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Apr
14

1966 Spring Top 40 Sound Spectacular

I have written many times on this blog about the amazing charts from the late 1960's.  This Saturday night during Those Were The Days on WRCO FM 100.9 and wrco dot com, we will fly back fifty-five years to the spring of 1966.  There were so many songs on the charts that are still being played today.  Some of my favorites include: Secret Agent Man-Johnny Rivers,  Kicks-Paul Revere and the Raiders,  This Old Heart Of Mine-Isley Brothers,  Gloria-Shadows Of Knight,  Try Too Hard-Dave Clark Five,  You Baby-Turtles,  Dirty Water-Standells,  and Time Wont Let Me-Outsiders.  Turn up your Six Transistor radio Saturday night!  Put on your Hush Puppy shoes and get ready.  We will have a record hop between six and midnight Saturday night during Those Were The Days.  You will be able to request a song from the fifties through the eighties. Listen for the 'magic cow bell'.  Every time it rings, you will have the chance to show what you remember from the good old days.  It is a challenge to find questions that can't be found instantly on line.  During the week I search for trivial tidbits that might make good questions.  If you have any ideas for questions, you can always leave me a message here or email me This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  It is always great to hear from listeners and their stories about songs. Give me a call, drop me a line,  put a message on a pigeon, or float a note in a bottle down the Pine River. Let's have a rock n' roll party Saturday night during Those Were The Days.

Phil

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Apr
07

Remembering 1987 On T.W.T.D.

Back in the Spring of 1987, I was a new dj on WRCO and was planning a wedding to the lovely June.  I had finished my six month stint as the host of the WRCO Top Forty night time show.  I loved that gig, however, it was time to move to afternoons with the chance to do more sports broadcasts at night. Marv Erdmann and Dave Turk took over the night time hours on WRCO.  As the music director,  my job was to preview all of the new music and decide whether it was air worthy.  Record companies were still sending new music through the mail on 45 r.p.m. records.  This would be fazed out in the next couple of years as cassette and cd singles would take over.   When I hear music from 1987, I can still see the record labels.  Each radio station single had a tag on it which would list the month it was released and the intro time. This meant that the d.j. could talk over the instrumental music before the singer started singing.  There was a box in the radio booth that contained all of the latest records.  Sometimes dj's and their friends would come by and borrow a record.  This made it difficult if you were doing a countdown show...'and the number 4 song is....I am sorry, someone borrowed that one'.  Some of my faves from the Spring of '87 include:  The Final Countdown-Europe,  Don't Dream It's Over-Crowded House,  Midnight Blue-Lou Gramm,  Livin On A Prayer-Bon Jovi, Light of Day-Joan Jett, and I Wanna Go Back-Eddie Money.

This Saturday night on WRCO FM 100.9 and dot com,  Those Were The Days will take you back to the late 1980's.  You can request any of your favorites from the 1950's through the 80's.  Make sure to listen for the 'Magic Cow Bell'.  Everytime that rings, that means it is trivia time.  I hope you will join me for some fun on Saturday night between six and midnight.

Phil

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Mar
31

Spring Back To 1972 With Ear Candy

We will have a groovy time this Saturday night during the six hour flashback we call Those Were The Days!  One of my favorite years for music is 1972 and on WRCO FM 100.9 and dot com we will be putting on a few 45's that were popular that Spring.  I also will look in the old rock and roll Easter basket for some candy hits such as: Lollipop-Chordettes, Candy Man-Roy Orbison and Candy Girl-Four Seasons.  The girl group the Jelly Beans might even show up, and D.J. and the Runaways may make an appearance to sing about Peter Rabbitt.

Some of my favorites from this weekend in 1972 include:  Heart Of Gold-Neil Young,  Mother and Child Reunion-Paul Simon,  I Gotcha-Joe Tex,  Betcha By Golly, Wow-Stylistics,  A Cowboys Work Is Never Done-Sonny & Cher,  Roundabout-Yes,  Down By The Lazy River-Osmonds,  We've Got To Get It On Again-Addrisi Brothers,  Suavecito-Malo,  Glory Bound-Grass Roots,  The Family Of Man-Three Dog Night,  Doctor My Eyes-Jackson Browne, and Baby Blue-Badfinger.  What a lineup of hits that is!  There was no way a poor farm boy could have afforded all of those records.  A poor disc jockey has been able to afford them since that time.  I can't wait to spin a few from this weekends' Billboard chart in 1972.

