Alan Freed DJed what is now called ‘Oldies’
I’m very excited.
While on a mid-afternoon jaunt down to Westlake–side note: I never knew that was there. Like the Bay Area’s own Levittown. It’s a little odd but I’d like to go back with my camera–and I was scanning through the AM band, trying to hear the the Pens turn the game around, when I heard an unmistakable sound. It was a song that could only be on an oldies station. Love the Pens, but the dial didn’t move for the rest of the afternoon. I heard the likes of the Supremes, the Boxtops, the Shangri-Las and so many others. I grew up on oldies radio and it just has so much of the best music made to date.
As much as I like listening to my fellow DJs, there’s been a small but significant hole in my life for the last few years. It’s a what-to-listen-to-in-the car hole and it’s oldies radio shaped. You may have heard me lament on this before.
It’s been there for a few years since KFRC-FM switched to classic rock. The new station is also KFRC but on the AM band at 1550. It’s broadcasting the “True Oldies” syndicated channel. I’d like to point out that it’s not really “true oldies”–I’d call that mid-’50s to the end of the ’60s rather than the ’60s and ’70s this channel plays. And I’d prefer something that is programmed locally than some syndicated program. But even for these faults, I’m happy that it’s around.
And, finally, I’d like to reiterate that I think I’d make a good oldies programming director if anyone out there is hiring. (I’d use a smiley emoticon here if I believed in emoticons.)