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Apr
20

Let's Try 1982 Again

The first time that 1982 was going to be our featured year on Those Were The Days was back on February 5th of this year.  Unfortunately I had to go to the hospital on February 4th and the live show was cancelled.  Hopefully I will have better luck this week when I will try again to flash back forty years.  In my humble opinion,  1982 was the best music year of the eighties.  Tune in to 100.9 or wrco.com Saturday night and see if you agree.  Some of my favorites coming out of the dashboard of my'75 Ford Maverick in the Spring of 1982 include:  I Love Rock n' Roll-Joan Jett,  We Got The Beat-The Go-Go's,  Do You Believe In Love-Huey Lewis,  (Oh) Pretty Woman-Van Halen,  Find Another Fool-Quarterflash,  The Other Woman-Ray Parker Jr.,  Hang Fire-Rolling Stones,  Mama Used To Say-Junior,  Don't You Want Me-Human League,  Freeze-Frame-The J. Geils Band,  Since You're Gone-Cars,  Fantasy-Aldo Nova,  Stone Cold-Rainbow,  Only The Lonely-Motels,  and Hurts So Good-John Cougar (Mellencamp).  What a mix tape!!!!  My old buddy Marty and me had a mobile d.j. business in '82 and we started our education in the real world.  The first lesson was to dub the fast records and polkas onto a cassette tape.  If you played a record with an uptempo beat, the dancers would make the record skip.  Another was to make sure that your trailer was shut and locked while you were playing because otherwise it made a good resting spot for drunk people.   Lesson number three was to try and ignore the guy standing by your d.j. stand shouting....play Judas Priest.  "Hey man, play some Iron Maiden".  "Don't you have any Krokus"?   "Why don't you play some good music for a change"?    I have nothing against those groups.  In fact I like them and some of their songs.  Most of the time, though, when I would give in and spin a tune from the heckler's playlist the floor would clear and the dancers would give me dirty looks.  It would usually take a few songs to get them back and the loud guy had left to walk to the next bar.

I will be taking your requests between six and midnight Saturday night during Those Were The Days.  You can ask for anything that made the charts between the fifites and the eighties.  Listen for the 'Magic Cowbell' that signals a fun trivia question.  Last week we put together a great playlist.  Thanks to our listeners requests, I played several that I have rarely played.  That is what makes it a blast.   Let's talk Saturday night.

Phil

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Apr
13

Blooming Hits Saturday Night

During this Saturday nights' edition of Those Were The Days, I will be digging through the fifties through the eighties music archives.  As you gather during Easter weekend,  I hope you will tune in our family fun show courtesy of WRCO FM 100.9 and wrco.com.  This week the hits will be in full bloom and our theme will include flower songs.  Join me for a green and growing Saturday night in April.   Favorite flower hits include:  Flowers On The Wall-Statler Brothers,  Build Me Up Buttercup-Foundations,  Sugar Magnolia-Grateful Dead,  Crimson and Clover-Tommy James,  Dandelion-Rolling Stones, and the Rain,The Park, & Other Things (I Love the flower girl)-Cowsills.  

I hope to hear from you between six and midnight on Saturday night.  We have been hearing from more long distance requesters.  A couple of truck driving friends checked in from several states away to request tunes last weekend.  I have many memories of Easter weekend when I was a 'wee-Nee'.  My sister and I always made an Easter egg tree.  We would poke holes in the shell and blow the yoke out.  After dropping the shells in coloring, we would hang the eggs on a branch that we found in the woods.  I would hide my Easter candy and sometimes forget where it was.  It was always a surprise treat later (if it wasn't stale).  One year we each got a baby bunny.  By the next Easter,  those furry friends had multiplied and we had several babies for the holiday. 

Please give me a call and request a song,  play trivia, or if you just want to chat Saturday night.  We will watch for the Easter bunny together during Those Were The Days.

