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Mike McKay

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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Friday, August 15th, 2014 by

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August 15, 2014: The 101 number one song of the day had to clear several hurdles on its way to the top. The most significant challenge came from the head of the record company who felt a political song was not a good fit for a group known for the striped knickers and buster brown collars.

The 101 number one song of the day had to clear several hurdles on its way to the top. The most significant challenge came from the head of the record company who felt a political song was not a good fit for a group known for the striped knickers and buster brown collars.  Those outfits were meant to signify the clothing of the kids who became popular in a series of depression era movie shorts. The group’s music was light and fun loving to match their whimsical on stage appearance. But the spring of 1968 brought two assassinations (Martin Luther King and Bobby Kennedy) that affected the band members as deeply as most Americans and the song was written to reflect those feelings. But Jerry Wexler at Atlantic Records didn’t want to release the song because he felt it would be disastrous for the group and for the company’s bottom line. He was wrong. It turned out to be their biggest hit – staying on top for more than a month. It was number one on August 16th, 1968 for the Rascals (People Got to be Free)


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Thursday, August 14th, 2014 by

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August 14, 2014: The 101 number one song of the day was written and produced by a former flunky for Phil Spector – his own words to describe the job.

 

The 101 number one song of the day was written and produced by a former flunky for Phil Spector – his own words to describe the job. He, Salvatore, teamed up with a onetime back up singer, named Cherilyn, who contributed to such records as the “Da Doo Run, Run” and “Be My Baby.” They’d go on to form a powerful pair.   At first, he was supposed to stay behind the scenes, while she got behind the microphone. But she got the jitters and he jumped in to sing with her to calm her nerves. The collaboration worked well and they began developing as a duo. When it came to today’s featured song, the head of the record label liked the flip side “it’s gonna rain.” Salvatore flipped out and got a DJ in LA to play the A side every hour until he convinced the boss that it was the hit. And on August 14, 1965 it became the number one song in America – for the pair now known as Sonny and Cher. And here it is: “I Got You Babe”


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August 13, 2014: The 101 # 1 song of the Day comes from a band that got its start with a guy and his saxophone – trouble was, the guy didn’t actually know how to play the saxophone.

 

The 101 # 1 song of the Day comes from a band that got its start with a guy and his saxophone – trouble was, the guy didn’t actually know how to play the saxophone.  Thomas McClary was a freshman at Tuskegee Institute in Alabama when he decided that a good way to meet girls was to form a band. That’s when he ran into the guy with the saxophone who never really learned how to play it. But he was game and they formed a band called the Mystics. Later they were approached by another group – the Jays who suggested they merge. When deciding to pick a new name they threw a dictionary up in the air and let it fall open. They agreed to use the word randomly pointed to as their new name and that’s how they almost became the Commodes. But by August 13, 1978 they were riding high with a number one hit – it’s the Commodores with “Three Times A Lady”

BTW – Lionel Richie was the guy with the saxophone.


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Tuesday, August 12th, 2014 by

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August 12, 2014: The 101 number one song of the day was recorded by a group that had the Beatles and Cass Elliott of the Mamas and Papas to thank for getting them together.

 

 

The 101 number one song of the day was recorded by a group that had the Beatles and Cass Elliott of the Mamas and Papas to thank for getting them together.  Two of the founding members were watching TV with Mama Cass when the Beatles made their first appearance on the Ed Sullivan show. They were blown away and spent hours afterwards playing music together. Right then and there, their eventual leader decided to follow in the footsteps of the Fab Four and put together his own four man band. But follow up on that plan was somewhat sporadic and it might never have happened were it not for Cass who when she ran in to one always mentioned that the other was interested in playing with him again. When she ran into the other she’d relay essentially the same message. Finally they got serious and did form the band which went on to record several hits including today’s 101 number one song of the day which was on top of the charts on August 12, 1966. The two founding members were Zal Yanovsky and John Sebastian who formed the Lovin’ Spoonful and the song: Summer in the City


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August 11, 2014: The 101 number one song of the day was written for a movie which – at that time – would go on to be the highest grossing comedy ever. And the video produced for it would loaded with cameos by big stars.

