Saturday, July 23, 2022

PHIL NEE - July 23rd

After a week off last week (due to our monthly SWEET 16 Feature), Phil Nee is back again this week with another batch of interview from his archives ...

This time looking back to The Summer of '72 ... exactly fifty years ago ...

I have lots of great memories from the Summer of 1972.  Top 40 radio was a big part of those days.  Today I am  going back to a couple of heroes from the radio that year.  
Brandy (You're A Fine Girl) hit number one for the Looking Glass.  Singer/guitarist Elliot Lurie joined me on WRCO in 2001 and we talked about that fine song.

The Looking Glass is often mentioned as a 'one hit wonder group'.   Their next charted record came one year later in the Summer of 1973.  
Jimmy Loves Mary-Anne charted at #33 in Billboard.  Those of us that grew up
in the midwest heard that song played as much as Brandy the year before.  It was a monster hit in Madison, Wisconsin, and made it to number 2 on WLS.
Another of my Summer  of '72 radio heroes is Chi Coltrane.  
Her tune Thunder and Lightning made it to number 17 on the Billboard charts.  
She joined me on the show in 2002 on the 30th anniversary of her song  being
on the radio.   
We talked about her Wisconsin roots and her debut album. 
We have been very fortunate over the years to have had both Chi Coltrane and Elliot Lurie participate with Forgotten Hits.
I'm one of those rare birds who actually prefers "Jimmy Loves Mary-Anne" to "Brandy."  ("Brandy" may just be a bit too over-played for me at this point ... I'm sure I'd enjoy hearing it again if I simply heard it played less often, if that makes any sense.  I believe that would make it come as a more welcome surprise.)
Elliot is right about the group's name being "Alice In Wonderland twice removed" ... Paul McCartney and John Lennon in particular were huge Lewis Carroll fans growing up as kids ... you'll find lots of Carroll's imagery in both "Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds" and "I Am The Walrus."  (kk)
Elliot still sounds great and a couple of years ago we ran a clip of him performing the song a cappella during the Covid lockdown that soon got airplay on radio stations all over the country.  I'm including that video today, too.

And while Chi Coltrane may have been born in Racine, Wisconsin, she made her name playing the clubs here in Chicago ... so much so that she adopted our city as part of her name! (After running away from home, she joined the music scene here in Chi-Town and actually called her band Chicago Coltrane for awhile.)

"Thunder And Lightning" went all the way to #4 on the WCFL Chicagoland Chart ... yet another hit featured here today that did better on our local charts than it did nationally.  (kk)

You can listen to Phil's THOSE WERE THE DAYS radio program every Saturday Night from 6 pm til Midnight right here on the WRCO Website ...

Just click on the 100.9 Headphones to start streaming.

Friday, July 22, 2022

From Chuck Buell …


So today, here’s another edition of Forgotten Hits where Kent gives us Historic National Hit Music Surveys, his Concert Reviews, his Movie Reviews, Backgrounds on Artists, Song Videos, Music Books he says we all should have, Fun Facts about mid-1960s Music, Additional Related 1960s Paraphernalia, yada yada yada.


Appropriately enough, tomorrow, Saturday, July 23rd, is Officially International “Yada Yada Yada Day '' inspired by the Paley Center for Media who, in 2009, named those three words as the the Number One funniest phrase in a TV Series.


Six years later in 2015, a fan of the show, “Seinfeld,” which brought the phrase into our everyday lives, decided to declare July 23 as “International Yada Yada Yada Day.” 


In “Seinfeld,” the phrase was used to quickly wrap up a story one was telling.


It was first heard in the 153rd episode of the Seinfeld sitcom, the 19th episode of the eighth season, which aired on April 24th, 1997, to become one of the most famous phrases of the series.


However, it was already a common phrase before the episode aired having been spoken more notably by comedian Lenny Bruce among others, and may have actually originated in 1940s vaudeville or even earlier, but it was “Seinfeld” director Andy Ackerman who was struck by the fact that the phrase hadn't ever been the subject of a sitcom episode before, even though it seemed to be such a universal everyday kind of expression ... yada yada yada!


And that about sums it up as succinctly as I can!


So, in the Spirit of this Uniquely Singular and Famous Phrase defined as putting an end to a story, here’s my “CB Yada Yada Yada Minute Medley” featuring some of the voices of the Seinfeld Show along with other famous Forgotten Hits voices and their Repetitive Word Phrases!