I will be in the studio so that I can answer the calls and add your favorites to the playlist.  It is a holiday weekend and there will be lots of old friends coming back to town or joining us on line.  Perhaps you will be among the cool kids that are at the WRCO radio party Saturday night?  On behalf of the 'Solid Gold Dancers' and me, this is Phil Nee inviting you to have some fun with us.

Phil

 

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Mar
24

Outstanding In My Field In 1982

In the spring of 1982, I was outstanding in right field for the Ithaca Bulldogs.  I did not usually stand for very long as the ball often was flying over my head or bouncing under my glove. While the hits were flying over my head, there were many hits flying around in my head.  Some of my faves that spring included:  Centerfold-J.Geils Band,  Shake It Up-Cars,  Take Off-Bob and Doug McKenzie,  I Love Rock n' Roll-Joan Jett,  We Got The Beat-Go-Go's,  (Oh) Pretty Woman-Van Halen,  Do You Believe In Love-Huey Lewis and the News,  Spirits In the Material World-Police,  Don't Let Him Know-Prism,  Fantasy-Aldo Nova,  and My Girl-Donnie Iris.  All of these songs made for good mix tapes for my friends.  I would buy as many 45 r.p.m. records that I could afford, and try to tape the rest off the radio.  Editing out the d.j.'s voice was the toughest part.  Affording blank cassette tapes was also a problem. You could buy 3 blanks for a dollar, however, those tapes might not last past the first play.  You had to at least find a tape that had its own case.

This Saturday night on WRCO FM 100.9 and wrco.com, I will be spinning some of those smash hits from this weekend in 1982.  Please give me a call between six and midnight if you would like to hear a favorite from the fifties through the eighties during Those Were The Days radio show.  You could be the owner of some cool stuff if you are one of our trivia winners.   You can be one of the cool kids if you listen to Those Were The Days this Saturday night.

Phil

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Mar
17

Spring Back To 1961

Hey rock n' rollers!  This Saturday night on WRCO FM 100.9 and dot com we will welcome spring with a few classic tunes.  There are many that talk about the season and still others that were popular in the the spring time.  We will also check out the hot 45's from this weekend in 1961.  That was an innocent time for popular music.  Some of my favorites from this weekend in '61 include:  Runaway-Del Shannon,  Shop Around-Miracles,  Pony Time-Chubby Checker,  Walk Right Back-Everly Brothers,  Calender Girl-Neil Sedaka,  More Than I Can Say-Bobby Vee,  One Hundred Pounds Of Clay-Gene McDaniels,  and (I Wanna) Love My Life Away-Gene Pitney.   Even though these songs are sixty years old,  they still sound so good on the radio.  There is so much energy in the grooves of those little records.

Join our Those Were The Days solid gold dance troupe on WRCO Saturday night between six and midnight.  I will again be studying this week to find the best trivia questions.  Perhaps you will win a prize from our long time sponsors when you solve the trivia puzzles. Help us welcome in the new season.  I hope that you will give me a call Saturday night on the request line (608) 647-4155.  You can also drop me a line through this blog or send me an email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you have an idea or input for the show.   Thanks for rocking with us.

Phil

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Mar
10

1979 Spring Fever

In March of 1979, I was just putting away my purple low top Pro Keds basketball shoes, and getting out my new baseball glove that I ordered from Coach Pampuch.  The pro player insignia was by Dave 'King Kong' Kingman.  He was known for his hitting and did not catch many in the outfield.  That was similar to my career. Most everything went over my head or in the gap.  I did not need the glove very often.  I always had songs running through my head as I was out standing in my field.  The number one hit this week in 1979 was I Will Survive by Gloria Gaynor.  That was my motto as I played the outfield and later tried to avoid a 'swirly'.  Other favorite hits from this weekend in 1979 include:  What A Fool Believes-Doobie Brothers,  Sultans Of Swing-Dire Straits,  Blue Morning, Blue Day-Foreigner,  Every Which Way But Loose-Eddie Rabbitt,  Shake It-Ian Mathews,  and I'll Supply The Love-Toto.  On Saturday nights edition of Those Were The Days, I will be slapping a few of those faves on the turntable. 

