‘Rodney on the ROQ’ signing off KROQ after 40 years
Rodney Bingenheimer has been doing his show "Rodney on the ROQ" on Los Angeles radio station KROQ for 40 years, but he just announced he'll be doing his signing off on June 4 (technically June 5, his show starts at midnight). "It has been an amazing run, and I will be thanking all of you when I say goodbye to KROQ next week," he wrote on his Facebook. "I am planning on some special callers and special music as I say a proper goodbye." As to what's next for Rodney, who turns 70 this year, he writes, "As this chapter closes, I will be opening another chapter of my rock life soon. I may be done with KROQ, but I am not retiring. I hope you continue to join me on that journey. I have the greatest fans of all time and you’ve made my time at KROQ a fantastic one."
An obsessive Brit-rock groupie who also ran a club -- Rodney Bingenheimer's English Disco -- in the early '70s, Rodney began his KROQ in 1976 and became known for being one of the first American DJ's to play punk and new wave, and was the first commercial jock to spin The Sex Pistols, Ramones, Blondie, Duran Duran, Nirvana, No Doubt and others. There's a great documentary about Bingenheimer titled The Mayor of Sunset Strip that you can rent on Amazon, and you can watch the trailer below.