|By douglasm (126.96.36.199) on Saturday, July 05, 2003 - 10:52 am:|
Nice article, Sue, on the potential for another Keener 13 revival during the dream cruise. Kudos to Scott Westerman (sp?) for putting it together, and SCOTT REGAN (!!!) for being willing to do a board shift. Although I won't be able to hear it live, I hope some enterprising soul will tape it off and make it available for us outlanders!
|By douglasm (188.8.131.52) on Saturday, July 05, 2003 - 10:53 am:|
Oh, my thanks to Rock over on DetroitYes for pointing the article out to me
|By Sue (184.108.40.206) on Saturday, July 05, 2003 - 08:53 pm:|
You heard 'KNR growing up, didn't you? This second Dream Cruise stint is very exciting for Detroiters, I'm not sure anyone else cares or gets it.
Scott is doing a three or four hour shift, but he's probably going to tape it.
The brainiacs who write cutlines for my stories assumed he's doing it "live" although that wasn't in my story. When I get back to town I'm going to have to correct that in the online edition.
P.S. I am already actively whining for some of my Keener favorites like "I'll Bet You" by Funkadelic to be played ...
|By Jim Feliciano in Detroit. (220.127.116.11) on Saturday, July 05, 2003 - 09:43 pm:|
For us old (and I'm speaking for myself) "Keener" diehards, needless to say that's some very exciting news... very exciting news... very exciting news... about Scotty Regen, indeed!
For those of you who grew up listening to WKNR, if you missed it here's Sue's article, in today's 'Feature' section of the Detroit News:
Sue, for the benefit of those "Keener" fans (like Douglasm) who may reside far outside the 1310 AM frequency, do you know if this "Keener" broadcast will be launched **live** over the internet, say, on the WXDX website (formerly Fox Sports)... like they did last year?
|By Sue (18.104.22.168) on Saturday, July 05, 2003 - 09:58 pm:|
Good question Jim,
They did it last year so I'm pretty sure they'd live stream it again -- so Doug, you could listen ...
|By Jim Feliciano in Detroit. (22.214.171.124) on Saturday, July 05, 2003 - 11:12 pm:|
So 'HEAR' it is Douglasm,
You can bookmark this site into your 'favorites' place as you are beginning to anticipate the "Keener" 2003 Woodward Cruise Weekend, to be broadcast *live* on WXDX:
And I'm sure the http://www.keener13.com will have further 'news' on this event on their website (Westerman & Schram) as things begin to develop towards that event, in August... more on the way... stay tuned....
Oh one more thing--
It doesn't look like WXDX is streaming their radio broadcast 'live' over their site at this present time, for whatever reason, despite it is indicative as having such on their menu task bar [INTERACTIVE] that you can stream on *live* radio, on their current website.
Hopefully that will be corrected by that time, But again, I tried to interact the 'live' stream *on* this evening, unfortunately without any success....
|By Carl Dixon London (126.96.36.199) on Sunday, July 06, 2003 - 03:23 am:|
American radio from the 60's - something else I enjoy. The glitter and glamour made it come alive. If you like all those old jingles, please check out:
Nice article Sue - wish we had radio like that now. Long jingles and short songs!
|By douglasm (188.8.131.52) on Sunday, July 06, 2003 - 11:22 am:|
....on one of the sets of the Pams jingles is an "All American" jingle from Luxemborg (sp--sorry). "Whoopee" in, I assume Dutch, is a stitch!
.....yes I did> Keener was a BIG part of my life growing up. If there was one dissapointment in last years dream cruise, it was that the live shows (Greene, St. John's) didn't mirror the old station. Either that, or my memory is really shot.
|By Jim Feliciano in Detroit. (184.108.40.206) on Sunday, July 06, 2003 - 11:37 am:|
I was previledged to work for several years during my internship in broadcast radio, in Detroit, at WNIC 100.3 FM for several years, that being somewhat twenty long years ago.
It was also the very building that was home to the 'legendary' WKNR during it's heyday in the 1960s.
I ran the FM programming over the weekends, overnight there (Saturday and Sunday) as board 'op' and ran Dr. Ruth Westheimer's "Sexually Speaking" on Sunday nights, and I also did engineering and production work for Alan Almond's "Pillow Talk" for a lenghth of time, during my tenure there from 1982 thru 1985.
Needless to say, I got a lot of 'strange' phone calls after 2AM during the time that 'explicit' show was airing-- and boy, did they came out at night during the Westheimer show!
But it was a real 'thrill' that I was able to grace (and to walk thru) the very halls of that particular edifice on Michigan Avenue, and needless to say, I was actually 'inspired' to take up the broadcasting radio arts by the very jocks who had make "Keener 13" what it is to many of us today, and certainly that little radio station we used to listen to during the 1960s in Detroit... and WKNR "Keener" had certainly had gone on to impact on me and to the extent of that very small 'portion' of my (radio) life, even then... even still.
|By Sue (220.127.116.11) on Sunday, July 06, 2003 - 11:42 am:|
Well they only had five days' notice to whip up the first go-round of Dream Cruise Keener. I'm amazed they pulled it off at all, but I thought Pat did a good job of exuding excitement in his voice -- that took me back to the way the jocks sounded. He also talked about new stuff that related to "Keener artists" like the Motown stable, the Cellarful CD was just coming out and he previewed it, played the Velvelettes' cut.
Those PAMS jingles sounded great, and a lot of the promotional stuff came from Bob Green's collection I guess, he kept everything.
They played a lot of the "customs," I know I heard the Shy Guys one for Scotty R. and I think "Scott's on Swingers" as well.
You could just have them run old clips from back in the day, but it's a bit subversive to run new air shifts from these guys in honor of Dream Cruise, to contrast with the current blandness.
|By Carl Dixon London (18.104.22.168) on Sunday, July 06, 2003 - 12:44 pm:|
Douglasm - Did you enjoy the jingles? I do not understand the comment ' I assume dutch is a stitch!'. Could you kindly assist. Glad you like the jingles.
Jim - Dr. Ruth - you are on the air! She was (is) brilliant. We had a satellite channel in the 80's that aired her TV programme over here. I did learn a few things!
|By STUBASS (22.214.171.124) on Sunday, July 06, 2003 - 12:53 pm:|
JIM!!!...IF YOU WORKED AT "NIC"...YOU GOTTA KNOW SOME OF MY "BUDS"...PALOUCCI AND PAUL RUSSELL???...I USED TO HELP DICK KERNEN PRODUCE HIS SUNDAY MORNING TALK SHOW THERE WHEN I WAS JUST STARTING OUT!!!...STU
|By douglasm (126.96.36.199) on Sunday, July 06, 2003 - 01:02 pm:|
....yes I did. To hear a a sound I associate with North American Rock and Roll in a foreign language was VERY entertaining.
..."S.O.S" was played, as was the Mitch Ryder "Rock and Roll", and the Grass Roots, which prompted my question on Keener13.com about a lawsuit I thought I had heard about.
