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Summertime Fun In 1972

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This Saturday night on WRCO FM 100.9 we will stop and park for a time in the year of 1972.  We will hear such songs as: Sylvia's Mother-Dr. Hook, Nice To Be With You-Gallery, Oh Girl-Chi-Lites, Rocket Man-Elton John, and one hit wonders like How Do You Do by Mouth and MacNeal.  All the kids were singing along with Alice Cooper.  Schools Out was a brand new 45 in '72. As these songs played in my head, dad was getting out the haying equipment.  The rest of the Summer featured some hard work.  My parents paid me 25 cents per wagon of hay I helped unload.  If I finished 14 to 16 loads, I was ready to go to Richland Center and blow my earnings on a new album.  I helped pay the Osmond families' dentist by buying their records. 

I will be taking your requests and dedications this weekend during Those Were The Days.  Give me a call and lets have some fun!  In a town where you can still go roller skating.  You can still see an outdoor movie and you can still call the radio dj and talk with them about playing a song.  Join me for Those Were The Days this Saturday night between 6 p and Midnight.



608 647-4155



Rockabilly Hits On Those Were The Days

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Saturday night on WRCO FM you will hear a few of the best 'Rockabilly' tunes of all time.  This is a genre of music that never seems to go away.  Our faves include:  Ooby Dooby by Roy Orbison,  Be Bop A Lula-Gene Vincent,  Baby Lets Play House-Elvis, Hello Mary Lou-Rick Nelson, and several tracks from Wanda Jackson.  Rock Around The Clock by Bill Haley and the Comets is often requested on the show.  It came out originally in 1954 which makes it one of the oldest songs we get requests for during Those Were The Days. Hear coments from author Sheree Homer.  She will talk about her 3rd book 'Dig That Beat' which features interviews with thirty-nine artists.  

I look forward to hearing from you on Saturday night when we open the phone line for requests (608) 647-4155.  Last week we set the record for number of requests during Those Were The Days and I stopped taking them during the last hour of the program.  Get ready for the trivia games as well during this Saturday nights Those Were The Days radio show.



Where Were You In '82?

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Join WRCO FM 100.9 for Pop Radios' greatest hits from the fifties through the eighties this Saturday night.  On Those Were The Days this weekend I will again be going back to the 'Phil Nee Era'.  We will go parking in 1982 with big radio hits including:  867-5309 (Jenny)-Tommy Tutone, Heat Of The Moment-Asia,  Don't Talk To Strangers-Rick Springfield, and more.  It was the year that they let me graduate from high school.  What a great time to be young!  It was a sad time at I.H.S. but not for our teachers (they seemed very happy).  I would spend the Summer preparing for Trans American School Of Broadcasting by playing Pac Man, Donkey Kong, Dig Dug, and Frogger.  It was the first time that I saw MTV and I wanted to be a VJ someday.  I bought a second pair of headphones so my girl friend and me could both listen to my cassette Walkman at the same time.  It was fun to mobile dj with my high school buddy, Marty, with 2 turntables, and a cassette player.

I hope you will tune in for more memories and music this Saturday night.  The request line will be available and you can take the trivia challenge on this weeks Those Were The Days.


Philip Nee

Class Of 1982


p.s.  Have a neat Summer.  Maybe we can party sometime.  It has been fun having classes with you.  Stay Cool.

Last Day Of School 1978

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As the school year ended in 1978, I was set to put on my blue denim suit  mom bought me at Murley's Mens Wear in Boscobel.  Eighth grade graduation was that night and there were young ladies to impress!  I could sing the John Travolta part in the song 'You're The One That I Want' (it had been released a few weeks before the movie Grease).  Finding a soon to be Freshmen girl that could sing the Olivia part was a challenge.  My problems were always the same in the seventies and eighties.  I was worrying about girls and how to raise enough money to buy the latest albums or forty-fives.  There was plenty of good music that Spring.  Songs from such groups as Atlanta Rhythm Section, Abba,  The Sweet,  Steely Dan and Electric Light Orchestra were catching my ear. Solo artists having hits included:  Billy Joel, Andy Gibb, Gerry Rafferty,  Warren Zevon, and Patti Smith.  I was singing these songs over the whine of the Farmall Super C tractor while I cultivated corn.  Dad would put me on the tractor seat from the end of May until July fourth (corn was knee high by the fourth of July) so I could knock down weeds.  The little white ear plug patched into my transistor radio could not overcome the tractor noise.  The tractor made the AM full of static.  As a result I had to sing all of my faves for entertainment.  Join me for more memories this weekend on WRCO FM 100.9.  I promise that I wont sing (very much).  It will be fun to spin a few of those tunes from 1978.  You can call and request a song from any era of the fifties through the eighties during Those Were The Days this Saturday night between 6p and Midnight (608) 647-4155.


Phil Nee

It has been about twenty years since I had the chance to interview Rock And Roll Hall Of Famer Ben E. King.   Sadly Ben passed away on April 30th. This week I dug back in the archives and found that old interview.  You can hear portions of my talk with Ben E. King and a few of his solo hits and songs from when he led the Drifters during this weeks Those Were The Days Saturday night between 6 p and Midnight.  Thanks for all of the great requests this past Saturday night.  It was great to be back in the studio for a live show.  Some of our avid listeners in the Lone Rock area even had a 'welcome back Phil' party.  They grilled food and listened to Those Were The Days.  It is the season for campfires, camping out, and hopefully 100.9 WRCO FM on the radio.  I will be in the studio this week to take your requests and we will be playing our hourly trivia game during the best of fifties through the eighties rock and roll hits.



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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.