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What L.A. popped it's fingers to in 1962.

KFWB On KMET – 1972 – Past Daily Pop Chronicles

What L.A. popped it's fingers to in 1962.

What L.A. popped it’s fingers to in 1962.

Click on the link here for Audio Player – KFWB on KMET – Gary Owens Show – November 11, 1972 – Gordon Skene Sound Collection

Unless you grew up in L.A. in the 1960s, or have an interest in Top-40 radio in the Los Angeles area in the 1960s, this post may not be very interesting to you.

However, if you did grow up in L.A. in the 60s, you would vividly remember what a powerhouse KFWB was, and how it was almost required listening if you had any interest in Pop music at all. KFWB, from the 1950s all the way to its demise and format change in 1968, was the be-all/end-all in knowing things musical and popular culture. In its heyday, stations like KFWB, KRLA and later, KHJ would rule the airwaves and became the cornerstone in Rock n’ Roll.

But radio changed dramatically once FM became the popular medium in 1967. And stations like KFWB were no longer deemed vital, when stations like KMET were around.

And so it was somewhat ironic that, in 1972 when KMET was at the height of its popularity, it should turn over a whole day of its programming to re-creating a day in the life of KFWB, circa 1962. For 24 hours, KMET turned back the clock and became KFWB, with all the original jocks, all the original jingles and all the original records played during that time. The only thing then-current were the commercials, including one for Deep Throat and another with Woody Allen promoting a concert he was doing with Jim Croce. A day loaded with ironies. . . . and Gary Owens reading a waterbed commercial.

Ironically, KMET has long been gone from the airwaves. Replaced by The Wave. The station (one of them) largely responsible for rendering AM top-40 radio obsolete itself became obsolete a few years after this broadcast. Pop Culture is just like that, it seems.

Since I can’t play the full 24 hours (although I could, but it would be overwhelming to me and to you), I grabbed an hour hosted by the legendary Gary Owens – one of the fixtures in radio and voice overs for decades – 6:30 am to 7:30 am as it was originally broadcast on November 11, 1972 – recreating a November 11th in 1962.

If you’re hearing this or the first time it will sound completely strange to you. Radio bears no resemblance to that now. But bear in mind, this is where a lot of us formed our musical opinions on things – where we came to hear what was new and interesting. As a kid, it was an education.

Enjoy it in the spirit it was presented.

One of the purveyors of Pop expertise in Los Angeles.

One of the purveyors of Pop expertise in Los Angeles.

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6 Responses

  1. John Zichterman says:

    This is fantastic! I grew up in Chicago and have these type of radio memories that feature WLS and WCFL. Hearing early LA rock radio is fascinating. The long-form jingles are great, and hearing Gary Owens is just a treat. Thank you so much for sharing. You mentioned that you have 23 more hours of this? Oh that would be wonderful to hear…

    • gordonskene says:

      Thanks so much for your note. I’ve gotten several requests for the rest of the day. I think, rather than cram 23 players on to the site, to spread it out over several weeks would probably be the best. Anyway, I will work on getting the rest up. Sometimes you just never know what the audience will like and what they won’t relate to. That’s why I really appreciate your feedback. Stay tuned!

  2. Gordon, This is top-shelf for me. Pre-Beatles American AM radio. What a great gift in my 63rd year. I grew up in Ohio, and listened in my bed to a transistor radio to CKLW in Detroit/Windsor, WLS in Chicago and anything I could catch late at night from NYC or Boston. I remember Dick Biondi, Cousin Brucie, Art Roberts and a host of DJs every bit as glib and wonderful as Gary Owens. My first memories of music were jazz-oriented (I was young and it was before Elvis), and that has brought me along to a grand appreciation for the wonderful stew you offer each day. Thank you ever so much!

  3. Timmy says:

    Great! Thanx………

  4. I grew up in Glendora Calif. from ’60 to ’64 when I was 5 to 9 yrs of age….and KFWB was MY station …..It was the station I first got addicted to and still love radio shows …..I’ll never forget its station ID……..KFWB , Channel 98 ….with MUSIC!!!!!

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