It’s January 1968 – You’re A Teenager – You Live In L.A. – It’s Raining – It’s Wet Hair – It’s Soggy Lunch.
KFWB – Joe Yocam – January 11, 1968 – Gordon Skene Sound Collection –
You should know by now they can’t predict the weather in L.A. – they always get it wrong. When it’s supposed to be in the 70s it barely scratches 60 – when it’s supposed to be in the 60s it roars up to the 100s. Every time. Why they even try to predict it doesn’t make any sense.
So when the weatherman said there was a “chance of showers”, you took it to mean there was a bigger chance of no showers. So you went to school not prepared for rain. Light jacket (because it IS January) and a paperbag lunch.
By third Period it’s pouring – you look like wet rats; hair is matted and dripping – jackets and sweaters hang limp on shivering bodies. The air in the classroom is clogged with the aroma of wet hair and wet clothes. Geography is the last thing on your mind.
By lunchtime rain is pouring and streets are flooding. Most everybody stays huddled in hallways – the smell of wet hair and wet clothes is joined by the smell of wet lunches and soggy paper bags; baloney and egg salad are in stiff competition for sensory overload. A few thrill seekers venture off campus only to come back minutes later drenched and freezing from the wall of water generated by the Corvair that ran through the rapidly flooding intersection.
The Principal takes pity and pipes KFWB over the school PA system.
If you’re going to be cold, wet and miserable you might as well have tunes to distract you. And even though you don’t all agree on the same music at least you agree it’s a lot better than listening to the rain pour down outside.
And of course, because it’s L.A. it only means there will be a heat wave the same time in two weeks. You can almost bet money on it. It’s something to look forward to.
And here’s an hour’s worth of KFWB as it was happening during the afternoon of Thursday January 11, 1968.