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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!



Class Of '82

The Hot Summer of '76

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This week on Those Were The Days from WRCO FM 100.9, we will feature some of the great songs from the Summer of 1976.  Relive the sounds of the Bicentenial Summer.  Great TV theme music from Happy Days,  Laverne and Shirley, and  Welcome Back Kotter, along with a host of music and memories from that awesome Summer so long ago.  Hear other features including a few twin spins, and time sweeps from Those Were The Days.   Join us for great radio memories from the 50's through the 80's from 6 pm until Midnight Saturday night.


I hope to see you at Star Spangled Celebration this weekend.  Thanks to everyone who volunteers and attends one of the only major non-profit concerts in the World!  Ron and I will be the announcers for a 19th year!

Rock And Roll Songs About Cities!

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This week you can take 2 to 3 minute vacations with classic rock n' roll songs on WRCOs' Those Were The Days.  Inspired by a current TV commercial that features a song for every region that is shown, we will pay tribute to Memphis,  San Francisco, Detroit, New York, and others.  While New York and L.A. might be the most often cities mentioned in songs,  Cleveland has had its share of tribute tunes!   The phone lines will be open for all of your requests and a chance to talk music with the poor old d.j. (me). Request a song for your dad during this Fathers Day weekend.  Listen for your chance to answer trivia and to win great prizes. 

Those  Were The Days begins after CBS news at 6 pm Saturday night and we will play that old rock and roll until Midnight.



I hope you enjoyed last weeks Time Sweep show featuring the best of 1957 through 1987.  This week I will be back in my bean bag chair and ready to spin your requests.  We will ring the 'Magic Cow Bell' and give you a chance to win some great prizes.  I will bring out a few 45's from this weekend in 1970 that will take us back to the first days of the Milwaukee Brewers.  A team called the Seattle Pilots had just moved to Milwaukee.  Music fans were mourning the loss of the Beatles.  It had just been announced that the group was breaking up.  I had just finished a stint at Neptune school and my Summer vacation was starting.  I remember taping a portable radio to the handle bars of my red Huffy bike and riding around listening to the radio.  I hope you will join me for another flash back weekend with Those Were The Days Saturday night on WRCO FM 100.9 from 6 pm until Midnight.


Rock and Roll!



Join the Southwest Wisconsin band of campfire gangs,  porch sitters,  Scrabble players,  cruisers, and music lovers that listen to WRCO 100.9 FM on Saturday nights.  Those Were The Days will fly you back to the 50's, 60's, 70's, and 80's again this weekend.  Join us for trivia and lots more fun stuff. 




After hearing about the passing of music legend Robin Gibb of the Bee Gees, I thought it would be good to pay tribute to the music of the Brothers Gibb this Saturday night.  I personally love their earlier hits and ballads, however, we will spin a couple from all of their years as hit makers.  Here is a piece that appeared on Kent Kotal's Forgotten HIts website.


Robin Gibb will forever be remembered for his brilliant contribution with his brothers to the seminal “disco” soundtrack, “Saturday Night Fever.” The irony, however, is that those songs were written by the Bee Gees well before any thought about the movie, or disco. Robin and his brothers totally mastered the skills in writing upbeat music for the fast dancers. And their pride as songwriters exceeded their pride as singers.
Most of the disco hits you’ll never hear again, because they didn’t have legs, as we say in show business. But numbers count, and the Bee Gees had 29 Top 40 hits over 22 years. Like their disco era contemporary, Donna Summer, that high level of longevity doesn’t come around too often.


Wake Up In 1980

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Wake up in 1980 this weekend as Those Were The Days remembers a Spring season of great music from the likes of Boz Scaggs,  J. Geils Band,  Bob Seger, The Clash, and Reo Speedwagon.  We will be taking your rock and roll requests from the 50's, 60's, 70's, and 80's on Those Were The Days.  Join us for the rock and roll party.  It should be a great weekend for camp fires.  Those Were The Days on WRCO FM 100.9 sounds even better under the stars.


Those Were The Days will remember Donna Summer this weekend.  She dominated the charts from 1975 through the early 80's.  I am sad to say that there was more sad news this week about a legendary performer. 



Hot Hits In 1977 With Alan O'Day

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This Saturday night on WRCOs' Those Were the Days, we will again pay tribute to 1977 during this 35th anniversary year.  It was a year in music that featured a contrast of styles including: Country, Disco, and Rock.  Singer song writer Alan O'Day had the hottest hit on the radio 35 years ago this weekend.  His tune 'Undercover Angel' was just entering the Top 40 survey and eventually would go to number one.    Hear the story behind that song with Alan on Saturday night.


Thank you for all of the good coments.  I hear from listeners that string up speakers and listen by the camp fire on Saturday night. They are out on a boat somewhere or are leaning back in a chair enjoying a Ski soda pop.   It is an honor to be in the back ground of your weekend fun! 



