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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, September 3rd, 2014 by

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September 3, 2014: The 101 number one song of the day was written by the most successful songwriter of all time. He was asked if any of the many different characters created for those songs were real. He said that the character featured in today’s charttopper was a real live relative of his.

The 101 number one song of the day was written by the most successful songwriter of all time. He was asked if any of the many different characters created for those songs were real. He said that the character featured in today’s charttopper was a real live relative of his. (Find out who that is – next) While people such as “Michelle,” Eleanor Rigby, Lady Madonna and others were figments of his imagination, there was a man he knew who used to quote the bible to everyone when he got drunk. He used to read from the bible to make those quotes and it was the only time he read the bible. It’s probably not a big mystery that the songwriter to which I’m referring is Paul McCartney but what about the bible quoting relative? His name is the first name used in the song that was number one in America on September 3rd, 1971 – It was Paul’s real live “Uncle Albert.”


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September 2nd, 2014: The 101 number one song of the day was written by Barry Gibb but recorded as a solo by the former lead singer of an American group and it became the second # 1 song from the soundtrack of a very successful movie.

The 101 number one song of the day was written by Barry Gibb but recorded as a solo by the former lead singer of an American group and it became the second # 1 song from the soundtrack of a very successful movie.
The film was based on a Broadway musical which celebrated the sound of the 50’s but this was the late 70s so the producers asked Barry Gibb to come up with something more contemporary for the title song. He and his brothers, Robin and Maurice, had just been enjoying their huge success with their Saturday Night Fever album which had become the best selling soundtrack of all time. This sound track would become the second best seller to date and the movie starred the same person who became a breakout star after his headlining role in the previous movie. He would also be responsible for the movie’s first number one song. His name was John Travolta who, along with Olivia Newtown John sang “You’re the One that I Want” which went to number one a couple of months before. The song that was number one on this day in 1978 was the product of Frankie Vallie – It’s Grease


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Friday, August 29th, 2014 by

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August 29, 2014: The 101 number one song of the day was sung by a man born Charles Hatcher whose first paycheck was a Sealy Posturpedic mattress – but he had to split it five ways.

The 101 number one song of the day was sung by a man born Charles Hatcher whose first paycheck was a Sealy Posturpedic mattress – but he had to split it five ways. He was performing as part of quintet called the Future Tones. They entered a local talent contest on a TV show and won. The first prize was the mattress. Eventually he moved out on his own and onto Cleveland where he was signed to a contract by Ric Tic Records which was bought by Motown. He recorded a song written by Norman Whitfield and Barrett Strong which went to number one on August 29, 1970 and although Vietnam itself was never mentioned – the time was right for the man since renamed – Edwin Starr (War)


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Thursday, August 28th, 2014 by

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August 28, 2014: The 101 number one song of the day took a troubled American band to the top of the Hot 100 with a cover of a British pop reggae song but trouble soon returned and their success was short-lived.

The 101 number one song of the day took a troubled American band to the top of the Hot 100 with a cover of a British pop reggae song but trouble soon returned and their success was short-lived. The group was founded by Michael Brown who was a founding member and guiding force behind the Left Banke. But internal problems led to his departure from that group. He met up with Ian Lloyd and they put together a new band and Brown suggested they record a song that was a hit in England by the group Hot Chocolate. During the recording, dissent among the members led Brown to write off his brain child and leave the group. The record got done nonetheless and on August 28, 1973 it was number one in America. But it wasn’t long before the remaining members of the group began arguing again and they broke up soon after. This was their one claim to fame: “Brother Louie” and the group – Stories


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Wednesday, August 27th, 2014 by

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August 27, 2014: The 101 number one song of the day spawned a lyrical mystery that puzzled listeners for years. It was actually the “B” side of a song that few people will remember but this was one flip side that made such an impact on the American scene that a movie was made about it 9 years after it was a hit.

The 101 number one song of the day spawned a lyrical mystery that puzzled listeners for years. It was actually the “B” side of a song that few people will remember but this was one flip side that made such an impact on the American scene that a movie was made about it 9 years after it was a hit. It was written and performed by Roberta Lee Streeter who always felt that those pre-occupied by the mystery missed the point of the song, which she said was “sort of a study in unconscious cruelty. The real message revolves around the nonchalant way a family talks about a tragedy that affected a member of that family,” according to Streeter whose song was number one in the U.S. on August 27, 1967. By this time she had changed her last name to Gentry. Here’s Bobby Gentry with the 101 number one of the day (Ode to Billie Joe)


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Tuesday, August 26th, 2014 by

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August 26, 2014: The 101 number one song of the day was a mixed blessing for the one time bar band that got its start at New Jersey’s Rutgers University. People who liked the song usually didn’t like the concert the group performed.

