September 25, 2021

16 thoughts on “Jimmy Rabbitt, KROQ AM/FM Pasadena CA | November, 1976

  1. Rabbit style is so iconic, sounds drunk. He’s brilliant. Heard him once at a Country station, he used the same cool phrases and pacing, it was awesome. Telling little stories.

  2. What you hear here was what KROQ sounded like at the time. But there’s a lot to that story.

    The KROQ on the Charlie Tuna aircheck ended in the fall of 1973, when KROQ bought KPPC-FM and it became KROQ-FM. The two simulcast a hybrid of hits and album cuts until financial troubles took the combo dark in late 1974.

    In 1976 the owners were given an ultimatum by the FCC…return to the air or surrender the licenses. They went back on, hiring Shadoe Stevens (ex-WRKO, KHJ KRLA and KMET) as PD. He devised the approach you hear on this aircheck.

    As for being better known in Texas…nah. His only high-profile gig in that state was at KLIF in Dallas from 1964-1968. From there he went to KCBQ, San Diego and then on to L.A. where he was at KRLA, the ABC FM network, KMET, KROQ and (for three days) KHJ (a gig he got because he was so hugely popular among L.A. teens and young adults, but that he lost because KHJ wanted him to be completely different).

    It was only in this incarnation of KROQ, however, that Jimmy slowed his delivery way down and allowed his native Texas drawl to surface in his voice. And he did do shows drunk there, by his own admission (Christmas Eve 1977 is a classic).

    KROQ changed from within by the addition of a Sunday night special show with Rodney Bingenheimer, who started playing punk and new wave tracks around ’77. By 1979, KROQ hired former KKDJ PD Rick Carroll who took them to the “Rock of the 80s” format that made them huge.

  3. Brad (Sandy Beach) was a good friend. He literally put the station back on the air after it had signed off. Luckily in time to save the license. I believe this was well before Shadoe Stevens entered the picture. There was no production values,because it was likely there was no production studio at that time. Rabbitt is better than this, it’s great to hear him but he was unusually compelling at every format I ever heard him do. Before he just started screwing around he was clearly one of the best. His work at KLAC was among his best. Combining the ultra hip delivery & pacing from his rock days, with an incredible knowledge and feel for the music. A true radio enigma. RIP Sandy Beach.

  4. Jimmy rabbitt (small “r”, double “t”) is still doing live radio to this day. You can hear him every Saturday on KOCI/FM, in Newport Beach, California, the station also streams live over The Internet. El Conejo is also on local radio station KAFM/FM, in Grand Junction, Colorado, a couple of times a month. They also stream live on the Net. He is a legend & a great dude.

  5. Shadoe was there before Brad.Aftra strike pulled us off the air in’73.I was @ KPPC when Krog bought the PP.Paz is going strong on the internet radio …. he is still the best.Kroq joq’s are a family and we do reunions almost every year.

  6. Actually, the FM was on 106.7, not 106.1. How do I know? Because I built it. It was called KPPC, and was in the basement of a church when I started working there. REAL underground radio. I moved the studios out of the basement and the transmitter to Flint Peak (above Glendale) before KROQ ‘bought’ it.

    1. You are absolutely right Mike..You were the master of the Darrow board built especially for KPPC am and fm…from the Basement to 99 So. Chester……….Them was the days.

  7. I listened to KROQ (and still do when I get the chance) back then 1974-1980’s +.
    Living in this desert- Palm Springs area (musically and geographically), I was really sick of the local radio stations. I used my truck radio to strive to get KROQ at work (construction). I would drive around the house I was working on to get the best signal. Then drag speakers my into the house. I always bought the most sensitive tuner I could find.
    I made a lot of money listening to KROQ.
    I remember those great DJ’s from the 70’s and Jimmy Rabbit was one of them. He was on for at least a year, if my memory serves me well.
    I even have a LP of his. I met Larry Woodside (KROQ DJ in the early 80’s) once in Cambria, Ca. quite a few years back, and he wanted a recording of that LP.
    Those were great days of radio listening for me… back when it was truly free format!

  8. Hi, Larry. I really enjoyed your voiceover along with “Larry, Move Your Hand” (or whatever that song was called) when you were on KROQ but I was never able to record it off the radio. Internet searches turn up nothing, except for a link to this page. Where could I hear it again?

  9. I’ll be posting it on F.B. or here as soon as I find it on one of my old airchecks Charlie……..stay tuned

    1. Thanks, Larry. I’ll be looking forward to it. For those who haven’t heard it, Larry plays a story record by a girl who’s trying to fend off a guy named Larry. Larry Woodside does a voiceover where he “talks” with her. For example, when the girl says “I’m not that kind of girl,” Woodside says “That’s not what the football team says.” It’s hilarious!

  10. Hi, Larry, I hope that you can find and post it. I just found the story record for it on It’s “Larry, Move Your Hand” by Penguin Feet & the Teardrop Kid. It’s pretty funny by itself but it would really shine with Larry Woodside’s voiceover.

  11. One of the most inspiring broadcasters of all time, was able to spend some time with him at the Pasadena Hilton ‘studios’ before The Roqs of LA moved across the street, and later I somehow ended up on the air. Thanks for posting this LARRY.

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