From a historical perspective, I wish more stations and/or historical groups would consider the idea. To hear KLIF or WCFofL or KJR again would be an absolute joy. Kudos for the people who deticate their time to run historical sites like Keener13.com or www.KJRSeattle.com., and their devotion to the "sound".
|By Carl Dixon London (188.8.131.52) on Sunday, July 06, 2003 - 01:17 pm:|
I understand now. Yes, I agree. Have you heard the Jam jingles in Portuguese! Very interesting. Our UK pirates of the 60's tended to use Pams jingles. That is how we were half introduced to your style of presentation. The Dutch, in my opinion, embraced that style very well on Radio Veronica. They had a DJ called Ferry Matt who was very good. When I lived in in Holland in the 1970's, I tuned into the Ferry Matt Soul Show on TROS/Hilversum 3, after the pirates stopped broadcasting. Great '70's' soul show, with all the jingles and glitter that I like. They used to use 'The Horse' as one of their theme tunes.
|By Jim Feliciano in Detroit. (184.108.40.206) on Sunday, July 06, 2003 - 04:35 pm:|
Yes, I remember Jim Paolucci very well....
He was one of the more 'personable' air personalities there at the time, very warm and very, very friendly, as though he had know you personally for many years!
He used to be on the air at WNIC, I believe right after Jim Harper? Or was he on after Gene Maxwell? I think Paolucci was on after Jim Harper in the morning, if my recollection serves me well.
It has been such a long time anyway!
But of course, Jim eventually had left WNIC for a morning 'gig' at another radio station in Lansing, Michigan. That was about in 1986, or 1987, I believe.
Yes, I do remember Paul Russell very well, just the same.
Tall, thin and lanky, he was one of the most humourous guys you would ever wasnt to meet on the radio, and off the air, just the same. We used to play softball for WNIC for various benefits thruout the summer months, the time I was there.
We did a couple of outdoor 'grilles' at his place when he lived in Royal Oak. Eventually, he had left WNIC and he did a short stint as "Jack the Bellboy" on "Honey Radio" AM 56 WHND. Later, he signed on with, of all places... WQRS in Detroit, the local and only all 'classical' music radio station Motown was known to have, at the time. As to his present whereabouts today... your guess is just as good as mine.
As to Gene Maxwell, he is still at 100.3 WNIC, going something like being there nearly 25 years, since 1978.
Jim Harper is gone... he bailed out of WNIC a couple of years ago... to another radio station in Detroit (I believe it's 105 FM) and of course, he's up in the 7 figures.
I must say, Harper wasn't one of the 'warmest' persons you would ever want to meet as a personality, he was somewhat detached with people outside the radio studios, but it doesn't mean he was a 'bad' person per se, not at all. Harper just never got close to anyone outside his circle (at least at that time) because he wouldn't allow it-- he was strictly business oriented-- while he "ran the show" at WNIC.
Yes Stu, I remember Dick Kernan, who used to (and still, even today) run his one hour 'talk' shows on Sunday mornings at WNIC, immediatedly after airing "Ask The Professor" at 100.3, by those two 'cats' from Wayne State University... whose very names escapes me at this time, and it ran for many, many years... remember listening to that one?
And Mr. Alan Almond, well... he was just another story!
|By STUBASS (220.127.116.11) on Sunday, July 06, 2003 - 04:43 pm:|
THANKS FOR THE MEMORIES JIM!!!...YOU'RE RIGHT...JIM WAS A SUPER NICE GUY...AND PAUL WAS ENGAGED TO MY NEWS DIRECTOR AT WWWW!!!...PAULO WAS ONE OF THE FUNNIEST CAT'S I EVER MET...AND WE COULD SIT FOR AN HOUR OR TWO TRYING TO TOP EACH OTHERS JOKES!!!...ALAN ALMOND...GREAT SET OF RADIO PIPES...AND GENE MAXWELL IS ANOTHER GUY I KNEW!!!...SEEMS LIKE I USED TO HANG OUT WITH MORE WNIC PEOPLE THEN EVEN AT MY OWN STATION AT TIMES!!!...DICK KERNEN WAS ONE OF THE SWEETEST GUYS YOU'D EVER WANT TO MEET!!!...STU
|By MEL&THEN SOME (18.104.22.168) on Sunday, July 06, 2003 - 05:00 pm:|
Ive got some nice various WKNR
Record year lists from the 60's.
|By Jim Feliciano in Detroit. (22.214.171.124) on Sunday, July 06, 2003 - 08:04 pm:|
Hey brother Mel,
That is fantastic!
Are we talkin' here about the long, "year-end" souvenir edition music survey guides WKNR would make available at the end of each year in the 1960s?
Those YEARLY editions... say like 1966, 1967, 1968, and 1969, 1970 would list the top "113" hits for the Motor City as tabulated in popularity and record sales, and based on airplay on WKNR for the year in question, respectively.
Curious, how did you manage to acquire some of these "Keener" guides, as you reside in the UK?
I actually think that it's pretty cool that WKNR had extended its Detroit image that far out, way over there... and it's apparent that someone, such as yourself, had lend some importance in holding on to some of these WKNR guides, and that in actuality WKNR's legend is also recognized, as well as appreciated... in another distant part of the world!
|By Jim Feliciano in Detroit. (126.96.36.199) on Sunday, July 06, 2003 - 08:35 pm:|
And oh, by the way....
I noted today that Scott Westerman has made mention on his http://www.keener13.com website as to their immediate plans-- to do some 17 hours of "Keener" broadcasting for the 2003 Woodward Dream Cruise!
|By MEL&THEN SOME (188.8.131.52) on Sunday, July 06, 2003 - 11:59 pm:|
I will try to dig them out but cant promise mate
I got them passed onto me by a mate who is now no longer with us so I cant say how he came by them.
Interesting stuff though.
Keep on rockin the joint Jim
your uk buddy
|By Jim Feliciano in detroit. (184.108.40.206) on Monday, July 07, 2003 - 01:14 pm:|
Hey brother Mel'
Hopefully... this event will broadcast 'live' over the internet and you can hear, somewhat, what "Keener" was all about.
I won't be part of that classic car' event this year, as I have participated in years, past... but my 'classic' ride is being 'restored' from the ground-up, the motor has now been re-built completely as new, and the whole underside has been redone completely off frame... everything on the underside has been replaced as new... that was the most expensive phase of the restore project and the car has been has been in the shop, well for over a year and a half now.
That's just the first phase of the restoration-- then it's going back in after a couple of years for the second phase, which is the interior work (complete)and exterior refinish (complete with paint) which I'll probably will have this done at the same time, depending what the ultimate cost, might well be.
Needless to say, it's a very expensive car 'hobby' one might get into.
But I'm having my (rebuilt 428 4 speed; now converted to dual quad) 1966 GTO (which I've have owned for over seven years) into a 'show-car', and providing things go as planned, this 1966 Pontiac is (all) going to be restored... and done the right way!
|By MEL&THEN SOME (220.127.116.11) on Monday, July 07, 2003 - 01:29 pm:|
Nice one Jim
I found one of the Listings I mentioned above
its a top 100 from 65'
any chance of a spin in your wheels
what are ya naming it?
Cant beat those 60's sounds Jim
your 4 beats to the bar
uptempo uk bro'
mel(soul on wheels)
nearest I've been to a pontiac is sat next
to the tv.
The Count is well into his wheels Jim.
always great talking to ya bro'
keep it rockin'
|By Jim Feliciano in Detroit. (18.104.22.168) on Monday, July 07, 2003 - 02:05 pm:|
Yea, I think the 'Count' has a 1962 'Chevy' Impala with a 409 c.i., if I'm not mistaken on his, and boy... we're talkin' some classic 'wheels' over here.
