Friday, March 30, 2018

Blind Item #11 - Lady Loves Part One - A Reader Blind Item

This BI will probably end up running the length of the typical Novelist Himmmm BI, thus I both warn and apologize in advance.  Pretty foolish request up front, but please don’t speculate as to my identity or the identities of my 5 Lady Loves (especially the last one, Lady #5, as we have been married shy of 2 decades now and she’ll kill me if she finds out J), as none of us are famous.  I think there will be enough fun tidbits for people to guess at without us anyway.

That said, let’s hop in the DeLorean and let it take us back 25 years almost to the day, to the waning days of this legendary L.A. FM rock station that had exploded onto the scene in the tail end of the big hair bands era of the ‘80s.  Said station had launched with much fanfare with an inaugural song, an iconic song by a legendary rock band that the station would go on to use in a signature marketing ploy – every time they would play said song, a caller had a chance to win $10,000 if I remember correctly.  Funny enough, my buddy’s kid brother subsequently called up the station to request they play that song, only to be cussed out on air by the legendary DJ.  Before the station would disappear into the mists of time, it was even honored/mocked by having this other legendary alternative rock station bring it back not too long after - if only for a day. 

Springwas in the air L.A., and Spring Break was just around the corner - the first Spring Break in many years that I wouldn’t either have to work for the old man or be able to go out of town to blow off some steam and celebrate.  I grew up in the industry “on the wrong side of the tracks” so to speak – working long hours whenever I could spare the time for the old man - helping out on gear, props, equipment, anything and everything behind the scenes, behind the camera, in the background as the son of a “mad scientist” technical genius who made a pretty decent living as a freelance (and usually uncredited…in fact almost entirely uncredited per the old man’s IMDB page) technical/engineering consultant, special effectsman, propmaster, and occasional stuntman and minor/bit part character actor.  He was a “fixer” less in the Ray Donovan sense and more in the scientific sense – when a studio had some sort of technical problem they couldn’t solve, my dad was one of if not the go-to guy to come up with out of the box, creative solutions.  His far-too-often-unsung efforts won his various employers numerous Oscars, Emmys, VMAs and Clio awards over the decades.  But enough about me and my fam (for now), let’s get on with one of those Crazy L.A. Days and Nights. 

15 comments:

DonnaMarie said...

KROQ for the radio station?

Tricia13 said...

Is the song Queens “We Will Rock You”?
All I got lol

Tricia13 said...

102.3 KGLH station... was huge in 99swhwn I lived there too

BackOffBitch said...

Welcome to the Jungle

sandybrook said...

+2 for the station

Tricia13 said...

90s

sandybrook said...

+2 for krock

DonnaMarie said...

Smells like Teen Spirit for the song???

maura said...

pirate radio. song was welcome to the jungle iirc

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/KQLZ_(defunct)

Tricia13 said...

Oh shite I remember that station!!

Ann said...

wasn't Arrow the name of the station. they were beloved by the hair bands for playing Led Zeppelin ALL the time.

Joe said...

Yeah it's Pirate Radio. KROQ is still around.

In the 90's, KROQ did April's Fool's jokes where they would change formats for the day. I think they did do Pirate Radio once. One time they were a 70's AM top 40 station, complete with the music and jingles and all. At the beginning people were annoyed; by the end of the day everyone was completely into it. It was an awesome time, before the Clear Channeling of radio.

Unknown said...

KLOS?

ringleader t said...

the radio station might be knac

Jimmy said...

Jesus...I quit at "lady loves." Can this site get any more lame or gay? Enough. I'm searching around for somewhere else.

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