Like so many other firsts in our region, the Bay Area can lay claim to be the Birthplace of Radio Broadcasting, as a tower was erected and the forerunner of KCBS, KQW, hit the airwaves from downtown San Jose in 1909.
The first class of Inductees included Tom Donahue, a legend as a Top 40 DJ who founded the first 24/7 “Progressive” FM Rock Station, KMPX, in 1967, then moved on to put the legendary Jive 95, KSAN on-the-air in 1968.
As much as the Concert Halls and Clubs, radio fostered the sense of community, gave a voice to and propagate the Bay Area Music scene.
This year’s gathering included the induction of Rosalie Howarth from KFOG, Laurie Roberts from KFOX (both in the Announcer/Personality category) and KFRC, “The Big 610,” as Legendary Station.
A complete list of the Class of 2011 and all other Inductees can be found at: http://www.bayarearadio.org/hof
The gathering is like a reunion, where many of the broadcasters who have worked at many of the stations, get together and enjoy a performance from long time radio personalities reading the highlights of a year in history (1960 this time), and induction speeches from Presenters and the Honorees.
An after party was held at the California Historical Radio Society’s headquarters at the Art Deco KRE-AM building in Berkeley, near the Bay Bridge, which also houses the Bay Area Radio Hall of Fame and Musuem, including an amazing collection of vintage radios and other electronic equipment. Definitely worth a visit for any radio enthusiast: http://www.californiahistoricalradio.com/