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Sunday, January 18, 2009


Still No Word from Jonesy's Jukebox

— Photo By TJ Sullivan —

Regarding Indie 103.1 FM going off the air last week ...

A press release from MSOPR has been making the rounds since Thursday. MSOPR is the public relations company that represents The Sex Pistols, whose guitarist Steve Jones hosted the popular Indie 103.1 lunch-hour program "Jonesy's Jukebox." Both LA Weekly and OC Weekly have reiterated all there is to say, that Jonesy is looking to expand the show. Unfortunately, there's no hint about whether that might happen at the online-version of 103.1, or somewhere else.

In addition, Steve Jones, the self-proclaimed Sire of Wilshire (a nod to the former station's physical address at 5700 Wilshire Blvd.) offers a goodbye quote that's only a tad more optimistic than a "Dear John" letter: "I'd like to think we broke some rules and that everyone had a bloody good time. Thanks for listening."

Variety has reported that "Jones has had discussions about expanding the two-hour program elsewhere," but that's all you get from Variety. No facts for you!

I e-mailed MSOPR to ask if they could confirm anything more regarding Jonesy's Jukebox and whether it would, or wouldn't, be part of Indie 103.1's Internet existence. The reply was that there was nothing new to report. No help from the Indie 103.1 Web site either. It still has all the old on-air schedule information up regarding Jonesy's Jukebox.

If I had to speculate, I'd say Jonesy is talking syndication, which would make his program available to a much larger audience. Having had a few years to experiment and prove himself in LA, I'd expect we'll be hearing something soon, if indeed that's the way he wants to go. This is, however, pure speculation based on nothing other than my best guess.

— TJ Sullivan in LA

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