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Nov
30

Two Of My Favorite Groups

Saturday night on Those Were the Days, I will feature 2 of my favorite bands.  The Dave Clark Five and Bread.  It was an honor to interview Mike Smith of the DC5 in 2003.  Sadly it would be one of his last as he was injured in a fall at his home in Spain later that year.  Favorite segments of that rare interview will be posted Saturday on Kent Kotal's Forgotten Hits website.  That night I will feature more of the interview and outtakes with the legendary Mike Smith.  During our talk, I even had the chance to talk to Mike about my favorite DC 5 flip side.  Find out what it is during Those Were the Days.  The group Bread dominated the early '70's charts.  Many music lovers that are my age remember having an 8-track or cassette that contained the Best of Bread.  It was a must have during my dating years.  I was ready in case I got a date!   Group leader and principle songwriter David Gates joined me on the show in 1994.  David is now retired from music and this is another interview that I am proud to have conducted.   Forgotten Hits recently posted highlights of this interview and it will be a pleasure to revisit it on the radio and play a few hits from Bread.

I hope that you will join the rock and roll party Saturday night during Those Were the Days on WRCO FM 100.9 and wrco.com.  It will be a great chance to hook up with great friends and music.  There is such a wide range of ages that listen to our show.  I know for a fact that one requester last week recently turned 85.  We had a trivia winner that is 11 and another requester that is a freshman in high school and asked for a song from the Doors!  It is so great to know that my favorite music is going to live on for more generations.  I will be waiting all week for Saturday night.

Phil

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Nov
23

Leftovers From 1967

Saturday night during my Those Were the Days radio show, I will happily go back to my favorite music year of all time (1967).  The fact that I love the music from that era has been well documented in this column.  I could easily pick a favorite 100 from every year from 1964 through 1989, but I would be hard pressed to limit 1967 to just 100 songs.  It was the start of FM radio and you had groups like the Doors, and the Who,which had songs that were played on both sides of the dial.  The Top 40 AM survey was chocked full of tunes from the Monkees,  Spanky and Our Gang,  the Turtles,  and the Cowsills.  Some of my favorites from this weekends '67 survey include:  Incense and Peppermints-Strawberry Alarm Clock,  Soul Man-Sam & Dave,  I Can See For Miles-the Who,  Daydream Believer-Monkees,  Everlasting Love-Robert Knight,  Summer Rain-Johnny Rivers,  Beautiful People-Bobby Vee,  and Itchycoo Park-Small Faces.

When you tune in to Those Were the Days Saturday night from six to midnight, you will hear some of the greatest pop radio tunes ever.  I will be in the studio to take your requests for fiftes through the early nineties tunes.  You could win a ticket for the upcoming For Kids From 1 to 92 concert in Richland Center featuring Steve March Torme.  There are other great prizes that could be yours!  I hope you will join me this holiday weekend for some radio mischief.  We are planning to end the year strong with guests and themes.We will cap off 2022 with our Those Were the Days Christmas party and listen for details on a special New Years Eve broadcast of Those Were the Days on WRCO FM 100.9 and wrco.com.

Phil

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Nov
16

Warming Up In 1979

In November of 1979, I was a high socks, tight shorts, pimple faced, forward on the Ithaca junior varsity basketball team.  That season I was the leading scorer during warm ups!   We did not win much.  I have heard that sometimes you can learn more from a loss.  If that is the case, that team should have been brilliant.  We were not.  We were good at making mix tapes that we could listen to in the locker room.  Favorite tunes from November of 1979 include:  Bad Case Of Loving You-Robert Palmer,  Cruel To Be Kind-Nick Lowe,  One Way Or Another-Blondie,  Lovin', Touchin', Squeezin',-Journey,  Heartache Tonight-Eagles,  Good Girls Don't-Knack,  Dream Police-Cheap Trick,  Drivers Seat-Sniff n the Tears, Don't Bring Me Down-E.L.O.  and Lets Go-Cars.   Those songs made up much of the soundtrack for my formative years.  This week I will be going back to 1979 and I will have a fun time although my 1979 shorts wont fit (they were tight back in the day).

