Imagine having your name and photo displayed at the Bay Area Radio Museum in Berkeley, alongside such Bay Area radio legends as Don Sherwood, Tom “Big Daddy” Donahue, Al “Jazzbeaux” Collins, Russ Hodges, Ronn Owens, and others. It really is an honor for those who have worked in the crazy business of broadcasting to be installed in this group.
It’s interesting to roll through the names of nominees in each category to see who gets the winner’s call. It’s such a mix of old school radio broadcasters (many of whom have gone on to the big Boom Box in the sky) with people who are still behind a microphone today, informing and entertaining Bay Area radio audiences.
We love seeing Paul “The Lobster” Wells nominated this year. I first met Lobster in the early 1970s at Stanford’s radio station, KZSU. He was the station’s music director, and I worked at RCA Records during the week and at KSAN Jive 95 on the weekend. Paul has had an illustrious Bay Area radio career, logging time at KSJO, KOME, KSAN, KLIV, KRQR, KQAK, and KVRV. While he and I never worked at the same station at the same time, our paths have crossed, and we competed when Lobster worked at KRQR, the Rocker, and I worked at KMEL, the Kamel.
Currently, Paul owns Flow Communications, an advertising agency and media content production company. For the last five years, his program, Lobster’s Sunday Brunch, has been on KVRV, 97.7, The River in Santa Rosa every weekend from 10am-3pm, occasionally as live remote broadcasts from the B.R. Cohn Winery in Glen Ellen. Paul is also a BAM blogger and one of our chief archivists. Voting is open to the public–which is you. You are allowed two votes in the Program Host category, so why not make one of them for Paul “The Lobster” Wells? (He is listed at the end of the category, under Wells.)
The BARHOF Sports category is very competitive this year. You have two of the best sports broadcasters today pitted against each other. You’ve only got one vote in this category…and the nominees happen to work at the same radio station! Rich Walcoff, KGO’s sports director and morning drive personality, is up against KGO’s afternoon sports driver, Kevin “The Rat” Radich. This one is too close to call, and they’d better have instant replay. I say: put ‘em in sumo suits and have them wrestle for the prize! (Don’t worry. These two are so good, the other guy will get in next year, for sure.)
So turn down your radio, and get busy voting to get your favorite radio personalities into the Bay Area Radio Hall of Fame! Spread the word.