Bay Area Radio Hall of Fame
Class of 2006!
The first class of inductees into the Bay Area Radio Hall of
Fame was feted during the quarterly luncheon of the
Legends on Wednesday, December 6, 2006, in front of a capacity crowd
of enthusiastic well-wishers at the Doubletree Hotel on the Berkeley
KCBS Hall of Famers Al Hart
and Ken Ackerman
Dill, Al Hart, Ken Ackerman and Bill Moen were among the Hall of Fame
inductees present for the celebration. In addition, Patti Collins, widow
of Al "Jazzbeaux" Collins, was on
hand to honor the legendary jazz disc jockey, while Greg Sherwood
Cohelan, son of "The World's Greatest Disc Jockey,"
Don Sherwood, accepted the Hall of
Fame plaque on behalf of his father, and Travus T. Hipp and Bonnie
Simmons shared stories about
Tom Donahue with the crowd.
Other inductees included Jim Dunbar, Bill King, Lon Simmons, James
Gabbert, Jim Lange, Dave McElhatton, Gene Nelson and Dr. Don Rose. (The
complete Class of 2006 list follows below.)
A video presentation introduced all 37 inductees to the audience. The
video was produced by David Jackson for the
Bay Area Radio Museum, which presented the new Hall of Famers in
conjunction with the Broadcast Legends.
Also in attendance were numerous notable local broadcast personalities,
including Sam Van Zandt,
Peter B. Collins and
Paul "The Lobster"
Wells, plus a large contingent of Broadcast Legends, including Aaron
Edwards, Norm Howard, Chris Borden, Bob Lazich, Don Mozley, John
Hamilton, Franklin Mieuli, Mike Pechner and Elma Greer.
Listen to Al Hart and John Madden talking BARHOF on KCBS
Read the Contra Costa Times article on the Hall of Fame event.
Visit the Bay Area Radio Museum.
Bay Area Radio Hall of Fame
CLASS OF 2006 - PIONEER ERA
Honorees are listed in
— denotes brief audio clips accompany certain Hall of Fame inductees
* - Selected posthumously.
Preston D. Allen *
A founder of both KZM and KLX (forerunners of today’s KNEW), he
designed and built much of the broadcasting equipment used on the air by
Ralph R. Brunton *
Innovative longtime operator of groundbreaking pioneer station KJBS;
later also co-owned KQW/San Jose.
Hugh Barrett Dobbs *
A pioneering health and fitness advocate, he was hired by KPO in 1925
to present an early-morning exercise program. The ebullient “Dobbsie”
went on to host the landmark “Shell Ship of Joy” program, which later
became a regular offering on the NBC Pacific Coast Network.
Wesley I. Dumm *
Went from director to owner of KTAB’s licensee, to establishing
station as market leader KSFO in the 1930s and 1940s. Also founded KPIX
(Channel 5) and locally-based shortwave stations KWID and KWIX, which
formed the foundation for the Voice of America service.
Edna Fischer *
“San Francisco's First Lady of Radio” was among the earliest female
radio stars, making her debut on the air in 1918; her career spanned
from radio’s birth to the dawn of the television age.
Fred J. Hart *
A farmer by trade, he developed KQW (now KCBS) from humble origins to
key position among local stations; later also co-owned KROW, which later
became KABL (forerunner of today’s KQKE).
Charles David “Doc” Herrold *
An inventor, innovator and educator, known today as the father of
radio broadcasting and founder of KQW (the forerunner of today’s KCBS),
which dates its origin to 1909.
Harrison Holliway *
A founder of KFRC (as well as experimental station 6BN and the
short-lived Emporium commercial station, KSL) and notable early radio
personality and executive.
Colin B. Kennedy *
Experimenter, innovator and station builder; the Canadian-born
Kennedy (1885-1942) produced popular line of
receivers for home listeners and founded Los Altos broadcast station KLP (now defunct)
and pioneering amateur station 6XAC.
Carlton E. Morse *
Former newspaper reporter and creator/author of “One Man’s Family,”
the popular radio drama which ran for nearly three decades on the air,
first at KPO, and later across the entire nation. The Louisiana-born Morse
(1901-1993) also created the
memorable “I Love A Mystery” radio program.
Johnny Patrick * and Helen Troy *
Parlayed screwball “Cecil & Sally” comedy serial into one of the
first nationally-syndicated transcribed (pre-recorded) programs,
beginning in 1928 at KYA before moving to KPO and NBC.
Sherwood Patterson *
Longtime owner of station KSAN (forerunner of today’s KEST), he built
the station up from hardscrabble beginnings to wide popularity;
patriarch of a radio-industry family that is now in its fourth
Al Pearce *
Popular radio personality (KFRC’s “The Happy Go Lucky Hour”); among
first local stars to graduate to network stardom, originally on CBS and
later on NBC with “Al Pearce and His Gang.”
