Keenerfans well remember the energy generated at Russ Gibbs Grande Ballroom. It was an amazing place to see bands on their way up the rock n roll zigurat, coupled with hard working local acts, who sometimes upstaged their headliner counterparts.
But when an act hit the big time, they played Cobo Hall and Olympia Stadium. And radio stations like WKNR sponsored the show. From the Beatles and Beach Boys to Jimi Hendrix and the Monkees, Keener’s voice was a powerful audience attractor.
Promoters as nationally known as Dick Clark chose the station as a partner and a few lucky Keenerfans often got to to backstage to meet the acts after the show.