Message in a Bottle

I kept posting to the mailing list for about a year. In the meantime, the World Wide Web helped bring pictures and sound to the Internet, making it text-only no longer. This helped the Internet become more appealing to the general public. I had a rather clunky web browser, but it got me around and helped me learn HTML. In November 1994, I created a personal web site with the free storage I had with my Internet Service Provider. The Unofficial Rockline web site was born. It featured the upcoming guest list and affiliate list, all without me having to mail anything (but I still posted updates to the mailing list). The site only had a few images, but the content was useful enough. Anybody in the world could view it at any time.

A couple of months later, Rockline and sister radio show Modern Rock Live, created an area for themselves on America Online (AOL). It had pictures and transcripts of AOL chats with the guests. The chats were held one hour prior to that night's program. I didn't have AOL, but...

Howard Gillman's business card.

Towards the end of 1995, I got an email. It was completely unexpected, and nothing I could have anticipated. Howard Gillman, the producer of Rockline, had been checking out my web site, and thought that I might be interested in helping maintain their area on AOL. I wasn't entirely sure what this would entail, or even how AOL content worked (I was still learning things about HTML), but it seemed like a cool idea, so I took it. I figured I could handle it... and my day job... and maintain my web site... not to mention keep posting to the mailing list.

In January 1996, I had control over the AOL area of Rockline/Modern Rock Live. They sent me chat transcripts and pictures to post there.

Gwen Stefani and No Doubt answer questions on AOL.
The band 311 on the radio, ready to take phone calls.