Metal Mainstay KNAC Finds Home On The Internet

December 10 [16:00 EDT] -- After losing its home on the Southern California radio dial, metal radio institution KNAC has found a new home online, and is giving away a load of Metallica CDs to mark the occasion.

KNAC, the Los Angeles radio station that stayed at the forefront of metal from its inception in 1986 to its departure from the airwaves in 1995, has set up shop at The station is currently carrying streaming audio broadcasts of shows taped before KNAC went off the air, but plans to start carrying live broadcasts in streaming audio and video on February 15, 1998 at 2 p.m. PST.

In the much nearer future, KNAC will carry the syndicated Metallica "Don't Call Us, We'll Call You" radio show that we reported on earlier this week (see "Metallica Do It Themselves On Radio" in the MTV News Online Gallery) on December 18 at 7 p.m. PST.

Prior to the show, fans are encouraged to e-mail

their best Metallica questions to KNAC, and the band will call one lucky winner during the show to give their answer and will also pick up a copy of every CD in the Metallica catalog.

A spokesperson for the new KNAC venture says that the station's playlist will cater to fans of metal's new guard (Korn, Tool, Deftones, Marilyn Manson, etc.) and will also represent metal mainstays like Ozzy Osbourne, Megadeth, Motley Crue, and others. The site will also give users a direct link to KNAC to make suggestion about the station's playlist.

KNAC went on the air in 1986 and soon became a major force in metal in the late 80s giving exposure to band's like Guns n' Roses and Metallica. The station went off the air in 1995 when it was purchased by a Spanish broadcasting company.