• Frank Maruca – The Man Behind the Magic

    Occasionally at, we talk about the ingredients behind the scenes that so mixed to make WKNR central to the soundtrack of our lives. Today we introduce you to a name that is central to the Keener legend, a name that few listeners may have heard who was crucial to the creation and and success […]

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    Jan 9th, 2018 | Filed under Keener
  • When Keener Was Young

    By December of 1963, the Keener phoenominon had captivated the Motor City. The station was rocketing to the top of the Detroit radio ratings with the winning combination of entertaining announcers, a tight playlist of proven hits and an “intelligent flexibility” given to the jocks to experiment. Keener burst onto the scene in the midst […]

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    Dec 13th, 2017 | Filed under Keener
  • WKNR – December 8, 1965

    In December of 1965, the Vietnam war was raging in Southeast Asia. St. Louis residents were still marveling at the recently completed Gateway Arch. Pillsbury introduced a new spokesman, someone they called the doughboy. We were still humming Beatle tunes from their film, Help!, in the wake of their 4th and final appearance on the […]

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    Dec 8th, 2017 | Filed under Keener
  • How Keener Covered the Summer of ’67

    It began with a raid on an unlicensed after hours bar, “a blind pig” in the parlance of that time. 5 days later 43 had died, nearly 1,200 were injured, over 2,000 buildings had burned and more than 7,000 were arrested. It became known as the 1967 12th Street Riot (#Rebellion67 is the hash tag being […]

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    Jul 21st, 2017 | Filed under Contact News, Keener
  • Turns 15!

    In June of 2002, Steve Schram and Scott Westerman were doing what they loved best: Staying up late and listening to WKNR airchecks. It was a habit that began when they first met at Michigan State University in the ’70s, but, as individuals their love for Keener had taken root a decade earlier, on that […]

    Jul 2nd, 2017 | Filed under Keener
  • Remebering Swingin Sweeney

    By Scott Westerman The Red Eye Grille straddles the northwest corner of 7th avenue and 59th street in New York City. It’s just blocks from the Ed Sullivan Theater where Letterman and Colbert performed and a short walk to the heart of Broadway.  In the summer of 2014 it was the home for a […]

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    May 25th, 2017 | Filed under Keener
  • The Keener Top 113 All Time Leading Hits 1956-1968

    Remember how Keener used to play special programming on holiday weekends? Rock-u-mentaries were common on Top 40 stations back in the day. The History of Rock and Roll, Aural histories of the Beatles, the Stones, Elvis, and Motown, each of these topics were fodder for extended attention, especially over those long weekends when the DJs took time off […]

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    May 29th, 2016 | Filed under Keener
  • Yes, we really did listen to music that way..

    Some of us may have actually had an encounter like this. In an age where music magically appears on a smart device, it’s hard for some youngsters to believe that, once upon a time, we spent our money on expensive electronics that used a revolving flat plastic disc to render our favorite songs. If your […]

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    Apr 12th, 2016 | Filed under Keener
  • Beatles on a Train

    On March 11, 1964 The Beatles film the “I Should Have Known Better” segment of the film, A Hard Day’s Night, on a London soundstage configured to look like the inside of a railroad train. Here’s the segment (subtitled en Espanol).

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    Apr 11th, 2016 | Filed under Keener
  • Sunday Brunch with Sonny and Cher

    On March 10, 1967 James Bond and the secret agent craze are at their peak. Sonny and Cher guest star as “Jerry and Ramona” on the “The Hot Number Affair” episode of NBC-TV’s The Man From U.N.C.L.E. The pop duo play garment-center employees who are swept up in a frantic quest for a THRUSH world-conquest report, […]

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    Apr 10th, 2016 | Filed under Keener
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