LOS ANGELES, CA, June 22, 2017– Cumulus Media-Los Angeles announces that Rock legend Steve Jones, guitarist for the Sex Pistols and Iggy Pop, one of Rolling Stone Magazine’s “100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time”, and On-Air Host of “Jonesy’s Jukebox” on The Rock of Southern California 95.5 KLOS, has been chosen to receive a star on the legendary Hollywood Walk of Fame as the sole honoree in the Radio category for the Walk of Fame Class of 2018. The Walk of Fame Selection Committee of the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce announced the full list of honorees today in the categories of Motion Pictures, Television, Live Theatre/Live Performance, Radio and Recording.
Jones and his fellow honorees were chosen among hundreds of nominations to the committee at a meeting held in June and ratified by the Hollywood Chamber’s Board of Directors. Television Producer and Walk of Famer Vin Di Bona, Chair of the Walk of Fame Selection Committee for 2017, announced the new honorees with Leron Gubler, President & CEO for the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce who is also the emcee of the Walk of Fame ceremonies. The new selections were revealed to the world via live stream exclusively on the official website www.walkoffame.com. The live stream began at 2:15 p.m. PDT and was held at the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce offices.
“The Walk of Fame Selection Committee is pleased to announce our newest honorees to the Hollywood Walk of Fame. The Committee looked carefully at each nominee and we feel that we have selected an eclectic group of talent that will appeal to the tastes of many fans around the world,” said Di Bona. “As a Walk of Famer myself, I know these honorees will remember the dedication of their stars with great memories and will be proud that they are part of Hollywood’s history now and forever. We look forward to their big day as the Walk of Fame Class of 2018 becomes cemented one by one on the most famous sidewalk in the world!”
The Hollywood Walk of Fame Class of 2018 are: In the category of MOTION PICTURES: Jack Black, Kirsten Dunst, Jeff Goldblum, F. Gary Gray, Mark Hamill, Jennifer Lawrence, Gina Lollobrigida, Minnie Mouse, Nick Nolte and Zoe Saldana. In the category of TELEVISION: Anthony Anderson, Gillian Anderson, Lynda Carter, Simon Cowell, RuPaul Charles, Taraji P. Henson, Eric McCormack, Ryan Murphy, Niecy Nash, Mandy Patinkin, Shonda Rhimes, and posthumously, Steve Irwin. In the category of RECORDING: Mary J. Blige, Sir Richard Branson, Petula Clark, Harry Connick, Jr., Ice T, Snoop Dogg, Carrie Underwood and “Weird Al” Yankovic. In the category of RADIO: Steve Jones. In the category of LIVE THEATRE/LIVE PERFORMANCE: Charles Aznavour, Lin-Manuel Miranda, and posthumously, Bernie Mac. Dates have not been scheduled for these star ceremonies. Upcoming star ceremonies are usually announced 10 days prior to dedication on the official website www.walkoffame.com.
Hollywood Walk of Fame Radio Honoree Steve Jones mixes an eclectic Rock and Classic Rock playlist with freeform and often humorous interviews of guests from the music and entertainment world in his weekday radio show, “Jonesy’s Jukebox” on 95.5 KLOS. He is known for keeping an acoustic guitar in the studio and performing stream-of-consciousness songs about the show’s current topic of discussion. The two-hour open forum show airs on 95.5 KLOS Monday through Friday from Noon to 2:00pm., where the only rule is doing whatever Jones wants. “Jonesy’s Jukebox” encompasses everything from groundbreaking new music of his own personal collection to current topic discussions and guest interviews of all varieties with a living room conversation vibe. Past interviews include the likes of: Johnny Ramone, Eddie Vedder, Brian Wilson, Pete Townsend, Iggy Pop, Robert Plant, Courtney Love, John Waters, Common, Gary Oldman, Dave Grohl, Duff McKagan, Johnny Depp, Henry Rollins, Sir Richard Branson, Owen Wilson, Billy Bob Thornton and fellow Sex Pistols member Johnny Rotten.
Jones is no stranger to radio in Southern California. Jonesy’s Jukebox was previously heard on Indie 103.1 for 5 years, attracting music savvy tastemakers away from the “norm” of other stations. The show garnered major attention and acclaim over the years as one of the best commercial radio shows in the nation from L.A. Weekly, Rolling Stone, Esquire and Spin. Within its first year, “Jonesy’s Jukebox” was heralded as “Some of the greatest rock ‘n’ roll radio ever!” by L.A. Weekly, which gave Jones the “Best New DJ” award in 2004, a harbinger of great things to come from this true Radio star.
Dawn Girocco, Vice President/Market Manager, Cumulus Media-Los Angeles, said: “Steve Jones is one of the most unique, interesting and exciting people in radio. Listening to “Jonesy’s Jukebox” is like eavesdropping on a conversation in his living room. He brings out the best in his guests and gives listeners more than they ever expect from his storytelling, interviews and fantastic music. We are so excited about this huge and well-deserved honor for Steve and to have him join the ranks of his fellow esteemed inductees and all the legends of entertainment represented on the star-studded Hollywood Walk of Fame.”
Keith Cunningham, Program Director for KLOS and Corporate Program Director, Rock Formats for Cumulus Media, said: “Working with Steve every day is a professional honor and a personal blast. ‘Rock and Roll Hall of Famer’ and now ‘Hollywood Walk of Fame Inductee’ – that just sounds right and I couldn’t be happier for Steve. I can’t wait to see the flood of rockers who come out to celebrate this one.”
Jones said: “I love my job and I love doing it two hours a day. Very grateful to the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce and the Walk of Fame Selection Committee.”