2006 “CD Showcase”


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A few years after I graduated college, I learned about a program for brokered shows; basically, you pay the radio station to broadcast whatever you want. I “dragged my feet”, saved some money, & finally contracted to host radio shows on my home-town radio station nearly 10 years after I was last on the radio (May 1996). My 1st show (for which I wrote segues recorded by station personalities) on WRMN was April 2006.


(“The Song Remembers When” by Trisha Yearwood in the background) … Tired of hearing the same new songs with a few “oldies” thrown in whenever a station feels like it? Listen to CD Showcase, with your host Cort Stevens, 8-11 every Friday night in April. You’ll hear a wide variety of hits — country & otherwise, old & not-so-old — because a song remembers when, on CD Showcase.

(“Dive” by Stephen Curtis Chapman in the background) … Diving into more of your favorite hits — country & otherwise — because a song remembers when on CD Showcase, with your host, Cort Stevens.

(“Who’s Gonna Fill Their Shoes” by George Jones in the background) … Cort Stevens may not be able to fill the shoes of those big name commercial radio stations, but he offers a wide variety of forgotten favorites for your listening pleasure right here on CD Showcase.

(“Bring Me To Life” by Evanescence in the background) … Bringing to life more of your forgotten favorites — CD Showcase with your host Cort Stevens.

(“Why Haven’t I Heard From You?” By Reba McEntire in the background) … Are you enjoying CD Showcase? Perhaps you have a question, comment, suggestion, or are interested in sponsoring the show…. Cort Stevens wants to hear from you. Send him an Email to wrmnshowcase@aol.com. Meanwhile, enjoy more of your favorites right now on CD Showcase, only on the home of the Radio Shopping Show, WRMN 1410 AM Elgin.



  • ChevyTalk.org’s DeeDee, who created an ad for CD Showcase & “stickied” it at the top of her “Drive In” forum on ChevyTalk (I moderate the Monte Carlo forum).
  • Automobileforum, which “stickied” my post
  • Stephen M (Carnuts.us & Tripleplate), who captured the first (& 2nd) shows … & sent me the 1st show on CD!


  • Allen & Cheryl K (N Manchester IN)
  • Birdie (Topeka KS)
  • Les (1st gen MC club, MI)
  • Jewel & Carol (fellow Cubs fans in Elgin IL)
  • Amy (fellow Manchester College alum in IN)
  • Greg (Chevytalk.org; Batavia IL)
  • Bubba, Smyce, CMA, Mizz Jlb, Racemom (from RacingOne.com)
  • Gina/geebee (valvereplacement.com, OH)
  • Melissa & Heather (from work)
  • Terry (2000montecarlo.com; Sarasota FL)
  • Stephen (tripleplate.com & carnuts.us)
  • sister & parents
  • Drachen (carnuts)
  • Tom/Xeonite (2000montecarlo.com; MI)
  • Silvester/Sixty8panther (cheers&gears)
  • Jan (heart-related forums)
  • George P (1st gen MC club, Chicagoland)
  • Leo K (1st gen MC club, MI)
  • Rosie (various MC clubs, MI)
  • Maka (valvereplacement.com)
  • Arlene (valvereplacement.com)
  • Jim D (El Camino Mailing List, IA)
  • Praline (valvereplacement.com)
  • Rachel (work)
  • Jason (work)
  • Craig/monte7852 (MonteCarloCity.net / montecarloss.com / etc., Colorado)
  • AnthonyPugs (achaheart.org, PA)
  • Bubba, mizzjlb, shellcat & others (racingone.com)
  • Jan (heart-related boards)
  • 8dei1, VT, etc. (RaceDayNews.com)
  • Stephen M (carnuts.us & tripleplate.com)
  • Dave (twomanymontes; MonteCarloCity.net & MonteCarloSS.com)
  • Melissa (work)
  • Keith (kw; MonteCarloCity.net)
  • Pete (1 Gen MC club)
  • cousin Jen (Manheim PA)
  • Joy/Eric (sis & brother in law)
  • softball teams from Elgin City Softball League (Tempco, Tuesdays & Elgin Industires/Jakes Pizza, Fridays)