I hope you will join the radio party between six and Midnight on WRCO FM 100.9 and wrco.com.  Other than parking in 1979,  we will also be spinning from all of our favorite rock and roll years which include the fifties through the eighties.  You can help program the show.  Please give me a call and we can talk music on Saturday night during Those Were The Days.  Maybe you can impress your friends when you correctly answer a trivia question! 

Phil

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Mar
03

Saturday Night Light Songs

This week on Those Were The Days Saturday night, our theme will be 'light' songs.  It will be a light show as we explore songs with titles that include the word light.  That could include titles such as:  I See The Light,  Light My Fire,  Lights,  Green Light,  Turn On Your Love Light,  Light Of Day,  Harbor Lights,  The Night The Lights Went Out In Georgia, Paradise By The Dashboard Light,  Shine A Light,  and Blinded By The Light.  If you have an idea of a 'light' song that would make a good addition to our play list, please give me a call on Saturday night.  I will be in the studio to answer the phone and assemble your requests from the fifties through the eighties.  The magic cowbell will ring and we will have a great time.  I hear from families that plan game nights on Saturday night with Those Were The Days on in the background.  That makes me happy. When I was growing up, my family would often play cards and board games with the radio on.

I spent last Saturday at my granddaughter, Oaklee June's, first birthday party.  It was a great time and my kids suggested that we all play games that night.  They were all dozing by 8:30 and I was ready to play.  The old man is used to staying up late on Saturday nights!  I hope you enjoyed the Forgotten Hits TV Themes countdown.  It was fun to remember all of those great shows.  In case you missed it, these were the top ten television themes....

10.  Gilligan's Island   9.  The Beverly Hillbillies  8.  M*A*S*H   7. Cheers   6.  The Monkees  5.  Secret Agent Man  4.  The Mary Tyler Moore Show  3.  Mission Impossible  2.  Bonanza  1.  Hawaii Five-O

For the complete list of 100 tv theme songs, please check out Kent Kotal's Forgotten Hits website.  I hope you will remember to listen to Those Were The Days on WRCO FM 100.9 and wrco.com this Saturday night between six and midnight.

Phil 

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Feb
24

TV Themes Countdown

This Saturday night on Those Were The Days, I will be counting down the Top 50 television themes.  This countdown came to us courtesy of Kent Kotal at forgottenhits.com.  He compiled some 25,000 votes from the readers of his blog.  It is a fun list of songs that is guaranteed to bring back many memories.  We will be featuring choice sound bites, interviews from our archives, and trivial stuff about the shows.  Can you guess what the number one tv theme will be?   Could the top one come from shows such as; the Monkees,  Gilligans Island,  Happy Days,  Green Acres,  Brady Bunch,  Hawaii Five-O,  Mary Tyler Moore,  or the Beverly Hillbillies?  Find out Saturday night on WRCO FM 100.9 and wrco.com.  I have so many memories of watching those shows.  Many of them I still watch today.  There are few new shows that I watch today.  If I need a little getaway time, I pull out my dvd collections of the Munsters,  I Dream Of Jeannie,  The Partridge Family, or Green Acres.  Just last night I watched the two part episode in which Arnold Ziffel inherits 20 million dollars and Oliver (his lawyer) has to prove his pig client is a relative of the deceased.  I was on the edge of my seat!

I will be extracting a slice of the chart from this week in 1967 for your listening pleasure.  That is still a favorite year of mine for music.  The Monkees, Buckinghams,  Supremes,  Casinos,  and Electric Prunes were all doing well with charted records this week in '67.   Please join us for music memories this Saturday night on WRCOs' Those Were The Days.  We will not be taking your requests this weekend.  Hold on to those and give me a call next Saturday night.

Phil

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Feb
17

1981 Time Machine

There have been many movies and tv shows about time travel.  The thought of moving back in time and seeing your former self, is a fun idea.  The only way I have found a successful trip back in the day is through music.  If I was to go back to a year, it might be 1981.  That was a year before life got a little more hectic for me.  In '81 I was still under my parents roof and cruising in my 1975 Ford Maverick.  The only worry was where the get together was.  My social network was the barn phone and a big fear was getting left out of something my friends were doing that was really fun.  When I hear a song like Treat Me Right by Pat Benatar, I am right back there.  This week on WRCOs' Those Were The Days, I will go back to February 1981.  The soundtrack to those crazy nights long ago included:  Kiss On My List-Hall & Oates,  Seven Bridges Road-Eagles,  Hearts On Fire-Randy Meisner,  (Ghost) Riders In the Sky-Outlaws, Don't Stand So Close To Me-Police, and Hey Nineteen by Steely Dan.  I was friends with a young lady who had a sister named Leah.  Whenever I would walk into their house,  I would be singing Ah! Leah by Donnie Iris.  Whenever I spin that song these days,  I think of Leah, whom I have not seen since 1981!

