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The Rockin’ 136 Goes Classic

The Music is Back! The Rockin 136! American Graffiti was the first movie that was created around a selection of popular music not written for a movie. These songs were integral to the script and securing the rights to the songs consumed 10% of’s $750,000 budget. This was the soundtrack of a generation and the Modesto cruisers in the late 50s andearly 60s shared the same set of songs. The emerging Rock and Roll of the late 1950s and the prominence of AM radio created a common soundtrack. Beginning in 1953, rock and roll was first heard on the Modesto airwaves on KBOX. As the kids in Modesto Dragged 10th, 1360 KFIV would play the songs of the day and since there was only one rock station, everyone shared the same music. The song dedications came from Dwight Case at Burge’s and the nights were filled with the legendary doo-wop, rockabilly and rock and roll. This year, classic rock and roll radio is back with the legendary DJs: Bob DeLeon, Kenny Roberts, Radio Rick Myers and more! KFIV will begin playing those Solid Gold Hits on Friday, June 8th, from six pm to midnight, and on Saturday, June 9th from noon to midnight, and onSunday June 10th from noon to six pm. Who knows, there may even be a dedication or two, or three.

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About the Author:

Chris Murphy is the President and CEO of Sierra Pacific Warehouse Group and Publisher and Founder of ModestoView Inc. Chris worked globally in the cycling industry returning to Modesto in 1996. He is also the founder of the Modesto Historic Graffiti Cruise Route, Legends of the Cruise Walk of Fame, Modesto Rockin’ Holiday, the Modesto Music History Organization and co-founder of the Modesto Area Music Association. Chris is married to his artist wife Rebecca since 1985 and has two daughters Madison and Abigail, both graduating from Modesto High and UC Berkeley. He is lead singer and guitarist for his band, Third Party that donates their performances to non-profits.