CB ( which stands for “Come-again Boy!” )

Thursday, July 21, 2022

Thursday This And That (A Very Hastily Put Together Edition!!!)

After all these weeks of anticipation (and a wait of over 35 years!) the much ballyhooed Loggins and Messina reunion show that was supposed to take place last weekend at the Hollywood Bowl had to be postponed … due to Covid!!!

Loggins and Messina (who had a string of hits in the early ‘70’s but then split in the late ‘70’s) last performed together in Los Angeles nearly 50 years ago … and now this past weekend’s show, LONG a sell-out, had to be postponed because somebody in their touring entourage contracted Covid 19.

They promise the date will be rescheduled and those holding tickets will still have a seat for the concert event.  (I have maintained all along that if the duo were only going to do two shows … and in one venue only … they should TAPE the program for future broadcast so that the rest of us can see it, too … or just broadcast the entire event live on Pay Per View or On Demand or something!)

I’ve been fortunate enough to see both Loggins and Messina in concert before … but always SEPARATELY.  Still, it was always an enjoyable show.

EIGHT of their songs made our list of THE TOP 3333 MOST-ESSENTIAL CLASSIC ROCK SONGS OF ALL TIME, led by “Your Mama Don’t Dance,” which came in at #621.

Also placing on the list were “Angry Eyes” (#1078), “House At Pooh Corner” (#1270), “My Music” (#1916), “Thinking Of You” (#2443), “Danny’s Song” #2774), “Vahevala” (#2788) and “Watching The River Run” (#3025).

You can get YOUR copy of the complete 3333 by shooting me an email at … it’s as simple as that!

And you can relive parts of the countdown at your leisure here as well …


It was announced in our morning paper today that our state fair this year (September 15th – 25th) is going to have concerts including, among others, Foghat and Tommy James and the Shondells. Now to my knowledge and remembrance, I don't remember Tommy James ever having a concert in the OKC area.


I’m sure he has … but regardless, you owe it to yourself to go.  You will NOT be disappointed.  In fact, you’ll be AMAZED by how great Tommy still sounds.

The man LOVES to entertain … and he hasn’t lost a step vocally in all these years.

And he will crank out his hits during his show, too … all thriller with no filler as they say!  Get yourself a ticket NOW … and then report back to us after the show and let us know what you think.  You are in for a GREAT time!  (kk)

In light of all the news surrounding Carlos Santana of late, it seemed like a great time to run Harvey Kubernik’s interview with the guitar legend …

Harvey also sent us THIS piece, featuring interviews he’s done over the years with Brian Wilson and Phil Spector …

The Phil Spector and Brian Wilson Connection

By Harvey Kubernik © Copyright 2022    

Over the last few decades, Brian Wilson and his band have implemented songs made famous by Phil Spector’s productions: “Then He Kissed Me”  (“Then I Kissed Her”) and "Be My Baby" on his current 2020 concert tour. 

“The man is my hero,” Brian Wilson told me in a published interview for the now defunct Melody Maker in 1977.   

“He gave rock ‘n’ roll just what it needed at the time and obviously influenced us a lot. His productions … they’re so large and emotional … Powerful … the Christmas album is still one of my favorites. We’ve (the Beach Boys) have done a lot of Phil’s songs: ‘I Can Hear Music,’ ‘Just Once In My Life,’ ‘There’s No Other Like My Baby,’ ‘Chapel Of Love’ … I used to go to his sessions at Gold Star studio in Hollywood and watch him record. I learned a lot …

“We couldn’t produce records like ‘Be My Baby’ with that big sound. We had good engineers and good players. The Wrecking Crew. I had Phil Spector’s players.”  

Brian Wilson was a regular Gold Star visitor and customer for many years. In that room he produced The Beach Boys’ “Be True to Your School,” “Do You Wanna Dance,” “I Just Wasn't Made For These Times,” that featured the initial usage of a  Therimin on a pop recording, “Wouldn’t It Be Nice,” and the original version of “Heroes & Villains” at Gold Star. A version of “Cabin/Essence” earmarked for SMile was tracked. Brian’s father Murry Wilson did his The Many Moods of Murry Wilson on the premises.  “Deirdre” and “Slip On Through” heard on the Beach Boys’ Sunflower, were cut in the historic setting. 

