An overflow crowd of fans, friends and colleagues was on hand to
welcome the latest group of inductees into the Bay Area Radio Hall of Fame
on October 1 at the Doubletree Inn on the Berkeley Marina.
Red Blanchard addresses
the crowd at BARHOF 2008
Sixteen of the seventeen members of BARHOF's Class of 2008 were
represented at the gala luncheon, including Broadcast Legends Red Blanchard
and Don Klein.
New inductees Rosie Allen, Alex Bennett, Renel
Brooks-Moon, Bob Fouts, Mickey Luckoff, Terry McGovern
and Dave Sholin were all present for the ceremony.
Roy Storey, who could not be present, was represented by
his sister Marcia Johnson, while Bill Gavin, Hap Harper, Mikel
Hunter Herrington, Russ Hodges, Dude Martin, Doug Pledger
and Russ "The Moose" Syracuse, inducted posthumously, were represented by
friends or family members.
Presented under the auspices of the
the BARHOF 2008 program was emceed by David Jackson, executive director
of the Bay Area Radio Museum. Joe Starkey, radio voice of 49ers and Cal
football, inducted the four legendary local sportscasters -- Hodges, Storey,
Klein and Fouts -- into the Hall of Fame.
NFL Hall of Fame quarterback Dan Fouts, a successful
sportscaster in his own right, presented his father, Bob Fouts, with a funny and
heart-warming speech. "We've all worked for a variety of stations with a variety
of call letters -- KFRC, KCBS, KPIX," Dan Fouts commented. "But this is one set
of call letters that's for life -- BARHOF."
The senior Fouts, early voice of the 49ers on radio and
television as well as a longtime sportscaster on KSFO and KCBS, regaled the
audience with tales of his the Niners ... and pro wrestling!
Terry McGovern, David
Jackson and Alex Bennett
at the BARHOF 2008 celebration
Robert Mohr--Still Photographer
Other presenters included Bill Faust (for his
step-father, Doug Pledger), Bob Matheson (for Red Blanchard), Ed
Baxter (for Rosie Allen), Ronn Owens (for Mickey Luckoff), Dana
Jang (for Mikel Hunter), Mike Preston (for Dave Sholin), Ted
"Hezzie" Johnson (for Dude Martin) and Al Newman (for Terry
Ben Fong-Torres and Tommy Saunders presented their
memories and an audio montage of their friend,
Russ Syracuse. New
Hall of Famer Dave Sholin presented his former boss, Bill Gavin, for induction.
Local products Dave Sholin
celebrate their induction into BARHOF
Robert Mohr--Still Photographer
More than 6,000 votes were cast in the BARHOF 2008 balloting.
Renel Brooks-Moon, host of 98.1 Kiss FM's morning show and voice of the Giants
at AT&T Park, was named on more than 25% of all ballots -- most of any nominee
-- and, along with KGO's Rosie Allen, was one of only two women to be inducted
Other notable guests in the capacity crowd included sportscaster
Barry Tompkins, KGO production superstar Mike Amatori, popular KYA
disc jockey Chris Edwards (now an account exec with KFRC), legendary R&B
disc jockey John "Bouncin' Bill" Doubleday, longtime radio personality
Ward Glenn and voice artist Gary Mora (now hosting
Classic KYA Radio).
But it was Celeste Perry, Dave Sholin's partner on KFRC's
morning show, who got off the line of the day. During his acceptance speech,
Sholin proudly introduced Perry, noting that she, too, will someday be inducted
Perry quickly shouted "I'm not old enough!" and was met with
raucous laughter and applause from the multitude.
A capacity crowd at BARHOF
enjoys the pre-event luncheon
Robert Mohr--Still Photographer
The complete Class of 2008, listed alphabetically,
ROSIE ALLEN — Currently the co-anchor of the KGO (810 AM)
Afternoon News, Rosie began her local radio career at Oakland’s KNEW
and San Francisco’s KNBR. She moved to ABC-owned KSFX (103.7 FM) in
1976 as public affairs director, before joining co-owned KGO a year
later as weekend talk show host and part-time news reporter/anchor.
In 1984, she became co-anchor of KGO’s afternoon newscast.
ALEX BENNETT — Bay Area born and raised, Alex started his
broadcasting career at San Rafael’s tiny KTIM (1510 AM), which he
used as a springboard to success in Houston (at KILT as James Bond)
and New York City (at WMCA and WPLJ). Upon his triumphant return to
San Francisco, Alex became morning man at KMEL (106.1 FM),
KQAK (98.9 FM, "The Quake") and KITS (105.3 FM, "Live 105"). He
later hosted a technology-oriented talk show on the CNET Radio and,
since 2003, has been one of the stars of Sirius Left (Channel 146)
on New York-based Sirius satellite radio.
