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Sitting In A Bean Bag Chair-1979

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I remember listening to music all of the time back in 1979 while sitting in a bean bag chair.  Normally I could tell you what was playing on the radio in 1-2 seconds.  Scanning the dial an AM and FM was my night time ritual.  I would wear those great big Koss headphones (which I still have) and fall asleep each night to cool tunes. Some of my favorites from mid November included:  Heartache Tonight-The Eagles,  Tusk-Fleetwood Mac,  Good Girls Don't-The Knack,  Don't Stop Til You Get Enough-Michael Jackson,  Take The Long Way Home-Supertramp,  Cool Change-Little River Band,  Dream Police-Cheap Trick, Please Don't Go-KC, and Still-The Commodores.

Artists that made their chart debut in the Fall of 1979 included:  Pat Benatar and John Mellencamp.  The Top Five Charting Artists of the year were:  5.  Earth, Wind, & Fire,  4. Village People  3. Peaches & Herb  2.  Bee Gees  1.  Donna Summer.  Hear some of these artists mixed in with your rock and roll requests on Saturday nights edtition of Those Were The Days on WRCO FM 100.9.  Request a song and play trivia with us this weekend.  I hope to hear from you.

 

Phil-WRCO

Parking With The Radio On In 1965!

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It was a hot chart back in 1965.  As was the case in the 1960's, many styles of music were represented on the charts.  The top 10 this week included:  Marvin Gaye, Supremes,  Herb Alpert & The Tijuana Brass,  The Vogues,  Bob Dylan, and The Rolling Stones.  It was a time when Top 40 Radio was king with fast talking jocks, loud commercials, and 2 1/2 minute songs.  We will spin a few of those hot hits from all of those years ago on this Saturday nights' Those Were The Days show on WRCO FM 100.9.

 

I will be live in the studio and I can't wait to hear from you. Help program the playlist when you request a song and play trivia with us this Saturday night from 6 pm until Midnight.  We have talked with several listeners that enjoyed last Saturdays retro show.  We sounded a little younger back in 1987!  It is always fun to go back and remember when the show was all vinyl records and commercials on tape cartridges.  It involved a lot more running.  I was in better shape than!  Last weeks flashbacks to 1973 and 1983 were fun to put together.  Those two years were really great Top 40 music years.  I am glad that you liked it.

 

Phil

Go To 1973 During Nee's Oldie Spree

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This Saturday night we will park the 'Ford Maverick Time Machine'  in 1973 and listen to the radio.  It has been called the last great year for Rock n' Roll music.  Find out if that is true on Those Were The Days.  Elton John, Gladys Knight And The Pips,  Led Zepplin, Seals And Crofts, Allman Brothers,  Grand Funk, the Rolling Stones, and many others were enjoying radio success 40 yeears ago. 

 

Those Were The Days recently celebrated another birthday.  This Saturday night we will flash back to an aircheck of the show from 26 years ago.  We were than celebrating our 1st anniversary.  My voice was a little higher.  I thought the tape was playing fast, however, the songs sounded like they were on the right speed.  Hear what Those Were The Days sounded like in 1987 for a time on Saturday night.  We will also enjoy a few 'twin spins' of some of our favorite artists, and a few left over Halloween songs.  It will be an action packed Those Were The Days this Saturday night on WRCO FM 100.9 from 6 pm until Midnight.

 

Phil

Halloween Nee Favorites

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This Saturday night we will feature a few of the classic rock and roll Halloween tracks that we love to play.  Don't be afraid as we enter the WRCO back room to find wierd and wild songs.  We will be taking your requests during the second part of the program and playing trivia.  Lets have another rock and roll party Saturday night!

 

Did you know?  Bobby "Boris" Pickett hit number one with Monster Mash in 1962.  It is one of the few non-Christmas songs to make the Billboard survey in its original form three times.  It charted again in 1970 and in 1973.  I remember being amazed to watch Monster Mash make its way up the chart in the Summer of 1973 before it peaked at number 10.  It may have been helped by Dr. Demento's National Radio show in which he played many of the wierd classics. 

 

I hope to hear from you this Saturday night.

 

Phil

The First Record You Bought?

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    I recall joining those record clubs. It was always very tempting because they would offer 12 selections for one penny! You just
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    I bought Battle Of New Orleans by Johnny Horton. I still have it somewhere.

Radio HIts Of 1966

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This weekend on WRCOs' Those Were The Days, we will be spinning some of the top tunes from the Fall of 1966.  It was a great time in Top 40 radio with many styles of music.  According to Billboard magazine, these were the top 10 artists for the year of '66....

