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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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Monday, June 23rd, 2014 by

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June 23, 2014: The 101 number one song of the day was written by the most successful female songwriter of all time. She wrote songs for others because she once said, “She didn’t want to become a star.” But she did become a star – a big star.

 

The 101 number one song of the day was written by the most successful female songwriter of all time. She wrote songs for others because she once said, “She didn’t want to become a star.”  She had great success writing for such artists as Bobby Vee (Take Good Care of My Baby) the Drifters (Up on the Roof) Aretha Franklin (A Natural Woman) and “I’m into something Good” by Herman’s Hermits. This list goes on and on. But, in 1971, she recorded an album of her own material and stardom was inevitable – whether she liked it or not. The album would be number one for 15 weeks and it produced a two sided single with both songs at number one on June 23rd of that year. The LP was entitled Tapestry and the songs were “It’s Too Late and this one (I Feel the earth Move) Carole King


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Friday, June 20th, 2014 by

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June 20, 2014: the 101 number one song of the day was the only number one single to have two different versions of the same song, by the same artists to be on Billboard’s Hot 100 at the same time.

 

101 number one song of the day was the only number one single to have two different versions of the same song, by the same artists to be on Billboard’s Hot 100 at the same time.  It was recorded by a man/woman act who both worked for a time for the Beach Boys – she as a backup singer and piano player and he played all the other keyboards during their tour. When the tour ended, they began working together as a duo. They recorded their first album entirely in Spanish and one of the songs was written by Neil Sedaka. Later they released an English version of that same song which was number one in America on June 20th, 1975. When the Spanish version was released as a single shortly thereafter it became the only occasion when two versions of a number one single were on the same chart at the same time and the Captain and Tonille were the ones to do it with “Love Will Keep Us Together.”

 

 

 

 


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June 19, 2014:  The 101 number one song of the day was the last of its kind. There were 19 of these before but there would never be another after this one. And it was released over the objections of it creator.

 
The 101 number one song of the day was the last of its kind. There were 19 of these before but there would never be another after this one. And it was released over the objections of it creator. Only two of the four members of this group were in the studio for its recording. It was sung as a solo, backed only by a piano and bass guitar. It was then forwarded to Phil Spector who dubbed in a violin and horn section and then added choir. When the song’s writer heard the final version, he was stunned. He hated it and tried to get ahold of Spector to demand that it be restored to its original version. He was unable to get that done and the record was released over the most strenuous objections of – Paul McCartney. Nevertheless it became the Beatles’ 20th and last number one song this week in June 1970 – “The Long and Winding Road”


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Wednesday, June 18th, 2014 by

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June 18, 2014: The 101 number one song of the Day was recorded by a group whose lead singer was unhappy with the results but a little white lie helped to get the record to the top of the charts.

 

The 101 number one song of the Day was recorded by a group whose lead singer was unhappy with the results but a little white lie helped to get the record to the top of the charts.  The four members were friends growing up in Detroit. They played ball together but didn’t sing together. In fact, they each sang with different groups until one night at a party they started jamming and realized they made a great time. They called themselves the Four Aims but at the time, the Ames Brothers were popular and it was suggested that they come up with a different name and I’ll get back to that in a moment but first that white lie – after a couple of takes of the song you’re about to hear, the producer Brian Holland thought they had it perfect but the lead singer, Levi Stubbs, didn’t like what he heard and insisted on doing more takes. Their session time was up and Holland told Stubbs he could try again the next day. What he didn’t tell him was there were not sessions scheduled for the following day so the record was released as is for the group formerly known as the Four Aims who took their initial name because they were aiming for the top – as a result – they took the name the Four Tops – this song was number one this week of June, 1965 – (I can’t help myself)

 

 

 

 


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Tuesday, June 17th, 2014 by

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June 17, 2014: The 101 number one song of the day was produced by the legendary George Martin who had a knack for getting to the top with British musicians but things were a little different with this group of… army brats.

