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August 26th, 2014

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The Keener Podcast – “Jam”

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A Scott Westerman WKNR profile card (click on image for larger detailed view).

By request, more from the jingle jungle. We play the Jam Song and preview the Pams box set. WCBS craters with Jack, Moog passes on and Funkadelic turns 50. Plus rare music from Patty & The Emblems, Boyce and Hart and Lee Rogers. Scott Westerman hosts. (Hear the show 31 minutes 29 MB MP3).

(Podcast “Jam” description above courtesy the archives; August, 2005).

A SPECIAL ‘THANK YOU’ goes out to our friends and host of the official WKNR website, Scott Westerman and Steve Schram, for granting MCRFB.COM honors allowing us to archive every one of those memorable classic podcasts Scott produced for the WKNR website from 2004 through 2006. These WKNR/S.W. podcasts were acclaimed by many then as the consummate podcast medium at the time — a new form of entertainment, communication art suited for the internet — a template model how all podcasts should sound like when first launched on the WKNR website, 2004. We agree.

Today, MCRFB will showcase the August, 2005, “JAM” podcast — there are  over forty podcasts we have listed the WKNR website produced a decade back. For Detroit radio purists alike, this was podcasting “Keener” gold for the 21st. century!

To relive the WKNR experience 24/7 visit  On Facebook? Visit Keener 13 there as well for all the news and updates and more. We salute you both, Scott Westerman, Steve Schram! Well over a decade there — still keeping those fabulous KEENER MEMORIES alive.

– M O T O R   C I T Y   R A D I O   F L A S H B A C K S



August 25th, 2014

From the MCRFB music calendar:

Events on this date: AUGUST 25









1967: After a two-year bout battling depression and stage-fright, Beach Boy founder and resident genius Brian Wilson returns to playing live with the band.

An Elton John capture in iconic ’70s mod-print colors. (Click on image for larger view).

1970: Singer-songwriter Elton John begins a seventeen-night run at the Los Angeles club The Troubadour, his first US club appearance and a move which will catapult him into pop stardom. On the first night, he is first introduced by labelmate Neil Diamond. Quincy Jones and Leon Russell are in the audience, as is future Eagles member Don Henley. The first’s night show includes John’s first hit “Your Song,” “Take Me To The Pilot” and “Country Comfort.”

1970: Jimi Hendrix throws a party to celebrate the opening of his Electric Lady studios in New York City.

1973: Bobby Darin takes to the stage in what is to be his last concert performance before his death, appearing at the Vegas Hilton.

Helen Reddy in the 1970s.

1973: Butch Trucks, drummer for the Allman Brothers, crashes his car near Macon, Georgia, breaking his leg in the process.

1976: Frankie Avalon’s television summer replacement series, Easy Does It, debuts on the CBS Television Network.

1977: California Governor Jerry Brown appoints singer and long-time environmental activist Helen Reddy to the state’s Park’s Commission.

1989: Chicago Mayor Richard Michael Daley declares today “Pop Staples Day,” in honor of the native musician and leader of the Staple Singers.

1994: Billy Joel is officially divorced from model Christy Brinkley. Their marriage lasted nine years, producing a daughter.

1994: Jimmy Page and Robert Plant of Led Zeppelin reunite in a London studio to record the concert that would become the MTV special Unledded.

Jimmy Buffett recently was in Detroit for a concert at Comerica Park, July 2014.

1994: Jimmy Buffett crashes his seaplane while attempting to take off from Nantucket, Massachusetts. Fortunately, he swims to safety.

2006: Longtime Aerosmith bassist Tom Hamilton misses his first gig in 24 years after being diagnosed with throat cancer.

2007: While singing his 1968 hit “Fire” on stage in Lewes, England,  Arthur Brown catches on fire after wearing his customary tin-foil hat with a small fire burning in the center.



Deaths: Stan Kenton; 1979. Jack Nitzsche; 2000.

Releases: 1973: “Ramblin’ Man,” The Allman Brothers. 1975: “Born To Run,” Bruce Springsteen. 1976: ‘Boston’ (LP), Boston.

Charts: 1958: “Little Star,” The Elegants; enters the charts. 1962: “Sherry,” The Four Seasons; enters the charts. 1962: “The Locomotion,” Little Eva; hits No. 1 on the charts. 1973: “Brother Louie,” The Stories; hits No. 1 on the charts.

Certifications: 1964: “A Hard Day’s Night,” The Beatles; certified gold by the RIAA.



And that’s just a few of the events which took place in pop music history, on this day….


August 20th, 2014

Motor City Radio Flashbacks logoFrom the MCRFB news archive: 1967

On The FM Band — WCHB Reaches Out To Jazz







1967 WCHB 1440 Line-Up (Detroit)

Detroit WCHB 1440 Line-Up 1967 (Click on image 2x for largest PC view).

DETROIT — “WCHB-FM “sells the hell out of jazz,” said Jack Millman, of Music Merchants, a leading distributor. WCHB-FM’s play of the “Groovin’ ” cut from the “Hip Hugger” album by Booker T. & The M.G.s. on Stax Records sold more than 20,000 albums in a month, Millman said, “and forced out the single. The first day the single was released, we moved 18,000 copies.”

Jack Springer is one of the most powerful air personalities on the station, “but all contribute. All go their own way,” said Millman. That station made Hugh Masekela in Detroit. When Masekela appeared at the Baker’s Keyboard Lounge, you couldn’t get near the place. I went by the club on a Sunday afternoon and there was a huge line outside.”

The station is now breaking a Cadet Records album called ‘Groovin’ With The Soulful Strings,’ he said. “Burning Spear” will likely be released as a single as a result of airplay of this album. The station is also giving Marlena Shaw, a Cadet artist, a big push with her “Go Away Little Boy,” has sold extremely well in the market because of WCHB-FM.

“The station does so well because the deejays are individuals playing good music,” Millman said. “The station may not show up on audience surveys, but I couldn’t care less. They sell products, and that’s all what counts.”

He said that Music Merchants advertises records on the station because of it’s tremendous impact on the public. “We don’t have to advertise, but we’re doing very successfully with it. Our accounts are now asking what we’re going to advertise next so they could get it in stock.” The radio advertising is followed by displays and personal contacts with retailers. Music Merchants has advertised product on radio for some time and has long-term contracts with CKLW calling for 30 spots a week and WCHB-FM. The distributing firm has its own advertising agency. END

(Information and news source: Billboard; November 11, 1967).

WCHB-AM Detroit Soul Hits from October,1967


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