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Steve Jones returns to the radio, on KROQ (updated)

[Updated with today’s press release.]

Steve Jones has again found someone to power his jukebox.

Jones, the Sex Pistols guitarist who hosted the popular “Jonesy’s Jukebox” radio show on Indie 103.1 from 2004 until the station’s demise in early 2009, will begin a weekly show on Sunday night at modern rock giant KROQ (FM 106.7), the station announced this morning. The new incarnation of “Jonesy’s Jukebox” will run from 7 to 9 p.m. and include, the release says, “an irreverent mix of new music from iconic artists, developing talent and eclectic cuts from his personal music collection.”

“They are letting me play whatever I want,” Jones, 55, said in the release, “and that’s good for me.”

Jones’ post-Indie 103 job as a show host on an Internet station belonging to IAMROGUE.com ended a few months ago. In an interview in February, he acknowledged missing terrestrial radio.

The station’s program director, Kevin Weatherly, said: “Sunday nights on KROQ has historically been home to groundbreaking programming beginning with the legendary Rodney Bingenheimer over 30 years ago. In fact, Rodney was one of the first DJs in America to play the Sex Pistols. Steve is punk rock royalty and a proven tastemaker.”

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{ 12 comments… add one }

  • Cockogan October 6, 2010, 4:13 am

    Holy shit, really? It’d be great if Indie just came back but if Kroq was able to be somewhat respectable again, copying Indie’s old programming might be the way to do it.

  • Bob Sack October 6, 2010, 7:47 am

    Heh…Jonesy playing Linkin Park and Sublime.

  • Ian October 6, 2010, 10:30 am

    Take the $ and run, I guess. I wonder if he will be able to play what he wants to? I’d say, “I’ll be listening” but who wants to listen to KROQ waiting for Jones to come on?

  • Dave October 6, 2010, 11:59 am

    I always thought 1st Wave on satellite radio would of be a good place for him.

  • Charlotta October 6, 2010, 12:51 pm

    Bring back that Suicide Girls program, the Sunday dub/reggae program, Saturday night mash-up radio, THEN we’ll talk.

  • Erik Ehlert October 6, 2010, 12:57 pm

    We desperately need him back for his humor, insight, and the diversity that he spins! Yes! Great scoop BUZZBANDS!

  • Mathew Ward October 6, 2010, 1:00 pm

    Lets play a game…Im turning on kroq right now to see whats playing. Oh. Foo Fighters.

  • Doug October 6, 2010, 5:02 pm

    KROQ is a glood example of an institution that looks beyond reform. There’s a good reason why people were loyal to Indie 103.1, and are loyal to KCRW.

  • Tres October 7, 2010, 5:44 am

    Good for him. I hope he at least has Shovel involved since it was him who produced it and helped put him back on the map. The show was best in in the beginning with the Shovel banter. The Entravision people never realized what they had. Threw away a diamond when they changed formats and then shut down.

    • kevin October 7, 2010, 8:47 am

      Mark Sovel is indeed producing.

  • Sara October 8, 2010, 10:52 am

    KROQ is already a very sexist station. I noticed that in their “history” the other night. After two hours of music, only TWO female singers. One was MAzzy Star (!!!!), and the other Paramour. Um. That is NOT cool. Now they will have the chauvinistic Steve Jones?
    Geez. Sad.

  • Terry October 20, 2010, 1:20 pm

    If you listened or checked the play-list you would discover that the “Chauvinistic” Steve Jones played Tennis, Little Dragon, Twin Sister, Kate Earl, Best Coast, Sleigh Bells, Zola Jesus, Giant Drag, Karen Elson, She & Him, The XX.

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