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Featured Artist of the Weekend – Kenny Rogers

Chances are you know at least one Kenny Rogers song. Any self-respecting fan of music knows at least one. That’s the kind of impact Rogers has had on the music community. Fans from every genre from metal to folk can name at least one. Rogers has been a part of music history for over 40 years, and plans to retire in September of this year. In honor of his illustrious career, let’s take a look back at his path to legendary status.

On August 21st, 1938, the world was introduced to Kenneth Donald Rogers. He was born into a poor family, and lived with his parents and six siblings in a federal housing project. In high school he bought is first guitar, and began his pursuit of his passion. He started a rockabilly band called the Scholars, and had moderate success scoring a few local hits. In 1958, we was signed by The Carlton Label, and released “That Crazy Feeling”. The song was a big enough hit to land him a spot performing the song on American Bandstand. Rogers proved his versatility by also playing bass with the jazz group, The Bobby Doyle Trio, and then to the folk-pop group, The New Christy Minstrels. Being in all of those different bands with all different styles helped him hone his own style. In 1967, he formed First Edition with a few members of The New Christy Minstrels. First Edition fused folk, rock, and country. They landed a hits with “Just Dropped In (To See What Condition My Condition Was In)”, and “Ruby, Don’t Take Your Love to Town.”

In 1974, Rogers decided to focus his energy on country music, so he went solo, and recorded his first solo top 20 country hit, “Love Lifted Me” in 1975. Rogers followed that success up with 1977’s “Lucille.” “Lucille” reached number one on the country music charts, reached the top five on the pop charts, and landed Rogers his first Grammy Award (Best Male Country Vocal Performance). The following year, Rogers released “The Gambler”. The titular track became a huge country and pop hit, and gave Rogers his second Grammy Award.

Over the course of several years, Rogers hit the studio with fellow country music legend, Dottie West. The struck number one hits with “Every Time Two Fools Collide” in 1978, “All I Ever Need Is You” in 1979, and “What Are We Doin’ In Love”, in 1981. Rogers also showed his ability to do a cover, by recording his version of Lionel Richie’s “Lady”. That track spent six weeks on top of the pop charts. His success with Dottie West, and his cover Richie’s song, solidified his place a great crossover artist, but he wasn’t done showing off his talents yet. Rogers starred in several television movies that were inspired by his songs, including “The Gambler” in 1980, and “Coward of the County” in 1981. His acting chops also landed him on the big screen in 1982’s “Six Pack”. Later in his career he would act again in the television movies “Christmas in America” in 1990, and “MacShayne: Winner Take All” in 1994.

In 1983, Rogers teamed up with another country music icon, Dolly Parton, as well as pop group, the Bee Gees. The Bee Gees wrote Rogers and Parton “Islands in the Stream”, Which landed the duo the Academy of Country Music Award for Single of the Year. Rogers continued to release and album every year from 1983 through 1987, and in 1988, recorded “Make No Mistake, She’s Mine” with fellow country star, Ronnie Milsap, which landed them the Grammy for Best Duo Country Music Performance.

Rogers second passion is photography. In fact, in an interview with People magazine, he stated, “Music is what I am, but photography would probably be second.” In 1986, he published his collection of images he took while traveling the country called “Kenny Rogers’ America”, and in 1987 published another collection called “Your Friends and Mine”. Continuing to show off more talents, Rogers started his own restaurant franchise called Kenny Rogers Roaster, which he later sold to Nathan’s Famous Inc. in 1998. He then created his own record label named Dreamcatcher Entertainment, starred in his own off-Broadway Christmas show “The Toy Shoppe”, and released his next album “She Rides Wild” all in 1998/99.

“She Rides Wild” has my favorite Kenny Rogers song on it, “The Greatest”. If you have never listened to it, I suggest you go do that now. It’s ok, I’ll wait………*Yawn*……….Did you listen to it? Good. Rogers has always hidden lessons in songs like “The Gambler”, but none this funny. This song shows that not every bad situation has to be taken that way. You may swing and miss three times, but that just shows you are a great pitcher.