Phil 

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Apr
06

1977 April Hits

In the Spring of 1977 I began my baseball career as a back up right fielder on the Ithaca Junior High baseball team.  It was a difficult position to play with a glove on one hand and my other hand holding up my pants.  As I patroled the outfield, many songs were playing in my head.  Some of my favorites from April of 1977 include:  Lido Shuffle-Boz Scaggs,  Couldn't Get It Right-Climax Blues Band,  Do Ya-E.L.O. ,  Calling Dr. Love-Kiss,  Night Moves-Bob Seger,  Hotel California-Eagles,  The Things We Do For Love-10cc,  So In To You-Atlanta Rhythm Section,  Carry On Wayward Son-Kansas, and Heard It In A Love Song-Marshall Tucker Band.  For those that think that Disco music dominated the airwaves, they were not there.  That music got a lot of play (and I still like some of it), but there was a good variety of styles making the Hot 100.
When I finished with my night time chores, I would sit by my Panasonic Stereo with a BSR turntable, cassette player/recorder and AM/FM tuner.  It was there that I would scan the radio dial and try to catch some of my favorite tunes.  One of my favorite stations for stealing the hits was D.93 out of Dubuque (now KAT FM).  They played many songs that would not be big hits nationwide.  I also taped songs heard on WRCO,  Z-104 and WISM out of Madison, and WLS out of Chicago.  

This Saturday night on WRCO FM 100.9 and wrco.com that former Junior High back-up right fielder will be spinning the fiftties through the eighties hits.  I look forward to hearing from you between six and midnight and perhaps you will take one of our trivia challenges.  The name of the show is Those Were The Days.  I will also remember a friend of the program, Bobby Rydell, who passed away this week.  I will be waiting all week for Saturday night!

Phil

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Mar
30

Top 40 Heaven In '67

I have mentioned several times on this blog and on the radio that there has never been and will never be another pop music year like 1967.  There was such a variety of music and artists at the peak of their creativity.  Saturday night during Those Were The Days, we will check out the chart and what was on the radio at the start of April in '67. It was a time when Frank Sinatra could have a hit right along side the Blues Magoos or the Strawberry Alarm Clock.   Some of my favorite memories from that chart include:  Sweet Soul Music-Arthur Conley,  A Little Bit Me, A Little Bit You-Monkees,  Penny Lane-Beatles,  Happy Together-Turtles,  I've Been Lonely Too Long-Young Rascals,  Ups and Downs-Paul Revere and the Raiders,  I'm A Man-Spencer Davis Group,  You Got What It Takes-Dave Clark Five,  Western Union-Five Americans,  There's A Kind Of Hush-Hermans Hermits, and I Think We're Alone Now-Tommy James and the Shondells.  I could list forty or more songs from this weekends survey from 55 years ago!  We will play a few of those and your rock and roll requests on WRCO Fm 100.9 and wrco.com Saturday night between six and midnight.  I will share more of our archived interviews including some amazing artists that had hits in 1967.  Look for forgottenhits.com and Kent Kotal's posting each Saturday this year.  He has been featuring interview highlights from our 35 plus years of Those Were The Days.

It has been great to catch up with our T.W.T.D. listeners.  My post hospital rehab is going well and I was able to squeeze in a full six hour show last weekend.  Thanks for a memorable night.  Our online listeners seem to be growing and we even had a trivia winner with a Michigan address.  We have some fun stuff lined up for this month and I hope you will check in each week.  

Phil

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Mar
23

Paul Evans Guests Saturday Night

Singer, songwriter, Paul Evans will be my profile guest Saturday night during Those Were The Days on WRCO FM 100.9.  He has been on the show before, but it has been many years.  Paul has written a new book about his career called Happy Go Lucky Me! A Lifetime Of Music.  He has written a bunch of familiar hits including 'Roses Are Red' for Bobby Vinton, and four songs for Elvis Presley. The song Happy Go Lucky Me has recently been used in a national commercial.  It will be great to catch up with Paul and play some of his songs including: 'Seven Little Girls (sitting in the back seat)'.  I will be in the studio to take requests and play trivia.  It was great to be back on the air last Saturday night.  We took requests for a few hours and it was awesome to hear from so many well wishers.  It is such an honor to be on the air with this program for going on 36 years!  I still talk to new listeners on a regular basis.  Last week we had a good deal of long distance requests from our on line listeners.  I hope you will join our salute to rock and roll's greatest years this Saturday night on WRCO FM 100.9 and wrco.com between six and midnight.