Those Were The Days on WRCO FM 100.9 and wrco.com is heard each Saturday night between six and midnight.  We feature the best of the fifties through the eighties and trivia questions.  We have a great time and I hope you join us and tell your friends.  Music has provided me with a great escape during this recent cold snap.  There is light at the end of the tunnel as they are predicting high temps in the upper 30's at the start of the week.  Woo hoo!!!!

Phil

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Feb
10

This Week In 1964 on T.W.T.D.

This Saturday night on Those Were The Days from WRCO FM 100.9, I will be looking back to 1964.  The Beatles were taking the country by storm after a February 9th appearance on the Ed Sullivan show. The 'Fab Four' were at number one with I Want To Hold Your Hand.  The rest of the chart featured many American artists. Some of my favorite songs from February of '64 include:  You Don't Own Me-Lesley Gore, Hey Little Cobra-Rip Chords,  Um, Um, Um, Um,Um, Um-Major Lance,  For You-Rick Nelson,  Forget Him-Bobby Rydell,  and Popsicles and Icicles-Mermaids.  I hope you will join me as we go back to those black and white nights and the days when rock and roll was still innocent.

You can request anything you like from our box of pop memories of the fifties through the eighties during this Saturday nights six hour show.  It is great to hear your stories that go along with your requests.  I have a massive amount of discs, vinyl, and digital music and every week someone pulls out a request that I am not that familiar with!  Folks say that they enjoy our trivia games.  Last week we had two winners that were listening long distance on this website.  We are now sending prizes around Wisconsin and other states. It is amazing to know that people think enough of the music, and they choose to tune in.  We have many great ideas for special shows in 2021.  I hope you will join us when you can.  You can stay up to date about Those Were The Days right here!  Those Were The Days can be heard on Saturday nights from six until midnight.

Phil

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Feb
03

My First 45's By Phil Nee

My kids think I am talking about guns when I talk about 45's.  The 45 rpm record was a plastic wonder with a song on each of its 2 sides.  My fascination with records began with my dad and his collection of 78's.  His collection of Harry James,  Benny Goodman,  Bing Crosby,  Mills Brothers, and Spike Jones, helped build my love of music.  In the late 60's and 70's my uncle Ed would give my sister and I the worn out records from the jukebox at his supper club.  My dad would buy us records.  Since he sang for many weddings during that time, he would buy records for songs that he was learning.  Songs such as The Wedding Song (there is love),  Come Saturday Morning, and  We've Only Just Begun, were commonly sung at weddings in the 70's.  I have mentioned many times that the first time I laid down my own money for a record was in the later months of 1971 when I purchased Have You Seen Her by the Chi-Lites.  During that era several were given to me by family members.  My 45 record carrying case included:  For All We Know-Carpenters,  An Old Fashioned Love Song-Three Dog Night,  Two Divided By Love-Grass Roots,  Sunshine-Johnathon Edwards, and  Day After Day-Badfinger.   It will be my pleasure to spin a few of these on my radio show (Those Were The Days) on Saturday night.

WRCO will have the light on for you and the phone line will be open for you to check in with a request Saturday night.  We will also pay tribute to Buddy Holly, Richie Valens, and the Big Bopper who were killed in a air accident on February 3rd of 1959.  It will be a six hour salute to the greatest music ever cut into plastic!  You can find us on the radio dial at 100.9 FM and on line right here on this website.  Make sure you click on the 100.9 headphones.  I hope to speak with you Saturday night.