Not only will I be playing hits from the last month of the 70's, but we will also spin all of the tunes you love from the fifties through the eighties during Those Were the Days on WRCO FM 100.9 and wrco.com from six until midnight Saturday night.  I hope you will make a request.

Phil

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Nov
09

The British Are Coming!

This Saturday night (by listener request) we will be programming the 'wayback tuner' to the first wave of the British Invasion.  English artists dominated the American charts between 1964 and 1967.  It is my favorite music of the 1960's.  A combination of recycled hits from the states and original material was the music of choice from those hit makers from 'jolly old England'.  On our Those Were the Days radio show, I will be featuring interview segments from the many British artists that I have had the honor of chatting up on the air. The first hit of 1964 was from the Beatles.  I Want to Hold Your Hand ushered in the new error and several followed the 'fab four' to American radio.  Dusty Springfield was next, followed by Dave Clark Five, the Searchers,  Billy J. Kramer with the Dakotas,  Peter and Gordon, the Animals, and the Rolling Stones.  From the 1964 through 1967 the Beatles charted 25 hits in the U.S., followed by Hermans Hermits with 14, the DC 5 with 13, and the Stones with 12.   Hear some of those memorable tunes between six and midnight Saturday night.

The request line will be wide open for you to request a favorite song from the fifties through the early '90's.  We had a blast this past Saturday.  There was an official petition started to get me to stay on the air longer.  The reasoning was that because we were gaining an hour of sleep, I should play that extra hour and technically the program would be over at the same time.  I compromised and played an extra half hour in an attempt to get all of the requests on the air.  We will feature lots of trivia and stuff this Saturday night during Those Were the Days on WRCO FM 100.9 and wrco dot com between six and midnight.  I hope to hear from you than.  If you have an idea for a Saturday night musical theme, let me know through this blog or by dropping me a line at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Phil

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Nov
02

Picking the Fall of 1985

In the fall of 1985, I was a chore hand by day on my parents farm and a mobile d.j. by night.  I would pull the New Idea corn picker around the field with all kinds of music running through my head.   They had not developed a good head set radio yet, and my dad's tractors did not have cabs with radios, so all of the music had to be imagined.  The music I played at the bars, parties, high school gyms, and other locations, included lots of songs that are considered classics today.  It was the post disco, right in the heart of MTV era.  In my spare time, I was the king of mixtapes.  I could put together some great cassettes which I gave to friends and some that I kept to play in my Pontiac J-2000.  Faves from this weekend in 1985 include: We Built This City-Starship,  Take On Me-A-Ha,  And We Danced-Hooters,  Sunset Grill-Don Henley,  Lonely Ol Night-John Mellencamp,  St. Elmos Fire (Man in Motion)-John Parr,  Running Up That Hill-Kate Bush (the song from the summer of 2022 because of its use in Stranger Things),  Home Sweet Home-Motley Crue,  and I'm Goin Down-Bruce Springsteen.  It will be a pleasure to play some of the best of the fall of '85 during this Saturday nights' Those Were the Days radio show on WRCO FM 100.9 and wrco.com.

We had a wild Halloween bash last weekend.  It was great to hear from so many that were keeping us on during their Saturday night social functions.  Tell your friends out of state to find us and you can do a long distance dedication to them!   Perhaps you will win a grand trivia prize.  If you win apple cider donuts from Oakwood Fruit Farm, you will have even more friends.  I can't wait to escape with you to the first 50 years of rock and roll during Those Were the Days.

Phil

 

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Oct
26

Cool Kids Halloween Party!

Everyone is invited to be a part of the Those Were the Days Saturday night radio Halloween party.  It is our yearly fun night with all kinds of records that fit the season.  You can help program the program between six and midnight Saturday night.  Perhaps you can request the traditional classic Monster Mash by Bobby 'Boris' Pickett,  Other seasonal faves include:  Werewolves Of London-Warren Zevon,  Ghost Riders In the Sky-Outlaws,  Devil Woman-Cliff Richard,  Time Warp-Rocky Horror Cast,  Evil Woman-E.L.O, Welcome To My Nightmare-Alice Cooper,  I Put A Spell On You-Screamin Jay Hawkins,  Boris the Spider-the Who,  and Witch Queen of New Orleans-Redbone. I hope you will stop by for the musical treats. We may trick you with our trivia games. 

