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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

Jane Wyatt

11/23/2022
Actress Jane Wyatt was a three-time Emmy Award winner for the very popular “Father Knows Best” television series. She was also in several Hollywood movies, including Frank Capra’s “Lost Horizon,” and “Gentleman’s Agreement” with Gregory Peck. If you were a Star Treky, you saw her play Amanda Grayson, the human mother of Spock. Her film career suffered a setback when she voiced her opposition to Senator Joseph McCarthy, the main figure in the anti-communist investigations of that time.

Duration:00:04:59

Tommy Smothers

11/16/2022
Who remembers the Smothers Brothers? Tommy and brother Dick wanted to be folk singers, but they also liked being funny, so they mixed comedy into the folk songs. They formed the Smothers Brothers comedy act and appeared on television with their own show in 1965. But they demanded more control from CBS and got it with the Smothers Brothers Comedy hour in 1967. The brothers also became politically active when they became friends with John Lennon. They played guitar on Lennon’s recording of...

Duration:00:08:22

Nick Bockwinkel

11/9/2022
Wrestling fans will remember professional wrestler Nick Bockwinkel. Hated by many, loved by few, especially Milwaukee’s Crusher fans. Nick was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2007. He was a natural athlete with a cocky attitude. Nick fought in matches for 34 consecutive years. In this podcast he’ll answer the critics regarding wrestling being fake and he takes on the Crusher with a few choice words.

Duration:00:09:59

Arlo Guthrie

11/2/2022
Remember the song “Alice’s Restaurant?” In this podcast you’ll hear how the song came about. It was really a war protest tune. Guthrie was a folk singer-songwriter, known for writing protest songs. He had another hit “City of New Orleans” in 1972. After I woke Arlo up, we surprised him with a visit from Alice Brock, the woman who owned the restaurant. She was not too pleased with the movie “Alice’s Restaurant,” starring Arlo Guthrie. She’ll reluctantly explain why.

Duration:00:08:14

Jimmy Dean

10/26/2022
Jimmy Dean was a country singer, actor, and businessman, well known for his Jimmy Dean sausages. He was in the James Bond film “Diamonds are Forever.” Jimmy was seen on many TV shows and was a guest host for Johnny Carson on “The Tonight Show” and had his own show on television in the 60s. He had a no. 1 hit on the Billboard charts “Big Bad John” and scored a million seller with the song “I.O.U.,’ a tribute to his mother. His autobiography is titled “30 Years of Sausage, 30 Years of Ham.”...

Duration:00:11:37

Edgar Bergen

10/19/2022
One of my first recollections of listening to the radio was the Edgar Bergen and “Charlie McCarthy Show.” Edgar was a vaudevillian, actor, comedian, and ventriloquist. His dummy characters included Charlie McCarthy and Mortimer Snerd. Edgar spent 50 years on radio and television. He was inducted into the Radio Hall of Fame in 1990. I caught up with Edgar in his later years. He gives some insight into how he got his start and a bit about his daughter, well-known actress Candice Bergen. By the...

Duration:00:07:53

Tim Conway

10/12/2022
Thank you for listening to the Unearthed Interviews Podcast. Some of you have commented that they bring back memories. And that’s what this is all about. We attempt to make your day with these short clips from the past. One person who made my day was Tim Conway. Tim was an actor, comedian, writer and director. Maybe you saw him playing ensign parker on the situation comedy “McHale’s Navy.” Or on “The Carol Burnett Show”, or the title character in the popular “Dorf” series of comedy videos....

Duration:00:07:19

Loretta Lynn

10/5/2022
Loretta Lynn, the Kentucky coal miner’s daughter, enjoyed six decades in country music. She had multiple gold albums and countless hits. Loretta received many awards including being nominated 18 times for a Grammy and she won three times. She was the most awarded female country artist and was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1988. She was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2013. Lynn had 24 no. 1 hits and 11 number one albums. The film “Coal Miner’s Daughter” was a...

Duration:00:12:11

Tony Orlando

9/28/2022
You all remember “Tie a Yellow Ribbon Round the Ole Oak Tree” and “Knock Three Times” and “Candida,” and others. These songs were recorded by Tony Orlando and Dawn. “Tie a Yellow Ribbon” became an anthem for service members. Where did the name Dawn come from? How did Orlando team up with Telma Hopkins and Joyce Vincent? Why did Dawn sue Tony? And what’s the story behind tie a yellow ribbon? If Tony sounds like he’s in a bit of a fog, it’s because we woke him up.

Duration:00:09:44

Ramsey Lewis

9/21/2022
Ramsey Lewis had a number of instrumental hits on the Billboard charts in the 60s and 70s including “The In Crowd,” “Wade in the Water” and “Hang on Sloopy.” Ramsey was a composer, pianist, and radio personality. He recorded more than 80 albums and collected five gold records and three Grammy Awards. His hit “The In Crowd” won the 1965 Grammy for Best Jazz Performance. Ramsey hosted a morning radio show in Chicago until 2009.

