We awake today to the sad news that Al Hart has passed away at the age of 88. A longtime member of the Broadcast Legends, Al came to the Bay Area about 55 years ago from KEEL in Shreveport, La., to work at KABL (960 AM) before moving to KNBR (680 AM).
KCBS morning news anchors Lois Melkonian and Al Hart (1995)
But it was at KCBS Radio a few years later that he hit his stride, becoming perhaps the most iconic voice on this iconic station’s staff. Al arrived at KCBS in 1966, and was part of the team that transformed the station in 1968 to the all-news format that continues to thrive there to this day.
Before moving to his role as morning co-anchor on KCBS, Al had been working afternoon drive on the station. Following his retirement, he continued to be a welcome voice on KCBS, appearing with current morning co-anchor Stan Bunger on the weekly Wednesday chats with John Madden — always bringing along a batch of his signature snickerdoodle cookies, as well as the latest ruminations from Charlie The Checker.
The Broadcast Legends bestowed its annual Legend of the Year award for 2015 — the Myrna — to board member (and head of the Legends’ A/V Club) Bob Brown.
The announcement was made at the holiday celebration on December 18 at the Basque Cultural Center in South San Francisco. Bob was photographed at the event flanked by Legends Father Miles Riley (at left) and Noah Griffin (at right).
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Join us on Friday, December 18, as we celebrate the holiday season with a gala celebration featuring music, mirth and merriment at the magnificent Basque Cultural Center in South San Francisco!
Our program will include musical performances featuring Ben Fong-Torres, George Yamasaki, Kurt Huget, Abe Battat and Noah Griffin, plus a special presentation of Dave Parker’s “A Christmas Carol: The Sequel,” starring an all-star cast that will include Dan Odum (“Scrooge”), Stan Bunger (“Bob Cratchit”), Peter Cleaveland (“Kid on the Street”), Hal Ramey (“The Man”), Celeste Perry (“The Maid”). In addition to writing the script, Mr. Parker will also serve as narrator.
Don’t miss out on attending this very special Legends Quarterly Luncheon…
The Broadcast Legends
Annual Holiday Celebration:
The Bash At The Basque
Friday, December 18, 2015
11 AM – Reception (No Host Bar)
Noon – Luncheon
1 PM – Holiday Celebration
Basque Cultural Center
599 Railroad Avenue
South San Francisco