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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

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    Good stuff. Brought back a lot of memories. Maybe next time you could have a contest of who can name the top 10 of what ever you

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

Saturday Night Fever Anniversary

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This Saturday night Those Were The Days on WRCO FM 100.9 will hilite a few tracks from Saturday Night Fever.  It was 35 years ago that the movie soundtrack was the number one album.  It stayed on top of the Billboard album charts for 24 weeks in 1978 and was on the charts for an incredible 120 weeks until March of 1980!  It was not just a Bee Gees album.  Other artists that had hits in the movie included:  Yvonne Elliman,  Tavares,  Walter Murphy, and KC And The Sunshine Band with the song Boogie Shoes which was the flip side of the 45 and it became a hit when used in the film.

 

You help pick the playlist of 50s through the 80s tunes Saturday nights.  I hope to hear from you.  Perhaps you will win one of the trivia prizes.  Listen for the 'Magic Cow Bell' to ring which signals trivia time.

 

Phil-TWTD Host

Special Guest Hal Blaine Saturday Night

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Listen for your favorite pop radio memories on Saturday nights Those Were The Days.  Last week was one of the best nights in a while.  Not only were there a good number of requests, but there were many that I have not played in a long while. 

 

Tune in 100.9 FM Saturday night between 6 pm and Midnight for Those Were The Days.  This time we will feature a few stories from legendary session musician Hal Blaine.  He played on many hits from the likes of Elvis Presley, John Denver, the Ronettes, Simon & Garfunkel, the Carpenters, the Beach Boys, Nancy Sinatra, and the 5th Dimension.  He was a member of the legendary 'Wrecking Crew' that played behind numberous number one hits.  Here is a small list of them: Can't Help Falling In Love-Elvis Presley, These Boots Are Made For Walkin-Nancy Sinatra,  Dizzy-Tommy Roe,  Bridge Over Troubled Water-Simon & Garfunkel,  I Think I Love You-Partridge Family,  Cracklin'Rosie-Neil Diamond,  Thank God I'm A Country Boy-John Denver,  and Love Will Keep Us Together-Captain & Tennille and many more!

 

Win a great prize from our grab bag of goodies this Saturday night during trivia time.  Those Were The Days is a party favorite around Southwestern Wisconsin camp fires.  I can't wait for that season to finally get here!

 

Phil

The Night Before St. Pat's Party

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This Saturday night on WRCO FM 100.9 we will be playing more of your favorite requests.  We were very busy last Saturday.  Thanks for all of the calls.  It was good to have a full show for the first time in a few weeks.

 

On Saturday night we will be playing a few rock and roll Irish songs and groups.  Hear the hits of Gilbert O'Sullivan.  He was born in Ireland and had five top 40 hits between 1972 and 1973.  Those songs included:  Alone Again (Naturally),  Clair, Out Of The Question,  Get Down, and Ooh Baby.  I am sure we will spin the Irish Rovers' biggest hit The Unicorn.  That song hit number 7 on the Billboard Charts in March of 1968. 

 

These tunes, your requests, and trivia on WRCO Saturday night.  I hope to hear from you!

 

Phil

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.">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

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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

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

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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

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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

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First Beatles Album Turns 50!

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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

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