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 with a circulation topping 200,000 when sold in 1999.
Kenny Wardell, Managing Editor
Hans Henningsen, Webmaster
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 We Got The Funk @Yoshi's San Francisco. She plans to produce more events to showcase Bay Area musicians. Lisa is not only passionate about making music, love and life connections, but also having fun along the way. You can hear Lisa on the radio at least once a month choppin' it up with 102.9 KBLX's Nikki Thomas at the KBLX Sunday Brunch. Her latest project is VP CliC-Gold Entertainment.
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. BamMagazine.com is telling you right now that we are planning a 20th anniversary party for Chuy that you will be begging us for tickets to. More on Chuy soon.
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.
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 and two very active listener panel participants. Deaton started in radio after graduating from San Jose State in 1984 as the promotion asst at KSJO. Leaving KSJO in 1986 he went to the Santa Clara County Fair (back when it was 18 days) and was in charge of all the entertainment and grounds attractions. This is where he first started with country music.
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 business. Every day, every shoot, every situation is different, with a different set of challenges. You have to work to be creative." Pat has shot numerous covers for BAM magazine.
Morris Knight started his radio career at alt rocker KWOD (106.5) in Sacramento before moving on to rhythmic CHR KWIN in Stockton. Currently he's the afternoon drive air personality at 98.1 KISS-FM, a position he's held since 1997. Not a guy to just settle for doing one thing, he is also the evening TV host at KOFY-TV, as well as the host of its weekly "Dance Party" show. Whenever the opportunity arises, Morris pursues other interests such as acting, which recently landed him a small role on NBC's "Trauma." But the real driving force behind all Morris' endeavors is his absolute devotion to music. A lover of many genres, his current passion is for House Music, or in broader terms, Electronic Dance Music. On any given weekend, Morris can be spotted at any one of the Bay Area venues that serves up the best of the Bay's own producer/artist/performer-driven sounds. In his own words, "House music is probably the most under-represented genres of music in the Bay Area. However, the fact that it continues to thrive on the underground, despite the lack of mainstream exposure, is a testament to its ability to convert newcomers to the scene with its hypnotic, soulful dance grooves, lyrics and melodies. Just kinda think of Donna Summer's 1975 hit "Love To Love You Baby"--if it were made in 2011. Deep, soulful and sexy! That's what House is about!" Morris is here on staff to bring you what the Bay Area has to offer from the House Music scene, exclusively.
Paul "The Lobster" Wells
Paul "Lobster" Wells was attending the City University Of New York, when he discovered a passion for radio at the campus station. When his his final semester wrapped, he headed for the Bay Area and Stanford University, serving as Music Director of KZSU. He dubbed his Stanford show The Lobster Box, adopting the crustacean tag as his radio name. As "The Lobster," he quickly garnered fans and accolades, shooting to the top as one of the West Coast's most popular radio personalities. In addition to finding a home at the Bay Area's legendary KSAN (Jive95), KSJO, KOME, KRQR (The Rocker), KLIV, KQAK (The Quake) and KUFX (K-FOX), his career has also taken him to Los Angeles at powerhouse stations KMET and KNAC. Wells' professional broadcasting experience included management positions in programming and music programming as well as "DJ" work. As Music Director and Asst. Program Director of KSJO in the late 70's, he was instrumental in "breaking" many new rock artists, including The Police, AC/DC and Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers.
Renee Richardson has been playing radio in the Bay Area for over 15 years. Currently she can be heard weekdays on the KFOG Morning Show, and as well as afternoons with Dennis Constantine . Over the years she has made a name for herself within the Bay Area music scene by producing the KFOG Local Scene CD. Now in its 8th year the CD helps to raise much needed funds for Music in Schools Today. Renee also teaches a radio/podcasting class at the Academy of Art University in SF. Of late, Renee has become certified by the Missouri Auction School as an auctioneer – call her Colonel!
Having grown up in the thick of the Bay Area's thriving and always growing latin community, the latin music scene has always been very close to my heart, soul, and home. From an early age, I've been very fortunate to listen to and learn from some of the best in the music business. Of course, as a proud member of the Escovedo family, the obvious connection for me is through family and musician friends. Their openness in sharing their years of experience, their patience in passing on their abundant knowledge to me directly and through years of tutelage...I will be sharing this with you here in this wonderful forum.
A Bay Area native, Kat grew up in the thick of the metal scene. Her career in the music industry has been very diverse. Starting out as a hairstylist & makeup artist, Mike Varney (Shrapnel Records) gave her career a jump start shooting the bands on his label. She has worked with many prominent photographers including BAM's own, Pat Johnson, as well as Steve Jennings and Ross Pelton. She worked for many years in artist management for Vicious Rumors and is now metal writer/blogger for BAM. Over the years she has worked with numerous artists including, KISS, Aerosmith, Testament, Judas Priest, Motorhead, Paul Rogers, Spinal Tap, Jason Becker, Joe Satriani, etc…
Matthew King Kaufman
In 1973, along with members of the band Earth Quake, I founded Beserkley Records. I've been a recording artist, Son of Pete, who had the privilege to perform live with Earth Quake. And as Count Slowly, I got to record with the Greg Kihn Band. I've produced music for Earth Quake, The Greg Kihn Band, Jonathan Richman, The Modern Lovers, The Rubinoos, The Tyla Gang, The Spitballs, Mrs. Green, Ed Haynes, Linda Brady, Hobo, Stiff Richards, The Uptones, and currently I'm working with The Fashion Slaves. In 1982, I got to use digital recording technology. In the 1990s, I got involved with Muzic.com. Both of these experiences gave me glimpses of the future of the music business. The World Wide Web, digital technology, and a changing music demographic have made this the most interesting time in the history of recorded music. I am glad to be here in the Bay Area, which is at the epicenter of this once-in-a-lifetime music business convergence. Currently I'm devoting my energies to www.MP34U.FM and www.FunFunFunMedia.com, which help expose worthy new music that might otherwise go ignored.
mc2... born Mikhail Gimonov... emigrated with his parents from Mazyr, a town on the border of Ukraine and Belarus, following the Chernobyl disaster in 1986. He grew up in the Brighton Beach/Russian enclave section of Brooklyn, N.Y. He attended San Jose State University but dropped out after seeing a performance by the Grateful Dead. He currently lives in Hollywood, Calif., where he works as a producer, writer and DJ -- but he spends his weekends in San Francisco.
Born and raised in the East Bay, Aaron Axelsen has been the music director of the Bay Area’s modern rock radio station Live 105 since 1997. He is also the station’s mid day personality and one of the most popular club DJ’s around playing everything from new music, indie rock and electronica. Aaron is one of the most influential music decision makers in the Bay Area but also in the United States and beyond. We are happy that Aaron will now be sharing his vast modern rock music knowledge with our BAM audience.
Mindy has over 35 years in the music business in artist management, record labels, publicity, marketing/advertising and being a music/event promoter in 3 cool cities—Chicago, New Orleans and Sacramento. She was with The Polygram Group (Midwest Marketing Director); Alligator Records (Vice President); Rounder Records (Marketing Director); Black Top Records (Marketing/Publicity Director) and Tower Records (Marketing Director for Bayside Entertainment Distribution.)
She has managed/project managed the careers of some great artists including Albert Collins, Lonnie Mack, Koko Taylor, Big Shoulders, Son Seals, Lonnie Brooks, Jackie Greene,Maria Muldaur, and currently manages Tracy Nelson, Terry Hanck, Markus James & The Wassonrai.