Thursday, May 31, 2007

CBS is buying Internet customized radio streamer and social networking site for $280 million. The UK-based site has over 15 million users worldwide and over 4 million in the United States. allows listeners to select favorite artists and hear streams tailored to their tastes. Users can share their playlist information with others.'s management will remain in place. The site will retain its separate identity, although it may incorporate other CBS radio programming.

Monday, May 28, 2007

In case you missed it, here are Uncle Lar & Li'l Tommy and John Records Landecker from "The Big 89 Rewind."

Saturday, May 26, 2007

Here are 9 random tunes from my library for your dining & dancing pleasure:

Big Bruce by Steve Greenburg
Calling Occupants Of Interplanetary Craft by Klaatu
Hawaii 5-O by The Ventures
Into The Night by Benny Mardones
Like A Sunday In Salem by Gene Cotton
Trapped Again by Southside Johnny & The Asbury Jukes
Troglodyte (Cave Man) by The Jimmy Castor Bunch
Underwater by The Frogmen
Unicorn by The Irish Rovers

25 years ago this past week, I was moving from Lancaster, Wisconsin to Rice Lake, Wisconsin. Going from being part of "The Sunrise Guys" with John Murphy at WGLR to flying solo in the morning at WJMC. Switching from a small AM daytimer to a 100,000 watt blowtorch that reached the Twin Cities. Little did I know these would be the only two stops in my professional announcing career (so far).

I still have my FCC Radio Telephone Third Class Operator Permit. A "Fruit Loops" boxtop has replaced that for which I studied so diligently to achieve. Also, did I really weigh only 160 back in 1978?

Radio has always been in my blood. That's why I love to podcast. It feeds the beast.

That brings me to The WLS Top 45 Countdown for Memorial Day Weekend 1982. WLS was one of my favorite stations in my younger years. I wanted to honor that memory by creating a tribute to "The Big 89."

It was the songs AND the personalities that made WLS great!

Thursday, May 24, 2007

If you happen to be in Madison, Wisconsin over the Memorial Day Weekend, you have got to experience Brat Fest. It's a four day celeBRATion of the Badger State's Finest. There is even a Brat Fest Song to commemorate the blessed event.

Unfortunately, I won't be able to make it this year. There is always next year. At $6.50 for a brat and a beer, that's a smokin' deal.

Thanks to jb for the reminder. Now, to the brat mobile!

Tuesday, May 22, 2007

Tommy Edwards has been added to list of radio legends who'll be returning to WLS for "The Big 89 Rewind" on Memorial Day.

Li'l Tommy, who hosts mornings on WILV, obtained permission from his bosses to appear on the WLS reunion broadcast from its Top 40 heyday.

From 6 to 9am (that's 4 to 7am for us left coasters) Monday, Edwards will team up on the air with Larry Lujack, who'll be broadcasting from Santa Fe, New Mexico. Best known for their "Animal Stories" partnership at WLS in the '70s and '80s, Uncle Lar and Li'l Tommy last worked together at WRLL.

Saturday, May 19, 2007

One more look at Yvonne Craig as Marta. I gotta get me some of that green stuff! :)

Friday, May 18, 2007

Happy Birthday to Yvonne Craig. She turned 70 this past Wednesday.

Yvonne was best known as Batgirl in the Batman TV series of the 1960's.

She also played Marta in a Star Trek episode, "Whom Gods Destroy."

On the big screen, Yvonne appeared in two Elvis movies. She even dated him for a short time.

I have to admit to having a crush on Yvonne, even though I was only 6 at the time she was helping the Caped Crusaders.

Holy Bat Viagra!

Tuesday, May 15, 2007

It's going to be a Memorial Day to remember when WLS turns back the clock to its Top 40 heyday and brings back some of its greatest stars.

Program Director Kipper McGee is assembling a dream team of WLS alums for what is being billed as "The Big 89 Rewind."

