Saturday, December 30, 2006

It's Disco Saturday Night all over again courtesy of Davewillieradio.

Friday, December 29, 2006

Saddam is dead! He was hung along with his half-brother and the ex-chief judge of the Revolutionary Court.

What do Saddam and a Christmas tree ornament have in common? Both look good when hung by dawn's early light.

What is the difference between Saddam and porn star Ron Jeremy? One is hung well, the other is well hung.

What song would I have played right after Saddam was hung? Either "Swingin'" by John Anderson or Mason Proffit's "Two Hangmen".

With that, have a Happy New Year!

Thursday, December 28, 2006

The golden age of rock 'n' roll radio in Chicago will return for five hours Friday when XM Satellite Radio's '60s channel pays tribute to "The Voice of Labor"...WCFL. Starting at 3 p.m. Central Time, host Terry "Motormouth" Young will play songs, jingles, stations breaks and commercials from Super CFL's heyday.

John Records Landecker will be pulling double duty today and Friday. In addition to hosting his afternoon show on WZZN-FM, he'll team with Catherine Johns to fill in for Don Wade and Roma on their WLS morning show. WLS veterans Landecker and Johns were paired together on WJMK-FM.

Monday, December 25, 2006

James Brown, the dynamic, pompadoured "Godfather of Soul," whose revolutionary rhythms, rough voice and flashing footwork influenced generations of musicians from rock to rap, died early Christmas morning. He was 73.

Brown was hospitalized with pneumonia at Emory Crawford Long Hospital in Atlanta on Sunday and died of heart failure. He initially seemed fine at the hospital and even told people that he planned to be on stage in New York on New Year's Eve.

Brown was one of the major musical influences of the past 50 years. From Mick Jagger to Michael Jackson, David Bowie to Public Enemy, Brown's rapid-footed dancing, hard-charging beats and heartfelt yet often unintelligible vocals changed the musical landscape. He was to rhythm and dance music what Bob Dylan was to lyrics.

Brown's classic singles include "Papa's Got A Brand New Bag," "(Get Up I Feel Like Being a) Sex Machine," "I Got You (I Feel Good)" and "Say It Loud - I'm Black and I'm Proud," a landmark 1968 statement of racial pride.

"The Hardest Working Man in Show Business" won a Grammy for lifetime achievement in 1992, as well as Grammys in 1965 for "Papa's Got a Brand New Bag" (best R&B recording) and for "Living In America" in 1987 (best R&B vocal performance, male.) He was one of the initial artists inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1986.

Brown is survived by at least four children, two daughters and sons Daryl and James Brown III. Friends were making flight arrangements Monday to come to Atlanta to determine how to memorialize Brown.

Please enjoy A Tribute To James Brown

Friday, December 22, 2006

Visit The 1970's now with Davewillieradio!

Thursday, December 21, 2006

We Will Rock You at Davewillieradio!

Tuesday, December 19, 2006

My latest show features an artist who shares a distinction with Norah Jones. There's a group assembled from the survivors of Lynyrd Skynyrd. Finally, a song written about the world's most famous disc jockey...can you Guess Who?

Friday, December 15, 2006

One of my favorite Christmas songs is a duet of "The Little Drummer Boy" featuring Bing Crosby & David Bowie. This recording was made in 1977 for the last of Bing's annual Christmas specials. Within a month of taping this classic, Bing died on a golf course in Spain, having just completed the 18th hole. What a way to go!

Thursday, December 14, 2006

It's finally here...Willie on WOKY! 31 years ago I appeared on WOKY with Jon "Rock 'n Roll" Anthony. It is an experience that is etched in my mind.

Listen closely to the music, the jingles, and the commercials. It's like a trip in a time machine.

Enjoy a slice of the 70's!

Len O'Kelly, a commercial producer at news/talk WGN in Chicago, has been hired as program director and morning personality at WFGR in Grand Rapids, Michigan. He previously doubled as production director and overnight host at former oldies WRLL. It's a return to the market for O'Kelly, who programmed WODJ from 1998 to 2000.

Wednesday, December 13, 2006

Willie on 'ZUU? Yeah, it's true. Want to know more? Give a listen!

Coming soon...Willie on WOKY!

Christmas 2006 came early at Davewillieradio. My latest podcast features everything from Bing Crosby to Weird Al to Foghat. That last one's for you, Homercat. Even something for the little Jewish boys, again.

Tuesday, December 05, 2006

Check out my latest podcast Iron Man

Morning guy Bob Reitman, who retires from WKTI-FM (94.5) on December 13th, says he'll be back on the radio next month. Starting January 25th, he'll do the 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday shift live on WUWM-FM (89.7), where he began his Milwaukee radio career 40 years ago.

"They even got two turntables, so I'll be able to play vinyl." Reitman notes that some of the younger WUWM employees didn't know what to make of those antique devices.

Like his old show, this one will be called "It's Alright Ma, It's Only Music." The show will repeat at 9 p.m. Saturdays, and a podcast will be available at

I remember Reitman from the old WZMF. That was a station that played quite a few obscure tunes.

I was supposed to have one airshift on 'ZMF for an independent study class during my senior year high school. Sadly, it never came to be.

However, I will soon be posting airchecks from my appearances on WOKY and WZUU. That Kelly McCoy was a hottie! Jon "Rock 'N Roll" Anthony not so much.