04/07/2006 PLAYLIST

8p-9p US central

ALABAMA … the closer you get (group formed as Young Country, 1969; changed to Wildcountry, 1972; became Alabama, 1977 … 17 weeks on the charts, #1; Rita Coolidge pop hit in 1981)
CARLENE CARTER … come on back
JOHNNY DUNCAN … thinkin’ of a rendezvous
FASTBALL … out of my head
EDDIE RABBITT … repetitive regret
DOUG STONE … i thought it was you
RONNIE MILSAP … stranger in my house
TANYA TUCKER … lizzie & the rainman (debuted April 26, 1975, 15 wks on the charts, #1)
MICHAEL MARTIN MURPHY … still taking chances
BAILLIE & THE BOYS … wilder days
MOE BANDY/JOE STAMPLY … where’s the dress? (debuted June 1984, 16 wks on the charts, #8)
FLEETWOOD MAC … everywhere
MEL MCDANIEL … baby’s got her blue jeans on
MERLE HAGGARD … mama tried
COLIN RAYE … little rock

9p-10p US central

REO SPEEDWAGON … can’t fight this feeling (requested by Gina, valvereplacement.com)
JOHNNY LEE … looking for love (from the movie “Urban Cowboy” w/John Travolta; debuted July 1980, 14 wks on the charts, 3 at #1)
BROOKS & DUNN … brand new man
MARK CHESTNUT … almost goodbye (debuted September 1993, 20 wks on the charts, #1)
ANNIE LENNOX … walking on broken glass
THE BELLAMY BROTHERS … forget about me
JOHN CONLEE … friday night blues (debuted May 1980, 16 weeks on the charts, 2 at #2; Conlee is a former mortician & DJ)
PATTY LOVELESS … you can feel bad
MICHAEL JOHNSON … give me wings
SHENANDOAH … the church on cumberland road (debuted January 1989, 21 wks on the charts, 2 at #1)
JOHN ANDERSON … 1959 (debuted November 1980, spent 17 wks on charts, #7, 1st Top 10 hit)
ROD STEWART … broken arrow (dedicated for Jan from heart-related boards, on 2-year anniversary of her mother’s death)
REBA MCENTIRE … why do we want (what we know we can’t have)?
REBA MCENTIRE … is there life out there?

10p-11p US central

OAK RIDGE BOYS … i wish you could have turned my head (& left my heart alone)
OAK RIDGE BOYS … everyday
(requested by Terry of 2000montecarlo.com, listening from sunny Sarasota FL)
JOHNNY CASH … 1 piece at a time (played for the carnuts listening)
BILLY DEAN … billy the kid
MARTINA MCBRIDE … independence day
GARY MORRIS/CRYSTAL GAYLE … another world (used on “Another World”; this duet also had a hit that was used on “Dallas”, makin’ up for lost time)
BRYAN WHITE … so much for pretending
AARON TIPPIN … there ain’t nothin’ wrong with the radio (mentioned my 5 MCs … & how this fits a few of them)
EVANESCENCE … my immortal
CONWAY TWITTY … saturday night special (mentioned radio show on college radio station on Saturday nights for 3 years)
DON WILLIAMS … old coyote town (debuted January 1989, 21 wks on the charts, #5)
ANDY & TERRY MURRAY … tony & i (mentioned Church Of The Brethren related)
KT OSLIN … 80s ladies (first Top 10 hit)

04/14/2006 PLAYLIST

8p-9p US central

JUICE NEWTON … angel of the morning [debuted March 1981, 11 weeks on the charts, #22; #4 on the pop charts]
VINCE GILL … cinderella [Vince’s 1st Top 5 hit, debuted March 1987, 21 wks, #5]
MARIE OSMOND … i only wanted you [When at the Kane County (IL) Fair in the mid 1980s, Marie planned to have the video of this song playing while she sang, but due to technical difficulties, could not.]
VONDA SHEPARD … searching my soul [theme from FOX’s hit TV series “Ally McBeal”]
PAM TILLIS … cleopatra, queen of denial [debuted May 1993]
GLEN CAMPBELL … still within the sound of my voice [debuted October 1987, 23 wks, #5]
LACY J DALTON … black coffee
JERRY REED … she got the goldmine (i got the shaft) [debuted July 1982, 17 wks, #1 (2 wks)]
JEANNIE C RILEY … harper valley pta [debuted August 1968, 14 wks, #1 (3 wks); CMA’s “Single Of The Year”]
DAVID FRIZZELL … i’m gonna hire a wino to decorate our home [debuted May 1982, 23 wks, #1]
SHELLY WEST … flight 309 [debuted July 1983, 18 wks, #4; earlier in the year had #1 hit with “Jose Cuervo”]
WYNONNA … come some rainy day [Many people have mentioned to me about how cool it is I’m “following a dream” by hosting CD Showcase. But, too often, we tend to put dreams away for a “rainy day” … and that’s what this song is about.]
IRENE CARA … fame [theme from movie & TV show]

