• 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
  • Happy Birthday, Tom Lehrer

    Dr. Demento called him, “the best musical satirist of the twentieth century. Randy Newman and “Weird Al” Yankovic are huge fans. His 1965 LP with music from the NBC TV series “That Was the Week That Was” is a prized possession for many Keener fans who were discovering their social consciousness. Tom Lehrer was born […]

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    Apr 9th, 2016 | Filed under Keener
  • Opening Day!

    Did you know: That the Detroit Tigers flagship station was once WKNR’s predecessor, WKMH? Station owner, Fred Knorr was also part owner of the Tigers and during the last years of his life Keener was the Motor City home for Tiger Baseball. Who among us who grew up in Detroit in the Keener era can […]

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    Apr 8th, 2016 | Filed under Keener
  • Petula Clark’s historic television moment

    On this date in 1968, “Petula”, airs on NBC. Petula Clark’s one and only TV special features guest star Harry Belafonte performing a duet of the British pop sensation’s antiwar song, “On The Path Of Glory.” During taping, Clark spontaneously reached and touched Belafonte’s arm. This brought a protest from the show’s sponsor, Chrysler Corporation, […]

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    Apr 8th, 2016 | Filed under Keener
  • Another danger of decadent capitalism: The Twist

    On this date in 1963, Russia’s official newspaper, Pravda, warns Soviet teens of the decadent dangers of the new “twist” dance craze. Chubby Checker’s biggest chart success was a worldwide sensation and was regularly heard behind the Iron Curtain on Radio Free Europe. Like most things your parents tell tell you not to do, the […]

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    Apr 7th, 2016 | Filed under Keener
  • Look Homeward Angel – The Monarchs

    This week in 1964, “Look Homeward Angel” by the Monarchs was at Number 1 on the WKNR Music Guide. The Monarchs formed in Louisville, Kentucky, in 1961. Their one national hit reached number 47 on the Billboard Hot 100, but as was so often the case back in the day when radio stations were locally […]

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    Apr 6th, 2016 | Filed under Keener
  • Keenerland Updates

    The Freep is reporting that a new Beatles exhibition is headed to Keenerland.¬†“”The Magical History Tour: A Beatles Memorabilia Exhibition,” will run April 30-Sept. 18 at the Henry Ford Museum, “featuring artifacts and galleries tracing the Beatles’ trajectory from the band’s Liverpool origins up through the post-breakup days… Visitors can tour a mock-up of Liverpool’s […]

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    Apr 5th, 2016 | Filed under Keener
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