Phil

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Mar
17

Feeling Stronger Everyday

Hey Rock and Rollers!  This is Phil Nee and I am glad to be sitting up and writing this post.  I went to the hospital on February 4th and am now just starting to get back in shape for my next radio broadcast.  If everything continues to go well, I will be in the studio this Saturday night during Those Were the Days.  We will be taking your requests and playing trivia and getting to know one another again.  My theme will be songs about getting better, about oxygen and breathing.  These are tunes that ran through my head as I laid in bed many days and nights.  Music is a great medicine and I plan to continue my rehab back from critical illness this Saturday night during Those Were the Days.  The best music of the fifties through the eighties will hit the airwaves from six until midnight on FM 100.9 WRCO.

Phil

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Feb
03

February 1982 Top 40 Goodies

This week on Those Were The Days, I will be digging out the old 45's from February 1982.   I was wrapping up my Senior year of high school, and playing my last high school basketball game. The radio was always on and my old buddy Marty and me were playing all of the hot hits at local dances.  It was a great time for music.  Some of the goodies from the Billboard chart in '82 include:  Centerfold-J.Geils Band,  Shake It Up-The Cars,  Let's Groove-Earth, Wind, and Fire,  Love Is Alright Tonight-Rick Springfield, Abacab-Genesis,  Working For The Weekend-Loverboy,  I Love Rock n' Roll-Joan Jett,  and Don't Stop Believin-Journey.  I really feel that 1982 was the best year of the 80's for music. 

I will be in the studio to take your requests during the Saturday night radio show between six and midnight.  We will have a full day of local wrestling to cover so I may be a little tired.  I will have to have a couple of Ski soda pops to help keep my eyes open.  We will play trivia and have another great time remembering the greatest songs ever put on vinyl.

Phil

 

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Jan
26

Twisting Back To 1962

It will be a great joy for me to once again play the hits from the first wave of vinyl records on the radio Saturday night.  The Packers blocked us last week and stunk it up,  now it is my turn!!!!   I can stink as well as anyone. 

On this weekends Those Were The Days radio show,  I will be spinning all of your requests and we will stop and park in 1962.  In January '62,  The Twist by Chubby Checker hit number one for the second time.  It had topped the survey two years before that.  It is the only time in music history that the same song by the same artist hit number one twice.  The dance prompted such a craze that there were several other twist records including Peppermint Twist by Joey Dee and the Starlighters which was number three this weekend sixty years ago.  The Top 20 in January of 1962 featured many that are still well remembered today including:  The Lion Sleeps Tonight-Tokens,  Can't Help Falling In Love-Elvis,  Happy Birthday Sweet 16- Neil Sedaka,  Run To Him-Bobby Vee,  Please Mr. Postman-Marveletes,  Town Without Pity-Gene Pitney,  and I Know (you don't want me)-Barbara George.   The movie that inspired me to try to be a radio announcer, American Graffitti, was set in that year.    The films tagline was 'Where Were You In '62?'     

Those Were The Days this Saturday night will be featuring the regular stuff including trivia, requests, bad jokes, and the greatest music of all time.  We will hit the airwaves between six and midnight on WRCO FM 100.9 and wrco.com.

Phil

 

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Jan
19

No Show-Green and Gold

Last Saturday night I predicted that Those Were The Days might be blocked, and now it is.  Coach Mike McCarthy and Dallas flopped otherwise the Pack would have played on Sunday had the 49er's lost.  I do not like missing a Saturday night of old tunes with friends, however, it is for a good cause if the team wins.  Join WRCO FM for the coverage starting at 5:00 p and kickoff at 7:15 p.  Go Pack, Go!!!

After being benched this weekend, I will come back strong next weekend with more hits of the first era of vinyl.  It will be like when the coach finally put me in and I scored my first Varsity points (other than warm-ups).  In the meantime please check out Kent Kotal's Forgottenhits.com.  Each Saturday during 2022 we are posting portions of Those Were The Days archived interviews that have been heard on WRCO since 1986.  I have a big collection of tapes and it is time to get those out of the storage containers so that people can hear them.  This Saturday I will share a classic interview with Canadian Rockabilly legend Jack Scott.

I will be dusting my records and getting ready for our next Saturday night Those Were The Days on January 29th.

