KGO News/Talk 81
Art Finley Bio Sheet

Circa 1978

Art Finley (KGO Photo)

This document, issued in 1978 by KGO/810 was included in the station’s promotional and marketing package, along with similar sheets for the other members of the air staff and news team.

Art Finley (neé Arthur Finger) was born in West Virginia, and began his radio career at KXYZ/Houston, Texas, in 1944. Many Bay Area residents would get their first look at Art Finley in his guise as “Mayor Art,” a popular children’s program on KRON-TV (Channel 4) that first went on the air in 1958.

Mayor Art Finley (Photo)
Art Finley (right) as Mayor Art, circa 1959
Art Finley (1965 Photo)
Art Finley (Circa 1965)

He also worked at KSFO/560 and had two separate stints at KGO/81 — sandwiched around moves to Vancouver, B.C., where he hosted shows on CHQM and CKNW.

Mr. Finley later worked at KCBS Newsradio 74, hosting the “Nightbeat” call-in programming from 1990-1991. After his retirement from broadcasting in 1994, he took up residence near Vancouver.

His “Art’s Gallery,” which combined a classic woodcut image with a clever caption written by Mr. Finley, was a popular weekly feature in the San Francisco Chronicle and other newspapers for many years.

Art Finley died from a heart attack on August 7, 2015, in Vancouver at the age of 88.

Art's Gallery (Image)
A sample from Art’s Gallery

SOURCE: Bay Area Radio Museum Collection. 

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