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Bill Bowker returns to afternoon show on KRSH Radio

Late last year, Santa Rosa’s KRSH, Radio 95.9 FM, long a bastion of alternative music, took a turn toward the middle of the road. The changes prompted KRSH morning host Brian Griffith to move to KRCB, and Bill Bowker, longtime afternoon host at KRSH, took its morning shift. But starting Monday, Jan. 27, Bowker moves back to afternoons. “The format of KRSH will be Americana, roots, blues and singer-songwriters,” Bowker said. “Listeners didn’t like the younger-tiered music, so we’re going… Read More »

KVRE Radio returns to the air for April Fool’s Day

KRSH Radio listeners got treated to a classic April Fool’s Day joke this April 1. Those who tuned into 95.9 FM in Santa Rosa this morning heard a station identification they weren’t expecting. “Today, we’re KVRE, at least ‘til 3 p.m.,” said KRSH DJ Bill Bowker. For locals with long memories, those call letters are a treasured bit of nostalgia. Founded in 1974, KVRE garnered a loyal following until it went off the air in 1988, with an eclectic mix… Read More »

There’s something funny on the air

If you’re spinning the tuner dial on your car radio and happen to stop on 95.5 FM, you might notice that something sounds funny. Don’t worry. There’s nothing wrong with your signal.  You’ve found Funny 95.5 comedy radio. The Santa Rosa station, which made its debut a year ago, is part of the Wine Country Radio group that also includes The Krush 95.9 and Bob 96.7 FM. The station gets most of its programming from 24/7 Comedy Radio,  a satellite-driven… Read More »

Tickets on sale for Prairie Home Companion in SF

Tickets went on sale today (Tuesday, Oct. 23) for two live broadcasts of Garrison Keillor’s ‘A Prairie Home Companion’ radio show from San Francisco in January. The shows are scheduled at 2:45 p.m. two Saturdays in a row — Jan. 5 and 12 — at the War Memorial Opera House. You can buy tickets by phone at (415) 392-4400 or online at www.cityboxoffice.com. Ticket prices range from $35 to $65. Special guests will be guitarist and singer Elvin Bishop on… Read More »

“Miracle” on the Russian River

Millions of movie fans remember the classic 1947 film “Miracle on 34th Street,” about a Macy’s department store Santa Claus who believes he’s the real thing. For one weekend only, the Pegasus Theater Company will offer a different take on this classic, with a musical and humorous recreation of Lux Radio Hour’s version “Miracle on 34th Street.” You can be part of the “studio audience” for the live staging of the radio version of the pererennial holiday favorite. The show… Read More »

Bill Bowker salutes Robert Johnson on radio

Sunday, May 8, marks the 100th anniversary of the birth of legendary Mississippi bluesman Robert Johnson. Born in 1911, the songwriter, singer and guitarist died at age 27 in 1938, leaving behind just 29 recorded songs. Some of those songs became major hits for ‘60s and ‘70s rock stars — most notably “Crossroads” by Eric Clapton and “Love in Vain” by the Rolling Stones. Personally, I’m partial to the Taj Mahal version of Johnson’s “Sweet Home Chicago,” with the Pointer… Read More »

Radney Foster sings in Sebastopol

Fans of the Texas singer-songwriter already know his name is Radney, not Rodney. Known for his top 10 hits from the ’90s,  “Just Call Me Lonesome” and “Nobody Wins,” Radney Foster will perform at 8 p.m. Friday, May 14, at the Sebastopol Center for the Arts, 6780 Depot St. Tickets cost $20 in advance or $25 at the door. Call (707) 824-1858 for reservations. You can also hear Foster live on KRSH “Krush” with deejay Bill Bowker at 5 p.m.… Read More »