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Bonnie Simmons inducted into Bay Area Radio Hall of fame

Bonnie Simmons from the KSAN days. That's Tom Donahue on the right, Thom Ohair on the left.

Truly great news for community radio music lovers, long time music  deejay legend and totally awesome human being Bonnie Simmons has been inducted into the Bay Area Radio Hall of Fame!

Here is her Hall of Fame entry:

Bonnie Simmons – A pioneer in free-form radio, Simmons was instrumental to the success of KSAN during its Jive 95 heyday. She also worked locally at KFOG, Live 105 (KITS), KOFY-FM, Double 99 (KDBK) and KUSF, and currently hosts a weekly show on KPFA.

Radio Survivor was a huge supporter of this move, of course, and is very grateful to the Hall of Fame as well as to the many people who voted for Bonnie.

And get this: KPFA founder Lewis Hill has been elected too, not a moment too soon since he died 53 years ago.

Other winners include news guys Stan Bunger and Dave McQueen, influential radio columnist Ben Fong-Torres, and KGO pioneer Evangeline Baker.

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3 Responses to Bonnie Simmons inducted into Bay Area Radio Hall of fame

  1. David Jackson August 19, 2010 at 10:43 am #

    Matthew,

    I realize that you’re being tongue-in-cheeky here…

    And get this: KPFA founder Lewis Hill has been elected too, not a moment too soon since he died 53 years ago.

    …but keep in mind that the Hall of Fame is only five years old. If it was fifty years old, Lewis Hill (and many others) would have been inducted decades ago.

    But it is great about Bonnie, ain’t it?

    David Jackson
    Bay Area Radio Museum
    Bay Area Radio Hall of Fame

  2. Gregg McVicar August 19, 2010 at 2:00 pm #

    That’s KSAN Program Director (and FM Radio legend) Thom Ohair on the left.

  3. Matthew Lasar August 19, 2010 at 3:13 pm #

    Thanks Gregg, I’ve added that info to the caption. David: sorry if I gave the impression that the Hall of Fame was being tardy in inducting Lewis Hill into Valhalla. You are absolutely right. Better half a century later than never!

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