 

 

The 101 number one song of the day was produced by the legendary George Martin who had a knack for getting to the top with British musicians but things were a little different with this group of… army brats. Three friends got together to start their group while attending London’s Central High School. But these guys had little in common with the rest of the rock and rollers coming out of England. They weren’t English. But they were certainly influenced by the music scene there and after several successful albums, they enlisted the aid of the producer who helped to mold the Beatles. George Martin had heard they took a long time to complete an LP and he was worried that it would take a long time to complete their work together. But they were determined to impress their new producer so they went into heavy rehearsals before going into the studio and when they did, their work was completed in two weeks. Today’s 101 number one song of the day came from their followup album and this time Martin was happy to work with them. The album was called Hearts and its biggest single was number one on June 17, 1975 for the sons of American Army officers – America – and this is it “Sister Golden Hair”


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Monday, June 16th, 2014 by

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June 16, 2014: The 101 number one song of the day was produced and recorded by an Anglo American band that was immersed in tremendous upheaval. Just when personal relationships were disintegrating, the group came together to achieve its greatest commercial success.

 

 

 

The 101 number one song of the day was produced and recorded by an Anglo American band that was immersed in tremendous upheaval. Just when personal relationships were disintegrating, the group came together to achieve its greatest commercial success.   The album which spawned today’s featured song was number one for 31 weeks. The band was formed in 1967 but had undergone many personnel changes over close to a decade. The keyboard player was separating from her husband – the bass player; the drummer was being divorced from another woman he would later remarry and the lead guitarist was breaking up with the lead singer after an eight year relationship. Despite all this turmoil they scored their only number one single this week in June, 1977 – Fleetwood Mac “Dreams”


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Friday, June 13th, 2014 by

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June 13, 2014: The 101 number one song of the day was the fifth consecutive number one song by the only American group to achieve that feat.

 

 

 

The 101 number one song of the day was the fifth consecutive number one song by the only American group to achieve that feat.   Shortly after it reached number one the group achieved status that reflected the ultimate crossover – headlining at one of American’s top venues – the Copacabana in New York City. Critics loved the show as much as the opening night audience. Said the leader of the group: “It was the beginning of everything for us. We made it where it really counted…at the Copa. And here with their fifth consecutive number one which ruled the charts on June 13, 1965 are the Supremes – Back in My Arms Again.

 

 

 

 


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Thursday, June 12th, 2014 by

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June 12, 2014: The 101 number one song of the day was recorded by a group consisting of former backup singers and written by a “General.”

 

The 101 number one song of the day was recorded by a group consisting of former backup singers and written by a “General.” (It’s up next.) Edna Willis worked with Johnny Rivers and Ray Charles, Carolyn Willis toured with Lou Rawls and Shellie Clark was an Ikette behind Ike and Tina Turner. The three teamed up to sing backup vocals for Burt Bacharach on a 1969 TV special starring Andy Williams. It was then they got the idea to form a group of their own. Their biggest hit – which reached number one on June 12, 1971- was written by the lead singer of the group “Chairman of the Board” whose name is General Johnson – here’s your 101 number one song of the day for the “Honey Cone.”  It is Want Ads.

 


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Wednesday, June 11th, 2014 by

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June 11, 2014: The 101 Number One Song of the Day travelled a tough road to the top. Its creators had been disappointed with the response they got from a record exec for Australia and New Zealand who wrote, “You’ve sent us quite a few records and this is the worst one you’ve sent us yet.

 

The 101 Number One Song of the Day travelled a tough road to the top. Its creators had been disappointed with the response they got from a record exec for Australia and New Zealand who wrote, “You’ve sent us quite a few records and this is the worst one you’ve sent us yet.   It was written by a couple of Brits who got their inspiration from the American Civil War. It in turn inspired a battle of the bands. One of those bands, Paper Lace, which had success with the song “The Night Chicago Died” recorded it about the same time as the band you’re about to hear. Paper Lace peaked at number 96 but by this week in 1974, a group that had gained a national following thanks to Dick Clark’s Action ’73 TV show was at number one: Bo Donaldson and the Heywoods (Billy, Don’t Be a Hero)


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Tuesday, June 10th, 2014 by

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June 10, 2014: The 101 number one song of the day was pure child’s play – literally. It got to the top with vocals recorded by a group of second graders.

 

The 101 number one song of the day was pure child’s play – literally. It got to the top with vocals recorded by a group of second graders.   Ray Ragsdale wrote and produced the song as his first effort for his new label, Barnaby Records. To underscore the optimisn of the song, he took a portable tape recorder to his daughters’ school and arranged for her class to go to the auditorium and sing the chorus. They enjoyed the experience and America enjoyed the result. By June 10, 1970 it was the number one song on Billboard’s Hot 100 and it’s today’s 101 number one song of the day. By the way, by this time Ray changed his last name from Ragsdale to – Stevens. (Everything is Beautiful)


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