The Bay Area Radio Museum &
Hall of Fame has attempted to locate members of the Cope family so
that we may share this honor with them and celebrate Frank Cope's
achievements in broadcasting. If you can assist us in making
contact, please get in touch with us. Thank you!
Frank Cope, from a
in the Chronicle
Frank Cope was inducted as a
member of the Hall of Fame on December 12, 2007, by founding
director David Ferrell Jackson:
radio's earliest days, programming usually centered on segments of
fifteen minutes or a half-hour featuring a musical combo, playing
live, or a group of thespians gathered around the microphone,
presenting a dramatic reading.
time, the network comedies, dramas and variety shows became the
staples of the airwaves, but on the smaller, independent stations —
such as San Francisco’s flea-powered KJBS – it was difficult to
attract big name, expensive talent.
Instead, KJBS experimented with a variety of programs, including the
remarkable concept of having a fellow sit in the studio with a stack
of records, which he played, followed by giving the time, the
temperature, maybe a news headline or two, and comments on the
events of the day.
March 3, 1930, Frank Cope — freshly arrived from KLO Radio in Utah —
took a seat behind the microphone at KJBS and began playing records
and doing all those things that disc jockeys do — only he was doing
them decades before the disc jockey became king of radio.
1930 until 1959, when KJBS became today’s KFAX, Frank Cope woke up
San Franciscans with "The Alarm Klok Klub," the longest-running
morning show with a single host in Bay Area radio history.
tried valiantly to find a family member to represent Frank Cope here
today, but, regretfully, we failed. Nonetheless, let’s give a nice
round of applause for Frank Cope – the world’s oldest disc jockey –
upon his induction into the Bay Area Radio Hall of Fame.
Special thanks to Len Shapiro and the San
Francisco Chronicle for research materials on the life and
career of Frank Cope.