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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Lee Ann Heckman
Lee Ann Heckman
15 January 2019 9:41 AM

What ever happened to Gene Nelson

Bill Graham
Bill Graham
Reply to  Lee Ann Heckman
13 September 2019 4:52 PM

How is Gene doing now I am a lutenet
In Emporer Nelsons Royal Commandos
Bill Graham 1963

5 July 2020 10:48 AM

Can anyone sing the royal commando jingle?

Sandra O
Sandra O
18 November 2020 5:22 AM

Hello. Where is Gene Nelson today? I know he would appreciate a shout out from O H I O.

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