Phil

 

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Jan
28

Early 1976 Those Were The Days Scrapbook

This week on Those Were The Days, I will be pulling a few hits from the first part of 1976.  There were a bunch of great tunes forty-five years ago.  Despite what is often written about that era, it was not all disco dominated.  Sure, some of the polyester songs were played under the lighted ball in the middle of the dance floor, but there were some good pop and rock songs that made the music charts.  Some of my favorite mix tape worthy tunes in early '76 include:  Evil Woman-Electric Light Orchestra,  Fox On The Run-Sweet,  Golden Years-David Bowie,  Slow Ride-Foghat,  Winners and Losers-Hamilton, Joe Frank, and Reynolds,  Squeeze Box-the Who, Rock and Roll All Night (Live Version)-Kiss, and Dream Weaver-Gary Wright.  There were plenty of dance classics such as: Love Rollercoaster-Ohio Players,  You Sexy Thing-Hot Chocolate, and Love Machine-Miracles.  These radio classics remind me of folks making plans for the bicentenial in 1976.  People were painting fire plugs and mailboxes red, white, and blue.  I was hoarding the special quarters that were released in 1975 and 1976.  I am sure I eventually gave them up one by one in the candy machines and jukeboxes.  I could buy a bottle of Ski or Double Cola for a quarter from the machine outside of Gus' Service Station and get ten cents change! 

It will be a full night of Those Were The Days tunes on WRCO FM 100.9 and dot com from six until midnight.  You can call me on my party line and add to our fifties through the eighties playlist.  We had a great time last week.  There were a few first time listeners and callers!  That is so very cool to still be saying that after all of these years.  We had some first time trivia prize winners.  I hope you will tune in for some or all of the show. We will have the light on for you at WRCO. 

Phil

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Jan
20

Those Were The Days Salutes 1966

This Saturday night during Those Were The Days on WRCO FM 100.9, I will be going back to the drawer of 45's.  Between six and midnight you will be able to hear highlights from Top Forty radios' glory years.  I was just a 'wee Nee' when songs from 1966 were first on the radio, however, they were some of the first that I went in search of when I started collecting records in the early '70s.   Some of my faves from January of 1966 include:  She's Just My Style-Gary Lewis & the Playboys,  Over and Over-Dave Clark Five,  As Tears Go By-Rolling Stones,  A Must To Avoid-Herman's Hermits,  Just Like Me-Paul Revere and the Raiders,  Lies-Knickerbockers,  I Got You (I Feel Good)-James Brown,  and We Can Work It Out-Beatles.  I remember hearing some of these hits on long distant AM radio stations.  Some had specialized oldies shows in the early 70's that I would try to catch.  I always had a dream about playing those old hits on a radio program.  This came true in the Fall of 1986 and it is still a dream come true every Saturday night.

Those Were The Days will hit the airwaves with hits between six and midnight Saturday night.  It will be a full length show.  The Packers can't keep us down for two weeks in a row!  Thanks for staying up for last weeks program.  We still had fun and took many fun requests during a 1/2 show.  The six hour best of the fifties through the eighties will live again.  We will play trivia and have a great time on WRCO FM 100.9 and wrco.com.

Phil

 

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Jan
13

Stay Up Late For Those Were The Days

The Green and Gold will play Saturday afternoon and the radio network is now planning a nine hour broadcast to cover the game against the Rams.  That means Those Were The Days will not start until 10:00 pm because of a three hour post game show that radio affiliates are required to carry.  I am suggesting that you get your nap on Saturday and stay up late with us.  I will be at the studio to take your 50's, 60's, 70's, and 80's requests this Saturday night between 10:00 pm and 1:00 am.  We will play trivia and have a blast talking about and playing some of the best vinyl ever!    Cheer for a victory in Green Bay and than celebrate the win with WRCO FM 100.9 and wrco.com Saturday night late.  We should be back to our regular six hour show on January 23rd.  Thanks for your dedicated listening to all of our Saturday 'Retro' programs.  Saturdays With Simo and Backtracking will return next Saturday.   Good health and best wishes!

Phil

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Jan
06

Sliding Into 1971!

Growing up in the 1970's on the farm has provided me with lots of memories and stories to share on the radio.  There are many that say they had similar experiences and others that wonder what in the world I am talking about.  Fifty years ago when 1971 slid in,  my daily goal was to mold the perfect path for a runner sled.  I did not like the round flying saucers.  No matter how hard you tried, you always wound up going backwards down the hill.  I was not a fan of toboggans.  You could not steer them well and the poor sap sitting in the very front would get a face full of snow.  My runner sled, that had an Apollo rocket painted on it, was a Christmas present from Santa.  He must have shopped at Coast to Coast, because I saw one in the store just like it.  That old sled could be navigated around bumps, dead furrows,  bogs, frozen manure,  poor saps that fell off of their flying saucer, and just about any obstacle.  Typically there was ice all over the farm.  I could start near the house and slide on the driveway all the way past the barn and stop before the barbed wire.

