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Phil Nee

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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Oct
27

Halloween-Nee Party Saturday Night

Saturday night will be wild and crazy again during our Those Were the Days radio party.  We will play some of the all time spooky classics.   We will ,of course, do the 'Monster Mash',  have 'Dinner With Drac',  'Frankestein' may show up,  it will be a 'Thriller' of a night!  Celebrate Halloween weekend with WRCO FM 100.9 and wrco dot com between six and midnight.    I will be wearing my best costume on the radio.

I have many memories of Halloween as a young person.  My sister was older than me and she aged out of trick or treating before me.  It was scary for me to go up to houses on my own.  Sometimes I actually had to go to barns instead of houses because it was milking time!  In my high school years, there would often be a Halloween 'record hop' (a high school dance for you young folks). That was my chance to really scare the young ladies when I asked them to dance!   The Atlanta Rythm Section had a fine remake of the song 'Spooky' during Halloween season in 1979.  That year I was shaking my 'groove thing' at the Ithaca town hall haunted house dance.  With my hair slicked back with lard, high water pants,  and a 1/2 gallon of Brut aftershave, I was knocking them dead.  Thankfully everyone recovered.

I hope you will join the fun Saturday night when we will go back to the best music ever cut into vinyl during our Those Were the Days radio show.  You could be the winner of some cool prizes. Maybe you will take home a special collector Those Were the Days t-shirt.  Lets have a rock and roll radio party together this weekend!

Phil

 

 

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Oct
20

Music From the Romantics Era

One of my favorite groups from the early 1980's is the Romantics.  I first heard the song 'What I Like About You' in 1980 but I did not hear it often.  While living in Wausau in 1982-83, they came to that Wisconsin city to play a show and the local radio station (WIFC) was playing What I Like About You like it was a current hit.  I went out and found a couple of their albums at the used record store and I have been a fan ever since.  It was a short time later when MTV started playing their song Talking In Your Sleep and it became a large radio hit.   Hear some of their records and comments from group members Mike Skill and Wally Palmer during this Saturdays' Those Were The Days radio show on WRCO FM 100.9 and WRCO.com.

I will be in the studio to take your requests and play trivia.  You could win a 35th anniversary Those Were The Days  t-shirt along with the usual cool prizes.  Give me a call and request a favorite from the fifties through the eighties.  Each week we talk with those who call on a regular basis and first time callers.  Lets get together again and have an old fashioned radio blast Saturday night between six and midnight.

Phil

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Oct
13

The Fall Of 1970 Returns

In the Fall of 1970 I was riding the bus to Loyd school.  There were many hits on the radio as the yellow bus rolled through the autumn colors.  Usually I was sitting right behind the bus driver after my bad behavior.   This helped me hear the AM radio better and there were some great songs coming through the static.  Some of my favorites from that season are:  All Right Now-Free,  Green Eyed Lady-Sugarloaf,  Lola-Kinks,  Out In the Country-Three Dog Night,  25 or 6 to 4-Chicago,  Yellow River-Christie,  Our House-Crosby-Stills-Nash, and I Think I Love You-Partridge Family.  When dad sprang for a UHF antenna, I was able to watch Marcia Brady at 7:00, and Laurie Partridge at 7:30 on  ABC (WKOW Madison) Friday nights.  There were many great shows on tv.  It was a great time to grow up.  Late at night I could scan the dial of my transistor radio and find signals from major cities across the U.S. and Canada.  All of these habits helped me find a career path that I am still on today.  

Saturday night during Those Were The Days, I would love to hear from you.  The hotline number is 608 647-4155.  You can also email me This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  Last week we even had a request for a photo from one of our long time,  long distance listeners who was visiting the Richland Center area.  I posed for a picture figuring that they must have a rat problem and they need my photo to scare the rodents from their basement.   Join us for trivia and the best music ever placed on vinyl records from the fifties through the eighties Saturday night between six and midnight on Wrco FM 100.9 and Wrco.com.   We will continue our month long celebration of the 35th anniversary of Those Were The Days on the radio!

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Oct
06

The Fall of 1983

Saturday night on Those Were The Days we will go parking in the Fall of 1983.  That year I knew most every song in the Top 40 because I was a d.j. for hire playing all of the hits.  Favorites at the high school dances that year included:  Burning Down The House-Talkin Heads,  Delirious-Prince,  The Safety Dance-Men Without Hats, and Foolin'-Def Leppard.  MTV was influencing the music on the radio.  Some of my personal faves that Fall include: Don't Cry-Asia,  Big Log-Robert Plant,  Lawyers In Love-Jackson Browne,  Modern Love-David Bowie, The Night-Animals, My Town-Michael Stanley Band,  and Don't Forget To Dance -Kinks. 