In 2000’s Rogers released several albums. Some did well (2006’S “Water & Bridges” peaked at number 5) and others did not (2003’S “Back to the Well” peaked at number 52), but Rogers kept on touring and recording. In 2009, Rogers released a box set of his greatest hits entitled “Kenny Rogers: The First 50 Years”.

Earlier this month, Rogers decided it was time to hang up the guitar. He will finish out his current tour schedule, and in November, will retire from touring. I would say he earned it. 78 albums (37 studio albums and 41 compilation albums), and over 120 million copies worldwide, he has gone virtually nonstop since his days with The Scholars. It will be sad to see him be done, but KISS has gone on many “farewell tours” it’s turned into a joke so maybe…..just maybe….



Full Album List


Love Lifted Me-1976

Kenny Rogers-1977

Daytime Friends-1977

Love or Something Like It-1978

The Gambler-1978

Ten Years of Gold-1978

Every Time Two Fools Collide (with Dottie West)-1978


The Kenny Rogers Singles Album-1979

Classics (with Dottie West)-1979

Greatest Hits / Lady (UK version)-1980

Gideon-Release date: 1980

Share Your Love-1981

Love Will Turn You Around-1982

We’ve Got Tonight-1983

20 Greatest Hits-1983

HBO Presents: Kenny Rogers Greatest Hits-1983

Eyes That See in the Dark-1983

What About Me?-1984

Once Upon a Christmas (with Dolly Parton)-1984


Short Stories-1985

His Greatest Hits and Finest Performances-1985

Love Is What We Make It-1985

The Heart of the Matter-1985

The Kenny Rogers Story-1985

They Don’t Make Them Like They Used To-1986

I Prefer the Moonlight-1987

25 Greatest Hits-1987

Greatest Hits-1988

Christmas in America-1989

Lucille and Other Classics-1989

Something Inside So Strong-1989

Love Is Strange-1990

20 Great Years-1990

Greatest Country Hits-1990

The Very Best of Kenny Rogers-1990

Back Home Again-1991

The Best of Kenny Rogers-1992

Daytime Friends –The Very Best of Kenny Rogers-1993

If Only My Heart Had a Voice-1993

Timepiece (with David Foster)-October 4, 1994

Vote for Love-1996

The Gift                -1996

Across My Heart-1997

A Decade of Hits-1997

With Love-1998

Christmas from the Heart-1998

She Rides Wild Horses-1999

A&E Biography-1999

Through the Years: A Retrospective-1999

Kenny Rogers Collection               -2000

There You Go Again-2000

Best Inspirational Songs-2001

Songs of Love-2001

Kenny Rogers-2001

Live by Request-2001

Love Songs- 2002

Back to the Well-2003

Christmas with Kenny-2004

The Definitive Collection-2003

Kenny Rogers Love Songs-2004

42 Ultimate Hits-2004

Golden Legends: Kenny Rogers-2005

21 Number Ones-2006

Kenny Rogers-2006

Christmas Collection-2006

Water & Bridges-2006

A Love Song Collection-2008

50 Years-2008

The First 50 Years-2009

10 Great Songs-2010

Kenny Rogers-2010

The Best of Kenny Rogers-2010

The Love of God-2011

Amazing Grace-2012

Christmas Live!-2012

You Can’t Make Old Friends-2013

10 Great Songs: 20th Century Masters:The Millennium Collection-2014

Once Again It’s Christmas-2015

by Ryan B


Country News

The Power of Music #2 by Ryan B

Like I have written about before, music is a very powerful art form. Personally it has helped me through hard times, and accentuated to good times. There are some songs that, regardless of the mood I am in, bring me to a completely different place. For example, in my review on Alabama, I mentioned that when I was a kid, when an Alabama song came on the radio, I would stop what I was doing and listen in awe of the amazing harmonies, and great stories they were telling. Whenever I hear “Dixieland Delight”, or “I’m in a Hurry”, I go back to that feeling.

I believe that the more you know about your favorite artist, the more you will appreciate their music. For instance, my favorite band is Disturbed. They are a metal band out of Chicago that got their start in 1994. I have always loved their music, but as I learned more about them, and learned about what was going through their minds as they wrote and recorded songs, I would hear them in a completely different light. I don’t just hear the song, I hear the message, and the individual parts that make the whole. I seriously think everyone should learn about their favorite artist so they can appreciate the music more, and hear your favorite songs the way I do.

