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  • Remembering Davy Jones

    His first professional acting gig happened when he was eleven. He was a star on the BBC’s Coronation Street at age 16. And when he was 20, Davy Jones was picked from a casting call of thousands to be part of a made-for-television rock band that became one of the most popular acts of the […]

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    Feb 29th, 2012 | Filed under Keener
  • Bob Seger on Swingin Time

    From 1965 through 1968 Detroit could challenge Dick Clark’s American Bandstand dominance. The two local dance programs we remember are Club 1270 and Swingin Time. Channel 7 was home to the program named after the frequency of their sister station. Club 1270 was hosted by Lee Alan, Joel Sebastian and Dave Prince and during it’s […]

    Feb 13th, 2012 | Filed under Keener
  • The Hollywood Palace

    In December, 1963, Jerry Lewis‘ first solo foray into a television variety show was in trouble. ABC executives were scrambling to find a replacement for his Saturday night slot and decided to keep the variety without regular host. On January 4th, The Hollywood Palace made it’s debut and for the next six years, it was […]

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    Feb 8th, 2012 | Filed under Keener
  • The Abbey Road Photo Shoot

    From the Beatle Bible – “All four Beatles gathered at EMI Studios on the morning of Friday, August 8, 1969, for one of the most famous photo shoots of their career. Photographer Iain Macmillan took the famous image that adorned their last-recorded album, Abbey Road. “A policeman held up the traffic as Macmillan, from a […]

    Feb 7th, 2012 | Filed under Keener
  • Comparing Keener to the Billboard Hot 100

    Back before national programmers and record company marketing money decided which records got airplay, local stations could be true hit makers. WKNR helped rocket a ton of Detroit area talent onto the national stage, including Bob Seger, Deon Jackson, Mitch Ryder and the Rationals. Keener was also the key proving ground for Motown acts. Berry […]

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    Feb 6th, 2012 | Filed under Keener
  • “Exchanging” Telephone Numbers

    For those who came of age in Detroit anytime before the 1970s, the phrase “TYler 8-7100” likely resonates in memory. That was the phone number for the “We do good work” folks at Belvedere Construction. The use of “Exchange Names” as a way to help remember telephone numbers had its genesis in England in the […]

    Feb 5th, 2012 | Filed under Keener
  • Jungle Fever

    If Mrs. Knorr thought that Tommy James’ “I Think We’re Alone Now” was a little too much for the Keener airwaves, then “Jungle Fever” by the Chakachas was well over the edge of the envelope. That it became a hit at all is one of those improbable stories that seem to proliferate in the music […]

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    Feb 2nd, 2012 | Filed under Keener
  • Keener Bosa Nova

    In 1964, America’s musical tastes had not yet fully polarized. While the wave of British hits washed over us, there was still an eclecticism to the WKNR play list that made it possible for a jazz legend to link up with a Brazilian samba singer and have a hit record. Such was the unique story […]

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    Feb 2nd, 2012 | Filed under Keener
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