“I asked engineer Larry Levine who was at Gold Star what Phil Spector did with his basses,” Brian explained in a 2007 lunch interview we had.

“Larry said Phil uses a standup and a Fender both at the same time. And the Fender guy used a pick. So, I tried it out at my session, and it worked great! You also get a thicker sound putting the two basses together. I start with drums, bass, guitar and keyboards. Then we overdub the horns and the background voices. Gold Star had a good tack piano.” 

“I’ve always been flattered that Brian continues to say nice things about me and keeps recording my songs,” acknowledged Phil Spector in a 1977 Melody Maker interview I conducted with him inside his Beverly Hills mansion. 

“Brian is a very sweet guy and a nice human being. I’m glad he’s coming out of his shell. I think he got caught in a trap with ‘Good Vibrations.’ I think he got condemned more than condoned. 

“He became a prisoner instead of a poet. He had the plaudits, the accolades, and touched the masses. I know music is a very important thing to him, besides a vocation. It became cluttered the last few years. Your attitude is in the grooves, and it’s a very personal thing. But Brian thrived on competition.  

“I remember when ‘Fun, Fun, Fun’ came out. He wasn’t interested in the money, but a top ten record. He wanted to know how the song would do against the Beatles and if (AM radio station) KFWB would play it. But I never saw Brian as a competitor,” reinforced Spector.  

Phil and I in our 1977 interview discussed "Then He Kissed Me." "That was an experimental record. John (Lennon) told me the Beatles got the idea to use a 12-string guitar (Barney Kessel played) from that record. But I thought it was too spaced out. I was against it coming out. I was gonna can it,” he admitted. 

“I’ve used Barney Kessel all the time for the last ten years. Terry Gibbs on vibes … everybody. The better the talent is around you, the better the people you have working with you, the more concerned, the better you’re gonna come off as a producer, like a teacher in a class.  

“The musicians I have never outdo me. I’m not in competition with them. I’m in complete accord with them. You need the ability, so you hire the best. I have the creativity. I know what I want. 

“I like to have all the musicians there at once,” explained Spector. “I get everything on one track that I need. I put everything on 24 tracks just to see if it’s plugged in. The finished track never ends up on more than one track. I don’t wear a ‘Back To Mono’ button for no reason at all. I believe in it.  

"When you see a Kubrick movie, you tell me how many names you immediately remember in the cast. One, two? It's the same with Fellini, and that's what I wanted to do when I directed a recording. Singers are instruments. They are tools to be worked with. Dion is a great singer. He’s a great talent. I rate him with John, Paul, Elvis, Johnny Cash and Bobby Darin.  

"I always thought I knew what the kids wanted to hear," stressed Spector. "They were frustrated, uptight," Phil continued, " I would say no different from me when I was in school. I had a rebellious attitude. I was for the underdog. I was concerned that they were as misunderstood as I was."

Dave Gold built the equipment and echo chamber at Gold Star. His partner Stan Ross and staff engineer Larry Levine collaborated in developing the heralded Wall of Sound that propelled Spector’s productions.

In 2002, I asked Stan Ross in an interview about the landmark studio.

“It was all tube microphones. We kept tubes on longer than anyone else. Because we understood that when a kick drum kicks into a tube it’s not going to distort. A tube can expand. The microphones with tubes were better than the ones without the tubes because if you don’t have a tube and you hit it heavy, suddenly it breaks up. But when you have a tube it’s warm and emotional. It gets bigger and it expands. It allows for impulse.”  

Larry Levine won a Grammy in 1965 for his work on Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass’ "A Taste of Honey.” Levine engineered albums for Eddie Cochran, The Beach Boys, Sonny and Cher, the Carpenters, Dr. John, and reunited with Spector in the late 70s working on albums by Leonard Cohen and The Ramones.

“I used to have a theory,” Levine told me in a 2002 interview, “and I don’t know if it’s right or wrong, but part of the reason we took so long in actually recording the songs was that Phil needed to tire out the musicians, or they got to the point where they were tired enough so they weren’t playing as individuals. But they would meld into the sound more that Phil had in his head. 

“Good musicians start out and play as individuals and strive to play what Phil wants. As far as the room sound and the drum sound went, because the rooms were small, with low ceilings, the drum sound, unlike other studios with isolation, your drums sounded the way you wanted them to sound. They would change accordingly to whatever leakage was involved.

