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New Years Resolution Songs

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Hey Rock n' Rollers!  We will celebrate our first show in 2014 by playing a few songs of inspiration.  Songs to give you inspiration which will help choose and keep a resolution.  So Put A Little Love In Your Heart,  Keep Pushin', Celebrate,  and Fly Like An Eagle in 2014.  I will be in the studio Saturday night and I hope to hear from you with a request.  Those Were The Days will again be chocked full of tunes from the 50's through the 80's on WRCO FM 100.9.  I will save a few questions from this years WRCO Triviathon for Saturday night.  Please join us this weekend for another live radio request show.  Happy New Year!

 

Phil-TWTD Host

1973 Year End Countown

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This Saturday night you can hear the greatest hits from one of the best years in popular music history.  Those Were The Days on WRCO FM 100.9 will turn back the clock to the year end countdown of 1973.  The best Top 40 and Rock And Roll hits will come back to life.  There are many that we don't get a chance to play.  The year is sometimes mentioned as the last great year for rock and roll music.  You can be the judge with us Saturday night!  I will be happy to play for you the Top 73 of 1973 between 6 p and Midnight.

According to Billboard the Top Artists of 1973 were:

10.  Four Tops  9.  Helen Reddy  8.  Stevie Wonder  7. Marvin Gaye  6.  Carpenters  5. Paul McCartney & Wings  4.  Tony Orlando & Dawn  3.  Gladys Knight & The Pips  2.  Jim Croce  1.  Elton John.

Many of these artists will appear on the countdown show this Saturday night.  Hear some chart extras,  should have been biggers, and comedy spotlights this weekend.

 

Phil-WRCO

 

 

TWTD Christmas Party!

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We will be playing some of the great rock and roll era Christmas season songs on Those Were The Days this Saturday night.  I will be in the studio along with the Solid Gold Dancers to entertain you.  We will be taking your requests for all of the hits we normally play (not just Christmas tunes).  We will pay tribute to Rolling Stone Keith Richards who turned 70 this week, and Richland Centers' own Vilas Craig who has a birthday Saturday.  I hope you tune in 100.9 WRCO FM Saturday night for Those Were The Days.

 

Phil

Staying Up Late In 1978

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This Saturday night on WRCOs' Those Were The Days, we will be taking the Ford Maverick through the time tunnel and we will check out things in 1978.  It will be fun to play for you some of the hits from my early high school years.  Contrary to popular belief, it was a good time for pop music.  Here is a list of artists that debuted on the Billboard Top 100 chart in 1978.

Van Halen

Eddie Money

Journey

Juice Newton

Kim Carnes

The Cars

Rick James

Cheap Trick

Toto

Prince

Ray Parker Jr.

I will be taking your pop radio requests from the 50's through the 80's this Saturday night and I hope to hear from you.

 

Phil

Tower Of Power On TWTD

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This Saturday night we will focus on one of the greatest horn rock bands of all time.  Formed in 1968, Tower Of Power began developing a great following all over the World.  This week I had the chance to interview original group member Emilio Castillo about the history of the group.  They are still playing many shows and look to go on tour with The Steve Miller Band, and Journey in 2014!  I can't wait to play my two favorite Tower Of Power songs, "You're Still A Young Man", and "So Very Hard To Go". 
I will be live in the studio to talk with you and take requests on WRCO FM 100.9 Saturday night.  We will again enjoy the best of the 50's, 60's, 70's, and 80's pop music together.

 

Phil-WRCO

 

Phil's Fabulous Fifties!

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This week on WRCOs Those Were The Days, we will flash back to some of the best tunes from the 50's.  The decade that marked the start of Rock and Roll.  Lately it seems there has been a renewed interest in some of this music.  We have been getting requests from Wanda Jackson's rockabilly years.  Elvis, Rick Nelson, Chuck Berry, and the Everly Brothers are among the 50's era artists that often get requested.  Rock Around The Clock was the first song that was ever played on Those Were The Days and it is still one of the most popular songs of all time!

 

I will celebrate the 50's this Saturday night and I hope you will join the party.  Give me a call and request a song from the 50's through the 80's on Saturday night between 6 p and Midnight on WRCO FM 100.9.

 

Philip-TWTD Host

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  • Justin Craig
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    Those Fabulous 50's
    I loved listening to Elvis Presley including "Heartbreak Hotel!" There could be more music in my list of songs!