9p-10p US central

CW MCCALL … convoy [debuted November 1975, 15 wks, #1 (6 wks)]
JODEE MESSINA … you’re not in kansas anymore [debuted July 1996]
RASCALL FLATTS … i’m movin’ on [for my parents, especially Dad]
HOLLY DUNN & MICHAEL MARTIN MURPHY … a face in the crowd
SYLVIA … nobody [debuted June 1982, 24 wks, #1]
BONNIE RAITT … something to talk about
DAVID ALLAN COE … the ride [Coe never had a #1 hit; best hit was from 1984, “Mona Lisa Lost Her Smile”, topping at #2; “The Ride” debuted March 1983, 19 wks, #4]
GEORGE STRAIT … baby’s gotten good at goodbye [debuted January 1989, 18 wks, #1]
KATHY MATTEA … 455 rocket [requested by Stephen from carnuts.ws]
LARRY GATLIN & THE GATLIN BROS … she used to be somebody’s baby [this is one of my favorites, a song they didn’t sing when they appeared at Elgin’s Hemmens Auditorium a couple of years ago; debuted August 1986, 22 wks, #2]
SUZY BOGGUSS … hey cinderella [debuted December 1993, 20 wks, #5]
TG SHEPPARD … somewhere down the line [TG had string of #1 hits in the early 1980s, including “I’ll Be Coming Back For More”, “Do You Want To Go To Heaven”, “I Loved ‘Em Every One”, “Party Time”, “Only 1 You”, “Finally”; this song debuted in June 1984, the same month of the “Sandberg Game”, in which Ryne Sandberg of the Chicago Cubs blasted 2 home runs off St Louis Cardinals ace closer Bruce Sutter on a Saturday “Game Of The Week” to help the Cubs beat the Cardinals and go on to take the 1984 NL East Division title … 21 wks, #3]

10p-11p US central

GEORGE JONES … the one i loved back then (better known as “the corvette song”) [praline from valvereplacement.com requested George Jones; this song is for the car enthusiasts out there … and spring and “car season” are just around the corner!]
MICHAEL W SMITH … place in this world
BARBARA MANDRELL … angel in your arms [debuted August 1985, 18 wks, #8; also was #6 pop hit for Hot, 1977]
RONNIE MCDOWELL … you’re gonna ruin my bad reputation [debuted June 1983, 22 wks, #1]
MICKEY GILLEY … don’t the girls all get prettier at closing time [debuted February 1976, 16 wks, #1]
SKIP EWING … the coast of colorado [Craig, “monte7852” from the Monte Carlo boards, listening in from Colorado!]
FORRESTER SISTERS … lonely alone [debuted July 1986, 24 wks, #2 (2 wks)]
CHARLEY PRIDE … i don’t think she’s in love anymore [debuted April 1982, 18 wks, #2 (2 wks)]
DOTTIE WEST & KENNY ROGERS … anyone who isn’t me tonight [debuted September 1978, 14 wks, #2]
MICHAEL BOLTON … how am i supposed to live without you?
CRYSTAL GAYLE … it’s like we never said goodbye
WAYLON JENNINGS & WILLIE NELSON … just to satisfy you [debuted March 1983, 18 wks, #1 (2 wks)]
JOHN BERRY … change my mind [debuted July 1996, 20 wks, #10]
ROXETTE … things will never be the same

