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Solid Gold Sock Hop - Week of April 21-27

A song that was re-recorded to change two phrases…songs for Earth Day and Administrative Professionals Day…a top 4 countdown that’s all wet...a trivia challenge about Elton John. Plus rock ’n roll birthdays, concert calendar, website of the week, news flashback and more!

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Solid Gold Sock Hop - Week of April 14-20

Two rock ‘n roll songs for Easter…was there a real Leroy Brown…a top 4 countdown for Income Tax Day...a trivia challenge about a singing politician.  Plus rock ’n roll birthdays, concert calendar, website of the week, news & sports flashbacks and more!

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Solid Gold Sock Hop - Week of April 7-13

Another record-breaking week for the Fab Four…a learning experience for guitar students… Ricky Nelson’s first TV song…a family-friendly top 4 countdown...a trivia challenge about Carnegie Hall.  Plus rock ’n roll birthdays, concert calendar, website of the week, news & sports flashbacks and more!

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Solid Gold Sock Hop - Week of March 31-April 6

This week we begin a new feature – our website of the week! Also a phrase that originated in Genesis…classic blue-eyed soul…Everlys cross the big pond…Beach Boys go to court…the top 4 “fool” songs...a trivia challenge about a BBC embargo.  Plus rock ’n roll birthdays, concert calendar, a news flashback and more!

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BOBBY SKEL TRIBUTE

Bobby Skel (Robert Skelton) played several roles in Macon, Georgia’s rich musical heritage in the 1960’s. Bobby was a prolific songwriter, recording artist, performer, studio musician and record producer, and had records on six different labels. Most of his records received airplay on radio stations around the southeast and several charted nationally between 1964 and 1968. This documentary was produced shortly after Bobby’s death in 2010.

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PHIL WALDEN TRIBUTE

This one-hour tribute to the man who played a major role in launching the career of Otis Redding and starting Capricorn Records in Macon, Georgia, was produced soon after Walden’s death in April 2006. Narrated by Georgia Radio Hall of Fame inductee Bill Elder, this program ran on several radio stations in Georgia. Because the Georgia Music Hall of Fame closed its doors in 2011, any references on contacting that museum are no longer valid.

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BILL LOWERY TRIBUTE

This one-hour tribute to the man responsible for the careers of artists like Ray Stevens, Tommy Roe, Joe South, Billy Joe Royal, the Atlanta Rhythm Section and many others, was produced shortly after Lowery’s death in June 2004. Narrated by Georgia Radio Hall of Fame inductee Bill Elder, this program ran on several radio stations in Georgia. Because the Georgia Music Hall of Fame closed its doors in 2011, any references on contacting that museum are no longer valid.

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W M A C ANNIVERSARY SPECIAL

WMAZ radio went on the air in October 1922 from the campus of Mercer University. The first radio station in Macon, and the third in the state of Georgia, the station’s rich history was documented through classic programs and interviews with former employees during this two-hour program. Gary Guntor, a former announcer at WMAZ who also worked for Georgia’s first radio station, WSB in Atlanta, narrated this documentary. The program ran during the station’s anniversary in October, 2000, in cooperation with U.S. Broadcasting, owners of WMAC (formerly WMAZ) at that time. This historic retrospective won a “Gabby” award from the Georgia Association of Broadcasters.

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BYRON POP FESTIVAL-30TH ANNIVERSARY

The second Atlanta International Pop Festival was held over the July 4 weekend in 1970, in the small Middle Georgia town of Byron. With an estimated crowd between 300,000 and 500,000, this was the largest audience ever for rock icon Jimi Hendrix. This event also introduced southern rock music and the Allman Brothers Band to the world. This 90-minute radio documentary, produced in cooperation with David Price and WGXA-TV, ran on several southeastern rock stations in 2000.

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JOHNNY MERCER-TOO MARVELOUS FOR WORDS

Originally produced as a two-hour radio documentary, this program was produced in 1999 to commemorate the 90th birthday of this great American songwriter. Gary Guntor, a former announcer at WMAZ, Macon, and WSB, Atlanta, narrated this tribute. The network commercials which were part of the original program have been deleted. Because the Georgia Music Hall of Fame closed its doors in 2011, any references on contacting that museum are no longer valid.

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OTIS REDDING 30TH ANNIVERSARY SPECIAL

This one-hour tribute to the legendary soul singer was produced in 1997, to commemorate the 30th anniversary of Otis Redding’s untimely death. Narrated by Georgia Radio Hall of Fame inductee Hamp Swain, the program ran on several radio stations in the United States, England, Canada, Germany and Japan. This documentary earned a “Gabby” award from the Georgia Association of Broadcasters.

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