Phil's Fave Groups-The Turtles

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I love all eras of the music we play from the 50's through the 80's on Those Were The Days.  Some of my favorite listening music comes from the late 60's.  Top 40 pop music was in its prime and the Turtles led the way.  They had 5 top ten tunes including: It Aint Me Babe, Happy Together, She'd Rather Be With Me, Elenore, and You Showed Me.  They had 17 memorable pop and folk rock ditties make the Billboard charts between 1965 and 1970.  We will revive some of those tunes during this weeks Saturday night rock and roll program.  We will share with you some reflections on the Turtles with guest group member Mark Volman!

 

I hope to hear from you this Saturday night.  You can call the hotline or email me with ideas and requests This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.Â">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.   Listen for trivia and other surprises during Those Were The Days.

 

Phil

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  • Phil Nee
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    Happy Together
    It might be the most used movie and commercial song of all time! I remember it in a movie called Innerspace. Here is what wikipe
  • Bennie
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    Movie Music
    I wonder how many times Happy Together has been used in a TV show or commerical.

Sitting In A Bean Bag Chair-1979

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I remember listening to music all of the time back in 1979 while sitting in a bean bag chair.  Normally I could tell you what was playing on the radio in 1-2 seconds.  Scanning the dial an AM and FM was my night time ritual.  I would wear those great big Koss headphones (which I still have) and fall asleep each night to cool tunes. Some of my favorites from mid November included:  Heartache Tonight-The Eagles,  Tusk-Fleetwood Mac,  Good Girls Don't-The Knack,  Don't Stop Til You Get Enough-Michael Jackson,  Take The Long Way Home-Supertramp,  Cool Change-Little River Band,  Dream Police-Cheap Trick, Please Don't Go-KC, and Still-The Commodores.

Artists that made their chart debut in the Fall of 1979 included:  Pat Benatar and John Mellencamp.  The Top Five Charting Artists of the year were:  5.  Earth, Wind, & Fire,  4. Village People  3. Peaches & Herb  2.  Bee Gees  1.  Donna Summer.  Hear some of these artists mixed in with your rock and roll requests on Saturday nights edtition of Those Were The Days on WRCO FM 100.9.  Request a song and play trivia with us this weekend.  I hope to hear from you.

 

Phil-WRCO

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Parking With The Radio On In 1965!

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It was a hot chart back in 1965.  As was the case in the 1960's, many styles of music were represented on the charts.  The top 10 this week included:  Marvin Gaye, Supremes,  Herb Alpert & The Tijuana Brass,  The Vogues,  Bob Dylan, and The Rolling Stones.  It was a time when Top 40 Radio was king with fast talking jocks, loud commercials, and 2 1/2 minute songs.  We will spin a few of those hot hits from all of those years ago on this Saturday nights' Those Were The Days show on WRCO FM 100.9.

 

I will be live in the studio and I can't wait to hear from you. Help program the playlist when you request a song and play trivia with us this Saturday night from 6 pm until Midnight.  We have talked with several listeners that enjoyed last Saturdays retro show.  We sounded a little younger back in 1987!  It is always fun to go back and remember when the show was all vinyl records and commercials on tape cartridges.  It involved a lot more running.  I was in better shape than!  Last weeks flashbacks to 1973 and 1983 were fun to put together.  Those two years were really great Top 40 music years.  I am glad that you liked it.

 

Phil

Go To 1973 During Nee's Oldie Spree

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This Saturday night we will park the 'Ford Maverick Time Machine'  in 1973 and listen to the radio.  It has been called the last great year for Rock n' Roll music.  Find out if that is true on Those Were The Days.  Elton John, Gladys Knight And The Pips,  Led Zepplin, Seals And Crofts, Allman Brothers,  Grand Funk, the Rolling Stones, and many others were enjoying radio success 40 yeears ago. 

 

Those Were The Days recently celebrated another birthday.  This Saturday night we will flash back to an aircheck of the show from 26 years ago.  We were than celebrating our 1st anniversary.  My voice was a little higher.  I thought the tape was playing fast, however, the songs sounded like they were on the right speed.  Hear what Those Were The Days sounded like in 1987 for a time on Saturday night.  We will also enjoy a few 'twin spins' of some of our favorite artists, and a few left over Halloween songs.  It will be an action packed Those Were The Days this Saturday night on WRCO FM 100.9 from 6 pm until Midnight.