Join Those Were The Days on Wrco FM 100.9 and  Wrco.com Saturday night between six and midnight for a radio party.  You don't have to request a song from 1983.  It can be from any of the vinyl years of the fifties through the eighties.  The trivia games will give you a shot at being a winner.  I am told that last weeks questions were difficult to answer!  The challenge is to find questions that can't be easily looked up on line.  I like it when it takes a few songs for someone to come through with the answer!  As we celebrate the 35th year of Those Were The Days radio, you could be the winner of some special prizes.  We debuted on Wrco October, 11th of 1986!  It seems like only yesterday. 

Phil

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Sep
29

Put On Your Dancing Shoes

This Saturday night during the 'Retro-Saturday' programs,  Wrco's Those Were The Days radio show will play a few hits with sole!  There have been many songs about shoes over the years and we will spotlight some of those including:  Blue Suede Shoes-Carl Perkins,  Boogie Shoes-KC and the Sunshine Band,  Tan Shoes and Pink Shoelaces-Dodie Stevens,  High Heel Sneakers-Tommy Tucker,  Betty Lou Got a New Pair Of Shoes-Bobby Freeman,  Hang Up My Rock and Roll Shoes-Chuck Willis,  Head Over Heals-Go-Go's,  These Shoes-Eagles, Dancin' Shoes-Nigel Olsson, Footloose-Kenny Loggins, and many more.   If you can think of shoe songs, give me a call Saturday night.  I will be accepting requests for any of the fifties through eighties music that we play on Those Were the Days between six and midnight.  Put on your hush puppies, Buster Brown's,  Pro Keds,  penny loafers,  saddle shoes,  Converse,  wing tips,  platforms, or your jelly shoes.  Get ready to dance the night away.

We had a great time last week with our 'One Hit Wonder' show.    A lot of credit goes to the requesters who came up with one hit wonder songs that I had not even thought of.  That is what this show is all about.  We can learn from each other and bring back many memories.  There will be a chance each of the six hours to win prizes and have bragging rights over your family and friends.  Please join the party Saturday night.  I would love to hear from you.

Phil

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22

One Hit Wonder Day!

Saturday September 25th is National One Hit Wonder Day and WRCO FM 100.9 will celebrate by playing some of our favorites.  Join me as I make my return from a weekend celebrating my grandaughters birthday this past Saturday.  You can phone in requests and we will be playing trivia this weekend. We have dedicated entire shows to one hit wonders and this Saturday night you can hear a few of our favorites such as:  Play That Funky Music-Wild Cherry,  In the Year 2525-Zager and Evans,  Venus-Shocking Blue,  Na Na Hey, Kiss Him Goodbye-Steam,  Judy in Disguise-Jon Fred and His Playboy Band,  Get A Job-Silhoetes,  Kung Fu Fighting-Carl Douglas, and Little Bit O'Soul-The Music Explosion.    I have found that through the years, in some cases,  I seem to like the one hit wonders even better than the big name groups and artists.  It has been fun collecting the albums for those fifteen minutes of fame artists.  They are worth practically nothing in collector terms, but fun to listen to as you try to figure out why they just had one big song.  Sometimes it easy to see why! Saturday night after a day of playing at the Ithaca School Fair and broadcasting football, I will be ready to jam with the beat of the fifties through the eighties. 

Phil

P.S.  Last Saturday night we counted down the Those Were The Days and forgottenhits.com favorites from 1971 as voted on by listeners and readers.   We played about forty extras and here are the Top Forty that we counted down!!!!

