Radio history fanatics in the Bay Area are probably already aware of two wonderful local entities dedicated to preserving the history of radio from a local perspective: the California Historical Radio Society (CHRS) and the Bay Area Radio Museum (BARM) both of which are located in the historic KRE radio station building down the end of Ashby Ave. in Berkeley (near the freeway). If you have never checked out the Bay Area Radio Museum before you really should do so. And this Saturday July 21st, is the perfect time since the annual Radio Day By The Bay is happening at the venue from 10am to 2pm .
Radio Day By The Bay 2012 will feature such things as a radio history auction (items on the block will include phonographs, test equipment, amateur gear, & vintage working radios like the one pictured to the left), a live radio play (that almost lost & completely forgotten art-form) by The Broadcast Legends who will do an episode of Fibber McGee and Molly, plus a live music performance in the afternoon from the Tamsen Donner Blues Band, There will also be book signings by the authors Mike Adams (Lee De Forest: King of Radio, Television & Film) and John F. Schneider (whose Bay Area Radio was published back in March), an announcement of The Bay Area Radio Hall of Fame Class of 2012, plus a whole lot more including food vendors and various fun distractions such as an electronics flea market.
The MC for Radio Day By The Bay 2012 will be local radio vet Stan Bunger (KCBS morning news anchor & BARHOF Class of 2010). The event takes place on Saturday (July 21st) at the KRE Radio Station Building, 601 Ashby Ave., Berkeley. Enter on Shellmound. It runs from 10am to 2pm Saturday but gates open at 9am. Cost of admission is $5 but kids get in free. The event is a very worthy benefit for CHRS, the Bay Area Radio Museum, and the Society of Wireless Pioneers who will merge with CHRS. These are good people who need your support. Check out how they saved the KRE building on Ashby to transform it into what it is today. And for more info on Saturday