SHEILA RENE – A BRIEF BIOGRAPHY Sheila Rene was Born March 14, 1939 in Trinity, Texas. Moved to San Francisco in the 1960s where she fell in love with the SF Music Scene and started interviewing musicians. Sheila had no problem getting back stage since she was a “big girl” she was not mistaken for a groupie, (her own words). She had a passion for heavy metal music and in the late 1970s she started Bay Area Women in Music (BAWIM), which she continued… Read the full post
Our CHRS Radio Dog Production, “KSAN Jive 95: The Movie” continues in production. But making a feature length documentary is costly. We are seeking to raise $150,000. The KSAN Jive 95 story is important for CHRS to tell and immortalize in film. KSAN during the period from 1968 – 1980 was pivotal in the development of our popular culture. Part of our recent grant from the Rex Foundation was earmarked toward the KSAN Movie project. We commissioned famous poster artist Wes Wilson for a movie poster. Wes… Read the full post
Our museum houses several hundred electrical transcriptions (also called “transcription discs”) of radio programs, now being encoded for our website for visitors to enjoy. The audio transcription disc collection of The California Historical Radio Society is being made available in encoded format. These 16″ discs represent audio history of events and people of Berkeley, the San Francisco Bay area, and the United States. The facilities, volunteers and donors of The Society made this project possible. Please consider a donation to… Read the full post
The Bay Area Radio Museum
The Bay Area Radio Museum (BARM) presents archival broadcasts, historical documents, photos, music surveys and biographies that tell the stories of Bay Area Radio. Trace the history of radio in the San Francisco Bay Area from its origins in the early 20th Century through its development into a network powerhouse in the 1930s and 1940s and a thriving source of entertainment, news and sports today.
BARM and BARHOF are programs of the California Historical Radio Society. Thanks to the efforts of CHRS, its members and executive team, BARM and BARHOF continue to grow and thrive, and continue to bring the rich history of Bay Area radio to visitors from around the world.
Below, Bay Area Hall of Fame Director Len Shapiro presents to CHRS President Steve Kushman the “Legend of the Year” award from the Bay Area Broadcast Legends.
San Jose’s KLIV (1590 AM) has been honored with the 2017 Legendary Station Award by the Bay Area Radio Museum and Hall of Fame, in recognition of its seven decades of service to listeners in the South Bay Area. Founded in late 1946 as KSJO, the station began its life as a thousand-watt, daytime-only outlet located in an orchard in then rural San Jose.
In 1960, the station’s owners – seeing no real future in FM – sold off KSJO’s FM sister and changed the AM station’s call letters to KLIV. During the 1960s, KLIV established itself as one of the most popular stations in the region, playing popular Top 40 music aimed at the growing number of baby boomers whose parents began settling in the area, catering to the surfer boys and girls who headed over the hill to Santa Cruz, and helping inspire dozens of garage bands across the South Bay.
Fifty years ago, in July 1967, Robert S. Kieve and a partner purchased KLIV for $974,000; to this day, Mr. Kieve continues to operate KLIV as one of the dwindling few independent major-market radio station owners in the United States.
Bob was inducted into the Bay Area Radio Hall of Fame (BARHOF) in 2007, and recently celebrated his 95th birthday with the station’s alumni and current staff. KLIV joins previous Legendary Station honorees KCBS, KGO, KNBR, KSFO, KFRC, KSAN, KPEN and KYA.
“The Story Of KPEN” by Gary M. Gielow. CLICK HERE TO ORDER NOW. Only $23.95 including shipping. CHRS is the sole distributer of this book. 100% of funds raised are being donated to CHRS.
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