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Boss Of The Bay KYA Gets Its Day With The Legends

KYA Personality Montage (Photos)

You’re invited to take a trip back in time to when radio was boss as the Broadcast Legends celebrate “The Boss of the Bay” — 1260 KYA — which is being honored on Thursday, June 23, with the Legendary Station Award for 2016.

The KYA reunion and celebration will be held at the Basque Cultural Center in South San Francisco, from 11:30 AM to 2 PM.

The Emperor himself: Gene Nelson at 1260 KYA (1965)

The Emperor himself: Gene Nelson at 1260 KYA (1965)

KYA becomes the latest station to be honored with designation as a Legendary Station by the Bay Area Radio Hall of Fame (BARHOF), a program of the California Historical Radio Society. KYA joins the first-ever station to have received the award, KCBS, along with KGO, KNBR, KSFO, KFRC, KSAN and KPEN.

Even though KYA has been gone from the Bay Area’s airwaves since 1983, it can rightfully claim its heritage as the Bay Area’s longest-running Top 40 station, having begun its 25-year tenure in 1958. (By contrast, KYA’s chief competitor, the original Big 610, KFRC, had a twenty year run, from 1966 through 1986.)

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A Legends Lunch For All The Radio Boys and Girls!

Radio Girls Artwork (Detail)

Join the Broadcast Legends for lunch on Friday, March 18, at the Basque Cultural Center in South San Francisco for a fascinating discussion about radio in its very earliest days — nearly a century ago!

Radio Boys and Girls book cover (Mike Adams)Our guest speaker will be Mike Adams, Professor Emeritus at San Jose State University, member of the Bay Area Radio Hall of Fame (Class of 2011) and author of several essential volumes on broadcasting history, including “The Radio Boys and Girls: Radio, Telegraph, Telephone and Wireless Adventures for Juvenile Readers, 1890-1945,” which will provide the basis for our program.

Radio in 1922: What the Boys and Girls Knew,” looks at a single year and compares the rise in broadcasting, and what Americans were being told about its significance, with the information young readers were getting in their Radio Boys and Radio Girls series books. The year 1922 was an important one in the transition from the dots and dashes of the wireless hobby to the radio as a source of entertainment and information.

The Broadcast Legends
Spring Quarterly Luncheon:
Mike Adams and Radio In 1922

Friday, March 18, 2016
11 AM – Reception (No Host Bar)
Noon – Luncheon
1 PM – Feature Program

Basque Cultural Center
599 Railroad Avenue
South San Francisco

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Al Hart: Farewell To A Legend

KCBS legends Ken Ackerman, Stan Bunger and Al Hart

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)

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.

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Our 2015 Legend of the Year: Bob Brown

Bob Brown - 2015 Legend Of The YearThe 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).

Highly deserving of the award, Bob joins a star-studded group of previous Myrna recipients. View the list of Legend of the Year recipients here.

 

PHOTO CREDIT: Dennis Brown.

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The Legends 2015 Holiday Celebration!

It's A Wonderful Life

The Broadcast Legends Holiday
Bash At The Basque!

Broadcast Legends Holiday CelebrationSTOP! Looking for the 2016 Legends Holiday Celebration? Click here!

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-TorresGeorge YamasakiKurt HugetAbe 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

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