Hey 'Count', about your little 'sweet' ride... won't 'cha fill us in, 'bro!
|By Jim Feliciano in detroit. (22.214.171.124) on Monday, July 07, 2003 - 02:10 pm:|
--redirect for correction;
That is to say Mel, that my 'Pontiac' will be in the shop possibly up to a year and a half, what I had meant to say... I was in the Woodward Dream Cruise last year, just the same....
|By the count (126.96.36.199) on Monday, July 07, 2003 - 06:00 pm:|
HEY JIMMY,hows your 4our speed hammer hangin?
Glad to hear your a GEARHEAD also.Check out our web site and see the 6ixty5ive GTO I restored frame off for one of our members in the kontinentals the doo-wop kruisers,Lee Alan is also sitting in it at last years Woodward Kruise.
We will be with LEE again at 13 and Woodward.
The only non stock item I did to the motor of the goat was installed a roller Chet Herbert cam.
The total bill on this project kame to $12,000.00
so I know what your going through,hang in there and if I kan help in any way let me know.As far as my 62 Impala,it was the a/fx(factory experimental)kar that Dick Harrell campained in 62---63 and held a NHRA record with @11.04 secends @132.81 MPH for the 1320 feet(quarter mile)
I bought it From the Don Garlets drag race museum
and kept the Z-11(409)motor in it and made it streetable.They only built 55 of these Z-11's which were punched to 427CU.IN.@ 530 HP.I have 2wo tickets from 1962 for doing 110 mph on woodward and another one from 1962 the following week for the same thing,110 mph in a 45 mph zone on woodward,this was with a 62 409 which I had back then.So this is why I just had to have another 62 IMPALA for the good times and I do a lot of street racing.Just last week at one of our kruises a guy was bragin about his 440 6ix pack and he wants to race me for $100.00 a gear(both of us are 4our speeds)I said krazy baby,but make sure your lights are on my tack lite is burned out.Well,he turn red and walked away.
HEY MEL,holy S--t,I got that package today in the mail,man,kool as always.Thanx so much buddy,and things are komming your way,it's just taking a little time.
Thanx for the interest JIM,and I know this is boring to some here,but only trying to be polite and answer a gearhead who knows what BLOOD,SWEAT and TEARS is all about,so JIM,take your rod out and play with it.Help promote street racing.
|By Jim Feliciano in Detroit. (188.8.131.52) on Monday, July 07, 2003 - 09:50 pm:|
Hey buddy... I'm gonna get back with you on this with a further response when I find a little more time... and, how 'bout that-- in the meantime that was some real amazing stuff you have shared with us here, about your own 409 'ride'!!!
"...She's so fine, my 409, she's real fine, my 409, my 4-0-9"!
|By Jim Feliciano in Detroit. (184.108.40.206) on Monday, July 07, 2003 - 11:49 pm:|
Here's a short audio 'snippet' of what WKNR sounded like in 1966 with Keener's J. Michael Wilson behind the microphone, with his little side-kick 'fink' we all grew to love, Rodney the Wonder Rodent... well here, give yourself a short listen:
And boy, you noticed that 'coool' "Keener" reverb they used to really 'crank' up at WKNR, way back then?
That was some Detroit radio we had in 1966, now wasn't it?
"Keener 13"... well, those were the days gone-by when AM was 'cool' to listen to, cars were really fast at that time, and WKNR was the NUMBER ONE radio station on radio dials everywhere back then... and that was during much of the 1960s, here in Detroit!
|By MEL&THEN SOME (220.127.116.11) on Monday, July 07, 2003 - 11:59 pm:|
you dont have to send me a thing man
just keep staying a Kool guy.
theres your new name man
has now christened ya bro'
Cannonball Run Mel
|By SisDetroit (18.104.22.168) on Tuesday, July 08, 2003 - 12:22 am:|
I called the station 1310. I never said Keener. I know during the Dream Cruise, that station is going to play everything great. I used to tape the program, but I always tried to pause during station breaks. I still have those cassette tapes, if they haven't dried out. :o)
|By Jim Feliciano in Detroit. (22.214.171.124) on Tuesday, July 08, 2003 - 02:40 pm:|
I think that is possible, coming from the "COUNT", havin' been 'christened' and all that, think Iid better or else.
But it's strange, never saw him before but why... do I keep thinkin' that this 'cat' is wearing a black cape???
How's your GEARHEAD hangin'? Give us your website page so I can email 'ya sometime!
|By MEL&THEN SOME (126.96.36.199) on Tuesday, July 08, 2003 - 03:06 pm:|
Nice one Jim
the count is one funny guy and one real Kool guy
gotta laugh at the cape gag man,
watch out though Jim
believe me bro'
The Count is one of the funniest guy's around.
|By the count (188.8.131.52) on Wednesday, July 09, 2003 - 01:54 pm:|
Hey "GEARHEAD" JIM,thanx for the kind words,and thanx to MEL also.Jim,you signed our guest book and thank you for that also,you may visit again and check out all the things on the web,at,
|By Jim Feliciano in Detroit. (184.108.40.206) on Wednesday, July 09, 2003 - 08:04 pm:|
Let me see... that's, http://www.kontinentalsthedoowopkruisers.com
Got 'cha 'bro... "Count" I'll see 'ya there!
Yours, as 'christened'--
|By Jim Feliciano in Detroit. (220.127.116.11) on Wednesday, July 09, 2003 - 09:38 pm:|
And here it is:
It's the brand new 'promo' on the 2003 "Keener 13" Woodward Dream Cruise from Scott Westerman and Keener13.com!
|By Sue (18.104.22.168) on Wednesday, July 09, 2003 - 10:46 pm:|
That sounds very cool.
I am in a navy blue '68 Camaro headed north on Woodward with "I'll Bet You" pounding out of the radio, it's 8 p.m. and Scott Regen is at the mike. I'm approaching Maverick's.
What rides are y'all in?
|By Jim Feliciano in Detroit. (22.214.171.124) on Wednesday, July 09, 2003 - 11:38 pm:|
I have a strange feelin' Scott Regen's gonna have to play you that one because you and I would really like to hear "I'll Bet You" by the Funkadelic... and play it 8 PM sharp, 'ya HEAR THAT SCOTTY!? :o]
By the way Sue, I may have to be a just bystander 'cause unfortunately my '66 Pontiac ride is still in the shop! :o[
|By Sue (126.96.36.199) on Thursday, July 10, 2003 - 12:00 am:|
Yeah but in your imagination, what are you riding up to Ted's?
|By Jim Feliciano in Detroit. (188.8.131.52) on Thursday, July 10, 2003 - 07:56 am:|
You know Sue, as a matter of personal choice this time around it's gonna have to be this one beautiful, 'classic' ride that was oh, so popular during the mid-1960s:
It's a brand new 1965 Buick 'Riviera' (with the pointed 'fast' glass in the back) fully loaded, with these colors... a 'baby blue' leather upholstered interior (and with the radio speaker centered near the top middle of the rear bench seat, you remember that?) with the 'chromed' center floorboard (automatic shifter) console extending almost, to the back seat!
