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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.



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

Celebrate The Spring Of 1971 On TWTD

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This Saturday night WRCO FM 100.9 will be the place to be as we travel back to 1971.  We will play for you some of the hot hits from that Spring during our six hour Those Were The Days show.  During that year I was trying to do as many chores on the farm as possible.  Barn scraping was my best skill.  I would save up sixty-nine cents and take the money to Saffell's music store and the Dime Store to buy new forty-five records from Three Dog Night,  Partridge Family,  Cat Stevens,  Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, and the Jackson Five.  I will play some of those songs on the radio this Saturday night!  There was controversy on the school bus in 1971.  Half of the students thought the title of the new song by Lobo was....'Me & You And A Dog Named Blue' ,  the rest of us could not convince them that the dogs name was Boo.  There are probably some adults walking around today that still think the mutt was called Blue.  That reminds me of the 1965 McCoys' hit 'Hang On Sloopy'.  If I had a dime for everytime a caller has asked  for 'Hang On Snoopy', I would have bought more forty-five records by now! 

I hope you will join the party and dedicate a song this Saturday night during the best of the fifties through the eighties Those Were The Days radio show on WRCO FM 100.9.  I will be asking one trivia question per hour and perhaps you can win and amaze your friends.


George McCrae On Those Were The Days

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This Saturday night my special phone guest on Those Were The Days will be George McCrae.  He had a number one hit in the Summer of 1974 with the song 'Rock Your Baby'.  It also wound up as one of the top songs of that year in music.   George also sang back ground on his then wife Gwen's 1975 hit called 'Rockin' Chair'.  That was a song George was set to record, however, suggested it for Gwen and it became her only hit.  I very much remember watching George and Gwen on American Bandstand promoting those songs.  In 2017 you can buy new music from George McCrae.  His new album sounds like it would have fit in back in the 1970s' but it still has a modern feel.

I will be at the WRCO studios this Saturday night and you can help program the show with music of the fifties through the eighties.  There were some outstanding requests last weekend!  There are people that call and ask for the same song every week and that is alright.  It does make it fun, however, when a song is asked for that I have not played since my hair was its original color.  You can also win a trivia challenge with us this Saturday night while listening to WRCO FM 100.9.


This Saturday night we will go parking in April of 1965.  Tune your radio to WRCO FM 100.9 and travel back courtesy of the hot tunes from that Spring. Many memorable songs were in the air as I watched my dad preparing the fields for planting.  The radio was always on in the house or the barn.  It was a farm kids connection to the outside World.  Did you know?  Although WRCO AM 1450 was first on the air in October of 1949,  WRCO FM 100.9 signed on the air in 1965.  At the time most everyone listened to the AM band.  Cars and trucks did not have the FM band for several more years.  When WRCO first had an FM station for Southwest Wisconsin, it was a direct simulcast of the AM programming. The station started doing seperate programming later with local sports and other specials.  In 1965 WRCO featured what was known as a 'middle of the road'  format.  It was the softer side of pop music including a few instrumentals.  Artists such as Petula Clark and Herb Alpert were in regular rotation.  That is why I still like their tunes today.  It takes me back to those wonderful days growing up on the farm with the radio playing the soundtrack in the background.   Saturday night on Those Were The Days, I will spin a few of those records from this weekend in 1965 including I'm Telling You Now-Freddie & the Dreamers (which was number one),  Eight Days A Week-The Beatles,  Tired Of Waiting For You-Kinks,  I'll Be Doggone-Marvin Gaye,  and King Of The Road-Roger Miller.  I will be in the studio propped up with caffeine and the request line will be open for you to make a song suggestion.  We will feature a trivia question each hour during Saturday nights show.  Leave the radio on while you color your eggs and spend time with family and friends this holiday weekend.

Thanks to last weeks guests including Kent Kotal.  I hope you enjoyed our tribute to 1967.  We plan to visit that year a few more times during 2017.  Check out for more about last weeks program and a daily look at events from fifty years ago. 


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