Keener commercials in the 60s were as distinctive as the music. WKNR sold thousands of cars for Gene Merollis and filled those cars with audio systems from Mickey Shorr and Michigan Mobile Radio. Keener enticed legions to experience the thrills at BobLo, Edgewater Park and Detroit Dragway, told readers that they needed the Detroit Free Press because it was “more than just the News” and helped launch K-Mart, the Ford Mustang, RC Cola, Speedway gasoline and Dentine Gum.

Here are a few of the spots that helped finance the Keener legend.

Blazos (64)
Daly Drive-In (64)
RC Cola (62)
Pepsi (6)
Scotch Tape (62)

Terryton (61)
Dentine (66)

Merollis Chevrolet (67)
Ford Mustang (65)
The 66 Chevys (66)

Speedway 79 (62)
Tiger Baseball (62)
WKNR News (64)

K-Mart (61/71)
Detroit Dragway (64)

Motor City Dragway (67)
Edgewater Park (65)
Gay Haven (62)

Thanks to Steve Schram and Bob Green for contributions from their collections.

  1. May 11th, 2009 at 22:40 | #1

    GREAT SITE. I remember when Dick Purtan came to GP HS to entertain us. I love the old commericals. Where is Roy O’Brien 9 Mile and Mack – “get on the right track, 9 Mile and Mack.”

  2. Richard Schweizer
    Oct 20th, 2010 at 23:28 | #2

    I’d love to hear some of the Michigan Mobil Radio ads. Remember crazy jack at MMR With the cool drumbs. At MMR you will see stero tape in variety…here’s some artist you will know Andy Williams and Vaugn Monrow. We got titles that will tickle your fancy from Frank Sinatra to his daughter Nancy. The Monkeys, the Beatles, the Rollingstones. Amauchamall then Jack Jones, so if you want stero to play in you car see crazy jack at MMR.

  3. Feb 21st, 2014 at 22:36 | #3
  4. Feb 21st, 2014 at 22:37 | #4

    I found classic commercials on ebay.. also, if you look on the Classic cklw website you can find aircheck tapes,etc. If, you want more information please let me know. I will be than happy to assist you.

  5. Feb 21st, 2014 at 22:45 | #5

    I remember listening to Wknr when I was growing up.. I miss that radio station.. then, later started listening to Cklw.. I still remember all the disc-jockeys I listened to back then. Radio today, is not the same at all. Radio Stations are changing at rapid rates. I donot listen to the radio much anymore at all. It’s just not the same to me at all. I remember listening to Ted Richards, Bill Gable, Super Max, Charlie O’Brien Tom Shannon, etc on Cklw. I still keep in touch with Bill Gable who is working at a Radio station in Toronto and also does Voicework now. Ted Richards is a Station in Missouri now.. at a station that has a oldies format similiar to Cklw.. I still tape my own radio shows using the Cklw format..

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