Wednesday, October 06, 2010

KROQ Brings Back Steve Jones and "Jonesy's Jukebox"

Nearly two years after Sex Pistol Steve Jones left the L.A. airwaves, "Jonesy's Jukebox" is back.

KROQ has given Jones a weekly Sunday night show, starting this Sunday at 7 p.m. "Jonesy's Jukebox" had been off the air since Entravision dumped the "Indie 103.1" format.

More, from KROQ:

Jonesy’s Jukebox will feature unreleased tracks from indie bands, b-sides, songs from bands that are bubbling under, KROQ classics and cuts from his personal music collection; anything he wants to play. Steve jumped right on board, "They are letting me play whatever I want—and that’s good for me."

Kevin Weatherly, Programming Director couldn’t be happier with the addition to KROQ’s lineup: "Sunday nights on KROQ has historically been the home to groundbreaking programming beginning with the legendary Rodney Bingenheimer over 30 years ago. In fact, Rodney was one of the first DJ’s in America to play the Sex Pistols. Steve is punk rock royalty… I'm thrilled that Jonesy’s Jukebox can now be heard alongside KROQ Locals Only, Loveline and Rodney on the Roq.

Kind of a bummer for Rodney that he's still relegated to the post-midnight slot, while Jonesy gets a bit more prime real estate. But Jonesy's Jukebox was as much about the personality -- and his interaction with celebs -- as he was about the music.

Read about the demise of Indie 103.1 here.

Indie 103.1 never got the Arbitron ratings, but its influence on music and the local radio scene is telling: Look at how much larger stations picked up Indie's former radio stars, with Jones to KROQ, Henry Rollins to KCRW and others to KYSR.

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