L.A. Radio Icon Rodney Bingenheimer Lands Weekly Show at Sirius XM's Underground Garage
Rodney is headed back to the air. Legendary Los Angeles DJ Rodney Bingenheimer -- the so-called "Mayor of Sunset Strip," best known for his 40-year "Rodney on the Roq" show on L.A.'s powerhouse station KROQ -- is bouncing back from his forced retirement in May to host a new show on Sirius XM satellite radio.
A fixture on the L.A. music scene for more than 40 years, Bingenheimer turned decades of Southern California rock fans on to then-little-known bands, including The Cure, The Clash, Germs, Oasis, No Doubt, Joan Jett, Duran Duran and Nirvana. Bingenheimer will start hosting a weekly show on Little Steven's Underground Garage beginning on July 16 (it premieres at 9 p.m. ET).
"I’m so honored to be on the same SiriusXM channel as Little Steven," said Bingenheimer in a statement announcing that he's joining the stable of guest DJs on the station, founded by E Street guitarist "Little" Steven Van Zandt. "He has also championed some of the greatest music of our time, both past and future. With both of us now at the same channel we’re gonna keep great music alive. Especially for me, being on at an earlier time, I can have more listeners who don’t have to worry about missing work or school the next day. To be on in Primetime on the East Coast as well is also exciting.”
Van Zandt was equally psyched to add the eternal teenager to the stable of hosts on the channel that champions garage rock, punk and early rock and roll sounds. "Rodney was one of my first calls when I started the channel,” said Van Zandt. “We are honored to have him. This is where he belongs!"
Bingenheimer joins a roster of guest hosts on the station that also includes Michael Des Barres, Kid Leo, The Fleshtones' Peter Zaremba, comedian Drew Carey and Handsome Dick Manitoba of The Dictators.