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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generously provided by Duane Wadsworth.
Identities provided through the kind assistance of
Bonnie Simmons and Tom Ballantyne.