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MARK YOUR SCHEDULE:
Thursday, March 16
Basque Cultural Center
South San Francisco
11:30 AM – 2 PM

Over the years, the Broadcast Legends have presented all sorts of programs at our quarterly meetings — everything from old-time radio re-creations to kids TV.

Stand By - On The Air Sign (Image)One thing we’ve never done, till now, is take a look at Bay Area radio as it was in the 1960s, as it is now, and what it might look like in the future.

Remember what things were like in, say, 1967? What you could and couldn’t say … What sort of equipment we used … What our newscasts were like fifty years ago, in the time before satellites.

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How do things stand now? What’s been the effect of consolidation on news people and jocks and the listeners? And what might we see in the future? More news or less? Fewer owners? What about sports coverage? What about the business side? Where will the money be coming from, and who will do the selling?

We have a great panel lined up, which is scheduled to include Stan Bunger (Morning Anchor, KCBS); Stan Burford (Traffic Man, KGO); John Catchings (KFRC); Gil Haar (KYUU, KFRC); Jack Swanson (KGO, KCBS); and Peter Cleaveland (KGO), who will also act as the moderator.

This panel of folks has got years and years in the Bay Area radio. They have seen it all and helped to create much of it.

Join us and add your memories to the discussion on Thursday, March 16, 2017, at the Basque Cultural Center in South San Francisco. Social time begins at 11:30 AM, followed by lunch at noon, and our program at about 1 PM.

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’Tis The Season — For The Legends Holiday Bash At The Basque!

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Legends Xmas Wreath (Art)Circle Friday, December 16, on your calendar right this minute. That’s the date of the annual Broadcast Legends Holiday Celebration, and you do not want to miss it.

Music, laughter, drama and good times all rolled into one.

The Basque Cultural Center in South San Francisco is where you’ll find it all, starting with no-host cocktails at 11 a.m.

The Legend of the Year will be announced, and Darryl promises to break his very own record for the shortest General Meeting in history.

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Broadcast Legends To Host Radio Hall of Fame 2016 Celebration

Bay Area Radio Hall of Fame LogoAs it has each year since its inception, the Broadcast Legends will host the 2016 edition of the Bay Area Radio Hall of Fame luncheon, which will be held at the Basque Cultural Center in South San Francisco on Saturday, September 24, beginning at 11:30 AM.

This year’s class of inductees include Dianne Nicolini and Hoyt Smith, both currently of Classical KDFC, in the Program Host category; Wes “Scoop” Nisker (News); Kevin “The Rat” Radich (Sports); Narsai David (Specialty); Dave McKinsey (Executive); Robert Hammett and Edward Edison (Engineers); Hilly Rose (Living Legend); and Wilda Wilson Church and Dean Maddox (Pioneers).

More than 5,000 ballots were cast for this year’s BARHOF nominees, in public voting conducted by the California Historical Radio Society and its Bay Area Radio Museum.

The BARHOF 2016 celebration is open to the public. Advance reservations are required, but membership in Broadcast Legends or CHRS is not required.

For more about this year’s inductees, please visit the Bay Area Radio Hall of Fame’s website.

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Boss Of The Bay KYA Gets Its Day With The Legends

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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!

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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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