 

 

 

 

The 101 number one song of the day was written for a movie which – at that time – would go on to be the highest grossing comedy ever. And the video produced for it would be loaded with cameos by big stars.  Carly Simon appeared in it along with Danny DeVito, Chevy Chase, Melissa Gilbert, Peter Falk and John Candy. The video also included Bill Murray and Dan Akroyd playing the characters they portrayed in the movie which was Ghostbusters – The song was written and performed by Ray Parker, Jr. – the # 1 song on this day in 1984


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Friday, August 8th, 2014 by

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August 8, 2014: The 101 # 1 Song of the Day is credited as resurrecting the career of a band that had been written off by the rock press as “lumbering dinosaurs.”  You might be surprised to whom they were referring.

 

The 101 # 1 Song of the Day is credited as resurrecting the career of a band that had been written off by the rock press as “lumbering dinosaurs.”   The year was 1978 and by this time the band had been “rocking and rolling” so to speak – since the early 60s and some critics speculated that they were reaching the end of their shelf life. But they would prove the critics wrong then and for many years to come. On August 8th of that year they’d score their 8th number one song in America with “Miss You” – it’s the Rolling Stones.


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August 7, 2014: The 101 number one song of the day was the first number one hit for a group that much of America thought they were listening to the Beatles in disguise when they were first heard in this country. Even the name supported the confusion.

 

 

The 101 number one song of the day was the first number one hit for a group that much of America thought they were listening to the Beatles in disguise when they were first heard in this country. Even the name supported the confusion.    Like the Fab Four, they were born in England. And also like the Lads from Liverpool, internal differences broke them up. But unlike the Beatles, they got back together and went on to their greatest success despite a great deal of infighting which continued throughout much of their career. What kept them together? One explained it this way – If we hadn’t been related, we would probably never have gotten back together – They were brothers and their first of nine number one songs reached the top of Billboard’s top 100 reached the pinnacle on August 7, 1971 – And the name – people thought the initials they used for their name stood for a pseudonym “Beatles Group” – The BeeGees and the song: “How Can You Mend a Broken Heart”


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August 6, 2014The 101 number one song of the day was recorded by a superstar who had 5 previous number ones in America but no chart topper in his own country. For that to happen he needed to bring in some outside help.

 

The 101 number one song of the day was recorded by a superstar who had 5 previous number ones in America but no chart topper in his own country. For that to happen he needed to bring in some outside help.   That help came in the name of Pauline Matthews from Yorkshire England who was originally signed by Motown Records but after a few failed attempts at the charts she realized her destiny did not lie in Detroit, MI so she returned to Great Britain to resume her recording career closer to home. The superstar she teamed up with was getting fed up with fame (if not necessarily fortune) and was ready to retire from the music business to devote full time to soccer as president of the Watford Football Club. But his retirement was shortlived and a collaboration of the two signers was devised and the result was the superstar’s first number one in England – and during this week in August, 1976 it was number one in America also – Pauline Matthews had by this time changed her name to Kiki Dee and her collaborator was Elton John – Don’t Go Breakin’ My Heart.


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August 5, 2014: The 101 # 1 song of the day was recorded by one Richard Lewis Springthorpe whose first and only number one song ruled the charts at the very start of the 80s most important musical revolution.

 

The 101 # 1 song of the day was recorded by one Richard Lewis Springthorpe whose first and only number one song ruled the charts at the very start of the 80s most important musical revolution. It was America’s number one song the very day when MTV made its debut. Coincidently, his face was already familiar to millions of Americans because of his role as Dr. Noah Drake on the very popular soap opera, “General Hospital.” But he was a musician first in his native Australia where he belonged to a number of bands before moving to the states. He only took some acting lessons to expand his potential for employment when he got here. And on August 5, 1982 he was riding high on TV, on MTV and on the radio with the number one in the USA. By this time Richard Lewis Springthorpe had modified his name to Rick Springfield – his song “Jessie’s Girl.”


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August 4, 2014: The 101 number one song of the day was the title cut to an album that started a feud between one of the band members and the daughter of a U.S. president.

 

The 101 number one song of the day was the title cut to an album that started a feud between one of the band members and the daughter of a U.S. president.   She, at one time, was living with another member of the band, Bernie Leadon, and in an interview with the Las Vegas Sun newspaper about a song they had written together which was included on the album.   She was quoted as saying, “I was very lucky, I made quite a bit of money and still get royalties.” That statement infuriated Don Henley, who shot off a letter to the paper declaring that Bernie was responsible for most of the song and her contribution was limited to a few words. Besides, he said, the song – I Wish You Peace – was “smarmy cocktail music and certainly not something the band was proud of.” He was referring to President Reagan’s daughter, Patti Davis. The album’s title cut was at number one on August 4, 1975 for the Eagles “One of these Nights”


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