KSAN Radio: 1968-1980
The Jive 95 Years

San Francisco, California

KSAN-FM Print Ad (Image)

ABOVE: Print ad from the Milline Club show program, December 1971

FRONT ROW (from left): Stefan Ponek, Trish Robbins, unidentified naked woman, Edward Bear (with Dave
McQueen’s arm over his shoulder), Paul Boucher (head showing over Peter Laufer’s), Peter Laufer
(wearing black hat), Chandler Laughlin (Travus T. Hipp); BACK ROW (from left): Bob McClay, Richard
Gossett, unknown, Dave McQueen (above Edward Bear), Bobby Cole (behind Paul Boucher), Dusty Street,
Doug Dunlap (with cowboy hat and glasses); REAR CENTER: Willis Duff (station manager, in Napoleon hat).

KSAN 95 10th Anniversary Sticker (Image)
A bumper sticker commemorating KSAN’s tenth anniversary

On The Air Sign (Image)

“The Jive 95”

Bay Area Radio Museum and Hall of Fame
Legendary Station Award Recipient – 2014


Bob Dylan Special #176 on KSAN (April 26, 1969; 71 minutes)

Bob Postle presents an hour-plus retrospective of Dylan’s work to date, sponsored by Columbia Records (which had recently released his “Nashville Skyline” LP) and featuring a guest appearance by the Congress of Wonders. The original stereo recording heard in this exhibit is from the collection of Richard Links, who also digitally remastered the audio for presentation here.

Altamont Aftermath on KSAN (December 7, 1969)

In the wake of the cataclysmic free concert at Altamont Speedway (near Tracy, Calif.) one day earlier, Stefan Ponek hosts a post-mortem program on KSAN featuring several people tied to the event, including Sonny Barger, founder/president of the Oakland Chapter of the Hell’s Angels Motorcycle Club, who phones in to the station to share his unique perspective of what happened that day. (Note that the location is mispronounced as “Altamonté” – as in “Altamon-tay” – throughout the broadcast.)

Dave McQueen on KSAN (October 12, 1970)

The KSAN Gnus Department reports on the demise of KMPX FM 107, where the primordial roots of The Jive 95 had been planted two years earlier. Includes a recording of Roland Young and other members of the KMPX staff before the plug is pulled on the station.

Ben Fong-Torres on KSAN (February 10, 1974; 2 hours)

A weekend’s-worth of Dylan-oriented programming on The Jive 95, all in advance of his concert appearance with The Band at the Oakland Coliseum Arena on Feb. 11, starting with a Saturday night salute by Big Daddy himself. Next, enjoy nearly two hours of Ben Fong-Torres and his tales of Dylan, including plenty of music and excerpts from an interview with Robbie Robertson of The Band.

1978         Exhibit includes audio KSAN: Tenth Anniversary Simulcast (1979; 2 hours) RT

To celebrate its tenth year as KSAN, the station simulcasts “films made for television” (later known simply as “videos”) of popular musical acts, including Fleetwood Mac, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, The Rolling Stones and Santana, in conjunction with KQED (Channel 9). Includes intros by KSAN general manager Jerry Graham, Glenn Lambert, Norm Winer and Tony Kilbert. After the simulcast, stay tuned for a lengthy segment of KSAN music (without pictures).

1979         Exhibit includes audio Glenn Lambert on KSAN (July 4, 1979; 15 minutes) Edited (scoped) aircheckRT

1980        Exhibit includes audio Stephen Capen on KSAN (Sept. 20, 1980; 20 minutes) Presentation includes textEdited (scoped) aircheck

Exhibit includes audio Stephen Capen & Jack Popejoy on KSAN (Nov. 14, 1980; 1 hour) MS

IN STEREO! The final rock’n’roll morning show on KSAN before the switch to “Modern Country,” featuring a phone call from KFRC’s Rick Shaw, an interesting mixture of “farewell” songs, a collage of memories and a final list of thank-yous from Stephen & Jack. The recording concludes with a short segment of Billy Juggs’ shift on “the station you’ll never forget.”


Special thanks to Norman Davis and Jive95.com!

Milline Club ad (“Unduplicated Exposure”)
generously provided by Duane Wadsworth.
Identities provided through the kind assistance of
Bonnie Simmons and Tom Ballantyne.




  1. KSAN didn’t switch to “modern country” from rock ‘n roll in 1980, they switched to classic country (oldies) – and it was a beautiful thing. It wasn’t until a couple of years later that they switched to “modern country”, at which time I stopped listening.

  2. I am looking for a copy of the radio drama produced in the Watergate years by KSAN called The Darkening Sky as a culmination of the Watergate Follies

  3. I am from New Jersey so my radio memories are mostly from New York & Philadelphia stations. I am most interested in the broadcast in which “Ransaan” Roland Kirk” (arguably the greatest musician who ever lived) took over KSAN. An edited version of which was broadcast here on public radio jazz station WBGO as “Radio Free Ransaan” around 1984-85…

  4. Hi…On 1/31/76, KSAN aired a fantastic 12-hour retrospective “Suddenly Lost Summer 1966-1976”. Do recordings of this complete show exist?


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