1

Brown Sugar - Rolling Stones

2

It's Too Late - Carole King

3

LA Goodbye - Ides Of March

4

Mighty Clouds Of Joy - BJ Thomas

5

Joy To The World - Three Dog Night

6

What Is Life - George Harrison

7

If I Were Your Woman - Gladys Knight and the Pips

8

It Don't Come Easy - Ringo Starr

9

Lucky Man- Emerson, Lake and Palmer

10

Bell Bottom Blues - Derek and the Dominoes

11

I'd Love To Change The World - Ten Years After

12

Lonely Days - Bee Gees

13

Me And You And A Dog Named Boo - Lobo

14

Riders On The Storm - Doors

15

Do You Know What I Mean - Lee Michaels

16

Black Magic Woman - Santana

17

Maggie May - Rod Stewart

18

Baby I'm-A Want You - Bread

19

Temptation Eyes - Grass Roots

20

Woodstock - Matthews' Southern Comfort

21

Just My Imagination - Temptations

22

We Gotta Get You A Woman - Runt

23

Roll On - New Colony Six

24

Get It On - Chase

25

Sooner or Later - Grass Roots

26

Fresh As A Daisy - Emitt Rhodes

27

Rings - Cymarron

28

Won't Get Fooled Again - Who

29

Eighteen - Alice Cooper

30

Have You Seen Her - Chi-Lites

31

Draggin' The Line - Tommy James

32

Let Your Love Go - Bread

33

I Just Want To Celebrate - Rare Earth

34

Ain't No Sunshine - Bill Withers

35

Wild World - Cat Stevens

36

Stairway To Heaven - Led Zeppelin

37

Indian Reservation - Paul Revere and the Raiders

38

Walk Away - James Gang

39

It's A Cryin' Shame - Gayle McCormick

40

Treat Her Like A Lady - Cornelius Brothers and Sister Rose

When all was said and done, 151 songs were nominated and 5286 votes were cast.  Thank you to Kent Kotal for his help in putting this all together.  I really enjoyed the songs and it was fun to go to my archives for choice cuts from the music makers of fifty years ago.

 

 

 

 

 

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Sep
15

Top Forty Fan Favorites From 1971

Those Were the Days on Wrco  FM 100.9 and Wrco.com will be teaming with forgottenhits.com for a look back at 1971.  This Saturday night between six and midnight we will go parking in 1971.  Earlier this year I asked listeners to vote on their favorites from that year and Kent Kotal, the writer of forgotten hits, asked his readers to chime in.  With over five thousand votes (there was no fraud)  we have determined the forty favorites.  I will also play many honorable mentions and guilty pleasures from the year of '71.  Kent will join me for a 50th anniversary salute to a memorable time for pop culture.  As my Those Were the Days show marks its 35th year this fall, I am reflecting on the many famous folks that have agreed to be interviewed on the program.  There will be plenty of archived interview segments played back this Saturday nightl.  A few of the artists that had hits in '71 are no longer with us.  It will be good to hear their voices again.  Some of my favorite sound bytes during the special will include:  Jerry Reed,  David Cassidy,  David Gates,  Gayle McCormick (of Smith),  B.J. Thomas,  Pete Rivera (Rare Earth),  Joey Molland (Badfinger) Burton Cummings (Guess Who),  Mark Lindsay,  and Cory Wells and Chuck Negron (Three Dog Night).

We will not be taking your requests during this Saturday nights show. Even though you can't add to the playlist, I sure hope you will tune in and check it out.  There are so many songs from 1971 that are favorites of mine including:  Get It On-Chase,  Joy To the World-Three Dog Night,  Brown Sugar-Rolling Stones,  It Don't Come Easy-Ringo Starr, What Is Life?- George Harrison,  Have You Seen Her-Chi-Lites,  Me and You and a Dog Named Boo-Lobo,  Roll On-New Colony Six,  Sooner Or Later-Grass Roots,  Wont Get Fooled Again-Who,  Walk Away-James Gang,  Love Her Madly-Doors,  Day After Day-Badfinger,  I Just Want To Celebrate-Rare Earth,  Dont Pull Your Love-Hamilton-Joe Frank-and Reynolds,  Do You Know What I Mean-Lee Michaels,  and Signs-Five Man Electrical Band.  Wrco 100.9 and Wrco.com is where the cool kids will gather Saturday night between six and midnight to hear the greatest songs ever put on vinyl.  The forgottenhits.com-Those Were the Days salute to 1971 is going to be a real bash!

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Sep
08

Going to the Fair In 1973

Saturday nights' Those Were The Days radio show will send me back to the Richland County Fair in 1973.  It was a most exciting time for a boy and one of his first times off the family farm.  This was a highlight of my early social life.  This was a chance to perhaps even meet someone from another school district.  The key was to try and look cool and not get beat up.   As Fall approached in 1973, there were so many radio hits that were running through my head that I was dizzy.  I was even more dizzy after riding the Tilt O Whirl. Some of my favorite songs from this week in 1973 include: Bad, Bad Leroy Brown-Jim Croce,  We're An American Band-Grand Funk,  Get Down-Gilbert O'Sullivan,  Saturday Nights Alright For Fighting-Elton John,  China Grove-Doobie Brothers,  Free Ride-Edgar Winter Group,  Ramblin' Man-Allman Brothers,  Jimmy Loves Mary Anne-Looking Glass,  Brother Louie-Stories,  and My Maria-B.W. Stevenson.

