Monday, 30 November 2020

Bay Area Radio Hall of Fame inducts Moen

 

Lake County resident Bill Moen, along with Frank Dill, Al Hart and Ken Ackerman were among the Hall of Fame inductees present for the celebration. In addition, Patti Collins, widow of Al "Jazzbeaux" Collins, was on hand to honor the legendary jazz disc jockey, while Greg Sherwood Cohelan, son of "The World's Greatest Disc Jockey," Don Sherwood, accepted the Hall of Fame plaque on behalf of his father, and Travus T. Hipp and Bonnie Simmons shared stories about Tom Donahue with the crowd.


Other inductees included Jim Dunbar, Bill King, Lon Simmons, James Gabbert, Jim Lange, Dave McElhatton, Gene Nelson and Dr. Don Rose.


A video presentation introduced all 37 inductees to the audience. The video was produced by David Jackson for the Bay Area Radio Museum, which presented the new Hall of Famers in conjunction with the Broadcast Legends.


Also in attendance were numerous notable local broadcast personalities, including Sam Van Zandt, Trish Bell, Peter B. Collins and Paul "The Lobster" Wells, plus a large contingent of Broadcast Legends, including Aaron Edwards, Norm Howard, Chris Borden, Bob Lazich, Don Mozley, John Hamilton, Franklin Mieuli, Mike Pechner and Elma Greer.


The list of nominees for the Bay Area Radio Hall of Fame's Class of 2007 will be unveiled in March.



Hall of Fame – Class of 2006


Ken Ackerman

Announcer, program host (“Music Till Dawn”) and newscaster on KQW and its successor, KCBS, he spanned the decades from the Second World War and was a founding member of the Broadcast Legends.


Ira Blue

A staple of KQW, KNBC and KGO as a sportscaster from the 1940s, he also helped pioneer KGO's usher in nascent talk show format with his eclectic broadcasts from the hungry i.


Al 'Jazzbeaux' Collins

Perhaps the greatest character in Bay Area radio history, his broadcasts from the mythic Purple Grotto on KSFO, KGO and other local stations defined the very essence of “cool.”


Frank Dill

Imported from New York, he was the perfect fit at personality-plus KNBR for three decades, both alone and with sidekick Mike Cleary.


Tom Donahue

The iconic “Big Daddy,” a Philadelphia Top 40 refugee, made his initial impact here at KYA, then rebuilt KMPX and KSAN (“The Jive 95”) into underground rock radio shrines.


Jim Dunbar

Brought in from Chicago, Dunbar came to represent all things KGO, directing its programming shift to “news/talk” while anchoring its morning news broadcast for three decades.


James Gabbert

As a Stanford student, he parlayed a small investment in a fledgling FM station (KPEN, which later became KIOI) into a local broadcasting empire, adding KOFY (AM, FM and TV) to his portfolio while become a familiar voice on Bay Area airwaves.


Al Hart

Arrived in the Bay Area as program director at KABL, then programmed KNBR before becoming a beloved newscaster at KCBS for three decades.


Pat Henry

As the creative force behind Alameda’s renowned KJAZ (which its transmitter on San Francisco’s Russian Hill), his name is synonymous with jazz radio in the Bay Area.


Bill King

With his devilish moustache and an infinite vocabulary used with poetic grace, he was the voice of baseball (A’s, Giants), football (Raiders), basketball (Warriors) and hockey (Seals) for Bay Area sports fans.


Jim Lange

A Minnesota native known nationally as host of television’s “The Dating Game,” he held court as a radio star here at KSFO, Magic 61 and KABL during a career that spanned five decades.


Les Malloy

From pioneering disc jockey on KSAN, KYA and KGO to owner of the Bay Area’s original KSAN (1450 AM), a popular listener favorite from the 1930s through the 1970s.


Dave McElhatton

A home-grown legend at KCBS as morning personality, “Mac” later became the popular “Eyewitness News” anchor at KPIX (Channel 5); his local broadcasting career encompassed more than fifty years on the air.


Bill Moen

Beginning as one of the nameless voices behind the beautiful music on KABL, his “Moen in the Morning” show won over the hearts and ears of his listeners during his four decades at the station — and finally was allowed to identify himself!


Gene Nelson

Crowned as “The Emperor” upon his arrival at KYA in the mid-1960s, he rapidly became a favorite of loyal listeners who remained his constant companions for four decades; stalwart of post-Sherwood era KSFO.


Jumpin’ George Oxford

On KSAN, KSOL and KDIA from the 1950s through the 1970s, velvet-voiced “Old G.O.” – a southern-born white man – became as elemental to local listeners as the R&B records he played.


Dr. Don Rose

A radio legend as beloved off the air as he was while on, the good Doctor’s cornball humor and madcap cast of characters attracted a legion of listeners to his morning show on KFRC.


Don Sherwood

Known rightfully as “The World’s Greatest Disc Jockey” at KSFO for parts of three decades, this native son of The City also worked at KFRC, KROW, KCBS and KYA during his nearly mythical career. At any given time during his tenure at KSFO, one of every four radio sets in the Bay Area was tuned to his program.


Lon Simmons

The Baseball Hall of Fame broadcaster has blessed sports fans for six decades with his booming voice, casual style, extensive knowledge and sardonic wit on Giants, 49ers and A’s play-by-play.


Owen Spann

Talk radio pioneer who helped transform KGO into the model for how the format should be done; initially built his following while at KCBS.

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