Phil

 

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Jan
12

Sitting By The Radio In 1972

It was early 1972 when I slipped head over heals into following the Top 40 and trying to collect the songs I heard on the radio.  I  would trudge to Saffels' in downtown Richland Center and pick up a copy of the Radio Doctors Survey which documented the most popular songs in the midwest.  At night I would listen to the radio and make notes on the songs I heard.  Eventually I had collected enough 45's to make my own charts.  In early 1972 some of the top records included:  American Pie-Don McClean,  Brand New Key-Melanie,  Day After Day-Badfinger,  It's One Of Those Nights (Yes Love)-Partridge Family,  Anticipation-Carly Simon,  Have You Seen Her-Chi-Lites (my first purchased 45),  Black Dog-Led Zepplin,  Precious and Few-Climax,  and Bang A Gong (Get It On)-T. Rex.  I caught some of these on our reel to reel tape recorder as they played on the radio.  Cassette technology was still a couple of years away from the farm house at Aubrey Corners.  It blows my mind to think about the young lad listening and dreaming as the radio played and now as an old lad I am still loving the songs of '72 and am blessed to be able to play them on my own radio show.

Join me Saturday night for warm January memories and trivia during the six hour Those Were The Days radio show.  We will blast out all of the hits from the first era of vinyl rock and roll records and stop once in a while in 1972. I hope that you will drop by and join us on WRCO FM 100.9 and wrco.com.   Pop some popcorn, play a few board games,  drink a couple bottles of Ski soda pop, and I will bring the records.

Phil

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Jan
05

Happy Birthday Elvis!

Elvis Presley was born on January 8th 1935.  Saturday night during Those Were The Days on WRCO, I will be playing Elvis' biggest movie songs.  While many of his movies are considered lightweight,  I have always enjoyed them.   Starting with Love Me Tender in 1956 and ending with Change Of Habit in 1969,  Elvis made as many as three movies a year.  While some of the music was not that great, some of Elvis best known songs came from movies including:  Love Me Tender,  (Let Me Be Your) Teddy Bear,  Return To Sender,  Rubberneckin',  and Jailhouse Rock. 

Join me for some Elvis classics and all of your requests Saturday night on WRCO FM 100.9 and wrco.com.  Check out forgottenhits.com for interviews from our archives most Saturdays in 2022. This week you will be able to hear from a few of Elvis' pals that we have talked with through the years.  You could win a prize and prove that you do remember a few things from the past.  It has been a pleasure to talk with new long distance friends now that our show can be heard all over the world.  Last week we had calls from California, Michigan and Iowa.  Tell your friends and relatives to listen to Those Were The Days and than request a song for them between six and midnight Saturday night.

Phil

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Dec
29

New Years Night With The Cowsills

This weekend we will welcome in 2022.  The year of 2021 was an amazing time for our show.  With our audio stream reaching a worldwide audience, new friends were made every Saturday night.  Those Were The Days will celebrate the past years and look ahead at the possibilites of great things in the new year.  Saturday night I will be in the studio to take your requests and we will have fun with our trivia games.  My guest will be first time caller Susan Cowsill.  I have always wanted to have her join the show and so this is a wonderful way to start the new year of Those Were The Days shows.

The Cowsills hailed from Newport, Rhode Island.  Susan joined her five brothers and mom in the family group that inspired the storyline of the tv show The Partridge Family.  She was just 8 years old when she became a member following their big 1967 hit The Rain, The Park & Other Things (also known as the Flower Girl).  Her young voice can be heard shouting out "and spaghetti" in the groups big 1969 hit Hair.  Their other hits include: Indian Lake,  We Can Fly,  Poor Baby, and they sang the season one theme song to the ABC television show Love American Style.  Susan and I will discuss our favorite Friday night shows and the fact that her early years can be watched on Youtube.  Clips of her dancing with Buddy Ebsen or with Dean Martin are very cool to see. Hear about those iconic moments first hand during Saturday nights Those Were The Days radio show on WRCO FM 100.9 and dot com.

Make sure to check out forgottenhits.com during 2022 nearly every Saturday Kent Kotal will be running clips from our show.  Saturday will kick off with highlights of one of our past interviews with Burton Cummings of the Guess Who.  Check that out and don't forget to join us on the radio new years night.

Phil

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Dec
23

Merry Christmas!