“As a matter of fact,” Levine continues, “Phil once said to me the bane of his recording existence was the drum sound.  A lot of people attribute to echo to what Phil was doing. The echo enhanced the melding of ‘the wall of sound,’ but it didn’t create it. Within the room itself, all of this was happening and the echo was glue that kept it together.”

During 2010, I asked “Wrecking Crew” veteran and keyboardist/arranger and author Don Randi about working with Spector and Wilson at Gold Star.

“Well, at Gold Star it was the echo chamber. Like, when someone talks about a guy being a ‘natural baseball player.’ Gold Star was a natural studio. It just blended and worked. When you went to Gold Star you just knew you were making a hit record.   

“The recordings have durability because musically and lyrically and the composition and note part were brilliant. There were always great songs. The songs always told a story. The songs in themselves were films. And, especially in Phil’s case, he knew how to write them and how to produce them. And in Brian Wilson’s case, Brian always knew where he was going with it. He may have not known at the beginning, but after a while he had an idea and he developed it. We were there to help him develop it. 

“Look, we all like to hear how our music is being used after we cut it. ‘A Little Less Conversation’ with Elvis [Presley]. I might have made initially $160.00. Local 47 Musician Union contract. Over the years, with all the scales changing, and everything being re-done and re-mixed I’ve made close to ten grand in residuals.  

“Let me tell you why. It’s a very simple reason and most people don’t have any clue. There were a number of people. It started with Phil Spector, then Brian Wilson, and caught on with everybody else, that when you hired us, there was a union contract. So, there was a Local 47 on a contract. And if that contract is there, they can trace it back to who was on the original track. And because of that we get our residuals. Phil, Brian, Jack Nitzsche, Kim Fowley, and Billy Goldenberg on our work with Elvis made it possible, Because, if they could avoid it, they would. But these guys insisted on having these contracts.

“It’s nice at my age to get paid and hear these things again. Kim Fowley calls it ‘mailbox money.’ It’s wonderful. There’s a guy that’s been logging everything and getting everything in order for years, ‘cause it’s an unthankful job. [Rights Activist] Russ Wapensky. You might never hear his name except from me or Hal [Blaine] but Russ logged everything.”   

Here’s a good article on Alice Cooper in today’s AZ paper.

Follow the link below to view the article.

An oral history of Alice Cooper’s ‘School’s Out’ album …

Robert Campbell

From Chuck Buell …

And for all the jocks on the list …

I think you’ll be able to relate!

Once upon a time, at a Radio Station a long time ago ~~~

I once worked for a know-it-all Program Director who was pretty overbearing and annoying.

During an On-Air Staff Meeting once, he got off on one of his rants about how he was hearing so many small mistakes on the air. And in his over-dominate fashion, he said, “These things shouldn’t be happening unless you’re really stupid. That's probably it!  So, if you think you are stupid, stand up!”

I waited a moment and I stood up.

He glared at me and said, “So, Buell, you think you’re stupid?!

I said, “Not, not at all. I just hate to see you standing up all by yourself.”

After Bob Sirott aired our “Seven Local Hits by Seven Local Bands” on WGN Radio the other day, we got this from our buddy Ray Graffia, Jr., founding member of The New Colony Six …

Bob was our presenter for the IL R&R HOF induction last month and, while chatting with him before the ceremony began, he shared that his favorite song is one of ours, one that, as you well know, I both co-wrote with Gerry and sang, "Can't You See Me Cry!"  Whether what he said was actual fact or fiction, his sharing of this made the evening mean even more to me than the actual honor of induction! 

As for the 1967 chart presented on his program, too bad it was the Tony Orlando song on that chart, one of only two (I think ...) that we released but did not write ourselves (Cadillac, methinks to be have been the other ...) but you are the better one to have a recall of all the singles! 

