Oldies station brings back fond memories

By Eydie Eskridge

I love oldies rock music!

Luckily, I discovered a new oldies station opened in the Seattle area last September. It’s called KMCQ 104.5 FM and they broadcast out of Covington. KMCQ made its’ debut to replace KBSG 93.7 FM.

I started listening to rock ‘n’roll when it was still new and still enjoy the same songs as oldies. From when I was 6 years old listening to “Jail House Rock” by Elvis Presley on the school bus radio, to dancing to Chubby Checker’s “Twist” at age 11 with my friends. These songs still resonate with me today and when I hear them today, I feel like a kid again.

It wasn’t until the 80s that these songs became classics, and I haven’t stopped listening to my favorite ‘60s songs since.

My favorite oldies rock station, KBSG 93.7 FM, went off the air last August when Bonneville decided to simulcast talk-radio KIRO 710 AM in KBSG’s air slot.

For two months I was listening to KJR 95.7 FM, another oldies station, but I was going out of my head listening to “My Life” by Billy Joel, and “Do you Believe in Love” by Huey Lewis and the News, “Pink Houses” by John Mellencamp, and “Rock’n Me’ by the Steve Miller Band. And “Bohemian Rhapsody” by Queen. Don’t get me wrong. I like these groups, but to hear those songs over and over again was driving me crazy, and they are ‘80s songs, not ‘60s songs.

I missed my ‘60s and ‘70s songs, the songs that K-EARTH 101 FM still plays in Los Angeles. Songs like “My Girl” by the Temptations; “Unchained Melody” by the Righteous Brothers; “Under the Boardwalk” by the Drifters; “La Bamba” by Ritchie Valens; “The Tears of a Clown” and “Ooo Baby Baby” by Smokey Robinson and the Miracles; “I Got You (I Feel Good)” by James Brown; “My Guy” by Mary Wells; “Respect” and “Think” by Aretha Franklin; “Dancing in the Street” by Martha and the Vandellas; “Mellow Yellow” by Donovan; “What Becomes of the Brokenhearted” by Jimmy Ruffin; “House of the Rising Sun” by Eric Burdon and the Animals; and ALL the Beatles songs, of course!

You get the idea. I’m living in Seattle now and I want to hear the oldies again on a Seattle radio station.