The woman who gave birth to what has become Rock Radio, Raechel Donahue, was born in National City, California on this day in 1947.
Back in 1967, after being inspired by the debut album from a band called The Doors, "Mom" and "Big Daddy" Tom Donahue unleashed a state-of-mind (heaven forbid we label it a "format") that has come to be called "Free-Form Progressive Rock." All of our lives changed.
Being a Native New Yawker and lifelong fan of the now defunct 102.7 WNEW-FM, it pains me to admit this, but... it all officially started in San Francisco on August 6, 1967. The delivery room was KMPX. Raechel and Tom turned 106.9 FM, an 80,000 watt sleeping giant, which didn't even speak English, into a lifestyle, religion, culture and voice of a generation.
They had many more children after that, most notably, KSAN, KPPC and KMET, "The Mighty Met" in Los Angeles. (See my November, 2013 blog post, "Might Met Musings") Those "kids" had many "cousins" like KLOS, and ispired countless others, including KSWD in LA (100.3 The Sound), which frequently pays tribute to KMET's legacy, DJs and mindset of those bonnie bygone days.
There is so much more to Raechel. CLICK HERE for the continuing story of an amazing and groundbreaking life.
So, happy birthday "Mom." I know we don't call as much as we should, but you are always in our hearts and minds, and we are forever grateful to you (and "Dad") for the life you've given us all.
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