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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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Wednesday, August 6th, 2014 by

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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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Tuesday, August 5th, 2014 by

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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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Friday, August 1st, 2014 by

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August 1, 2014: The 101 # 1 Song of the day was written and recorded by a onetime ditch digger who got his famous nickname from a black and yellow t-shirt he used to wear all the time.

 

The 101 # 1 Song of the day was written and recorded by a onetime ditch digger who got his famous nickname from a black and yellow t-shirt he used to wear all the time.   His real name is Gordon Sumner and he was born in England. He teamed up with a drummer named Stewart Copeland from America who grew up in the middle east as the son of a CIA agent.   Gutarist Andy Summers made them a trio and they began their climb to the top where they arrived during the summer of 1983 with a song that stayed at number one for eight weeks and it became the number one song of the entire year and it’s today’s 101 # 1 Song of the Day. And BTW, Gordon Sumner – with the black and yellow shirt that he favored – earned him the nickname “Sting.” The Police and Every Breath You Take.


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Thursday, July 31st, 2014 by

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July 31st, 2014The 101 number one song of the day was recorded by a group whose name was inspired by a poem by William Blake. Although its success as a single was huge, the group actually tried to avoid making singles.

 

The 101 number one song of the day was recorded by a group whose name was inspired by a poem by William Blake. Although its success as a single was huge, the group actually tried to avoid making singles.  Two of the four members met on the beach in Venice, CA. One of them was in a meditation class with the other two who would comprise the quartet. Their music philosophy was summed up by one of the members who said, “We always made an album as an album; we never really tried to make singles.” Only afterwards, would they consider what might be commercial as a single. The song that was on top of the Hot 100 on July 31st, 1967 was considered too long so it was severely edited. As far as the William Blake poem…it read in part: There are things that are known and things that are unknown…in between – the Doors (Light My Fire)


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July 30th, 2014: The 101 number one song of the day was recorded by the very first artist signed by the Beatles’ Apple Records and he happened to be an American. He’d go on to have a huge career but this was his only number one hit.

 

The 101 number one song of the day was recorded by the very first artist signed by the Beatles’ Apple Records and he happened to be an American. He’d go on to have a huge career but this was his only number one hit.  The song was written by Carole King who said that “It was one of those moments when I sat down at the piano and it wrote itself from some place other than me.” She was the opening act in the spring of 1971 for the artist you’re about to here who by this time had left England and Apple records but he was still working with the man who had signed him to Apple – Peter Asher of Peter and Gordon became his producer. Carole was just beginning to ride the incredible wave of success brought on by her recording of the Tapestry Album and just two weeks before this song arrived at Number one on the 30th of July, 1971 she was on top with her double sided hit “It’s Too Late” and “I feel the Earth Move.” Now it was her friend’s turn with a song that was also on the Tapestry LP. And it would be the only number one song – for James Taylor (You’ve Got a Friend)

 


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Tuesday, July 29th, 2014 by

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July 29, 2014: The 101 number one song of the day was written and recorded by a one time lounge singer who used the name Bill Martin to prove to the world he was more than a pop crooner.

 

 

 

The 101 number one song of the day was written and recorded by a one time lounge singer who used the name Bill Martin to prove to the world he was more than a pop crooner.  Up to this time he’d had several hits but this song came from an album that was specifically designed to “throw a rock at the image people had of (him.)” Not all the critics liked the result but the public sure did and it gave the man his first number one single. On July 29, 1980 he was using his given name – Billy Joel and this is the song “It’s Still Rock and Roll To Me.”


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July 28, 2014: The 101 number one song of the day was written on a ski lift in less than 10 minutes and it brought the writer back to his college sweetheart.

 

The 101 number one song of the day was written on a ski lift in less than 10 minutes and it brought the writer back to his college sweetheart.  They were married several years before but they had grown apart and they separated. He flew to Switzerland but after six days – which according to the couple felt like three months – a tearful long distance call made them realized how important their relationship was and before he returned to the states he was inspired to write the song which was number one on July 28, 1974. It’s John Denver and “Annie’s Song”


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July 25, 2014: The 101 number one song of the day was recorded by a group whose first reaction to the lyrics was “What are they trying to do to us?”

 

 

The 101 number one song of the day was recorded by a group whose first reaction to the lyrics was “What are they trying to do to us?”  They actually were given a choice between the song you’re about to hear and John Sebastian’s “Did You Ever Have to Make Up Your Mind?” which, of course, wound up a big hit for the Lovin’ Spoonful, and despite the fact they thought the words were very corny, the decided to take a pass on Sebastian and go for goofy…although America thought otherwise and so have a number of other musicians who have covered the song over the years including Jimmi Hendrix. Here’s the song that vaulted to number one in the last week of July 1966 for the Troggs “Wild Thing”


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July 24, 2014: The 101 number one song of the day was the biggest hit recorded by a band that came to national prominence after they were signed to be regulars on Dick Clark’s daily afternoon music show. And no – it wasn’t American Bandstand.

The 101 number one song of the day was the biggest hit recorded by a band that came to national prominence after they were signed to be regulars on Dick Clark’s daily afternoon music show. And no – it wasn’t American Bandstand. The series debuted in the summer of ‘65 and the group went on to have nine top 20 hits before the decade was over. Although they were primarily known as a sixties band, their biggest hit came in the seventies. It was also their last top 20 hit. It reached the top of the charts on July 24, 1971 for the group once known as Paul Revere and the Raiders but now shortened to “The Raiders” and the song: Indian Reservation.


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