Duration:00:05:59

Barbi Benton

9/14/2022
Barbi Benton is probably best known as being the girlfriend of Hugh Hefner from 1969 to 1976. Hefner was the founder and publisher of Playboy Magazine. She was going to become a veterinarian but gave that up when she couldn’t stand the sight of blood. At age 18 she took a job at Playboy and became cohost of “Playboy After Dark.” When they started dating Hefner she said “I have never dated anyone over 24 before.” And Hef said, “That’s all right, neither have I.” Benton appeared on the Playboy...

Duration:00:12:00

Carroll O'Connor

9/7/2022
Carroll O’Connor’s acting earned him five Emmys and two Golden Globe awards. He was best known for playing the rough, bigoted blue collar family man on the very popular “All in the Family,” a 1970s TV show. Coincidentally, O’Connor grew up in the Queens area of New York where his character Archie Bunker would later live. Mickey Rooney was asked to play Archie but turned it down. Carroll appeared in many movies and TV shows. In his last TV appearance, he starred as police chief Bill Gillespie...

Duration:00:08:31

Ron Luciano

8/31/2022
Ron Luciano was an American League baseball umpire known for his exuberance and unorthodox style. He wasn’t always into baseball. His size, 6’4’, 260 pounds, made him perfect to play offensive and defensive tackle at Syracuse University. In 1969 he started umpiring in the major leagues. He was known for his outrageous calls, screaming, and jumping in the air. League President Joe Cronin sent Luciano a registered letter complaining about “conduct unbecoming a major league umpire.” Ron worked...

Duration:00:12:11

Julius Wechter (Baja Marima Band)

8/24/2022
This podcast goes back to the 60s and 70s when Herb Alpert was flying high with a lot of hits. The man who wrote some of Alpert’s hits was Julius Wechter, the leader of the Baja Marimba Band. Julius played vibes and percussion for the Martin Denny Group and then worked for Sonny and Cher, the Beach Boys and many more recording artists of that time. He played percussion on the Tijuana Brass’s first hit “The Lonely Bull.” He composed the hit “Spanish Flea” for Herb Alpert. The tune was used in...

Duration:00:04:16

John Cameron Swayze

8/17/2022
We’re going way back in television news history for this podcast. John Cameron Swayze had several jobs in radio and TV before moving on to TV news. The first use of the word anchorman was on a show that he anchored called “Who Said That?” NBC appointed John to host its national political convention coverage in 1948, the first commercial coverage by television. Swayze appeared on the “Camel News Caravan” where he was best known at the time for reporting on the Korean War. He got the job due...

Duration:00:08:33

Mae Boren Axton

8/10/2022
August 16 is the 45th anniversary of Elvis Presley’s death. Mae Boren Axton introduced Elvis to Colonel Tom Parker, the man who would manage Presley from 1955 until 1977, the year Elvis died. Mae was one of the first persons to interview the King. The new movie “Elvis” stars Tom Hanks as Colonel Parker. Mae Axton worked with Johnny Tillotson, Blake Shelton, Willie Nelson, Reba McEntire, and many others. She received an award from the Academy of Country Music for Dedication and service to...

Duration:00:06:47

Tony Butala

8/3/2022
Here is a summertime podcast episode. This group had a hit with the song “Theme from a Summer Place.” Tony Butala was the lead sing of the group “The Lettermen.” He started out performing in a boys’ choir and then became the singing voice of Peter Pan in the Disney animated film. When he was a teenager, he performed in a quartet “The Fourmost,” which included singer, actress Connie Stevens. The Lettermen had many hit records including their first “The Way You Look Tonight.” If you were at...

Duration:00:11:21

Maurice Gibb

7/27/2022
The Bee Gees had a string of hits in the 60s and 70s. Maurice Gibb was one of the members of the brother group, the Bee Gees, one of the most successful pop groups of all-time. Maurice’s career started at the age of six in a skiffle rock and roll group named the “Rattlesnakes,” which later became the Bee Gees. His early musical influences included the Beatles, Everly Brothers, the Mills Brothers and Paul Anka. Maurice was the fraternal twin of Robin Gibb. On Dec. 28 1957, the brothers were...

Duration:00:05:18

Louis Armstrong

7/20/2022
The Beatles owned the Billboard charts in early 1964. From February to May they had three consecutive No. 1 singles, a record, and held all five sports in the top five in early April, a record. They had a total of 14 songs in the top 100 in mid-April…another record. It looked like the American artists were done. But in May of 1964, jazz great Louis Armstrong, at the age of 63, broke the Beatles’ streak with the No. 1 hit “Hello Dolly.” Satchmo was of the most influential artists in jazz...

Duration:00:05:19

Marvin Hamlisch

7/13/2022
Better than the hat trick. Composer and conductor Marvin Hamlisch won the Oscar, Grammy, Emmy, and Tony awards. He was one of only 16 people to do so. And he, along with Richard Rodgers, won all four of those awards plus a Pulitzer Prize. His first job was a rehearsal pianist for “Funny Girl” with Barbra Streisand. During this interview I learned that he wrote a hit song for a top 40 female artist. Marvin was probably best known for writing “The Entertainer” for the movie “The Sting.” He...

Duration:00:06:32