KSAN Radio: 1968-1980
The Jive 95 Years
San Francisco, California
The history of KSAN (Jive 95 Radio) in words and pictures.
KSAN 95 FM
“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, led by Dave McQueen (BARHOF 2010), reports on the demise of KMPX FM 107, where the primordial roots of The Jive 95 had been planted by Tom Donahue (BARHOF 2006) and his merry crew two years earlier. Includes a recording of Roland Young and other members of the KMPX staff before the plug is pulled on the station.
Milan Melvin on KSAN (Undated excerpt; circa 1970?)
Less than a minute of Milan Melvin (1942-2001) reminding KSAN listeners that he won’t take requests for specific songs, regardless of how many Blue Cheer fans phone in – or how many fake accents they use. Courtesy of Norman Davis.
Tom Donahue, Ben Fong-Torres and Dylan on KSAN (February 9-10, 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 (BARHOF 2010) and his tales of Dylan, including plenty of music and excerpts from an interview with Robbie Robertson of The Band.
KSAN: Tenth Anniversary Simulcast (1978; 2 hours)
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).
Glenn Lambert on KSAN (July 4, 1979; 15 minutes)
Stephen Capen on KSAN (Sept. 20, 1980; 20 minutes)
Stephen Capen and Jack Popejoy on KSAN (November 14, 1980; 1 hour)
IN STEREO! The final rock’n’roll morning show on KSAN before the switch to Country Music, 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 and Jack. The recording concludes with a short segment of Billy Juggs’ shift on “the station you’ll never forget.”
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).
Special thanks to Norman Davis and Jive95.com!
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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.
Either way it was the end of an Era and a truly sad end at that.
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
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…
Hi…On 1/31/76, KSAN aired a fantastic 12-hour retrospective “Suddenly Lost Summer 1966-1976”. Do recordings of this complete show exist?
I went S.F.S.U in 1975-76 and KSAN was the best!
Does anyone know what’s the picture on the wall – please email me: david at smileforawhile dot de
I was a Berkeley grad student in physics, I used to listen to KSAN while scanning bubble chamber film in LeConte Hall late at night, as KSAN would get more and more risque as the night went on. They would do tongue in cheek ads for themselves, one had a man saying “Ladies and gentlemen.. Leonid Brezhnev” followed by a whole string of russian, ending with “Ya slushily, KSAN the jive 95.” When Ronnie got elected, Giant Hamburger went out of business, and KSAN went country western, all at about the same time, it was like the end of an era.
I was given a box full of reel to reels of KSAN air checks dating from 1968 to 1971. It includes a four hour version of the Altamont program as well as a bunch of complete shows. Comedy by The Congress of Wonders too. I haven’t transferred any of it yet. I need to dig out my old reel to reel.
…And when you do dig it out, Daddy, I hope you’ll share copies with us!
Is anyone set up to easily transfer from R2R to CD? If so, I’ll send you a tape if you send me back a CD of it. You can keep the tape.
We’re actually set up to do it. Could you please send me an email so we can make it happen?