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Something Happening Here: The Spring Legends Lunch

Dan Ethen in the AFVN Mobile Unit (Photo)

It was a year of protests and violence in every corner of the world, and of political battles and campus unrest — a year marred by the murders of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and Robert Kennedy, and the year that Richard M. Nixon was elected to serve as our 37th president.

The year was 1968, and nearly 550,000 American soldiers were serving in Vietnam.

John Mack Flanagan, with a 45 on his hip and a portable tape recorder in his hand

Not all of that half-million-strong force was there “in country” for armed combat, however. A small group performed a different military duty: providing entertainment on radio and television for their brothers and sisters in uniform.

Among those that served in Vietnam were three men with strong Bay Area media connections — John Mack Flanagan (BARHOF 2017), Dan Ethen (BARHOF 2017), and Michael Bennett.

At the next Broadcast Legends quarterly luncheon, these three will be on hand to tell their stories.

The event, entitled “Something Happening Here: Vietnam On The Air,” takes place on Thursday, March 15, at the Basque Cultural Center in South San Francisco, beginning at 11:30 AM.

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Broadcast Legends 2017 Holiday Luncheon

Mailman With Holiday Delivery (Art)

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  • Broadcast Legends Holiday Luncheon
    15 December 2017
    11:00 AM - 2:00 PM

You’re invited to mix and mingle with the jingling Legends as we celebrate at our annual Holiday Bash at the Basque! This year’s festive frolic will take place on Friday, December 15, at the fabulous Basque Cultural Center in South San Francisco from 11 AM until 2 PM, and the food, refreshments and entertainment are

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Broadcast Legends Summer 2017 Luncheon

Event Phone: (650) 341-7420


  • Broadcast Legends Summer Luncheon
    20 June 2017
    11:30 AM - 2:30 PM

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. Join the Broadcast Legends on Tuesday, June 20, at the Basque Cultural Center in South

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Radio News: Past, Present and Future

Radio News Now and Then Cast (Photo)

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

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Radio News: Past, Present and Future

Broadcast Legends Logo (Image)

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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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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