The Beach Boys, Endless Summer, 1974
A.J. Smitrovich grew up in Los Angeles, California in the 1990s. He was introduced to the blues by his father and not long after falling for the blues, fell in love with rock ’n’ roll. He was inspired by broadcasting royalty in Robert Weston Smith, a.k.a Wolfman Jack and Jim Ladd, hearing Wolfman cut in and out of the car radios in George Lucas' American Graffiti and and staying up late to catch Jim's latest head-trip on 95.5 KLOS. The sweet sounds of doo-wop, soul and rock 'n' roll flowed from the K-EARTH 101.1 tap on the FM dial and on the AM frequency , the prolific baseball announcer and Southern California legend Vin Scully serenaded him with effortlessly called Dodger games, showing him the Gold Standard in broadcasting. He was surrounded with music at home. Rock to blues, jazz to Motown, even Cuban music was being piped through his house daily.
As he grew up, he immersed himself in the alternative and grunge scenes of the '90s, absorbing the new sounds of artists like Nirvana, Sublime, Blues Traveler and Smashing Pumpkins blending with the older sounds of Jerry Lee Lewis, Little Richard, B.B. King and their contemporaries. In high school he discovered the magic of Reggae: The Maytals, Lee "Scratch" Perry, Bob Marley and Peter Tosh became immediate library staples.
In college his horizons of music expanded, basking in the glorious beauty of
The Doors, The Grateful Dead, Jefferson Airplane, Pink Floyd and Janis Joplin. Digging deeper and getting on a new level, with childhood favorites like Bob Dylan, Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, Pete Seeger, Ray Charles, Chuck Berry and Van Morrison.
He even did something he thought he'd never do: start listening to country music. He got to know classic artists like Marty Robbins, Merle Haggard and Glen Campbell and got acquainted with country rock and psychedelic country through bands like The Band, The Flying Burrito Brothers, The Byrds, and many in between.
The door was open, all that was left was to walk through...
And so it was, that after spinning The Beach Boys Endless Summer on vinyl for the first time, he was hooked. Buying his first records marked the beginning of a deeper love for music: he was introduced to the hiss and pop of its ideal medium. Upon discovering his father’s record collection, his journey into Internet radio began...
My Dad’s LPs churns out eclectic radio programming featuring Blues, Soul, Reggae, Folk, Motown, Progressive, Alternative, Psychedelic, Classic Rock, Heavy Metal and of course, Rock 'n' Roll. Like FM radio was for most of the 20th Century, we spin a wide variety of sounds, creating sonic landscapes, constantly exploring not just the music, but the people who made it.
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