And, the car's exterior 'glossy' finish would have to be, well let's see... it's a very light, vanilla 'creme beige' color to complement the car's exquisite details and the (baby-blue) interior, and besides... this 1965 Buick really 'shows' up with all that spit-shinin' chrome!
And of course "Keener" is on the radio as I am pulling in right inside, 'yup... Ted's Drive-in!
|By Jim Feliciano in Detroit. (184.108.40.206) on Thursday, July 10, 2003 - 09:48 pm:|
Hey, listen... is that BOB GREEN... blaring out of my '65 Buick Riviera's AM car radio?
Yes it is, because it's (always) locked in on, what else... WKNR "Keener 13"!
A BIG THANK YOU... to Scott Westerman and Steve Schram for 'preserving' the "Keener" legacy (and for the above WKNR aircheck) at http://www.keener13.com... and thank you BOBBY GREEN for ALL those wonderful "Keener" radio memories you gave us here in the Motor City as we remember WKNR, still... as it was back when, during the 1960s!
|By Sue (220.127.116.11) on Thursday, July 10, 2003 - 09:55 pm:|
I was a GTO/Chevelle/RoadRunner/Corvette/Camaro girl ...
To me, Buicks were "dad" cars ...but keep on keeping on.
|By Jim Feliciano in Detroit. (18.104.22.168) on Thursday, July 10, 2003 - 10:16 pm:|
Actually Sue, I was too!
But that Buick Riviera was such a beautiful car, I just loved it's 'appeal' and it's (so) defined (GM) elegance!
Another one of the more Buick 'dad' cars, then, had to have been the Electra 'Deuce' and a 'Quarter', and wasn't that once regarded as the 'poor' man's... Cadillac?
But man, but that ride was HUGE!
|By Sue (22.214.171.124) on Thursday, July 10, 2003 - 10:57 pm:|
Well my dad had a gold Buick Elektra at one point, so I well recall that one -- a '68, his was, I think.
Nah those Buicks were ALL Dad cars, Jim, beautiful or not.
|By Jim Feliciano in Detroit. (126.96.36.199) on Friday, July 11, 2003 - 10:03 am:|
At least you rode in a 'car'... my dad used to ride 'klunkers' and I used to HATE it... talkin' about literally being driven around to much (public) embarrassment!
|By Sue (188.8.131.52) on Friday, July 11, 2003 - 10:36 am:|
No riding around in the Electra, I had to drive a VW Beetle that my dad figured my older brother and I couldn't get going fast enough to get into trouble ...he was wrong about that, we had that thing going like crazy on Woodward ...
|By the count (184.108.40.206) on Friday, July 11, 2003 - 12:44 pm:|
Hey "GEARHEAD"(JIM),we'll be at Jamies tonite and tomorrow nite (THE KONTINENTALS) doing an oldies and doo-wop show while the band is on vacation.Our DJ,doo-wop Dan will be playing the stac of shellac,and in between jams will be different air checks and jingles i put together on cd.So,take your rod out and play with it,and try to make the scene ol buddy bean,teen and queen.
HEY LYNN,check your electric MA-BELL machine,I left you a message,kall me back.
I hear your proscess took a recess.
|By HarchOhio (220.127.116.11) on Sunday, July 13, 2003 - 05:17 pm:|
Sis Detroit wrote:
"I used to tape the program, but I always tried to pause during station breaks. I still have those cassette tapes, if they haven't dried out. :o "
You should really check them out, to see if there are any Keener airchecks. I have contributed a couple of airchecks to the Keener13.com site, and I'm sure they would welcome more!
|By Jim Feliciano in Detroit. (18.104.22.168) on Sunday, July 20, 2003 - 08:09 am:|
Scott "Regenski" Burger... yea, I remember as he would call himself just that, on WKNR, from time to time while he was 'on the air' on "Keener" in 1967.
And man, we're closing in-- we're just under a month away from listening in on Scotty Regen right here once again, back "on the air" on Detroit radio doing his own 'gig' on "Keener" since he left Detroit in the mid-1970s, and since he first started on WKNR close to 40 years ago... that was June, 1965!
Yes personally, the anticipated 'excitement' is beginning to now build....
Again, special thanks is going out to Scott Westerman and Steve Schram for making the www.keener13.com 2003 "KEENER" Woodward Dream Cruise radio event possible, again, slated for August 16 and 17.
And here's a (www.keener13.com) audio sample of Scott Regen on WKNR, in 1966:
The above aircheck heard is courtesy of http://www.keener13.com, and it is just one of many that you will find in the Keener13.com 'airchecks' archive page, therein.
Scott "Burger" Regen 'swingin' on "Keener" again... well, you know that's "...gonna be a gas", and, don't forget to play the THE 'BURGER' SONG!
|By douglasm (22.214.171.124) on Sunday, July 20, 2003 - 11:13 am:|
I wouldn't mind hearing "The Skateboard Song" again.....
|By Sue (126.96.36.199) on Sunday, July 20, 2003 - 02:32 pm:|
They played the "Skateboard Song" last year on the two day Keener13 fest.
Good news is that Scott Regen is going to do a three hour show, 6-9 p.m. As you know, Pat St. John, Bob Green and Michael Stevens have all signed on for shifts. Bob Berry is going to do one as well. He wasn't with Keener but grew up with it and I can say his Orlando show has quite a lot of Keener energy.
Bad news is, it looks like because of legal (copyright) issues, they won't be able to stream it. So ...book your cheap flight to Detroit or drive on in. And/or, get your Detroit friends to tape it. I have a set of CDs from last year and it's well worth it. If you grew up with Keener, you'll be laughing or smiling for the whole two days of the broadcast.
|By douglasm (188.8.131.52) on Sunday, July 20, 2003 - 02:38 pm:|
...yea, I know. But one hears these songs so rarely.....
....is the problem "legal" or money ("copywright")? It is my understanding that roghts fees are so high for internet radio that some stations have stopped streaming. True?
.....and for us ex-pats, will there be CD's available again this year? Please?
|By Sue (184.108.40.206) on Sunday, July 20, 2003 - 02:43 pm:|
Yeah a lot of stations have stopped Internet streaming, and I'm sure that it's the cost of paying for the music that's prohibitive. This is all being done as a labor of love, the "content providers" are just donating their time to do this, so they can't rack up costs like that.
I'll keep on them about the CDs. Fans made their own last year; there was no official release, and they'd like to do it. But that'd have to be lawyered too ...
|By douglasm (220.127.116.11) on Sunday, July 20, 2003 - 03:51 pm:|
If they'd be able to get the clearence, I'd be willing to fork out for a set....
|By Jim Feliciano in Detroit. (18.104.22.168) on Sunday, July 20, 2003 - 04:00 pm:|
Geez... Scott Regen, along w/Bob Berry together on the radio--
I really think everyone on this WKNR discussion forum should listen to this one other Regen audio piece Scott Westerman has on his website http://www.keener13.com.
And it's Scott Regen reminiscing with Bob Berry about his Detroit days while he was at "Keener 13" about the music, with Bery Gordy's Motown, and just how exciting it really was, while he was there at WKNR.
Special thanks to Scott Westerman for his article on Bob Berry he posted on http://www.keener13.com as titled, "WHERE ARE THEY NOW... Bob Barry--Still Spinning."
