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After two weeks of Green Bay preseason football, it will be time to take those old records off the shelf.  I am so excited to play fifties, sixties, seventies, and eighties music on the radio again and that will happen Saturday night on FM 100.9.  The request line will be open for you to dedicate a song during this holiday weekend.  We will also pull out a few hits from this weekend in 1969!  As little Phil was getting on the kindergarten bus that Fall, there were many great hits on the radio including:  Sweet Caroline-Neil Diamond,  Honky Tonk Woman-Rolling Stones,  Green River-C.C.R., Sugar Sugar-Archies (a favorite among the kindergarten class at Neptune school),  and Lay Lady Lay-Bob Dylan.  On Saturday morning I would watch the Curtis Matthis television set and see shows like The Banana Splits (tra la la la la la la tra la la la la la la).   The first episodes of Scooby Doo were also airing and I loved the Captain Crunch commercials that encouraged me to bug Dad at Wilson's Grocery Store in Richland Center to buy a box.  There was probably an action figure or a treasure map inside.  Growing up in the country is a great thing for a youngster.  My childhood seems magical as I look back on it now.  Those of us that grew up on a farm sometimes felt isolated and far away from excitement.  That is where the radio came in.  Listening to local radio and those far off signals late at night gave us a taste of what was happening in places we had only read about.  I am proud to say that I have now passed 31 years of working in radio and hopefully that will continue for a long time.  The medium of radio has meant so much to me for my entire life.   Thank you for being a part of it.  Perhaps we can talk on Saturday night when Those Were The Days will be back on WRCO FM 100.9?

Phil

Green And Gold But No Solid Gold

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The Packers play two Saturday night exhibition football games in a row.  That means Those Were The Days will return September second.  Being blocked by the Packers will mean a chance for me to clean up my record and cd cases and reorganize.  Perhaps when our old rock and roll show returns in September I will be able to find your requests even quicker!  We have some great shows coming up this Fall.  We will have more tributes to 1967 during this 50th anniversary year.  Our guest d.j. coughed up $350.00 for G.R.A.C.E.  to pick one hour of music from the Those Were The Days era.  He will get the FM 100.9 spotlight during a show coming up this Fall.  I will miss talking with all of you during the next two Saturday nights.  Please don't forget the Those Were The Days radio show while we are gone.  We will be back on September 2nd.

Phil

 

Elvis Movie Music On Those Were The Days

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It will soon be forty years since Elvis Presley died in Memphis.  His music is played today even more than it was forty years ago.  On this weekends Those Were The Days program we will look back at some of his best movie songs.  Elvis movies were fun and some of the tunes we heard coming from those tiny metal speakers hooked on our car windows at the drive in were pretty good.  I have been an Elvis fan since I was a 'wee Nee'.  There was an Elvis greatest hits album package that was for sale on television in the early seventies. After digging out money from my Log Cabin syrup bank, I sent my $4.99 off to a Madison television station.  When the two record set arrived it seems that I played those albums constantly.  I would practice my lip curl in the mirror and eventually perfected my Elvis tribute act well enough to perform for Mrs. Varana's fifth grade class.  That was as far as my impersonater career went.  I would always read the TV Guide and look ahead to a possible Elvis movie airing on a local station.  I remember seeing 'Love Me Tender' on the Saturday afternoon Family Theater on channel three.  The film kept breaking and they would play instrumental music until it was fixed.  Elvis movies often were shown on the late show when I was growing up.  That is where I first saw 'Kid Gallahad',  'Live A Little, Love A Little',  'Tickle Me',  'Loving You', and several others.  It is still fun to pop in an Elvis movie and escape for an hour and a half.  My favorite films include:   5.  Change Of Habit (with Mary Tyler Moore)  4.  Follow That Dream (I feel its one of his best comedy roles)  3.  Viva Las Vegas (with the beautiful Ann Margaret)  2.  Jailhouse Rock (what a great dance scene to the title song!)   1.  Speedway (I am a Nancy Sinatra fan and once got to ask her about making movies with Elvis). 

I will be in the studio to take your request this week during Those Were The Days.  We will also pay tribute to Glen Campbell who died this week.  We used to play his greatest hits album in the old farm house and watch his 'Goodtime Hour' on the Curtis Matthis television set.  He was an amazing entertainer and I was always wowed by his guitar playing.

  I am sad to say that this will be our last show until September second.  The Green Bay Packers have two Saturday night preseason games in a row and our show will take a two week break.  We need to get our old rock and roll fix this Saturday night and have a real party since we wont get together again for a while.  I hope to talk with you Saturday night.

Phil

August 1974 Saturday Night

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Hey rock and rollers!  I hope to hear from you Saturday night when I again host Those Were The Days on WRCO FM 100.9.  This weekend we will go on a road trip to August of 1974.  We were watching history as one President stepped down and another stepped up.  The Summer was wrapping up quickly.  I had met a guitar playing pretty young lady that Summer that provided me with my first crush. I was crushed when she left with her family after a Summer vacation and went back to the east coast.  The Top 40 chart provided me with a diversion although I could not sing along with All I Need Is The Air That I Breathe by the Hollies without getting a bit misty!  Other radio jams during the first weekend of August 1974 included:  Rikki, Don't Lose That Number-Steely Dan,  The Night Chicago Died-Paper Lace,  Waterloo-Abba,  Rock Your Baby-George McCrae,  Taking Care Of Business-B.T.O.,  and Sure As I'm Sittin Here-Three Dog Night.  I will play a few of these and your rock and roll requests during our six hour radio party this Saturday night during Those Were The Days.

Phil

 

In the days of the forty-five record, there was an A side and a B side.  The A side was the hit side and the B side of the record was normally the throw away side.  Sometimes record companies would try to make the B side so bad and off the wall that you would never listen to it or consider it better than the hit side.  This often failed and record buyers and radio djs would make a hit out of the flip side.  This Saturday night, we will take a look at some of our favorite B sides and some of yours during Those Were The Days on WRCO FM 100.9.  I will be in the studio to accept your requests from the fifties through the eighties.   Once per hour we will throw a trivia question on the air and you can win some cool prizes.  I hope you will flip for our flip sides and your favorite rock and roll requests this Saturday night during Those Were The Days.  We had a blast last Saturday night when we played many of your requests we haven't played for awhile.   I love it when you try and stump me with a forgotten classic.

Phil

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