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Wrestling With 1973

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While I was growing up, during the month of February our family would always listen to WRCO and follow the fortunes of the area high school wrestlers.  Whether it was my cousin Mike Nee or my classmates, I would tape the matches off the radio on cassettes and present them to those local heroes when they returned from Madison.  WRCO has broadcast from the WIAA state wrestling tournament since the early seventies.  This year the state finals will be heard on FM 100.9 starting at five Saturday afternoon.  This weeks Those Were The Days will follow at around nine.  I hope you will join us for our weekly fix of old rock and roll songs.  I will reflect back to the hot hits from this week in 1973 this Saturday night.  You can also try the trivia challenge and request a favorite hit from the fifties through the eighties.  Give me a call on your rotary dial phone this weekend!


This Saturday night we will take a trip back to 1975 during Those Were The Days on WRCO FM 100.9.  Many feel that the 1970s were not a great time for music.  I agree that there was some schlock songs, however,  you can pick out a few clunkers from every era of music.  This week in 1975 there were many good tunes filling the airwaves including: Best Of My Love-Eagles, Some Kind Of Wonderful-Grand Funk, Black Water-Doobie Brothers, Roll On Down The Highway-B.T.O.,  Boogie On Reggae Woman-Stevie Wonder, and Lady-Styx.  My memories of days on the farm include the barn radio.  It was on all the time and the music made the work lighter.  Dad always had WRCO tuned in, however, when he was outside the dial might change to WISM in Madison or WLS- Chicago (on a good night for reception).  WRCO did play Top Forty music after 7 pm on a program called 'Music Scene'.  That is where I heard many songs of 1975 for the first time.  It was fun when they would take requests and I recall calling in a few from the rotary dial phone in the barn.    In 1986, when I was hired by the station, my dad was still milking cows and listening to WRCO on the barn radio.  He retired in 1989 but the radio was left on! It stayed on until a windstorm took down the electric lines to the barn in the mid-90s.

You can request a song from any of the four decades we feature on Saturday night.  Perhaps you will take a trivia challenge during the program.  I hope to talk with you during this weekends show.







Twisting Back To '62 On Those Were The Days

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This Saturday night on WRCO FM 100.9 we will be twisting our way back to the second weekend of February 1962.  There were no less that three records in the Top Twenty  with 'twist'  in the title.  The Twist by Chubby Checker was making its second stop on the charts after going to number one in 1960.  Gary (U.S.) Bonds was having a hit with Dear Lady Twist.  The number one song belonged to Joey Dee And the Starliters.  It was called the Peppermint Twist and it was ahead of Gene Chandler's Duke Of Earl, and an Elvis song from the movie Blue Hawaii (Can't Help Falling In Love).  A song that often is still requested by the Tokens (The Lion Sleeps Tonight) was a new song.  The question by Wolfman Jack during the trailer for the film American Graffitti asked "Where Were You In '62?"  We will have some fun with that countdown from all of those years ago.  You can join the party and request a song during Those Were The Days.  We play popular music from the fifties through the eighties.  You can try to answer one of the six trivia questions during the show this Saturday night. 

Each week we get requests for songs from the nineties and two thousands.  In the early days of our program,  a new year  was added each year and I tried to stay twenty years behind the current year.   This stopped in 2009 when we added songs from 1989 to our playlist.  I might play a song released in early 1990 from time to time, but we try to keep it to songs recorded in the first four decades of rock and roll.  There are so many songs that never get requested from that earlier era, that it seems we don't need to add more years and decades.  I would never say that the decade of the nineties will never be included, but for now I will be a stickler trying to persuade younger callers to request something older!   Thanks for joining us each Saturday night.

Philip James Nee

Rumours On Those Were The Days

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Fleetwood Mac released one of the best albums ever on February fourth 1977.   This Saturday night on WRCO FM 100.9 we will pay tribute to this classic disc.  Forty years ago the 1977 airwaves were filled with the sounds of Fleetwood Mac.  They began the year with Go Your Own Way which hit number ten, Dreams (the groups only number one ever), Don't Stop which went to number three, and they closed the year with You Make Loving Fun which topped out at number nine.  Four hits were released from the album during one year.  Radio gave airplay to Rumours' album tracks including: The Chain, Never Going Back,  Second Hand News, and Songbird.  We will pay tribute to Fleetwood Macs'  spectacular set during Those Were The Days this Saturday night.  I will also be taking your requests.  Perhaps you can try and stump me this weekend.  Anyone can trip me with an album track.  I love it when someone calls in a song that actually made the charts and it has not been out of the dust bunnies for many years.  Get ready for trivia and all kinds of free fun and the best of the fifties through the eighties on WRCO FM 100.9 Saturday night.


82 Rules! Those Were The Days

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This Saturday night on WRCO FM 100.9 we will flash back to this weekend in 1982.  Our Those Were The Days radio program will spotlight top songs from the likes of The Cars, J. Geils Band, Rick Springfield, and Joan Jett to name a few.  I was just wrapping up my high school basketball career in which I led the Ridge and Valley conference in scoring during warm-ups.  Uncle Rico got it right in the movie Napoleon Dynamite as he attempted to direct his time machine back to '82!  If the coach would have put me in the fourth quarter, we would have won state. 

I will be in the studio and I hope to talk with many of you as we discuss the past and play some of the coolest hits from the fifties through the eighties.  We had some great requests from more than a sixty mile radius around Richland Center this past Saturday night.  Hello to our new listeners in Elroy!  Get ready for trivia Saturday night everytime we give you more cowbell. 

Phil Nee-Class of '82 President

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