1996 Tony Montana Aircheck Cassette
by Tony Mendoza
Between 1994-1997 I worked as a disc jockey for 93.7 KCLB in Palm Springs, California. It was a small market AOR station operating out of a remote carrot patch in tiny (pre-Coachella Fest) Coachella. I went by the moniker Tony Montana.
As a radio personality, I was given carte blanche, and mostly stuck to derivative, second hand Letterman bits with Jon Spencer interjections. My style could be classified as undisciplined smart assery.
In 1996, I compiled an aircheck tape that I sent out to alternative stations in larger markets in hopes of breaking out of the miserable, soul-searing desert. I attempted to show the big boys that I could ramp a song, backsell, read copy, use listener requests, and be funny.
No one bit.
A big thanks to Aaron Burruss, an avid KCLB listener who had become my friend and desert landlord. Aaron recently unearthed this cassette in a box of other old junk.