Hitchcock’s Cameos

Alfred Hitchcock was famous for his fleeting appearance in his films. He can be seen in 39 of his 52 pictures. And here they are..

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Aug 18th, 2014 | Filed under Keener

Happy Birthday, Jimmy Webb

Happy birthday to Jimmy Webb, the prolific writer of many Keener hits, including “Up, Up and Away”, “By the Time I Get to Phoenix”, “Wichita Lineman”, “Galveston”, “The Worst That Could Happen”, “All I Know”, and “MacArthur Park”. Here’s Will Lee performing MacArthur Park on Letterman with the composer joining Paul Shaffer and a full orchestra. A great arrangement! Turn it up and enjoy.

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Aug 15th, 2014 | Filed under Keener

Happy Birthday “Hard Day’s Night”

A Hard Day's Night

Happy 50th to the Beatle’s seminal rock and roll film, “A Hard Day’s Night”. Here’s the backstory on it’s re-release.


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Aug 11th, 2014 | Filed under Keener

Remembering Goose Lake

Goose Lake Poster

Remembering Goose Lake, Michigan’s answer to Woodstock. WKNR-FM’s Russ Gibb was one of the visionaries who made it happen. (Poster by Carl Lundgren) Were you there?

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Aug 7th, 2014 | Filed under Keener

Where the Airchecks are…

ReelToReelTapeBox“Aircheks”, recordings of DJs with the music cut short. The coin of the realm when jocks were looking to move onward and upward. Originally, airchecks appealed primarily to those of us in the business. “Inside baseball” as it were. But as time passes, the content of these small snippets of history have become touchstones for a generation wanting to remember what life was like back in the day.

Keener13.com has an extensive library of aircheks featuring WKNR personalities, from the earliest dScreen Shot 2014-07-03 at 1.14.26 PMays of the station, right up to the very last song Keener ever played. But we’re not the only place where radio’s past is still alive and well. Of the free aircheck sites, airchexx.com is one of the best. You’ll find some Keener stuff there, along with great memories from great talent who plied the trade in other markets.
And if  you want to see what it was like to stand behind the microphone and make the magic. Art Vuolo’s amazing VuoloVideo.com website is the place to go. Art is know in the business as “Radio’s Best Friend”. But we like to think of him as the foremost Radio Archivist in broadcast history. Nobody has recorded more DJs at more stations. You get that fly-on-the-wall experience we all wish we could have had when radio was king and everything was Keener.

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Jul 3rd, 2014 | Filed under Keener

Keener’s Competitive Edge

The Keener OriginalsIt was the ultimate dream come true for a Keenerfan. An invitation-only 50th birthday party for our favorite radi0 station at the Red Eye Grille in Manhattan. Many of the WKNR Keymen live here now and those who didn’t came from every other corner of the country to celebrate lifelong friendships and remember Camelot.

That’s what the Keener era was to most of them. It was the best team they ever worked with, creating a product that was so powerful that it overwhelmed Detroit radio even with a pencil thin signal that was one of the market’s weakest. Read more…

Jun 16th, 2014 | Filed under Keener

The Keener “Originals”

Keener's First BirthdayWhen we think about our own relationships with WKNR, they invariably gravitate to the air personalities. Keener emerged from the pack with a carefully crafted playlist, but the real magic were the Keener Keymen of Music. These were the entertainers who ultimately invented the WKNR vibe and elevated it to a high art.

Consultant Mike Joseph crafted the original on-air strategy, but those who were there report that it was quickly modified, with a total focus on connecting with the audience. A culture of “intelligent flexibility” emerged, that empowered the air personalities to take calculated risks, trusting their own sense for what the listener wanted.

The true key, of course, was in the hiring. Frank Maruca pulled together a series of all-star line-ups. Radio pros who were still on their way up the ladder of success, people who had the drive and the desire to learn the market and to create an entertainment and information service that added unique value. Read more…

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Jun 12th, 2014 | Filed under Keener

How many Beatle song titles can you find in this picture?

How many Beatle songs can you find in this picture?

Thanks to Burton Cummings (of the Guess Who) for sharing this with us.

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Jun 8th, 2014 | Filed under Keener

The Day the Beatles Owned the Top 5

From the Beatles Facebook Page:

Friday, April 4, 2014 marked the 50th anniversary of The Beatles’ record-making invasion of the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart with a sweep of the entire Top 5!

The Beatles also had seven other songs peppering the Hot 100 chart (there were a whopping 12 Beatles songs on that week’s Hot 100). 

That same week, The Beatles also held the top two spots on Billboard’s albums chart with Meet The Beatles! and Introducing…The Beatles. These U.S. chart records have never been broken!

USA TODAY reported on this record-breaking achievement: 

Billboard Hot 100 - April 4, 1964

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Jun 2nd, 2014 | Filed under Keener

Summer in the (Motor) City

Edgewater Park TicketHere’s a trivia question. When Bob Green came back on the former WKNR airwaves for the 2009 Woodward Dream Cruise, what was the first song he played? You guessed it. “Summer in the City” by the Lovin Spoonful.

The Flume at Bob Lo IslandDuring the Keener era, you didn’t need to drive to Cedar Point. Edgewater Park was in the neighborhood. So were Greenfield Village and The Henry Ford Museum (now called simply “The Henry Ford“). And, if you wanted to feel the wind in your hair, watching Detroit dance on your left and Windsor on your right, you could hop on the Bob Lo Boats and cruise to Bob Lo Island.

We were amazed at how the waiters at Lafayette Coney could remember a table full of orders, without writing any of them down, and get each of our dogs prepared exactly to our specifications. We didn’t need casinos to enjoy the magic of Greek Town and the three great concert venues were Cobo Arena, Olympia Stadium and the Masonic Auditorium. Read more…

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Jun 1st, 2014 | Filed under Keener