ANOTHER GRAY SATURDAY ...One of my biggest troll critics laments my constant appreciation of the past and disillusionment about the present and future.
I still get dismayed by the complete and ongoing destruction of KGO Radio although you can say its demise was certified long ago.
There's still fond memories of waking up to Jim Dunbar and Ted Wygant broadcasting the "KGO Morning News." There's a fond appreciation of listening to Owen Spann when he would interview Paul Harvey. There's a sentimental feeling of missing Jim Eason's hilarious takes on news of the day in the 1970's. There's the constant sports pitter-patter of Monte Stickles, Joe Starkey and Gregg Jordan broadcasting some element of sports on a Saturday in the fall; Jordan's Saturday Sports-Talk show followed by Starkey's Play-by-Play of Cal Football and Stickles' color analysis --he would later join Bill King in the Raiders PBP booth.
In fact, Saturday was a staple on the old KGO with some pretty cool and unique talk-show hosts and programs. I was born in 1962 so I didn't get a lot of Ira Blue but I was told he was a big time KGO host during the weekend and weekdays too. I remember as a young kid listening to "Clergy on the Line" but I couldn't figure out why I liked it; maybe it was because it was really live and local and the nuance of talk radio was taking shape in the Bay Area and KGO was its courier.
I used to love listening to Sonny Buxton's 4-7 PM show; Buxton was sort of controversial and a little too edgy for my taste but he always made it an enjoyable afternoon of listening. He was unique, a sort of rabble-rouser that wasn't conventional SF news-talk, which kept me hooked. Buxton currently has a weekend show on KCSM.
Same deal with the Chronicle movie and pop-culture writer, John L. Wasserman, (who died tragically in a car accident in 1979) Wasserman mixed it up quite a bit and had an acerbic sense of humor. It worked and sounded great on radio.
*SF RADIO memories this and that...Peter Cleaveland on the "streets of SF" as KGO's morning beat reporter...Dr. Don Rose on KFRC...Ken Bastida and Vicki Liviakis doing the news on same...Larry Brownell booming news voice on KYA! ...Stephen Kapen's brilliance on the old KSAN with Rosie Allen doing the news...The cool Art Cribbs on KDIA...Al "Jazzbeaux" Collins in the "Purple Grotto" overnight on KGO...Ken Copper on K-101 ...
Ah, the memories.
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