Blog

facebook

WRCO Blog

The official Blog of WRCO AM FM Radio!

  • Home
    Home This is where you can find all the blog posts throughout the site.
  • Categories
    Categories Displays a list of categories from this blog.
  • Bloggers
    Bloggers Search for your favorite blogger from this site.
Recent blog posts

Rich Appel is again organizing a countdown of should have bigger hits from the 50s through the 90s.  Here is a little more info....Phil

 

Here's where folks can 'file their I.R.S. form' and declare the songs they think 'really shoulda' been top 10 hits (they can also email their votes to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. href="mailto:This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ). All the rules and prize info is here, too. The countdown, as always, happens tax month in April.
 
 
 

Bond..James Bond with Nee..Phil Nee

Posted by on in Those Were The Days

There are many tributes these days to the James Bond Franchise of movies because it is the 50th anniversary year of the first movie.  This week on Those Were The Days we will remember some of the great James Bond music through the 60's, 70's, and 80's.  Shirley Bassey recently tore it up on the Academy Awards show.  The 76 year old singer sang her hit from the James Bond film Goldfinger and looked and sounded great!  Many singers have received the honor of singing a James Bond title song.  Tom Jones,  Nancy Sinatra, Lulu,  Rita Coolidge, Gladys Knight, and Duran Duran!  My two faves are Carly Simon's Nobody Does It Better (from The Spy Who Loved Me),  and Paul McCartney's Live And Let Die (from the 1973 film of the same name).  I have vivid memories of hearing Wings on the radio with that song and I turned it up loud every time I heard it.  Fast forward to 1993 and the only time I was in the presence of a Beatle!  There were 55,000 other people at Milwaukee County Stadium. Sir Paul and the band launched into Live And Let Die and shot off rockets and explosions.  What a great night it was! 

 

Share your music memories this weekend when you request a song with WRCOs' Those Were The Days.  We feature the best of the 50's through the 80's starting just after 6 pm. 

 

Phil-Your Grey Haired Host

No Jive....It's 1975! On TWTD

Posted by on in Those Were The Days

This week on WRCOs' Those Were The Days we will be taking your requests and playing trivia.  We will also be spinning a few hot ones from this weekend in 1975.  The middle 1970's sometimes gets unfairly tagged as a pop music wasteland, however, I always liked some of the early disco records.  The early March Billboard Pop Chart featured records by the Eagles,  Doobie Brothers,  Grand Funk,  America,  Styx,  BTO,  Sugarloaf,  Bad Company, and Olivia Newton-John.  It was still a great variety of music on the pop charts that crackled out of my Panasonic AM radio on great stations like WLS out of Chicago,  KAAY Little Rock, Arkansas,  WISM Madison Wisconsin, and WRCOs' Music Scene at night.  Go back to that year and all of the 35 years that we play from. Help me program the show with a phone call Saturday night during WRCOs' Those Were The Days! 

 

Phil-Veteran Host Of TWTD

We Will Wrestle With 1958 On TWTD

Posted by on in Those Were The Days

This Saturday night we will feature hilites of high school wrestling and old time rock and roll on WRCO FM 100.9.  Those Were The Days will drop in for a visit and can be heard wall to wall after the local wrestlers are done with their matches.

 

We will head back to 1958 for some rock and roll relics from the Happy Days era!  Hear big records from the February Billboard Hot 100.  Songs from Chuck Berry,  Elvis,  Jerry Lee Lewis,  Little Richard, the Chordettes, and more will be featured.  We will be taking your requests.  I hope you will try to stump me.  It is always appreciated when someone asks for a rare one from the 50's through the 80's.  Win a great prize if you answer the trivia question correctly on this weeks Those Were The Days radio program.

 

Keep on Rockin!

 

Phil

TWTD Host

First Beatles Album Turns 50!

Posted by on in Those Were The Days

This week on WRCOs' Those Were The Days we will be spinning tracks from the first Beatles album which was recorded in February of 1963.  Prior to the Beatles the 33 1/3 album was not a popular format for rock n' roll fans.  The album known as Please Please Me in England and Introducing...The Beatles in America included 14 songs (8 of which were written by McCartney-Lennon).  Hits from the album included:  Twist And Shout,  I Saw Her Standing There,  Please Please Me, Do You Want To Know A Secret?,  and Love Me Do.  Most of the tracks were recorded in one session that last 9 hours and 45 minutes.  This is amazing when you realize that many of todays stars take months and sometimes even years to perfect the album they want.

