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Legends To Honor San Jose’s KLIV

Beach Boys KLIV Concert Photo
The Beach Boys perform at a 1964 concert promoted by San Jose’s KLIV

KLIV "Norman" Decal (Image)

San Jose’s venerable KLIV (1590 AM) has been honored with the 2017 Legendary Station Award by the Bay Area Radio Museum and Hall of Fame, in recognition of its seven decades of service to listeners in the South Bay Area, and will be celebrated at a special Broadcast Legends luncheon on Tuesday, June 20, at the Basque Cultural Center in South San Francisco.

Founded in late 1946 as KSJO, the station began its life as a thousand-watt, daytime-only outlet located in an orchard at the corner of Story Road and Lucretia Avenue in still-rural San Jose, then watched as the city grew up around it over the years.

In 1960, the station’s owners – seeing no real future in FM radio – sold off KSJO’s FM sister and changed the AM station’s call letters to KLIV, while continuing to broadcast from its home on Story Road.

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During the 1960s, KLIV established itself as one of the most popular stations in the region, playing popular Top 40 music aimed at the growing number of baby boomers whose parents began settling in the area, catering to the surfer boys and girls who headed over the hill to Santa Cruz every summer weekend, and helping inspire dozens of garage bands across the South Bay.

Photo: Bob Kieve (KLIV)
KLIV’s Bob Kieve

Fifty years ago, in July 1967, Robert S. Kieve and a partner purchased KLIV for $974,000; to this day, Mr. Kieve continues to operate KLIV under the Empire Broadcasting banner as one of the dwindling few independent major-market radio station owners in the United States. He was inducted into the Bay Area Radio Hall of Fame (BARHOF) in 2007, and recently celebrated his 95th birthday with the station’s alumni and current staff.

Among the popular voices that have graced KLIV’s airwaves over the years are John McLeod (BARHOF 2010), Mikel Hunter Herrington (2008), Dave Sholin (2008), Bob Ray, Ross McGowan, George Sampson, John Lester, John Bettencourt, Larry Mitchell, Jack Hayes, Peter Boam and Mac McGregor.

KLIV joins previous Legendary Station honorees KCBS, KGO, KSFO, KNBR, KFRC, KSAN, KPEN and KYA.

The Bay Area Radio Museum and Hall of Fame, founded in 2005, is a program of the California Historical Radio Society (CHRS), and is dedicated to preserving and honoring the history of radio broadcasting in the San Francisco Bay Area.

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Radio News: Past, Present and Future

Event Phone: (650) 341-7420


  • Broadcast Legends Spring 2017 Luncheon
    16 March 2017
    11:30 AM - 2:00 PM

Join the Broadcast Legends as we celebrate Spring with a very special program — Radio News: Past, Present and Future — on Thursday, March 16, at the elegant Basque Cultural Center in South San Francisco. Looking back at (and forward to) the way radio news was (and is) gathered, written and reported will be an Read More Radio News: Past, Present and Future

Radio News: Past, Present and Future

Radio News Now and Then Cast (Photo)

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!

Legends Christmas Party Art

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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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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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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