RED BLANCHARD — One of broadcasting’s zaniest personalities
ever, Red Blanchard bridged the gap between radio’s network-oriented
"golden age" and the disc jockey-driven "modern era" in the 1950s.
Working with a cast of oddball characters – most of them his own
invention – Red gained a fanatical following with his live program
on KCBS (740 AM), one of the last radio shows to be performed before
a studio audience in the Bay Area. Popularized the 1950s catch-word
"Zorch!" Red — he was born Richard Blanchard — currently resides
near San Diego.
RENEL BROOKS-MOON — Renel’s remarkable career has led her
from being one of the last personalities on the original KFRC during
its "Big 610" heyday in the 1980s to being one of the ringleaders of
KMEL’s pioneering "Morning Zoo" to full-fledged stardom as host of
"Renel In The Morning" on 98.1 Kiss FM since 1997. The Oakland-born
graduate of Mills College, known to many as the in-stadium voice of
the San Francisco Giants, received the most votes during this year’s
Hall of Fame voting, being named on more than 27% of all ballots
BOB FOUTS — The voice of San Francisco 49ers football in the
1950s, Bob was also a popular sportscaster and commentator on KSFO
(560 AM) and KCBS (740 AM), as well as on Bay Area television. In
addition, Bob called play-by-play for the San Francisco Warriors,
the Pacific Coast League San Francisco Seals, and covered the World
Series, British Open championships, three Olympics and a variety of
other sports during twenty years as a correspondent for ABC Radio
Sports, as well as for the Canadian Broadcasting Company (CBC). His
son, the Pro Football Hall of Fame quarterback Dan Fouts, followed
in Bob’s footsteps as a respected sportscaster.
BILL GAVIN — Perhaps best known for creating the
industry-standard record tipsheet The Gavin Report, Bill Gavin was a
pioneering disc jockey who created and hosted "Lucky Lager Dance
Time," which garnered an extensive audience throughout the western
United States. In 1958, three years after he began "Dance Time,"
Gavin parlayed his knowledge of music into a mimeographed tipsheet
covering Top 40 records, which quickly became a "must read" for
radio station programmers throughout the industry. Bill Gavin died
in 1985 at the age of 77.
HAP HARPER — Radio’s original airborne traffic reporter, Hap
was a Marine Corps lieutenant and pilot during World War II whose
friendship with KSFO’s Don Sherwood led to an on-air role as
in-the-air weather reporter. Spotting an auto accident on the Bay
Bridge one day, Hap described the aftermath and helped create a new
industry. In addition to KSFO, he also was a popular personality on
KFRC, KNBR and the combined KSFO/KYA-FM. Howard "Hap" Harper passed
away in 2006.
MIKEL HUNTER HERRINGTON — An innovator, entrepreneur and
radio original, "Captain Mikey" – also known on the air as "Hot
Rocks Hunter" and "Oil Can Harry" – was a Top 40 disc jockey at San
Jose’s KLIV (1590 AM) and helped to pioneer the album rock format at
the Southbay’s KOME (98.5 FM); he later repeated that success at
L.A.’s KMET. A noted wine connoisseur, he relocated to Napa later in
his career, working at KVON/KVYN within a cork’s throw of the
vineyards. Named to the San Jose Rocks Music Hall of Fame (2007).
Mikel Herrington died in 1997 of leukemia at the age of 62.
RUSS HODGES — Educated as an attorney, Kentucky-born Russ
Hodges arrived in San Francisco in 1958 as the voice of the
transplanted Giants, working alongside Lon Simmons (BARHOF Class of
2006) for a dozen years on the team’s radio broadcasts. Known for
his trademark call of "Bye bye baby" on Giants’ home runs, Hodges
attained baseball immortality for his legendary call of Bobby
Thomson’s "Shot Heard ’Round The World" ("The Giants win the
pennant! The Giants win the pennant!") in 1951. Inducted into the
broadcasters’ wing of the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1980, Russ Hodges
passed away in 1971 at the age of 61.
DON KLEIN — One of the Bay Area’s most versatile and
knowledgeable sportscasters, Don Klein served as the play-by-play
voice of University of San Francisco basketball, Stanford football
and basketball, San Francisco Seals baseball and hockey, and San
Francisco 49ers football. During the Niners’ glory days in the
1980s, Klein was behind the microphone to describe all of the
memorable plays for six amazing seasons. His broadcasting career
spanned more than fifty years, including as sports anchor on KCBS
MICHAEL LUCKOFF — The monumental success of San Francisco’s
KGO (810 AM) can be attributed to many factors – great talent, great
programming ... and the skilled direction of Mickey Luckoff, who has
served as president and general manager of the station since 1972.