 

We will not only spin classic Beatle tracks, but your amazing requests will be a part of the show.  Those Were The Days can be heard Saturday night on WRCO FM 100.9 after WIAA High School Sectional Wrestling.  Maybe you will win a trivia prize this weekend!

 

Phil-TWTD Host

The Five Americans were a Dallas based rock and roll quintet in the mid to late 60's.  Most famous for the song Western Union, they also had memorable top 40 hits such as: I See The Light,  Sound Of Love, and Zip Code.  The lead singer of the group has written a new book called 'High Strung'.  Mike Rabon will talk about his rock and roll days and the new book on WRCO FM 100.9 Saturday night.  He was in public school administration until he retired a while back.  He was afraid to publish a book about his rock and roll past for fear his students would read about his previous wild life, so he waited until he retired.

 

Join us for Those Were The Days Saturday night and request a song from the 50's through the 80's.  Win a prize when we play trivia.  Just listen for the 'Magic Cow Bell'.  You could win 2 passes to a special Valentine showing of the movie 'The Notebook' at the Center Cinema Twins in downtown Richland Center on Saturday afternoon February 16th.  Listen for details on WRCO FM 100.9 this Saturday night.

 

Phil-Host Of TWTD Since 1986

Ground Hogs Day, 1971!

Posted by on in Those Were The Days

This week on WRCOs' Those Were The Days, we will be spinning your requests and remembering 1971.  I recall going to Saffell's music store in Richland Center and checking out the charts and trying to buy the best 45 rpm record of the bunch.  That was a difficult job since there were so many good tunes from such artists as Tony Orlando and Dawn (number one with Knock Three Times),  Elton John,  the Jackson Five,  the Grass Roots, and CCR.  Those little records cost me 89 cents and that was big money when your allowance was around a quarter a week!

 

Join us for great pop radio memories this Saturday night on WRCO FM 100.9 from 6 pm until Midnight.

 

Phil

1963 With The Nee

Posted by on in Those Were The Days

Hey Rock n' Rollers!  This Saturday night you will hear more greats from the 50's through the 80's.  We will stop during the night and park in 1963.  There was a lot of cool tunes blasting out of those AM radios during that year.  According to Joel Whitburn's Pop Music Annual, these were the top artists of 1963:  1.  The Beach Boys 2.  Dion  3.  Rick Nelson  4.  The 4 Seasons  5.  Bobby Vinton.  It was the last year before the Beatles hit in America and there were a lot of artists enjoying their last moments in the sun prior to the British Invasion! 

 

We will be taking your rock and roll requests and ringing the bell when we play trivia.  Many times trivia sparks conversations and arguments.  Those Were The Days can be the bet settler.  Give us a call Saturday night at WRCO and have a great time from 6 p until Midnight.

 

Phil Nee-TWTD Host

This Week In '78

Posted by on in Those Were The Days

Those Were The Days returns to the airwaves of WRCO FM 100.9 Saturday night.  It will be our first show in 2013 and I am getting fired up!  The last 2 weeks while the Packers were playing, I was pretending to do a show.  This was just to keep me in practice, and it created a diversion from the intensity of the Packer games.  This time we will hop in the Maverick Time Tunnel and head on back to 1978!  Many people think that pop music from that era was all disco.  While there were many delving in disco, there was also a new wave of artists featuring a pop and rock sound.  Artists that made radio debuts in 1978 included:  Van Halen,  Eddie Money,  Journey,  Kim Carnes,  The Cars,  Cheap Trick, Toto, and Prince.  We will play for you a few of those artists and more from 1978 this Saturday nightl  Those Were The Days will waiting to hear from you with a request for a hit from the 50's thru the 80's this Saturday night from 6 p to Midnight.

 

Rock on!

 

Philip Nee

Those Were The Days Host                                              

We Remember Sammy Johns

Posted by on in Those Were The Days

Singer songwriter Sammy Johns died recently.  I had the pleasure of interviewing him for Those Were The Days about ten years ago.  His song Chevy Van really captured the 70's sound and the dream of care free highways and care free love!  Here is the story that was sent by the Associated Press this week.

