West Coast Johnnie Walker

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20140125

20140201

20140405

Johnnie revives the spirit of freeform American FM radio heard during the late sixties and seventies. Tonight's show includes records made by James Taylor and his brother Livingston; plus Gene Clark compositions released by The Byrds and The Turtles and on his solo album 'No Other'. There are also choice FM cuts by Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band, Little Feat, Jackson Browne and Todd Rundgren.

20140412

Johnnie revives the spirit of freeform American FM radio heard during the late sixties and seventies. Tonight's show includes tracks from the 'do-it-yourself' debut solo albums by Emitt Rhodes and Paul McCartney, some psychedelic 'garage rock' by The Seeds and The Electric Prunes and music from FM radio staples Steely Dan, Brewer & Shipley and Jefferson Starship.

20140426

Johnnie revives the spirit of freeform American radio heard in in the late '60s and the 1970s... and features some of the records played by DJs on the FM dial.

Tonight's show includes songs by Janis Joplin and Jimi Hendrix, who both launched their careers in the States with impressive performances at the Monterey Pop Festival in June 1967. Other favourite FM album tracks come from Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, Carole King, Johnny Winter and The Edgar Winter Group.

20140426

Johnnie revives the spirit of freeform American radio heard in in the late '60s and the 1970s... and features some of the records played by DJs on the FM dial.

Tonight's show includes songs by Janis Joplin and Jimi Hendrix, who both launched their careers in the States with impressive performances at the Monterey Pop Festival in June 1967. Other favourite FM album tracks come from Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, Carole King, Johnny Winter and The Edgar Winter Group.

20140503

Johnnie revives the spirit of freeform American radio heard in the late '60s and the 1970s and plays a selection of the records heard on FM rock stations.

Tonight's show includes tracks by Country Joe & The Fish, The Doobie Brothers, The Doors and Tonto's Expanding Headband. There is also an archive recording of the founding father of FM radio - DJ Tom Donahue broadcasting on KSAN in San Francisco.

20140517

Johnnie revives the spirit of freeform American radio heard in the late '60s and the 1970s and plays a selection of the records heard on FM rock stations.

Tonight's show features artists produced by Lou Adler, one of the pivotal figures in the Californian music scene, including The Mamas and The Papas, Spirit, Carole King and Merry Clayton. Plus tracks from albums by Jefferson Starship and Tom Waits that were listed on the FM Action radio chart for a week in October 1974.

20140524

Johnnie revives the spirit of freeform American radio heard in the late '60s and the 1970s and plays a selection of the records heard on FM rock stations.

Tonight's show features music by America, Heart, Bonnie Raitt and David Ackles - who appeared with Elton John when Elton made his US breakthrough with influential concerts at the Troubadour Club in West Hollywood in August 1970. 'I could not believe that I was on the same stage with someone like David Ackles - one of my heroes.'.

20140531

Johnnie revives the spirit of freeform American radio heard in the late '60s and the 1970s and plays a selection of the records heard on FM rock stations.

Tonight's show features music by Buffalo Springfield, Jackson Browne and Stevie Nicks; two songs about Bob Dylan and three songs about growing up by Bruce Springsteen, The Beach Boys and Bob Seger.

20140607

Johnnie revives the spirit of freeform American radio heard in the late '60s and the 1970s and plays a selection of the records heard on FM rock stations.

Tonight's show features music by Crosby, Stills & Nash, Linda Ronstadt and Warren Zevon plus tracks from British vocalist Terry Reid and the group he was invited to join - Led Zeppelin.

20140614

Johnnie revives the spirit of freeform American radio heard in the late '60s and the 1970s and plays a selection of the records heard on FM rock stations.

Tonight's show features music by JJ Cale, Lowell George and Joe Walsh. Plus tracks from albums by Jackson Browne, Jim Capaldi, Ry Cooder and Nitty Gritty Dirt Band that were listed on the FM Action radio chart for February 1972.

20140621

Johnnie revives the spirit of freeform American radio heard in the late '60s and the 1970s and plays a selection of the records heard on FM rock stations.

Tonight's show features album tracks by Eagles, Fleetwood Mac and Grateful Dead plus a selection of travelling songs by The Allman Brothers Band, Guy Clark and Bob Seger

20140705

Johnnie revives the spirit of freeform American radio heard in the late '60s and the 1970s and plays a selection of records heard on FM rock stations.

Tonight's show features music produced by Paul A. Rothchild, including tracks by The Doors, Janis Joplin and Outlaws. Plus we hear some 'blues from Laurel Canyon' by John Mayall and Canned Heat.

20140712

20140712

Johnnie revives the spirit of freeform American radio heard in the late '60s and the 1970s and plays a selection of records heard on FM rock stations.

