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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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101 # 1 Song of the Day – May 21, 2014

Wednesday, May 21st, 2014 by

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The 101 number one song of the day was the big payoff for a group that struggled for years after they lost their record deal and their name right around the same time.

 

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101 number one song of the day was the big payoff for a group that struggled for years after they lost their record deal and their name right around the same time.

The quintet was formed in Chicago in 1960 and were signed by Mercury. Their first single, “Pots and Pans” failed to clean up. They were dropped from the label and had to relinquish the name they were using because another group had first claim to it. They added a “C” in front of their old name in a nod to their hometown. And they continued to perform – and struggle. Finally, in the seventies they began to click and on May 21, 1972, their perseverance paid off with the number one song in America. Their old name, by the way, was the “Hi-Lites” but with the addition of the “C” they became the Chi-lites and this is the 101 number one song of the day (Oh Girl)


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101 # 1 Song of the Day – May 20th, 2014

Tuesday, May 20th, 2014 by

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The 101 number one song of the day was inspired by a busy schedule. The guys who wrote it had trouble making time… to make time.

 

 

 

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101 number one song of the day was inspired by a busy schedule. The guys who wrote it had trouble making time… to make time.   The year was 1967 and Felix Cavaliere and Eddie Brigati were enjoying their success as leaders of a hot new band out of New York City. The only downside was they were working so hard and so long they didn’t get much of an opportunity to get together with their girlfriends. However, there was at least one day a week that they could relax and make time to make time. And that is the subject of the song which rose to the top of the charts on May 20, 1967 for the Rascals… “Groovin’”


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101 # 1 Song of the Day – 5-19-14

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The 101 # 1 Song of the Day was recorded by a woman who was given the chance of a lifetime but if she took that chance and failed – she would do it in front of a huge audience.

 

 

 

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The 101 # 1 Song of the Day was recorded by a woman who was given the chance of a lifetime but if she took that chance and failed – she would do it in front of a huge audience.  She first came into the public eye as the focus of an episode in the first British reality television program The Big Time: Pop Singer which recorded her attempts to gain a record contract and her eventual signing with EMI Records. The executive at EMI who was in the position to make or break her came to the audition with every expectation of NOT signing her because he really didn’t like the whole premise in the first place. But Brian Shepherd remembered being overwhelmed by her talent and he signed her on the spot surprising everyone including himself. However, the public’s response to her first recording efforts were underwhelming to say the least. But because she had landed the contract, the reality show continued following her around for a year documenting her struggle for success. Finally, just as the show was scheduled to be aired, the song you’re about to hear was released as a single and the TV show’s huge popularity launched it into the stratosphere. It not only became a hit in England but on May 19, 1981 it was the number one song in America for – Sheena Easton – it’s Morning Train (nine to five)


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101 # 1 Song of the Day – 5-16-14

Friday, May 16th, 2014 by

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The 101 number one song of the day was recorded by a “one hit wonder” who became a preacher at the tender age of seven years old.

 

 

 

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The 101 number one song of the day was recorded by a “one hit wonder” who became a preacher at the tender age of seven years old. (and it’s next) James McCleese was born in Harlem but his parents moved to a farm in rural North Carolina shortly after his birth. He grew up listening to circuit riding and preachers and his natural showmanship led to his moving into the pulpit at that very young age. It was a natural progression to singing gospel music and he began touring the country with a group called the Nightingales. But rock and roll soon took hold and he was hooked. His one big claim to fame would never earn an award from feminist groups but it arrived at number one on May 18, 1963 and by this time he had a new last name: Soul- Jimmy Soul “If You Wanna Be Happy.”


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101 # 1 Song of the Day – 5-15-14

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The 101 number one song of the day was recorded by a woman who wanted to write songs; not sing them; but because she couldn’t read or play music her life took a different turn.

 

 

 

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The 101 number one song of the day was recorded by a woman who wanted to write songs; not sing them; but because she couldn’t read or play music her life took a different turn.  She took some samples of her stuff to a producer for Tamla records but the only way to demonstrate the songs was to sing them. He loved what he heard and told her she should sing them herself and he signed her to a contract on the spot. But she was disappointed to hear that the contract would not be for Tamla but for a new label he was forming. He was Berry Gordy, Jr. and the new label was Motown. And during this week in May of 1964, a song written not by her but one of Motown’s other early signees, Smokey Robinson, became the company’s first record to reach the top spot on Billboard’s Hot 100 – for Mary Wells – “My Guy”


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101 # 1 Song of the Day – 5-14-14

Wednesday, May 14th, 2014 by

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The person who recorded the 101 number one song of the day started out as a fallen woman looking for a savior but ended up knocking off one of the Hot 100’s longest running charttoppers.