 

Phil


"CHEVY VAN" SINGER SAMMY JOHNS DIES
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - The singer-songwriter who made "Chevy Van" a hit in 1975 has died. The Charlotte Observer reports Sammy Johns died Friday at the age of 66. A cause of death was not given. Johns recorded "Chevy Van" in 1973 but it was nearly 18 months later before it was released. It peaked at number five and sold more than 3 million copies. Johns had said the song wasn't about a specific woman. Johns never had another hit of his own, but he wrote "America" for Waylon Jennings and "Common Man" for John Conlee.

 

 

 

 

The Packers will play this Saturday night.  This really reminds me of my athletic career.  With the big game going on, I am on the bench with nothing to do except cheer on the team.   Those Were The Days will be postponed because of Packer coverage this week.  We have some really great shows to bring you in 2013.  If the Packers win this week, they will play a week from Sunday.  That means the new season for Those Were The Days will start next Saturday.  With all of this energy from having a couple of weeks on the sidelines, I could get out of control next week!  Tune in WRCO FM 100.9 for all of the fun during future Saturday nights.

 

Phil

No Those Were The Days. Go Pack Go!!!

Posted by on in Those Were The Days

Since the Packers did not get the second seed in the NFL playoffs, they have to play this weekend and the FOX network has the rematch with the Vikings slated for Saturday night at 7 pm.  This added insult to injury for me this week.  Not only is it a chilly week at my house after the Bears did not make the playoffs (my wife and kids are die hard Bear fans!), but I was looking forward to sharing with you a few of my Christmas presents on Those Were The Days. The Packers will be heard this Saturday night on WRCO FM 100.9.  If they are going to take the place of my show, they had better win!  Go Pack Go! 

 

Phil

Say Goodbye To 1972

Posted by on in Those Were The Days

On this Saturday nights Those Were The Days radio program, we will be spinning back to the year end countdown from 1972!  There were many great hits during that year in popular music.  Some that we still play often and some other gems that have slipped through the cracks over the years.  Hear some of our '72 memories on this weekends show between 6 pm and Midnight on Saturday night.  The top charting artists according to Billboard magazine were: 1. Al Green 2. Nilsson 3.  Donny Osmond 4.  The Stylistics  5. James Brown 6.  Michael Jackson  7.  Bread  8.  Gilbert O' Sullivan 9.  Carpenters  10.  America.

 

The request line will be open. Feel free to request a great song from the 50's through the 80's.  The trivia quiz will give you a chance to have some fun and win a prize.

 

I will talk to you Saturday night.

 

Phil (TWTD Host)

Christmas Party Like It's 1982!

Posted by on in Those Were The Days

Hey Rock And Rollers!  This Saturday night on the crazy program we call 'Those Were The Days', we will be spinning back to the year of 1982.  We will play for you some of the top songs of the year.  It was a very good year for music with hits from leftover 70's groups,  MTV hits,  Country, and much more.  It is one of my favorite years for music and I hope you enjoy it.  We will also be playing some of the most requested Rock And Roll Christmas tunes on this weeks show which begins a little after 6:00 on Saturday night.

 

Merry Christmas!

 

Phil

1975-76 Winter Time Classics-Christmas & More

Posted by on in Those Were The Days

We will rock and roll back to the mid-70's on Those Were The Days this Saturday night.  Enjoy great rock and roll from many artists that are associated with the 70's.  Get your Elevator Shoes on and dance along with the tunes between 6 p and Midnight this week on 100.9.  We will be taking your requests and playing a few of your favorite rockin' Christmas songs.

 

Thanks for all of the great coments on our Vilas Craig and the Garage Bands show that aired this past Saturday night.  It was fun putting it all together.  In case you missed it,  The Shadows Of Knight were voted the top garage band by the readers of Kent Kotal's Forgotten Hits website.  Their song Gloria is a staple  amoung rock and roll greats of the 60s.

 

We will talk with you Saturday night!

 

Phil-Those Were The Days WRCO FM 100.9

On this Saturday nights Those Were The Days we will feature more local, regional, and garage rock from the 60's than ever before.  Between 6:00 and 8:00 you can hear the Vilas Craig And the ViCounts story.  Portions of this segment ran back in 2004 and we have had many requests since than to bring it back.

