Joel Denver Makes The 73 Mile Drive From Malibu

Joel Denver at the chroma key wall.

Joel Denver and I first met in Charlotte, NC. He was a young top-40 jock. I was on a more laid back adult contemporary station.

He was Jimmy Madison then. That’s what close friends called our 4th president, right? Jimmy Madison on Big WAYS.

Our paths crossed again in Philly where Joel worked evenings on the dominant rocker, WFIL. He’d become Joel Denver by then. I’ve never thought to ask why?

We were close, but both made lots of moves. You know how it goes. We waited until the Internet was invented to get back in touch.

A few decades ago Joel left broadcasting to found They are the authoritative source for broadcast radio and music.

AllAccess is located, and Joel lives, in Malibu. Tough life.

He came hungry. We headed to 101 Noodle Express across town. In a shopping center with at least a dozen other Asian restaurants you have to be good. We walked in at 2:00 PM. The place was busy.

We couldn’t stay long. I had a 4:00 PM PST deadline for my first Nebraska hits. Joel would stay and watch.

As I set up the gear for my broadcast I could sense the gears turning in his head. Some people see my studio and just get it. Joel did.

He’ll be back. We’ll do this again sooner. Great afternoon.

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