This Saturday will be Christmas day and the Green and Gold will play.  Wayne and 'the rock' will be giving us the play-by-play on the radio of the big game in Green Bay and at the same time  I will be unwrapping my gifts (all toys I hope). Our Those Were The Days radio program will take a night off, however, we are making plans to have a big radio bash on Saturday night January first!   There will be more details about that next week. 

Merry Christmas to one and all.  It is always an honor to play your favorite songs.  When I was growing up the radio at our house  was always on.   My dad would sing along with the Christmas tunes.  His voice always reminded me of Bing Crosby.  We would go to the neighbors every year for Christmas songs around the piano and everyone would sing.  It was like what you see on the Hallmark channel!   It is my hope that you make new Christmas memories this season and I will try to do the same.  I will be trying to teach the two grand babies about really good music.   Thanks again for being with us the whole year through.  We will rock and roll together again on Saturday night January first.

Phil

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Dec
15

Solid Gold Dancers Christmas Party

Saturday night during WRCOs' six hour tribute to the vinyl era,  I will be spinning all of your favorite hits and we will sift through the archives for memorable Christmas record performances.  Many rock and roll acts recorded holiday records.  My favorite vintage rock and roll Christmas albums include long plays from the Beach Boys,  Four Seasons,  Supremes,  Elvis,  Phil Spector artists,  Paul Revere and the Raiders,  Partridge Family, and the Motown Christmas album.  We will slip in a few from those sets and maybe even a few rarities (have you ever heard the Blues Magoos Christmas record?)

I hope you will give me a call this Saturday night and have some fun with us.  It will be a pleasure to play a song for you.  This will be the final Those Were The Days of 2021 because next Saturday is Christmas day and the Packers play an afternoon game which, with the post game show, will run late into the night.  After this week we will plan to be back to celebrate a new year with old music Saturday night January first,  2022.  Let's have some fun this weekend.

p.s. Make sure to check out Kent Kotal's Forgottenhits.com.  He will be featuring highlights from some of my favorite Those Were The Days interviews at his website most Saturdays in 2022. I am honored to be able to share them with music lovers all over the world.  It will be fun to dub some of those memorable moments that I have saved on cassettes, mini discs, and reel to reel tapes over the years. 

Phil

 

 

 

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Dec
08

December 1969 Hot Hits

I am the very grateful host of WRCOs' Those Were the Days and I can't wait to pull out more hits of the fifties through the eighties this Saturday night.  My record collecting hobby is now more than fifty years old and I have never tired of it.  Recently I bought my first new vinyl record in Richland Center in a long time.  Mastodon Records is open weekends in downtown in the former location of Ocooch Books.  Good luck to Craig because I am like a stray dog and when there are records available, it is hard to stay away. Maybe we will have to do a live Those Were the Days from there some day!

December of 1969 was a great time for Top Forty music.  Just ahead of the seventies music was changing often.  The Billboard chart from the second week of December is chocked full of groups that were well established and new artists.  Some of my favorites include:  Come Together-Beatles,  Cherry Hill Park-Billy Joe Royal,  I Want You Back-Jackson Five,  Heaven Knows-Grass Roots,  Up On Cripple Creek-The Band,  Baby It's You-Smith,  Try A Little Kindness-Glen Campbell,  Fortunate Son-C.C.R.,  Whole Lotta Love-Led Zepplin,  and A Brand New Me-Dusty Springfield.  We were saying Na Na Hey Hey Goodbye to the sixties and the one hit wonder group Steam topped the chart.  I was very well behaved in December of 1969.  I was hoping that Santa would bring me a Billy Blastoff Doll and he eventually did!  Billy was a great toy and he ran a moon car and other vehicles with his little back pack that included two c-cells.  Some dummy left the batteries in for 30 years and they leaked which ruined Billy.  I still have him, but he can not run like he used (much like his owner). 

I will be in the studio to take your requests.  Give me a call if you would like to add to the Those Were the Days playlist.  You could be the winner of some really cool prizes between six and midnight Saturday night.

Phil

 

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Dec
01

The Library Of Rock & Roll

There have been many songs about books and magazines and Saturday night on Those Were The Days  I will be spinning a few.  Favorites include:  Book Of Love-Monotones,  My Little Red Book-Love,  Everyday I Write the Book-Elvis Costello,  Cover Of The Rolling Stone-Dr. Hook,  Centerfold-J.Geils Band,  Picture Book-Kinks,  You Can't Judge a Book By Looking At the Cover-Bo Diddley,  and Paperback Writer-The Beatles.  We will be going to the library of rock and roll and hitting the books songs between six and midnight Saturday night during Those Were the Days. 