And you can read his informative article about what Scott Westerman had to say about Bob Barry, right here @: http://msucampusradio.org/people/bobberry.asp
And thanks again, to Scott Westerman for adding the Berry-Regen audio as well, as you will find the audio *link* thereafter, below at the bottom of Westerman's Bob Berry page.
Thanks to http://www.keener13.com, you can listen to portions of the Scott Regen radio interview there: @http://msucampusradio.org/airchex/bobwsr.mp3
All audio portions are the exclusive property of Scott Westerman and Steve Schram, found on their WKNR website at http://www.keener13.com.
Thanks to those two guys, because... well, the 'excitement' is now starting to 'roll'.
And as sure as Scott Westerman would always say-- KEENER LIVES!
|By Sue (22.214.171.124) on Sunday, July 20, 2003 - 04:18 pm:|
The cars are already out there, on Woodward. Last night I swear, I could have blinked and found myself at Maverick's drive-in, in the back seat of a 'Cuda with some friends.
|By Jim Feliciano in Detroit. (126.96.36.199) on Sunday, July 20, 2003 - 08:05 pm:|
Geezus Sue, you mean they are already 'gearing' up prior, and the darn thing is almost a month away???
I can image what it's gonna be like on Woodward Avenue, just two weeks from now... and it's gonna get much worse in traffic, during the 'week of'!
You know, when you think about it, now's the time to get on Woodward and REALLY cruise, have some 'rodding' fun... because you won't be able to cruise like that on August 17, the 'classic' car event has gotten to be way (BEEP BEEP) too big, unfortunately....
|By Sue (188.8.131.52) on Sunday, July 20, 2003 - 08:34 pm:|
Now is totally the time to go out and cruise. In fact all summer it's been that way. It's now again, the way it was when I was a teenager. The only thing missing are the drive-ins!
Why won't some savvy businessman open up a drive-in and cash in on some of these folks?
This is the real cruising, not the "Happy Days" type atmosphere they try to fake on Dream Cruise day.
|By the count (184.108.40.206) on Monday, July 21, 2003 - 12:51 pm:|
HEY SUE,and GEARHEAD,thats my retirement dream and hope the health stays with me.It will be on Woodward and will be a komplete kustom paint and body shop, hooked to a doo-wop dinner drive inn,with a dance floor complete with a street lamp in the middle of the dance floor for the doo-wop groups to sing under.I have all the connections with all the ROD magazines,so the body and paint scene will always be in full swing.
I'll bring in a NEW YORK group once a month to be performer of the month and and have kruise nite 8ight days a week.While in Vegas this week I'am meeting with Martin Sheene,I did the flames on the kar he drove in the movie"THE CALIFORNIA KID"
I'll have a show room in the front to keep a few kustom kars in fresh out of the paint booth to display .So please leave the DET.NEWS after open for business,I'll need a pretty chick like you on roller skates to wait on the HOT RODS.I'am not smoking some good S--T here,I've already talked it over with my kook and my app. is in the stages with the small business adminastration.
"PRAISE THE LOWERED"
"STEVE'S TRICK PAINT"
|By Jim Feliciano in Detroit. (220.127.116.11) on Monday, July 21, 2003 - 04:00 pm:|
The first phase, the most expensive project (body off frame) of my 1966 Pontiac GTO car restoration is nearly completed!
The entire underbody was stripped off-frame, underside of floor pans were bead blasted, frame chassis was bead blasted as well... I went stainless steel on everything, ss fuel lines, ss brakes lines, from manual to power-steering, new gas tank, new sending unit I went polygraphite on EVERTHING, body mounts, bushings, linkage, power front disc brakes (w/drop spindles) ALL new suspension complete, new shocks, new springs, the entire motor was rebuilt from scratch; formerly 428 four-barrel, now it's a 428 with 2x4 dual quad set-up, electric fuel pump installed, electronic distributor, new radiation, new fan guard, new fan shround, 2 4 barrel Carter Competition Championship carbs (w/no butterflys)... now you get the picture.
That's just the first phase of the restoration process, and as you know, it's the most expensive phase as well.
The second phase of the 'restore' plans would be for the car's entire exterior to be re-done as 'new', bead-blasted and new paint, just the same.
The third phase is to have the entire interior of the car gutted out, everything will be replaced-- everything, wires, gauges, dash, original AM-FM will be rebuilt 'like new' to today's tech standards, dash will be re-done, replaced as new, 4 speed center console will be restored to it's beautiful chrome finish, etc., etc....
So my question is Count, do you still do 'exterior' body work and paint at this time, and, do you do entire 'interior' restorations as well?
If so, I'd definately would like to have you take a look at it... but that 'end' of the restoration is slated for a least two years down the stretch, as I know somebody is going to do the second and third 'restore' phases eventually, as I do have it planned....
"If he can't find me then he ain't worth racin'."
John Milner - 'American Graffiti'
|By the count (18.104.22.168) on Monday, July 21, 2003 - 08:33 pm:|
I aint nooooobody dork.(aint he neat?)
Hey GEARHEAD,yes on both accounts,I still do body and paint.All my body work is always done in lead,(never any plastic,or as refered to BONDO)As far as bead blasting,I dont recommend this process,it generates heat and will warp the sheet metal.It is fine on chassis and componnents,or any heavy gauge metal. I always chemical strip then phosfate coat all sheet metal to prevent surface rust while the bare metal is in stages of ready for epoxy primer.Also I have sent complete bodys out to be media blasted(walnut shells)which is klean and dont pit or warp as bead blasting,This is the process I did on TIM ALLENS 48 Ford and did the flames in kandy and pearls.Just keep in touch and I'll point you in the right direction no matter which way you decide to go.Komplete interiors is also a breeze and I have a good trim man for the stitching and hyde coverings.Hey,dont forget the reverb unit,build it into a box out of sight,like under the seat or even as I do sometimes,hiddin in the right kick panel.Sounds like a great project you have going and will be one kool short.
GEEZE,WHAT A NITE.
ps.gotta pack now leaving for L.V. in A.M.will jive some more when I return.
|By Sue (22.214.171.124) on Monday, July 21, 2003 - 09:03 pm:|
The diner/paint and body shop sounds like a winner, just keep them separate! Hope it's soon. Somebody needs to restore a business to the avenue to go with the car culture already back out there.
And hey, that may be the non-writing job for me, so I can write my own stuff on the side.
|By Jim G (126.96.36.199) on Monday, July 21, 2003 - 09:35 pm:|
What happened to Gary Stevens, my favorite Keener jock? No mention of his current activities on the website.
|By douglasm (188.8.131.52) on Tuesday, July 22, 2003 - 09:56 am:|
....He was one of the WMCA (New York) Good Guys for a long, long time after he left Keener, wasn't he? Heard somewhere he is (or was until recently) a radio station broker.
|By Jim G (184.108.40.206) on Tuesday, July 22, 2003 - 11:58 am:|
Thanks douglasm, I bet being a radio station broker is more fun than being a stock broker.
|By douglasm (220.127.116.11) on Tuesday, July 22, 2003 - 01:39 pm:|
....it's amazing what one finds out there. I just did a search for WMCA and came up with:
which has a little Gary Stevens bio. By the way, if you forget the /wmca/, you get (let's all sing, now)
Seventy Seven, WABC.
