Radio

The sound of sports – before TV

In the early days of sportscasting, the roar of the crowd and the crack of the bat didn’t always come from the ballpark. Dick Meister, a longtime Bay Area journalist, describes how the radio play-by-play sometimes came from creative announcers…

Harnessing the power of FM

You’re cruising north on U.S. 101 heading out of  San Francisco when your favorite Bay Area FM radio station begins to crackle, fading in and out. You hit the search button and find another broadcast that suits your taste. A…

They were the soul of the airwaves

Don Barksdale was the “Big Daddy” whose radio show brought rhythm and blues to the “San Francisco Bay Area Negro Market.” Rosko ad-libbed record intros in rhymes as he spun soul sounds. In her late-night slot, Jeannie was billed as…

This mayor was a hit with the youth vote

This was no ordinary mayor. Telegenic, popular, always available. He was comfortable in front of the camera and behind the microphone, which he called a salt shaker. In his hat and morning coat he presided over his city council, never…

Fans say goodbye to Lon Simmons

For five decades, his excited vocal cadence was synonymous with San Francisco Giants baseball. A legend among Northern California sports fans, Lon Simmons came to the freshly transplanted Giants in 1958 when he joined Russ Hodges in the broadcast booth…

Norcal Media: A List of Lists

The Northern California media landscape is scattered with radio stations, TV stations and newspapers, from tiny outlets to major organizations. From Spanish oldies to Christian radio to Chinese language to public radio, the AM and FM dials are filled with…

A radio host who tunes in to you

When you walk into Marcos Gutierrez’ studio, he’s liable to hand you a microphone and put you on the air. That’s his thing, giving voice to Latinos, being “rah rah for the folks, the community.” Other hosts try to entertain…