It was an amazing night last weekend with a record number of requests!  Long distance requests came from Illinois and Michigan.  I never thought that we would see the day when folks could check in from all over the country.  It is amazing to think that someone just stumbled onto hearing the show.  I still appreciate everyone listening locally.  It is an amazing honor to still be rockin' the tunes over the hills of the driftless.

Phil

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Oct
19

A Visit to Life In 1964

During this weekends Those Were the Days radio show,  we will be sliding back to the Fall of 1964.  It was a wonderful time for Top Forty  music.  We think of the British Invasion first when we recall that era.  While the English are well represented on this weeks' '64 survey,  many American acts were fighting back. Top U.S. artists that were having hits include; Gene Pitney-It Hurts To Be In Love,  Beach Boys-Wendy,  Ronnie and the Daytonas-G.T.O. , Martha & the Vandellas-Dancing in the Street, Elvis-Aint That Loving You Baby, and Roy Orbison-(Oh) Pretty Woman.  The English acts fighting for playing time included: Manfred Mann-Do Wah Diddy Diddy,  Honeycombs-Have I the Right?, Dave Clark Five-Everybody Knows,  Billy J. Kramer-From A Window,  Zombies-Shes Not There, Herman's Hermits-I'm Into Something Good, and Rolling Stones-Time Is On My Side.  For a video diary of music from the Fall of 1964, I highly recomend the T.A.M.I. Show move. It was filmed for theatre release and featured dynamic live performances including a battle at the end between James Brown and the Rolling Stones Mick Jagger for the best dance moves (Brown wins easily).

WRCO FM 100.9 and wrco dot com will take you back to those black and white television memories from all of those years ago.  I look forward to you helping me with the playlist of the fifties through the early '90's.  Thanks to all of you that checked in last weekend.  There was a wild party in the leaves by Gotham,  the Herm Hollow boys reported in,  Hootin' Hill by Lancaster,  long distance hits from Green Bay, and Texas, and many more.  This Saturday should be a beauty with high temps around 70!!!!  It will be another great day and night in the 'dairy air' of Wisconsin.  I can't wait for this Saturday nights Those Were the Days radio party!

Phil

 

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Oct
12

Fall Of '75 Picking and Shoveling the Hits

Each autumn my dad would hitch up his New Idea corn picker and go to work.  Never one to embrace a mechanical way to do something easier, he would pull the wagons with their wooden corn boxes to the corn crib where the load needed to be shoveled through a window into the corn crib.  In 1975 I was old enough to start helping.  I quickly learned that music playing in my head was a great thing to help ease the burdon of hard labor.   Since I was addicted to Top 40 radio, there were many songs to which I could play on my imaginary Walkman.  This week on WRCOs' Those Were the Days, I will be shoveling the hits.  Some of my faves from this weeks 1975 survey include:  Ballroom Blitz-Sweet,  Fame-David Bowie,  Bad Blood-Neil Sedaka,  Miracles-Jefferson Starship,  Low Rider-War,  Nights On Broadway-Bee Gees,  Katmandu-Bob Seger, and Never Been Any Reason-Head East.  In the fall of '75 I was recording songs off the radio for a new mix tape.  A tune that I had never heard came on the air.  It was from a new artist named Bruce Springsteen and the song was Born To Run.  The tune was very different than anything else on the charts.

I hope that you will join me for Those Were the Days during our 'retro Saturday' on WRCO FM 100.9 and wrco.com.  We will be featuring all of your favorite requests from the fifties through the eighites and playing trivia games.  It was great to hear from new requesters last weekend.  My favorite call may have been from the gang on Bush Mountain near Barneveld (they claimed it had nothing to do with beer).  The entire Hart family from Allenton, Wisconsin (near West Bend) was listening in the (608) area code. It was nice to have them visiting here in the Driftless.  They often hear us on line.  Long lost cousins from Rockford, Illinois caught the Saturday night stream.  It would be awesome to hear from you between six and midnight Saturday night.