 

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The person who recorded the 101 number one song of the day started out as a fallen woman looking for a savior but ended up knocking off one of the Hot 100’s longest running charttoppers.  She was born in Hawaii but moved to London where she wound up singing the role of Mary Magdelene in Jesus Christ Superstar. Later, when the show moved to Broadway, she relocated to New York. It was there that she met Eric Clapton and sang back up vocals on the guitarist’s fabled “comeback tour.” She also sang vocals on “I Shot the Sheriff.” But she left Clapton after being introduced to the BeeGees who were about to begin recording their Saturday Night Fever soundtrack. They wrote a song for her which was contained in that album and she ended up replacing them at the number one spot after they reigned for 8 weeks with “Night Fever.” On May 14, 1978 it was her song that was number one in America and it’s your 101 number one song of the day: Yvonne Elliman “If I Can’t Have You.”


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101 # 1 Song of the Day – 5-13-14

Tuesday, May 13th, 2014 by

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The 101 Number One Song of the Day was a hit before a single fan ever heard the song.

 

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The 101 Number One Song of the Day was a hit before a single fan ever heard the song.   RCA assigned it catalog number 7740 and with only that to go on, the company racked up over 1,275,000 advance orders of the record. Why all the anticipation? The singer had been out of commission for the previous two years and his millions of fans were hungry for something – anything – new. The reason he was out of commission was that he was serving as a non commissioned officer in the U.S. Army. Anybody care to guess who I’m talking about here? That’s right, catalog number 7740 was recorded by the King – Elvis and it was number one on this day – May 13, 1960 and here it is. “Stuck On You”


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101 # 1 Song of the Day – 5-12-14

Monday, May 12th, 2014 by

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The 101 number one song of the day was a first for a famous group and a last for that same famous group from Motown.

 

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The 101 number one song of the day was a first for a famous group and a last for that same famous group from Motown.  It was the 18th chart hit for this trio from Detroit and the first record to be a title tune for a movie. It was the last record that would contain the single name by which they had been known. From here on out, their subsequent singles and albums would contain an additional name. And that brings us to today’s 101 number one song of the day – it reached the top on May 12th 1967. After this one they’d be known not just as the Supremes but “Diana Ross and the Supremes” “The Happening”


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101 # 1 Song of the Day – 5-9-14

Friday, May 9th, 2014 by

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the 101 Number One song of the Day was recorded by a group who wanted to stay anonymous in their native country when they were starting out.

 

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101 Number One song of the Day was recorded by a group who wanted to stay anonymous in their native country when they were starting out.

That’s because they couldn’t get any radio airplay. The airwaves were full of American and British acts but in Canada, groups from there were largely ignored. Eventually, legislation was enacted giving native artists a certain percentage of the time that music was played. But before that, a talented group named Chad Allen and the Expressions decided to leave their name off the label of their single called “Shakin All Over.” That group would go on to have the number one song in America on this day in 1970. By this time they were known by the name given to them by DJs after their release of Shakin All Over” – Guess Who – with today’s 101 number one song of the Day.   (American Woman)


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101 # 1 Song of the Day – 5-8-14

Thursday, May 8th, 2014 by

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The 101 Number One Song of the Day is about a teacher who returned to the High School he attended as a teenager and the writer who was especially hired for the project found it to be a somewhat difficult challenge.

 

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The 101 Number One Song of the Day is about a teacher who returned to the High School he attended as a teenager and the writer who was especially hired for the project found it to be a somewhat difficult challenge. —It was written for a TV series which would launch the career of a man who would become an international superstar. Since it was originally just a TV theme song it lasted less than 60 seconds. But it became so popular that a second verse was later added so it could be released as a single. The tough part about writing the song, however, revolved around the show’s name. The writer couldn’t find anything to rhyme with it so eventually just omitted the name of the character altogether. Well, actually, he could think of one word to rhyme with the name but couldn’t think of a way to include the word “otter” into the song. It became number one on May 8th, 1976 for John Sebastian – the show’s name – “Welcome Back Kotter”


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