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The music of the 60s and 70s was groundbreaking and it set the stage for the decades of amazing music that followed it. Milwaukee radio legend and Hall of Fame broadcaster Bob Barry spoke with countless musicians and celebrities over the years and collected remarkable recordings of his encounters with these talented people, which he's now sharing with the public in this podcast. He spoke with Sonny and Cher, James Brown, Dolly Parton, and and many others, and they shared their amazing stories about their lives and careers. All the episodes will be available as they’re released at WisconsinBroadcastingMuseum.org. This podcast was made possible by a generous contribution from Terry Baun.

The music of the 60s and 70s was groundbreaking and it set the stage for the decades of amazing music that followed it. Milwaukee radio legend and Hall of Fame broadcaster Bob Barry spoke with countless musicians and celebrities over the years and collected remarkable recordings of his encounters with these talented people, which he's now sharing with the public in this podcast. He spoke with Sonny and Cher, James Brown, Dolly Parton, and and many others, and they shared their amazing stories about their lives and careers. All the episodes will be available as they’re released at WisconsinBroadcastingMuseum.org. This podcast was made possible by a generous contribution from Terry Baun.

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The music of the 60s and 70s was groundbreaking and it set the stage for the decades of amazing music that followed it. Milwaukee radio legend and Hall of Fame broadcaster Bob Barry spoke with countless musicians and celebrities over the years and collected remarkable recordings of his encounters with these talented people, which he's now sharing with the public in this podcast. He spoke with Sonny and Cher, James Brown, Dolly Parton, and and many others, and they shared their amazing stories about their lives and careers. All the episodes will be available as they’re released at WisconsinBroadcastingMuseum.org. This podcast was made possible by a generous contribution from Terry Baun.

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English

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608-255-2600


Episodes

Bobby Sherman

10/20/2021
He was a teen idol here in Milwaukee and around the world in the 60s and early 70s. In fact, the screaming of the young women in the audience caused him to lose some of his hearing. He was the star of “Shindig” and “Here Come the Brides” TV shows. Bobby received more fan mail than any other entertainer on ABC-TV. He had seven gold singles and five gold albums. His hit “Little Woman” became a million seller. He had many other hits including “Julie Do Ya Love Me,” and “Easy Come, Easy Go.” He...

Duration:00:34:16

Gary Burghoff

10/13/2021
Gary Burghoff is known for originating the role of Charlie Brown in the off-Broadway musical “You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown” and better known for playing corporal Walter Eugene “Radar” O’Reilly in the film and TV series “MASH.” A little-known fact is that Gary played the drums and performed in two episodes of MASH. And, at one time, Gary lived in Delavan, Wisconsin. In the middle of this interview, I got a surprise visit from his dad.

Duration:00:23:38

Connie Stevens

10/6/2021
Live radio is a lot of fun, especially when the unexpected happens. Listen to what happens in the middle of this interview when I interviewed Connie Stevens about her latest movie. The little girls at that time, Jolie and Tricia, she had when she was married to Eddie Fisher. Connie tried to control the situation with little luck. Connie Stevens was born Concetta Rosalie Ann Ingolia. She began her career in 1957 and got her first taste of fame playing Cricket Blake on the TV series “Hawaiian...

Duration:00:23:55

Monty Hall and Fishbait Miller

9/29/2021
Here’s another two-fer podcast featuring a game show host and a legend on Capitol Hill in Washington D.C. Monty Hall’s first job was working for CKRC Radio in Winnipeg, Canada. He moved to New York City in 1955 and hosted several TV game shows there. After moving to California, he became host of the hilarious half-hour gameshow, “Let’s Make a Deal.” In this exchange he’ll reveal some fun facts about TV series. As a child William Miller was nicknamed “Fishbait” for his small stature. He...

Duration:00:11:48

Yvonne Craig (Batgirl)

9/22/2021
How could you tell the good guys from the bad guys on TV shows in the 60s? Yvonne Craig, the commissioner’s daughter Barbara Gordon, and Batgirl on the 1960s Batman TV shows revealed that secret. And she told us why she was unhappy wearing the Batgirl costume in the show.

Duration:00:04:47

Burt Ward

9/15/2021
Holy podcast, it’s Robin! Burt Ward is an actor from Los Angeles who played Robin on the Batman TV series. Like many males growing up, he was an avid fan of the Superman comic books. He excelled in high school sports, such as wrestling, football, and track. He was 19 years old when he auditioned for the role of Robin. He did his own stunts because his costume revealed more of his face, making it difficult for a stunt double to look like him. In this podcast he will expose more Batman...

Duration:00:04:55

Adam West

9/8/2021
You wouldn’t know who William West Anderson is, but you might remember Adam West, the name he took professionally. Adam is best known for portraying Batman in the 1960s series on ABC Television. He was very upset when he was not chosen to play Batman in the movie. West said he played Batman for laughs, but to do that one had to never think it was funny. He did a good job pulling that off. Did it bother him to be typecast or was he pleased that he took the role?

Duration:00:03:47

Tom Jones

9/1/2021
Sir Thomas John Woodward is better known as Tom Jones. He has 19 hits in the United States and has sold more than 100 million records. His hits include: “Delilah,” “She’s a Lady,” What’s New Pussycat,” and the theme for the James Bond film “Thunderball.” In this podcast we find out how Thomas Woodward got the name Tom Jones, how his hit songs came about and his favorite Tom Jones song. Surprisingly this love song was written by the man who had a hit with the crazy tune called “Does Your...

Duration:00:03:56

Michael McKean

8/25/2021
Most of you will remember Michael McKean as the annoying neighbor Lenny Kosnowski in “Laverne and Shirley.” He was also David Hubbins, lead vocalist in the fictional rock band “Spinal Tap.” And most recently he played Chuck McGill, Saul’s paranoid brother on “Better Call Saul,” for which he won a primetime Emmy award. Michael has appeared in many films, TV shows, and on Broadway.

