The studio at KX-FM 93.5 in Laguna Beach is abuzz on a recent Sunday evening even before the "on-air" light switches on. The host of the eponymous Inner Journey With Greg Friedman hurriedly checks in with phone-interview guests slated to promote the Bhakti Fest held in Joshua Tree. Five minutes before his show is scheduled to begin, his producer waves him into the studio. The New Age-flavored theme music begins sharply at 7 p.m. Friedman clears his throat, shuffles around a bit, then finds poise just as his mic goes live.
Gabriel San Roman Greg Friedman in the studio at KX-FM 93.5
The next two hours of higher consciousness, spiritual awakening and healing talk meshes perfectly with the vibe of Laguna Beach. But if not for the bold dream of Tyler Russell, a 26-year-old radio upstart, KX-FM would have been just another static skip on the radio dial. "Laguna Beach is such an artistic, eccentric town," says Russell, the station's program director and founder. "We have such an eclectic mix of shows, everything from spirituality to reggae and ska music to surf culture to yoga. These are all very Laguna Beach things."
And now so is KX-FM, a low-power, community-radio gem resting just on the outskirts of downtown Laguna Beach's bustle. The white walls of the second-story office suite where the station makes its home are scrawled with messages from all its on-air guests.More »