On May 28th from 5am to midnight, regular programming will be pre-empted for a Memorial Day spectacular starring Superjock Larry Lujack, Fred Winston, John Records Landecker, Jeff Davis, Chris Shebel and Tom Kent. All were part of the '70s and '80s rock era at WLS.

Also appearing throughout the day will be WLS news veterans Lyle Dean, Catherine Johns and Gil Gross and sportscaster Les Grobstein, among others.

Sunday, May 13, 2007

A friend of mine loaned me a CD 10 days ago and told me I had to listen to this terrific performer. The disc was promptly put into my desk drawer at work.

I didn't give it another thought until Friday night. I sampled a couple of tracks and liked what I heard. It came home with me.

Who is this artist? Amy Winehouse. You never heard of her? Neither did I. At least not until I did some research and listened to her music.

Amy, who has a strong cockney accent and vernacular, was born in 1983 in Enfield, Middlesex, England. The daughter of a taxi-driving father and pharmacist mother, she grew up in the Southgate area in north London.

The British press and tabloids seem to focus on Amy's rowdy behavior and heavy alcohol consumption. Fans and critics alike embrace her rugged charm and brash sense of humor because of her distinctively soulful and jazzy vocals.

Amy's 2003 platinum-selling breakthrough album "Frank" elicited comparisons ranging from Billie Holiday and Sarah Vaughan to Macy Gray and Lauryn Hill. The album was nominated for the 2004 Mercury Music Prize as well as two Brit Awards. Its lead single, "Stronger Than Me," won an Ivor Novello Award for Best Contemporary Song.

In 2006, Amy's management company finally suggested that she enter into rehab for alcohol abuse. Instead, she dumped the company and transcribed the ordeal into the U.K. Top Ten hit Rehab. It was the lead single for her second critically acclaimed album, "Back to Black." This time around the music delved into the sounds of '50s-'60s rock & roll, R&B, and soul.

Amy reminds me of a modern day Janis Joplin, a rock & roll/blues singer who lived fast and died young. Let's hope she lives a long, music-filled life. I would certainly like to see her in concert if and when she puts a Phoenix stop on her tour.

Yesterday, I was going through some of my cassette tapes trying to find the interviews I did with members of the Milwaukee Brewers in 1979. I found them, but discovered a couple of other snippets I thought were gone forever.

The first is a brief aircheck from Roz. He got me interested in heavy metal during my freshman year at UW-Platteville. He also dared to play a Public Service Announcement not once but three times one night. I wish I could remember what he played during the Budgie superset. (Under penalty of being sent to the bottom of The Lake, I cannot reveal the identity of one of the two announcers in the PSA. The other one was me.)

The second is a radio serial that was popular during morning drive in the early 90's in Phoenix. Rump Ranger would NEVER make it to air in today's all too politically correct climate.

The Brewers' interviews will be posted soon.

Friday, May 11, 2007

As I prepped today's show, I thought it would be great to do a completely Live show. Well, at least the music would be. All of the songs are from non-studio performances.

I intro-ed the first tune (14:17 of unadulterated bliss) and decided not to talk again. Why should I? Nothing is better than a 2 hour uninterrupted eargasm of some of my favorite artists.

Two of the more interesting gems I dug up were a BBC Live clip of "Sultans of Swing" by Dire Straits and Gary Numan's "Are 'Friends' Electric."

Remember to flick your Bic for the finale. It's a Skynyrd classic!

Thursday, May 10, 2007

Check out #3 on Billboard's Hot 100 chart in April 1979. Just when I thought I got this tune out of my head. Thanks, jb! :)

Classic Rock is my favorite kind of music. It encompasses so many different performers and styles. I never get tired of listening to Bob Seger, Rush, Styx, and Ted Nugent to name just a few.

Sometimes I want to listen to something else. This podcast is that something else. It barely begins to scratch the surface of the music I listened to on AM radio way back when. WOKY, WLS, Super CFL & KAAY was where it was at.

Take a trip to the past in the audio time machine with the Music Of My Youth.