I started Rock and Roll 101 nine years ago at another station in the East Valley. It’s the type of specialized vintage rock show I’d wanted to try for a long time, and it ran for almost five years until the station manager pulled the plug. Not just on my show, but the whole operation.
For about three years, the show was in limbo with no prospects for a new home. Last October, Mike Lamb gave it a shot at SKY 7, and it’s been a Sunday night staple ever since. Mike does a great job of producing the show, I’ve tightened the program up considerably, and it’s coming closer to becoming what I envisioned.
The most surprising aspect of Rock and Roll 101 for me, is that it finds an audience on commercial outlets -- it was conceived for public radio. Not complaining, it’s not quite what I anticipated.
It’s not a comfortable show -- if you’re looking for another rehashing of the Corporate 300 titles, that’s not what Rock and Roll 101 is about. It’s a music education show with a focus on Rock’s first three decades. You’ll hear a lot of tunes either for the first time or maybe for the first time in a while.
I may be the sports editor at the AJ/Gold Canyon News, but I also worked in music radio for many years, and I’m a lifelong student of Rock history.
This week, we feature Rock and Roll Hall of Fame snubs, Part 2. These are groups or singers who have the resume’ and meet the basic criteria for induction, but are still waiting for the phone call from Cleveland.
It’s a pretty solid list, as was the lineup back in January when we did Part 1. The first hour includes Tommy James & The Shondells, The Doobie Brothers, Johnny Rivers, Pat Benatar, Cliff Richard & The Shadows (who should also be in as an influence), Petula Clark, Herman’s Hermits and The Turtles.
Speaking of influence, three groups fall under that category and you’ll hear them in the second hour -- The Pretty Things, The Sonics and Mitch Ryder & The Detroit Wheels. Joe Cocker is also there, along with The Grass Roots, Jethro Tull, Steppenwolf and Carole King (in as a composer, not as a performer) rounding out the lineup, and there’s enough to merit Part 3.
You can hear Rock and Roll 101 every Sunday night at 6 and the reboot at 8, exclusively on SKY 7. Just log on to sky7phoenix.com. When you get there, click on “Classic Hits and Awesome Variety” and the streaming audio will appear.