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Mike McKay

By his own account, Mike McKay has lived a charmed life. This year, he and his wife, Nancy, will celebrate their 40th 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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101 # 1 Song of the Day – 4-23-14

Wednesday, April 23rd, 2014 by

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The 101 number one song of the day was recorded by the first person to take a Lennon/McCartney song into Billboard Magazine’s Hot 100. Remember Charles Westover? Probably not but you’ll remember who he became.

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He was appearing at London’s Royal Albert Hall with the Beatles in 1963 and “From Me toYou” was number one in Britain. Just before John Lennon went on stage, he called out to him that he was going to record the song for an American audience, at first John said “fine” but then had second thoughts and yelled back, “Don’t do that.” Too late…his mind was made up but other than being a footnote to Beatle history it would have very little impact. What did have impact were several other songs that Westover had recorded including the song that reached number one in the U.S. this week in April, 1961 for the man who by this time was known at Del Shannon – Runaway


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101 # 1 Song of the Day – 4-22-14

Tuesday, April 22nd, 2014 by

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The 101 Number One Song of the Day made a spectacular debut on the Hot 100 at #6 – the highest entry of all time and rarely was there a song which more fittingly spoke to the recording group’s fans.

 

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News of their break-up made headlines right be their song reached the top. One of the group’s members already had his own single on the chart. One could look back on their evolution from a local club band to the most famous musicians in the world. They were four individuals who had matured personally and professionally to a point where the dissolution of the group was inevitable. It was time for each of them to control his own destiny and to make his own music. No matter how much the rest of the world wanted them to remain together, it was time to – “Let It Be” – the number one song on April 23rd, 1970 and today’s 101 number one song of the day – The Beatles.

 

 

 

 


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101 # 1 Song of the Day – 4-21-14

Monday, April 21st, 2014 by

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When the composer of the music for the movie “American Gigolo” was turned down by Stevie Nicks to sing vocals on the soundtrack, he turned to another blond who not only sang for him but she wrote the song which be number one on this day in 1980.

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The 101 Number One Song of the Day comes from the soundtrack of the movie American Gigolo whose composer was turned down by Stevie Nicks to record vocals for the album. So he turned to another blond who not only sang for him, she wrote the words to what would become number one this day. (You’ll hear it next.) She listened to music and then went home and within a couple of hours she completed the lyrics and worked out the harmonies and on April 19th, 1980 it arrived at number one in the U. S. The blonde’s name – Debbie Harry of Blondie and this is the song: Call Me.


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101 # 1 Song of the Day – 4-18-14

Friday, April 18th, 2014 by

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101 Number One Song of the Day was recorded by a group about to disband. They were going to give it one more try in the studio and then go their separate ways. What happened next turned their careers around and left America with a symbol that is as popular today than it was then.

The song was inspired by a true story about a man returning home from prison. When the demo was played for the group, two of the three singers thought it had hit written all over it but the third thought it was pretty corny. However, he couldn’t get the song out of his head and pretty soon, his opinion changed. They recorded the song and instead of disbanding they ended up getting a network TV show. Plus America got a lasting symbol of homecoming. The 101 number song of the day for April 18 – the year is 1973 and Dawn is the group. (Tie a Yellow Ribbon Around)


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101 # 1 Song of the Day – 4-17-14

Thursday, April 17th, 2014 by

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 The 101 number one song of the day, originally entitled “The Happy Song” was written by a man whose mother also wrote a number one tune.  That never
happened before – or since. 

 

Hoyt Axton set out to write a song for a children’s animated TV special which never got produced.  Later he presented the song to a group he was touring with at the time as an opening act.  They had mixed reactions.  Some liked it, others didn’t,  but they decided to record it anyway.  Then it was Axton’s turn for mixed reactions…he didn’t particularly care for the results and was sure that it would not be a hit.  As it turned out, it became the biggest hit for the entire year.  Exactly 15 years earlier, his mother Mae’s song “Heartbreak Hotel” became Elvis’ first number one.  Now it was the son’s turn and on April 17, 1971 it arrived at the top of Billboard’s Top 100 for Three Dog Night “Joy to the World.”


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101 # 1 Song of the Day – 4-16-14

Wednesday, April 16th, 2014 by

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The 101 number one song of the day was recorded by a woman who got her first job not so much because of her talent, but because she looked like someone else. 

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101 # 1 song of the day – 4-15-14

Tuesday, April 15th, 2014 by

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The 101 number one song of the day wasn’t actually one song at all – it was more like two halves of two different songs and there was an internal struggle to bring those both halves together.  To find out how it all happened, read on.

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101 # 1 Song of the Day – 4-14-14

Monday, April 14th, 2014 by

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Almost everyone from that generation will remember the epic battle of the sexes that was successfully waged for womankind by Billie Jean King.  She was not only an inspiration to many of her gender, she was also an inspiration for a number one song.

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101 # 1 Song of the Day – 4-11-14

Friday, April 11th, 2014 by

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The La Vina Wine Fest is coming soon – make plans to attend the weekend of April 26 and 27.  Listen for the 101 # 1 Song of the Day Replay to win a pair of tickets for free!

 

The 101 number one song of the day would become the first of many number one hits in England for its singer.  In fact, he would total up 17 charttoppers in that country despite NEVER touring there.  And who is Andreas Conelis van Kuijk and why is he important to this story?

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101 # 1 Song of the Day – 4-10-14

Thursday, April 10th, 2014 by

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The La Vina Wine Fest is coming up on the weekend of April 26/27.  Want to get in for free?  Win your tickets today from 101 Gold with the 101 # 1 Song of the Day!

 

101 Number One Song of the Day almost never got written at all because the writers thought it was just a copy of something they already did. 

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