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Come on, who doesn't want a KXLU toothbrush? It could be yours for a measly 5-dollar donation. When have you ever even seen a black toothbrush before? How much cooler could a toothbrush get?

Not good enough for you? You need a reason? Alright, fine. Then you force my hand. I'm going to make you listen to a scary, scary, story about a time when you could only listen to the music that big corporations wanted you to hear. There weren't downloads and podcasts and these Videotube youhoob things.

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Come on, now, kids, and gather by the fire... (imagine an old goldminer's voice here) Back in my day, alternative music meant alternative music. You didn't hear it in the mall and you almost never heard it on the radio. Rodney on the Roq was one of the few DJs playing any kind of punk rock, and few people realize how heavily censored that show was. The Rotter's Sit on my Face Stevie Nicks was taken out of rotation after threats from Mick Fleetwood himself, and the Angry Samoan's Get Off the Air actually caused Rodney to get them blacklisted from local clubs.

The only real radio free Los Angeles has always been KXLU, broadcasting steadily from Loyola Marymount University. Today marks the beginning of their week-long fund drive. The station is celebrating 50 years on the air, thanks to listeners like you (OK. I stole that line from KCET. It's not like they can copyright that sentence. Can they?) Stella's "freeform" show, Stray Pop, has been running on KXLU for over 25 of those 50 years.