The Bay Area Radio Museum provides the following links to websites across the Internet that provide content of interest to our visitors. While we recommend these sites, unless noted otherwise these websites are not affiliated with the museum, and we do not operate or maintain them. If you know of a website that should be considered for inclusion here, or if one of our included links does not work, please contact us with details.
Radio Station Tribute Sites
Jive95.com — One of the coolest radio station tribute sites ever, Jive95.com celebrates the history of San Francisco’s fabled KSAN and the men and women who helped pioneer progressive rock radio in the United States. Includes photographs, audio and reminiscences by the people who were there at the beginning.
The Unplugged 99.7 KYUU Archive — An affectionate look back at 99.7 KYUU by Jeff McNeal, who worked the afternoon shift at the station from 1982 to 1988 during its reign as one of the most popular music stations in Bay Area radio history. Includes audio, photographs and Jeff’s recollections of this dearly departed local favorite.
Bay Area Radio People
Tom Benner — Visit Tom’s personal website … or the website of his alter ego, “Officer Vic,” better known as KSFO’s weekday traffic reporter, featuring photos and sound clips of Tom at KNEW.
Alex Bennett — Now a morning talk host with Sirius, Alex starred on Bay Area radio at KMEL, The Quake (KQAK), Live 105 (KITS) and C-Net Radio.
Red Blanchard — One of the Bay Area’s all-time favorite radio personalities, Red hosted popular programs on KCBS in the 1950s before moving on to even greater fame and fortune in Los Angeles. Many more great Red recordings can be heard on his General Broadcasting System (GBS) website.
Coyle & Sharpe — The legendary “man on the street” madcaps, Jim Coyle and Mal Sharpe, are celebrated on this excellent tribute site.
Norman Davis — His Bay Area broadcasting career has taken him clear across both sides of the dial, from KOBY to KYA and KSFO to KSAN, plus KSJO, KTIM, KMPX, KKCY and KOFY. Norman Davis shares photos, audio and anecdotes from a half-century on the air on his RadioThrills.com.
Raechel Donahue — One of the elemental ingredients of progressive rock radio, the original Radio Grrl (and widow of Hall of Fame radio god Tom Donahue) is also a writer in addition to hosting a daily show on Sirius.
Lee De Forest — The inventor of the groundbreaking Audion tube, Dr. Lee de Forest (1873-1961) was also a pioneer broadcaster in the Bay Area. “The Complete Lee de Forest” tells the story of how his inventions changed the world — and also helped earn him an Academy Award.
Dean Goss — He’s been a favorite on Bay Area airwaves for more than three decades at 1260/KYA, Y93.3 (KYCY) and KFRC-FM, and he’s a popular voiceover talent who has also been the announcer numerous television shows, including “Let’s Make A Deal,” “$100,000 Pyramid” and “Win, Lose or Draw.”
Hap Harper — The world’s first airborne traffic reporter and legendary sidekick of Don Sherwood and Frank Dill is no longer with us, but his website is being maintained as a lasting tribute to the Bay Area Radio Hall of Famer. His website includes audio clips, photos and a “where are they now?” section.
Buddy Hatton — You remember him from KSFO, KNEW and Magic 61. Now, Buddy Hatton operates his own production company — cleverly-named Buddy Hatton Productions — in San Francisco, presenting an exciting array of his travel films from exotic locations around the world.
Charles D. “Doc” Herrold — A Bay Area original, Doc Herrold (1875-1948) can rightfully be called the first radio broadcaster in history. In addition to founding one of the earliest wireless radio schools, Doc built a small station in San Jose that grew up to be today’s KCBS/740 in San Francisco.
Terry McGovern — A star of Bay Area radio (including KSFO, KSAN and K-101) and television (“Evening Magazine,” “Bay- TV”) has also appeared in movies (including “American Graffiti” and “Mrs. Doubtfire”) and is a noted voice actor and teacher.
Jeff McNeal — Now a voiceover superstar in high demand for commercials and movie trailers, the former KYUU afternoon guy looks back on his career behind the mike.
Bobby Ocean — The unmistakable voice that launched a thousand stations … LOBOs will love hearing samples of their hero’s voicework, and may be surprised that he is an extremely talented artist and illustrator as well.
Bob Ray — The signature voice of countless commercials and promos is also a gifted photographer and storyteller, as evidenced by his words and pictures on BobRay.net.
Bill Roddy — Bill Roddy was one of NBC Radio’s legendary staff announcers, both in San Francisco and New York. His website includes his memories of working at KPO, NBC’s San Francisco outlet, where he rose from lowly page to full-fledged announcer.
Dr. Don Rose — The personal website of Dr. Donald D. Rose (1934-2005) is being maintained as a lasting tribute to one of the most beloved personalities in Bay Area radio history.
Big Rick Stuart — Big Rick spent 14 years at the legendary Live 105, and before that played “The Rock Of The Eighties” at The Quake (KQAK). Now he’s the 4-10 p.m. weekday voice at KFOG (104.5/97.7) and motorcycle enthusiast.
Also Of Interest…
Broadcast Legends — For nearly two decades, Broadcast Legends has been the gathering place for the renowned men and women who have worked both in front of and behind the microphones and cameras of Bay Area radio and television.
California Historical Radio Society — Dedicated to promoting the restoration and preservation of early radio and broadcasting. CHRS is currently restoring the historic Sunset Telegraph & Telephone Building built in 1900 at 2152 Central Avenue in Alameda, CA to become CHRS Radio Central to serve as a lasting museum and education center for radio enthusiasts of all ages.
Valley Broadcast Legends — A fun-loving social organization for members of the media, their friends and fans in California’s Central Valley
If you know of a website that should be considered for inclusion here, or if one of our included links does not work, please contact us with details.