Rodney Bingenheimer is punk rock's biggest cheerleader. In the mid-'70s, long before record labels found punk commercially viable, Bingenheimer beamed two-cord, two-minute garage pop via his Rodney on the ROQ radio show on Los Angeles' pioneering alternative station KROQ. The impact of his program was felt throughout Southern California; struggling young acts found exposure they couldn't acquire anywhere else while many of its listeners, such as Dexter Holland of the Offspring and Gwen Stefani of No Doubt, eventually took the Orange County punk and ska that Bingenheimer had long championed onto the Billboard charts. Bingenheimer began his career as a stand-in for Davy Jones of the Monkees in 1966. Raised in Mountain View, CA, Bingenheimer ran away to L.A. after a suggestion from Cher. Called "The Mayor of Sunset Strip," Bingenheimer ...
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