Shameless self-promotion time. I have been given the opportunity to help you do just that. Every weekend, I will be giving a history lesson on a new artist. The article will be posted on Fridays, and will consist of classic bands, and modern groups as well. If you want to learn about your favorite artist, just send me an email at, send a tweet to @GuyOnTheRadio51, or post on the WCUB Facebook page, or the Hot Country 92.1 Facebook page. I can’t wait to dig into your favorite artists.


News Around the World

Be Aware of Data Privacy Online

With every visit to the internet we expose ourselves to the risks of identity theft and malware. There are safeguards in place both on our devices and online that help us stay protected during the vast majority of our browsing, reading and posting, but we are always one misplaced mouse click away from damaging consequences.

Got your attention?

Today is Data Privacy Day, and the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP) is asking consumers to think about how they use the internet, question the amount of information they are sharing online, and evaluate the steps they are taking to protect their personal information.

Governor Scott Walker issued a proclamation in recognition of this international awareness effort, noting the importance for individuals, government agencies, businesses, and educational and healthcare institutions to identify data privacy risks and to counteract threats to valuable personal information.

“We often presume that the devices and web services we use are inherently secure, and we don’t put any extra thought or effort into protecting our information,” said Frank Frassetto, Division Administrator for Trade and Consumer Protection. “Data Privacy Day is a chance for Wisconsinites to pause and consider whether they need to take a more active role in securing their personal and financial information online and on their internet-enabled devices.”

The best way for consumers to protect their valuable information is to use caution when sharing personal and financial details online and to make use of the added security features built into the internet-connected devices and online services they use.

Consumers can start building a more secure online presence by:

Strengthening the security around online devices

  • Protect your devices. Update the operating system and antivirus software on your devices to target recent viruses and patch any holes that hackers can use to access your system. For added security, set your device to require regular password unlocks.
  • Always keep your phone in a secure location. Your smartphone and tablet contain a wealth of personal information like your contacts, messages, media files and schedules. Know where your phone is at all times and keep it locked away in public.
  • Set up your device with privacy in mind. Set your smartphones, tablets and computers to “time out” every so often and to require a password or fingerprint to log back in.
  • Consider turning off “geotagging.” Mobile devices often link GPS data with photos and online posts by default, and many programs request this data from the device during normal usage. Be very careful how you utilize this feature – this information can give criminals the tools they need to track or rob you. If you wish to disable this feature, look in your device’s settings menu for references to “Location” or “Location Services” services and turn these options off. Watch for apps that ask for this data before you install them.

Taking the fight online – protecting accounts and browsing wisely

  • Secure your home network. At home, password-protect both your router and your WiFi network and choose the WPA2 setting when you setup the network.
  • Enter sensitive information only into encrypted websites. Before you enter personal or banking information into a website, make sure the URL starts with “https” rather than “http” (the “s” stands for secure). This signals that your connection to the site is encrypted and more resistant to spoofing or tampering.
  • Use caution on public networks. If you are using a public Wi-Fi hotspot to connect to your personal accounts on a mobile device, limit the types of business you conduct and set your device to hide your password character entries. Other network users could monitor your information if it is not encrypted (again, look for “https”).
  • Change your internet passwords frequently. Use a long combination of numbers, letters and special characters. Use different passwords for different websites.
  • Protect your email account. Use a complex and unique password that is specific to your email account. Many websites send password update and account access emails to customers, so getting a hold of these emails could potentially give a hacker access to all of these online accounts.
  • Use two-factor authentication when offered. Two-factor authentication is a security process in which you, the user, provide two means of identification – something you have and something you know. something you have is typically a physical token, such as a card or a code sent to your smartphone. Something you know is something memorized, such as a personal identification number (PIN) or a password.

Remaining cautious and attentive when browsing and posting online

  • Keep personal information private. Never give out personal information in a reply to an unsolicited text message or email.
  • Think before you click. Never open any links or attachments in an unsolicited email. Research unfamiliar websites and companies before you interact with them.
  • Think before you post. What you post can last a lifetime. Adjust the privacy settings for your social media accounts to block your content from strangers. Remember that sensitive information such as names, birth dates and Social Security numbers posted to social media accounts can be used by scammers to steal your identity.
  • Think before you app. Before downloading a mobile app, understand what information (your location, access to social networks, etc.) the app accesses to function.

