Chuy Gomez

When it comes to morning drive disc jocks in one of the top five markets in America, (especially in the super competitive younger demographic radio stations,) Chuy Gomez is one of the top dogs, or should we say Top Dawgs? Next year, Chuy will be celebrating his 20th anniversary with legendary Hip Hop giant, 106 KMEL. is telling you right now that we are planning a 20th anniversary party for Chuy that you will be begging us for tickets [...]

Lisa Bautista, Publicist

Born and raised in Oakland, California, Lisa Bautista founded JFM Presents to advocate on behalf of San Francisco Bay Area musicians. Since October 2006, Lisa has worn many different hats as Booking Agent, Promoter, Road Manager, and Publicist. While she works primarily with Oscar, Tony, Emmy and Grammy Award-Winning Artists as Entertainment Publicist for The RRazz Room, Lisa remains committed to the Bay Area live music scene. Lisa produced A Tribute to the Masters @Jazzschool, Thursday Funk @Poleng, and [...]

The Call From Metallica

My connection to Metallica started in 1981 when a skinny kid from Castro Valley, who only wore bell-bottom jeans, met me at Chabot College in Hayward. His name was Cliff Burton and he was keen to have me photograph his new band called Trauma. We had many similar interests and loved the same classic hard rock bands of the era such as; Thin Lizzy, Rush, UFO, Judas Priest, Lynyrd Skynyrd, and The Ramones! I'll never forget that monumental evening [...]

Pat Johnson

Originally from Cleveland, Pat Johnson has been a successful photographer in the San Francisco Bay Area for over 28 years. Pat's principal area of achievement has been in music, sports and entertainment related photography. Pat's passion for photography is evidenced by his wide array images and style. The subjects all feel the passion and the Cleveland sense of humor, helping him to win over the toughest of characters. "you have to be kind of crazy to be in this [...]

Nate Deaton

Nate Deaton is the General Manager at 95.3 KRTY in San Jose. Deaton started at KRTY in 1994 as the promotion director and assumed the GM role in October of 2004. KRTY is locally owned and operated station and as such the roles are very wide. Deaton is involved in all aspects of the station, but remains very hands on with music. KRTY's music selection are made by a committee including Program Director, Julie Stevens, Sales Manager Tina Ferguson [...]

Sterling James

Sterling James was born and raised in the Bay Area and has been a live music junkie since day one! Some of her favorite "Bay Bands" include; The Freaky Executives, Ledisi, The Moffessionals, the Escovedo Family and Disposable Heroes of Hiphoprisy.She started radio at the ripe old age of 15 at her high school radio station KVHS. Took a Recording Arts course at Los Medanos College in Pittsburg. Studied TV and Drama @ DVC and has a BA in [...]

Dennis Erokan, Editor in Chief

A pioneer in niche market publishing, Dennis created BAM Magazine in 1976. An innovator from the start, he made BAM the first publication to be distributed free at point-of-purchase in retail outlets throughout California. In 1978, Dennis founded the Bay Area Music Awards, more commonly known as the "Bammies." In 1984, Dennis launched MicroTimes. This magazine focused on the heroes in the computing industry instead of the endless descriptions of electronics, and became the nation's largest regional computer magazine [...]

Kenny Wardell, Managing Editor

Based in the San Francisco Bay Area throughout his professional career, Kenny has worked for some of the largest media, music, sports, and special event organizations in the United States. These include: KCBS 740, KTVU-TV, KFOG-FM, KMEL-FM, San Francisco 49ers, National Football League, and RCA Records. Kenny was a major contributor to the Bay Area Music Awards, (Bammies) for over twenty years and was instrumental in establishing the Bay Area Music Walk of Fame in front of the Bill [...]

Hans Henningsen, Webmaster

A former webmaster of CBS Radio's San Francisco affiliate KCBS 740, and intranet/extranet webmaster for flash pioneer Macromedia, Hans Henningsen has been building websites since the early 90's. Hans's passion for putting information at people's fingertips was propelled by studying information systems at the Library of Congress in Washington DC. He is proud of moving timely information into the hands of millions of people worldwide. Email:

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