This Weekend In '66 With The Robbs

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There was a ton of great music coming from small dash board speakers and portable radios this weekend in 1966.  I will be spinning a few of the hottest hits.  I will also play a couple of songs from Wisconsins' hottest band in the Spring and Summer of 1966. The Robbs from Milwaukee were appearing on National TV on the hit show Where The Action Is.  The Robbs have been dubbed as the 'Kings Of Bubbling Under'.  Billboard Magazine publishes its weekly Top 100 and during the 60's and 70's they would also add a few extras that they called  Bubbling Under the Top 100 hits.  The Robbs hold the record for the most records of any act that never made the Hot 100.  Their songs include: Race With The Wind, Bittersweet, and Last Of The Wine.  Group member Craig Krampf will have a few coments about those days of long ago. 


I hope you enjoyed the Top 50 IRS (It Really Shoulda Been A Top Ten Hit) countdown last Saturday night.  Get those requests ready!  After a week off from requesting,  I am sure there will be some lost gems that you come up with this week.  The Magic Cowbell will return when we play trivia Saturday night on TWTD.



It Really Should Have Been A Top 10 Hit

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This week I will feature the 5th Annual It Really Shoulda Been A Top 10 hit countdown.  We have partnered with radio host/author Rich Appel these last few years to bring you this list of  songs that have been voted on by music lovers from across the globe.  Many of your favorite artists such as Bruce Springsteen,  the Byrds,  the New Colony Six,  Beach Boys,  Four Seasons,  and Neil Diamond are included in this years top 50 countdown.  Nearly 4,000 songs were voted on and the ones you hear on Saturday night are the best of the best.  The countdown begins just after 6 on Saturday night.  Later in the show we will feature hits from this weekend in 1977. 


Thanks for checking out the latest Those Were The Days news!



Thanks for all of the great requests last Saturday night.  There were several rare ones  that caused me to rummage through my piles of cds.  Play stump the old d.j. again this week!  Give me a call and ask for a great old hit from the 50's through the 80's.  We will play trivia and feature the music and profile of Gino Vannelli.  His biggest hit was in 1978 with the song I Just Wanna Stop which peaked at number 4 in Billboard magazine.   Among his other radio favorites were Living Inside Myself from 1981, and People Gotta Move from 1974.  In our Lost 45 segment I will spin Gino's forgotten 1985 tune Black Cars.   Listen and win great prizes.  Our winners the last few weeks have hailed from as far away as Westby,  Cross Plains,  Baraboo, and Boscobel.  It is great to know that there are people that far out in radio land that still enjoy the same old memories that I do!



The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame

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This Saturday night on WRCOs'Those Were The Days, we will recognize this years Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame inductees.  The actual ceremony and concert is going on this weekend in Cleveland.  Since my invitation must have been lost in the mail, I will pretend I am there and spin a few tunes from the newest members and they include:  The Small Faces,  Donovan,  Beastie Boys,  Guns N 'Roses,  Laura Nyro,  Freddie King,  and Don Kirshner.  Those Were The Days is heard each Saturday night on WRCO FM 100.9 from 6 pm until Midnight.  Give me a call or email a request this Saturday night This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it." _cke_saved_href="mailto:This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it." style="text-decoration: underline; color: #1f2013;">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..



Where Were You In '62?

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This week on Those Were The Days we will fly back to 1962.  Awesome artists such as Elvis,  Chubby Checker, Roy Orbison, and Sam Cooke were every where on the radio.  Did you know that the movie American Graffitti was set in 1962?  That is the movie that motivated me to choose a radio career.

The request line will be open this holiday weekend and we will be offering up prizes during our trivia segments.  I hope that you will tune in to WRCO FM 100.9 this Saturday night. 


Rock On!



Where Were You In '72 and '82?

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This weekend on WRCOS'  Those Were The Days, we will try something that we have never before.  We will fly back to two seperate weekends of the past.  For the first 3 hours we will go back to the first three months of 1972.  It was a great time for music and it was the first time in my life that I started collecting the songs I heard on the radio.  Hear music from such acts as America,  the Osmonds, Yes, T-Rex, the Carpenters,  Bread,  Elton John, and many more.   During the final 3 hours we will fly back to the first 3 months of 1982.  That was a time in my life when I was cruising in my Ford Maverick with the heavy smell of Aqua Velva and Brut in the air.  The radio was always on with the likes of Joan Jett,  J. Geils Band,  Rick Springfield,  Little River Band, and Hall and Oates,  blasting out of the speakers on the back dash.   


Tune in to WRCO FM 100.9 from 6 until Midnight this Saturday night.



A Chat With Mel Carter

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This week I had the chance to interview Mel Carter for the first time.  He is most famous for the the 1965 Worldwide hit "Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me"which has been featured in many movies and tv shows.  He had other hits in the 60's such as When A Boy Meets A Girl,  All Of A Sudden My Heart Sings,  and Band Of Gold.  He has a new music release of American Standards available on his web site.