 

1.  The Beatles

2.  The Beach Boys

3.  The Rolling Stones

4.  The Lovin'Spoonful

5.  Hermans Hermits

6.  Simon and Garfunkel

7.  The Righteous Brothers

8.  The Supremes

9.  Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass

10.Gary Lewis And the Playboys

 

Take a trip back with Those Were The Days on WRCO FM 100.9 this Saturday night until Midnight.  I hope to hear from you.  Request one of your favorites from the past and play along when you hear the Magic Trivia Cowbell ring!

 

Phil

Steve Miller Turns 70!

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This Saturday night on WRCO FM 100.9 we will be spinning some of the most popular songs from Steve Miller.  He was born October 10th of 1943 in Milwaukee Wisconsin.  He has long been a fave of those that requests songs on Saturday night during our program.  Recently on my favorite website Forgotten Hits, there was a list of the top ten Steve Miller tracks.

 

1.  Abracadabra

2.  The Joker

3.  Rock'n Me

4.  Fly Like An Eagle

5.  Jet Airliner

6.  Take The Money And Run

7.  Swingtown

8.  Jungle Love

9.  Heart Like A Wheel

10.Living In The USA

 

Hear some of these Saturday night!  We will be playing your requests and serving up a few tough trivia questions.  Saturday night until Midnite its Those Were The Days.

 

Phil

Huey Lewis' Sports Turns 30!

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The release of the album Sports by Huey Lewis & The News in the Fall of 1983 brought good rock and roll back to the charts.  It was nice to hear a saxophone on Top 40 radio again. Five songs from the album made the Billboard Top 100 and all 9 got radio play.  Hear a few of those tunes on this Saturday nights edition of Those Were The Days on WRCO FM 100.9.  Here is a track listing for the classic Huey Lewis album that many had on cassette, album, 45's, and have now digitally downloaded.

 

Side One                                                      Side Two

The Heart Of Rock & Roll                                 Walking On A Thin Line

Heart and Soul                                              Finally Found A Home

Bad Is Bad                                                    If This Is It

I Want A New Drug                                         You Crack Me Up

                                                                   Honky Tonk Blues

 

We will be taking your requests this Saturday night during our 6 hour music of the 50's through the 80's get together.  While many stations have forgotten about the tunes from the 50's thru 1963 (pre-Beatles), we still get requests for them and are glad to play them.  Win some cool prizes this weekend!  Try your luck when we play trivia on WRCO FM 100.9.

 

Those Were The Days!

 

Phil

 

Vicki Lawrence On Those Were The Days

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Vicki Lawrence will be my special guest this Saturday night!  She will be talking about the release of Seasons 1 and 2 of Mama's Family on DVD and memories of the Carol Burnett Show.  Saturday nights were family nights around our old Curtis Mathes TV set.  Watching all of the CBS programs with our favorite at 9 pm the Carol Burnett Show.  I could relate to 'The Family' sketch especially when they played board games.  Since Those Were The Days is a music show, I will ask Vicki about her number one hit "The Night The Lights Went Out In Georgia" which topped the charts in 1973.

 

I hope that you will request a song and play trivia with us this Saturday night from 6 pm until Midnight on WRCO FM 100.9.  You could be the winner of a copy of season 2 of Mama's Family! We will again dig out those old pop radio memories from the 50's through the 80's.

 

Phil

 

Ray Graffia-New Colony 6 On TWTD

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It seems like it is 'old friends' month on WRCOs' Those Were The Days!  Ray Graffia has been our guest a few times over the past 27 years. His group, the New Colony Six,  has even played a couple of shows for us including our 10th Anniversary celebration!  The group was the first Chicago area rock and roll group of the 60's to get radio airplay when a song called I Confess became a hit.  There are legions of fans that love the group for its garage tunes of the mid 60's, and another large group that remember them for the huge radio ballads Things I'd Like To Say and I Will Always Think About You.  Ray Graffia will give us more memories of the band and we will ask him about a show here in Wisconsin coming up!  On Sunday September 29th, the New Colony Six will perform in La Crosse during the October Fest celebration.  The group will play at the Southside Festgrounds on the Bier Halle Main Stage from 5 pm until app: 6:30.  I hope to see some of our Those Were The Days listeners Sept. 29th at the event cheering the group on!