For additional consumer information or to file a complaint, visit the Consumer Protection Bureau at, send an e-mail to or call the Consumer Information Hotline at 800-422-7128.


Lakeshore News

Peaceful Protest in Support of Avery & Dassey Tomorrow

There will be a peaceful protest tomorrow in support of convicted murderers Steven Avery and Brendan Dassey. The protest will take place near the county courthouse and the sheriff’s office beginning at 10AM.

According to Captain Larry Zimney, South 9th Street, between Washington and Marshall Street, will be barricaded off and closed to traffic.

With visitors already at local hotels, Zimney says that the department is planning to see a couple hundred protestors.

Zimeny emphasized that the protestors have a constitutional right to protest. The department is also planning for possible counter-protestors.

The peaceful protest is also expected to hold a candle-light vigil at 5PM tomorrow and could last until 10PM.

The protest is in response to the Dec. 18 release of “Making a Murderer,” a controversial 10-episode Netflix series questioning the tactics used by the Manitowoc County Sheriff’s Department and raising concerns about the validity of the convictions.


Lakeshore News

The DNR Wants You to Go Wild

Starting this spring, the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources is launching a campaign that encourages people to “Go Wild” by heading outdoors and enjoying the numerous recreational opportunities made possible by the sound management of the state’s natural resources.

On Wednesday, the Wisconsin Natural Resources Board received an informational briefing on the project from Mark Rappe, of DNR’s bureau of customer and outreach services. The Go Wild brand will be highly visible as part of a new customer licensing system coming in March that will make it easier than ever for DNR customers to purchase licenses, register boats and recreational vehicles and get information on hunter education and safety classes.

“Wisconsin’s outdoor recreational opportunities are second to none and we’re excited to be launching a campaign that celebrates our natural resources,” said DNR Secretary Cathy Stepp. “From hunting and fishing to boating and snowmobiling, there are hundreds of ways to Go Wild in Wisconsin. With the new Go Wild system, we’re putting improved technology to work on behalf of our customers so they can get the information and licenses they need whenever they’re ready to head out.”

The Go Wild system will be available at more than 1,000 vendors statewide while also offering improved access through mobile devices. The system will store customer information online and make it accessible on an optional conservation card, eliminating the need to carry the old thermal paper licenses. No fee increases are planned as part of the upgrade.

Also starting in March, the GoWild.Wi.Gov website will serve as a portal to help plan adventures and make the most of Wisconsin’s great outdoors. License options will include hunting licenses, fishing licenses, conservation patron licenses and boat, ATV and UTV registrations. During a transition period from Feb. 16 to 29, customers wishing to purchase products such as fishing licenses or a snowmobile trail pass must place their purchases at a DNR service center or call our customer service line and purchase their products over the phone at 1-888-WDNRINFo (1-888-936-7463).

To learn more, visit DNR.Wi.Gov and search “Go Wild.”


Lakeshore News

Two Children Die in House Fire in Sheboygan Falls

Police say two children have died in a house fire in Sheboygan Falls near 5th & Western Avenue.  A third child is in critical condition. One other child was unharmed.

Officials said an 11-year-old child alerted the other children of the fire.  A 9-year-old was able to escape the home and met firefighters outside.  A brave 11-year-old child re-entered the home in an attempt to locate the other two children – ages 10 and 7.  Firefighters located the 7, 10 and 11-year-old children in an upstairs room.  The 7-year-old died at St. Nicholas Hospital in Sheboygan.  The 10 and 11-year-olds were taken by helicopter to Children’s Hospital in Wauwatosa.

Officials said the 11-year-old died Wednesday morning. Police also said late Wednesday morning that the 10-year-old is in critical condition.

The children are believed to be siblings.  The cause of the fire is under investigation.


Lakeshore News

Pizza Delivery Driver Robbed in Manitowoc

On Tuesday, January 26th at 1858 hrs, officers were dispatched to South 19th Street and Franklin Street for an armed robbery of a pizza delivery driver. The victim told police that he was approached by two male subjects and was asked for a light as he motioned like he was going to light a cigarette. One suspect then displayed a handgun and demanded the driver’s money. Both suspects left walking northbound.

