“The Radio Station That Changed The World – KSAN Jive 95: The Movie”


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The Radio Station That Changed The World!

This is the definitive documentary about the San Francisco progressive free form radio station KSAN Jive 95.  The Jive 95 was founded by radio legend Tom “Big Daddy” Donahue in May 1968. The 12-year period of KSAN from 1968 to 1980 was not only pivotal in the formation of many new concepts and ideas about radio, but also about the culture of the time. KSAN Jive 95 spoke to a new generation of radio listeners and the music was the soundtrack of their lives.  “KSAN Jive 95: The Movie” tells the complete story of the world changing FM radio station through interviews with the DJ’s, staff, musicians and personalities that were lucky enough to have been part of the station.

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The contemporary music scene shifted in 1966, especially in San Francisco. Psychedelic ballrooms were popping up everywhere and the younger generation sought a fresh medium where new local music could be showcased. In 1967, San Francisco had experienced the Summer of Love. In 1968 the escalation of the Vietnam War, the loss of Robert F. Kennedy and Martin Luther King set the tone of the day. That same eventful year, KSAN Jive 95 came along – a new face on the uncrowded FM stereo radio dial – to captivate young people looking for some good news and new music. The jocks were friendly and spoke at a pace you could understand. CLICK HERE TO SEE THEM. The music – a mix of rock, jazz, R&B and folk – flowed freely in thematic sets. The station quickly became an audio home for Bay Area hipsters.

Years before social media KSAN listeners could be gathered to clean an oil spill, “post” listener personals on the air or even see if their drugs were “clean.”  Part of the station’s history was including important news of the day, such as the the SLA kidnapping Patty Hearst and the tragic events at Altamont.  One of the favorite news reporters was Scoop Nisker, who told us “if you don’t like the news, go out and make some of your own.”

KSAN was the showcase for many musical talents who embodied ‘The San Francisco Sound’ and went on to become nationally and internationally successful bands. During this period the art of free form radio was perfected and honed by a group of individuals who each brought their unique musical perspectives and knowledge to this ‘new’ radio station.

One of the California Historical Radio Society’s goals is to tell the stories of Bay Area radio to chronicle the effect that radio has had on our society and to keep these important histories alive. One of the most important radio stories is the KSAN Jive 95 era story. The Jive 95 Era of KSAN was named the Legendary Station in 2014 by the Bay Area Radio Hall Of Fame. CHRS and the team producing this movie sees Radio as transformational to 20th century society and culture as the Internet has been to the 21st. KSAN transformed and changed the world of radio and we have a passion to tell the KSAN story.

“The KSAN Jive 95: The Movie” production team members are Senior Producers Kenny Wardell & Eric Christensen,  Director/Videographer Jesse Block, Producers Jim Draper & Steve Kushman and Assistant Producer Debbie Sommer.

“The Radio Station That Changed The World – KSAN Jive 95: The Movie” is a CHRS Radio Dog Production.

The California Historical Radio Society, in its commitment to the preservation of Bay Area radio history has been associated with projects including John Schneider’s book “Bay Area Radio.” Having CHRS involved with such projects makes CHRS a credible source for telling the story of Bay Area Radio.Help us fund this important documentary: CLICK HERE TO DONATE

You Can Make It Happen! If the Jive 95 was an important part of your life and you want to share it with many, please help us fund the production and distribution of this important film. Please CLICK HERE TO DONATE today. Your donations are tax deductible.

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“KSAN’S LIVEJIVE” is a benefit CD pulled from an incredible music archive that includes hundreds of KSAN live broadcasts. These recordings have never been available before. LIVEJIVE is full of musical rarities from the 1960s and ‘70s by some of the most important artists of the time: Santana, The Grateful Dead, Doobie Brothers, Jesse Colin Young and many more. Proceeds from “LIVEJIVE” will go to the California Historical Radio Society and its’ Bay Area Radio Hall Of Fame. The Co-Executive producers of LIVEJIVE are Kenny Wardell and Jim Draper. Proceeds from the sale of LIVEJIVE will help fund our documentary, “KSAN Jive 95: The Movie.”







For more information on KSAN ‘Jive 95’ please visit Norman Davis’ website

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