K101 FM owned by engineering graduate and broadcasting magnate James Gabbert was a rather wild station. Not free form but they had what could be described as an adult top 40 format with a deep playlist where you would hear all kinds of music. The station was very successful from the early to mid 1970’s. Mr Gabbert was was not averse to climbing the antenna tower to fix a problem and he took chances with the programming not satisfied with a cookie cutter and consultant driven formula.
He had a program called Anything Goes where you could literally hear anything and this clip is a great example of his offerings from the 1972/73 period.
An exceptional double play from the AM and FM sides of the dial in Los Angeles.
The first clip is the prequel to an air check already posted to the site featuring Humble Harve on KHJ from February 3, 1967 ( thanks to reader /listener Mike Hagerty for pining down that date). A fabulous selection of songs, ads and newscast featured on a station with a top 40 format in it’s prime. Interesting that it’s the only the second day that “hit bound” Penny Lane by the Beatles is played on the station, having been obtained a day earlier.
The second clip continues our series of Jimmy Rabbit air checks from free form and alternative KROQ. The set is from Nov. 1976 and features an eclectic set of music and Jimmy’s inimitable style. Nice to hear Neil Young’s “See The Sky About to Rain” from the original Byrd’s reunion album from 1973 with Gene Clark taking the lead.