Again, though, let me tip my hat at those folks who put together sites like keener13.com, the ckassic Big 8 site, www.KJRSeattle.com and the like.
Does a radio broker work on the big board? Probably a Gates Stereo Yard.
|By Jim Feliciano in Detroit. (18.104.22.168) on Wednesday, July 23, 2003 - 08:43 pm:|
For those of us in Detroit who remember WKNR as it was to us during the '60s, sad news... former "Keener" DJ Bob Harper passed away yesterday, July 22, at the age of 64.
|By douglasm (22.214.171.124) on Thursday, July 24, 2003 - 06:38 pm:|
Thank you, Jim.
Most people have probably forgotten that KNR ran a mirror like duplicate FM operation after the FCC mandated seperate FM programing 10 hours a day in the mid '60's before the underground programing took hold. Harper did the 9A-3P shift weekdays.
Thanks to Scott Westerman for the info. He had answered a question about Keener-FM for me a couple months ago.
|By Jim Feliciano in Detroit. (126.96.36.199) on Thursday, July 24, 2003 - 08:44 pm:|
No, thank you for the WMCA website you suggested, because I had forgotten it since I last checked in on that 77AM Music site... well, it's been about three years ago!
Here's an 'aircheck' (off the WMCA website) of Gary Stevens at WMCA, right after he left Detroit WKNR, for the "BIG APPLE" sometime in May, of 1965:
Gary Stevens was just as himself behind the 77AM microphones in New York City, all just the same... exactly as he sounded like when he was at WKNR "Keener 13" in 1964 and into the early half of 1965, before having left Detroit radio for good, over to WMCA, and for the eventual (much more) 'greener-grass' in the radio medium 'biz!
|By Sue (188.8.131.52) on Thursday, July 24, 2003 - 08:48 pm:|
Did you guys have FM transformers (or whatever they were called) in the '60s? I had AM radios, and I'm sure that's all my dad had in our vehicles. Thus I don't recall hearing WKNR FM in the '60s at all.
|By douglasm (184.108.40.206) on Thursday, July 24, 2003 - 09:09 pm:|
....listened occasionally at home when my parents were out, usually at night on the big stereo in the living room. Keener FM was in mono, too. A couple of friends I had in Grosse Point listened to the FM at night (they could afford FM converters) because the AM's signal was so poor.
....I hadn't listened to that. Classic Gary Stevens.
|By Sue (220.127.116.11) on Thursday, July 24, 2003 - 09:18 pm:|
Ah you must have had a fancy NEW stereo. We had a big old console from the '50s, the kind that had record player, TV and radio all together.
After my parents dumped that, it was just AM radios and a portable stereo, the latest late '60s technology. That portable got me through Michigan State, with a quarter attached to the tone arm ...
|By douglasm (18.104.22.168) on Thursday, July 24, 2003 - 09:29 pm:|
....and all along I was hoping you'd have been listening to WMSN
|By Sue (22.214.171.124) on Thursday, July 24, 2003 - 09:32 pm:|
I listened to all the Michigan State stations, if that's what you mean -- the ones I could pull in at Holden, and then Mary Mayo.
|By douglasm (126.96.36.199) on Thursday, July 24, 2003 - 09:44 pm:|
www.msucampusradio.org is the site Scott Westerman put together honoring probably the best carrier current radio in the country. I swear half of that staff (well, maybe a couple of them) migrated down to Jackson (WIBM) when I was a country jock in the back room on WBBC.
Didn't mean to hijack the thread. Back to WKNR.
|By Sue (188.8.131.52) on Thursday, July 24, 2003 - 09:49 pm:|
Yeah I'm aware of the MSU campus radio site. I went to school with those guys.
I don't remember the call letters of all the MSU stations, as I recall there was one from just about every kiva ...
|By LTLFTC (184.108.40.206) on Friday, July 25, 2003 - 11:46 am:|
Speaking of MSU radio, I've proabably bought a hundred used records with 'WBRS' and 'WEAK' scrawled on the cover
|By Sue (220.127.116.11) on Friday, July 25, 2003 - 11:51 am:|
Really? Where'd you buy 'em?
|By LTLFTC (18.104.22.168) on Friday, July 25, 2003 - 12:51 pm:|
Various , ummm, spots in the Mid-Mich area.
|By Sue (22.214.171.124) on Friday, July 25, 2003 - 06:37 pm:|
All you Detroiters and ex-Detroiters, go to the keener13.com website and scroll down a bit, there's a place where they want you to tell them your favorite song, your favorite car that you cruised Woodward with, etc. Put in your information and they'll use it in their Dream Cruise broadcast ...even if your hood was Gratiot or Telegraph!
|By Jim Feliciano in Detroit. (126.96.36.199) on Friday, July 25, 2003 - 09:19 pm:|
Thanks... I meant to 'paste' that very info on this thread here, sometime yesterday.
I already had sent my own personal Keener 'request' in to Scott Westerman, just a couple of days ago--
This song was on the WKNR Music Survey Guide, for Thursday, November 21, 1963... it debuted at #30 'for the week of', song title (of course...) "When Jimmy Comes Home", and it was by Sandy Selsie.
Needless to say, I've always loved that song....
And who knows... maybe, they'll just play that one for me!
Sue, here's a couple with *your* name on it-- how 'bout "Susan", by the 'Buckinghams'?
That's not bad. Or, "If I Could Write A Symphony For Susan"... by the Arbors???
Nah... if you're gonna play that one, I'd think I'd just rather listen to "The Name Game" by Shirley Ellis. :o]
|By douglasm (188.8.131.52) on Friday, July 25, 2003 - 09:47 pm:|
Ah yes, something to listen to while waiting for my food at the Totem Pole.....
|By Sue (184.108.40.206) on Friday, July 25, 2003 - 10:25 pm:|
On your trips back "home," have you had a Big Chief burger at Duggan's on Woodward? The owner's a (non)reformed cruiser and he got the old Totem Pole recipes, as well as the Suzie Q fried chicken recipe...
I think the best name songs for me are "Suzie-Q" -- which I finally heard in New Orleans played by the originals, James Burton on guitar and Dale Hawkins on vocals, that or going further back, "Susie Darlin'" which the Count of course can sing.
"Susan" by the Buckinghams showed up on one of our Errrggh threads for its faux psychedelic "interlude" ...
|By Jim Feliciano in Detroit. (220.127.116.11) on Friday, July 25, 2003 - 11:47 pm:|
Late '50s Solid 'Gold'... "Susie Darlin", by Robin Luke on DOT Records and guess what, darlin'... I do have that one!
I used to love hearing it all the time on AM56 "Honey Radio" WHND, and God only knows how much I missed listening to that little Detroit 'oldies' radio station, along with Richard D, of course, and then there was Fred "BOOGIE" Bryant!
WHND AM56 "HONEY RADIO"... The Motor City's Leader Of The Past!"
|By Jim Feliciano in Detroit. (18.104.22.168) on Saturday, July 26, 2003 - 09:56 am:|
Douglasm and Sue,
Here's another WMCA audio 'aircheck' with former WKNR 'jockster' Gary Stevens, on his very first broadcasting day at WMCA, this was on April 8, 1965... hear, take a listen:
Of course, Robin Seymour had left "Keener" several weeks earlier beforehand, and Stevens eventually would followed suite, having left WKNR for the bigger 'spread' in New York City.