When I was not dreaming of riding my runner sled at the Olympics, I was stopping off to warm up at the barn.  The fly specked barn radio was playing all of the hot hits from 1971 this week.  Some of those songs are still favorites of mine today including: Tears Of A Clown-Miracles,  Does Anybody Really Know What Time It Is?-Chicago,  Your Song-Elton John,  Immigrant Song-Led Zeppelin,  Knock Three Times-Dawn,  Black Magic Woman-Santana,  I Think I Love You-Partridge Family,  Stoned Love-Supremes,  One Man Band-Three Dog Night,  and Domino-Van Morrison.   You will be able to hear some great tunes from the chart fifty years past this Saturday night during WRCOs' Those Were The Days.  During 2021 we will pay tribute to 1971 a few times.  It ranks as one of my favorite years for Top Forty music.

You will be able to request a favorite from any of the years that we feature on Those Were The Days between six and midnight Saturday night.  The magic cowbell will be back to usher in each trivia question.  I hope to hear from you.  Give us a call at 608 647-4155 and we can talk.  I will have the light on for you this weekend.

Phil

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Dec
30

Phil's Funhouse With Ron Dante

We will begin 2021 with an old friend as a guest on WRCO's Those Were The Days.  Ron Dante was the voice behind the Archies, and the Cuff Links.  He sang on many cartoons and commercials for products such as: Dentyne gum,  Tang, Yoplait Yogurt,  General Tires, and more.  Ron has released a new cd package called 'Ron Dante's Funhouse'  which features many songs and commercials that he was a part of.  We have not featured Ron as a phone guest in nearly a dozen years.  It will be great to hear highlights of his career during this weeks radio show between six and midnight, Saturday night.

We would like to hear from you.  Now that Those Were The Days can be heard everywhere, we are getting calls to play songs dedicated to relatives around the country.  Give us a call and we will send a song out to your loved ones, whereever they are. Remember we are on FM 100.9.  A few folks have clicked on the AM 1450/107.7 station on Saturday nights by mistake.   During our last Saturday night of 2020, we had a great time remembering 1970 and there were many listeners that checked in saying that was one of their favorite years for music.  This year, we will do several shows dedicated to the 50th anniversary of 1971.  That is the year that I really started paying attention to music and developed the habit of buying too many records. 

I will be at the station Saturday night to keep the light on and answer your calls.  We will play trivia and your requestsfor music from the fifties through the eighties  this Saturday night during Those Were The Days on WRCO FM 100.9 and WRCO dot com.

Phil

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Dec
23

Celebrate The Best Of Fifty Years Ago!

Saturday night Those Were The Days will return to the airwaves of WRCO!  It was great to have a date with the lovely June this past weekend.  She is ready to get back to the Hallmark channel this weekend while I get out my old records.  Between six and midnight Saturday night, you will be able to have a rock and roll party with us.  The best of the fifties through the eighties will return to WRCO FM 100.9 and dot com.

It is hard to believe, but this is the final Saturday night of 2020.  We have had some awesome fun through the year.  It has been a time when music was even more important to help us cope.  This last show of the year will feature your rock and roll requests, trivia, and a look at some of the top songs of 1970.  The year end survey from fifty years ago is a very good one.  There are many songs that are still heard on a regular basis today.  Some of my faves from 1970 include:  Mississippi Queen-Mountain,  Let's Work Together-Canned Heat,  Tears Of A Clown-Miracles,  Vehicle-Ides Of March,  Give Me A Little More Time-Chairman Of The Board,  No Matter What-Badfinger,  Reflections Of My Life-Marmalade,  Share The Land-Guess Who,  Little Green Bag-George Baker Selection,  Band Of Gold-Freda Payne,  and Tighter, Tighter-Alive n' Kicking. 

The end of the year in 1970 on the farm was a wonderful time to grow up.  I was sliding down the hill on my Apollo 11 runner sled that I got for Christmas.  I would head into the house and warm up and hear the radio playing some of the great songs of the day.  My sister, Sue, and I would make sure to give some extra food to the farm animals as a Christmas present.  My new G.I Joe doll with real life like hair and beard could also talk.  He was going on adventures around the farm.  His parachute opened slowly when he jumped from the silo, though he some how avoided injury! 

