Growing up, I can’t remember not having a radio in one form or another. The first one I remember was a big walnut console with a turn table and a television that we had in our house in either San Dimas or Azusa — that part’s a little fuzzy but it had to be the early 70s. I also remember a little Panasonic clock radio my mom had on her night stand — and this was probably when I was in third or fourth grade — and the main reason I remember it is because it had those little black and white flippy numbers. I got my first stereo in junior high — I don’t remember which year — but I do remember that the first record I ever got was Robin Williams Reality… What a Concept.
As I got older and started listening to the radio more often, I started to recognize the DJs in addition to the music. The first one I remember was probably Wolfman Jack because he was just such a character. Because we were in LA, there were a ton of DJs to listen to — Rick Dees on KIIS FM, Richard Blade and Rodney Bingenheimer on KROQ, Mark and Brian on KLOS, and of course The Dr. Demento Show, which think was on KMET. Howard Stern was in there too, but honestly I was never really a huge fan. I like him much better now, especially because he’s a really terrific interviewer. Oh, and there was also Joe Frank on KCRW but, honestly, we could spend hours on him, so I think I’ll save that one. Feel free to ask me about it if you’re curious.
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