Saturday, January 13, 2024

That 1981 KROQ Doodle

Someone posted this notebook doodle in a Facebook group that I'm in.  It appears to be a transcription of the playlist on Los Angeles' famous KROQ station overnight from 10:15pm - 04:15am, one random night, long ago.  It's kind of captivating.  I set out to decode it and recreate it on a playlist, with pretty good success.

First - the doodle itself.  (Click for the original version as I found it.)

I don't know who created this, but I kind of love it.  It's like a time capsule into the broadcast FM punk & new wave scene of Los Angeles at the beginning of the 1980s.  Most of it was pretty straightforward, but there are some errors in it and some oddities.

First, though, here's the playlist as best I could recreate it.  Then I'll go into the challenges, guesses, and 
errors I came across trying to reconstruct it (noted as orange highlights below).

Youtube Music playlist:  KROQ Doodle

I don't have spotify, but if you recreate this playlist on Spotify (or other services) feel free to shoot me a link and I'll add it.)