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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!

  • This Day in Rock History – August 13th

    1973: After years of increasing tension between The Everly Brothers, Phil Everly storms off stage during the duo’s concert at Knott’s Berry Farm in California.

    The two would not perform together again for ten years, finally reuniting in 1983 with a show at the Royal Albert Hall in London.




The Rat Pack (started by Humphrey Bogart and inherited by Frank Sinatra after Bogey’s death) made two movies in the sixties. Neither were great shakes as movies go, but the first one, Ocean’s 11, is a wonderful time machine back to a place and time that no longer exist.

Released in 1960, Ocean’s 11 can be seen as the 1950’s last hurrah. In just a few short years, the British invasion in music and fashion would change everything. Film historians think the film was conceived as way to give Frank, Peter Lawford, Joey Bishop, and the rest something to do with their days while they were headlining at the Sands resort at night.

Thanks to George Clooney’s remake, most know the plot centers around Sinatra and his old army buddies attempting to rob 5 Vegas casinos simultaneously (in the Clooney remake, it's only 3).

It doesn’t really matter. The plot takes a back seat to the easy-going repartee of the ensemble cast. Frank and especially Dean Martin get to croon. Sammy Davis, Jr. is still relegated to the role of a garbage man who riffs on old Amos & Andy impressions and the Rat Pack’s one female member, Shirley MacLaine shows up for a totally pointless scene with Dino near the film’s climax.

No worries. The fun comes from digging on the late 1950’s fashions (a time when men still wore hats) and a fascinating look at a Las Vegas that seems downright quaint by today’s standards.

In 1960, most American had still not made the trip to Sin City. The daytime casino action was centered around Fremont Street with just a handful of resorts on a patch of barren desert road known as “The Strip” pulling in the evening crowd with their shows.

Compared to today’s palaces like the Venetian, Bellagio and others, the Sahara, Riviera, Sands, Desert Inn and the Flamingo depicted in Ocean’s 11 have all the glitz and glitter of a redecorated rumpus room in a suburban basement somewhere in the Midwest.

But it was a time when this small band of entertainers ruled the town like royalty.

So give yourself a treat and take a trip to 1960 with the Rat Pack. And hang on through the credits. The film’s best joke happens at the very end as Ocean’s 11, now 10, make their way along the Strip on foot.

BTW – The other Rat Pack film was Robin and the 7 Hoods (1964).

Repair shops have a bad reputation. One reason why is most of us don’t really know much about our vehicles. When a repair person tells us our framastat and carburatic overgloid needs replacement, we just nod and sign the repair order.

One of the most common cons is the Oil Change Add-Ons: Many repair shops advertise a very low price on oil changes. Once they get your car in their service bay, they’ll tell you about all the other things you need – like a new air filter or a coolant flush. Unless you know and trust your repair shop, treat these tactics with skepticism, especially if your car has been running just fine.

BTW – Many of the coolants used in today’s vehicles are good for 100,000 miles.

When we were first adopting blue jeans as our official look, many times our parents would refer to them as dungarees. Ever wonder where that name came from?

The word traces all the way back to 1600s when a rough, cheap cloth was imported to England from India. The cloth took the name from the seaside village that produced it, Dongri. The Hindi name for the cloth was dungri. In the UK, that became “dungaree.”

As the cloth was cheap to produce and very long-lasting, it became a favorite of the poor working class in the UK. The same held true when it was imported into the United States many years later. The most typical pieces of clothing made from this cloth were men’s pants and overalls. As it took two pieces of dungaree to make pants, those pants became known as dungarees – even after denim became the fabric of choice for their manufacture.

Their traditional use by poor laborers and farm field hands is another reason your parents (and your school dress code) typically frowned on blue jeans back in the day.

Worried about packing on a few pounds this holiday season?

Research has shown people who chew sugarless gum throughout the morning consumed 67 fewer calories at lunch and then never make up the difference over the rest of the day.


Anyone who’s seen the movie La Bamba (1987), knows the story behind Ritchie Valens rock classic, “Donna.” Valens wrote the song for his girlfriend, Donna Ludwig at a time when his career was starting to take off, but their romantic relationship was experiencing some bumps.

The movie is accurate in its portrayal of the difficulties the young couple faced. Donna’s father did not approve of her dating a Hispanic man. And Ritchie’s career put him on the road constantly before he had even finished high school. And yes, she cried like a baby when Ritchie first played the song he composed for her.

Nevertheless, the two persisted as a couple up to his tragic death on “the Day the Music Died.” Sadly, Ms. Ludwig also endured the premature death of her mother shortly thereafter. She also became permanently estranged from her father when he pushed her to try a recording career herself, to cash in on her notoriety and exploit what, to her, was a very personal tragedy.

Donna lived a small-town life, marrying 3 times and giving birth to two daughters. She did attend the world premier of the movie La Bamba and at last report, was still living a quiet life with her third husband.