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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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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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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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July 23, 2014: The 101 number one song of the day is about a love triangle and was recorded by a group with a name that sounds like a city but they actually named themselves after a “cocktail.”

 

 

The 101 number one song of the day is about a love triangle and was recorded by a group with a name that sounds like a city but they actually named themselves after a “cocktail.” The original members grew up in Jersey City, New Jersey and a third place finish in a talent show at the famous Apollo Theatre in Harlem led to a record contract. They were originally known as the “Dulcets” but as one of the group’s members commented, “it didn’t sound that exciting. Dulcet means melodic tones but how could you explain that to the public?” Well, some people might know that but they wanted a new name and since Dulcet is also the name of a cocktail they continued with that theme and it led to their new name – which graced the label of their biggest hit which was number one on this day – July 23rd in 1976 for the Manhattans “Kiss and Say Goodbye”


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July 22, 2014: The 101 number one song of the day was recorded by a duo who very early in their career recorded a song about a little girl who would one day grow up to marry a rock and roll superstar. That was not what the song was about – that was what happened in real life.

 

 

 

The 101 number one song of the day was recorded by a duo who very early in their career recorded a song about a little girl who would one day grow up to marry a rock and roll superstar. That was not what the song was about – that was what happened in real life.  Back to that in a moment…but first, these two guys got started in their high school gym because of the great echo for singing. They started touring in California and the Beach Boys – who were a self contained band – backed them up. They collaborated with Brian Wilson who co-wrote today’s featured song. But before that they recorded a song written in 1944 by Jack Lawrence about the baby daughter of a friend. Her name was Linda – Linda Eastman who would grow up to marry Paul McCartney. That proved to be an interesting footnote but not a hit. But on July 22, 1963 they had a huge hit when it reached number one for Jan and Dean “Surf City”


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July 18, 2014: The 101 number one song of the day owed its creation to a street urchin and a lack of pocket change.

 

 

 

The 101 number one song of the day owed its creation to a street urchin and a lack of pocket change.   The writer remembers it this way, “I was coming down the Westside Highway in NYC where there is the longest traffic light of all time. When you stop for the light, a bunch of kids run out and clean your windows and get a couple of cents. I was headed to the studio waiting for the light to change when a little girl came up to the car and started on my windshield. I saw her dirty face and her tattered clothes with holes in her socks and a little cap. When she finished, I couldn’t find any change and ended up giving her the smallest bill I had – a five dollar bill. When I pulled away, she stood stunned in the middle of the street clutching that five dollar bill. I couldn’t get the image out of my mind and that is what led to the song which landed at number one on July 18, 1964. The writer was Bob Gaudio of the Four Seasons and this is the song: “Rag Doll.

 


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July 17, 2014:  The 101 number one song of the day came from what was, essentially, a family act. But during the recording of this song something happened that would change the family forever.

 

 

 

The 101 number one song of the day came from what was, essentially, a family act. But during the recording of this song something happened that would change the family forever.   They consisted of 3 brothers, their cousin and a high school friend. The band was managed by the brothers’ father who ruled with an iron hand. Problem was, one of the brothers was one with all the ideas and as he grew, he became more and more determined to things his way. While the song you’re about to hear was being recorded, an argument broke out between father and son which ended up in a shoving match. The father stormed out and never again returned to the studio. The tearful son would later apologize, saying he only wanted to make sure the song was “perfect.” It was number one in America on July 17, 1964. The father’s name was Murray, the son’s was Brian – Brian Wilson – of the Beach Boys – “I Get Around”


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