The 101 number one song of the day was a mixed blessing for the one time bar band that got its start at New Jersey’s Rutgers University. People who liked the song usually didn’t like the concert the group performed. It was written by group leader Elliott Lurie about a former high school friend of his whose name was Randy although that name never worked quite right in the actual song. Lurie described themselves as hard rockers whose on stage performance was high decibel and pretty raucous. The song that catapulted them to the top was heavily overdubbed with strings and horns. When people who came to see them because of their hit song often went away disappointed because of the disparity of styles. But for one brief moment in time they enjoyed being on top. That moment came on August 26, 1972 when their one hit record reached number one in America – here’s Looking Glass with the song that might have been called Randy but to them “Brandy” sounded better.


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August 25, 2014: The 101 number one song of the day was co-written and sung by a guy who once scored a perfect 800 score on his math SATs.

The 101 number one song of the day was co-written and sung by a guy who once scored a perfect 800 score on his math SATs. The son of a NYC MD, he intended to become an engineer and he enrolled at Cornell but soon he was spending more time on music than his studies and while hitchhiking across the country to San Francisco he taught himself to play the harmonica. He then joined a band called Clover but eventually moved on to head up another group which would be responsible for today featured single. It was written for the movie “Back to the Future” and it was the number one song in America on August 25, 1985 for Huey Lewis and the News – “The Power of Love.”


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Friday, August 22nd, 2014 by

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August 22nd, 2014: The 101 # 1 Song of the Day was the second number one for a NYC group headed by a couple of guys who actually had a lot more success producing records for other people.

The 101 # 1 Song of the Day was the second number one for a NYC group headed by a couple of guys who actually had a lot more success producing records for other people. Nile Rodgers and Bernard Edwards were extremely success in producing major hits for Sister Sledge, Diana Ross, David Bowie, Madonna, Duran Duran, Debbie Harry and many others to the point that it created a strain on their time and resources. Edwards once said that when they were on stage doing their own stuff, they’d often be thinking of the projects they were developing with other big stars of the day. Something had to give and by August 22, 1979 when today’s featured single was at number one it would prove to be their 5th and final chart entry as performers with their own group which they called “Chic.” The song: Good Times.


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Thursday, August 21st, 2014 by

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August 21, 2014: The 101 number one song of the day was the ninth try for a group of girls signed by Motown. Their 8 previous attempts all failed on the charts and the other artists on the label had started making fun of their inability to produce a hit.

 

 

The 101 number one song of the day was the ninth try for a group of girls signed by Motown. Their 8 previous attempts all failed on the charts and the other artists on the label had started making fun of their inability to produce a hit.  Today’s featured song was written for the Marvellettes but lead singer Gladys Horton said, “no way am I gonna sing any junk like!” The song was passed around down the line until it was offered to the group you’re about to hear and because they were low down on the totem pole, they couldn’t turn it down. After the song was recorded, they were booked for a tour on Dick Clark’s Caravan of Stars along with Gene Pitney and the Shirelles but these girls didn’t even get billing when they first hit the road. They were simply listed under “and others.” Until, that is, the song started climbing the charts. It reached number one this week in August, 1964 – from then on, their name would be up in lights – Big Time! The Supremes – “Where Did Our Love Go”


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Wednesday, August 20th, 2014 by

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August 20, 2014: The 101 number one song of the day was written by a man named McKay and sung by a trio once known as the Heavenly Sunbeams. The title of the song was the same as a onetime number one by the Eagles. It was an entirely different song though.

The 101 number one song of the day was written by a man named McKay and sung by a trio once known as the Heavenly Sunbeams. The title of the song was the same as a onetime number one by the Eagles. It was an entirely different song though.   Al McKay and the guiding force behind Earth, Wind and Fire – Maurice White had composed the rhythm and a rough outline of the tune and went into the studio to produce a trio of former Gospel singers who were anxious to transition into a secular group. The song reached number one on August 20, 1977 for three women whose voices, according to an observer, elicited an emotional response in the form of spinal chills. That observation provided inspiration for their new name: The Emotions – Best of My Love


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