Despite that slight WKNR 'personality void' setback (as both DJs were extremely popular) in the early part of 1965, "Keener 13" maintained it's NUMBER ONE radio status for Detroit without losing ang 'ratings' ground whatsoever, when they hired in June of '65....Paul (Dick) Purtan from WSAI in Cincinatti, and right behind him came Scotty Regen (rollin' in on a skateboard) from WHB, in Kansas City.
That particular station 'move', the hiring of those 'two' personalities would eventually impact Detroit radio like never before at the time, and like no other ever since... that is, insofar as Detroit radio 'ratings' sweeps in general, and that was during much of the 1960s.
And that's the way it was at WKNR in 1965, and the rest of the story as they would say, is "Keener" history!
|By gdwms (22.214.171.124) on Friday, August 01, 2003 - 09:42 am:|
Can anyone share how WKNR wound up in Battle Creek,Michigan in the 70's as KEENER 14?
|By douglasm (126.96.36.199) on Friday, August 01, 2003 - 04:12 pm:|
As I understand the story, when WKNR went to WNIC, the Knorr station in Battle Creek, WKFR took the calls and promotional tag. WKHM in Jackson was offered the calls, but turned them down because 1) it wasn't a rocker and b) it was already the dominate local station in the market, plastering the Booth stations I worked for (WIBM/WBBC-FM...I'd say I spent some time as a booth announder, but nobody would understand the joke).
|By Jim Feliciano in Detroit. (188.8.131.52) on Saturday, August 02, 2003 - 08:52 am:|
Good Morning Douglasm,
Have you signed up... on the http://www.keener13.com bulletin 'discussion board' forum'?
It's something *new* there and it's been on for a week now, just thought that I'd let you know, in the event that you didn't already know about it!
|By Sue (184.108.40.206) on Saturday, August 02, 2003 - 10:50 am:|
I understand there are a slew of requests that are going to be played for a lot of Soulful Detroit posters ...they even dug into the Keener archives and found the Stratford's "Never Leave Me" ..
|By Jim Feliciano in Detroit. (220.127.116.11) on Saturday, August 02, 2003 - 02:09 pm:|
Hey that's fantastic... is there any of one particular 'personal' favorite you want the "Keener Cruise Weekend" to 'air'... just for you?
|By Sue (18.104.22.168) on Saturday, August 02, 2003 - 02:17 pm:|
I think they will be playing "Suzi-Q," yeah, but what I also really want is "I'll Bet You" by Funkadelic. I'll have to email Pat St. John maybe ...
|By Jim Feliciano in Detroit. (22.214.171.124) on Sunday, August 03, 2003 - 08:07 am:|
Presumably as a matter of 60s WKNR choice that would have to be "Suzi-Q" by Creedence Clearwater Revival, and that one... they just happen to be my all-time 'favorite' band from the late 1960s!
|By MEL&THEN SOME (126.96.36.199) on Sunday, August 03, 2003 - 09:02 am:|
I have an instrumental called
by Bob Wilson
on the Sound Stage Seven Label(no.2578)
so theres another for ya.
|By douglasm (188.8.131.52) on Tuesday, August 05, 2003 - 04:19 pm:|
Question of the day.....
.....will WOodward 3-8925 or TI Six-FiftySix-Sixtysix still get you into the studio?
|By Sue (184.108.40.206) on Tuesday, August 05, 2003 - 04:26 pm:|
There will be a number to get in the studio, an 800 or 888 so the out of towners can get through too without going broke. I'll keep you advised ...
|By Jim Feliciano in Detroit. (220.127.116.11) on Tuesday, August 05, 2003 - 05:40 pm:|
Hey man, I see that you still recall those old Keener" studio 'hitline' numbers, eh?
Hey, for the heck of it, I called that WO-38925 telephone number just now... and guess what? It is still in service, now being used under "WORKPLACE DIRECTORY", or so said the respondant at the other end!
And then I said, sorry... I must have the 'wrong' number [[[click]]]!!!
|By Jim Feliciano in Detroit. (18.104.22.168) on Wednesday, August 06, 2003 - 10:12 pm:|
The "Keener" DJ line-up is 'officially' set for the 2003 "KEENER" Woodward Dream Cruise broadcast on WXDX, so here's the very latest from Scott Westerman, on the keener13.com website:
|By douglasm (22.214.171.124) on Thursday, August 07, 2003 - 09:44 am:|
I'm not suguesting this (yah, sure), but having seen the lineup, wouldn't it be nice (and as illegal as hell....)if some joker would intercept a WXDX signal and stream it on the web for us out of towners.......
But then, how would you publicise it anyway......
|By douglasm (126.96.36.199) on Thursday, August 07, 2003 - 10:00 pm:|
....is there an actual timetable of when certain folks are going to appear? i.e. when's Scott Regan's show on specifically, not generally. I've managed to browbeat Gordon into taping a bit of it, and i'd like to get the times right.
|By Sue (188.8.131.52) on Thursday, August 07, 2003 - 10:15 pm:|
Yeah there will be a timetable. But you wouldn't believe how hard they're all still working right now, there's so much to be done. So I don't want to leak any tentative sked yet, in case it changes ...it will come.
|By douglasm (184.108.40.206) on Friday, August 08, 2003 - 06:45 pm:|
...i can't find the request thread, and it's probably too late anyway, but the Jim Webb thread reminded me of the joke about how the Witcha Lineman purchased a wrecker and went into business for himself, naming it.....
"Wichi Tai To"
Everything is Everything
wierd little song I haven't heard in years.
|By Jim Feliciano in Detroit. (220.127.116.11) on Sunday, August 10, 2003 - 07:38 am:|
Get ready to hear some of the most 'forgotten' and some of the most RAREST "Keener" GOLD you haven't heard played, since the "Keener" era, and they will be heard during the 2003 "Keener" Woodward Dream Cruise event.
Most notably, Scott Westerman and Pat St. John will insert many of the "Keener" requests during the August 16 broadcast itself, that many of you had 'selected' for play right here on soulfuldetroit.com.
Also, be on the 'listen'... when Pat St. John (and you'll notice he will on 'full blast' with that "Keener" reverb) annouces the date of a *new* double CD to be released sometime next month... it's "The Motown Story: Volume One", and between the music there with be audio clips, comments, by the artists who made it all happen at the time, right here, in Motown!
Scott Westerman, Pat St. John, Bob Green, J. Michael Wilson, Michael Stevens (and he justs keeps rockin), Bob Barry, and of course, Scott Regen... well, this http://www.keener13.com "Dream Cruise" event seems to get have only gotten better, and better... for "Woodward Avenue" in 2003.
You guys are all so special to us in Detroit, and thank you for putting this all together, we know this 2003 event is gonna be the ultimate WKNR "Dream Cruise" 'gas'... and believe me when I say that "Keener" will really be "gettin' it on" WXDX AM 13 in Detroit... for the second time around!
|By HarchOhio (18.104.22.168) on Sunday, August 10, 2003 - 12:04 pm:|
Your description is so vivid...I can almost hear it now!
