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May
07

May Flower Songs On WRCO Saturday Night

This Saturday night I will plant a few flower songs during our six hour Those Were The Days radio program.  Our month of May golden goodies will include: Build Me Up Buttercup,  Sunflower,  Sweet Pea, Tiptoe Through The Tulips, and Dandelion!  Saturday will be a great day to get a few things done and I hope you are not so tired that you can't listen for a little while Saturday night!  Those Were The Days on WRCO FM 100.9 will drag out the best of the 50s' through the 80s'.  Request a song and play trivia with us this weekend!  If you have an idea for a flower song or a group or artist with a flower name, (The Poppy Family, Axl Rose) drop me a line.

 

Phil-TWTD Host

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Apr
30

A Talk With Gunhill Road And Hairy Songs

The trio known as Gunhill Road had a record called 'Back When My Hair Was Short' back in 1973. Recently I tracked down Glen Leopold and Steve Goldrich (members of Gunhill Road) and we talked about the song that has been a favorite of Southwest Wisconsin since it came out. They are also back together recording an album after nearly 40 years since their last release. We will also play some other 'Hair' songs from the 50s through the 80s. I will be back in the studio to take your requests this Saturday night. I hope you enjoyed the I.R.S. countdown and the hilites from '74 and '84 on last weeks show. I found a few more junk shop gems last weekend when I was on tour with my wife (the lovely June Nee). You may hear more scratchy memories this Saturday night between 6 and Midnight on WRCO FM 100.9! Thanks. Phil
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Apr
23

The Annual 'It Really Should Have Been' Countdown!

WRCOs' Those Were The Days will again team with Rich Appel for the I.R.S. (It Really Should Have Been A Top Ten) countdown.  For the past seven years, Rich has conducted an online poll to see which songs did not reach true potential.  On Saturday night I will play the top 30 vote getters.  There are several songs that are back from previous years.  Tunes like God Only Knows by the Beach Boys,  Solitary Man from Neil Diamond,and Things I'd Like To Say by the New Colony Six are highly regarded by the Worldwide audience.  New members of the countdown this year include: What I Like About You-The Romantics,  Back When My Hair Was Short-Gunhill Road, and

Drivers Seat-Sniff 'n The Tears.  I hope that you will join me for the coundown which can be heard between 6 and 9 Saturday night.  Following that, I will drive my Ford Maverick back to 1984 and even further back to 1974.  We can listen to some songs on my under dash cassette player with FM converter!  I will not be taking your requests this week.  Stock those up for next weeks Those Were The Days.

 

Phil Nee-TWTD Host

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Apr
16

Bird Name Bands Featuring Dave Wagner Of Crow

This Saturday night we will have some fun remembering rock and roll groups named after birds.  Dave Wagner of the Minnesota group Crow will be the spotlight artist.  You may also hear songs from the Byrds,  Flamingos,  Yardbirds,  Eagles,  Flock Of Seagulls, and the Robins.  I hope to hear from you this holiday weekend.  Challenge me to find one of your favorite songs from the 50's through the 80's on WRCO FM 100.9 Saturday night.  You may hear something you forgot that you liked.  You may find a new favorite.  Saturday April 19th is National Record Store Day.  I will again be on a quest to find hidden gems and my hope is that I can play some rare vinyl for you during an action packed Those Were The Days radio program.

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Apr
10

Rock Around The Clock History Saturday Night

On April 12th, 1954, Bill Haley And His Comets recorded "Rock Around The Clock" for Decca Records.  It is considered the first rock and roll song to top the charts.  This week on WRCOs' Those Were The Days we will remember that great history making tune. From our golden vault of interviews, hear from James Myers who was one of the writers of the song, and Marshall Lytle who was a member of Bill Haley's Comets.  We will say happy birthday to David Cassidy and John Kay of Steppenwolf.  Get ready to win some cool stuff when we play trivia.  Your classic rock and roll requests are only a phone call away Saturday night.  I hope to hear from you.  Our ratings should be better this week because we will not be going head to head with the Badger men's basketball team! 