Blessings, my dear friend,     



I must say that I'm thrilled that Clark Besch included links in The Sunday Comments (07-17-22) to archived vintage UK music newspapers. I was an avid reader of those when stationed at Navcommunit, London, in the late Sixties / early Seventies. By then, the so called British Invasion was fading in America. A lot of great UK hit records and bands from that era never charted here. Even some of the British Invasion groups that were still having hits worldwide were ignored by stateside radio stations. I've always wished that there was some way to access those unique publications again online. I realize some of your readers don't have the associated memories like mine. To me it's a treasure trove for trivia lovers.
Mike Gentry

Definitely some cool stuff there … probably years and years of catching up you could do!  Quite often I pick up copies of those British magazines today that run original articles from NME and others from back in the day … it’s a great way to gain an appreciation to what was going on musically at the time.  Plus, the stories haven’t all been blown out of portion yet because they were reporting things at the time, as they happened.  (I’m reading The Beach Boys one now … great stuff!)  kk


So this weekend on Me-TV-FM, The Eyes are going to be having it.

I kind of doubt one pair of eyes will not be represented. I'm thinking of Jerry Wallace's 1961 Challenge record EYES (DON'T GIVE MY SECRET AWAY.) 

I don't believe it charted nationally, but it was a top 10 record here in OKC … barely!

Larry Neal

Ummmmm … no, you won’t be hearing that one.  And I can’t find it charting nationally anywhere … so that was most definitely a LOCAL Hit on your OKC charts!  (kk)

Just before Me-TV-FM kicks off their Eye Tunes Weekend (it all begins during the 7:00 hour on Friday Night), here are a few Eye Tunes of our own choosing …

Some you'll hear ... and some you won't.

It's a special edition Sweet 16 … on the 21st of July!!!

My Eyes Adored You - Frankie Valli

Did You See Her Eyes - Illusion

Don’t It Make My Brown Eyes Blue - Crystal Gayle

Green-Eyed Lady - Sugarloaf

Hungry Eyes - Eric Carmen

Betcha thought Willie Nelson's "Blue Eyes Cryin' In The Rain" was gonna be next!!! (lol)  Gotcha!

I Know A Heartache When I See One - Jennifer Warnes

The Eyes Of A New York Woman - B.J. Thomas

Looking Through The Eyes Of Love - The Partridge Family

(This was a tough call - go with this one or Gene Pitney's original)

Look Away - Chicago (who we're going to see this weekend with Brian Wilson!  TOTALLY diggin' their new album, by the way!)

Sad Eyes - Robert John

The More I See You - Chris Montez

The Story In Your Eyes - The Moody Blues

When Will I See You Again - The Three Degrees

Can’t You See That She’s Mine - The Dave Clark Five

You Won’t See Me - The Beatles (That other popular British Invasion band)

The Future’s So Bright I Gotta Wear Shades - Timbuk 3

Be listening for these … and a WHOLE lot more all weekend long on Me-TV-FM! 

More ME … 

Good Morning, Kent:

We appreciate the major mention today.  Thank you!

Also, when you and I exchanged emails about our TV themes feature (which we’re calling the “Little Screen Gems Weekend”), I neglected to mention that, in addition to themes and theme songs, MeTVFM is also going to be highlighting songs by TV stars.  That means plenty of material by the likes of David Cassidy and the Partridge Family, Bobby Sherman, David Soul, John Travolta, Shaun Cassidy, Shelley Fabares, Vicki Lawrence and many others.


Oh man, now I’m REALLY excited!!!  I’ll be we could EASILY come up with a good fifty acts that enjoyed fame on both the tv screen and the pop charts!  

This whole thing airs the weekend of August 5th, 6th and 7th, capped off with a very special edition of “The History Of Rock And Roll,” spotlighting The Greatest TV Themes of All Time.”  (you can use that same Listen Live link above to tune in!)  kk

And, of course, you’d have to include The Monkees on that list …

From David Salidor:  CoastLine: Micky Dolenz, the last surviving member of The Monkees, on music and why he performs (oh - and quantum physics) | WHQR 


Chuck Buell here … and I couldn’t help but notice Kent’s recent update in Forgotten Hits pointing out that he hasn’t been mentioned, featured, spotlighted, talked about, sought out or even heard personally on radio as much as he has been, and will be, lately!  


>>>All of a sudden, we’re all over the place on the radio again!!!   It IS pretty cool to have SO many new features coming up!  (kk) 


But, as he's finding out, handling all those Appearances does have its challenges!

Nevertheless, Congratulations are in order here!

CB ( which stands for “CelebrityWatching  Boy!” ) 


Thanks ... I think (?!?!?)








Wednesday, July 20, 2022

Some Great Radio Listening Opportunities Are Coming Your Way!