04/21/2006 PLAYLIST

8p-9p US central

JOE DIFFIE … 3rd rock from the sun [surprised this was not used on the NBC sitcom of the same name]
SAWYER BROWN … used to blue [1985 CMA Horizon Award winners]
EDDY RAVEN … should’ve been gone by now
CHER … if i could turn back time
LITTLE TEXAS … what were you thinking? [this song proves memory does not always = reality; I thought this was at least a top 10 hit, but after debuting on the country charts in October 1992, it spent 20 weeks on the charts, topping at only # 17]
TOBY KEITH … should’ve been a cowboy [Toby’s 1st single; debuted March 1993, 20 wks, #1 (2 wks)]
SOUTHERN PACIFIC … any way the wind blows [debuted May 1989; from the movie “Pink Cadillac” with Clint Eastwood]
BJ THOMAS … 2 car garage [debuted November 1983, 21 wks, #3]
EXILE … yet [debuted September 1990, 20 wks, #7]
MARY CHAPIN CARPENTER … i feel lucky [debuted May 1992, 20 wks, #4]
KEITH WHITLEY … 10 feet away [married to Lorrie Morgan, died of alcohol abuse in 1989; song debuted June 1986, 26 wks, #9 (1st top 10 hit)]
T GRAHAM BROWN … she couldn’t love me anymore [debuted a week before my birthday September 1987, 22 wks, #4]
CHICAGO … i don’t want to live without your love

9p-10p US central

TRACEY LAWRENCE … can’t break it to my heart [debuted June 1993, 20 wks, #1]
MICKEY GILLEY & CHARLEY MCCLAIN … paradise tonight [debuted July 1983, 22 wks, #1]
TRAVIS TRITT … tell me i was dreaming [debuted April 1995, 20 wks, #2]
ED BRUCE … after all [debuted November 1983, 21 wks, #4]
LORRIE MORGAN … watch me [debuted September 1992, 20 wks, #2 (2 wks)]
BARRY MANILOW … could it be magic [requested by Melissa from work]
always [special request for Jewel & Carol, friends from Elgin]
CONFEDERATE RAILROAD … daddy never was the cadillac kind [for Amy from college; debuted March 1994, 20 wks, #9]
BILLY RAY CYRUS … could’ve been me [debuted July 1992, 20 wks, #2]
AMY GRANT … hope set high
DIAMOND RIO … in a week or 2 [what might happen if you don’t do something; debuted November 1992, 20 wks, #2 (2 wks)]
BILLY CRASH CRADDOCK … rub it in [debuted June 1974, 16 wks, #1 (2 wks)]
BARENAKED LADIES … if i had a million dollars
MONTGOMERY GENTRY … speed [1 of my favorites from this group]

10p-11p US central

DOLLY PARTON … think about love [debuted November 1985, 22 wks, #1]
CLAY WALKER … then what?
JANIE FRICKE … she’s single again [Janie is from S Whitley IN, near Manchester College, N Manchester IN; debuted May 1985, 22 wks, #2]
AIR SUPPLY … all out of love [for Heather from work]
DAVE DUDLEY … six days on the road [for Greg/ChevyTalk; Dudley worked as DJ at radio stations in IA, ID & MN; debuted June 1963, 21 wks, #2 (2 wks)]
TIM MCGRAW … all i want is a life
DOTTIE WEST … lesson in leavin’ [song recently re-recorded by Jo Dee Messina; West died in a car crash in Nashville in 1991; debuted February 1980, 15 wks, #1]
LIONEL CARTWRIGHT … give me his last chance [debuted June 1989, 24 wks, #3]
ELVIS PRESLEY … moody blue [for Cheryl, N Manchester IN]
HIGHWAY 101 … who’s lonely now? [debuted October 1989, 26 wks, #1]
RICKY SKAGGS … cats in the cradle [Skaggs had a string of #1 hits in the early 1980s; song was a #1 pop hit for Harry Chapin in 1974; Skaggs’ version of this song debuted April 1996, spent only 11 weeks on the charts, topping at #45]
MADONNA … crazy for you
TRACE ADKINS … chrome [for the car lovers still listening]
RAY STEVENS … the streak [most people seem to associate Ray Stevens, who is not a relative of mine that I am aware, with country music; however, this song debuted on the country charts April 1974, spent 13 weeks, topping at #3 … meanwhile, it topped the pop charts at #1 for 3 straight weeks; Stevens hosted his own TV show in 1970]

