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Hot Wheels In 1968

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Back in 1968 I was driving my first wheels.  I got a Hot Wheels car set with the Super Charger that would push the cars through and around the track.  It never worked like it did on television.  The kids in the commercial would laugh with glee as their car went upside down through the loop de loop.  My cars had trouble making the corner before they ever got to the upside down portion of the track.  My Slinky never walked down more than two stairs in a row.  The only reliable toys I owned were my G.I. Joe and my Billy Blastoff action figure.  I was playing with all of these toys in the upstairs of the old farm house while great songs from the Spring of 1968 were coming out of the radio speaker.  Tunes such as:  Lady MaDonna-The Beatles, (Sittin On) The Dock Of The Bay-Otis Redding, Cry Like A Baby-Box Tops, Dance To The Music-Sly & The Family Stone, and many more.  This Saturday night during WRCOs'  Those Were The Days radio show we will park with the radio tuned to 1968 for a while.  I will be in the studio for a time to take your requests from all of the decades and genres that we play from.  We will be throwing some trivia questions at you as well.  We will talk with members of the Madison, Wisconsin based band known as the Gentlemen.  They will be playing a 50th anniversary show at Chief's Tavern on Cottage Grove Road in Madison this Saturday night.  Hear some of their memories during our Saturday night Those Were The Days show on WRCO FM 100.9.



Streaking Through April 1974

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Streaking is a fad I never took part in.  One time during the Summer of 1974 my swim trunks (which had a faulty draw string) slipped off while I was doing the mud crawl in the Willow Creek.  I did run nakedly back through the woods to the farm house before anyone saw me.  Technically that might qualify as streaking, however, I did not run naked on purpose.  Other than streaking, the Spring of 1974 had many pop culture highlights.  I loved watching American Bandstand, Don Kershner's In Concert, and the Midnight Special.  There were not very many chances to see what the singers on the radio looked like.  When we saw them on television, we were sometimes disappointed and other times impressed.  There were no video recording possibilites so I had to stay awake.  Sometimes I would fall asleep and miss the Midnight Special.  I would often wake up to the sound of gunfire as reruns of The Riflemen would air following my favorite show.  Chuck Conners trusty firearm would tell me I had just missed Steely Dan, Olivia Newton John, Brownsville Station, Gladys Knight & The Pips, and the Wolfman on the Midnight Special.  I would than have to hope to see the show as a rerun in the Summer.  April of 1974 featured many great 45 RPM records.  My favorites included:  Bennie & The Jets-Elton John, Hooked On A Feeling-Blue Suede, Come And Get Your Love-Redbone, Oh My My-Ringo Starr, The Loco-Motion-Grand Funk, Dancing Machine-The Jackson Five, Jet-Wings, and Let It Ride-B.T.O. You will hear a few of these this weekend.

Join the rock and roll party this Saturday night on WRCO FM 100.9 during Those Were The Days.  I will be in the studio between 6 p and Midnight to collect your requests and man the 'Close & Play'.  We will ring the trivia cow bell once per hour.  Lets get together Saturday night.



Songs On The Money Saturday Night

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After getting set to send your tax payment to the government this weekend, you can tune in to WRCO FM 100.9 Saturday night (during Those Were The Days) for a refund.  While I wish I could give you cold hard cash, you will have to settle for songs about money.  Here is a list of favorites:

Money (That's What I Want)-Barrett Strong/The Beatles

Money Money Money-ABBA

Money For Nothing-Dire Straits

Money-Pink Floyd

Money Changes Everything-Cyndi Lauper

The Gambler-Kenny Rogers

Take The Money & Run-Steve Miller Band

Lawyers, Guns, and Money-Warren Zevon

Rich Girl-Hall & Oates

anything by Eddie Money

If you want to contribute to this list, give me a call Saturday night.  You can request any pop song from the fifties through the eighties.  Thank for the great night this past weekend.  You made me dig for a few songs that haven't hit the WRCO airwaves in a while.  Perhaps you will win a trivia showdown with your friends and neighbors.  Those Were The Days is heard each Saturday night between 6 p and Midnight. 





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  • phil
    phil says #
    record store day
    It is amazing that vinyl records are outselling any of the other ways to buy music. There are some cool new releases this year.
  • Susan
    Susan says #
    Happy Record Store Day
    Saturday April 16th is National Record Store day.

Playing Right Field In 1979

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It was the Spring of 1979 and number 19 was patroling right field for the Ithaca Bulldogs 'B' squad baseball team.  His uniform pants were so baggy that the excess material was almost like a sail that would push him backwards when the wind blew.  There were so many pop songs running through his head that he could barely hear all the other eight players on the field giving instructions such as:  "back up Nee, he burned ya last time",  "wake up Nee that was the third out",  "lift up the plow and run after it this time".  There was such team unity!  It was so difficult to keep my mind on the game when the pretty track girls were practicing nearby.  On the radio in the Spring of 1979 were instant classics like 'Renegade' by Styx, 'Rock And Roll Fantasy' from Bad Company,  'Good Times Roll'-The Cars, 'What A Fool Believes' by The Doobie Brothers, and many more.  This Saturday night on WRCO FM 100.9 I will be spinning the hits from the fifties through the eighties on Those Were The Days. We will stop and park in 1979 during our six hour tribute. It will be great to be back in the studio to take your requests.  You could win some great prizes including tickets to a special Elvis tribute in Viroqua.  Listen for the trivia questions that can win you a prize and help you amaze your friends.



Remembering 1966 On The Charts

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Hey Rock & Rollers!  This Saturday night I will be digging out the biggest records from 1966.  On WRCO FM 100.9 we will celebrate the 50th anniversary of an awesome year for popular culture.  It was a fantastic year for movies, television, cars, junk food and music on the radio.  The Monkees debuted in the Fall of 1966.  Other debuts came from the Mamas And The Papas, Association,  Tommy James And The Shondells, Simon And Garfunkel, Neil Diamond, Young Rascals, and Chicagos' own New Colony Six.  I will countdown forty of the greatest tunes of the year during Those Were The Days on WRCO FM 100.9 this Saturday night.  We will also be spinning a few tunes by Wisconsin groups.  Hold on to those requests.  We will not be taking those this time, however, the hot line will reopen next Saturday night.  Enjoy your weekend in Southwest Wisconsin and remember to listen to Those Were The Days Saturday night.



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It is amazing that vinyl records are outselling any of the other ways to buy music. There are some ...
Saturday April 16th is National Record Store day.
Hello Phil, just wanted to tell you how much my family and I enjoy your Saturday night programs. I'v...
I bought all of the Beatles albums in the seventies. They r timeless.
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...
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