their station link is below.

 

Phil

 
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TWTD With Mr. 1979...Phil Nee

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Hey Rock n' Rollers!  I will be back with a live show this Saturday night.  I hope you enjoyed last weeks focus on 1973 and 1983.  There were good coments on the outstanding Spring songs from both of those great pop music years.

 

This week on WRCOs Those Were The Days, we will park in 1979 and show you how good radio sounded that Spring!  There were still a few samples of disco, however, new wave groups such as Blondie were coming up.  Harder edged songs from the likes of Van Halen and Boston were hanging around the Top 40.  The city of Boston also gave us the Cars and that group was blasting out of car radios. 

 

I hope to hear from you.  Request one of your favorites during the first Saturday night in May.  We will be awarding prizes to those that answer the trivia questions correctly.  Win food, gift certificates, and water park passes this weekend when you hear the 'Magic Cow Bell' ring. Turn it up loud!

 

Phil Nee

WRCO FM 100.9

Early 1973 And Should Have Been Biggers!

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Hey Rock and Rollers! Join me for some early 1973 pop radio memories on WRCO FM 100.9 Saturday night.  Hear a few of the 45's I bought at Saffells' music store in Richland Center in 1973.  Some of them I may have to put a washer on the tone arm so they wont skip!  Later in the program I will be sharing with you the results of Rich Appel's annual 'Should Have Been A Top Ten Hit survey.  the poll of music fans from all over the World has had some interesting results.  The Beach Boys fared very well this year, and Chicagos' own New Colony Six have a couple of songs in the top 25.  Join us for Those Were The Days Saturday night when we check out all of the classic hits and misses from the 50's through the 80's.

 

Phil Nee

Hey Rock n' Rollers!  Tune in 100.9 FM on Saturday night and hear some cool tunes from this weekend in 1969.  Hear stories behind some of the top songs of the day from those that recorded them. Listen for songs from the Fifth Dimension, Gary Puckett, the Beatles and many more!   I hope to hear from you this weekend!  Give me a call on the request line (608) 647-4155.  There have been many great requests during the month of April.  If I can't find what you are requesting, I will work on digging it up for a future show. 

 

I will be out on Saturday (April 20th) digging for hidden gems during the 6th Annual National Record Store Day.  This day celebrates independent record stores across the nation.  If I find a few golden nuggets, I may bring those back with me and play them Saturday night!

 

Phil

Parking With The Radio On In 1976!

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We will park our magic car in the year of 1976 this Saturday night during WRCOs' Those Were The Days.  You will hear some of the great songs that were on the Billboard music chart including:  Dream Weaver-Gary Wright,  Dream On-Aerosmith,  Lonely Night (Angel Face)-Captain And Tennille, Show Me The Way-Peter Frampton,  Bohemian Rhapsody-Queen,  Love Machine-The Miracles, and December 1963 (Oh What A Night)-The Four Seasons.  When I hear these songs I may want to ride my Huffy bike to the gas station and buy a Double Cola and a Charleston Chew.

 

Request a pop radio song from the 50's through the 80's during Those Were The Days this Saturday night on WRCO FM 100.9.

 

Phil

This Week In 1964-Beatle Domination!

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This week in 1964, the Beatles were dominating the Billboard Hot 100 Music Chart.  The lads from Liverpool had the top 5 most popular songs in the Country. Here is a list of the top 5 from the first weekend of April, 1964.

#5. Please Please Me

#4. I Want To Hold Your Hand

#3. She Loves You

#2. Twist And Shout

#1. Can't Buy Me Love

 

This week on Those Were The Days we will look back at the most popular 1964 songs.  A few American artists were having success including: The Four Seasons,  The Beach Boys,  and the Temptations.  We will be playing your favorite requests from the first 35 years of rock and roll. You can be the winner of food, tickets, and perhaps even your own collectable WRCO hat!  I hope you tune in 100.9 FM this Saturday night for this weeks edition of Those Were The Days.

 

Phil Nee

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