Don Pitts worked his way up from KYA office boy to announcer, who handled High School sports events, went on to KGO radio and finally talent agent specializing in voice-over talent. Don Pitts San Francisco native, and Lincoln High School “Wall of Famer”, (class of 1948), Don died on April 7th at age 90. Best known in the Bay Area as a radio and TV personality on KGO AM & FM and KGO TV in the 40’s and 50’s, he… Read the full post
Via Facebook and Ronn Owens, we receive the news that Ted Wygant, longtime news anchor of KGO (810 AM) with Jim Dunbar, has passed away. He was 85 years old. Ted was elected to the Bay Area Radio Hall of Fame in 2009, and had been living in Surprise, Arizona, since his retirement from KGO. Additional information to follow.
Oakland’s KDIA Lucky 13 “Boss Soul Radio” Named 2018 Legendary Station The Bay Area Radio Museum and Hall of Fame, in cooperation with the California Historical Radio Society and the Broadcast Legends, is proud to announce that KDIA Radio (1310 AM) of Oakland has been named as the recipient of its Legendary Station Award for 2018. KDIA, which began its life as the amateur station 6XAM in Oakland about one-hundred years ago, was the premiere radio station in serving the… Read the full post
It is with great sorrow that the Bay Area Radio Museum and Hall of Fame notes the passing of John Mack Flanagan, one of the greatest voices in broadcasting and a member of BARHOF’s Class of 2017. John passed away on Saturday (March 31) after bravely battling a series of health issues for the past few years. He was 71 years old. John arrived in the Bay Area in the 1970s after a radio odyssey that began on August 15,… Read the full post
A quick update: the big Spring Cleaning Sale at Radio Central, scheduled for this weekend, has been postponed until Saturday, March 31, at Radio Central, the home of CHRS and the Bay Area Radio Museum in Alameda. Meanwhile, we’re still looking for volunteers for this Saturday (March 24) to help organize, arrange and sort surplus stuff. We will need assistance with: Cleaning, cleaning, cleaning… of Radio Central inside and out Filling the shelves in the new container with equipment… Read the full post
It’s time to vote for your favorite Bay Area radio personalities in the 2018 Sherwood Awards! Named for the World’s Greatest Disc Jockey, Don Sherwood (BARHOF 2006), the awards are the “people’s choice” for most popular active personalities in the music and news/talk categories, and for induction into the Bay Area Radio Hall of Fame in the Legends/Lifetime Achievement category. Public voting in these categories will continue through June 1, 2018, and the Sherwood Award winners will be announced at… Read the full post
San Francisco born-and-bred Ed McLaughlin, who rose from a part-time program host to become one of the titans of broadcasting, died on January 18, 2018. He was 91 years old. Mr. McLaughlin joined the Army fresh out of high school in 1943 near the end of World War II, then was recalled to duty in England during the Korean War to arrange entertainment for the troops. He graduated from San Francisco State on the GI Bill, with a degree in Broadcasting. His first… Read the full post
NEW AUDIO POSTED! Volunteer Andrew Welburn has finished digitizing hundreds of hours of newly-discovered Bay Area radio programming. Soon we will add many of these shows to this site under the station categories, along with dates and information about their airing. Most of these rare audio archives have been buried in garages and attics and file cabinets, many of them airchecks saved in obsolete formats, like analog open reel. At CHRS/BARM, we have an audio dubbing and transfer facility that… Read the full post