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Hot Times In July Of 1975

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This weekend I will spin a few tunes from the July of 1975 Hot 100 music survey.  Tune in to WRCO FM 100.9 as we all go floating back to fun songs from such artists as:  Paul McCartney And Wings, 10 CC, The Eagles, Bachman Turner Overdrive and more from 1975.  We will also pay tribute to Billy Joel's Glass Houses album which was released July 18th of 1980.  I will be answering the rotary dial phone in the control room at WRCO.  Give me a call and request a song.  You can also drop me a line at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and request a song or leave a suggestion about a theme for a future Those Were The Days radio show.  You will be able to win tickets and stuff from the 'grab bag of goodies' this Saturday night.  The songs will take me back to eating black cherry Popsicles in the hot Summertime and listening to the radio.  Lets have a little fun Saturday night!



This Saturday night on Those Were The Days, I will be taking a look at the amazing amount of good movies with memorable soundtrack songs from 1985.  What a great year to go the movies!  I was courting my future wife, June, and there wasn't much to do in Richland Center Wisconsin.  We often went to the movies.   The awesome films included:  Back To The Future, Vision Quest, The Breakfast Club, A View To A Kill, St. Elmo's Fire, Rocky IV, The Jewel Of The Nile, The Last Dragon, and The Goonies.  All of these films had at least one hit song from the soundtrack which was played on the radio.  Of the twenty-six number one hits on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1985, eight were a part of famous films.  It was a great way to cross promote on the radio and at the theatre.

Join me for Those Were The Days on WRCO FM 100.9 Saturday night for the best of the fifties through the eighties radio hits.  I will be back and propped up in the studio ready to take your requests and play trivia. 

I hope you enjoyed our Fourth of July special this past Saturday night.  It was fun putting together so many songs about America and playing Summertime hits.  There were many good comments about the show that were sent to me.  Thank you so much.  If you would like to talk to me you can leave a message here on the blog or email me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

While visiting Grand Rapids Michigan over the fourth, I had the chance to visit Vertigo Records.  What an amazing store!  I have been collecting records for nearly 45 years and have been in many music stores all over the country.  It takes a lot to 'wow' me.  This place had my head spinning the moment I walked in the door.  They have over 20,000 new vinyl records and a good collection of used.  They have a lot of reasonably priced cds and dvds.  If you are a music lover I highly suggest stopping there.  If you are not ever in Grand Rapids, you can still order from them on line.  The owner is a great guy and he even gave me a free t-shirt which I will be wearing this Saturday night on the radio.  I could have spent the entire day at Vertigo Records, however, since June was with me I only bought one record.  I will be waiting all week for Saturday night to play it for you.









Great American Fourth Of July With TWTD

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This Saturday night I will be playing only American artists as we celebrate the fourth of July and Summertime with hot hits from the fifties throuh the eighties.  That means no Beatles, Rolling Stones, Elton John, Guess Who, Fleetwood Mac, and many others. For one night only the playlist will exclude any artist or group that was born outside of the United States.  Those Were The Days on Saturday night will be the soundtrack for your July fourth celebration and a great American Summer weekend.  Hear some awesome tunes from the Eagles, Bob Seger, Beach Boys,  Elvis, James Brown, Eddie Cochran and many more!  We will take a trip all over this Country with some of our favorite hits made in America.  We will not be taking your requests this week.  Write those down with your crayon and save them for next Saturday night.  Happy fourth!


Philip Nee

Help me assemble an awesome playlist this Saturday night for Those Were The Days on WRCO FM 100.9.  The best of the fifties through the eighties will live again in the dairy air of Southwest Wisconsin.  Last week you really gave me some great tunes to look for.  It is even more fun when songs are requested that we seldom hear.  One of the special features this week will be an in studio interview recorded recently with Bert Koelbl who was a member of Underground Sunshine.  They were a group from the Montello Wisconsin area which made it all the way to American Bandstand in 1969.  Their version of the Beatles 'Birthday' was played on many stations and it went number one in a lot of cities. I always like the followup single (which was written by David Gates) called Don't Shut Me Out.  Check out youtube for video of the groups Bandstand appearance.  Hear some inside tidbits from Bert.  He stopped by WRCO radio promoting his new solo cd called Silly Reasons.  It is a very good mix of folk, rock, and country songs.  You can find out more at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Play trivia with us and have a great time listening to the radio.  We bring the old days back every Saturday night during WRCOs' Those Were The Days.



This Saturday night we will say happy birthday to Brian Wilson of the Beach Boys on WRCOs' Those Were The Days.  Hear some of the best Beach Boys tunes on FM 100.9 along with anything you request from the pop charts of the 1950s through the 1980s.  I recently saw the movie 'Love And Mercy' which is a bio-pic about Brian Wilson and his genius and personal demons.  I have read mixed reviews about it.  I really liked the movie especially the 60's Brian Wilson when he was creating classics in the studio for the Beach Boys.  Films about the era that have all of the visuals always appeal to me.  There may be some Hollywood tweaks to the story, but the music is incredible!  Overall I give it a thumbs up. You should go see it if you get the chance.

I hope you will join the family of Those Were The Days radio listeners during this Saturday nights program between 6 and Midnight. 



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Recent Comments

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.
Jeff Peper
I wanted to be in Karen Valentines class room at Walt Whitman High School. I would have behaved in ...
I loved to watch television in 1970. I wasn't a Marsha Marsha fan as much as I was a fan of Karen V...
Dave V
I love 1976 tunes. The Bi-Centenial and everything was painted red, white, and blue. I recall heari...
Joe Ebral
The Woodstock Festival has always fascinated me. Thanks for doing a show about it. It is good to h...
Greg S.
Thanks Steve. I am very thankful that there are folks out in radio land that can relate to my madne...
30.06.2014 in The Summer Of 1979
I thoroughly enjoy your Saturday evening programming; especially when I have to make the long drive ...
steve sheski
29.06.2014 in The Summer Of 1979
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.