Under his watch, KGO has remained solidly atop the local radio
ratings — a position the station has maintained since the summer of
1978 — while becoming one of the most honored radio stations in the
history of the industry.
MARTIN — At the forefront of the Bay Area’s burgeoning
western music scene from the 1930s through the 1950s,
Berkeley-raised Dude Martin (born Steve McSwain) and his band were a
staple of local radio and nightclubs. In addition to leading his own
western orchestra, the Nevada Nightherders, Dude hosted programs on
KLX, KYA, KSFO and KGO over the years; at KGO, his morning radio
program of familiar tunes, interspersed with conversation, led to
his next venture as one of local television’s first stars on KGO-TV.
He passed away in 1991.
— Currently one of the most popular voice actors and coaches in the
industry, Terry McGovern arrived in San Francisco fresh from
KDKA/Pittsburgh in 1968 to become one of the greatest stars of
star-studded KSFO (560 AM). His next stop led him to progressive
rock powerhouse KSAN (94.9 FM; "The Jive 95") during its apex under
the direction of Tom Donahue (BARHOF Class of 2006). Terry later
morninged at K-101 and KSFO/KYA-FM. Beyond radio, Terry is a
successful actor who appeared in countless motion pictures
(including "American Graffiti" and "Mrs. Doubtfire") and numerous
DOUG PLEDGER — There was a time in Bay Area radio during
which it was nearly impossible to miss hearing Doug Pledger on the
air – as morning man on KSMO and KKHI (both at 1550 AM), KWUN (1480
AM) or KNBC/KNBR (680 AM), host of specialty programs ("Pledger
Plays The Classics," "Pledger Plays Polkas") and advertising
pitchman. A University of Wisconsin graduate with a degree in law,
Pledger made his name originally as a sportscaster before settling
in as one of San Francisco’s most popular announcers. Later owned
San Mateo’s KOFY (1050 AM). He passed away in April 2008 at the age
DAVE SHOLIN — Another of San Francisco State University’s
endless stream of talented broadcasters, Dave Sholin – "The Duke" –
got his start at San Jose’s KLIV (1590 AM) and KARA (105.7 FM).
Having quickly built a reputation for having a "golden ear," he was
hired by the legendary KFRC (610 AM) as music director; he cemented
his reputation by being named Music Director of the Year by the
Gavin Report as KFRC pulled off an unprecedented string of seven
consecutive Billboard Major Market Top 40 Station of the Year
awards. Later named national music director for KFRC’s parent
company, RKO General, he took the job one step beyond by creating a
series of RKO Radio Network specials featuring stars such as Paul
McCartney, Rod Stewart and Stevie Wonder, as well as a historic
interview with John Lennon and Yoko Ono conducted only hours before
Lennon’s murder. Dave Sholin is currently the morning host at
Classic Hits KFRC (106.9 FM).
ROY STOREY — Another
member of the Class of 2008’s stellar group of sportscasters, Roy
Storey excelled in all fields but was unparalleled when it came to
describing ice hockey on the air. His long career included stints
behind the microphone for major league baseball recreations on KYA
and for one of the earliest sports-talk programs in the mid-1950s on
Oakland’s KLX. Roy was also the color and play-by-play voice of the
San Francisco 49ers (alongside fellow inductee Bob Fouts), the
Western Hockey League Seals (alongside fellow inductee Don Klein)
and the NHL Oakland Seals. He was the radio announcer for hockey
matches at the 1960 Winter Olympics at Squaw Valley, and was the
voice of St. Mary’s College basketball for many years. In addition,
he was a news anchor at 1260/KYA in the 1970s.
RUSS "THE MOOSE" SYRACUSE
— One of KYA’s famed New York imports in the early 1960s (along with
Gene Nelson, Tommy Saunders, Peter Tripp, Johnny Holliday and Larry
Brownell), Russ The Moose served as captain of the "All-Night
Flight" on "Super Freak 1260," dive-bombing bad records – and some
commercials that didn’t appeal to him – while serving up tasty
laminated yak fat sandwiches to his insomniac passengers. His local
career also took him to KFRC (on two occasions), KSFO (three times),
KNBR (once) and back to KYA (for a total of four stints). A legend
among his fellow broadcasters, Russ The Moose passed away in 2000 at
the age of 70.