Bent By Nature - Ep. 7: Ages of You

In the mid-1980s, two young women are coming of age in the San Fernando Valley. In a few years, when they’re teenagers, they’ll both latch onto DJ Deirdre O’Donoghue, for totally different reasons. Felicia Daniel becomes obsessed with the new music Deirdre is playing on “SNAP!” Her best friend, Tanja Laden, gets into Deirdre’s deep-dives into the past on her Sunday morning show, “Breakfast with the Beatles.”

On this week’s episode of “Bent By Nature,” we pay tribute to the listeners, whom Deirdre called “the heart and soul of ‘SNAP!’” It’s a story about two young women finding their way as outsiders, and the courage that music gives us to imagine our futures.

Bent By Nature - Ep. 7: Ages of You
Photo courtesy of Tanja M. Laden.

“American rock and roll is still manufactured, packaged, and presented to you by a lot of old-brained people who think they know what music’s about. But if you are the discerning group that I know you to be, then I know you’ll make more demands, as kids once did, and created some progressive radio and a positive atmosphere for a lot of great bands.”
— Deirdre O’Donoghue, “SNAP!” #312 (11/25/85)