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My Favorite Guests & The Fall Of 1979

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This week I will be reaching into the archive of cassette and reel to reel tapes and playing back segments of some of my favorite celebrity phone guests from thirty years of Those Were The Days.  My first interview guest was way back in 1987 when Nigel Olsson (Elton John's drummer) joined me by telephone.  Bobby Vinton and Tommy James were also big name guests during those early days. Dick Clark, Nancy Sinatra, Steve Allen, Hal Lindon, Tony Orlando, and a cast of hundreds have graced our airwaves since 1986. This week I will flash back to a few of my favorites.  I will also choose my favorite of all time!  In addition to the special guests, I will feature a few of my faves from the Fall of 1979.  It was a great time for music as number fifty, Phil Nee, was a mighty center and nose guard for the Ithaca Bulldogs.  You will hear some awesome music and fun if you choose to turn on FM 100.9 on Saturday night.  I will not be in the studio to take your requests this time.  Join me for an open line again on Saturday night September 24th.



The Monkees Anniversary Celebration

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The music of the Monkees still plays on the radio, television, and movies after all of these years.  On September 12th it will be exactly fifty years since the first episode of the Monkees played on network television!  Those Were The Days on WRCO FM 100.9 Saturday night will highlight some of the  pre-fab fours best music.  They had many great writers working for Don Kirshner and the group.  That translated into great radio hits and album cuts.  When Those Were The Days debuted on WRCO in the Fall of 1986, the Monkees were a hot act again because of MTV playing the show on a regular basis.  It put them back on the charts with the song 'That Was Than, This Is Now'. We would get many Monkees requests each Saturday night back than from younger listeners.  I will spin some of my favorite Monkees cuts this weekend and you can check in with your requests for any group or artist that you would like to hear from the fifties through the eighties.  Thanks for listening all of these years!



Old Rock And Roll For Labor Day Weekend

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During your time celebrating the last long weekend of Summer, I hope you will tune in for some of the best pop radio songs of all time.  On WRCO FM 100.9 Saturday night, I will be in the studio to take your requests.  We will celebrate the working person with specially selected songs on Those Were The Days such as:  Working For The Weekend-Loverboy,  Chain Gang-Sam Cooke, Blue Collar Man-Styx, Taking Care Of Business-B.T.O., Working Man-Rush, Working For A Living-Huey Lewis, Big Boss Man-Elvis, Working In A Coal Mine-Lee Dorsey,  Lovely Rita-The Beatles, Nine To Five-Dolly Parton.  If you can think of more working songs or songs about the working folks, please give a call or drop me a line this week


Phil Nee

It will be great to be back in the studio with the chance to spin the best of the fifties through the eighties on Saturday nights Those Were The Days radio show.  I hope you enjoyed the Elvis tribute and the other special features last weekend.   This week I will be taking your requests and first time guest Billy J. Kramer will give his memories of the first wave of the British Invasion.  Thanks to our friend Kent Kotal for helping to line this up.  Billy J. Kramer with the Dakotas had a handful of hits including songs that were hand delivered by the Beatles.  They shared the same manager, Brian Epstein,  and producer, George Martin.  My favorite song by Billy is 'From A Window'.  Hear about his humble beginnings in Liverpool and recent appearances at Beatles festivals. 

While Those Were The Days was playing on Memorex last weekend, I took Ms. June to see Felix Cavaliere's Rascals.  It was a great concert and I am still humming Good Lovin', People Got To Be Free,  Groovin', I've Been Lonley Too Long', and several others.  What a great performance!  June was the youngest and prettiest there (other than me...hee hee..)  We will get the little records out of there sleeping bags on Saturday during Those Were The Days on WRCO FM 100.9.



Elvis Tribute-Beach Boys Saturday Night

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Those Were The Days on WRCO FM 100.9 brings back so many memories each Saturday night.  This week I had the chance to visit a Dog n' Suds in Northern Illinois.  I ate my first Dog n' Suds coney dog in thirty-five years and it brought back memories of Summer days cruising for a treat with our 'three on the tree' Chevy farm truck.  This Saturday night between 6 p and Midnight, I will play songs that will transport us to the past.  It is our Elvis tribute show and you can hear the Top Forty biggest Elvis songs.  If you are an Elvis fan, this is your show.  I can vividly remember hearing the report from ABC news back in 1977 that Elvis had died.  We celebrate his legacy of music on Those Were The Days this weekend. 

The Beach Boys and Summer go together.  I will look at some of the California groups biggest radio hits this Saturday night.  The Summer of 1972 brings back great memories.

The first K-tel album I owned was called 'Believe In Music'.  It featured some big hits from one of my favorite Summers.  I will play the entire album and chat about some of the tracks.  Though I will not be in the studio to take your requests this Saturday night, I hope you will stick around and enjoy some of the best pop radio hits of all time.  It will be nearly as good as a black cherry popsicle with two sticks!



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