Looks like we’ve got LOTS of great radio listening opportunities coming up over the next couple of months …

Kicking off the first weekend in August (August 6th and 7th), The History Of Rock And Roll pays tribute to several of the great TV Themes that have stuck with us several decades later.

Writer / Producer of the series, Gary Theroux, tells us …

Hi, Kent.

A while back you published a list of best-loved TV theme songs as chosen by the readers of Forgotten Hits.  Those tunes, of course, were a different kind of "hit" than ordinary chart singles.  While some were, in fact, released as 45s and some of those did chart, these tracks were burned into our brains by being heard on television week after week for years.  

Your list did not just disappear into the wind. It inspired me to write and compile a full two hour episode of THE HISTORY OF ROCK 'N' ROLL comprised entirely of TV themes -- complete with insightful commenary by some of the stars of the shows on your list (Alan Alda, Ed Asner, Peter Graves, Ron Howard and others.) 

The last two segments of the "Top TV Themes" HISTORY OF ROCK 'N' ROLL episode specifically cites your Forgotten Hits reader poll over and over -- and its choices as to what were indeed The Top Ten TV Themes of all time.  That episode will air the weekend of August 6-7. 


Here's the complete list of TV themes in this episode.


Hour 1, Segment 1 (12:52)

Red Skelton / I Love Lucy / The Adventures of Ozzie & Harriet / The Jack Benny Program / The Honeymooners / Leave It To Beaver / The Donna Reed Show / Dennis The Menace / The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis / My Three Sons / The Courtship of Eddie’s Father / The Dick Van Dyke Show / Petticoat Junction / Green Acres / Three’s Company 


Hour 1, Segment 2 (11:49)

Hogan’s Heroes / The Brady Bunch / The Partridge Family / All In The Family / The Jeffersons / Welcome Back, Kotter / Laverne & Shirley / Eight Is Enough / WKRP In Cincinnati / The Golden Girls 


Hour 1, Segment 3 (13:05)

Dragnet / 77 Sunset Strip / Peter Gunn / The Untouchables / Car 54, Where Are You / Get Smart / Rockford Files / Magnum PI / Hill Street Blues / Police Squad  


Hour 1, Segment 4 (7:41)

Route 66 / The Avengers / The Saint / Here Come The Brides / Love American Style / The Love Boat / The Dukes of Hazzard 


Hour 1, Segment 5 (2:18)

HRR Spotlight Profile:  Ron Howard (“Happy Days”)


Hour 2, Segment 1 (14:14)

Topper / The Adventures of Superman / Mr. Ed / Lost In Space / Star Trek / The Munsters / The Addams Family / Bewitched / I Dream of Jeannie / My Mother The Car / Batman / Wonder Woman / The Greatest American Hero


Hour 2, Segment 2 (21:13)

The Lone Ranger / Lassie / Alfred Hitchcock Presents / Perry Mason / The Twilight Zone / The Fugitive / Lou Grant / Howdy Doody / Crusader Rabbit / Rocky and his Friends / Mighty Mouse / Mickey Mouse Club/ American Bandstand / Huckleberry Hound /Yogi Bear / Quick Draw McDraw / Dudley Doo-Right / George of the Jungle / Mr. Magoo / The Flintstones / The Alvin Show / The Jetsons / Walt Disney’s Wonderful World of Color / The Archies / Scooby Doo, Where Are You? / Sesame Street


Hour 2, Segment 3 (5:42)

Gilligan’s Island / Beverly Hillbillies / M*A*S*H / Cheers / The Monkees   


Hour 2, Segment 4 (6:37)

Secret Agent / The Mary Tyler Moore Show / Mission: Impossible / Bonanza / Hawaii 5-0


You may have noticed that Hour 1, Segments 1 and 2 are all comedies ... Hour 1, Segment 3 are crime fighters ... Hour 1, Segment 4 are adventures ... Hour 1, Segment 5 is a TV version of our regular HISTORY OF ROCK 'N' ROLL Spotlight Profile feature.   

Hour 2, Segment 1 are all fantasy shows.  Hour 2 Segment, 2 starts with dramas and then shifts to series aimed at kids.  



Hour 2, Segments 3 and 4 count down the Forgotten Hits Readers' Top 10 Favorite TV Themes.  (If they don't know which were the best, who does?!?) 