We will be taking your old rock n' roll requests this Saturday night on Those Were The Days on WRCO FM 100.9.  You can win a great prize when you play along with our trivia games.  A.N.G.E.L. Inc. is sponsoring a Costume Party at Dayton Hills Bar on Saturday March 31st with proceeds going to the Angel Autism Network.  To help promote the event, they have given us cds which are packed with old classics from the 50's and 60's.  Win one this Saturday night on Those Were The Days.



TV Themes On The Radio

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Many of the TV shows that we grew up with have stuck with us over the years.  The shows can still be watched on various channels and on demand services.  In some cases, the themes have lasted longer than the shows ever did.  On this weeks Those Were The Days, we will play a few TV themes that were big hits, and some memorable dittys that opened our favorite shows.  This will include a few from Mike Post who is the Dean of TV themes.  He had a big hit with the theme from the Rockford Files, and he co-wrote the Theme From the Greatest American Hero (Believe It Or Not) by Joey Scarbury. 

We will also be playing trivia and your favorite rock and roll requests following WIAA Girls Tournament Basketball Saturday night on WRCO FM 100.9. 

We will rock with you then!



Leap Year Hits And Davy Jones

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This week on the Saturday night program, we will remember some of the great hits from those leap years of the rock and roll era.  There were some great hits on February 29th! 


It was sad to hear that Davy Jones of the Monkees died.  I am a huge fan of the group and to this day will pull out an old album or cd of their songs.  I especially like the songs of which  Davy sang the lead.  His appearance in the Brady Bunch movie is still one of the greatest cameos of all time.  We will remember Davy on this Saturday nights show.  Those Were The Days can be heard each Saturday night between 6 p and Midnight on WRCO FM 100.9.


Join us for some of the great rock and roll tunes of all time.



A Weekend Spree In '73!!!

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Return with us to a weekend in 1973 on this Saturday nights Those Were The Days radio program.  This is still one of my favorite years for music.  I was soaking up all of the pop, country, rock, and r and b songs on the radio during that year.  Whenever I could save up 63 cents I would shuffle to downtown Richland Center and pick up a new 45 rpm record.  The chart from 1973 is packed with tunes from Elton John,  Carly Simon,  Seals and Crofts, and many more.  There were a few one hit wonders from the likes of Edward Bear and King Harvest (The Last Song and Dancing In the Moonlight). 


We will be taking your requests for tunes from the 50s through the 80s.  We will also have updates and play by play from the state individual wrestling tournament finals on Saturday night.  Join us for the fun on WRCO FM 100.9 Saturday night.



A Very Fine Weekend in '69!

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Return with us to this weekend in 1969 on this Saturday nights edtition of Those Were the Days.  What a great period for Top 40 music!  Tommy James,  the Doors,  Marvin Gaye,  the Bee Gees,  and the New Colony Six were among the artists and groups  that were riding the radio waves the most.   We will also have a live request show and the chance to win prizes when we play 'Magic Cowbell Trivia".    I will fly back in the stations pedal helicoptor after wrestling to man the 'Close And Play'.  Give us a call on Saturday night.  You can always email me during the week and make a request for a song or feature.  I  look forward to hearing from you.



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Marshall Tucker Band On TWTD

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This week I had the chance to chat with the lead singer of the Marshall Tucker Band, Doug Gray.  He helped found the band in 1971 shortly after returning from his service in Vietnam.   We will share portions of that interview on Those Were The Days this Saturday night!  The MTB broke out of the Southern Rock scene with a huge hit in 1977 called 'Heard It In A Love Song'. Other classic songs include Can't You See, and Fire On The Mountain,  which have been requested on a regular basis  during the last 25  years of our program.  They have released a new live greatest hits album!  You can buy it as a vinyl album which also comes with a free down load. 

It is amazing to note how many new releases are being issued as vinyl record albums.  I am afraid that there might be a shortage of cds in a couple of years.  It is hard to believe that record albums have made such a comeback.  I am finally cool again!  It has been a long time coming.

Join us for a full 6 hour show with requests, trivia, and the Marshall Tucker Band on this weeks edition of Those Were The Days on WRCO FM 100.9.



Lets Slip Back To The Mid-70's

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This week on Those Were The Days we will remember some classic mid-70's hits.  Well known hits that are still known today were released during time.  It is unreal to me that some of those songs are 37 years old and are enjoyed today by more than just the generation that grew up with them.   In 1975 several generations were not flashing back to the music of the 1920's and 30's.  It goes to show how timeless many of those songs are!


Those Were The Days will follow our high school wrestling coverage on WRCO FM 100.9  Saturday night.  We will have trivia and requests later in the program after I return back to home base in the WRCO peddle helicopter.  I hope to hear from you on Saturday night.


Take Care.



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1973 is one of the best years for popular music! I am glad you will be there Saturday.
See you next year Phil. Happy New Year to you and all the staff.
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Hi Phil, could you play something from Eddie & the Cruisers. Maybe, Tender years? Thank you for th...
I love that tune. I remember hearing that in high school.