 

Phil

Halloween Nee Favorites

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This Saturday night we will feature a few of the classic rock and roll Halloween tracks that we love to play.  Don't be afraid as we enter the WRCO back room to find wierd and wild songs.  We will be taking your requests during the second part of the program and playing trivia.  Lets have another rock and roll party Saturday night!

 

Did you know?  Bobby "Boris" Pickett hit number one with Monster Mash in 1962.  It is one of the few non-Christmas songs to make the Billboard survey in its original form three times.  It charted again in 1970 and in 1973.  I remember being amazed to watch Monster Mash make its way up the chart in the Summer of 1973 before it peaked at number 10.  It may have been helped by Dr. Demento's National Radio show in which he played many of the wierd classics. 

 

I hope to hear from you this Saturday night.

 

Phil

The First Record You Bought?

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    records
    Yes, that is exactly how it went for me too.
  • Phil Nee
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    Record Clubs
    I recall joining those record clubs. It was always very tempting because they would offer 12 selections for one penny! You just
  • Cindy Rasmussen
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    albums
    I had the benefit of five older siblings who bought records, so I got to listen to theirs for free. The first music I bought was a

Radio HIts Of 1966

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This weekend on WRCOs' Those Were The Days, we will be spinning some of the top tunes from the Fall of 1966.  It was a great time in Top 40 radio with many styles of music.  According to Billboard magazine, these were the top 10 artists for the year of '66....

 

1.  The Beatles

2.  The Beach Boys

3.  The Rolling Stones

4.  The Lovin'Spoonful

5.  Hermans Hermits

6.  Simon and Garfunkel

7.  The Righteous Brothers

8.  The Supremes

9.  Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass

10.Gary Lewis And the Playboys

 

Take a trip back with Those Were The Days on WRCO FM 100.9 this Saturday night until Midnight.  I hope to hear from you.  Request one of your favorites from the past and play along when you hear the Magic Trivia Cowbell ring!

 

Phil

Steve Miller Turns 70!

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This Saturday night on WRCO FM 100.9 we will be spinning some of the most popular songs from Steve Miller.  He was born October 10th of 1943 in Milwaukee Wisconsin.  He has long been a fave of those that requests songs on Saturday night during our program.  Recently on my favorite website Forgotten Hits, there was a list of the top ten Steve Miller tracks.

 

1.  Abracadabra

2.  The Joker

3.  Rock'n Me

4.  Fly Like An Eagle

5.  Jet Airliner

6.  Take The Money And Run

7.  Swingtown

8.  Jungle Love

9.  Heart Like A Wheel

10.Living In The USA

 

Hear some of these Saturday night!  We will be playing your requests and serving up a few tough trivia questions.  Saturday night until Midnite its Those Were The Days.

 

Phil

Huey Lewis' Sports Turns 30!

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The release of the album Sports by Huey Lewis & The News in the Fall of 1983 brought good rock and roll back to the charts.  It was nice to hear a saxophone on Top 40 radio again. Five songs from the album made the Billboard Top 100 and all 9 got radio play.  Hear a few of those tunes on this Saturday nights edition of Those Were The Days on WRCO FM 100.9.  Here is a track listing for the classic Huey Lewis album that many had on cassette, album, 45's, and have now digitally downloaded.

 

Side One                                                      Side Two

The Heart Of Rock & Roll                                 Walking On A Thin Line

Heart and Soul                                              Finally Found A Home

Bad Is Bad                                                    If This Is It

I Want A New Drug                                         You Crack Me Up

                                                                   Honky Tonk Blues

 

We will be taking your requests this Saturday night during our 6 hour music of the 50's through the 80's get together.  While many stations have forgotten about the tunes from the 50's thru 1963 (pre-Beatles), we still get requests for them and are glad to play them.  Win some cool prizes this weekend!  Try your luck when we play trivia on WRCO FM 100.9.

 

Those Were The Days!

 

Phil

 

Vicki Lawrence On Those Were The Days

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Vicki Lawrence will be my special guest this Saturday night!  She will be talking about the release of Seasons 1 and 2 of Mama's Family on DVD and memories of the Carol Burnett Show.  Saturday nights were family nights around our old Curtis Mathes TV set.  Watching all of the CBS programs with our favorite at 9 pm the Carol Burnett Show.  I could relate to 'The Family' sketch especially when they played board games.  Since Those Were The Days is a music show, I will ask Vicki about her number one hit "The Night The Lights Went Out In Georgia" which topped the charts in 1973.

