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

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 radio station. The “Active” category can include… 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

KSAN Reunion Attendees Try To Remember

By Ben Fong-Torres Ten years after the Summer of Love, in 1977, KSAN-FM, “Jive 95,” produced a documentary, entitled “Suddenly Lost Summer: What Was That?” On June 4th and 5th, three events celebrated that pioneer free-form station and its induction into the Bay Area Radio Hall of Fame, as “Legendary Station of the Year”. The last was a storytelling session at the Monkey House in Berkeley, under the title, “That Really Happened???” It did. The induction triggered the biggest KSAN… Read the full post

ET Project

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

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