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I went to the D.M.V. in January of 1980.  A stern man by the name of Ray Schroeder stepped forward to ride with me and determine whether or not I was worthy of driving freedom.  Somehow I was able to secure a piece of paper that declared my legal driver status.  The first time I drove solo (off the farm) Another Brick In The Wall by Pink Floyd was playing on the radio.  I was driving a 1970 rusty Chevrolet farm truck which had a three on the tree transmission and an AM radio.  On special occasions I could borrow my parents 1978 Impala.  I remember hearing Smokey Robinson singing Cruisin as I drove through the night after dropping my date at her front gate.  The Eagles album The Long Run featured some great music including the title song which was a big hit in January of 1980. Some of my other faves included:  Jane by Jefferson Starship, Head Games from Foreigner, and Romeos Tune by Steve Forbert.  There is still no such thing as a time machine, however, music is the closest thing that I have found.   I hope you will climb in the cab of our old yellow pickup and take a trip back to 1980 this weekend.  I will be playing all of your favorite requests from the fifties through the eighties during this weeks Those Were The Days on WRCO FM 100.9.


Phil-Mr. January 1980


An Elvis Birthday Bash!

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During our Those Were The Days Saturday night old rock and roll party we will pay tribute to Elvis Presley.  The 'King Of Rock And Roll' would have been eighty this week.  He is forever young on the old TV clips and movies that still are shown often.  I have many favorite Elvis songs.  He sang so many different genres of music and it is hard to pick his best song ever.  You can request your favorite 'E'  song Saturday night.  You can also ask me to play anything else from the fifties through the eighties pop radio charts.   We will be playing trivia each hour of the 6 hour program this Saturday night.

I remember watching Elvis movies as a kid on the CBS Late Movie.  My aunt Joyce was babysitting me (I think I was a Senior in High just kidding) and they would often show an old movie that featured my hero.  Favorites included:  Jailhouse Rock, Tickle Me,  Live A Little Love A Little,  Change Of Habit, and Speedway.  In 1973 there was an offer on television where you could send in money and receive a two record set of some of the best Elvis tunes.  I gathered up my 6 bucks and sent the money away.  I am sure there were some quarters and dimes in the envelope.  In a few weeks I had my first Elvis collection.  I used to try to act and sing like him working my lip moves in front of the mirror and later I would impress my sisters friends with my Elvis act.  My teacher Mrs. Varana used to encourage me to sing 'Hound Dog' in front of the class.  It gave me my 15 minutes of fame at the Ithaca elementary and even some of the girls tolerated me.  

Many of his songs have meant a great deal to me.  'The Wonder Of You' was the song I chose to sing to my bride, June,  as she walked towards me down the aisle.  I hope to hear from you Saturday night.  Thanks for listening to WRCO FM 100.9.



Dive Into 1965 On T.W.T.D.

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This Saturday night we will welcome in the new year with another old year.  Join me for Those Were The Days when we play for you some of the big hits from this weekend in 1965.  It is a fun chart to recap because there are several great records from the original wave of the British Invasion.  Some fine 45s from the Beatles, Dave Clark Five, The Rolling Stones, and Manfred Mann.  I will be back and propped up in the studio this Saturday night between 6 and Midnight to take requests for your faves from the fifties through the eighties.  Join me for trivia and all of the regular stuff on WRCO FM 100.9.  Happy New Year!



1974 Year End Countdown On TWTD

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This Saturday night on WRCO FM 100.9 you will be transported back to December of 1974.  I remember recording the year end countdown on my new Panasonic tape recorder and writing down each song in my loose leaf notebook.  I will admit I was a first class nerd, however, it bolstered my love for music, radio, and countdowns!  The 1974 year end survey is very interesting because it displays the diversity of the era.  There are comedy songs, Country, Pop, singer songwriter tunes, solid rock and roll and all kinds of surprises that you may not have heard for a few years.  I will count them down this Saturday night December 27th between and 6 p and Midnight.  We will not be taking your requests this week.  Request time will resume in 2015.  Thanks for listening and Merry Christmas to you and yours.



Those Were The Days Christmas Party

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This Saturday night on WRCO FM 100.9 we will spin a few classic rock and roll Christmas tunes.  The Solid Gold Dancers will be dancing on the tables and watch out for the mistletoe because Ray Schroeder will be trying to give you a Christmas kiss!  We will play all kinds of tunes from the fifties through the eighties.  I hope you will request a song and join the party.

I have fond memories of listening to the radio during the holiday season.  I would get my little transistor radio out every night and listen for the Cinnamon Bear.   My favorite Christmas songs were the lighthearted ones and the comedy classics.  'Snoopys Christmas' by the Royal Guardsman is my favorite silly one.  It also has a good message.  Join us for Those Were The Days this and every Saturday night on WRCO FM  100.9.



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    Happy New Year
    See you next year Phil. Happy New Year to you and all the staff.

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