 

Phil-WRCO TWTD

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Apr
02

Spring 1976 Radio Hits

What was I doing in the Spring of 1976?  I was listening to the radio as I did the chores, rode my Huffy bike with the banana seat and the sissy bar,  popped zits, and watched Happy Days and Laverne And Shirley.  Sal Bando and Hank Aaron were playing for the Milwaukee Brewers. I was playing my trumpet in band for our director Mr. Olie.  Dad was planting oats and I was feeling my oats.   The music was 'neat'!   This weekend on WRCOs' Those Were The Days you can go on a date with me to 1976.  We will spin some 45's on my Close and Play.  Songs like Right Back Where We Started From by Maxine Nightingale,  Bohemian Rhapsody from Queen,  Love Machine by the Miracles, and David Bowie's Golden Years.  I will be playing from '76 and your rock and roll requests this Saturday night from 6 pm to Midnight.  We will be playing trivia and giving you the chance to win.  Listen to us and watch the Badgers in the Final 4 at the same time.  Those Were The Days can relieve your stress while you watch another intense battle!

 

Phil-WRCO

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Mar
26

The Spring Of 1969!

Hey kids!  This is Phil Nee and I hope you will check in with me during this Saturday nights edition of Those Were The Days.  We will be spinning the best of the 50's through the 80's pop radio memories.  We do play a few album cuts, blues records, and  novelites.  You will get a chance to program the show again on Saturday night.  Listen for the 'Magic Cow Bell' for a chance to win a great prize.  This weekend I will look at some of the biggest hits from this weekend in 1969.  Tommy Roe's Dizzy was enjoying another weekend at number one.  The Foundations were singing Build Me Up Buttercup,  and the Zombies were enjoying their last big record (Time Of The Season).  We will give you insight Saturday night on one of the Springs one-hit-wonders Hot Smoke And Sassafrass by Bubble Puppy!  The Spring of '69 saw our friends from the New Colony Six enjoy National attention with Things I'd Like To Say.  I know that we will have a good time this Saturday night.  Thanks for listening all of these years.

 

Phil

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Mar
20

Spring Fever Rock And Roll!

This week we will feature some of the all time great rock and roll songs about Spring and songs that were famous in the Spring.  This should bring back lots of memories about green grass, baseball, young love, and radio hits.  One of the favorite local requests is Vilas Craig & The Vi-Counts song called 'Spring Fever'.  They were initially known as the Kollege Kings.  The group traveled from Richland Center to Kay Bank studios in Minneapolis to record Spring Fever.  The year was 1959 and the 45 they recorded has been a collectable over the years.  It will be great to play it for you again on this Saturday nights edition of Those Were The Days on WRCO FM 100.9.  Play trivia and request a song during our six hour salute to the 50's through the 80's pop radio memories.  I hope to hear from you this weekend.

Phil-WRCO

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Mar
12

From The Back Of The 45 Case

This Saturday night on Those Were The Days I will be in the studio for the live six hour request show.  The last couple of weeks we shared time with local sports.  I had better get rested because I know many have been saving requests!  On the program this weekend I will give you the story behind the song when we bring back some long lost 45's.  Special coments from Bo Donaldson and Austin Roberts will be featured.  They wont be talking about their biggest hits but a couple of songs that are finely crafted forgotten pop hits.  We will be giving you more cowbell this weekend and playing trivia during Those Were The Days on WRCO FM 100.9 from 6 p until Midnight.  The Solid Gold Dancers will be jumping and jiving.  Hopefully Ray Schroeder still has his zip (53581) !

 

Phil Nee (TWTD Host)

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Mar
06

The Best Of 1970

This weekend you will be transported back to 1970.  We have some awesome tunes lined up for you on this Saturday nights Those Were The Days. The best of the 50's through the 80's pop radio memories.  Thanks for the great requests last weekend during and after state wrestling finals.  We had a great time playing some welcome home tunes for Riverale, and Weston/Ithaca. 

There will be a few more high school events this weekend.  Join us before and after on WRCO FM 100.9 for fun radio and the best of 1970!