The rest of the night will be devoted to 60's Garage Rock.  Courtesy of the Forgotten60sHits.com web site.  Over 9,000 votes were counted and from that tally we will count down the 40 best garage bands.  Hear great tunes from the likes of The New Colony Six,  Paul Revere And the Raiders,  Tommy James And the Shondells,  The Robbs,  Kingsmen,  Question Mark & The Mysterians,  Love,  The Standells,  Ides Of March,  Shadows of Knight, and many more.  Join the fun Saturday night on WRCO FM 100.9.  You will hear some wild, rare, rockin', stuff.

 

Phil-TWTD Host

Barry Winslow-Snoopy And Those Were The Days

Posted by on in Those Were The Days

On this Saturday nights show, we will return to those younger days when a group of locals could cut a silly song in the garage.  A few days later it might be  playing everywhere in the country.  This was the story of the Royal Guardsmen who hit with Snoopy Vs. The Red Barron and Snoopys Christmas.  Barry Winslow of the group will recap the story of those Snoopy songs.  We will be taking your requests and playing trivia on Those Were The Days this Saturday night.  Join the gang from all around Southwest Wisconsin that will be checking in with their favorite songs.

 

I hope to talk with you Saturday night.

 

Phil- WRCO FM 100.9

November Of '73 With The Nee

Posted by on in Those Were The Days

This Saturday night on WRCOs' Those Were The Days, we will go back to one of my favorite years of music.  Nineteen Hundred and Seventy-Three was a great year for music.  My all time favorite music year is 1967, however, 1973 is a close second.  There was so much variety of music on the charts and this weekend we will share with you a slice of the Billboard Music Survey.  As you enjoy one last cold turkey sandwich, you will be able to enjoy tunes from the 1950's through the 1980's.  Give me a call during this holiday weekend and request a favorite.  I love it when someone trys to stump me!

 

Phil

Those Were The Days

100.9 FM

 

Gerrry Marsden And Great Tunes

Posted by on in Those Were The Days

This week on WRCOs' Those Were The Days we will feature a few of the hits of Gerry And The Pacemakers.  They were solid hit makers for a couple of years in the 60's and were managed by Beatles manager Brian Epstein.  They are known best for a few ballads, however, they could play some rockers.  The solid gold request line will be wide open for 6 hours worth of requests and the 'Magic Cow Bell' will ring to signal trivia time this Saturday night.  I hope that you will join the party on WRCO Fm 100.9.

 

Phil

What's In Store? 1974!

Posted by on in Those Were The Days

Hey Rock And Rollers!  I hope that you will tune in for some of the big hits of 1974 on this Saturday nights Those Were The Days.  Hear behind the scenes stories about songs from Neil Sedaka,  the Raspberries,  and Bachman Turner Overdrive.  It was a great time for pop radio.  I remember taping songs off the radio.  It was tough to start taping when the dj stopped talking and before the singing began.  I still have a few of those tapes today.  It is true that I collect alot of junk, however, it just relates to music and I don't think they will be making a reality show out of me. 

 

Hear the best of the 50's, 60's, 70's, and 80's on WRCO FM 100.9 Saturday night from 6 until Midnight.  We will be playing our quiz games and spinning your requests.  I can't wait for another dose of Saturday night!

 

Phil

What is your favorite music decade?

Recent Comments

The New Colony Six played at my high school. It was like the Beatles showing up because we heard th...
Jim Frick
26.03.2014 in The Spring Of 1969!
Wow! This is a very useful page and I really enjoyed reading article and all users’ comments. That ...
Rehena
I was 12 1/2 yrs old when I saw the Beatles on the Ed Sullivan show. I remember my dad's dislike for...
Roger Burrow
That is so cool! Someone showed me a program from that show. The one thing I remember is that they...
Phil
I saw the Beatles in Milwaukee at the Milwaukee Arena in 1964! What a memorable time.
Bob
I loved listening to Elvis Presley including "Heartbreak Hotel!" There could be more music in my lis...
Justin Craig
It might be the most used movie and commercial song of all time! I remember it in a movie called In...
I wonder how many times Happy Together has been used in a TV show or commerical.
Bennie
Yes, that is exactly how it went for me too.
Cindy Rasmussen
I recall joining those record clubs. It was always very tempting because they would offer 12 select...