By DONNA BALANCIA
UPDATE 9/12 – Steve Jones may finally be returning to radio, according to his Instagram post on 9/12.
On his Instagram account, he wrote “Ok! 12 bells! Friday!” which listeners have to come to know as his opening line on the show. See his crude Instagram announcement here.
UPDATE 8/16 – The first Friday-only edition of Jonesy’s Jukebox on KLOS-FM, which was supposed to feature Orville Peck did not materialize.
A blog devoted to his show said the episode has been “cancelled” and host Steve Jones is ill.
In response to a dial-in call on the air at 12:30 p.m., KLOS radio host Marci Wiser said Jones is “normally going to be doing Friday, today he’s sick.”
Steve Jones, the midday host of KLOS-FM Los Angeles’ radio show “Jonesy’s Jukebox,” will be cutting back his daily show to one day a week, he said on the air last week.
Towards the end of his show Friday, Aug. 9, the well-loved former Sex Pistol told his audience he was “burned out” on doing the show five days a week and he would cut back to broadcasting on Fridays only. Orville Peck was scheduled to be on the show Friday, Aug. 16.
“I got some good news and I got some bad news,” Jones told his audience in announcing the schedule change. “The good news is I’m only gonna be doing once a week Friday from noon to 2. The bad news is I’m only going to be doing it from noon to 2 Friday. I just decided I just want a break. Getting burned out doing it five times a week. We’ll see how it goes. That’s as simple as I can say it without getting all stupid.”
Jones had been hosting the show daily at “12 bells” since 2016. His guests have run the gamut from musicians and artists to photographers and filmmakers. His off-the-cuff interview style and funny quips made for good interviews over the years. His KLOS interviews can be heard here.
“I definitely need a breather,” Jones said. “And I don’t know what’s going to happen. I am really looking forward to just doing it once a week. We’ll try to fun fill it once a week for two hours.”
Jones said: “It’ll give me a lot more time to catch up with me Playstation and exercise and get in shape and whatever else I’m up to. Maybe do a solo album, maybe a cover album. Now I’ll have the time to do that. I think I’ll record it in the bathroom.”
Jones started “Jonesy’s Jukebox” in 2004 on Santa Monica’s Indie 103.1. The show was picked up by KROQ in 2010 and broadcast for three years. KLOS started running Jonesy’s Jukebox in 2015, expanded it to a daily show in 2016.
Jones has amassed a strong following not only on the radio show, but also on his Instagram account, where he has 75.6 thousand followers. On social media, he posts dramatic and funny 1-minute skits and performances, usually from his bathroom.
“I do like the minute,” he said. “And you don’t have to go anywhere. Thanks for being fans.”
KLOS was purchased from Cumulus by Meruelo Media last April.