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Spirit of '76 on TWTD

During Those Were the Days on Saturday night, WRCO will be turning back the clock to 1976.  The year that the U.S. celebrated a Bicentennial.  There were red, white, and blue fire hydrants and mail boxes. Many tv and radio specials.  There was a new specially minted quarter that I should have been saving, however, I was throwing them down the jukebox slot to play favorite songs including:  Show Me the Way-Peter Frampton,  Bohemian Rhapsody-Queen,  Dream On-Aerosmith,  Let Your Love Flow-Bellamy Brothers,  Love Machine-Miracles,  Take It to the Limit-Eagles,  Lorelei-Styx,  Shout It Out Loud-Kiss,  and Love Really Hurts Without You-Billy Ocean.  I got to play those during trips to Boaz for Friday night fish frys or a stop at the Riverside bar near Sextonville for Sunday brunch.   I was very much into radio and keeping track of the hits in the spring of 1976.  My Panasonic tape recorder was my favorite toy and I made many mix tapes.  Spring hits from the past are very special to me because they take me back to the days of growing up on the farm.  The old place would come back to life.  Dad would be plowing ground to plant oats and later in the month corn.  The oats normally would get covered by snow once in April.  My new Hiawatha 3 speed bike was the envy of all the neighboring farm kids.  I bought it at Gambles in Richland Center and would ride it up and down the road while listening to glorious AM radio.  When I hear Dream Weaver by Gary Wright, I remember trying to tape it off the radio.  That would require listening closely and starting the recording after the d.j. stopped talking.  It was a great time to grow up.

Join us for the great songs from the spring of 1976 and all of your favorite classic rock and roll favorites Saturday night during Those Were the Days.  From six and to midnight we will take you back to radios' fun days.  Test your trivia skills and help us program the show Saturday night.

Philip James Nee


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