Bay Area Radio Hall Of Fame

Bay Area Radio Hall of Fame LogoBARHOF was founded in 2006. Here you will find all the personalities, and Legendary stations that have made Bay Area radio so great. These people and stations are to be congratulated for the tremendous impact they have had on Bay Area radio and the entire radio broadcasting industry. CLICK HERE FOR BARHOF

We present the Class of 2015 Bay Area Radio Hall Of Fame induction ceremony. Watch the video presentation, an hour and a half of great entertainment and information from The California Historical Radio Society and its Bay Area Radio Museum and Hall of Fame. The video is right next door. ⇒⇒⇒

Preserving and Honoring Radio Broadcasting in the San Francisco Bay Area

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The Bay Area Radio Museum (BARM) presents archival broadcasts, historical documents, photos, music surveys and biographies that tell the stories of Bay Area Radio.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. Visit CHRS to learn more about radio preservation and our efforts to create ‘CHRS Radio Central’ in Alameda, CA.

Welcome to the BARM and BARHOF’s new site. If you find a broken link, trouble viewing or listening to an exhibit, we encourage you use our SEARCH and SITEMAP. If you still have a problem, click here to tell us about it and we will try to fix it.


Latest News & Features

Al Hart: Farewell To A Legend


BARHOF Class of 2006 Charter Member & KCBS Legend Al Hart

We awoke on January 14th to the sad news that Al Hart has passed away at the age of 88. A longtime member of the Broadcast Legends, Al came to the Bay Area about 55 years ago from KEEL in Shreveport, La., to work at KABL (960 AM) before moving to KNBR (680 AM). But it was at KCBS Radio a few years later that he hit his stride, becoming perhaps the most iconic voice on this iconic station’s staff. Al arrived at KCBS in 1966, and was part of the team that transformed the station in 1968 to the all-news format that continues to thrive there to this day. Before moving to his role as morning co-anchor on KCBS, Al had been working afternoon drive on the station. Following his retirement, he continued to be a welcome voice on KCBS, appearing with current morning co-anchor Stan Bunger on the weekly Wednesday chats with John Madden — always bringing along a batch of his signature snickerdoodle cookies, as well as the latest ruminations from Charlie The Checker. Al Hart was a charter inductee into the Bay Area Radio Museum & Hall of Fame in 2006, and was an up-and-coming Mercury Records recording artist in the early 1960s. Al will be missed, fondly, by everyone who had the opportunity to work alongside him, or spend a few minutes hearing his warm voice on the radio. Our heartfelt condolences go out to his wife, Pat, and to all of Al’s friends, family and colleagues. Here’s Al Hart with another legend of Bay Area radio and TV, Scott Beach, in a 1967 spot for Joseph Alioto’s mayoral campaign. Click below to listen:


Listen to Program #7 for the Paul Kantner interview not heard since 1981. The first 7 programs of this 30 program set is now posted. They feature backstage in depth interviews with the top musical acts and musicians of the early 1980s. Sheila Rene was given unlimited access by Bill Graham to interview many of the popular bands of the day. The programs were heard only once originally on KSJO and are posted as exhibits on the KSJO page. Check back soon for new programs. CLICK HERE

New KPEN Book Now Available – Support CHRS & BARM

KPEN Book Cover“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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