B. Smith on KRE (Friday, April 26, 1963; 25 minutes) CBS
It's Classical Carter, on an audition reel
perhaps intended for the folks at KSFO, as he spins some
Sibelius, shows off his musical knowledge, reads a few
public service announcements, does the news and waxes
sentimental about his lately departed cat, from the studio
of Berkeley's KRE AM and FM.
Carter B. Smith on KSFO (Wednesday, July 24, 1963; 31
The audition (see above) pays dividends, as
Carter moves, cigarettes and all, from the news desk into
the morning seat at almighty KSFO ... albeit as a sub for
the oft-absent Don Sherwood — "It appears that Mr. Sherwood
is ill today," the new fellow notes during the broadcast,
which includes a Mike Powell newscast about twenty minutes
into the recording.
Sherwood & Carter B. on KSFO (October 1964; 19 minutes) FK
Featuring Sherwood as "David Nice Guy,
formerly known as the Lone Rabbit," as well as a "Man On The
Street" interview conducted by Carter B.
Carter B. Smith & Don Sherwood on KSFO: "Super Frog"
(Undated; 3 minutes) HH
Starring Carter B. Smith in the ribbeting
role of amphibious crime-fighter.
"Super Frog: The Fairbanks Series" (Circa 1965; 35 minutes) CBS
A series of seven episodes starring "the
champion of the oppressed, scourge of the scurrilous,"
directly from KSFO's studio tape recording. The label on the
tape reel reads "Fairbanks Series" (the villain in these
episodes is from the Alaskan city), and lists a series of
dates: Oct. 14, 17, 19, 20, 21, 25 ("Frog Phone") and 26
Sherwood on KSFO: "Just Plain Rosita," Undated BFT
Featuring Carter B. Smith in a supporting
Carter B. Smith on 560/KSFO (Thursday, Sept. 10, 1970; 28
A Viet Nam-era "V-Disc" of sorts,
recorded in the KSFO studio for the local
audience as well as for our fighting men and
women in Southeast Asia. The music mix may be a
bit more "Top 40" than usual for KSFO — note
"Apache" by Electric Indian and "Yellow River"
by Christie — to make it more appealing to the
overseas audience. Also heard on the recording,
which covers the half-hour from about 6 to 6:30
p.m., are psychiatrist Richard Sutherland, plus
the tail-end of a Herb Kennedy newscast. (View
the tape box containing this reel.)
B. Smith on 560/KSFO (1971?; 4 minutes)
in-studio recording featuring Carter's live interview with Bob Hope, marred by a bad phone connection. Date approximate,
based on music included in the aircheck.
Carter B. Smith on KNBR/68 (September 14, 1978; 1 hour)
B. Smith on the Voice of America (July 12, 1982; 9 minutes)
Carter talks with the VOA about his personal role in San Francisco's effort to restore its legendary cable
cars in a recording direct from a shortwave broadcast.
B. Smith on KNBR/68 (July 1982; 41 minutes) CBS
Dill, Mike Cleary, C.J. Bronson, Tom Brown, Ken Dito and other KNBR personalities talk with Carter as he undertakes his
18-hour marathon ride on Cable Car 68 to help raise funds to restore San Francisco's moving landmark. Part 2 of the
recording can be heard by clicking here.
B. and Jazzbeaux on WNEW/New York (1982; 5 minutes) CBS
his marathon ride (see above), Carter
discusses the cable car restoration effort with his former (and future) KSFO teammate, Al "Jazzbeaux" Collins,
during Al's program on New York's WNEW.
C.J. Bronson & Carter B. Smith on KNBR/68 (June
1983; 32 minutes)
A studio-grade recording starring
C.J. and Carter B. in the afternoon, playing a
few records, giving away some prizes ... and
sharing a few laughs over Carter's lunch entree
— let's just say that it was more likely
calamari tentacles. The broadcast, which
probably dates from June 16, 1983, also includes
a Bob Lazich newscast and, about 28 minutes in,
a spot for the Oakland A's telecast voiced by
B. Smith: The KNBR/68 Jingles (Circa 1983)
jock jingles from the Good Times station.
B. Smith on 560/KSFO (December 2, 1985; 4 minutes)
Carter's countless interests is aviation history. In this recording he recounts his journey on the China Clipper II.
Carter B. Smith on KSFO (January 28, 1986; 45 minutes)
Carter's second go-round at KSFO,
which at this time was under the ownership of
King Broadcasting. This recording, taken
directly off the studio console, takes place on
the somber morning of the explosion of the space
shuttle Challenger, and features extensive
coverage of the tragedy by KSFO newsman Dave
Smith on Magic 61 (September 10, 1990; 45 minutes)
Live in the Magic 61 mobile studio (formerly
KFRC's "Virgin Sturgeon"), Carter broadcasts from Pier 35 on
the San Francisco waterfront, awaiting the arrival of the
Crystal Harmony and the opportunity to award two Silver
Platter Club members a voyage on the popular cruise ship.
Carter B. Smith on 960/KABL (March 1997 Composite; 90
Carter in the afternoon on "The Station Of
The Stars," in — by his own admission — a very good mood.
You may also listen to the second half of this gently scoped
Carter B. Smith on KABL 92.1 FM (June 29, 2005; 1 hour)
final days of KABL, by this time relegated to 92.1 FM in Walnut Creek, its signal limited primarily to the Diablo Valley,
with Carter holding court. Recorded from Internet stream.
Carter B. Smith on KABL 92.1 FM (July 26, 2005; 30 seconds) CR
last "break" on the air, as he cracks the mike to say farewell on KABL.