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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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Thursday, October 23rd, 2014 by

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October 23, 2014: The 101 number one song of the day was written in a schoolyard, the instruments used to back up the writing process were cardboard boxes and it went on to be the biggest hit of one rock’s early icons.

His career got its start when he and members of his neighborhood gang (the Fordham Baldies) recorded for songs as a Valentine’s present for his mother. His proud mom played the songs for friends and one of them knew someone who worked for a small label called Mohawk Records. Although they never got together, the experience led to interest in him elsewhere and when he and friends formed a group and named themselves after a street near their homes, it led to a string of hits. Fast forward now to 1961 – by this time today’s featured singer had ventured out on his own but hadn’t left his neighborhood in the Bronx. It was there, while banging on cardboard boxes, that today’s 101 number one song of the day was born. It arrived at the top on October 23rd, 1961 for the former Belmont – Dion “Runaround Sue”


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Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014 by

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October 22, 2014: The 101 # 1 Song of the Day bears a woman’s name and it’s been speculated that it was about a groupie or an American movie star or another rocker’s ex-wife. Or it could have been about drugs. Read On…

Close associates of the band have variously referred to a groupie who became close with some of the members of the band. Others have suggested it was about Angie Dickinson or David Bowie’s wife Angela. However, the man who wrote almost all the music and lyrics for the song, claimed in his autobiography that the name Angie was a pseudonym for heroin, and that the song was about his attempt to quit using it while detoxing in Switzerland. That was Keith Richards.
The song which was number one in America on this date in 1973 was Angie by the Rolling Stones.


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Tuesday, October 21st, 2014 by

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October 21, 2014: The 101 number one song of the day was recorded by a man who helped shape the future of rock and roll but it took him 17 long years to get to number one. And to this day many can’t believe it was this song that got him to the top.

The 101 number one song of the day was recorded by a man who helped shape the future of rock and roll but it took him 17 long years to get to number one. And to this day many can’t believe it was this song that got him to the top. He was born in either St Louis or San Jose on either the 15th or the 18th of January or October in either 1926 or 1931. He won’t confirm the date but he will confirm that it was blues master Muddy Waters that got him started in the business. A string of hits in the late 50s established his legend but by the 60s and during the British Invasion, the hits stopped coming. He continued to perform and radio continued to play his early hits but it was not until October 21, 1972 he finally got his one and ONLY number one song – and it is today’s 101 number one song of the day for – Chuck Berry – and here it is – “My Ding-A-Ling”


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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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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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