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Those Were The Days on WRCO FM 100.9 Saturday night will throw a birthday bash for Sgt. Pepper.  The classic Beatles album was released in the U.S. on June 2nd of 1967.  This weekend I will be spinning tracks from that set.  Though no singles were ever released from Pepper, it got much airplay.  It was the first album to have the song lyrics printed on the back cover.  I had the stereo copy and if you turned the balance on your record player to the left or right channel, you could only hear the music.  It was fun to sing 'When I'm '64' and imagine I was Paul McCartney.  I have always been a fan of the lesser played tracks.  'Lovely Rita' and 'Getting Better' are two of my favorites.  The Sgt. Pepper's reprise featuring Ringo's drum solo is one of the groups most rocking tracks.    The album has perhaps the best last song on side two ever with 'A Day In The Life'. The album means a lot to me but it is not my favorite Beatles album.  That distinction probably goes to either 'Introducing The Beatles' or 'Abbey Road'.  It is hard to deny the significance of Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, though.  It kicked off the Summer Of Love in 1967 and the music and the cover influenced and inspired many artists over the last fifty years.  

I will be back in the studio to talk with you live this Saturday night June third.  We will be taking your requests and featuring the music of the fifties through the eighties on WRCO FM 100.9 between six and midnight.   

Phil

 

The Soundtrack Of The Vietnam War

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This Saturday night on WRCO FM 100.9 our Those Were The Days show will spotlight radio songs that had a huge impact on the men and women that served our nation in Vietnam.  Our study guide will be the great book 'We Gotta Get Out Of This Place' by Doug Bradley and Craig Werner.   Hear a Top Twenty countdown of Vietnam era songs according to a survey done by the authors.  They polled veterans about their songs while in the service during that time.  Saturday night we will play some of the most frequently mentioned songs.  Our special in studio  guest will be local artist Jim Walktendonk.  He served as an army dog handler in 1970-71 with the 212th Military Police Unit at Long Binh and the 595th MPS at Cam Ranh Bay.  He and his guitar in Vietnam helped ease the pain of many soldiers.  He continues to write and perform today and paints amazing art.  Jim will recall songs he remembers hearing during his tour.  It will be a special tribute during this Memorial Day weekend.  We will play more of your favorites during the second half of Those Were The Days and a few two hit wonders!  I will not be taking your requests this week.  That feature will return next Saturday night.    Please be safe this weekend. 

Phil

 

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  • Allan Vignieri
    Allan Vignieri says #
    Viet Nam
    Interesting. I was in Viet Nam from April, 1970 to March, 1971 with the 589th Engineers stationed in Phan Rang. I came in and le
  • Phil Nee
    Phil Nee says #
    RE:Viet Nam
    Thank you for your service.

Farm Truck Jams In 1980

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The old farm truck was not my ride of choice, however, it was better than walking or riding my bike.   It would often have a half load of something in its bed that I would have to unload before I left the farm lane.  It did have a good radio.  I remember hearing many songs during the Spring and Summer of 1980 while I was hauling seed corn to the fields or pulling loads of hay.  At night that truck was my link to the night life of rural Richland Center.  My girl friend would have to move a log chain, clevis, a small paper sack full of washers, and a gear off the corn planter, if she wanted to slide close to me on the bench seat. There was a romantic glow coming from the fly specked dash board as the hot tunes of 1980 provided the soundtrack for a hot date!         This week on Those Were The Days we will travel down the gravel road with hits including:  Call Me-Blondie,  Funkytown-Lipps Inc., Cars-Gary Numan,  Brass In Pocket-Pretenders,  We Live For Love-Pat Benatar,  You May Be Right-Billy Joel,  and Lost In Love-Air Supply.  Listen to Those Were The Days on WRCO FM 100.9 and you could be the lucky winner of a great prize when we play trivia.  Request a song from the fifties through the eighties between 6 and midnight Saturday night.

Phil

 

 

 

 

Take A Ride With A TWTD Car Song

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This Saturday night (May 13th) we will feature some of our favorite car songs on WRCO FM 100.9.  There are so many songs that pay tribute to awesome four wheel vehicles including:  409/Little Duece Coupe/ Shut Down/Fun Fun Fun-Beach Boys,  Hot Rod Lincoln-Comander Cody,  Mustang Sally-Wilson Pickett,  Cadillac Ranch-Bruce Springsteen,  Little Red Corvette-Prince,  Hey Little Cobra-Rip Chords, GTO-Ronnie & The Daytonas,  and Beep Beep by the Playmates.  That is just a sample of what is a log list of automobile songs.  If you include any song about transportation, your playlist would fill more than six hours of the Saturday night program.  The idea for a car songs show came from one of our most loyal listeners.  Thank you Sarge!  If anyone has an idea about a future theme, just drop us a line through this blog, email me or call me on Saturday night.  I think we have some really good shows coming up during the Spring and Summer on Those Were The Days.  Between six and Midnight Saturday night I will be in the studio taking your phone call requests and asking you fun trivia questions.  The weather is supposed to be outstanding.  Perhaps a few more of our camp fire listeners will report to us during Those Were The Days when we feature the best of the fifties through the eighties pop radio memories.

 

Phil

Spring Back To 1983 Saturday Night

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Hey Rock n' Rollers!   This Saturday night on Those Were The Days we will pull out some old records from 1983.  That Spring I was graduating from Trans American School Of Broadcasting (Madison Media Institute now) in Wausau.  Of those that completed the program, there are only a few that have stuck it out in the media business.  Many have gone on to much more success with higher paying better benefit jobs with fewer hours.  They got serious with their lives and made good choices for their families.  Those of us that truly love radio would not trade places with those that chose other paths.  I still feel like I am living the dream.  In 1983 my old buddy, Marty Richards, and me were spinning records at bars and high school dances for a few dollars.  Just enough money to go buy a few more records at the Music Shop in Richland Center each week.  This Saturday night on WRCO FM 100.9 you may hear a few of those records that have been converted to digital.  The Spring of 1983 had many great songs that we still enjoy today.  Artists that were having hits included: Prince, Bob Seger,  Dexy's Midnight Runners,  After The Fire,  Michael Jackson,  Journey,  and the Greg Kihn Band.  I will be in the studio so that you can request a song from the fifties through the eighties.  Last weekend we heard from more new friends.  The circle around Richland Center is getting bigger all of the time.  Calls from Mount Hope,  Oakdale (near Tomah),  North Freedom,  and Viroqua were among the places we heard from.  Don't be afraid to give us a call during Those Were The Days Saturday night (608)  647-4155.

Phil   T.A.B.  Class Of 1983

Recent Comments

Thank you for your service.
Interesting. I was in Viet Nam from April, 1970 to March, 1971 with the 589th Engineers stationed i...
Allan Vignieri
I've just listened to your Saturday night show with Kent Kotal on his Forgotten Hits website. Sinc...
Mike Ogilvie
It is amazing that vinyl records are outselling any of the other ways to buy music. There are some ...
phil
Saturday April 16th is National Record Store day.
Susan
Hello Phil, just wanted to tell you how much my family and I enjoy your Saturday night programs. I'v...
Jeff
I bought all of the Beatles albums in the seventies. They r timeless.
Terri
1973 is one of the best years for popular music! I am glad you will be there Saturday.
bobbyc
See you next year Phil. Happy New Year to you and all the staff.
Jeff Peper
I wanted to be in Karen Valentines class room at Walt Whitman High School. I would have behaved in ...