Almost Summer 1975

Almost Summer - you aren't waiting.

It’s June 1975 – You’re A Teenager – You Live In L.A. – It’s Officially Almost Summer, The Obscene Steven Clean Says So.

Almost Summer 1975
Almost Summer – you aren’t waiting. (photo: Rick McClosky)

KMET – Steven Clean – June 1975 – Gordon Skene Sound Collection –

It’s almost Summer – why you know it’s almost Summer is that it’s June; not yet June-gloom, but that week in June where it suddenly hits 100 degrees during the day and you can smell infinite possibilities in the air. That one-week window of opportunity where, even at night it’s around 80. Counting days until School lets out. That window where you know it’s not going to be like last Summer, because this Summer you’re free; you’re graduating in two weeks. You can’t wait. Life will mean a whole new thing – you won’t have to be up at 6 in the morning – you won’t have to actually BE anywhere. You won’t have to wait for the three o’clock bell because there won’t be any three o’clock bell. Freedom, and the world is yours. Next week it will be business as usual, for now. June-gloom hits and the coast is socked-in with fog, and it’s mucky and grey until sometime in the afternoon, and then it’s only for a few minutes until it gets grey again, until July; right after the fourth. And then it gets hot and stays like that week – this night, until September. And you have no plans – nowhere you have to show up for – no place you need to be. You and your friends and all that time. Life is good. Life is insane – life will never get any better. Life will be like Summer forever – at least for now.

June 1975 and the sound of KMET was in the air – or maybe you were a KLOS fan or maybe you were partial to KNAC, or maybe you were still loyal to KHJ because that’s what you grew up with – what you remember your high school days being all about. Whatever station it was, radio was an essential factor in your life – it always was. It was your soundtrack to the road-trip or the trip to the concert or the market; it was everywhere. And on most days at KMET it was Steven Clean, or The Obscene Steven Clean as he was sometimes known. Purveyor of your soundtrack, the music-bed to your life – the groundwork for memories; your alter-ego.

Here’s an hour’s worth of Steven Clean, as he was heard over KMET in June of 1975. Just so’s ya know.

Special thanks for Chris Andrews for his tape.

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8 thoughts on “It’s June 1975 – You’re A Teenager – You Live In L.A. – It’s Officially Almost Summer, The Obscene Steven Clean Says So.

  1. Actually, KNAC was known as KWST at that time.
    I was 10 years old at the time of this check, and I switched between KMET and KLOS, sometimes tuning into KHJ.
    I certainly miss the cross-genre song selection from those days! Clean is so ‘laid-back’ he’s almost falling off the table….

    1. KNAC was freeform from the late 1960s until the late 1970s – it resurfaced in 1986. KWST was 105.9 – KNAC was 105.5. Different stations entirely.

      1. You are correct! Sorry about that! Fuzzy memories, ya know……..!
        Thanks for the post, and the correction!

    2. KNAC 105.5 was KNAC during that time, didn’t become KJAZ until the late 80s, I believe. KWST was near it on the right side of the dial, and did change its call letters.

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