To Be Announced.
Hey, it’s Bobby Katzen here. Thanks for visiting the website. And a special thanks to the creator and webmaster of the website and the producer of the show – George Yazbeck.
Are you, like me, tired of being subjected to puzzled looks, blank stares and snarky comments from people under 35 or so who look at you like you are Mel Brooks’ “2,000 Year Old Man” when you mention something from the 1950s, 1960s, 1970s or even the 1980s?
A few months ago, I was out to dinner with some friends and some of their kids in their teens, 20s and 30s. The conversation turned to TV and someone mentioned Johnny Carson. The 24-year-old son of one my friends looked up from his cell phone for about three seconds and blankly asked, “Who’s Johnny Carson?” NOW THAT IS SAD! The kid had no reference point for “The Tonight Show” and had never even heard of Johnny, let alone Ed McMahon or Skitch Henderson.
I invite you, your family and your friends to “get outta Dodge,” jump in my joyous time machine and join me every Sunday night between 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. for a trip back to a time we all fondly call “The Good Old Days.” The show is pure fun! Designed exclusively for YOU—Baby Boomers and Gen Xers.
We want to help you smile away your worries whether you’ve got money troubles, job woes, romantic problems, COVID blues or just the regular blues that come from growing up and growing older. Where has the time gone? Who blinked?
The show and the website reflect on a more carefree time in our lives and give you the opportunity to relish the nostalgia and feel true camaraderie with others from your generation.
Another “reference point story” I know you’ll appreciate: I was a mobile DJ beginning in the 1960s and for many years played at weddings, Bar and Bas Mitzvahs, birthdays and the like. We used record players (later known by the fancier word “turntables”) and played strictly 45s. In the mid-1980s, the transition to the use of CDs began, but everything was not yet available on CD so we used a combo of 45s and CDs.
One night after an event at which I was the DJ, I lost my six 45 adapters. Horrors! I had a gig the next day. I needed to get some 45 adapters—pronto! I called Tower Records (from a phone booth yet) and a young man in his 20s, I’m guessing, answered the phone. I asked, “Do you carry 45 adapters?” After a few moments of silence, he said, “Sir, this is not a gun shop. We don’t sell adapters for 45 revolvers.” I thought he was pulling my leg. He was not. He hung up. I could have cried. I was thinking to myself, “Am I that old? Or is he that young?” Turns out it was probably both. I ended up going to Skippy White’s, an old-school record shop in Boston and bought two dozen 45 adapters so I would never run out again. I’m sure you all have your own “reference point story,” and I’d love to hear it!
So come join me on Sunday nights! The show is drenched in pop culture from the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s. We talk about TV shows, TV commercials, music, toys, school “daze,” news headlines and everyday life from the good old days. I bring my listeners interviews with TV stars, singers, singing groups and other celebrities from those decades, always concentrating on the fun and excitement they brought into our lives.
What was your favorite penny candy? What was the first car you owned? Did you give it a name? Do you remember the name of your neighborhood ice cream man? What games did you play outside as a kid? Did you play Red Rover (“Red Rover, send George right over.”) Who was your favorite teacher? Who was your favorite TV teacher? You favorite TV mom and dad? Did you have a poster of your teenage idol crush on your wall? What TV star did you plan to marry? Do you remember going to your first Major League Baseball game? Did you go to your senior prom? Did you sneak friends into the trunk of your car to get into the drive-in?
And, don’t forget things like: Archie comics, Tinker Toys, Candy Land, your baseball card collection, putting the baseball cards on a clothespin in your bike’s spokes (there goes the value of the collection), Pac-Man, Pong, Whac-A-Mole, Avon calling, the encyclopedia, carbon paper, the mimeograph machine (I volunteered to pass out the mimeographed papers because I loved the smell of the ink), the IBM Correcting Selectric II typewriter, eight-track and the first 33 and 45 you bought.
We have lots of contests and prizes too! Name that Tune. Name that TV Theme. Identify a TV commercial. Answer a Trivia question. And many, many more.
So…set your pink or green old-school clock radio alarm for 6 p.m. every Sunday to remind you to listen to the show.
Be there or be square! See you later alligator! After a while crocodile!
Play Paul’s Jingle! Go!
Play Jeremy’s Jingle! Go!
Bob announces a “misheard lyric” from a popular song. For example, “Scuse me while I kiss this guy” is a popular misheard lyric from Jimi Hendrix’s “Purple Haze.” Bob plays the actual lyric from the song. If the caller gives the correct lyric, he or she wins a groovy prize. (Of course, “Scuse me while I kiss the sky” is the correct lyric.)
Bob gives the caller a category like “Spaces on a Monopoly board.” The caller has five seconds to name five things in the category. In this case, that would be five properties or other spaces on the Monopoly board.
Play Theme Song! Go!
The caller tells Bob the year he or she turned 16 and Bob reads five hit songs from that year. If the caller can name the artists for all five, he or she wins a neat prize.
Our words and expressions from the ’50s, ’60s, and ’70s that have disappeared and / or that kids don’t understand and are clueless about.
Bob, I listened to your WMEX show Sunday night and loved it. I feel like I have gone back in a time machine to the 60s and 70s when I was so much younger than today. I used to love listening to the old WMEX Arnie Woo Woo Gingsburg on his Night-train show.
By the way as someone who likes politics I do read your Beacon Hill Roll Call column too. However, I do like good music and memories much better. I was also back in 1965 a drummer in a rock and soul band called The SilenSirs. We were pretty good as a band and we dressed great.
You've got a radio show fan here, SAL G.
Great the show. Love it. And a tip of the hat to the production staff and contributors/reviewers who all add a lot to the show! Thanks to George, Ben #1, Ben #2, Connor, Rob, Len, Alan, Ken and the Jingle Guy (Best jingles ever but I can’t remember his name – Sorry. I’m 75 and the memory is fading. Haha.) I hope I didn’t leave anyone out. I love the weekly trip in the Delorean.
As a baby boomer who loves oldies music and t.v. reruns, I was so excited to find the Bob Katzen Show! It is so nostalgic and makes me smile and laugh.
Bob has the most soothing voice and he is very funny and sharp. I love the games with the callers and all the fun memories.
Thank you, Bob, for bringing us humor and light in the midst of this dark, frightening time. Keep boosting our spirits!!
What a pleasure to have an old-time radio show back on the airwaves. WMEX is now filled with nostalgia emanating from the mellow voice of Bob Katzen. He brings a variety of fun-filled stories, music and entertaining trivia. I think that Bob will bring this station back from the days of yesteryear to a new and endearing audience.
Love the show - brings me back to the best days of my life and the best music in the world!! Keep it coming!!!
I’ve been listening to your show since it’s started and have enjoyed it. It’s nice to get away from everyday “stuff” for a while and the show brings me back to the good old days-the “Wonder Years.”
The Bob Katzen Show is such a great way to spend a Sunday evening…it is like talking to childhood friends about your years growing up together. A lot has changed and it is fun to listen to Bob and remember the music, the TV, the products (no matter how crazy) that made up the everyday moments of our lives. Keep it up, Bob!
Love the Bob Katzen show! Every week there is a great variety of music,
games, reviews, etc! It brings back wonderful memories and Lots of smiles! Thanks Bob!
Thanks for bringing us back to the good old days, without making us feel TOO
old! Listening to your show feels like hanging out with a group of your
friends (notice I didn't write "old friends?"), sharing fond memories, and
just having a grand-I won't write it-time. Your stories and anecdotes unlock
so many memories, and your show gives me something to smile about week after week, so thanks for that!"
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