North Central College - Naperville, IL

Alumnus Ron Smith’s new book chronicles “on this day” in oldies history

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Ronald Smith, a 1975 alumnus of North Central College, has written a book that provides an extensive collection of information on events related to oldies music for every day of the year.

Smith’s book “Eight Days a Week” was released May 8 by Heights Publishing. He began researching daily trivia for oldies music as a DJ at WONC-FM 89.1, North Central’s student-run radio station. As the legend goes, on May 8, 1975, Smith learned that it was the 35th birthday of singer-songwriter Rick Nelson, and Smith played several of Nelson’s hit songs during his program.

“It was so well received that I began to collect more such dates,” Smith told Chicago media journalist Robert Feder in an interview posted on Feder’s Time Out Chicago blog. “To this day, I can remember the enjoyment I felt celebrating the birthdays of Fats Domino, Johnny Cash and Mitch Ryder on the same day.”

Smith majored in speech communication at North Central and was involved in various campus activities including serving as station manager for WONC and competing on the forensics team.

The description of the book mentions how the project evolved from Smith’s website:

“Ron Smith takes his readers on a magical mystery tour, day by day through the year, offering up the fascinating events that occurred in the lives of oldies artists from the fifties, sixties and seventies. From the pages of Ron’s renowned Oldies Calendar at, baby boomers cannot only check out who was born (and who checked out) each day of the year, but gain insight into the significant (and those somewhat less-than significant) events that occurred throughout oldies history.”

There's also a Facebook page about Smith's book.