In April of last year, longtime Valley radio show host Jonathan L left the Phoenix airwaves and moved to Berlin, Germany. L was a popular DJ here, and hosted shows or did programming at radio stations all around Arizona for 30 years, including a long stint at alternative station KUKQ and rock station 98 KUPD, where his show "The Lopsided World of L" aired twice a week.
Jonathan L treated listeners to everything from local goth rock band Reliquary
to local indie rock artist Adam Panic
to acoustic on-air sets by Johnette Napolitano
(Concrete Blonde) and phone calls from Ronnie Spector
. It was a bummer when he left, but the good news is, "The Lopsided World of L" is back in the Valley, streaming on Scottsdale-based Internet radio station sofakingradio.com
The site is run by a guy named Dan G, and includes programming like an "influences show" hosted by Sleapin Weither that Dan G says "shows how music really hasn't changed over the last 30 years." At the same time, there's also a "worldwide debuts" show for bands (signed and unsigned) to showcase their newest tunes, and a "Top 25" that consists of "the best of the best that's new that's you're going to be hearing around soon," according to Dan G. There's also a show focused on local music with Valley bands as guests (Wednesday nights).
Dan G.'s been in Phoenix since 1981 and remembers when Jonathan L used to emcee shows at local venues that closed 25 years ago. "He was such a huge part of introducing me to the bands I listen to," says Dan G., who's had the sofakingradio.com site since 2004. "When I started focusing on the station full-time last year, I e-mailed him and asked if he'd be interested in having his show on my station, and he e-mailed back and said yes. It was that easy. I was almost jumping for joy when I got the e-mail."
"The Lopside World of L" is pretty much syndicated now via the Internet. Before sofakingradio started streaming the show, it was already on Germany-based kingfm.net
and L.A.-based indie1031.com
. Now you can hear it on soakingradio.com, Thursdays through Sundays at 10 p.m. MST.