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 forgottenhits.com for more about last weeks program and a daily look at events from fifty years ago.
Phil Nee hosts WRCO FM's Those Were the Days every Saturday night from 6-12M. Phil is also heard weekday mornings on WRCO FM 100.9 in Richland Center, WI.