96.7 KCAL-FM (1991)

November 5, 2017 – 3:00 pm

This early 1990s tape from the “inland empire’s rock-n-roll station” 96.7 KCAL-FM has an interesting story behind it. In the early 1990s I was on GEnie, an online service that was a contemporary of Prodigy and CompuServe. When I was 15 or 16, I was active on a teen forum on GEnie called the ERT (Education RoundTable) and it was there that I met a guy named Bob. He was my age, lived in California, and was an all-around nice dude. We chatted a lot online and got to be pretty good friends. We exchanged pictures and occasionally tapes through the mail. This is one of the tapes he sent me, presumably in the second half of 1991 based on the mention of Tom Petty’s new album Into the Great Wide Open which debuted in July, an ad for this Tom Petty show, and a giveaway for this Huey Lewis & The News show in November. On it, he sent a song out to me (13:00) and the DJ noted that Bob would be “heading back [to the East Coast] with a tape in hand to show him how it’s done here in southern California.”

The thing is… Bob was kinda not who he said he was. He wasn’t 16. He was actually in his 50s.

Fortunately, he came clean before we ever met in person and, honestly, seemed like just a very confused dude. Nothing inappropriate was ever discussed between us (though that may not have been the case with others he talked to). He was an aging, lonely guy who reached out in a way that was really wrong and creepy and luckily it never went further.

Nevertheless, as a result, we’ve got a 45-minute tape of 1991 FM rock radio from southern California.

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