Gary Cron, creator of Route 66 Radio, dies at 72

Gary Cron, creator of Route 66 Radio and Baby Boomer Radio on the internet, died Tuesday, according to his daughter Ashley. Cron had been suffering from an extended illness. He was 72. Cron, known as "Dafogey" who lived in Wildwood, California, showed up at many Route 66 events and was a booster of the Mother … Continue reading Gary Cron, creator of Route 66 Radio, dies at 72

Czech Route 66 Association creates app for its online Radio 66 station

The Czech Route 66 Association announced last month it's created an app for its Radio 66 online radio station for smartphones. The app is available both with Google Play and Apple app stores. The link to the Google Android app is here. The Apple app can be found here. The association stated on Facebook: Radio … Continue reading Czech Route 66 Association creates app for its online Radio 66 station

Bill Mack, R.I.P.

Bill Mack, a songwriter who helped launch LeAnn Rimes' career and a radio deejay whose overnight show proved popular with long-haul truckers, died July 31 of COVID-19 complications. He was 88. Mack, whose real surname was Smith, remains the most famous native of the Route 66 town of Shamrock, Texas. The town even has an … Continue reading Bill Mack, R.I.P.

Illinois Rock & Roll Museum on Route 66 holding first induction March 29

The fledgling Illinois Rock & Roll Museum on Route 66 in Joliet, Illinois, will hold its first induction class on March 29 at the Renaissance Center Ballroom in Joliet. If you want to vote on who goes into the Hall of Fame this year, you'll have to become a charter member by enrolling here for … Continue reading Illinois Rock & Roll Museum on Route 66 holding first induction March 29

Paleontologist collects trash from old Route 66 at Petrified Forest National Park

Old bottles of 76 and Kist soda and a Crescent Creamery bottle found along old Route 66 in the Petrified Forest National Park. (NPS) KJZZ-FM radio, a public station based in Phoenix, recently conducted a fascinating interview with a paleontologist at the Petrified Forest National Park in eastern Arizona. William Parker, the paleontologist, collects trash … Continue reading Paleontologist collects trash from old Route 66 at Petrified Forest National Park

Enjoy the ruins of Two Guns, Arizona, while you can

Recently, KJZZ radio featured the long-abandoned Two Guns site -- best known for its stone structure inscribed with the words "Mountain Lions" near the entrance -- for its "Untold Arizona" series. You can hear the 4 1/2-minute segment below, or so to the station's website to see pictures of Two Guns, including an image of … Continue reading Enjoy the ruins of Two Guns, Arizona, while you can

Stories on Preserve Route 66 trip drew potential audience of 1.1 billion

The Route 66 Road Ahead Partnership a few days ago issued its third-quarter report. Among the interesting nuggets is the National Trust for Historic Preservation's Preserve Route 66 road trip generated more than 1,000 news stories and drew a potential audience of 1.15 billion. Here are the tidbits from the report: --- The National Trust's … Continue reading Stories on Preserve Route 66 trip drew potential audience of 1.1 billion

Artist’s rendering unveiled for OKPOP museum in Tulsa

The Oklahoma Historical Society earlier this week unveiled an artist's rendering for the upcoming Oklahoma Museum of Pop Culture, aka OKPOP, in Tulsa, slated for a groundbreaking this fall. According to a news release: Nabholz Construction will construct OKPOP at 422 North Main Street in Tulsa, across the street from the Cain’s Ballroom, home of … Continue reading Artist’s rendering unveiled for OKPOP museum in Tulsa

Belgium TV, radio crew traveling Route 66 this summer

A television and radio crew from the Belgium-based VRT radio and television network will be traveling Route 66 later this summer. Producer Guy De Pre and singer Gunther Neefs will arrive in Chicago on July 30 and finish their  journey Aug. 20 in Santa Monica, California, as part of “Roots 66. Music from Chicago to … Continue reading Belgium TV, radio crew traveling Route 66 this summer

Route 66 featured on NPR’s “Weekend Edition Saturday”

National Public Radio's "Weekend Edition Saturday" program spent about four minutes on Route 66 and the uncertain fate of the Route 66 Corridor Preservation Program, which expires in 2019. The segment by NPR affiliate KNAU focuses on Holbrook, Arizona, which features Joe and Aggie's Cafe and the Wigwam Motel, both along the Mother Road. The … Continue reading Route 66 featured on NPR’s “Weekend Edition Saturday”