 

Phil

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Feb
19

February Chart Hits And Beatle Memories

This Saturday night on Those Were The Days I will be digging out some of the big chart hits from the month of February.  The fifties through the eighties rock and roll era had a lot of great hits that helped us get over 'cabin fever'.  That is a tough chore this year during one of the longest and strongest Winters ever!  We will continue with more Beatle memories.  By popular demand, we will replay highlights from the interview with Beatle sister Louise Harrison.  It is great to hear about the madness fifty years ago from a siblings point of view.  Tune in WRCO FM 100.9 this Saturday night for a trip into the golden days of pop music on the radio.  I will be taking your requests when I arrive back from Necedah on WRCOs' pedal helicopter.

Phil-WRCO

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Feb
12

Little River Band With Phil

This Saturday night on Those Were The Days we will feature segments from a recent interview with Wayne Nelson.  He is the lead singer of The Little River Band.  LRB was on the radio non stop from 1976 through 1985.  The groups big songs included:  Happy Anniversary, Reminiscing, Lady, Lonesome Loser, Cool Change, The Night Owls, Take It Easy On Me, and The Other Guy.  We will feature coments and Little River Band music along with your rock and roll requests on Saturday night between 6 pm and Midnight.  Give me a call and we will chat Saturday night.  You may even be one of a select few to win a trivia prize!  Lets hook up Saturday night for another Those Were The Days rock and roll radio show.

 

Philip

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Feb
05

Beatles On Sullivan Fifty Years Ago!

We have talked about Beatle events from fifty years ago for the last two weeks on Those Were The Days.  This Saturday night we will share a few more moments.  Listeners have been sharing their memories about that black and white night 50th years ago Sunday.  The tv event inspired many young musicians to form a band.  This Sunday night on CBS you can watch a tribute from the Ed Sullivan Theatre which features many new artisits paying tribute as they preform Beatle songs.  Ringo and Paul will even play a few including:  Matchbox,  Boys,  Yellow Submarine, Magical Mystery Tour,  Birthday, Get Back, I Saw Her Standing There,  Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band,  and With A Little Help From My Friends!  This will be better than the Super Bowl for me.  On WRCO FM 100.9 Saturday night (between 6 p and Midnight) you can hear a few Beatles classics and later in the night (when I get back from wrestling broadcasts) we will be taking your rock n' roll requests from the 50's through the 80's.  Get set for trivia questions that are guaranteed to start a few conversations.

Phil-TWTD Host

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Jan
29

Billboard Top Hits 02/01/1964

Saturday night during Those Were The Days on WRCO FM 100.9 we will transport you back fifty years to February first of 1964.  It was a chart that was dominated by American artists with one big exception.  The Rip Chords were at number five with the car classic Hey Little Cobra. The Trashmen from Minnesota were at number four with Surfin' Bird. The instrumental classic Out Of Limits by the Marketts held down the third spot.  Talented teenager Leslie Gore had the second most popular record with You Don't Own Me.  This weekend fifty years ago the Beatles were enjoying the groups first American number one with I Want To Hold Your Hand.  In the coming weeks with three straight appearances on the Ed Sullivan Show the group would dominate the American record surveys.  Many of the British groups would follow with TV appearances and huge hits.  Enjoy some of the great tunes from 1964 this weekend.  We will also be taking your rock and roll requests from the 50's through the 80's.  Maybe you will win a prize when we ring the 'Magic Cowbell' this Saturday night on WRCO FM 100.9.

 

Phil

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Jan
22

This Weekend In 1972 On TWTD

On WRCO FM 100.9 Saturday night, you will be transported back to 1972.  This weeks Hot 100 Chart was a melting pot for many styles and tastes.  Artists such as Carly Simon,  Three Dog Night,  Badfinger, Melanie,  Faces w/ Rod Stewart,  The Partridge Family, and Led Zepplin were having hits.  At the same time on TV,  NBC was trying to be more competitive in the sitcom race.  A new show featuring nightclub comedian Redd Foxx was debuting.  It was called Sanford And Son.  The first nighttime Super Bowl was being played on CBS.  The Miami Dolphins played the Dallas Cowboys at Tulane Stadium in New Orleans for the 1972 pro football championship.  Join us for Those Were The Days on Saturday night from 6 p- Midnight.  We will be taking your requests and playing trivia during the 6 hour radio romp.  I can't wait for it to be Saturday night!

