The Ultimate Oldies Show

An idea that gestated during many memorable nights dancing and conversing in the late 1980’s and early 1990’s with Carl Mindling, Dick Vivian, Bill Tinsley and others culminated in the development of The Ultimate Oldies Show in 2005.

So many great songs from the 1950’s and 1960’s that kids listened to on local radio that were no longer played on the restricted playlists of oldies stations. Where did those great songs go? Why were stations not playing the songs the kids really listened to in their cars and homes?

And, what about the behind-the-scenes dish on how artists came to record many of these songs?

So many fascinating stories, so many forgotten songs, so much valuable chart information, and so many engaging anecdotes about the songs, artists, producers, musicians, and cultural figures from the late 1940’s through the early 1970’s, lost with the demise of the oldies format on commercial radio.

The Ultimate Oldies Show seeks to personalize, humanize and publicize the stories behind the music through interviews, research, and engaging storytelling to allow the listener to reminisce, relish and, perhaps, hear the song in a different light.

Each weekly two-hour show features a theme, such as:

  • Focus on an artist (Chuck Berry, Little Richard, Marvelettes, Mamas and Papas)
  • A year in music (Class of 1957, Class of 1965)
  • The work of songwriters (Bacharach/David, Leiber/Stoller, Greenwich/Berry, Goffin/King)
  • The vision of a producer (Phil Spector, Bert Berns, Jerry Wexler)
    The output of a record label (Red Bird, Cameo-Parkway, Stax/Volt, Motown)
  • Random topics (Nonsense Songs, Answer Songs, Forgotten Sequels)

Each show features anecdotes, stories, chart information, record label references and lots of great tunes from the late 1940’s through the early 1970’s. Tune in!

The show airs on stations in Oregon, Nevada, California, and Ohio.

Mike with the legendary Chubby Checker

Mike with the legendary Chubby Checker