I hope you will join me Saturday night for old stories and music.....Those Were The Days, my friend.

Phil

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Dec
16

See You On The 26th!

When the NFL network got the rights to this weekend's Packers/Panthers game,  they moved it to Saturday night.  That means that Backtrackin' and  Those Were The Days will be bumped from WRCO's 'Retro Saturday'  lineup.  This has not happened since Green Bay was in the playoffs a few years back and the wild card game was set for a Saturday night. Since the game is only on NFL network and not on an over the air t.v. station from Madison, many people wont be able to view it.  That makes radio coverage very important here in Southwest Wisconsin.

We will be saving our energy this weekend and getting all ready for the final oldies show of 2020 on December 26th and more fun in 2021!  I never run out of ideas for themes and we already have a music guest lined up for an upcoming show.  Thank you for all of your requests during the year of 2020. Last weekend we had the most song requests we have received for a show since last Summer.   One of my favorite calls starts out with....'I bet you don't have this one...'   Most of the time I can come through.  Even though I have been collecting songs since 1971, every once in a while I can be stumped.   I will miss you this weekend.  We will get together Saturday night December 26th.   Merry Christmas! 

Phil

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Dec
09

Fun In '81

This Saturday night during Those Were The Days on WRCO FM 100.9 and wrco.com, we will fly back to this weekend in 1981.  That Winter I was a power forward for the mighty Ithaca Bulldog basketball team.  I took a speaker from an old stereo and put a mini plug on it so that I could plug that into my cassette player.  Then I could play my mix tapes in the locker room or on the frosty windowed bus headed toward Brookwood, Lafarge, Kickapoo,  Wauzeka, Weston, De Soto, Seneca, or North Crawford.  Some favorites from this weekend in 1981 include:  Tryin To Live My Life Without You-Bob Seger,  Young Turks-Rod Stewart,  Our Lips Are Sealed-Go-Go's, Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic-Police,  Harden My Heart-Quarterflash,  Centerfold-J.Geils Band,  Shake It Up-Cars, and Poor Mans Son-Survivor.  I used to love to jam to those songs while I was tying up my short basketball shorts and pulling my white socks above my knees.

Those Were The Days will be blasting your favorite hits from the fifties through the eighties between six and midnight, Saturday night.  You can try to stump the d.j. (it happens often).  We will ring the trivia bell to announce our six pack of trivia questions..  This weekend will mark the second to the last Those Were The Days show of 2020. There will not be a show on December 19th.  We will blame the NFL for that as Green Bay is playing on a Saturday night that weekend and the Packer network requires us to carry eight hours of programming.  Our last show of the year will be December 26th.  Thanks for rocking all through the year and for all of these years.

Phil

 

 

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02

Eye Tunes On Saturday Night

During this weeks Those Were The Days radio show, we will provide you 20/20 vision with songs about sight.  We could fill all six hours with songs about vision and eyes.  Our goal will be to hit a few highlights from the list.  Some examples include:  I Only Have Eyes For You-Flamingos,  Have You Seen Her-Chi-Lites,  Behind Blue Eys-The Who,  The Story In Your Eyes-Moody Blues,  These Eyes-Guess Who,  Temptation Eyes-Grass Roots,  Double Vision-Foreigner,  Eye Of The Tiger-Survivor,  Blinded By The Light-Manfred Mann,  Green Eyed Lady-Sugarloaf,  Private Eyes-Hall & Oates,  and I Saw Her Standing There-the Beatles.   As you can see, eyes have been a great inspiration for songwriters for many years. 

Those Were The Days will be playing all of your favorite fifties through the eighties tunes Saturday night from six until midnight.  You can baffle everyone with your brilliance when we play trivia.  Just listen for the 'magic cowbell'.  We continue to make new friends after all of these years.  There are more long distance friends phoning in. We have had friends check in to say they were listening in Virginia,  Florida,  Colorado,  Illinois and Minnesota.  Remember The FM 100.9 stream link is here on our hompage.  Alexa users can enable the WRCO FM Alexa skill and then join us by saying..."Alexa, open one hundred point nine WRCO".   Join us Saturday night for Those Were The Days from six until Midnight.

Phil

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