Phil

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Oct
05

Out Of This World Saturday Night

During Saturday nights' Those Were the Days radio show, I will be playing a few songs about rockets, stars, the moon, and space.  The world has long been fascinated about space and time travel.  Russia launched Sputnik 1, the first artificial Earth satellite,  on October 4th, 1957.  The United States sent Explorer 1 into orbit in 1958.  The first commercial satellite was Telstar which took flight 60 years ago in 1962.  I grew up learning about Americas' space progam while scanning my Weekly Reader at school.  I was fascinated by the Apollo flights and picked up a McDonalds moon map which was a giveaway in 1969.  That was a key but brief moment of coolness as I was the only rural student to have one (you had to travel to Madison or a bigger city since the golden arches had not made it to many smaller communities yet).  

Some of my favorite 'out of this world' hit songs include:  Rocket Man-Elton John,  Space Truckin-Deep Purple,  Mr Spaceman-Byrds,  Space Oddity-David Bowie,  Major Tom-Peter Schilling,  Moondance-Van Morrison (with the lyric A fantabulous night to make romance 'Neath the cover of October skies),  Rocket Ride-Kiss,  Rocket-Def Leppard,  2,000 Light Years From Home-Rolling Stones, and Blue Moon-Marcels. This gives you an idea of the theme we are going for.  Perhaps you can think of a spacey title to add to the Saturday night playlist?  

I will be playing all of your favorite hits from the fifties through the early '90's during Those Were the Days between six and midnight Saturday night.  We will give you the chance to be a big winner when we ring the magic cow bell and throw a trivia question on the air.  Thanks for you support since 1986!

Phil

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Sep
28

Playing On the Linoleum In 1968

Way back in 1968, young Philip Nee was farming on the kitchen floor.  My Tru Scale tractors were getting a workout shelling corn and running the kernels up my toy elevator into a waiting Quacker Oatmeal container (my toy silo and corn cribs).  If there was a mouse in the old farm house,  they had to be happy that I was doing their hunting and gathering for them.  They only had to chew threw the cardboard to get into my corn harvest.   As my fall chores continued, the radio was always on.  Some of the songs I heard on the old Westinghouse are still on my brain.  It was a great time for Pop songs on the radio.  Some of the favorites include:  Hey Jude-Beatles,  Fire-Crazy World of Arthur Brown,  Over You-Gary Puckett and the Union Gap, Hush-Deep Purple,  Midnight Confessions-Grass Roots,  Born To Be Wild-Steppenwolf,  All Along the Watchtower-Jimi Hendrix,  Hold Me Tight-Johnny Nash,  Elenore-Turtles,  The Weight-The Band,  and 1,2,3, Red Light-1910 Fruitgum Company.  All of those records were on the radio at the same time!  I don't think there is a song that I do not like from the Billboard Hot 100 from this week in 1968. 

Saturday night on WRCO FM 100.9 and wrco.com, I will be spinning all of your favorites from the sixties through the early nineties.  Please give me a call if you would like to contribute to the playlist.  I hope you enjoyed our 1972 Love Letter last weekend.  We have picked up good feedback from that show.  Many thanks to Kent Kotal from forgottenhits.com for his contributions.  My two favorites from that year were Go All the Way by the Raspberries, and Day After Day from Badfinger.   Kent's top two were Sauvacito by Malo and Crazy Mama from J.J. Cale.  If you have suggestions for future shows, let me know through this blog or drop me a line at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  You could win some great prizes on Saturday night during my Those Were the Days radio show.  Play along with our trivia games.  We will be on the air from six until midnight Saturday night.  Listen while you enjoy the many events in Richland Center during Center Color Fest including the night time parade which starts at 7:00 pm Saturday night.  The weather should be awesome for a fall campfire.  Remember Those Were the Days during your weekend fun.