Duration:00:06:26

Reed Kailing

8/18/2021
Many of you, if you’re from the Milwaukee area, will remember Reed Kailing when he was with Michael and the Messengers and the Destinations. His destination was way beyond the group. He met a lot of recording artists and played with some including Badfinger and the Grassroots. Reed was also the voice of Frank Hardy on the animated series “The Hardy Boys” and was in “Beatlemania” on Broadway. Some of his memorable encounters were with music legends like John Lennon, Ringo Starr, and Sir Paul...

Duration:00:38:10

Johnny Weissmuller (Tarzan)

8/11/2021
In the jungle and not always so quiet jungle is where Tarzan the Ape Man lived. Johnny Weissmuller won five Olympic gold medals for swimming and one bronze medal for water polo. After retiring from competition, he became the sixth actor to portray Tarzan, a role he played in twelve feature films. Dozens of other actors have played Tarzan, but Weissmuller is by far the best known.

Duration:00:04:27

Francis Gary Powers (Spy Plane Pilot)

8/4/2021
If you were around in the 1960s you would remember the U-2 Spy incident. If not, you probably heard about it in school. Francis Gary Powers was an American pilot whose CIA U-2 spy plane was shot down while flying a reconnaissance mission in Russian airspace. Powers received the Silver Star, Distinguished Flying Cross, and Prisoner of War Medals. Later he became a helicopter traffic reporting pilot for KGIL radio and a news reporter for KNBC-TV in Los Angeles. While reporting on brush fires...

Duration:00:06:30

The Vogues

7/28/2021
You’ll never guess where this group is from. I didn’t know until they told me. They’re best known for their chart-topping singles: “You’re the One” and “Five O’Clock World.” They toured the world and appeared on American Bandstand, The Tonight Show and the Ed Sullivan Show. They were inducted into the Vocal Group Hall of Fame in 2001. Of course, we’re talking about the Vogues. The photo is from their appearance on my TV show in the late 60s.

Duration:00:17:29

Jimmy Durante

7/21/2021
I wonder how many of you have heard the name Jimmy Durante. He was an American actor, comedian, musician, and singer. His gravelly voice and murder of the English language made him one of the most popular radio and TV entertainers of his time. He was often referred to as the schnozzola or schnoz due to his large nose. He was a popular radio star, appearing on Eddie Cantor’s show, “The Chase and Sanborn Hour,” and the Armed Forces Radio Network. Jimmy’s version of the song “Smile” is part of...

Duration:00:03:50

Lily Tomlin

7/14/2021
Meet Mary Jean Tomlin, better known as Lily Tomlin. You may have seen her on the popular Netflix series “Grace and Frankie,” but do you know about her long career in show biz? She’s an American actress, comedian, writer, singer, and producer. Her first big role was on Rowan and Martin’s “Laugh-in” from 1969 to 1973. She has earned nominations for four prime time Emmy awards, three Screen Actors Guild awards and a Golden globe. Her first film performance was in “Nashville” followed by “9 to...

Duration:00:04:38

Everly Brothers

7/7/2021
Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame members Don and Phil, the Everly Brothers, had a string of county rock hits in the 50s and 60s. Those many chart toppers included “Bye Bye Love,” “’Til I Kissed You,” and “All I Have to do is Dream.” We talked about how they got started, their music, their relationship with each other, and even how they met their wives. Phil was married to record producer Archie Bleyer’s daughter. Their song “Bye Bye Love” had been rejected by 30 other acts and ended up being No. 2...

Duration:00:04:23

Neil Sedaka and Freddy Fender

6/30/2021
In second grade Neil Sedaka’s teacher sent a note home suggesting he take piano lessons. His mother took a part time job in a department store to pay for a piano. He ended up with a scholarship to Julliard School of Music. His song “Calendar Girl” came from seeing an old 1947 movie of the same name listed in “TV Guide.” We discussed his singing and song writing and ended up in an argument over his first hit record. Freddy Fender was a country/rock and roll musician known for his one hit...

Duration:00:02:45

Cory Wells (Three Dog Night)

6/16/2021
Paul Williams wrote “An Old-Fashioned Love Song.” Randy Neuman penned “Mamma Told Me Not to Come.” And Laura Nero wrote “Eli’s Coming.” These were just three of the big hits for Three Dog Night that were written by others. The group had 21 Billboard Top 40 hits and three of those hit no. 1 between 1969 and 1975. Their biggest hit “Joy to the World” sold 4 million records and was the no. 1 recording in 1971. I interviewed Cory Wells from the group and he talked about the band’s name origin,...

Duration:00:03:15

Caroline Kennedy

6/9/2021
One day while preparing for my morning show at WOKY I located the place where Caroline Kennedy was staying. Yes, that Caroline Kennedy, daughter of President John F. Kennedy. She was at a tennis camp in Mayrhofen, Austria. The camp receptionist called her to the phone after the operator told her I was calling long distance from the United States. I’ll bet she got her ear in a ringer for that. Caroline told me that she had never been on the radio before and proceeded to answer 13 questions in...

Duration:00:03:33

Chester Gould

6/2/2021
Who invented the smartwatch? Was it Dick Tracy? The detective’s two-way wrist radio paved the way for Apple watch? I’m not sure about that, but I do know that the idea for a wristwatch that would serve as a phone was thought of by Chester Gould back in a 1946 Dick Tracy comic strip. Gould will talk about how he created the Tracy strip. He’ll also mention how he was way ahead of his times with electronic ideas and reveal how much a newspaper paid for a comic strip back in those days.

Duration:00:03:51