Can't wait for next weekend!
|By Jim Feliciano in Detroit. (22.214.171.124) on Sunday, August 10, 2003 - 01:14 pm:|
As you had described well of yourself on http://www.keener13.com/phpbb2/index.php, it is because we both share this (mutually) common, a most profound "Keener" passion that you and I, as well as countless of other Detroiters who remember it quite well, and of those noted who have 'cherished' the magic that was once WKNR radio, on the website at www.keener13.com, yet even still... to this very day.
Yes... KEENER LIVES!
Your "Keener" friend,
|By wscottw3 (126.96.36.199) on Monday, August 11, 2003 - 11:48 pm:|
Here's the line-up for the 2003 Keener Dream Cruise on WXDX
The Broadcast kicks off at 7PM with a live, all-request show, hosted by Detroit native Bob Berry. In addition to all the great Michigan rock rarities from the keener13.com library, Bob will be joined by special guests including: Scott Morgan of the Rationals, Peter Noone of Herman's Hermits, and Keener luminaries Bob Green, Scott Regen, and Pat St. John.
NOON - The Dream Cruise day begins with an hour with WKNR legend Bob Green playing 14 of his favorite Keener hits. Bob decribes how Peter and Gordon got a gift from the Beatles and plays a never-released live recording from the Supremes. You'll hear Danielle David and her Dearborn Dolls win the Keener Name Game, as inspired by the Shirley Ellis classic, and some of Bob's hand picked promos and air checks.
1PM - Keener13.com curator Scott Westerman plays all the great Keener car songs from the Beach Boys, Jan & Dean, and Ronnie & the Daytonas. We tell a little known secret about Tim Tam and the Turn Ons and Count down the top 13 songs of 1967. We also review the Keener calendar with news about Mitch Ryder, The Funk Brothers and the Knights of the Grande.
2PM - Two hours of high energy fun with Keener's Michael Stevens, featuring an eclectic mix of great Keener tunes from the 60s through Keener's final year. Michael also debuts a newly discovered David Ruffin recording of the Jackson 5 classic I Want You Back.
4PM - WKNR ace Pat St. John jocks afternoon drive, with a batch of Michigan music from Motown greats, Detroit garage bands and Grande Ballroom superstars. Special guest Richard Tepp, founder of Richard and the Young Lions joins Pat in the studio to reminisce about the band's greatest concert experience, which happened at a WKNR ALSAC event in Detroit. Be sure to listen for the classic Faygo commercial.
6PM - Two hours with the chairman of the Burger Club. Scott Regen takes you behind the scenes at Motown, reveals the origins of the Burger Club, and plays never-released live recordings from his days as host of Motown Monday's at the Roostertail. There's a special tribute to the late Edwin Starr, and you'll hear nearly every major rock star from Levi Stubbs to the Beatles singing Keener's praises.
8PM - The best of Keener continues as Scott Westerman plays an aircheck by WKNR's Ted Clark, introducing the Soul Brother Six. We countdown the top 13 Keener hits from 1965, hear Mitch Ryder's customized Keener version of the hit Rock and Roll, remember the great Grande band The Frost, explore a pair of one-hit-wonders and play a Keener double-shot featuring the Left Banke and the Four Tops.
9PM - An hour of Keener British Rock, featuring chartbusters from the Beatles, The Who, Herman's Hermits, Petula Clark, Chad & Jeremy, Peter & Gordon, Freddie and the Dreamers and more. We also hear the story of the Keener one-hit-wonder who's stage act consisted of setting his head on fire.
10PM - An all request hour, featuring our first cars, first kisses and the favorite bands as requested by Keener listeners both by phone and via the keener13.com website. There's also a countdown of the Top 13 WKNR hits from 1966.
11PM - The Keener Story. Keener13.com's Scott Westerman winds up the day with the acclaimed story of how WKMH became WKNR and over 71 days, moved from worst to first in Detroit. We hear from original program director Frank Maruca and Keener ace Bob Green on the secrets of the WKNR formula. The late Mort Crowley talks about the competitive atmosphere in Detroit, and Dick Purtan describes how he moved from the late night to the morning show in the space of three months. Airchecks include Dave Prince on WKMH, Mort Crowley's on-air resignation, Dick Purtan's first night struggles, Dan Henderson during Keener's last run for glory and John McCrae's emotional farewell as WKNR signed off for the last time.
Throughout the day, former WKNR News Director Philip Nye presents news capsules of the key events that shaped our world during the Keener years. And keep your ears open for classic Keener commercials that were often just as popular as the music.
Hope you enjoy it!
|By Sue (188.8.131.52) on Tuesday, August 12, 2003 - 04:02 pm:|
Scotty Regen will be broadcasting from 6 to 8 on Saturday Aug. 16, on WXDX (1310 AM) ..Here's some more schedule details:
|By douglasm (184.108.40.206) on Tuesday, August 12, 2003 - 06:18 pm:|
Thank you, Sue.
Cruious. Has WOMC had any "official" comment?
|By Jim Feliciano in Detroit. (220.127.116.11) on Friday, August 15, 2003 - 08:22 am:|
Actually, with WOMC 104.3 FM boosting 50,000 watts of transmitter 'juice' over the greater tri-county Detroit area, more than not, they probably wouldn't care what WXDX would be up to in their 'special' 17 hour broadcast for the 2003 Woodward Dream Cruise.
Also, you'll eventually will notice that the WXDX "Keener 13" D-C Weekend, will 'bill' itself thruout their broadcast as "the 'un-official' Sponsor of the 2003 Woodward Dream Cruise."
all would agree that the WXDX AM/WKNR 13 broadacast will be much more 'exciting'... than that of the "Official Sponsor for the 2003 Woodward Dream Cruise" by 104.3 WOMC, for that 'Classic Motor Car' annual event slated for Saturday, August 16... please standby... stay tuned to this station for further developments, as they arrive....
|By douglasm (18.104.22.168) on Friday, August 15, 2003 - 09:18 am:|
Anybody got any idea about how the power problem is going to effect this whole thing?
|By Sue (22.214.171.124) on Friday, August 15, 2003 - 09:01 pm:|
I can't pull 1310 in right now ...I don't know if it's the usual weak signal -- I don't think so, last year I pulled it in at night just fine.
Can't get it in my car either. Drat. I hope tomorrow goes off anyway. There's power in Bloomfield Township, some parts, I don't know about Farmington Hills, the center of Clear Channel power here where they'd be broadcasting from ...
|By Sue (126.96.36.199) on Friday, August 15, 2003 - 09:01 pm:|
Any other Detroiters out there pulling it in?
|By VIc Doucette (188.8.131.52) on Friday, August 15, 2003 - 11:03 pm:|
The Keener web site sez the broadcast has been canceled due to the blackout. All material had been archived to CD, so there can be a broadcast if Clear Channel ever makes the time available. The folks down there have more important things to worry about just now.
On a side note, as an ex-broadcaster myslef, I have nothing but admiration for the folks who have been working since the blackout. I've been on the air through blizzards, hurricaine duty, the death of major world figures and other assorted out-of-the ordinary stuff, but never under conditions as difficult as what Detroit radio folks have been dealing with fir the last 31 hours -- especially the folks at WWJ. Hats off to you all.
|By Sue (184.108.40.206) on Saturday, August 16, 2003 - 12:15 pm:|
KEENER IS ON THE AIR!! Detroiters, tune to 1310 AM!