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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, October 3rd, 2014 by

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October 3, 2014: The 101 number one song of the day was recorded by a one time “Rock Star of the Year” as named by Rolling Stone Magazine which firmly established him as a new face on the scene. Actually, he was an old “face.”

The 101 number one song of the day was recorded by a one time “Rock Star of the Year” as named by Rolling Stone Magazine which firmly established him as a new face on the scene. Actually, he was an old “face.” At first his dad expected him to be a “footballer” – a pro soccer player but when his career didn’t advance beyond cleaning out lockers and polishing the players’ cleats, he returned to his first love – music. He and guitarist Ron Wood, who would later join the Rolling Stones were pals and they became members of the London band “Faces” but he was always interested in a solo career and three years earlier, he recorded Sam Cooke’s “You Send Me.” In fact, he has said that Sam Cooke was the biggest influence in his life. By 1971, he fulfilled his dream by going out on his own and later that year recorded a two sided hit with the intended “B” side becoming the more popular of the two sides. The “A” side was called “Reason to Believe” and today’s 101 number one song of the day which was at the top of the charts on October 3, 1971 is this: Maggie Mae by Rod Stewart


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Thursday, October 2nd, 2014 by

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October 2, 2014: Today’s 101 # 1 Song of the Day was written and recorded by a self described short, fat loud mouthed rebel who often got into fights growing up in Indiana. But what really made him mad was his name.

Today’s 101 # 1 Song of the Day was written and recorded by a self described short, fat loud mouthed rebel who often got into fights growing up in Indiana. But what really made him mad was his name. His first album came out in 1975 and that’s when he found out the record company had released it under a name other than his own. He protested but was told it was either that name or no album. That album went nowhere but the name stuck. At least for the next seven years when he released he released the album “American Fool” which would ultimately produce three big hits including the song which reached number one on October 2, 1982. After which he had enough clout with the label to force the issue of his original last name which was then added to the name he had been known as to his ever increasing body of fans. That name is Mellencamp – as in John Cougar Mellencamp with “Jack and Diane.”


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Wednesday, October 1st, 2014 by

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October 1, 2014: The 101 number one song of the day was recorded by a group that lost its name to Paul Revere and the Raiders so they reverted to something they had used when they were barely in their teens.

The 101 number one song of the day was recorded by a group that lost its name to Paul Revere and the Raiders so they reverted to something they had used when they were barely in their teens. They took that name from a song they used to sing but a group of record promoters liked the band but hated the name so eventually they decided to call themselves Rick and the Raiders. They did proms, sock hops and local clubs and eventually did some back up work for the Stangeloves who recommended them to one of the founders of Bang records who had a song that needed a group. They got together and released the song which would arrive at number one this week in October, 1965. But this was the same time that Paul Revere and the Raiders was on the rise so they were told to come up with something new. Instead they came up with something old – their original name – The McCoys – Hang on Sloopy
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Tuesday, September 30th, 2014 by

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September 30, 2014: The 101 number one song of the day was written especially for one half of a famous duo and the writer brought the song to their producer. Problem is, the producer had just quit working with them out of frustration.

The 101 number one song of the day was written especially for one half of a famous duo and the writer brought the song to their producer. Problem is, the producer had just quit working with them out of frustration. Today’s song played a role in bringing back the producer but the other half of the act was on the way out for good. He was Snuff Garrett and had helped the pair get back on the charts for the first time in several years but creative differences with the male member of the act brought the relationship to a premature end. Lyricist Mary Dean didn’t know that when she told Garrett that the female member of the duo was the only person who could do it justice. He agreed and started a process which would bring them back together. Meanwhile, it was the beginning of the end for her and her former partner – both professionally and personally. And that brings us to the song that reached number one this week of October 1973 for Cher – without Sonny (Half Breed)


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Monday, September 29th, 2014 by

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September 29, 2014: The 101 number one song of the day was written and performed by the same guy who wrote “Sugar, Sugar” for the Archies. But afterwards, he fell on hard times until several years later when he achieved his biggest success with today’s song.

The 101 number one song of the day was written and performed by the same guy who wrote “Sugar, Sugar” for the Archies but afterwards, he fell on hard times until several years later when he achieved his biggest success with today’s song.