Phil

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Sep
21

A Love Note To 1972

This week on Those Were the Days from WRCO FM 100.9 and wrco.com, we will celebrate 1972.  That was the year I really started collecting records.  Every cent I earned was given to the local economy.  Saffells and Shultz Brothers (the Dime Store) got rich off my 69 cents every week for the latest 45 RPM record.  If there was ever a year that I would like to revisit, it might be 1972.  Life was good on the family farm.  There was always something going on with friends, neighbors, and relatives stopping by.  The radio was always on and every time a new record would be played, for little Phil , there was electricity in the air.  

Between six and midnight Saturday night, I will be turning back the clock to the year of '72.  Kent Kotal, who writes the forgotten hits blog will be my guest.  Both of us picked out what we felt were the best 40 records of the year plus 3 'guilty pleasure' songs.  Those are tunes that you are almost afraid to admit that you likel  We have teamed for several other Those Were the Days specials over the years.  The first was a top instrumental countdown in 2009.  This year only 9 songs were on both of our lists.  His log of songs is very good and it includes several that I wish I would have chosen.   There are no 'clunkers' !  You will hear music from many top acts of the day including:  the Eagles,  Hollies,  Elton John,  Chicago,  Three Dog Night,  Badfinger,  Doobie Brothers,  America, Bread,  Elvis Presley,  Raspberries,  Van Morrison,  and Dr. Hook.  

I hope you will join me for the Those Were the Days/Forgotten Hits tribute to 1972.  I will not be taking your requests.  That feature returns next week.  I also have received several questions about the new ownership of WRCO and if Those Were the Days will continue.  WRCO FM 100.9 is now owned by Civic Media.  I am happy to report that they are on board with all of our 'retro' Saturday programs.  Saturdays With Simo,  Backtrackin, and Those Were the Days, will live on!!!

Phil

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Sep
14

Jamming With Tommy James

When you listen to WRCO FM 100.9 and wrco.com Saturday night, you will be able to hear my chat with the legendary Tommy James.  Tommy's songs are favorites with three generations.  They include:  Crystal Blue Persuasion,  Crimson and Clover,  Mony Mony,  I Think We're Alone Now,  Sweet Cherry Wine,  Hanky Panky, Mirage,  Three Times In Love , Draggin the Line and many more. Numerous artists have recorded Tommy's songs including:  Billy Idol,  Joan Jett,  Tiffany,  Prince,  Carlos Santana,  Bruce Springsteen,  REM, Tom Jones, Cher, and Dolly Parton.  BMI awarded Tommy after it was determined that his songs have been played more than 21 million times on the radio.  His critically acclaimed autobiography Me, The Mob and the Music is now in pre-production for a movie.   Despite all of these things going for him,  Tommy took time out of his schedule to call me this week for an interview.  It was the first time in thirty years that I have been honored to have him on the line.  When we play trivia Saturday night, you could be the winner of two tickets to see Tommy James at the Crystal Grand Music Theatre in Wisconsin Dells on October first!

I hope you will join me for Those Were the Days this Saturday night for our jam with Tommy.  Hear many of his hits and your special requests and dedications for tunes from the fifties through the eighties.  We will soon celebrate thirty-six years on the air.  It still only seems like yesterday when I played my first record on WRCO (it started on the wrong speed).  Since that time I have not gotten much better, but I love being on the air more than ever.  We will close out the month of September next Saturday night with a love letter to 1972.  That was the year I really started collecting records.  That is something that I still love doing after fifty years.  That is next week.  I hope you will join me for Tommy James and live trivia and requests Saturday night on WRCO FM 100.9 and wrco.com.

Phil

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Sep
07

Fall 1978-The Center of Attention

In the fall of 1978 I began my illustrious football career as a center on the football team.  I quickly learned that the center usually winds up on the bottom of the pile especially during extra point and field goal trys.  While I was face planted in the grass and waiting for 21 other players to get off of me, many songs were playing in my head.  Some of my faves from this weekend in 1978 were: Don't Look Back-Boston,  Hollywood Nights-Bob Seger,  Two Tickets To Paradise-Eddie Money,  Right Down the Line-Gerry Rafferty,  Fool (If You Think It's Over)-Chris Rea,  I Will Still Love You-Stonebolt,  Badlands-Bruce Springsteen,  Beast Of Burden-Rolling Stones,  Hot Blooded-Foreigner,  Hot Child In the City-Nick Gilder,  and Grease -Frankie Valli.  It was a great time to grow up.  Our parents and grandparents would tell us how fast life passes.  When you are young, you don't really think about it.  It does seem like only yesterday to me, however, it is has been 44 years since my dazzling debut as a freshman walking the hallowed halls of Ithaca High School.

