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Fall Of 1967 On Those Were The Days

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Saturday night during Those Were The Days on WRCO FM 100.9, we will flash back fifty years to 1967.  We have talked about that great music year several times during 2017.  This weekend it will go along with the Riverdale School districts homecoming and fifty year celebration along with the anniversary of the University Of Wisconsin Richland.  We have been promoting the year long celebration of 1967 that you can follow at forgottenhits.com.  Our friend Kent Kotal has done a fantastic job of recapping what was taking place each day of that year.  We will feature songs from the fifties through the eighties during Those Were The Days and your requests.  We will also go parking in 1967 with songs that were hot this weekend fifty years ago including:  The Letter by the Box Tops,  Come Back When You Grow Up-Bobby Vee,  Brown Eyed Girl-Van Morrison,  Museum-Herman's Hermits,  Dandelion-Rolling Stones and I Had A Dream-Paul Revere & The Raiders.  We might even spin the song that was Riverdale High Schools  theme of the homecoming dance, It Could Be We're In Love by the Cryin' Shames.  Perhaps you will win a prize from our trivia challenge!  Join the music party Saturday night on FM 100.9.

Phil

D.J. Practice In The Fall Of 1982

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This Saturday night during Those Were The Days, I will be drifting in my mind back to the Fall of 1982.  When I spin songs from Asia, A Flock Of Seagulls, and John Mellencamp, I will be right back in Wausau Wisconsin at Trans American School Of Broadcasting.  That was a fun time in my life.  Fresh off the farm, Marty and I rented an upstairs apartment and later were joined by Kevin.  There we watched a new channel called MTV twenty-four hours a day.  We combined each others music collections and made the most awesome mix tapes.  In our spare time we attended morning classes at the broadcast school and attempted to learn the radio trade.  We had a good group of classmates including Bill Scott whom we hear courtesy of Wisconsin Radio Network on WRCO here in Richland Center.  We someday should write a book or write a script about some of the things that happened that year.   Some of which cannot be mentioned in this column or on WRCO FM 100.9.  The Milwaukee Brewers made it to the World Series that Fall and the music on the radio was solid for the entire year.  I remember a trip to a Brewer game with my broadcast school buddies.  One member of our group always wanted to do play by play of every event for practice.  He took his cassette tape recorder to the Brewer game to work on calling a baseball game.  Around the third inning he decided to go for a cold one and gave the recorder to me.  He told me to fill in for him while he was gone.  Soon after that a drunk guy turned around and said "Hey, shut up!"  and tore up the score sheet.  I broke a cardinal sin of live microphones and swore at him.  This was all caught on tape.  We had a good laugh listening to that on the way home.  I hope you will join me for Those Were The Days this Saturday night between six and midnight.  I will be spinning some of the best from the Fall of '82 and your rock and roll requests from the first thirty-five years of rock and roll.  Trivia returns this week and you can try to win and amaze your friends!  Perhaps we can hook up for more memories Saturday night?

Phil-Trans American School Of Broadcasting class of 1983

After two weeks of Green Bay preseason football, it will be time to take those old records off the shelf.  I am so excited to play fifties, sixties, seventies, and eighties music on the radio again and that will happen Saturday night on FM 100.9.  The request line will be open for you to dedicate a song during this holiday weekend.  We will also pull out a few hits from this weekend in 1969!  As little Phil was getting on the kindergarten bus that Fall, there were many great hits on the radio including:  Sweet Caroline-Neil Diamond,  Honky Tonk Woman-Rolling Stones,  Green River-C.C.R., Sugar Sugar-Archies (a favorite among the kindergarten class at Neptune school),  and Lay Lady Lay-Bob Dylan.  On Saturday morning I would watch the Curtis Matthis television set and see shows like The Banana Splits (tra la la la la la la tra la la la la la la).   The first episodes of Scooby Doo were also airing and I loved the Captain Crunch commercials that encouraged me to bug Dad at Wilson's Grocery Store in Richland Center to buy a box.  There was probably an action figure or a treasure map inside.  Growing up in the country is a great thing for a youngster.  My childhood seems magical as I look back on it now.  Those of us that grew up on a farm sometimes felt isolated and far away from excitement.  That is where the radio came in.  Listening to local radio and those far off signals late at night gave us a taste of what was happening in places we had only read about.  I am proud to say that I have now passed 31 years of working in radio and hopefully that will continue for a long time.  The medium of radio has meant so much to me for my entire life.   Thank you for being a part of it.  Perhaps we can talk on Saturday night when Those Were The Days will be back on WRCO FM 100.9?

