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This is a music mix like nothing you’ve even heard (unless you’ve been here before). It’s created by radio professionals who went beyond the “oldies” mentality to provide a blend of the best music from the dawn of rock & roll right though today. You’ll hear greatest hits as well as some gems you might never have heard before from the biggest rock stars of all time.

Give our unique music blend just 60 minutes, we know you’ll be hooked because if you’ve been looking for Rock & Roll Heaven – you’ve found it!


Mouseketeer Roll Call: Sharon Baird

Those early Mouseketeers had one thing in common. With the exception of Bobby Burgess, they were all short. But none turned out to be shorter than Mouseketeer Sharon Baird, who topped off as an adult at just 4’10”.

Baird was already a seasoned show biz professional when she was given her ears in 1955, having appeared in a Martin & Lewis film (Artists & Models) as well as being a regular on the early Eddie Cantor Colgate Comedy Hour TV program. She became a part of the core cast of Mouseketeers who stayed with the show through all 4 seasons of filming new material.

An exceptionally talented dancer, Sharon was often paired with Burgess, far and away the best of the male dancers. The disparity in their heights (Burgess was around 5’10” and Baird just 4’8” during their Mouse Club years) added a bit of comedy to their routines. Baird’s ability at the jitterbug was also highlighted in the “Annette” serial which aired during the show’s 3rd season.

When The Mickey Mouse Club stopped producing new episodes, Baird continued to make personal appearances on behalf of Disney for a few years. She completed high school but found professional opportunities as an under-sized entertainer limited. So, after graduating college in 1963, she worked for a number of years as a secretary, while simultaneously trying to get a singing career going as Two Cats and a Mouse, with her husband Dalton Lee Thomas and another male friend.

The marriage and singing career came to an end in 1969. Sharon was resigning herself to diving back into the secretarial pool when an entirely new career opened up for her. In the 1970s, Sid & Marty Krofft produced a number of Saturday morning kid shows for the networks: H.R. Pufnstuf, Lidsville, Land of the Lost and more. They had an urgent need for dancers and performers who were shorter than average (to fit into the puppet-like costumes most of the characters wore). It was a match made in show biz heaven. Sharon Baird became one of their star performers playing multiple roles in most of their productions.

Baird continued to find work as a voiceover artist and performer for many years thereafter, including a stint in Raquel Welch’s Las Vegas revue and as an assistant to the comedian Gallagher. She never remarried and has since moved from Southern California to Reno, Nevada, where she resides to this day.

If you’ve been scammed, the odds of ever getting your money back are not great. But experts say there are some things you can do to improve your chances of recovering the money that was stolen. Here are the 3 biggest areas for phone & online scams operating today:

1.) Peer-to-Peer Apps – Touted as being a “safe” way to pay for things using your cell phone, peer-to-peer (P2P) cash apps like Zelle are now one of the major ways fraudsters extract money from their unsuspecting marks. Recently, Zelle has stepped up their investigating and recovery efforts for users. If the scammer was impersonating a government official like the IRS or Social Security Administration or pretending to be a service provider like a utility company, you may be able to reclaim the scammed money. The key is to report the scam to the bank or financial institute where you have your Zelle account as soon as possible. You have 120 days to make a report, but the longer you wait, the less your chance of ever recovering anything.

Unfortunately, other cash apps like Venmo and CashApp do not offer similar recovery services.

2.) Gift Cards – In the first place, any time someone you don’t know is asking you to purchase and send them gift cards, should be a huge warning sign. If you keep your receipt(s) and report the fraud quickly, you stand a chance of recovering some if not all of the money.

3.) Cryptocurrency – Typically, this activity usually involves scam artists getting their victims to “invest” in cryptocurrency. If you feel you have been ripped off in such a scheme, contact the FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center (at It’s also recommended that you contact your local police.

Experts also warn you, NEVER trust offers from so-called asset recovery organizations. More often than not, these are also scammers who purchased details about you from the people who ripped you off in the first place. Never pay anything in advance to any group that promises to get you a refund.

Backpacks? We don't need no stinkin' backpacks!

In these days of streaming, mp3 files, and super-expensive vinyl editions of classic albums, most music lovers of today are blissfully unaware of a super-cheap method Baby Boomers used to build their record collections back in the day – the “cut-out” album or 45!

These were older releases that the record labels were “cutting out” of their catalog, meaning the label would no longer press new copies of these recordings because sales had dwindled to extremely low levels. These records were then sold, in bulk to wholesalers, who in turn sold them to record stores or large discount chains (think of the forerunners of Wal-Mart, like Zayres and Arlens).

To prevent retailers from selling these heavily discounted items at full price, the label would disfigure the record in some way before selling them to the wholesalers. For albums, that meant clipping a corner of the LP’s cover, adding a slot to the cover, or even a small metal grommet. For 45s, it usually involved boring a hole right through the single’s label.

At a time when LPs typically were selling for $3 to $4 and singles at $0.79 to $1, cut-outs could come as cheaply as $0.69 for an album and $0.29 for a 45. If you were a savvy rock fan, you could build an impressive collection for literally pennies on the dollar. Nearly every recording act (with the singular exception of the Beatles) had at least some of their catalog hit the cut-out bin at one time or another. Early albums by the Who, the Rolling Stones, the Kinks, and Pink Floyd (pre-Dark Side of the Moon) could be found in abundance. Ditto for 45s that featured B-sides that never made it onto an act’s albums.

When computers arrived with software that allowed for easy ripping of CDs along with early music-sharing sites like Napster, the entire notion of paying retail for music became quite quaint, joining the rotary phone, trading stamps, and manual transmissions in oblivion. But among the small group of dedicated vinyl collectors, those cut-out editions are now often worth more than the legitimate full retail copies. Had we only known, we’d have saved a lot of ours.

As the first generation for whom consumption of marijuana spread beyond avant-garde bohemians and jazz musicians, it has been interesting to watch the growing legalization of what we called pot and the kids call weed. Okay, not as dangerous as our parents warned us, but how beneficial is it?

Growing legalization has finally led to scientific studies of the various claims made about marijuana. Studies have confirmed that marijuana has some benefit in reducing chronic pain as well as helping people with sleep problems. But surprisingly, there’s still a lot we don’t know. As with many mind/mood-altering substances, it appears that everyone has different tolerance levels, so medical experts stress newbies should start slow and actually keep a journal of how much marijuana they’re taking and what the effects are.

Also, as the idea of smoking anything has decreased in popularity, gummies and other pot-infused edibles have now overtaken smoking/vaping as the most popular way to consume weed.