 

We will also be taking your requests this Saturday night the 22nd of September and playing trivia between 6 p and Midnight.  It is always amazing to hear folks calling in from locations at least one hour away.  That makes being at the station most every Saturday night very rewarding.  Thanks again for listening.

 

Phil-WRC0

Tommy Roe Guests This Week

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Tommy Roe has been our featured artist a few times over the years.  We will talk about his new album this Saturday night on Those Were The Days.  Tommy has a new single called 'Mempis Me' which we are playing in our Country format.  He is the answer to several trivia questions and he will talk about his 1963 British tour in which the Beatles were his opening act!  When he played at Richland Center High school in 2005, he told me he was retiring.  It is great to hear that he is un-retired and playing for his fans again. 

 

I will be taking your requests this Saturday night and we will be popping a few trivia questions.  Tune in 100.9 WRCO FM for the best music from the 50's through the 80's.

 

Phil

G.R.A.C.E. Winning Bidders Pick The Hits

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Two generous bidders during the recent Walk With G.R.A.C.E. radio and silent auctions will get the chance to play favorite hits this Saturday night.  I will play the hits that were chosen by the first guest programmer starting at 7 pm.  This person wishes to remain anonymous.  They chose some great hits from the 60's and 70's that I know you will enjoy.  The second guest song chooser is Kevin Hauser.  Kevin has weighed in on this blog before about his choice music cuts. Saturday night starting at 10:00 he will get a chance to have his favorite jams played on the radio.  Thanks to all the folks that helped make this years benefit for Greater Richland Area Cancer Elimination a record breaking year.  The grand total raised was $254,322.  Our WRCO radio auction raised $26,085 for the cause. 

 

We will not be taking your requests this Saturday night.  Here is the schedule of events:

 

6:06 p                   A look at the new Elvis At Stax cd release and a glance back

                           at the Fall of 1974.

 

7:00 p                   The winning bidder in our WRCO radio auction picks the hits

                           for me to play.

 

9:30 p                   The Fall of 1972 hottest hits.

 

10:00 p                   Silent auction winning bidder Kevin Hauser chooses some of his                             favorite hits and shares memories.

 

 

I can't wait for you to hear the show Saturday night on WRCO FM 100.9

 

Phil

 

Labor Songs This Weekend On TWTD

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Hear songs about the working person and the jobs they do during this Saturday nights Those Were The Days.  It will be a great soundtrack to go along with your weekend cookout, get together, and campfire!  The best of the 50's through the 80's.  We are always adding songs to the playlist.  On the rare occasion that you request a song that we do not have, I go on a mission to find it for a future show.  I will be doing more record digging this week.  Tune in 100.9 FM this Saturday night between 6 and Midnight.

 

Phil

Dynamic Duos On Those Were The Days

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This Saturday night on Those Were The Days we will feature favorite music from some of the best duos of all time.  The Everly Brothers harmony influenced many groups that have followed and were a direct influence on Simon and Garfunkel a decade later.  The Righteous Brothers, Jan and Dean, and Sonny & Cher had many hits in the 60s.  As pointed out with a trivia question a few weeks ago,  Hall and Oates were the most successful duo of the rock and roll era in terms of chart life and records sold.  A duo known as the Carpenters had great success in the 1970s.  Who can ever forget the great talent of Phil and Ron.  That was some singing that you just could never forget..wait a minute...I must have dreamed that.  Join us for Dynamic Duos this weekend on WRCO FM 100.9.

 

It will be great to open up my record cases Saturday night after a week off.  The Packers played well, so we will forgive them for blocking us out last weekend.  Give me a call and request a favorite Saturday night between 6 p and Midnight.  Listen for the 'Magic Cowbell' and win a prize this weekend.

 

Phil 

TWTD On Vacation!

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 This Saturday night on WRCO FM 100.9, its Green Bay Packer preseason football.  It will be the Packers second exhibition game and all of us fans hope they have a better showing than the first game!  Those Were The Days will not be heard this Saturday night.  I hope to hear from you on August 24th when we return from break.

 

The Nee family vacation continues.  We have had a great time.  Hanging out back stage at the Grand Ole Opry was a once in a lifetime opportunity.  I have been digging for more old records and actually met Mike Wolfe from American Pickers!  I picked up the new release Elvis At Stax cd set.  He recorded 3 great albums in the 70's at the legendary studio and I have been jamming to them this week. 