Phil

Green And Gold But No Solid Gold

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The Packers play two Saturday night exhibition football games in a row.  That means Those Were The Days will return September second.  Being blocked by the Packers will mean a chance for me to clean up my record and cd cases and reorganize.  Perhaps when our old rock and roll show returns in September I will be able to find your requests even quicker!  We have some great shows coming up this Fall.  We will have more tributes to 1967 during this 50th anniversary year.  Our guest d.j. coughed up $350.00 for G.R.A.C.E.  to pick one hour of music from the Those Were The Days era.  He will get the FM 100.9 spotlight during a show coming up this Fall.  I will miss talking with all of you during the next two Saturday nights.  Please don't forget the Those Were The Days radio show while we are gone.  We will be back on September 2nd.

Phil

 

Elvis Movie Music On Those Were The Days

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It will soon be forty years since Elvis Presley died in Memphis.  His music is played today even more than it was forty years ago.  On this weekends Those Were The Days program we will look back at some of his best movie songs.  Elvis movies were fun and some of the tunes we heard coming from those tiny metal speakers hooked on our car windows at the drive in were pretty good.  I have been an Elvis fan since I was a 'wee Nee'.  There was an Elvis greatest hits album package that was for sale on television in the early seventies. After digging out money from my Log Cabin syrup bank, I sent my $4.99 off to a Madison television station.  When the two record set arrived it seems that I played those albums constantly.  I would practice my lip curl in the mirror and eventually perfected my Elvis tribute act well enough to perform for Mrs. Varana's fifth grade class.  That was as far as my impersonater career went.  I would always read the TV Guide and look ahead to a possible Elvis movie airing on a local station.  I remember seeing 'Love Me Tender' on the Saturday afternoon Family Theater on channel three.  The film kept breaking and they would play instrumental music until it was fixed.  Elvis movies often were shown on the late show when I was growing up.  That is where I first saw 'Kid Gallahad',  'Live A Little, Love A Little',  'Tickle Me',  'Loving You', and several others.  It is still fun to pop in an Elvis movie and escape for an hour and a half.  My favorite films include:   5.  Change Of Habit (with Mary Tyler Moore)  4.  Follow That Dream (I feel its one of his best comedy roles)  3.  Viva Las Vegas (with the beautiful Ann Margaret)  2.  Jailhouse Rock (what a great dance scene to the title song!)   1.  Speedway (I am a Nancy Sinatra fan and once got to ask her about making movies with Elvis). 

I will be in the studio to take your request this week during Those Were The Days.  We will also pay tribute to Glen Campbell who died this week.  We used to play his greatest hits album in the old farm house and watch his 'Goodtime Hour' on the Curtis Matthis television set.  He was an amazing entertainer and I was always wowed by his guitar playing.

  I am sad to say that this will be our last show until September second.  The Green Bay Packers have two Saturday night preseason games in a row and our show will take a two week break.  We need to get our old rock and roll fix this Saturday night and have a real party since we wont get together again for a while.  I hope to talk with you Saturday night.

Phil

Recent Comments

Thank you for your service.
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Allan Vignieri
I've just listened to your Saturday night show with Kent Kotal on his Forgotten Hits website. Sinc...
Mike Ogilvie
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Saturday April 16th is National Record Store day.
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1973 is one of the best years for popular music! I am glad you will be there Saturday.
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