Andrew Joachim was born to Lebanese parents who emigrated to North America in the early 1900’s. But after some initial writing and recording success his chart career turned as cold as a Canadian winter where he grew up. He decided to form his own label calling it Ice records. He financed the recording session for the song you’re about to hear himself. He could only afford to cut two sides and because he considered the song to be so good, he included an instrumental version of it on the flip side. It took 14 long weeks to get to the top but by September 29, 1974 it finally way there. By this time he had started using a shortened version of his birth name and here he is with today’s 101 number one song of the day – Andy Kim (Rock Me Gently)


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Friday, September 26th, 2014 by

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September 26, 2014: The 101 number one song of the day was never finished and wasn’t supposed to be a hit – but it was for a guy who had the Mamas and Papas as back up singers.

The 101 number one song of the day was never finished and wasn’t supposed to be a hit – but it was for a guy who had the Mamas and Papas as back up singers. The writers recorded a rough vocal so the singer could hear it before the final mix. A copy of that version got into the hands of a record label executive who turned over to a guy who worked for LA radio station KFWB. Within hours, the song, which was supposed to be a flip side to another – as yet undecided – song – was playing on the air and while the head of the record company was furious, it was too late. But nobody else seemed to care and the record was on its way to number one where it sat on September 26, 1965. Today’s featured singer had introduced the Mamas and Papas to the record label president who signed them and their first duties were to sing back up vocals for the man who got them their first contract. That earned him a mention in their autobiographical song “Creeque Alley” but after the song you’re about to hear, he never had another hit – Barry McGuire (Eve of Destruction)


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Thursday, September 25th, 2014 by

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September 25, 2014: The 101 number one song of the day was recorded by the only American to have a number one hit in Great Britain during a 68 week period that began August 8th 1963 through June 25th 1964. And he did it twice.

The 101 number one song of the day was recorded by the only American to have a number one hit in Great Britain during a 68 week period that began August 8th 1963 through June 25th 1964. And he did it twice. This man was so popular in Britain that when he toured the country in 1963 his opening act was the Beatles. The two songs that reached the top during the aforementioned period were “It’s Over” and today’s featured single…which took a little longer to get to number one in his home country but that’s where it was on September 25, 1964 for Roy Orbison (Pretty Woman)


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Wednesday, September 24th, 2014 by

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September 24, 2014: Most of us know that Paul McCartney lost a bidding war to Michael Jackson for the rights to Beatles music but he was successful in purchasing the publishing rights to the music of the creator of today’s 101 number one song of the day – and a lot of that music was created right here in New Mexico.

Most of us know that Paul McCartney lost a bidding war to Michael Jackson for the rights to Beatles music but he was successful in purchasing the publishing rights to the music of the creator of today’s 101 number one song of the day – and a lot of that music was created right here in New Mexico. Today’s featured artist started taking piano lessons at 11 but within a year, he got hooked on the guitar. The song you’re about to hear was produced by Norman Petty and much of the singer’s subsequent music was recorded at Petty’s studios in Clovis. Later, Paul McCartney would buy both the studios and the music to ensure that the memory of the man who was at number one on September 24, 1957 would live on – Buddy Holly (That’ll Be The Day)


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Tuesday, September 23rd, 2014 by

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September 23, 2014: The 101 number one song of the day was recorded by a group so new -it didn’t have a name. So one of the members suggested they have a contest.

The 101 number one song of the day was recorded by a group so new -it didn’t have a name. So one of the members suggested they have a contest. The contest never came off but the suggestion itself got them the name you know them by. They were working at a Memphis studio recording the song you’re about to hear. If it was going to be released, they had to call themselves something so during a break, according to songwriter Wayne Carson Thompson, somebody piped up with the comment, “Well, let’s have a contest and everybody can send in fifty cents and – a box top” On September 23rd, 1967 (The Letter) was number one in America.


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Monday, September 22nd, 2014 by

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September 22, 2014: The 101 Number One Song of the Day was written, produced and performed by the self proclaimed “Prophet of Love.”

The 101 Number One Song of the Day was written, produced and performed by the self proclaimed “Prophet of Love.” When he was only 11 years old he played piano on the classic 50s hit “Goodnight My Love” by Jesse Belvin. And then he grew up and – out to about 300 pounds. Despite his girth, his half sung, half spoken baritone quickly established him as a romantic figure – if not in person, at least in the background. During this week in September, in the year 1974 his biggest hit became number one in America for Barry White. (Can’t Get Enough of Your Love, Babe)


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