SAN FRANCISCO (August 5, 2009) — The Bay Area Radio Museum & Hall of Fame has announced the members of its Class of 2009. The twelve honorees include two current morning men (KSFO's Lee Rodgers and KGO's Ed Baxter), as well as two popular local sportscasters (Hank Greenwald and Joe Starkey) and the world’s first broadcasting station, KCBS (740 AM and 106.9 FM).
Rodgers, a veteran talk-show host on both KGO and KSFO, received the highest overall number of votes in the public balloting. He has been the lead morning host on Hot Talk KSFO’s morning program since 1995.
Baxter leads a quartet of legendary KGO voices, which also includes retired morning news co-anchor Ted Wygant, pioneering traffic reporter Lu Hurley, and current KGO production superstar Mike Amatori.
In the sportscasting category, Greenwald and Starkey join a stellar group of previous BARHOF inductees that includes Lon Simmons, Bill King, Bob Fouts and Don Klein. Greenwald was the voice of the Giants on radio from 1979 through 1986, and again from 1989 until 1996.
Starkey has been the play-by-play voice of the University of California Golden Bears since 1975, and broadcast the 49ers on radio from 1989 through 2008. He began his career as radio voice of the NHL’s California Golden Seals in 1972.
The Hall of Fame’s first Legendary Station award will be presented to San Francisco’s All News KCBS, which is celebrating its centennial this year. KCBS traces its roots back to 1909, when the station was founded by Charles D. Herrold in San Jose.
Public voting for the Hall of fame was conducted online, as well as at selected Broadcast Legends and California Historical Radio Society events, including the KRE Live open house in Berkeley. In all, more than 9,000 votes were cast in the seven open categories.
The Bay Area Radio Hall of Fame’s Class of 2009 was feted during a gala ceremony and luncheon on Tuesday, September 29, 2009, at the Doubletree Inn on the Berkeley Marina, in conjunction with Broadcast Legends, with a capacity crowd in attendance. Among the presenters were Dave Sholin, Ben Fong-Torres, Ken Dito, Jim Dunbar, Mickey Luckoff and Rosie Allen.
* — Denotes posthumous honor.