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March Of 1984 Let's Have A Record Hop

Anyone that grew up in the 90's and beyond has no idea what a record hop was.  It was an old title even when I was in school.  We still used it because we had high school dances and records were played and we hopped.  I don't believe high schools today have a quarter of the school dances that we did.  Many Friday nights after the big games students would pay a dollar to get into the gym and dance for a couple of hours.  I graduated from trying to be John Travolta to attempting to be Dick Clark.  I was the dj at many of those hops in the 80s'.  I would go to the Music Shop in Richland Center and attempt to buy the 45's that were the most popular with the kids.   In March of 1984 some of the hot records included:  I Want A New Drug-Huey Lewis,  Footloose-Kenny Loggins,  Karma Chameleon-Culture Club,  Radio Ga-Ga-Queen,  and the number one song was Jump by Van Halen.   I remember playing records at Webb High in Reedsburg and the students had a 'flying V kick' competion.  The best jump that was like VH lead singer David Lee Roth won the prize.  Those were great times and I recall playing records at Richland Center, Weston, Lancaster, Kickapoo,  Ithaca, and Riverdale on other Friday nights.  I even got in on a few proms that Spring.  After carrying 10 heavy crates of albums, a heavy amp and 2 large speakers into the school and back into the trailer at the end of the night,  I was ready to wind down with other great 1984 radio hits such as:  That's All-Genesis,  Got A Hold On Me-Christine McVie,  Back Where You Belong-38 Special, and Runner by Manfred Mann.    This Saturday night on WRCO FM 100.9, I will be jamming those hits from thirty-five years ago and all of the fifties through the eighties hits that you want to hear.  I will be in the studio to answer the rotary dial phone.  You could win a trivia prize when we play our hourly trivia games.  Those Were The Days will be on the radio Saturday night.  Let's have a party!

Phil

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