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Rock and Roll Radio

by Judy Zee

 

In this Question, I would particularly like readership response: how close or far off are the FM airwaves to what you'd enjoy hearing most?

 

If what we hear is too often interrupted with Van Halen and Styx and such, shouldn't we speak up and let it be known that we are being given a sore deal?

It just seems that good music, the stuff we really want to hear, is not on the radio often enough. An optimistic view could be that this might be simply because we have not yet protested it. Maybe the disc-jockeys and programmers are unaware of how many of us are ready for total new music programming.

Is this what's wrong with rock radio? KLOS' Frazier Smith and Rodney Dangerfield.

KROQ, KWEST, KLOS- they're all right SOME of the time. Rock has a HISTORY now and countless subsets and styles; certainly a wonderful format could be established. Presently, we can only expect to be intruded upon by voices and musics that are obsolete. Heavy Metal is ok, but not during the programming of cleaner, newer more technologically precise music.

It irks me that there is nothing more than 88.9 KXLU to listen to. KXLU is a small college station run by students of Loyola-Marymount, nothing more. But they have the sense to play the right music, their format is right on because it is controlled by people who actually LISTEN to the music. Thanks, endless thanks to KXLU for providing what so many of us want and need to hear. I know your funding is minimal, and you don't always have the latest releases right away, but when you have it, you play it. I always hear amazing things from your station, it is a relief to know that I can always tune into the best station in LA. . . KXLU.

Goodnight folks. See you later on, Rock on!!!



EDITOR'S NOTE:
More than twenty years later, KXLU still plays the best alternative music in Los Angeles - all day long.

 

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INTRODUCTION

10-7-80 The first article, The Germs, The Garage

10-21-80 The Toasters, Great Buildings, The Go-Gos

11-2-80 New Wave nights, The Smog Marines

11-16-80 Grace Jones and the Talking Heads

12-1-80 Hollywood Boulevard 'punks'

12-27-80 End of the year wrap-up, Fear, punk riot

12-27-80 David Bowie as The Elephant Man

 

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1-05-81 Devo, Rock Against Racism

1-19-81 John Hiatt and The Toasters at the Starwood

2-03-81 Wendy O Williams and Live Nude Girl

2-17-81 The Veil, Darby Crash, Phil Seymour and The Textones

3-5-81 New wave night at the Odyssey, Ray Manzerek

3-19-81 The East LA scene, Hey Taxi!, Human Sexual Response

3-19-81 Judy Zee on LA radio in 1981

4-02-81 Tonio K and Romeo Void, A week in the clubs

4-16-81 XTC, Wall of Voodoo and The Pop

4-30-81 U2 and Missing Persons

5-14-81 Billy Eye Rock Awards, Manakin

5-28-81 Missing Persons at the Topanga Corral

6-11-81 The Brat, Parapalegic Infants Downtown and U2 in Santa Monica

6-25-81 Performance artist Adore O'Hare, Red Wedding

6-25-81 Missing Persons in Westwood

7-09-81 Los Illegals, The Brat in Hollywood

7-09-81 John Cale live at the Whisky

7-23-81 Stiff Little Fingers with Missing Persons, The Grandmothers

8-06-81 Bow Wow Wow and the new psychedelia

8-22-81 Missing Persons, Jean Pierre Rampal

9-07-81 Filming at the Brave Dog, Red Wedding, East Side bands

10-06-81 KROQ of the 80s, Missing Persons at The Whisky

10-20-81 West Hollywood & the end of The Starwood

4-7-82 New Wave Theatre, The Waitresses and The Plimsouls

5-07-82 In the clubs, Motley Crue

5-21-82 Interview with Terry Bozzio in 1982

8-27-82 Missing Persons, Red Wedding at the Whisky, Orange County hardcore

1-12-83 End of the year, Minutemen, Fear, KROQ, Missing Persons

3-14-85 Red Wedding closes the Odyssey in 1985


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