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Bob Green, Swingin Sweeney

Rock n Roll The American Way – 1971

From Michael Stevens

Michael Stevens gets Kudos for tying the trotters..

Pat St. John and brother Michael Stevens with Badfinger, 1971
From Michael Stevens

Pat St. John & Scott Regen During prep for the 2003 Dream
Cruise Broadcast

WWKR Playlist 6/19/79 from the Tom Sanders Collection

WNIC Playlist 6/19/79 from the Tom Sanders Collection

Stop Her On Sight
Edwin Starr

The WKNR Eagle from the Pat St. John Collection

Bob Green, Frank Maruca, Andy Williams

WKMH’s News Cruiser Ad
(1954) From the Tom Sanders Collection

The WKNR Official British Dictionary

The WKNR Official British Dictionary

The Bob Green Fan Club 1965
From the David Makowski Collection

The Detroit Free Press Radio Page, circa 1957.
Copyright The Detroit Free Press, All Rights Reserved, Used by Permission

WKMH Schedule

WKMH Rate Card #13

WKMH Bonus Club

WKMH Vice President John Carroll with Program Director Frank
Maruca – 1961

Keener’s Think Summer Promotion, which actually happened
during the winter.

Launch Promotional Plan

Sooktacular launch piece – front

Spooktacular launch piece

After 11 weeks, WKNR is number 1 at night

Royal Order of Regen Burgers – Burger Card
from the collection of Mike Rosenblum

Studios – 1966

Announcer Personality Pieces

Contact News Cruiser

Open House
September, 1966

WKNR Jocks 1971

With the Beatles

With Ringo &
The Animals

With Peter Noone of Herman’s Hermits

Keener leads the field in ’66

Bob Seger signs Valerie Elliot’s Burger Club Card

Keener’s numbers: March 1964

National Blast Keener Profile 11/14/65

Detroit News

Keener Money Matchbooks


WKNR Bumper Stickers
The classic blue &

the Keener Green
from the mid-70s

Paul Cannon’s letter to ALSAC Concert performers,
courtesy of Bob Freedman of
Richard and the
Young Lions

9/66 (PDF)

Beatles Ad
Mark Staycer

Two views of the famous WKNR Rinky Dink Skateboard that Scott
Regen rode from Kansas City to Detroit
From the Steve Schram Collection

WKNR Tape Box Label

Scott Regen 1964
Photo: Bill Button

The original Keener Personalities 1964
Photo: Bill Button

The Keener Wagon
Photo: Bill Button

J Michael Wilson 1964
Photo: Bill Button

Jim Jeffries 1964

Photo: Bill Button

Gary Stevens 1964
Swingin Sweeny

Photo: Bill Button

Bill Phillips 1964
Photo: Bill Button

Keener’s 1st Birthday

Courtesy Bob Green

During a lull in some unremembered TV Special – 1965

15001 Michigan Avenue

J. Michael Wilson Today

Jerry Goodwin 1964
Photo: Bill Button

1968 Jocks
  1. Virginia Guindon
    Aug 18th, 2009 at 10:29 | #1

    I am looking for a picture of the “Wooly Burger” for WKNR. My uncle used to dress up in the costume and go to the dances or functions.

  2. Mar 27th, 2010 at 01:14 | #2

    Hello, trying to get some info on Mac Owens…did he also work at KOMA in Okalhoma City in 1966 using the name Johnny Dark? I grew up and still live in Phila., and remember him when he worked at WFIL in 1972…lastly do you know where else he worked?

    Eugene Ferraro

  3. April Dickens
    Aug 10th, 2010 at 00:49 | #3

    Hi, I was wondering are there video clips available for Motown Mondays and also the audio? Thanks

  4. Jim
    Jan 4th, 2011 at 04:06 | #4

    Looks like some entries are no longer here. Was looking for the Iggy Pop interview and some of the other entries I recall reading on the Keener13 site previously. WKNR hits listings used to be occasionally reprinted in Blitz! magazine (a rock fanzine from MI) about 30 years ago…but as a kid, I probably heard CKLW far more often, circa 1968 or 1970 through 1973.

  5. Carol Odonnell
    Feb 5th, 2013 at 13:21 | #5

    I was wondering if anyone has pictures of the time a bunch of kids sang happy birthday to John Lennon.It was around 1964

  6. Rand G DesRosiers
    May 30th, 2013 at 16:51 | #6

    I’m looking for results from a battle of the bands WKNR sponsored in 67, I believe it was AUG was at Gratiot. THE WILD REQUEIM……we went on to play the State Fair …the THE MUMP home of the AMBOY DUKES.TED NUGENT, as we opened for his group for around 6 months. we won every battle we played in MI. the WKNR was the first battle where I won the best vocal award! the battle was a big deal as it began Fri ending on Sunday eve….100’s of bands competing….if anyone has any info it would be greatly appreciated!! RAND 830-629-2636

  7. Scott Westerman – Curator –
    May 30th, 2013 at 16:54 | #7

    Thanks for the note, Rand. I cross posted it on Keener’s Facebook page. Hope it generates a response for you!

  8. Kelly
    Aug 10th, 2013 at 23:51 | #8

    I grew up in New York City in the 1960’s and I remember a radio show which used to have a character named Wooly Burger – does anybody know about this?

  9. Bill Blizard
    Sep 3rd, 2013 at 13:51 | #9

    I love the tribute, but I am a bit disappointed. The reason for that is, before the site facelift I was listed and had an aircheck on the site. I came to the new site and I’ve disappeared!
    I was at Keener in 1970-71. My air name was Chuck Bennett and I did morning drive. In fact the lineup when I was there was:
    6-10AM Chuck Bennett
    10AM-2Pm Marc Darin
    2-6PM Pat St John
    6-10PM Michael Stevens
    10PM-2AM Gary Kent
    2-6AM Robin Stone (several-it was a house name)

    I was hired by Bill Garcia and was there after his departure. Toward the end, we knew of the format change and people started abandoning ship. Of course, management wasn’t going to hire anyone with the end so close, so we had to start expanding our air shifts. When I left I was doing 6AM to noon, followed by Pat.

    Working at Keener was one of the highlights of my radio career. Oh, I’ve worked in bigger markets, but there was just something about Keener where everyone loved what they were doing. I just enjoyed the way the engineering staff had made it as convenient for the jocks as possible with timer clocks (not big in radio at that time), remote starts, and everything else you could imagine to help you out. And the air sound was phenomenal. It could be best summed up by one of our weekenders who said, that “it was just a pleasure to come in and turn on the mic and say your name”. One of the best technical sounds for an AM station that I’ve ever heard.

    Obviously, I wasn’t there in its heyday, but I don’t care. I loved Keener then, and I still do!

  10. Scott Westerman – Curator –
    Sep 13th, 2013 at 14:06 | #10

    That was the legendary Gary Stevens. He plied his trade at Keener before moving to the Big Apple. The Wolly Burger was his trademark character.

  11. Tim Kiska
    Oct 31st, 2013 at 06:48 | #11

    We’re in the process of completing a documentary for Detroit Public TV on the history of local television. Anybody out there have any photos/visuals of Bill Bonds as a WKNR newsman?

  12. Mickie
    Oct 18th, 2014 at 22:30 | #12

    I remember Rodney the Wonder Rodent on (I think) Scotty Regan’s show. Any info/stuff on him??? Thanks. P.S. I won pocket disks (records) and a player to pay them on from Keener back in the 60s (maybe early 70s). Anyone remember them? Thanks

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