It will be great to be back in the saddle for live requests and trivia during Saturday nights' show on FM 100.9 and wrco.com.  Last week I took some family time and spent a fun evening teasing the grand babies and playing board games with my three children.  It is rare that we are all together and I am so thankful that the kids are willing to spend time with their boring old dad.  We were listening to Those Were the Days.  They actually liked most of the music!  I turned another year older this week and I will try not to act my age during Saturday nights' Those Were the Days radio show.

Phil

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Nov
24

Top Sixties Record Hop Songs and November 1973

It will be an action packed Those Were The Days on Saturday night.  I will countdown the most requested songs of the 60's during the six hour rock and roll party.  Not as many songs from that decade get requested these days, however, there are a few that are always faves.  TWTD favorite 60's songs include:  Oh Pretty Woman-Roy Orbison,  Twist and Shout-Beatles,  Respect-Aretha Franklin,  House Of The Rising Sun-Animals,  I'm A Believer-Monkees,  Runaway-Del Shannon, and (I Can't Get No) Satisfaction-Rolling Stones.  Get ready to kick your shoes off and dance along with FM 100.9 or WRCO.com this Saturday night.

Some have called 1973 the last great year for rock and roll music.  I don't agree with that, however, it certainly had highlights.   The Fall of that year had an incredible amount of songs that still get played. We will examine some of those tunes that I first bought with my chore money at Saffels music store and the Dime Store in Richland Center.  My mom used to tell me that I was wasting my time sitting around and playing those old records.  She was probably correct, but I still do the same thing after all of these years and I have not learned my lesson yet.

We will not be taking your requests this Saturday night.  My family wants me around for a little get together.  We will be listening to Those Were The Days on WRCO between six and midnight and we hope you will too!

Phil

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Nov
17

November 1986 Hot Hits

This Saturday night on Those Were the Days radio show, you will be able to hear the sounds of 1986.  Thirty-five years have passed since I was the night time jock on WRCO and we were playing Top Forty hits.  A box of 45's was in the main broadcast studio.  Most of the music that was played was still on vinyl.  Each week we would countdown the top songs of the week.  This was fun until some of the employees and family members of employees borrowed the records to record their own mix tapes (I am not making this up!)  It was awkward to have to jump over songs in the countdown.  That was small town radio at its smallest.  Since I was already a mobile d.j, and was buying most of the hits, I began bringing records with me each night so noone could borrow them!  It was a good time for radio hits.  Boston had returned with a 3rd album (called Third Stage) and a big radio hit called Amanda. Some of my other faves from this week in '86 include:  Take Me Home Tonight-Eddie Money/Ronnie Spector,  Emotion in Motion-Ric Ocasek,  Don't Get Me Wrong-Pretenders,  C'est La Vie-Robbie Nevil,  Land Of Confusion-Genesis,  Welcome To the Boomtown-Davd & David,  Somebody's Out There-Triumph,  and the The Future's So Bright, I Gotta Wear Shades-Timbuk 3.   It is hard to believe but I was playing those songs when they were new, and now I am playing them as oldies.   How can that be?

You can request anything that hit the charts between the fifties through the eighties during Saturday nights' Those Were the Days on WRCO FM 100.9 and WRCO.com.  Take the trivia challenges and maybe you can be the one that wins a prize.   We will try to take you away to your happy place.   Good luck to all of you that will be heading to the woods this weekend.   Be very careful and we will see who has the biggest deer hunting story Saturday night.

