The Best of 2002

Check out our favorites of the past year as well as a few thoughts...

Host Info


         You’ve run across my passion. Sharing. While this also encompasses other facets of life, sharing great music has become a central theme to life. Mix in one part curiosity, a passion for life and discovery. Another part confidence that I have a superior sense of what’s good and new (as I’m sure most in the “industry” do). Lastly, a strong appreciation for the friendships this has allowed me to discover.

         It all started early on. I can recall a friend playing old Beatles’ singles from his mother’s collection. While my music sensibilities would take a time to catch up, the groundwork was laid at an early age. From high school on I experimented with mixing and djing parties. And while I experienced flashed of interest in hip-hop and dance, my heart always returned to my Smiths cds and a bond with the world of indie.

        It wasn’t until I discovered K-Beach Radio at Long Beach State that my dreams took focus. Having been obsessed with music for most of my life, I now had the chance to explore both the business and creative end of college radio. I was hooked!

Show History

The show started in the Spring of '99 as I (Charles) discovered the world of college radio. My initial intentions were to merely hold a staff position, as the assistant music director. As much as I enjoyed this I soon found all those knobs and meters beckoning. The show originally was centered around the Brit-Pop classics of the mid 90's with a healthy dose of new music. Slowly we evolved to play more new music with a dash of classics, regardless of the era. Our intentions were to remain true to the music. That means we tried to play what we think is good, what deserves to be heard. We remained an outlet for the music that just doesn't get a chance in most cases. While at K-Beach we also started Club Pop, a mixed indie/mod club in the Garden Grove, CA area.

In 2002 there were management and policy shifts at K-Beach, which left the show no option to stay. We were lucky, in that the great staff at WPMD welcomed us with open arms. They had a state of the art station, tons of room, and bent over backwards to make us comfortable. We enjoyed two great years there, but eventually the demands of life became to great a burden, and the show ended.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is The Indie Shop?

The Indie Shop was a college radio show based first at K-beach, thanWPMD, from either Wednesday or Tuesday evenings.

Music was the central focus if the show. Starting with the Brit Pop of the mid nineties, we follow the course of rock from the early 60’s with the Beat Generation to current Indie rock. The focus wasn’t entirely on British bands though, as we wanted to expose listeners to great bands regardless of where they’re from.

The most important aspect of the show was sharing the music. Unlike corporate radio station, we make every effort to honor your requests, and while at K-beach, ran an AOL chat room during each show.

and lastly, a very special thanks to....

Berny for being a great co-host and friend, Candy and Kitty at the Succubus Club, G.M. Mike, the staff at WPMD, Robb, Janny & Paul. Jeremy, George C, Georgia S @ G9, Akiko, Ajay, Carolyn, Martin Brown @, Tyson H, Jennifer J, Rachel E, Frankie, Tania, Jenn L, Keri R, Cym, Lawrence, Sug and the guys in Simple Spirits for the early days, and of course apologies to those we might have left off our list.....