After some wrangling, the original domain of online tribute to 1970s and 80s Mellow Rock station KNX-FM (now KCBS-FM, 93.1 FM) is back.
This means that online listeners using a computer can find the tribute station both on TheMellowSound.Net and on its original site, KNXFM93.com. Not that it’s a big deal – either one is pretty easy to remember – but it’s good that things are, uh, sweet again.
In case this is your first time hearing about it, the Tribute Station is a faithful recreation of the original, complete with music and features like The Odyssey File (interesting and sometimes twisted news/features of the day) . Some of the original in-depth interviews and artist concerts broadcast on 93 FM are also periodically available on the tribute station. There really are thousands of songs in the playlist!
All that’s missing are the personalities and the ads. Personalities – yes, some of the originals – have been sidelined due to the pandemic but are promised in the future. And the advertisements? You just have to do without. As a tribute station, they run no commercials, although donations are appreciated to help offset the cost of licensing and streaming, and a swag store is also in the works.
As described on the tribute station’s website, “In what was then a sea of typical Pop, Rock, Top 40 and MOR radio stations, KNX-FM 93 provided a very different listening experience and ambiance. of the emerging musical genre of Mellow Rock. These were the glory days of Laurel Canyon and the West Coast music scene. Singer-songwriters like James Taylor, Judy Collins, Kenny Loggins and Jim Messina, Janis Ian, Al Stewart, Jennifer Warnes and Carly Simon were there and are HERE, actually aboard this journey with us and can be heard personally introducing their many songs that we play with a nod to our mission.
The station also helped launch many iconic bands including Eagles, The Doobie Brothers, Little River Band and Steely Dan, as well as other then-fashionable bans such as Ozark Mountain Daredevils, Pages, Little Feat, Sad Cafe’ and many others. The website continues, “Most of these artists and bands owe much of their success to KNX-FM 93 whose format was driven less by ratings and popular demand and more by an understanding of how LA SHOULD ring. And it worked ! More importantly, The Mellow Sound was considered by the music and radio industries to be the best-programmed radio station in the United States, and possibly the world. And he’s been missed by those industries and those listeners since he left the airwaves in 1983.”
I have to check the details, but my memory is that – like so many stations that helped shape radio – the original KNX-FM was not supposed to have existed. Something about having to tell then-owner CBS management that they were doing something else. I will have this story, if I remember correctly, in a future column.
Happy birthday to Art Laboe, who celebrated his 57th birthday of his 39th birthday (can you say I’m a Jack Benny fan?) on August 7th. Laboe is an absolute legend both on radio and in records. It often broadcast live from distant locations in its early days on radio, then essentially saved KRLA (11:10) with its HitRadio 11 format in the mid-1970s.
His record company, Original Sound Records, first promoted new and upcoming talent to the market, but then brought old but goodies into the hands of listeners and fans with original versions of the music of the early ones. rock and roll days. One of my first record purchases was an Oldies But Goodies album from Original Sound. I think it was volume two.
He is loved by several generations of listeners dating back to his work which began in 1943 at KSAN in San Francisco; he debuted in Los Angeles on KPOP (now KTNQ, 1020 AM). And he’s still working today, with a syndicated special The Art Laboe Connection airing locally on KDAY (93.5 FM) Sundays from 6 p.m. to midnight and The Art Laboe Love Zone on Old School 104.3 FM (KOCP/ Ventura and KQIE/San Bernardino) Monday to Thursday from 9 p.m. to midnight and Sunday from 6 p.m. to midnight.
Happy Birthday Art!