Phil

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Nov
10

November 1976 Far Out Hits

During Saturday nights' Those Were the Days, I will be spinning some tunes that will take us back to the last days of 8-track tapes, Farrah Fawcett-Major's posters,  cb radios,  leisure suits,  and far out hits.  In 1976 I was trying to take in ever bit of pop culture that I could and there were many late nights.  I would watch tv, listen to the radio, and do homework at the same time.  That was multi tasking before there was such a thing.   My favorite tv shows from that era include:  Sha-Na-Na (remember that program?  I wish it was on home video),  Captain & Tennille,  Happy Days,  Laverne & Shirley,  Tony Orlando & Dawn,  M*A*S*H*,  Alice,  The Jacksons,  Welcome Back Kotter, Chico & the Man,  and Bob Newhart.   It was hard to get my chores done fast enough so that I could plop in front of the Curtis Mathes television set.  The radio was always providing me with three minute escapes.  Some of my fave radio hits in November of 1976 include:  More Than A Feeling-Boston,  Magic Man-Heart,  A Dose Of Rock and Roll-Ringo Starr,  Livin' Thing-E.L.O.,  Dazz-Brick, Mademoiselle-Styx,  Rock n' Me-Steve Miller Band,  I Only Want To Be With You-Bay City Rollers, and Stand Tall-Burton Cummings. 

I will be spinning all of our favorites from the fifties through the eighties Saturday night between six and midnight.  You might be the winner of some cool stuff!   It looks like our listeners will be converting from outdoor campfires and smores to indoor fireplaces and hot chocolate as the weather becames more November like.  Those Were the Days on WRCO FM 100.9 and WRCO.com is a great place to hang out each Saturday night.   It will be great to hear from you.

Phil

 

 

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Nov
03

Top 40 Classics From November 1966

The Top 40 records that were released in the late 60's are incredible.  The fact that many of them are still well known and perhaps more popular than when they were first released is amazing.  On Saturdays' Those Were the Days radio show,  I will tear out a chart from November of 1966 and play some of the biggest hit highlights.  My favorites from that month and year include:  96 Tears-? and the Mysterians,  Hooray For Hazel-Tommy Roe,  What Becomes of the Broken Hearted-Jimmy Ruffin,  Good Vibrations-Beach Boys,  Cherry, Cherry-Neil Diamond,  Girl On A Swing-Gerry & the Pacemakers,  Walk Away Renee-Left Banke,  Last Train To Clarksville-Monkees,  and Nineteen Days-Dave Clark Five.   The year of 1966 was an incredible year for new products that brightened up young Phil Nee's social activites for years to come.  Did you know that Bugles,  Cool Whip,  Crunch 'n' Munch,  Doritos,  Fresca, Slurpee's, and Twister all first appeared in 1966?

I hope to hear from you this Saturday night.  Give me a call and we can chat about all of the good times and great music of the fifties through the eighties.  You can request any popular song of that era (not just 1966 songs).  We had a real Halloween ball last Saturday.  I salute our callers who really went along with the theme and asked for songs that I had not even thought of.  Saturday night you could be the winner of a Those Were the Days collector t-shirt and other cool stufff during our six hour tribute to the vinyl years of music.  You can always send me a line through this blog or email me This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with comments and show and song suggestions.  Lets get together Saturday night.

Phil

 

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January 20 2023
'83..I was at the Richland Center campus. Those were the awesome songs that played in the student c...
Guest - dave 1973 From the Nee
January 06 2023
I was 10 when those songs you mentioned were new! It seems like only yesterday. Thanks for jogging...
Guest - Deborah K. Warming Up In 1979
November 22 2022
Last weeks show brought home many memories. I heard many songs that don’t often play. It is good t...
Guest - oldies dave Cool Kids Halloween Party!
October 28 2022
I have always loved Haunted House by 'Jumpin' Gene Simmons (not the Kiss guy). The Halloween songs ...
Guest - Amy d. A Love Note To 1972
September 23 2022
I graduated from high school in 1972. It was a great era to grow up. Thanks for the show.
Guest - Jen S. Dirty Dancing Is 35!
August 20 2022
Dirty Dancing is my all time favorite movie. Yeah!
Guest - Dave B. Party With the Beach Boys
August 05 2022
I love the Beach Boys! I am glad to see you spotlighting them. My favorites are some of the late 6...
Guest - Terri Nee-Holtz Rock n' Rodeo Hits
June 09 2022
Sister Mary said you were discussing the cheese roll. My daughter attended it. Said it was "wild m...
Guest - Debbie Stafslien Let's Try 1982 Again
April 23 2022
1982 was a dynamite year for music. MTV was a driving force. When I watch old clips i can’t believ...
Guest - Shelly 1977 April Hits
April 08 2022
1977 was a great year for albums. ELO-Out Of The Blue and Meatloaf were among my faves.