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 world’s oldest teenager was the handle tagged onto Dick Clark. He was an American radio and television personality, TV producer, and film actor, best known for hosting American Bandstand. He was ageless. Did he get a face lift? Bobby Vee had a great comment about that. Part of the show is in the Smithsonian. Dick was disappointed with that and also expressed his negative feelings about the British Invasion.
Actress Angie Dickinson appeared in more than 50 films including “Ocean’s 11” and “Dressed to Kill.” On TV she starred as Sgt. Pepper Anderson on the NBC crime series “Police Woman” for which she won a Golden Globe for best actress and three Emmy nominations for outstanding lead actress in a drama series. But I was more interested in her personal life including a romance with Frank Sinatra, rumors of a close relationship with President Kennedy and her failed marriage to Burt Bacharach.
Vikki Carr, an American vocalist who had a singing career for more than four decades. After we woke her up, we found out what is it like to be a popular singer. Vickie Carr will take us through a day in her life. Different venues she has entertained and the story behind her emotional hit records. “It Must Be Him” was her biggest hit.
Who doesn’t know who Bugs Bunny is? Or Barney Rubble from “The Flintstones” or Woody Woodpecker? These cartoon characters and many others were done by the man of a thousand voices, actor, and radio personality Mel Blanc. I asked him how they coordinated the voice and film, and how he invented the characters, one of whom saved his life. We’ll also find out who his favorite was and his connection with Six Flags Great America in Gurnee, Illinois.
Romantic singer Johnny Mathis has sold over 360 million records worldwide making him the third biggest selling artist of the 20th century. Seventy-three of his albums made the Billboard charts. I wondered how he came up with all of those great songs.
The Chordettes were a popular female singing quartet from Sheboygan, Wisconsin. They are best known for their hit songs “Mr. Sandman” and “Lollipop.” I asked Carol Buschmann about their successful career and Dick Clark’s contribution to their success. She also volunteered some info I had never heard before.
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When Bob spoke, we all listened
Omg!! THE man from my teenaged years. He was, and still is, truly the man who spoke to the world, and we all listened with rapt attention. These memories are priceless. Thank you so much for sharing them again.
Still the BEST!
Thanks to Milwaukee Radio treasure BOB BARRY for sharing these fantastic moments of radio history. Whether you enjoy them for the guests, or the snapshots of Milwaukee radio at its best, you WILL enjoy them! Bob Barry really DID “call the world” — and the world always answered!!! 😊🎙🎧🎼‼️
Long over due
What a great flashback and so happy to listen. Can’t wait for the next one.