As I was creating this post, I realized that this is the 690th post I have created for DFO and that reminded me of a once powerful and influential radio station in Southern California called The Mighty 690.
The Mighty 690 was actually, as the number can attest, an AM station that played music, which is pretty rare. Music people will tell you that the FM frequencies are usually better able to transmit musical sound than the AM frequencies.
Back in the early 80s, the Mighty 690 had the call letters XETRA and broadcast out of Tijuana, Mexico. Its signal was so strong (77,000 watts) that it could cover most of Baja, Southern California, and southwest Arizona. It played a Top 40 format which, back in those days, included plenty of new wave music, so it was an important source of new music for much of that very large area.
The Mighty 690 had a sister station in 91X, a FM station with the same call letters (XETRA) and also broadcasting out of Tijuana but on the FM band. That particular station deserves a separate post as it was a legendary station rivalling KROQ in Los Angeles in influence and cultural significance.
But that’s a story for another time.
The Mighty 690 changed formats during the 80s and became one of the first all-sports talk radio stations in the United States. Jim Rome got his start there and it was the home of Lee “Hacksaw” Hamilton for decades.
Whenever you hear your local sports talk idiots clogging up your airwaves, remember that it all started out of what essentially was this song personified:
As for last night’s game, there wasn’t one so I’ve got nothing to say about that.
Without further ado, here are the Top Twenty Five Pics of The Week:
And now, for the music!
As I mentioned before, I’ve decided that I must take up the mantle that tWBS ran with and help to make this world a better place. I will do this in the one way he couldn’t: By introducing you to good music!
Since no one guessed the secret link last week, I am replaying the group of songs! Please check out this selection of good songs and see if you can determine what the hidden link is between all of these songs.
Song Number One:
Canción Número Dos:
Chanson Numéro Trois:
Canzone numero quattro:
Canção número cinco
Let me know in the comments if you want me to give you hints. I’ll give up to three hints.
That’s all for this week, folks! Be good to each other and try to stay the fuck away from stupid people. That’s not COVID-19 advice, that’s just general good sense. See you next week!