I hope you will join me for another Those Were The Days get together which will feature all of our favorites from the fifties through the eighties.  The best music of the vinyl years.  You can win some great prizes including tickets to the September 19th Red Skelton tribute show in Prairie du Chien.  Join the 'cool kids' club and listen to Wrco 100.9 or wrco.com on Saturday night between six and midnight.

Phil

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Sep
01

Guest Band Night Ranger

I hope you will join us for the WRCO 'retro Saturday' lineup this weekend.  Saturdays' With Simo will be back for a full show between 12:30 and 5:00 p, Backtrackin will start at 5:30 p,  followed by a full six hour rendition of Those Were The Days between 6:00 p and midnight.  I will be taking requests during this holiday weekend and I hope you will have WRCO FM 100.9 and wrco.com turned on during your relaxing time.  You can ask for any song from our fifties through the eighties archives.  The guest band Saturday night will be Night Ranger.  Keri Kelli is a member of that group and he will join me to talk about the bands new album and the iconic songs of their playlist.  They are one of my favorite bands of the 1980s.  Here is what wikipedia says about the group....The quintet is perhaps best known for the ballad "Sister Christian," which peaked at number five on the Billboard Hot 100 in June 1984, along with several other top 40 hit singles in the 1980s, including "Don't Tell Me You Love Me," "When You Close Your Eyes," "Sentimental Street," "Four in the Morning (I Can't Take Any More)," and "Goodbye." 

I still remember seeing their early MTV videos and really liking the album 'Dawn Patrol' when it first came out.  Those Were The Days will feature a few choice cuts from Night Ranger. Join Those Were the Days Saturday night for a holiday weekend salute to the greatest music ever put on vinyl.  Maybe you will be the winner of one of the six trivia challenges!

Phil

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Aug
25

Back To School in '77 Style

As I traveled on the bus toward the first day of school in 1977,  I was full of 8th grade worries.  Will I have to climb the rope in phy-ed class,  will I vomit when I have to run laps during the first day of football practice,  can I get the padlock on my locker open,  will I be able to avoid the principles office?  These were all legit worries for young Phil Nee, however, I always had songs running through my brain.  In the fall of 1977, there were great ones on the radio.   My favorites from that era include:  Whatcha Gonna Do?-Pablo Cruise,  Strawberry Letter 23-Brothers Johnson,  Dont Stop-Fleetwood Mac,  Barracuda-Heart,  Christine 16-Kiss,  So You Win Again-Hot Chocolate,  Jungle Love-Steve Miller Band,  and Rock and Roll Never Forgets-Bob Seger & Silver Bullett.  Those songs gave me a certain pep in my step as I wandered the halls of I.H.S. in my new polyester school pants.

This week on Those Were The Days, I will spin a few from the late summer of 1977.  You will be able to request any of your favorites from the fifties through the eighties during the show on FM 100.9 and wrco.com.  We will have a full show for the first time in 3 weeks.  The Green and Gold play Saturday at 1 pm and their post game show will be done by 6.  Those Were the Days will begin on time. You can hear your favorite trivia games and be prepared for a 6 hour blast on Saturday night.

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Aug
17

August of 1965

After a week off last Saturday, Those Were the Days will hit the airwaves with hits this Saturday night.  Following the Green Bay game, we will be back to take your requests for your favorite music from the fifties through the eighties.  We will stop and park in 1965 with the radio on.  There were many memorable records on the Billboard Top 100 chart this weekend in '65.  Some of my favorites include:  Help-Beatles,  Satisfaction-Rolling Stones,  Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me-Mel Carter,  I'm A Fool-Dino-Desi-Billy,  I Want Candy-Strangeloves,  I Like It Like That-Dave Clark Five,  In The Midnight Hour-Wilson Pickett,  Heart Full Of Soul-Yardbirds,  and All I Really Want To Do-Byrds.   These are songs that I never tire of.  You can request anything you please from the first four decades of rock and roll during Those Were The Days on WRCO FM 100.9 and wrco.com this Saturday night.

Remember to listen for us at the end of the Green and Gold preseason game.  They kick off at 3:25 Saturday afternoon.  We will join you when the game ends.  I will be in the studio again this Saturday night and I hope to hear from you.