04/28/2006 PLAYLIST

8p-9p US central

THE JUDDS … let me tell you about love [their last #1 hit; debuted July 1989, spent 21 weeks on the charts, topped at #1]
JOURNEY … faithfully [from mizzjlb to Bubba on Racingone.com]
JOHNNY HORTON … battle of new orleans [debuted April 1959, 21 wks, #1 (10 wks)]
TERRI GIBBS … somebody’s knockin’ [debuted October 1980, 20 wks, #8]
LYNN ANDERSON … rose garden [debuted November 1970, 20 wks, #1 (5 wks)]
BILLY VERA … at this moment [used on TV’s “Family Ties”]
ALAN JACKSON … midnight in montgomery [debuted April 1992, 20 wks, #3]
HANK WILLIAMS JR … attitude adjustment [debuted June 16, 1984, 18 wks, #5; debuted 1 week before “Sandberg Game” … Cubs vs. Cardinals]
CHELY WRIGHT … single white female
MELISSA MANCHESTER … you should hear how she talks about you
WAYLON JENNINGS / WILLIE NELSON / JOHNNY CASH / KRIS KRISTOFFERSON … highwayman [debuted May 1985, 20 wks, #1]
BONNIE TYLER … it’s a heartache [debuted April 1978, 15 wks, #10; topped at #3 on pop charts]

9p-10p US central

MCBRIDE & THE RIDE … sacred ground [debuted March 1992, 20 wks, #2 (2 wks)]
LORETTA LYNN … i lie [debuted January 23, 1982, 19 wks, #9]
THE KENDALLS … heaven’s just a sin away [debuted August 1977, 20 wks, #1 (4 wks) … CMA Single of the Year]
PHIL COLLINS … against all odds
FREDDY FENDER … before the next teardrop falls [debuted January 1975, 17 wks, #1 (2 wks); CMA Single of the Year; Freddy’s 1st release]
MARK COLLIE … even the man in the moon is crying [debuted August 1992, 20 wks, #5]
ROSANNE CASH … 7 year ache [debuted February 1981, 19 wks, #1; Rosanne’s 1st #1 hit]
EARL THOMAS CONLEY … don’t make it easy for me [debuted January 1984, 18 wks, #1]
EARL THOMAS CONLEY … chance of loving you [debuted September 1984, 22 wks, #1]
RANDY TRAVIS … hard rock bottom of your heart [debuted January 1990, 26 wks, #1 (4 wks)]
RICHARD MARX … hazzard
BILLY SWAN … i can help [debuted October 1974, 14 wks, #1 (2 wks); 1-hit wonder, 1st release & only #1 hit for Billy]
DAN SEALS … you still move me [debuted October 1986, 22 wks, #1; heard this one driving through Wyoming in October 2004, after the ValveReplacement.com reunion in Golden CO … and en route to Ray’s home, of Monte List and El Camino list fame]
TRISHA YEARWOOD … wrong side of memphis [debuted March 1992, 20 wks, #5]

10p-11p US central

ALABAMA … angels among us [several requests for this, including Jewel and 8dei1 of RaceDayNews.com; I heard this one en route to college after I had been sick]
NEIL DIAMOND … america [for Melissa from work]
TENNESSEE ERNIE FORD … 16 tons [debuted November 1955, 21 wks, #1 (10 wks); #1 on pop charts for 8 wks]
MEL TILLIS … coca cola cowboy [debuted June 1979, 15 wks, #1; from movie “Every Which Way But Loose” starring Clint Eastwood]
SHANIA TWAIN … any man of mine [CD skipped into next song … weird situation … he heh]
SOUL ASYLUM … runaway train
CHARLIE RICH … the most beautiful girl [debuted September 22, 1973, 3 days after I was born, 18 wks, #1 (3 wks); #1 on pop charts for 2 wks]
TERRI CLARK … better things to do
GENE WATSON … 14 karat mind [debuted October 1981, 19 wks, #1; Gene’s only #1 hit … another 1-hit wonder]
CINDI LAUPER … time after time
STEVE WARINER … the weekend [debuted April 1987, 23 wks, #1]
LEANN RIMES … life goes on
RAY STEVENS … mississippi squirrel revival [debuted December 1984, 14 wks, #20]
ROBERT ELLIS ORRALL … boom! it was over [during my college radio show, I closed every show with “Treasures For The Road” by Andy & Terry Murray; thought about using that here, but opted for something different]