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Metal Shop Memories with Charlie Kendall – Ep565


This week radio legend Charlie Kendall joins us to discuss the past, present, and future of Metal Shop!

From 1984-1995, broadcast superstar Kendall was a driving force of the metal revolution as he hosted this iconic program on over 250 stations. Metalshop was to rock radio what Headbanger’s Ball was to television. Now, he’s joined forces with KRFK Radio (a division of Keel’s RFK Media) to deliver new shows to a worldwide audience that celebrates and enjoys the music of the wild and the young.

In this discussion Charlie covers the history of Metal Shop; how he got the idea, how it was pitched, and how Judas Priest played a big role in the show getting green-lit. The show became an institution for rock and metal fans and the genre grew exponentially in popularity throughout the 1980’s. As with the music, the rock radio world went through a tidal wave of changes in the 1990’s and Metal Shop was not spared. Charlie shares his thoughts on how the show ended, the state of radio in today’s society, and his take on music podcasting and it’s marketability going forward.

Other topics covered include Charlie’s early experience in radio at the age of 14, his work with NEWHD Media and it’s charitable efforts for people with autism, and more. Stories involving Chuck Berry, Keith Richards, Dee Snider, Artie Kornfeld, and Alice Cooper are also included.

Throughout the episode you’ll hear clips from the the heyday of Metal Shop to help take you back in time. For now though, you can check out the all new Metal Shop on KFRK Radio! The full Metal Shop broadcast schedule can also be found at You’ve got to check it out, it’s everything you loved about the show brought into today! Also, grab a t-shirt to support the show.

We hope you enjoy Metal Shop Memories with Charlie Kendall and SHARE with a friend!

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  1. Back in the late 80s I went to two metal schools in my metal-forsaken, boondocksy Cuban neck of the woods, Metalshop and Z-Rock. I could catch them both down here with the use of an antenna, a booster and my Selena Russian radio that had a kickass FM band. It’s so awesome to have the legendary Charlie Kendall and his Metalshop back. I’m quite enjoying it on KRFK. If only the Z-Rock 50 weekly countdown made a comeback as well. That would be a match re-made in metal heaven. My warmest greetings from Cuba and I hope the Metalshop keeps rocking us for many more years to come. Thanks!

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