During this Saturday nights' Those Were the Days radio show on WRCO FM 100.9 and wrco.com, we will go parking in the fall of 1978, and we will dig through the drawers for all kinds of fun records from the fifties through the eighties.  You can take a shot at our tough trivia questions between six and midnight.  Perhaps you will be able to join other Those Were the Days listeners at the Tommy James show at Crystal Grand Music Theatre on October 1st.  We will be giving away tickets and other fun prizes.  Thanks for another memorable night last Saturday night.  Our most far out long distance request came from the state of Virginia!  I hope that you will join the rock and roll radio party this Saturday night.

Phil

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Aug
31

Labor Day Number One Hits

During Saturday nights  Those Were the Days radio show, I will be spinning a few of the number one hits from Labor Day weekends of the past.  While not officially the end of summer, it is the last hurrah for many campers and outdoor family gatherings. As the family met for a reunion in 1979, My Sharona by the Knack was playing in the background.  I remember  Labor Day weekend 1982.  As I drove to my post high school education, Abracadabra by the Steve Miller Band was playing on my AM radio.  The lovely future Mrs. Phil Nee and I went to the movie in 1985 and on the return tip we heard the number one song that had just played during the movie.  John Parr hit the top with St. Elmo's Fire (Man In Motion) that year over the three day holiday weekend.   Some of the biggest hits of all time topped the industry through the years over the Labor Day holiday.  Elvis dominated 1956 with the two sided hits Hound Dog/Don't Be Cruel.  Tommy Roe's hit that he wrote in study hall was called Sheila and it peaked in 1962 at number one.  The English Invasion was in full force in 1964 and the Animals hit of Summer, House Of The Rising Sun, was the top track of the weekend.

Those Were the Days can be heard between six and midnight this and every Saturday night between the hours of six and midnight on WRCO FM 100.9 and wrco.com.  We have fun every week and we still find new listeners after all of these years.  Some newbies were camping at Blackhawk Lake last weekend and stumbled upon the show.  They checked in with a request. There are not many chances anymore to be able to call a local radio station and talk to someone other than voice mail.  When we play trivia this Saturday night, you could win tickets to see Tommy James at the Crystal Grand Music Theatre!  The concert is coming up Saturday, October 1st. 

Phil

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Aug
24

Ready, Set, 1980..Hut..Hut..Hut!

In the fall of 1980, I played center for the Ithaca Bulldogs.  It was a public service move on my part.  Our opponents had a good place to clean their cleats as they ran over me and got some tillage done using my face mask as a double bottom moldboard plow share.  As I was getting humbled, I had many popular songs of the day running through my helmeted head.  Some of my faves from this weekend in 1980 include:  Let My Love Open the Door-Pete Townsend,  Boulevard-Jackson Browne,  All Over the World-ELO,  It's Still Rock and Roll To Me-Billy Joel,  I'm Alright-Kenny Loggins (from Caddyshack!!!),  You Better Run-Pat Benatar,  and Xanadu-Olivia Newton-John and ELO.  We will park for a time in 1980 with the radio on during our time together.

I hope you will join the radio party this Saturday night between six and midnight for Those Were the Days.  Your favorites from the fifties through the early nineties will again hit the airwaves.  Last week we heard from new friends from around the state and country.  My favorite call was from a group of campers listening via their phones on a sandbar in the middle of the river!  It is still campfire and front porch sitting season and I hope you get a chance to enjoy the awesome weather.  Make sure that you remember to listen for Those Were the Days on WRCO FM 100.9 and wrco.com.

Phil

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Aug
17

Dirty Dancing Is 35!

