Tuesday, July 18, 2017
FM Rock: April 1968
April '68 finds some more new additions to the American progressive rock radio scene: KLUB-FM in Salt Lake City, Utah and KNUS-FM in Dallas, Texas. Word of mouth among the youth of the United States is driving kids to question why their city doesn't have progressive rock programming and many Hot 100 stations are fielding calls asking for more LP cuts instead of hit singles. WAVA-FM in my hometown of Washington, D.C. had by now expanded their progressive rock airplay to three hours nightly, from 9pm to midnight, Monday through Saturday. By the time I was old enough to start searching the FM dial for interesting music to listen to, WAVA was still programming album rock and is one of the stations where I got my first taste of music outside of the AM top 40 stations with amazing DJ's like the legendary Cerphe (who also previously DJ'ed for WHFS-FM, another amazing D.C. area underground progressive station), and Cerphe is still rocking the airwaves to this very day. He's actually just published a new book full of wildly interesting information about the radio scene, the musicians that supplied the foundation for it all and other crazy stuff about the life of an underground progressive rock DJ. I highly recommend it, it's an absorbing read and Cerphe is really one of the coolest cats on the planet!
Cerphe's Up: A Musical Life...
Album sales are also up and this fact is only bolstered by wonderful new album releases from Moby Grape, Joni Mitchell, Traffic, Blood Sweat & Tears and Simon & Garfunkel with their groundbreaking Bookends LP which puts a well thought out themed suite on one side and collects their recent 45's on the other.