Gary Theroux

"The History of Rock 'n' Roll" 


You can view the results of our two big TV Theme Song Favorites Polls (2020 and 2013) here:


(You may be surprised by the movement of some of these favorites up and down the chart in just seven short years!)


VERY Special Thanks to Gary Theroux and Wink Martindale for spotlighting our Forgotten Hits Poll on their program, which is syndicated all over the world!!!  (kk)


Me-TV-FM will piggyback this special edition of The History Of Rock And Roll over the August 5th-6th-and 7th Weekend by featuring TV Themes throughout the weekend ...


And Forgotten Hits will be spinning a few as well!


THIS Weekend Me-TV-FM will be running another one of our specialty weekends when they play EYE TUNES every hour, all weekend long ... 


Songs about eyes ... and what we do with them ...

This weekend, The Eyes have it ... on Me-TV-FM

(You can listen live to this program ... and ALL of their specialty weekends via this link: ...

And great music all day, EVERY day, on Me-TV-FM!)


And look what’s coming up on Labor Day Weekend …


We just learned about Rewound Radio’s plans to salute Chicago’s two AM Giants, WLS and WCFL, over the long, holiday weekend … something like 66 HOURS of vintage air clips will be played (and more are still being collected and edited!)  We can’t wait!  (More information as it becomes available … along with some friendly reminders along the way!)  kk


Hello Kent,

Allow me to introduce myself ... 

My name is Ted Gorden Smucker, and I am a huge fan of Top 40 Radio, with special interest in WLS and WCFL, since I grew up in northern Indiana. 

Anyway, Chuck Buell suggested I let you know about a big weekend coming up Labor Day on  We are going to be featuring over 66 hours of WLS and WCFL airchecks, as they originally ran on the air from 1960-1985.  

I have been working with a number of people for months on collecting and curating hours and hours of actual broadcasts, and restoring parts, if necessary.  The owner of Rewound Radio, Allan Sniffen, and his primary source for airchecks, John Troll, have given me tremendous direction on producing this three day event.  Some who have lent their voice talent are Tom Kent, John Landecker, Chuck Buell and Jon Wolfert from JAM Jingle Productions. 

Please let me know if you would like more info on this internet playback.


Ted Gorden Smucker


Hi Ted - 

Nice to meet you!

I absolutely want more info - and am very happy to help promote.

I’ve been singing the praises of Rewound Radio for the past twenty years now … Hands down, the best oldies network on the planet.

Please send me whatever you can on the Labor Day Weekend special and I will be sure to pass the info along.  (I know what I’LL be listening to over Labor Day Weekend!!!)  kk


Later in September (September 16th, 17th and 18th), we team up with Me-TV-FM again to present another GREAT Weekend of music … 


SO much great music, in fact, that you won’t know whether you’re coming or going!!!


Trust me ... 


You won’t want to miss this one …


We kick the whole thing off in Forgotten Hits Friday Morning, September 16th, with a special SWEET 16 Tribute … 


And then keep things moving all weekend long, with new two-fers every half hour on Me-TV-FM starting at 7 pm Friday Night … and additional posts every hour in Forgotten Hits beginning at 6 pm Friday … with both salutes running straight thru until Midnight Sunday Night!  (kk)


And then, at the end of the month, I’ll be back on Phil Nee’s THOSE WERE THE DAYS program up in Wisconsin as we both count down our Favorite Songs from 1972 … a look back fifty years at the songs that have stuck with us and still remain our favorites today, all these years later.  


(We’ve done this every years since 2017, I believe, when we each picked our 1967 favorites.  I think we skipped 1968 but have shared our favorites for 1969, 1970 and 1971 over the past few years.)



And I will tell you that this time around, between us, we only picked SEVEN of the same songs … which is a new all-time low … so that means that you’re going to be hearing a wide variety of tracks when we do this program.  (Official date still to be determined … but right now we’re thinking late-September / early October.)


Now add in our recent mention and feature on Bob Sirott’s WGN Morning Show (where we saluted the seven Chicago artists that made WLS’ Top 40 that week in 1967) and all of a sudden we’re all over the place on the radio again!!! 


(No, it’s not quite the Elvis Comeback Special … but I haven’t been doing much of this lately … so it IS pretty cool to have SO many new features coming up!)


We’ll be sending out reminders as we get closer to each date …


And hope that you will join us to share these experiences when they air.  (kk)