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  • The Flaming Ember

    Here’s a trivia question: What blue-eyed soul band refused to sign with Motown but found fame thanks to three of Motown’s greatest contributors? Of course we’re talking about Detroit’s own Flaming Ember. They first recorded for Ric Tic Records in 1967, but when Berry Gordy, Jr. folded Ric Tic into Motown, The Flaming Embers, as […]

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    Jan 31st, 2012 | Filed under Keener
  • The Beatles Last Public Concert

    By 1969, the fissures in the Beatle brand were widening. All four had individual projects under way. The death of their manager, Brian Epstein, brought them closer than perhaps they wanted to be to the business side of the music. And the group’s artistic visions were diverging. The creation of their final album and the […]

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    Jan 30th, 2012 | Filed under Beatles
  • The History of Detroit Radio

    Keenerfans across Detroit remember the weekend that we switched over to WDRQ to hear Art Vuolo‘s superb “History of Detroit Radio” documentary. From beginning to end, it was a well researched and well crafted tale of the golden age of Detroit Top 40 broadcasting. It’s just one of dozens of treasures you’ll find at the […]

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    Jan 29th, 2012 | Filed under Keener
  • Eileen and “The New Keener Guy”

    From the fantastic DetroitMemories.com website. Eileen Trombley Glick remembers her first encounter¬†with the new guy at WKNR. Someone from an Ohio radio station named Dick Purtan. Eileen was looking for an emcee for a charity auction. “Most of my co-workers hadn’t much heard of him (yet), so I offered to make the call and ask […]

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    Jan 27th, 2012 | Filed under Keener
  • Number one this week in 1967

    Our look through the Keener 1967 archives continues with two takes on The Buckingham’s most popular record. By the time “The Pulsations” got a job as the house band on WGN’s “All Time Hits” television program, the British Invasion was in full swing. When the show’s producers suggested that the band take on a British […]

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    Jan 27th, 2012 | Filed under Keener
  • Welcome Back, Motor City Radio Flashbacks!

    If you’re like us, you were a regular visitor to the Detroit Radio Flashbacks website. With 31 gigs of air checks, music and memories, it was a favorite stop for a taste of Motor City radio history. Now Jim Feliciano is in the process of resurrecting the site with a new name: Motor City Radio […]

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    Jan 27th, 2012 | Filed under Keener
  • The “Lost” George Harrison Guitar Solo

    From WCBS-FM: George Martin deconstructs the mix of The Beatles “Here Comes the Sun” and discovers a track he had forgotten about. Son Giles and George’s son, Dhani are witnesses. Question: Would you have put the solo in the final mix, or not?

    Jan 26th, 2012 | Filed under Keener
  • Mirage

    One notable absence from the WKNR Music Guide is Tommy James’ monster hit, “I Think We’re Alone Now“. Keener didn’t play it because Mrs. Knorr was uncomfortable with the lyrics. She wasn’t alone. The song, written by Ritchie Cordell, author of some of the Shondell’s most successful hits, was witheld from the airwaves at a […]

    Jan 26th, 2012 | Filed under Keener
  • Aircheck of the Week: Dave Prince

    Remember Sangoo? That was the nick name we associated with Dave Prince during his reign as the evening ace on WKMH. This 1962 aircheck from the Bob Green Collection gives you a great feel for the pre-Keener sound. Juxtapose it with last week’s Gary Stevens aircheck and take note of the differences. For one, you’ll […]

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    Jan 24th, 2012 | Filed under Keener
  • The Little Old Lady From Pasadena

    Every now and then an idea and an individual collide to create an icon. In 1984 Clara Peller propelled Wendy’s to the front of our consciousness when she asked, “Where’s the Beef?” Twenty years earlier, a 72 year old character actress was the inspiration for a top 10 smash for Jan & Dean. In the […]

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    Jan 23rd, 2012 | Filed under Keener
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