Influential KROQ DJ Rodney Bingenheimer talks about being taken off the air

When Rodney Bingenheimer made his debut as a DJ on KROQ/106.7 FM in the summer of 1976, playing the music he loved no matter how offbeat or obscure, he opened every show with his unofficial theme song, “This Could Be The Night” by the Modern Folk Quartet.

“Because every time I went there I thought this could be my last show,” Bingenheimer, 69, explained on Friday. “I played really way out music, all kinds of weird songs. Things from England. Of course a lot of local bands. So I always thought this could be the night.”

And for 41 years it never was that night — until now.

Earlier this week, Bingenheimer says KROQ management called him to a meeting where he was told his long-running show, “Rodney on the ROQ,” was over. His farewell broadcast will air from 12 a.m. to 3 a.m. on Monday, June 5.

“They said they were going through a lot of changes, a lot of cutbacks, and they’ve got new management people coming in,” Bingenheimer said. “I didn’t leave the show on my own, but they were very good to me the whole time I was there.”

But while he’s much too humble to ever say, or even think it, it’s really KROQ, its listeners and the scores of bands that Bingenheimer discovered over four decades on the air that owe him a heartfelt thanks for all that he’s contributed.

“I would say Rodney Bingenheimer has probably made more bands famous than any other DJ in America,” said Chris Carter, host of the long-running “Breakfast With The…

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