 

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Jan
15

Old Songs In Advertising Saturday Night

There have been many memorable songs over the years that have been used in commercials.  This introduces old songs to a new audience.  On a rare recent night at home I heard CCR, The Yardbirds,  The Rolling Stones, and The George Baker Selection (Little Green Bag) in the background of TV commercials.  I hadn't heard a Robert Parker song called Barefootin' for a long time before I heard it in a advertisement for deck stain. Bonnie Tyler's Total Eclipse Of The Heart has been reworked to sell Fiber One bars.  We will play for you a few of those newly brought back songs on this Saturday nights Those Were The Days.  Tune in WRCO FM 100.9 and request a song from the 50's through the 80's,  or play trivia and win something cool from the ' grab bag of goodies' .  I hope you will dial up Those Were The Days this Saturday night from 6 until Midnight.

 

Phil

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Jan
08

The Beatles On The BBC And WRCO Saturday Night

During the year of 2014 we will pay tribute to the Beatles a few times.  This year marks the 50th anniversary of the Beatles arrival in America.  February 9th of this year will be the anniversary of their first appearance on the Ed Sullivan Show!  This weekend on Those Were The Days I am looking forward to featuring a few tracks from the brand new release, The Beatles 'On Air-Live At The BBC Volume 2'.  Volume 1 has been out for several years and we have previously played tracks from that set.  Volume 2 was a Christmas present that I bought myself (don't tell June)!  It shows how talented these guys were.  Most tracks were live radio segments that were heard on the BBC in 1963 and 1964.  Some of the songs were not released on any Beatles album until now.

Join us for the great rock and roll of the 50's through the 80's on WRCOs' Those Were The Days this Saturday night on WRCO FM 100.9.  I will be taking your requests and asking more tough trivia questions.  Our first show of 2014 was a blast.  I was amazed how many times I had to go on a cd treasure hunt to find some rare rock last Saturday night.  Thanks for the Everly Brothers requests.  It was a nice tribute to the late Phil Everly.

 

Phil-Those Were The Days

 

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Dec
31

New Years Resolution Songs

Hey Rock n' Rollers!  We will celebrate our first show in 2014 by playing a few songs of inspiration.  Songs to give you inspiration which will help choose and keep a resolution.  So Put A Little Love In Your Heart,  Keep Pushin', Celebrate,  and Fly Like An Eagle in 2014.  I will be in the studio Saturday night and I hope to hear from you with a request.  Those Were The Days will again be chocked full of tunes from the 50's through the 80's on WRCO FM 100.9.  I will save a few questions from this years WRCO Triviathon for Saturday night.  Please join us this weekend for another live radio request show.  Happy New Year!

 

Phil-TWTD Host

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Dec
24

1973 Year End Countown

This Saturday night you can hear the greatest hits from one of the best years in popular music history.  Those Were The Days on WRCO FM 100.9 will turn back the clock to the year end countdown of 1973.  The best Top 40 and Rock And Roll hits will come back to life.  There are many that we don't get a chance to play.  The year is sometimes mentioned as the last great year for rock and roll music.  You can be the judge with us Saturday night!  I will be happy to play for you the Top 73 of 1973 between 6 p and Midnight.

According to Billboard the Top Artists of 1973 were:

10.  Four Tops  9.  Helen Reddy  8.  Stevie Wonder  7. Marvin Gaye  6.  Carpenters  5. Paul McCartney & Wings  4.  Tony Orlando & Dawn  3.  Gladys Knight & The Pips  2.  Jim Croce  1.  Elton John.

Many of these artists will appear on the countdown show this Saturday night.  Hear some chart extras,  should have been biggers, and comedy spotlights this weekend.

 

Phil-WRCO

 

 

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Dec
19

TWTD Christmas Party!

We will be playing some of the great rock and roll era Christmas season songs on Those Were The Days this Saturday night.  I will be in the studio along with the Solid Gold Dancers to entertain you.  We will be taking your requests for all of the hits we normally play (not just Christmas tunes).  We will pay tribute to Rolling Stone Keith Richards who turned 70 this week, and Richland Centers' own Vilas Craig who has a birthday Saturday.  I hope you tune in 100.9 WRCO FM Saturday night for Those Were The Days.

 

Phil

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