San Francisco was a great radio city in the golden age of radio, rivaling New York, Los Angeles and Chicago in its importance as a radio programming center. Why, then, is there so little information available about those early years in the City by the Bay? The radio broadcasting history buff will find only scraps of information here and there.
This history was created to help fill the gap. It consists of materials taken from a manuscript I wrote in the 1970s, after two years of intensive research while I attended San Francisco State University in 1969-71. This material has never been published except for a few articles, because it was not commercially viable as a book. But now, thanks to the Internet, it can be made available to the public — not for profit, but for knowledge!
All articles on this site are copyrighted by John F. Schneider, 1999-2007. All Rights Reserved. Photos are presumed to be in the public domain unless otherwise indicated. Special thanks to the following people who have graciously contributed information, articles or photographs to this site: Fred Krock, Bill Ruck, Cecil Lynch, Rich Kolm, Bill Newbrough, Greg Oppenheimer, Richard Rodriguez and Steve Gore. Thanks also to Harry Larkin for his help with some of the photos.
Can you provide additional facts or photographs to help document Bay Area broadcasting? Your comments about and contributions to this site are welcome. I can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org or mail to:
Histories of San Francisco Broadcasting
Over 170 photos of broadcasting in San Francisco.