Phil

 

 

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Aug
11

Green and Gold Kickoff

The preseason begins for the Green and Gold this Saturday night.  With the pregame, game, and postgame, it is an eight hour broadcast.  As a result, Those Were The Days will be taking the week off from the WRCO FM 100.9/wrco.com lineup.  NFL preseason football will also be heard on August 21st and that means Those Were The Days will start that night at 9:00 pm.  That will be the next time we take those old records off the shelf.  Thank you for your support of the show.  We have lots of great ideas for themes coming up at the end of the month and this Fall.  In September we will dedicate a night to your favorites from 1971.  Forgotten Hits.com collected your votes and we will celebrate that great year.   If you have any ideas for future programs, please leave a note on this blog or email me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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Aug
04

Memories Of The Telephone

There have been many songs with telephone themes.  Saturday night during Those Were The Days on FM 100.9 and wrco.com, I will be spinning a few of them.  The rotary dial phone was my social network when I was growing up.  We had one in the house on the desk in the family room.  There was no privacy if you wanted to try and call for a date.  Later we had one installed in the barn.  That made it easier to make private calls to girl friends!  When I got turned down,  I was only humilated in front of the cows.  Back in the party line days, you had to fight for phone time.  There was a time when we had at least 6 families on the same circuit.   Everyone could hear your conversations if they quietly picked up the receiver.   The neighbor girl had to call her friend just after getting off the bus,  my mom needed to call my uncle and get the latest family news,  the farmer down the road had to call the vet.,  two other ladies needed to talk about their favorite soap opera.  It is hard to remember those days today when everyone walks around with a phone in their pocket.  My mom and dad spent the money and got us our own line as soon as it was possible.  My wife, June, had a party line up until the mid '80's.  That is the last one that I remember.

Join me for music, trivia, requests, and fun this Saturday during Those Were the Days.  Perhaps you can remember a song that is centered around the phone such as; 867-5309 (Jenny),  Sylvia's Mother,  Operator,  Memphis,  Chantilly Lace,  Telephone Line,  Call Me,  Beechwood 4-5789, or I Just Called To Say I Love You. 

You can still call and talk to a real person on Saturday nights when we take requests.  WRCOs' Those Were The Days is a retro show, and we like it that way.

Phil

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Jul
28

T.W.T.D. With Special Guest John Hall

Saturday night during Those Were The Days on WRCO, my special guest will be John Hall.  John is a former U.S. Congressman and founding member of the group Orleans.  We will talk about the big hits on his resume including: Dance With Me,  and Still The One.  John and his then wife Johanna wrote some amazing tunes and their first song, 'Half Moon', was recorded by Janis Joplin on her 'Pearl' album.  John Hall's new album, 'Reclaiming My Time', is out now.  The title is a phrase used in Congress after being interrupted.

I will be taking your requests for fifties, sixties, seventies, and eighties music on Saturday night. You can listen for the 'magic cow bell' and take the trivia challenges.  Those Were The Days is a part of WRCOs'  Retro Saturday and airs between six and midnight on WRCO FM 100.9 and wrco.com.  Alexa users can enable the WRCO FM Alexa skill and then join us by saying..."Alexa, open one hundred point nine WRCO". You can also listen on your Six Transistor Radio if you like!

Phil

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Jul
21

Summer of 1975

This week on Those Were The Days, I will be pulling out some records from the summer of 1975.  There were many good sounding hits that came through my Panasonic portable radio that year.  When I hear these songs now, my mind takes me back to hot days in the hay field,  baling straw,  riding with my dad in the old farm truck,  my mom buying me new school pants, and black cherry double stick popsicles under the shade tree. 

Some of the hot hits this weekend in '75 included: One Of These Nights-Eagles,  Listen To What The Man Said-Paul McCartney,  Ballroom Blitz-Sweet,  Hey You-B.T.O.,  Magic-Pilot,  Feel Like Makin Love-Bad Company,  Saturday Night Special-Lynyrd Skynyrd, Tush-ZZ Top  and Why Can't We Be Friends-War. 

I will be in the studio to take your phone calls and messages Saturday night.  It is very rewarding to hear from folks from all around this part of Wisconsin and througout the nation.  We salute our on line listeners from the Milwaukee area that often check in. This Saturday night  Those Were The Days will not be going head to head with the Bucks (as we were last weekend) and they will hear us again! How about those Bucks??  Between and six and midnight we will feature the best of the fifties through the eighties, trivia, summer of '75 hits, and all sorts of vintage fun Saturday night.

Phil

 

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