Kevin Fischer is a veteran broadcaster, the recipient of over 150 major journalism awards from the Milwaukee Press Club, the Wisconsin Associated Press, the Northwest Broadcast News Association, the Wisconsin Bar Association, and others. He has been seen and heard on Milwaukee TV and radio stations for over three decades. A longtime aide to state Senate Republicans in the Wisconsin Legislature, Kevin can be seen offering his views on the news on the public affairs program, "InterCHANGE," on Milwaukee Public Television Channel 10, and heard filling in on Newstalk 1130 WISN. He lives with his wife, Jennifer, and their lovely young daughter, Kyla Audrey, in Franklin.
Over the weekend WRIT-FM, the Oldies Station broadcast what it billed as the Memorial Weekend Top 500 Countdown. I listened on and off and heard some very good records. But this nostalgia buff found a few major flaws with this countdown.
I heard the word “classics” used to describe the 500 recordings. The problem with a list of this nature is that there’s always going to be omissions, and in some cases they can be glaring.
WRIT never announced what criteria were used to determine the 500.
There are elements of the Countdown that would stymie the Riddler. For example, “Ladies Night” by Kool & the Gang makes the list. “Celebration” by the same group does not. “Free Ride” by Edgar Winter makes the list. “Frankenstein” does not. You get the point. A Best of the Best this ain’t.
It’s not impossible to listen to all 500, but rather unlikely. I was interested as to what constituted the Top Ten and found the answer online once the countdown was completed:
10 Monkees I'm A Believer 1966
9 Elton John Your Song 1971
8 Boston More Than A Feeling 1976
7 Dobie Gray Drift Away 1973
6 Journey Don't Stop Believin' 1981
5 John Lennon Imagine 1971
4 Phil Collins In The Air Tonight 1981
3 Eagles Hotel California 1976
2 Lynyrd Skynyrd Sweet Home Alabama 1974
1 Don McLean American Pie 1972
Note the Beatles don’t make the Top Ten. Elvis didn’t make the Top Ten. What’s even more mind-boggling?
Elvis doesn’t make the Top 500…at all!
Are you kidding me?
WRIT, haven't you heard?