 

Thanks for all of the great requests last Saturday night.  I think it was one of the best shows this Summer,

 

Phil

August Of 1979 On TWTD

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This weekend I look forward to spinning our way back to August of 1979.  We will take the 45 Record Changer Time Machine back to the second weekend in August.  There we will find a soon to be sophomore in high school by the name of Phil Nee.  His mom has just bought him new school pants at the Richland Outlet and he has all of these wonderful radio hits in his head.  Songs such as: Don't Bring Me Down by E.L.O., One Way Or Another-Blondie, Let's Go-The Cars,  Bad Case Of Loving You-Robert Palmer,  Lovin Touchin Squeezin-Journey and I Was Made For Loving You by Kiss.  When the hay is made for the day and before milking starts, young Phil might bum a ride with his friend Tom or Larry to the local Dog n' Suds and have one of those awesome coney dogs.  There are some pretty car hops working there.  I am sure they are impressed by the young farm boy!

 

Join the fun Saturday night on WRCO FM 100.9 when we go back to 1979 and take your requests.  We will play our usual trivia games.  From 6 p until Midnight Saturday night.

 

Phil

An Hour Of TWTD Brings $750 !!!!!

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It was a record setting Walk With Grace radio auction.  Thanks to a very generous bidder that bid $750 for the right to choose an hour worth of songs during a future Those Were The Days Saturday night show.  They will choose their favorites from the 50's thru the 80's and I will spin them.  It is very rewarding to know that someone would give that much money to the cause.

 

If you are interested in getting the chance to program one hour of the Saturday night oldies program, come out to Krouskop park on Friday night August 9th.  There will be a silent auction which will also benefit Greater Richland Area Cancer Elimination.  You can bid on your chance to be a Saturday night Program Director! There will be many other items and services to bid on at the park that night.  I hope to see you at this years Walk With Grace!

 

Phil-WRCO

American Graffiti

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This Saturday night on WRCOs' Those Were The Days, I will be playing hilites from the soundtrack to the movie American Graffiti.  The film was released August 1st of 1973 during a time when a rock and roll revival was hot.  The movie put 50's and early 60's nostalgia over the top.  TV shows such as Happy Days and Laverne and Shirley owe much to that classic movie.  Future stars such as Cindy Williams,  Richard Dreyfuss, Harrison Ford, and many more became household names after they appeared in the film.

 

It was Wolfman Jack's cameo in the film that made a young farm boy dream even more about being on the radio. I would dream about being the voice on the radio late at night while restless youth were cruising about.  The radio station in the movie looked very similar to the old WRCO building. 

 

I will be taking your requests, playing trivia, and weaving some American Graffiti tunes on Those Were The Days this Saturday night.  I might even eat some popsicles like Wolfman Jack did!

 

Phil

The Summer Of 1963

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On this Saturday nights Those Were The Days radio program we will travel back to the Summer of 1963.  There were many great 45's playing on the radio back than.  Hear some of the great ones and coments from Chubby Checker and Lou Christie who were both having hits that year.  According to Joel Whitburn's Record Research, the top 5 artists that year were: #5. Bobby Vinton  #4. The 4 Seasons #3. Rick Nelson  #2. Dion  #1. The Beach Boys.

 

We will be taking your requests during this Saturday nights show.  There were some great dedications called in last week.  I love it when someone gives me a 'Wow' factor request and I have to go digging.  My favorite requests from last weekend included: 'My Back Pages' by the Byrds,  'Ride My See-Saw'- the Moody Blues,  Jeepster by T-Rex,  and 'You Know How' by Vilas Craig And The Vicounts.  Keep up the good work!   Listen for trivia this Saturday night when you hear the 'Magic Cow Bell'. 

 

Phil

Summer of 1972

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Tune in WRCO FM 100.9 for Those Were The Days Saturday night.  Following up the sister of a Beatle is a tough thing to do!  Many of you sent coments this week about the interview on last weeks show with Louise Harrison.  She was a great guest and it was fun to learn more about George and celebrate his legacy.

 

This Saturday night we will celebrate the music from the Summer of 1972.  It was a magical Summer of songs. Every song on the radio spoke to me.  I remember a trip to LaCrosse with a cousin of mine.  We were singing to every radio hit.  I was especially good at the Donny Osmond tunes! I bought one of the early K-tel albums that year.  It was called 'Believe In Music'.  Even though the songs were all edited to 2 minutes, that album captured the variety of music that Summer.  It is still one of my favorite albums.  I will be in the studio this week taking requests and talking to as many listeners as I can.  I can't wait for Saturday night....

 

Phil

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