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By his own account, Mike McKay has lived a charmed life. This year, he and his wife, Nancy, celebrate their 42nd wedding anniversary. Their daughter, Erin, graduated from the University of Wisconsin where she studied zoology and now cares for the animals she loves – great apes – at the Fort Worth Zoo. Mike has been fortunate to spend his adult life doing what he always wanted to do – entertaining listeners on the radio. He was born and grew up in Brooklyn, N. Y. After graduating from college with a B. A. in English Literature from Saint Anselm College he began working, somewhat inexplicably, in the financial sector in lower Manhattan. But it wasn’t long before he began pursuing a dream born years before while listening to the Beatles on New York’s WABC radio. Soon he was offered a position in sales at an AM station in tiny Lehighton, PA. Within a month he was doing the morning show. Five years later, he landed an on air gig at the most listened to station in the nation which just happened to be that very station he tuned in while in high school – WABC 770 which was heard in more than 30 states. By the early eighties however, music on radio was making it’s inexorable transition to FM. Although that meant leaving the station he grew up with, it brought other remarkable opportunities. Mike went on to a pioneering position in satellite radio hosting Nighttime America on the RKO Radio Network which was heard on hundreds of radio stations in all fifty states. Later he was able to live and work in other parts of the country, including Salt Lake City, Indianapolis, and Detroit. In ’97, the family moved to the great southwest which led to the ultimate opportunity when an entrepreneurial listener, Ned Bennett, approached Mike with a plan to form a new radio company. And Bravo Mic Communications was born. Today, and every day, Mike looks forward to getting up early and joining his on air partner and great friend for the last 14 years, KC Counts, for “Your Morning Show with Mike and KC” which has been the most popular radio show in southern New Mexico for several years running. Email mikemckay@101gold.com

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Monday, October 20th, 2014 by

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October 20, 2014: The 101 number one song of the day was recorded by a man who had reached the top spot on Billboard’s Hot 100 twice before but was still working a studio musician backing some of the biggest names in show business.

The 101 number one song of the day was recorded by a man who had reached the top spot on Billboard’s Hot 100 twice before but was still working a studio musician backing some of the biggest names in show business. His credits were found on albums by Barbra Streisand, Sly and the Family Stone, Carole King, Ringo Starr and George Harrison. He shared label credits with those last two when they were still working with their former bandmates, John Lennon and Paul McCartney. That was for Get Back which credited him at the time with being the “5th Beatle.” Today’s featured record reached number one on this week in October, 1974 and it’s today’s 101 # 1 song of the day for Billy Preston – “Nothing from Nothing”


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Friday, October 17th, 2014 by

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October 17, 2014: The 101 number one song of the day marked a new direction for a successful Motown group which led to an even greater success for the 5 man ensemble and it all began because a member of a different group wanted to get out of his contract.

The 101 number one song of the day marked a new direction for a successful Motown group which led to an even greater success for the 5 man ensemble and it all began because a member of a different group wanted to get out of his contract. Dennis Edwards sang lead for the Firebirds who were unable to find a following. Frustrated, Edwards got word to label head Berry Gordy, Jr. that he wanted a release. A few days later he was called into the executive offices expecting to work out details of a separation. Instead he was offered a place in a group which had just lost one of their key members who had gone solo. His name was David Ruffin and the group was the Temptations. On the song that reached number one this week in October, 1969 it was decided to go in a direction that gave all five members a turn at singing lead and this is the song: “I Can’t Get Next To You.”


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Thursday, October 16th, 2014 by

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October 16, 2014: The 101 number one song of the day was recorded by a band headed by a South African jazz pianist named Michael Lubowitz. It was written by the same people who wrote Da Doo Ron Ron and it makes about as much sense.

The 101 number one song of the day was recorded by a band headed by a South African jazz pianist named Michael Lubowitz. It was written by the same people who wrote Da Doo Ron Ron and it makes about as much sense. They were the duo of Jeff Barry and Ellie Greewich. Lubowitz moved from South Africa to Britain after studying at Vienna State Academy and the Juilliard School of Music in New York. He took his formal training and started to Rock and Roll and the song you’re about to hear was number one this week in October, 1964. By this time his name and the name of the band were one and the same: Manfred Mann (Do Wah Diddy Diddy)


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Wednesday, October 15th, 2014 by

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October 15, 2014: The 101 number one song of the day is a love song. But it is a very different love song because it does not express love for another human being –rather it is for an animal.

The 101 number one song of the day is a love song. But it is a very different love song because it does not express love for another human being –rather it is for an animal. And it happens to be about an animal that very few of us would consider the least bit lovable. It’s the title song to a horror movie about an ailing youngster who somehow befriends the leader of a killer gang. Authorities are intent on wiping out the gang but the kid wants to protect the leader and he composes a song about their relationship. The movie was a hit and so, obviously, was the song that was number one during this week in October, 1972 – it was a song about a rat – named “Ben” –Michael Jackson


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Tuesday, October 14th, 2014 by

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October 14, 2014: The 101 number one song of the day was recorded in New Mexico by a group from New Mexico and it became the biggest single of that year.

