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  • Happy Birthday Herb!

    Herb Alpert turns 78 today. Charting multiple times on the WKNR music guide, Herb enjoyed five national number ones, eight Grammy awards, fourteen platinum and fifteen gold LPs. With more than 70 million album sales worldwide, Herb Alpert is the only recording artist to hit number one with both an instrumental and a vocal. Oh […]

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    May 31st, 2013 | Filed under Keener
  • Pure Michigan, in the Keener Era

    Back before the Pure Michigan ad campaign, the Michigan Tourist Council bought magazine ads across the country, promoting our Water Wonderland. Here’s an example.

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    May 30th, 2013 | Filed under Keener
  • The Instamatic

    One of the other new brands that was launched in 1963 (besides WKNR) was the Instamatic Camera. These were the first cameras to utilize Kodak’s new 126 format. It was an easy-to-load film cartridge that contributed to the camera’s low production cost.  A wide variety of print and slide film for the Instamatic was sold […]

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    May 30th, 2013 | Filed under Keener
  • Keener Pop Culture Icon: Vic Perrin

    One of the pop culture personalities of the Keener generation was actor Vic Perrin. He appeared on just about every TV series there was during the Keener era, guesting on Dragnet, Peter Gunn, Black Saddle, Gunsmoke, The Untouchables, Going My Way, Perry Mason, Adam-12, Mannix, and Mission: Impossible. He has two significant sci-fi credits, including a role in three classic episodes of the original Star Trek […]

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    May 30th, 2013 | Filed under Keener
  • Crosby, Stills and Nash turn 44

    44 years ago this week. Crosby Stills and Nash released their first album as a trio. There are conflicting stories of how these alumni of Buffalo Springfield and the Hollies got together, but the one I like best is that it happened at a party at the home of Mama Cass Elliot. It is said […]

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    May 29th, 2013 | Filed under Keener
  • When Lightbulbs Were Free

    Remember when you could exchange light bulbs for new ones, for free at Detroit Edison? They also repaired small appliances for a time. Detroit native Robbi Laker-Tall remembers how a lawsuit changed all that. “There was a hardware guy who claimed the free exchange impeded on sales (unfair competition) he sued & won. Almost 100 […]

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    May 29th, 2013 | Filed under Keener
  • Remembering The Oak

    We’ve been talking about memorable drive-in theaters in the Detroit area on the Keener Facebook Page. Keenerfan Frank Hartge writes, “We used to go to the Oak in Royal Oak. If I remember correctly, my dad took us to see Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea there, among others.” Pam Bakka was a senior […]

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    May 29th, 2013 | Filed under Keener
  • Two Keener Hit Makers Re-Record a Classic

    John Fogerty and Bob Seger recording “Who’ll Stop the Rain” for John’s “Wrote a Song for Everyone” CD.

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    May 28th, 2013 | Filed under Keener
  • The T.A.M.I Show – Uncut

    In 1964, American International Pictures released what would become the precursor to the Woodstock film and the music video. It included performances by many of the most popular rock acts from the United States and England. Directed Steve Binder and his crew from The Steve Allen Show, the program was recorded using a precursor to […]

    May 23rd, 2013 | Filed under Keener
  • 17 One Season Sitcoms from the 60s.

    Remember Our Man Higgins, Dickens and Fenster, Baileys of Balboa, Mickey, No Time for Sergeants, Wendy and Me, Karen, Tammy, Gidget, My Mother the Car, Captain Nice, Pruitts of Southampton, Ugliest Girl in Town, Occasional Wife, Love on a Rooftop, He & She, Good Morning World?

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    May 23rd, 2013 | Filed under Keener
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