Andy is Saving our Radio History

NEW AUDIO POSTED! Volunteer Andrew Welburn has finished digitizing hundreds of hours of newly-discovered Bay Area radio programming. Soon we will add many of these shows to this site under the station categories, along with dates and information about their airing. Most of these rare audio archives have been buried in garages and attics and file cabinets, many of them airchecks saved on obsolete formats, like analogue open reel. At CHRS we have an audio dubbing and transfer facility that… Read the full post

Ken Ackerman, Original Radio Legend

Ken Ackerman, an inaugural member of the Bay Area Radio Hall of Fame and co-founder of the Broadcast Legends organization, has died at 95 of natural causes. Ackerman’s radio career began in his native Sacramento, where he “got the radio bug” while attending Grant Union High School. In 1942, he landed a job at KQW. At the time, the station was still licensed to San Jose, requiring some programming to originate there. Ackerman spent time in the San Jose studios… Read the full post

Radio Day by the Bay 2017 Live in Alameda

Radio Day By The Bay — A Big Success!!! See all the photos and videos of this event by clicking the link below. It was our annual radio flea market, auction, and your chance to see CHRS museum under construction at our headquarters, 2152 Central Ave, “Radio Central.” Our auction, live music, live radio play and the announcement of the Bay Area Radio Hall of Fame’s Class of 2017 were part of the event program. This is a yearly event, a chance to… 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… Read the full post

“SHEILA RENE BACKSTAGE” ARCHIVES

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 CHRS 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 and his… 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

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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