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Yes friends, Eddie Trunk of That Metal Show has officially won my respect. Why? Because he has repeatedly called out the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (or to him “The Rock and Roll Hall of Shame”) for not including such hard rock acts as Heart, Rush, Foreigner, Journey, Alice Cooper, in lieu of such acts as Donna Summer, various rap acts, etc.

I am in full agreeance with Trunk!  The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame leaves much to be desired. They consistently shun the real legends – the ones who have actually influenced others to be rock & rollers.

KISS

KISS, whether or not you love them, they are rather influential. They are very successful touring artists. They’ve been eligible since 1999 because their debut album was released in 1974.

Heart

Without the Wilson sisters, there would be no Seattle music scene, Alice in Chains and maybe even Nirvana. Virtually every woman who has picked up a guitar has in some way been influenced by Nancy Wilson; or for that matter any woman that wanted to sing Zepplin-style rock & roll with Ann’s powerhouse vocals. (Go listen to songs like Barracuda, White Lightning and Wine, How Can I Refuse and the ever-enduring Magic Man) Better yet, they, like KISS are still popular even with younger people today! I remember I went to their concert they performed with Journey (another deserving artist) and Cheap Trick back in 2008. I was expecting the crowd to be mostly people my parents age – in their 50’s. To my surprise, there were many people there my age as well as the age of my guest – I was 22 and a junior in college at the time. My guest was 19 and a freshman in college. They have been eligible ever since 2000.

Stevie Nicks

Though she already is a member of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame as a member of Fleetwood Mac, she has never been inducted as a solo artist. She is technically eligible as a solo artist due to the fact that Bella Donna was released 30 years ago. Many artist such as Sheryl Crow (wh is a legend herself if you ask me) and Florence Welch of Florence + the Machine have all cited her as an influence.

Journey

Never has a band since Aerosmith seen such a surge in popularity than say, Journey. The main factor in the surge is none other than the usage of Don’t Stop Believingon MTV’s The Hills and other shows like Glee. They’ve been eligible since 2000.

Foreigner

Without Foreigner, there would be no Bon Jovi.  They’ve been eligible since 2002.

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A few months ago I was given a book called “Rock to the Top: What I Learned About Success From the World’s Greatest Rockstars” by Dayna Steele. Steele is a former on-air personality at the now-defunct Rock 101, KLOL in Houston, TX. In the book, she talks about her time at the station and how she learned to be successful from people like Gene Simmons, Van Halen, etc.  During the 70s-90s, KLOL  was one of the most-listened to stations in Houston, TX. Not only that, they were entertaining with DJ’s like the late Steve Stevens and Jim Pruett – who got many FCC fines doled against them for their onair antics. In 2004, KLOL became MEGA 101 – a Spanish station. I was 18 at the time and just learning more and more about my much-loved classic rock.

KLOL changed formats due to low Arbitron ratings – something that radio lives and dies by, much like the Nielsen ratings for television. Low Arbitron ratings means lower ad revenue, which makes the station lose money.

However, one thing has slowly changed as my generation has come of age and as another one is waiting in the wings: music, as a whole, has come full-circle. What I mean is there is not a generational gap between what say someone’s parents liked and what the individual likes. I think this is due to many factors including well-loved movies using classic rock songs, Mtv in the 90’s when they would air the Unplugged series and other videos, Glee, television specials (Example: The Beatles Anthology airing on ABC in 1995 – thus introducing the Beatles to a new generation) as well as downloading music and YouTube.

Also, the climate of radio in Houston is an utter disaster. When Cox radio gets rid of a rather popular 80’s radio station called 106.9 the Point, rebrands it as a classic alternative station THEN cancels that idea after a single year and simulcasts 107.5 the Eagle – Houston’s only great station. Even worse, I can pick both stations up and I live less than 5 minutes outside the 610 loop. Houston, we have a problem!

With that said, I think they should bring back KLOL – albeit with a little tweaking. It would still be an AOR station where the djs pick what they want to play – the way that it should be. If this were to happen, I would like to see some of the surviving djs return if they so choose, but also give some new blood a try. I think Houston is ready for KLOL to return to the airwaves if it ever does. There’s only 3 true rock stations in Houston – a travesty! Additionally, since the one thing that possibly killed the station was the fact that they ignored the grunge scene – I say embrace some of the new acts & the old acts. Also, don’t be afraid to play some of the new albums of the classic rock artists. Some things only get better with age and music is no exception.