 

I hope that you will request a song and play trivia with us this Saturday night from 6 pm until Midnight on WRCO FM 100.9.  You could be the winner of a copy of season 2 of Mama's Family! We will again dig out those old pop radio memories from the 50's through the 80's.

 

Phil

 

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    I forgot that Vicki L. sang the Night the Lights Went Out. That song was huge. Most people remember the Reba version.
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    I love Vicki Lawrence. We grew up watching her. You got to interview her. How cool was that? Don

Ray Graffia-New Colony 6 On TWTD

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It seems like it is 'old friends' month on WRCOs' Those Were The Days!  Ray Graffia has been our guest a few times over the past 27 years. His group, the New Colony Six,  has even played a couple of shows for us including our 10th Anniversary celebration!  The group was the first Chicago area rock and roll group of the 60's to get radio airplay when a song called I Confess became a hit.  There are legions of fans that love the group for its garage tunes of the mid 60's, and another large group that remember them for the huge radio ballads Things I'd Like To Say and I Will Always Think About You.  Ray Graffia will give us more memories of the band and we will ask him about a show here in Wisconsin coming up!  On Sunday September 29th, the New Colony Six will perform in La Crosse during the October Fest celebration.  The group will play at the Southside Festgrounds on the Bier Halle Main Stage from 5 pm until app: 6:30.  I hope to see some of our Those Were The Days listeners Sept. 29th at the event cheering the group on!

 

We will also be taking your requests this Saturday night the 22nd of September and playing trivia between 6 p and Midnight.  It is always amazing to hear folks calling in from locations at least one hour away.  That makes being at the station most every Saturday night very rewarding.  Thanks again for listening.

 

Phil-WRC0

Tommy Roe Guests This Week

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Tommy Roe has been our featured artist a few times over the years.  We will talk about his new album this Saturday night on Those Were The Days.  Tommy has a new single called 'Mempis Me' which we are playing in our Country format.  He is the answer to several trivia questions and he will talk about his 1963 British tour in which the Beatles were his opening act!  When he played at Richland Center High school in 2005, he told me he was retiring.  It is great to hear that he is un-retired and playing for his fans again. 

 

I will be taking your requests this Saturday night and we will be popping a few trivia questions.  Tune in 100.9 WRCO FM for the best music from the 50's through the 80's.

 

Phil

G.R.A.C.E. Winning Bidders Pick The Hits

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Two generous bidders during the recent Walk With G.R.A.C.E. radio and silent auctions will get the chance to play favorite hits this Saturday night.  I will play the hits that were chosen by the first guest programmer starting at 7 pm.  This person wishes to remain anonymous.  They chose some great hits from the 60's and 70's that I know you will enjoy.  The second guest song chooser is Kevin Hauser.  Kevin has weighed in on this blog before about his choice music cuts. Saturday night starting at 10:00 he will get a chance to have his favorite jams played on the radio.  Thanks to all the folks that helped make this years benefit for Greater Richland Area Cancer Elimination a record breaking year.  The grand total raised was $254,322.  Our WRCO radio auction raised $26,085 for the cause. 

 

We will not be taking your requests this Saturday night.  Here is the schedule of events:

 

6:06 p                   A look at the new Elvis At Stax cd release and a glance back

                           at the Fall of 1974.

 

7:00 p                   The winning bidder in our WRCO radio auction picks the hits

                           for me to play.

 

9:30 p                   The Fall of 1972 hottest hits.

 

10:00 p                   Silent auction winning bidder Kevin Hauser chooses some of his                             favorite hits and shares memories.

 

 

I can't wait for you to hear the show Saturday night on WRCO FM 100.9

 

Phil

 

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    Phil, Thanks again for the opportunity to program some music. I talked to Johnny Mac this week, and he thought I selected some g
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    Dave
    I wanted to bid on picking some songs, but maybe next year. I look forward to hearing what is picked by your guests. The Fall of

Labor Songs This Weekend On TWTD

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Hear songs about the working person and the jobs they do during this Saturday nights Those Were The Days.  It will be a great soundtrack to go along with your weekend cookout, get together, and campfire!  The best of the 50's through the 80's.  We are always adding songs to the playlist.  On the rare occasion that you request a song that we do not have, I go on a mission to find it for a future show.  I will be doing more record digging this week.  Tune in 100.9 FM this Saturday night between 6 and Midnight.

 

Phil

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