The movie Dirty Dancing was released on August 21st, 1987.  The film quickly became a favorite and was the first movie to sell more than a million copies for home video.  It seems like just last week that I was getting lots of Saturday night requests for music from the soundtrack.  Tunes such as: Be My Baby-The Ronettes,  Hey Baby-Bruce Channel,  Love Is Strange-Mickey and Sylvia,  Do You Love Me-Contours, and Love Man-Otis Redding suddenly became weekly dedications on WRCO in the Fall of 1987.  The two soundtrack albums from Dirty Dancing both were multi-platinum releases and there were singles that became hits including:  (I've Had) The Time Of My Life-Bill Medley and Jennifer Warnes,  Hungry Eyes-Eric Carmen,  and She's Like the Wind-Patrick Swayze.  During our Those Were the Days Saturday night radio show, we will remember that movie and the music.  

It is amazing how the music of a movie or television show can bring us Saturday night requests.  Dirty Dancing did.  Movies such as Waynes World,  La Bamba, Forrest Gump,   Bohemian Rhapsody, and Guardians Of the Galaxy have brought back classic songs to new generations.  Recently 'Stranger Things' has been setting streaming records and resurrecting songs such as the number one record of summer Running Up That Hill (A Deal With God) by Kate Busch.  I can count on one hand the number of times that song has been requested on Those Were the Days before this summer.  Lately it has been a regular dedication and one of the only times that I could play the number one Top 40 song during a classic rock and roll show!  

I hope you can tune in to FM 100.9 or wrco.com this Saturday night between six and midnight for the best of the fifties through the early 1990's.  Those Were the Days will feature your dedications and you could be the winner of a trivia game.  Some of the questions are difficult and ones that can not easily be searced for on your personal device!  Get ready for our rock and roll radio party Saturday night.

Phil

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Aug
10

1966 Summer In the City

This weekend Those Were the Days on Saturday night will take you back to the Summer of 1966.  Along with our featured year, we will be spinning all of your requests from the fifties through the early 90's.  We will also pay tribute to Olivia Newton-John.  Many of us have fond memories of moments of her career.  I remember when her mid-70's albums were hard to find because they were selling so fast.  It was a memorable concert when we had the chance to see her in the 2000's.  She appeared to float across the stage and had a great interaction with the audience.  It seemed like she really enjoyed her time on stage that night.

The Summer of 1966 had many songs that still find the airwaves today across the world.  Some of my faves include:  Summer in the City-Lovin Spoonful,  Hungry-Paul Revere and the Raiders,  Land of 1,000 Dances-Wilson Pickett,  Pretty Flamingo-Manfred Mann,  Paperback Writer-Beatles,  Bus Stop-Hollies, and Sweet Pea-Tommy Roe.  It was one of the last glory years for AM Top Forty radio before the FM channels started to play more album oriented music.  

Thanks for a memorable summer.  Our Saturday nights together are great fun!  We are still speaking with new friends each week that catch us either on 100.9 FM or at wrco.com.  It is an honor for me to be a part of many bonfires, cookouts,  birthday parties, and front porch times.  I hope to hear from you between six and midnight this Saturday night.

Phil

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Aug
03

Party With the Beach Boys

The Saturday night radio party on WRCO FM 100.9 and wrco.com will be the place to be.  I will be in the studio to take your dedications.  Audience participation trivia games will be back and we will salute the Beach Boys.  They are such a part of American music history.  It was sixty years ago when the Boys signed with Capitol records in July of 1962.  They have gone on to sell well over 100 million records worldwide.  Rolling Stone magazine rates Pet Sounds number two on its list of the "500 Greatest Albums of All Time".  My first Beach Boys album was the 1974 greatest hits package called 'Endless Summer'.  Our bus driver Dennis installed an 8-track stereo system in our bus.  He had the tape of that album and it played continuously on the rides to and from school.  I used some of my hay making money to buy the double album record set at Saffells' in Richland Center.  The order of the songs became so familiar, that even today when I hear individual Beach Boys songs such as Be True To Your School, I expect to hear it followed by Little Deuce Coupe which is how they appeared on the album.  Surfer Girl followed by Catch A Wave or Shut Down leading in to Fun Fun Fun are also songs that should be back to back according to my overplayed vinyl records.

