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  • Do You Miss Dick Purtan?

    We do! If there ever was a personality who played ringmaster to the soundtrack of our lives, it was Dick Purtan. From the day he came to WKNR until his retirement from WOMC, he made more people laugh and probably raised more money for good causes than any other radio personality of the day. Dick […]

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    Jan 19th, 2012 | Filed under Dick Purtan, Keener
  • Red Rubber Ball

    One of the great things about the mid 60s was the eclecticism of Top 40 playlists. As the summer of 66 came upon us, Keener’s playlist had everything from “Hey Joe” by the Leaves to “Tar & Cement” by Verdelle Smith, to the Cyrkle’s pre-bubble gum smash, “Red Rubber Ball”. The tune was the brainchild […]

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    Jan 19th, 2012 | Filed under Keener
  • Aircheck of the Week: Gary Stevens

    In July of 1964, Keener has cemented it’s reputation as the hottest rock n roll radio station in Detroit. The jock line-up looked included Frank “Swingin’” Sweeney, Robin Seymour, Jerry Goodwin, Gary Stevens, Bob Green and Bill Phillips. Every one would continue to make waves on the radio for years to come. For Gary Stevens, […]

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    Jan 17th, 2012 | Filed under Keener
  • Led Zeppelin 1

    January 16, 1969 – That’s 43 years ago as of this writing – A new rock band burst on the American scene. And the landscape hasn’t been the same since. It’s a group that Rolling Stone to the raw energy and originality of the MC5 and the Stooges, and it evolved into one of the most successful […]

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    Jan 17th, 2012 | Filed under Keener
  • I Want to Hold Your Hand

    On January 17, 1964 The Beatles charted the first of their 13 number one hits on the WKNR Music Guide, launching the British invasion and changing rock and roll forever. By one account, it was written at the behest of manager  Brian Epstein who wanted a song that would appeal to American audiences, although producer George […]

    Jan 17th, 2012 | Filed under Beatles, Keener
  • Classic Tracks from Mix Magazine – Rag Doll

    The success of the Jersey Boys Broadway show has introduced an entire new generation to the life and music of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons. One of my most cherished albums is Vee Jay records “International Battle of the Century“, where the label pitted the Seasons against the Beatles. It was the result of […]

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    Jan 16th, 2012 | Filed under Keener
  • Three Book Recommendations for KeenerFans

    First things first. Where have we been? As many of you know, Steve and I maintain this shrine in tribute to our all time favorite radio station in our spare time. Over the last couple of years, there hasn’t been a lot of it. Steve is fully invested in his live as Director of Michigan […]

    Jan 16th, 2012 | Filed under Keener
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