Ken Ackerman, Original Radio Legend

Ken Ackerman, an inaugural member of the Bay Area Radio Hall of Fame and co-founder of the Broadcast Legends organization, has died at 95 of natural causes. Ackerman’s radio career began in his native Sacramento, where he “got the radio bug” while attending Grant Union High School. In 1942, he landed a job at KQW. At the time, the station was still licensed to San Jose, requiring some programming to originate there. Ackerman spent time in the San Jose studios… Read the full post

Radio Day by the Bay 2017 Live in Alameda

It’s our annual event – Radio Day by the Bay – a fund raiser to support the California Historical Radio Society and the Bay Area Radio Museum and Hall of Fame. It’s Saturday July 22, all day, and at two downtown Alameda locations. Our radio flea market sale, food, auction preview, and your chance to see the museum under construction will be at our headquarters, 2152 Central Ave, “Radio Central.” Our auction, live music, live radio play and more will… Read the full post

San Jose’s KLIV Honored As 2017 Legendary Station

San Jose’s venerable 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 at the corner of Story Road and Lucretia Avenue in still-rural San Jose, then watched as the city grew up… Read the full post

Don Sherwood Awards 2017

Voting for the Sherwood Awards has ended. The Sherwood Awards is your opportunity to vote for your favorite Bay Area radio personality from “back in the day,” and your favorite Bay Area radio personality on the air right now. Based on nominations we received earlier this year, we have a terrific group of candidates in our two categories — “Active,” for those personalities currently on the air, and “Lifetime Achievement,” for those legends not currently on the air on a Bay Area… Read the full post

Bay Area Radio Hall of Fame Class of 2016

THE CALIFORNIA HISTORICAL RADIO SOCIETY WELCOMES  THE BARHOF CLASS OF 2016 After 5,144 votes, the 2016 Bay Area Radio Hall Of Fame Class has been selected. Here are a few photographs from the event featuring winners, inductees and participants:    Here are this year’s inductees: Program Host – Dianne Nicolini – Midday announcer on classical KDFC since 1997. She also worked their briefly in 1995, and her other credits include KKHI for ten years beginning in 1983 Program Host – Hoyt Smith – Morning announcer on… Read the full post


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

Help Fund “KSAN Jive 95: The Movie”

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

Bay Area Radio Hall of Fame Class of 2015

BAY AREA RADIO HALL OF FAME INDUCTION CEREMONIES POSTED The 2015 Bay Area Radio Hall Of Fame Class – Dusty Street, Mike Colgan, Lissa Kreisler, Harvey Stone, Gil Haar, Bill Ruck for Ken Nielsen and Zia Schwartz for Peter Scott The 2015 Radio Hall Of Fame Induction luncheon held at the Basque Cultural Center in South San Francisco was quite successful. Over 120 were in attendance, enjoyed good food, good friends and a great induction celebration. Host Terry McGovern kept the… Read the full post

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