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Vintage KROQ

New Wave/Punk music, culture, genres, memories. '80s revivalism and other relevant topics.

Postby roqqer » Fri Aug 14, 2009 11:48 am

I just added another KROQ recording from August 15th, 1983. It contains 15 seconds of John Logic for sirjorge.


http://www.4shared.com/dir/10802805/74f ... R_O_Q.html
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Postby sirjorge » Mon Aug 17, 2009 4:59 am

thanks! great update, and thanks for finding anything logic related
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Postby radiofan » Sun Sep 27, 2009 5:08 pm

I am brand new to this board and am very happy I found this vintage KROQ thread. I notice there has not been a post since August but thought I would share some thoughts on taping KROQ and how I started to listen to KROQ.

I grew up in Socal and listened to KROQ on a regular basis from 1984 to the early to mid 90's. (Got tired of the hard stuff they were playing at about 1995). In March of 1984, I was totally into top 40 and did not listen to KROQ. Footloose was huge!!! I became friends with this girl who was friends with Rodney on the Roq. So, I drove her and a couple of her friends to KROQ in Pasadena to hang out at his show. I did not talk to him too much but he seemed like a nice guy to me. I felt like a 3rd wheel in the studio. They knew Rodney and I didn't. So I answered the request lines. I took it really seriously and wrote down every song that people wanted to hear and gave it to Rodney or is engineer. Sometimes, a listener wanted to talk to Rodney. They were actually pretty impressed that I was working hard. I guess I should have applied for an internship. I went 4 times and twice there was a guest. Micky Dolenz and another time Angela Bowie. We were supposed to go on a night the Bangles were a guest but my friend could not go because she got grounded or something. I got really into KROQ after those visits.

In early 1985, I would tape KROQ whenever I had a chance. I did this because I wanted to listen to KROQ at work, but the reception was really bad in the building. I did that for most of 1985 but erased one and tape over it. Then, I would tape when they had flashback weekends in 1986 and 1987 as I was mainly interested in the late 70's or early 80's stuff at that time. I also taped several hours of a weekend on KROQ where they played band segments from A - Z. This was in the fall of 87. Friday started with A bands and by Sunday night they were at Z Bands. I can't remember how much of that I taped but remember thinking I heard stuff I did not usually hear. I lost those too.

What I did not lose and still own but would not even begin to know how to convert them to mp3's are the yearend countdowns. I actually have the yearend countdowns from 1985 to 1993 as they occurred New Years eve. Or, actually, it was New Years day when they replayed it. 1985 is really cut up as I did not think I would care about quality. I just taped it to keep track of which song was which number the songs were. After the 1985 countdown, I called KROQ to see if they had lists of past years countdowns. They told me no, so I never thought I would know what the number one songs were in years past.

New Years day in 1988 was a Friday. So, Freddy Snakeskin was finishing the 1987 countdown, and when they got to about number 20 or so, he says they are going to play the 1982 countdown next. Turns out, they had a flashback countdown weekend and played 1982 - 1986 and replayed 1987 one more time. So, I taped 1982 - 1984 and stayed up all night to do it. I set the alarm for every 45 min as I had 90 minute tapes but missed numbers 53 - 48 of 1983. (Overslept). Now, the lists of each year from 1980 are on the web.

I also have copies of some of the Flashback 500's. The first year they did that, to my knowledge anyway, was 1988. I missed the first 30 songs because I was working and one of the DJ's messed up at about 300. And so, 5 or 6 songs did not get played at all. That seemed to be the last year that KROQ played really cool obscure Flashbacks because it seemed liked a slight format change occurred at around 1989 with regards to flashbacks.

Sorry for such a long post, but this these tapes bring back memories.
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Postby ESP » Sun Oct 11, 2009 1:05 am

Man, I love these tapes! Any chance more will be uploaded soon? It's been awhile since the last one. [8D]
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Postby rsgonzalez » Mon Oct 12, 2009 1:18 pm

My morning commute just changed from 10 minutes to 25, so I loaded a bunch of these onto my iPod. Thanks again!
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Postby roqqer » Tue Nov 03, 2009 2:45 pm

Here is another recording of KROQ from November 1989.

http://www.4shared.com/dir/10802805/74f ... R_O_Q.html
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Postby jimfredo » Thu Nov 12, 2009 5:33 am

[quote][i]Originally posted by radiofan[/i]
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What I did not lose and still own but would not even begin to know how to convert them to mp3's are the yearend countdowns.
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If you still live in the Los Angeles area, I'm happy to convert the year-end countdowns to MP3s so we can all enjoy them. [:D]
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Postby roqqer » Wed Nov 25, 2009 5:08 am

I added another KROQ recording from November 30th 1984 for your Thanksgiving enjoyment.


http://www.4shared.com/dir/10802805/74f ... R_O_Q.html
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Postby bladehl » Wed Nov 25, 2009 4:45 pm

Thanks a million for these. This stuff makes me happier than you will ever know!
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Postby ESP » Wed Nov 25, 2009 8:34 pm

Thanks again roqqer and Happy Thanksgiving. [:)]
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Postby roqqer » Fri Dec 25, 2009 4:16 am

I added another KROQ recording from December 27th, 1985 for your Christmas enjoyment.


http://www.4shared.com/dir/10802805/74f ... R_O_Q.html
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Postby bpdp3 » Sun Dec 27, 2009 2:23 am

I've been listening to these for the last month, putting them on the ipod and listening when I go running.

Growing up in upstate NY there were no alternative radio stations to listen to. BUT I'd read extensively about KROQ and 'Rodney on the ROQ'. For years it had a legendary status in my mind, even though I had no idea what it sounded like.

Now I do. Some initial reactions: As someone else mentioned, Rodney is so tame compared to what I thought he'd be like. You SoCal folks had alot more exposure to Oingo Boingo than I would've thought. And while I'm fairly familiar with most of the bands and tracks played, it would've been great to hear it along with others instead of alone on my own record player.

Thanks so much rogger!
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Postby bladehl » Sun Dec 27, 2009 8:36 am

Again I thank you. You are my hero!
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Postby roqqer » Tue Dec 29, 2009 3:48 pm

Here is a real gem from my collection. 90 minutes of unedited KROQ from December 30th, 1986 recorded from 3:20p.m to 4:50p.m.. Happy New Year!


http://www.4shared.com/dir/10802805/74f ... R_O_Q.html

Hey DJ Craig: I thought it was a very classy move on your part to thank Zack for sharing his recordings on your web site.

http://www.djcraig.net/80sradio
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Postby bleek » Fri Jan 01, 2010 4:11 pm

Anybody sharing these radio tape files on a file-share program like Soulseek or anywhere like that?

1600 KJET (the 'jet black box) 1982 - 1988
http://www.myspace.com/1600kjet
http://www.live365.com/stations/258693
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