On WRCO Saturday night, Those Were the Days will salute the Beach Boys.  I will have the studio light on and will be happy to take your requests and dedications featuring all of your faves from the fifties through the eighties.  It is 'old school' radio and I am very proud of the show that we started back in 1986 when the old songs were much newer.  Thank you for being a part of it.  Hopefully you enjoyed our salute to 1982 last weekend.  I have been accused of showing to much love for the music of '82 since it was my high school graduation year.  Several agreed with me this week that could be one of the best Top Forty years of the first thirty years of rock n' roll.  It may not beat 1967 or 1971 in my book, however, it still has many highlights.  Join with us Saturday night between six and midnight for Those Were the Days.

Phil

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27

Radio School 1982

In the summer of 1982, I was prepping to go to Trans American School of Broadcasting.  My old buddy Marty Richards and I loaded his Ford Courier pickup and moved to Wausau in August.  There were some wild times had by all and someday we can write a book about the pranks that were pulled.  It has been forty years and I am not sure that the statuate of limitations would allow us to proceed with that yet.  It was a great time to be a young rapscallion.  There was a new television channel that we did not get on the farmers 3 package back in Ithaca.  We suddenly went from 3 to 40 channels, however, most of the time we just watched one.  MTV was less than a year on the air and we watched videos 24/7 when we weren't  playing arcade games at the Schofield Shopko mall.  Some of my favorite songs while I was playing Donkey Kong included: Heat Of the Moment-Asia,  Let It Whip-Dazz Band,  Crimson and Clover-Joan Jett,  When It's Over-Loverboy,  Kids In America-Kim Wilde,  Juke Box Hero-Foreigner,  Fantasy-Aldo Nova,  Hurts So Good-John Cougar, 867-5309 (Jenny)-Tommy Tutone, Don't Talk to Strangers-Rick Springfield, (Oh) Pretty Woman-Van Halen  and The Other Woman-Ray Parker Jr.  

During Those Were the Days on WRCO Saturday night, I will be playing the biggest songs from the summer of 1982.  Hear the best of the fifties through the eighties between six and midnight.  I will delve into the cassette tape archives for interview highlights from some of our memorable guests through the years.  We will not be taking requests this time.  It has been since March since I have taken a family night and this weekend we will celebrate a wedding and my little grandaughter will get her first flower girl gig.  I hope you will save your requests for next Saturday night when we return.  Thanks for supporting the show since 1986.

Phil

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20

Hotter Than July Hits Of 1977

During Saturday nights Those Were the Days radio show, I will stop for a while and check out some of the best records from 1977.  It was a fun time in my life.  We worked hard on the farm but we also had fun.  I was mediocre on my good nights while playing for the Ithaca Happy Hour 4-H softball team.  Several of my teamates have been life long friends.  I don't remember how we did that year, but I do remember the end of the year family get together which was August 16th.  It was the day we learned that Elvis had died and the shocking news was discussed. Some of our mothers had tears in their eyes as they talked about seeing him for the first time on the Ed Sullivan show a little over twenty years earlier.  

The Summer of 1977 had good moments on the radio.  Some of my favorite hits were playing in my head as opposing 4-H sluggers were having hits over my head in the outfield.  Tunes that I remember fondly include: Peace Of Mind-Boston,  Lido Shuffle-Boz Scaggs,  Couldn't Get It Right-Climax Blues Band,  Barracuda-Heart,  Feels Like the First Time-Foreigner,  Knowing Me, Knowing You-Abba,  Jet Airliner-Steve Miller Band,  Dreams-Fleetwood Mac,  and Heard It In A Love Song-Marshall Tucker Band.  Saturday night on Those Were the Days, I will be spinning from the forty-five Top 45's that were being played on MusicRadio 89 WLS in Chicago.  Even though I was starting to listen to Fm stations with clearer signals,  I still tuned over to the Am band especially late at night in 1977.

WRCO Fm 100.9 and wrco.com will be the place for music and fun from six until midnight Saturday night.  We will feature trivia games that the entire family can play.  You could be the winner of an awesome prize from our Those Were the Days sponsors.  We have been here since 1986 and I know many of you have as well.  Thank you very much for your loyalty.

Phil

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