Rev. George W. Phillips *
Pioneer of religious broadcasting, he built KTAB (forerunner of
today’s KSFO) to serve and grow his congregation at the Tenth Avenue
Baptist Church in Oakland.
Among earliest performers on local radio as musician and announcer;
later managed KTAB (forerunner of today’s KSFO) before becoming noted
network program producer and writer.
Mel Venter *
Popular early program host (including KFRC’s “The Breakfast Gang”),
newsman and sportscaster, as well as a station executive. He later made
the transition to television as a KTVU host and announcer.
Listen to Mel
Venter on KFRC's "Breakfast Gang"
CLASS OF 2006 - MODERN ERA
Announcer, program host (“Music Till Dawn”) and newscaster on KQW and
its successor, KCBS, he spanned the decades from the Second World War
and was a founding member of the Broadcast Legends.
Ken Ackerman on KQW, San Jose
Ira Blue *
A staple of KQW, KNBC and KGO as a sportscaster from the 1940s, he
also helped pioneer KGO's usher in nascent talk show format with his
eclectic broadcasts from the hungry i.
Listen to Ira Blue
on KGO, San Francisco
Al “Jazzbeaux” Collins
Perhaps the greatest character in Bay Area radio history, his
broadcasts from the mythic Purple Grotto on KSFO, KGO and other local
stations defined the very essence of “cool.”
Imported from New York, he was the perfect fit at
personality-plus KNBR for three decades, both alone and with sidekick
Tom Donahue *
The iconic “Big Daddy,” a Philadelphia Top 40 refugee, made his
initial impact here at KYA, then rebuilt KMPX and KSAN (“The Jive 95”)
into underground rock radio shrines.
Brought in from Chicago, Dunbar came to represent all things KGO,
directing its programming shift to “news/talk” while anchoring its
morning news broadcast for three decades.
As a Stanford student, he parlayed a small investment in a
fledgling FM station (KPEN,
which later became
KIOI) into a local
broadcasting empire, adding KOFY (AM, FM and TV) to his portfolio while
become a familiar voice on Bay Area airwaves.
Arrived in the Bay Area as program director at KABL, then
programmed KNBR before becoming a beloved newscaster at
KCBS for three decades.
Listen to Al Hart — "Joe Alioto For Mayor" Radio Spot
Pat Henry *
As the creative force behind Alameda’s renowned KJAZ (which its
transmitter on San Francisco’s Russian Hill), his name is synonymous
with jazz radio in the Bay Area.
Bill King *
With his devilish moustache and an infinite vocabulary used with
poetic grace, he was the voice of baseball (A’s, Giants), football
(Raiders), basketball (Warriors) and hockey (Seals) for Bay Area sports
A Minnesota native known nationally as host of television’s “The
Dating Game,” he held court as a radio star here at
KSFO, Magic 61 and KABL
during a career that spanned five decades.
Les Malloy *
From pioneering disc jockey on KSAN, KYA and KGO to owner of the Bay
Area’s original KSAN (1450 AM), a popular listener favorite from the
1930s through the 1970s.
Listen to Les Malloy on KEST, San Francisco
A home-grown legend at KCBS as morning personality, “Mac” later
became the popular “Eyewitness News” anchor at KPIX (Channel 5); his
local broadcasting career encompassed more than fifty years on the air.
Beginning as one of the nameless voices behind the beautiful
music on KABL, his “Moen in the Morning” show won over the hearts and
ears of his listeners during his four decades at the station — and
finally was allowed to identify himself!
Bill Moen's classic holiday rum cake recipe on KABL
Crowned as “The Emperor” upon his arrival at KYA in the
mid-1960s, he rapidly became a favorite of loyal listeners who remained
his constant companions for four decades; stalwart of post-Sherwood era
Jumpin’ George Oxford
On KSAN, KSOL and KDIA from the 1950s through the 1970s,
velvet-voiced “Old G.O.” – a southern-born white man – became as
elemental to local listeners as the R&B records he played.
Dr. Don Rose *
A radio legend as beloved off the air as he was while on, the good
Doctor’s cornball humor and madcap cast of characters attracted a legion
of listeners to his morning show on KFRC.
Don Sherwood *
Known rightfully as “The World’s Greatest Disc Jockey” at KSFO for
parts of three decades, this native son of The City also worked at KFRC,
KROW, KCBS and KYA during his nearly mythical career. At any given time
during his tenure at KSFO, one of every four radio sets in the Bay Area
was tuned to his program.
The Baseball Hall of Fame broadcaster has blessed sports fans for
six decades with his booming voice, casual style, extensive knowledge
and sardonic wit on Giants, 49ers and A’s play-by-play.
Owen Spann *
Talk radio pioneer who helped transform KGO into the model for how
the format should be done; initially built his following while at KCBS.
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Class of 2006.
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