by John Schneider

San Francisco was a great radio city in the golden age of radio, rivaling New York, Los Angeles and Chicago in its importance as a radio programming center. Why, then, is there so little information available about those early years in the City by the Bay? The radio broadcasting history buff will find only scraps of information here and there.

This web site was created to help fill the gap. It consists of materials taken from a manuscript I wrote in the 1970's, after two years' of intensive research while I attended San Francisco State University in 1969-71. This material has never been published except for a few articles, because it was not commercially viable as a book. But now, thanks to the Internet, it can be made available to the public -- not for profit, but for knowledge!

All articles on this site are Copyrighted by John F. Schneider, 1999, All Rights Reserved. Photos are presumed to be in the public domain unless otherwise indicated. Special thanks to the following people who have graciously contributed information, articles or photographs to this site: Fred Krock, Bill Ruck, Cecil Lynch, Rich Kolm, Bill Newbrough, Greg Oppenheimer, Richard Rodriguez and Steve Gore. Thanks also to Harry Larkin for his help with some of the photos.

John Schneider Photo Can you provide additional facts or photographs to help document Bay Area broadcasting? Your comments about and contributions to this site are welcome. I can be contacted at: jfs@adams.net or mail to:

John Schneider
1662 Jersey Street
Quincy, IL 62301
John Schneider worked briefly in San Francisco radio in the early 70's. He is now the Latin American Sales Manager for Broadcast Electronics, Inc., in Quincy, Illinois.


- Histories of San Francisco Broadcasting.

The San Francisco Radio Photo Archive

- Over 170 Photos of broadcasting in San Francisco.

All Articles © Copyright 1999 John F. Schneider. All rights reserved.