1260 KYA, San Francisco
Emperor Nelson Million Dollar Bill

Circa 1965

Image of Emperor Gene Nelson (1260 KYA)

This “beautiful money,” good only in “Nelson’s Empire,” was minted by San Francisco’s KYA Radio as the official currency of its morning show, hosted at the time by Buffalo, N.Y., import Gene Nelson.

Printed in a denomination of “One Million Lean Gene Greens” (in “Series 1260”), the funny money depicted Emperor Nelson on the front, along with the signatures of the Empire’s treasurer, “Colonel Splendid,” and the secretary of the treasury, “Lt. Cavendish.”

The reverse of the bill (shown below on the page) shows Nelson’s swank “Royal Pad,” along with his motto, “E Pluribus Nelson.”

Gene Nelson was inducted into the Bay Area Radio Hall of Fame in 2006 as a member of the first class to be honored.

Image of Emperor Gene Nelson (1260 KYA) 

ORIGINAL SIZE: 7.5×3.5 inches.
SOURCE: Bay Area Radio Museum Collection.

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    • Gene Nelson retired to Hawaii for several years, but returned to California a few years ago, living up in the Napa area.

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