Don Chamberlain

San Francisco Chronicle Obituary

February 26, 1992


Don Chamberlain was a pioneer of the radio “sex talk” genre with his groundbreaking “California Girls” program on KNEW/910. The program, which debuted in 1972, was part of an explosion of talk shows that mixed healthy amounts of pop psychology and frank sexual discussion; Bill Ballance’s “Feminine Forum” echoed “California Girls” on Los Angeles’ airwaves.

Mr. Chamberlain left radio to earn his master’s degree in psychotherapy in the 1980s and opened his own practice in Walnut Creek. He died of cancer at the age of 64 on February 26, 1992.

KNEW/91 – Don Chamberlain After Dark (Undated; Circa 1973)

“Uncle Don” on his other talk show on KNEW, “Don Chamberlain After Dark,” a bit more inclusive than his female-centered “California Girls” program.




  1. Who was the woman who was Don’s producer on California Girls that also worked as his sidekick on the show? Their chemistry was great and she really complemented the show.

    • I believe that was Susan Holmen, She met Don when she was working in public television in Redding in 68, 69 as a fresh out of college intern. After a stint in marketing with the Oakland Oaks basketball team, she reconnected with Don and worked with him on California Girls.


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