The 101 number one song of the day was recorded in New Mexico by a group from New Mexico and it became the biggest single of that year. The group was from Raton and they were in need of a lead singer. Norman Petty, who owned the famed studios in Clovis, knew a singer from Amarillo and suggested they get together. They decided to give it try and went on the road trying out different songs to add to their repertoire. One song in particular got an incredible response from audiences. The reaction was so great, they played it twice each show. Soon they recorded it and released it as a single. At first, it sold well only in the southwest but eventually it broke out and it arrived at number one on October 12, 1963 and stayed on top for five weeks. It’s today’s 101 number one song of the day – from Jimmy Gilmer and the Fireballs (Sugar Shack)


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Friday, October 10th, 2014 by

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October 10, 2014: The 101 number one song of the day was inspired by a tale of an Indian tribe whose members included far more men than women and how they coped with that situation.

The 101 number one song of the day was inspired by a tale of an Indian tribe whose members included far more men than women and how they coped with that situation and it’s a pretty funny story. The one time pre med student at New York University was in Canada when a medical missionary told him that the men who did not have women would buy bottles of rose wine which would become their women for the weekend. We’re not quite sure if the wine made them forget their predicament or the bottle in which it came was some sort of substitute but in any event, the song that grew out of that story reached number one on October 10, 1970 for Neil Diamond and here’s your 101 number one song of the day. (Cracklin’ Rosie)


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Thursday, October 9th, 2014 by

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October 9, 2014: The 101 number one song of the day comes from a man who was making a comeback – a comeback so big it was even bigger than when he made it big the first time around.

The 101 number one song of the day comes from a man who was making a comeback – a comeback so big it was even bigger than when he made it big the first time around. Success came early to today’s featured artist, first as a writer then as a performer in the early sixties. But then he entered a dry period of about 11 years when nothing seemed to work for him. But then in 1975, he suddenly could do nothing wrong. He was an opening act for the Carpenters that year in Vegas. But problems arose when he began getting a better reception from both the critics and the audiences that Karen and Richard were. One night he introduced Dick Clark and Tom Jones who were in the audience to see him. The next day he was asked to leave the show. He did, but not before signing a contract with the Riviera to return as a headliner. Concurrently, he wrote three songs that went to number one. Two of them he performed himself and the one in the middle was performed by the Captain and Tonille who even mentioned his name on the record “Love Will Keep Us Together” The third song arrived at number one this week in October, 1975 with Elton John singing backup vocals for Neil Sedaka – “Bad Blood”


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Wednesday, October 8th, 2014 by

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October 8, 2014: The 101 number one song of the day was recorded by an artist who – at the time – waited longer than any other artist to get to number one after first charting which was in November 1958. It took him until this week in October 1979.

The 101 number one song of the day was recorded by an artist who – at the time – waited longer than any other artist to get to number one after first charting which was in November 1958. It took him until this week in October 1979. Remember Bobby Pedrick, Jr? Of course not but you’ll remember today’s song. He charted his first hit song when he was only 12 years old. It was called “White Bucks and Saddle Shoes.” Over the years he continued to record, with limited success but he kept trying. He did manage to get to number three in 1972 with a cover of the Tokens “Lion Sleeps Tonight.” By 1979 he was working construction jobs in New Jersey when he began working and re-working a song that he had in his head and after knocking on a lot of doors he got it recorded and then it took the long road to the top where, after 20 long weeks it finally reached the top for the now renamed Robert John. The song is “Sad Eyes.”
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Tuesday, October 7th, 2014 by

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October 7, 2014: The writer and singer of the 101 number one song of the day thought the premise was – to use his words – super-egotistical and pretentious. But when he mentioned the idea, his producer said “it sounds like a number one song” even before it was written.

The writer and singer of the 101 number one song of the day thought the premise was – to use his words – super-egotistical and pretentious. But when he mentioned the idea, his producer said “it sounds like a number one song” even before it was written. He was a former choir boy from Lubbock, Texas who had written hit songs for Bobby Goldsboro, Elvis, and Kenny Rogers before he got around to writing one for himself. Once he got rolling he landed his own TV show and wound up in featured roles in a number of movies. Here now is the song that was number one in America on October 7, 1972 for Mac Davis (Baby don’t Get Hooked on Me)


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Monday, October 6th, 2014 by

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October 6, 2014: Today’s 101 # 1 Song of the Day was picked by Michael Jackson as the cut that should be released as the first single from the album “The Game” released by a group formed in London in 1970. The band that recorded the song should have listened.

Today’s 101 # 1 Song of the Day was picked by Michael Jackson as the cut that should be released as the first single from the album “The Game” released by a group formed in London in 1970. They should have listened. As it turned out, this particular track was preceded by two others and to be fair, the first song did get to number one but the second release “Play the Game” only made it to number 42 on Billboard’s Hot 100. Today’s song was finally released as a single on August 16, 1980 and took only five weeks to reach number one where it was on October 6th for Queen. It became their biggest hit ever. It’s Another One Bites the Dust.


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