If you've been following the debate about the movement to get Phoenix's NPR station, KJZZ, to play some indie rock, you may have seen the name Jonathan L tossed around a bit.
The 30-year DJ, who has had an alternative show since 1986, does a twice-weekly shift on the normally metal-centric KUPD. It's called "The Lopsided World of Jonathan L" and features stuff like Slash, Ozzy and and HIM mixed in with Editors, Surfer Blood and Ted Leo. Pretty interesting.
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Unfortunately, at age 63, L is sort of old to be our indie rock savior, which is why he's retiring after this weekend's shows.
"I have had a great radio career for three decades. No one, and I mean no one, has had the freedom in radio musically I have been blessed with from start, and now the finish," he told allaccess.com. "I could say I am leaving while the getting is good, but that would be bullshit. I am leaving to retire, enjoy life, and travel the world. As a cancer survivor since 1996, I have looked forward to every day, and now I am looking forward to enjoying life the way it is meant to be. Life is short, be happy."
I wish Jonathan L happy trails. Hopefully someone can step into his slot and play a little indie rock, though I have to bet this opens up more room space for Korn Bizkits.