Officers located two sets of footprints running away from the scene. As officers began following the footprints, a witness approached officers and pointed out the house the suspects ran to. The footprints led up to the front porch. Officers surrounded the house and were assisted by Manitowoc County Sheriffs Deputies.

Officers were able to make contact with one occupant at the residence by calling on the PA system. Shortly after the renter exited the residence, the two suspects fled from the house. Even though a perimeter was set up around the residence and the suspects were contained to that block, they refused to listen to officers’ commands to stop running.

One of the suspects was taken into custody after being tased and the other was arrested after being bit by K9 Major.

The alleged gun, cash, and delivery receipts were located inside the residence.

Both Manitowoc men were arrested for Armed Robbery and Resisting Arrest.  One suspect was also charged with felony Bail Jumping and a criminal warrant.


News Around the World

NASCAR Radio Announcer Barney Hall Passes Away

Barney Hall, who delivered stock-car racing broadcasts over radio for 54 years, died Tuesday from complications after a recent medical operation. He was 83.

Hall was a fixture with Motor Racing Network (MRN) since its inception in 1970. He earned a place in the NASCAR Hall of Fame in 2012, when the shrine created the annual Squier-Hall Award for NASCAR Media Excellence, honoring Hall alongside legendary TV broadcaster Ken Squier.

NASCAR Chairman and CEO Brian France said of Hall following news of his passing: “The entire NASCAR family extends its condolences to the family, friends and fans of Barney Hall, a NASCAR broadcasting giant for more than 50 years. Barney’s impeccable delivery and incredible storytelling skills left an indelible mark on the sport that he so clearly loved. His legacy remains through an honor that rightly carries his name — the Squier-Hall Award for NASCAR Media Excellence. It will remain a constant reminder of the skill and passion that Barney brought to his work.”

Hall made his final broadcast in July 2014 at Daytona International Speedway. He received a standing ovation in the pre-race drivers’ and crew chiefs’ meeting.

“To have been in this stuff for 54 years, I’ve gotten to know everybody at one time or another,” said Hall, who received the Bill France Award of Excellence in 2007. “It’s a pretty good feeling to go in that garage and hear somebody at some point go, ‘Hey, Barney Hall, how you doing?’ That makes you feel good. It really, really does.”

Hall is survived by his wife of 35 years, Karen Carrier, who was by her husband’s side as he passed away.


Country News

New Baby for Thompson Square

Congratulations to award-winning duo Thompson Square’s Keifer and Shawna Thompson on the birth of their first child, Rigney Cooper Thompson.  Keifer and Shawna will celebrate their 17th anniversary in May.

The couple welcomed their son at 2:46 a.m. on Jan. 24 in Nashville. Named after Shawna’s grandmother, whose maiden name is Rigney, the little boy weighed in at 7 lbs., 13 oz. and measures 19″ long. Rigney has brown hair and blue eyes.

In a message to fans on Twitter, Shawna and Keifer said they would return to touring later this year. They also write, “We’ve had so many wonderful things happen to us but this absolutely tops them all.”


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Nessie by Ryan B

I’m a believer. I’ll admit it. I believe in aliens, Bigfoot, and the Loch Ness Monster. You can call me crazy all you want, but Keith Stewart, a boat captain in Scotland may have found a big clue in the hunt for Nessie, the Loch Ness Monster.

The Stewart claims to have discovered a trench at the bottom of Loch Ness that was previously undiscovered. This trench adds over 100 feet to the depth of the loch. He also claims to have possibly seen Nessie on his sonar.

“I wasn’t really a believer of the monster beforehand,” Stewart said in an interview, “but two weeks ago, I got a sonar image of what looked like a long object with a hump lying at the bottom. It wasn’t there when I scanned the loch bed later.”

“This now needs real research,” stated president of the Loch Ness Monster Fan Club, Gary Campbell. “Let’s get a submarine down to properly investigate the new monster trench.”

What do you think? Is this proof that Nessie can exist, or is it just a trench and nothing more? I’ll leave that up to you.