Tonight's show features music by James Taylor and his sister Kate, mellow songs by Kenny Rankin and Melanie; plus rock classics by ZZ Top and Lynyrd Skynyrd.

20140719

Johnnie revives the spirit of freeform American radio heard in the late '60s and the 1970s and plays a selection of records heard on FM rock stations.

Tonight's show features a track by Gram Parsons and two tribute songs to him by the Eagles and Emmylou Harris. There are also American FM radio favourites by The Beach Boys, Little Feat, Led Zeppelin and The Who.

0120140125

Johnnie revives the spirit of freeform American FM radio broadcast during the late sixties and seventies. While featuring the artists nurtured by 'underground' radio such as Crosby, Stills & Nash, Eagles and Joni Mitchell, Johnnie also plays the music of contemporary musicians who have been influenced by the records made during that era.

In the States, FM music stations began life as freewheeling alternatives to the commercial power of Top 40 AM stations. Their proliferation coincided with the rise in popularity of LP records containing the adventurous music of groups who focused their energies on albums rather than three-minute singles. LP sales boomed and the FM stations became very successful. For example, KSAN in San Francisco rose to number one in the 18-34 demographic and inspired the launch of similar stations across the country. FM became synonymous with a style of programming, an attitude and a lifestyle. However, during this period, British music fans could only dream about having a regular diet of the music heard on KSAN in San Francisco or WNEW in New York. Quality album music was rationed on Radio 1 to a few hours a week broadcast in the evening strand Sounds Of The Seventies and in Alan Freeman's Saturday Rock Show.

In search of more musical freedom, in 1976 Johnnie Walker left his lunchtime show on Radio 1 to join the DJ roster of KSAN. Unfortunately, it was a case of right station, wrong era as the format became more conservative and the music evolved.

0220140201

Johnnie revives the spirit of freeform American FM radio broadcast during the late sixties and seventies. Tonight we hear tracks from three West Coast acts signed to the New York label Elektra: Love, The Doors and Tim Buckley (the father of Jeff Buckley). There is also music from three singer-songwriters based in Los Angeles in this era: Jackson Browne, Carole King and James Taylor.

0320140208

Johnnie revives the spirit of freeform American FM radio broadcast during the late sixties and seventies. Tonight we hear tracks from many of the acts formed in San Francisco and the Bay Area, including The Doobie Brothers, Jefferson Airplane, Grateful Dead, Santana and The Steve Miller Band. Johnnie pays tribute to the DJ Tom Donahue, who started the FM underground radio revolution and is most associated with the San Francisco station KSAN.

0420140215

Johnnie revives the spirit of freeform American FM radio broadcast during the late sixties and seventies. Country-rock developed in Southern California during this era with influential recordings made by The Byrds, The Dillards, Gene Clark, the Flying Burrito Brothers, Gram Parsons, Poco and the Eagles.

0520140222

Johnnie revives the spirit of freeform American FM radio broadcast during the late sixties and seventies. In Los Angeles, the car is king. Johnnie plays three songs about automobiles by the Doobie Brothers, War and Tom Waits. Joni Mitchell wrote 'Free Man In Paris' about manager, agent and record company owner David Geffen. We hear music from some of his artists, including Laura Nyro and Judee Sill.

0620140301

Johnnie revives the spirit of freeform American FM radio broadcast during the late sixties and seventies. In tonight's show, we hear an archive recording of DJ B Mitchel Reed broadcasting on Los Angeles station KMET in 1970. Music featured includes songs by The Youngbloods, Spirit, Richie Havens, Leon Russell and JJ Cale.

0720140308

Johnnie revives the spirit of freeform American FM radio broadcast during the late sixties and seventies. In tonight's show, we go into space with The Byrds and Pearls Before Swine and eat at a Bar 'n' Grill with Joni Mitchell and Mad RIver. There are also FM classics by Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, Little Feat and Jackson Browne.

0820140315

Johnnie revives the spirit of freeform American FM radio broadcast during the late sixties and seventies. Tonight's show features some of the UK artists featured on American 'underground radio', including Led Zeppelin, Traffic, Van Morrison and Emerson, Lake & Palmer. There are also American FM classics by Steely Dan, Steve Miller Band, Eagles and Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band.

0920140322

Johnnie revives the spirit of freeform American FM radio broadcast during the late sixties and seventies. Tonight's show features music from Elektra Records' West Coast artists Tim Buckley and The Doors. There are album tracks by FM radio favourites The Doobie Brothers, The James Gang and America; plus a Biff Rose song later covered by David Bowie

1020140329

Johnnie revives the spirit of freeform American FM radio broadcast during the late sixties and seventies. Tonight's show includes music made in Los Angeles by Fleetwood Mac, The Mamas and The Papas, Joni Mitchell and Warren Zevon. Two John Prine songs are featured - one sung by its writer and the other by Bonnie Raitt.