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Henry Rollins will debut new show on KCRW next month

February 18, 2009 |  2:09 pm

Rollins350 Well, it's started. One of the few other destinations for progressive radio in L.A. has scooped up Henry Rollins, who will air his new show live at KCRW on Saturdays from 6 to 8 p.m., starting March 7. Next question: Who's taking Jonesy?

When Entravision folded Indie 103 last month, Rollins diligently followed other DJs such as Joe Escalante and Jose Galvan to the Web version of the radio station, but it always seemed like a stop-gap measure. The Black Flag rager-singer isn't anti-technology -- he deejayed from his iPod for MOCA's Target Video night last summer -- but, as he writes on his website in an announcement for the new show, "the pre-tape thing was better than nothing but live is best." His show won't have an official name (KCRW only has "Morning Becomes Eclectic" as an officially titled show), but he'll have a DJ page on KCRW.com where his audience can send him e-mails.

Rollins is scheduled to appear as a guest DJ on "Morning Becomes Eclectic" on Thursday, so listeners who worry that the passionate vinylist and raconteur will have his tastes suddenly streamlined by his new home can try this out as a test-run. And Jason Bentley, KCRW's marquee DJ and "MBE" host, had this to say in an e-mailed statement about Rollins joining the team:

“I feel Henry’s tastes and perspectives are a good fit because he has a strong point of view and there are ideas behind all of his music selections. He plays songs he is passionate about, and that makes great radio. It is also something he shares with other KCRW DJs. It’s not so much that he will cater his program to us, but that we will be giving a passionate voice a forum.” 

It should also be noted that Rollins isn't new to the station -- he worked with revered DJ Deirdre O'Donoghue on her KCRW program "Snap," which showcased countless cutting-edge acts, and also nurtured Bentley. O'Donoghue, who died in 2001, also originated and hosted "Breakfast With the Beatles."

-- Margaret Wappler

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