October 18, 2017
This week Richard and Joe welcome Ken Kramer, creator, producer, and host of the television series “About San Diego” seen on KPBS. The long-running show has explored the unique places and people of San Diego. It would be hard to find a San Diegan that has not heard or viewed one of his informative stories leaving one with a sense of awe and wonder.
Ken went about discovering his interesting stories using a combination of natural curiosity, suggestions from others and help from local libraries. He engaged people with his storytelling, describing a place without revealing what or where it was until the end. Kramer estimates he’s done more than 500 of the segments in his career, and that 95 percent of them ended the same way, crafting each piece so it would conclude with his signature tagline, “about San Diego.”
Ken was born in Pasadena and studied at Pasadena City College. He later transferred to San Diego State University graduating with a degree in in Radio and Television. At SDSU he began working as a student assistant at the campus radio station KEBS (which later became KPBS). He worked as an announcer and transitioned into the job of director of news and information programming in 1971.
In 1972, inspired by the “Ralph Story’s show, he made his first half-hour radio show, “About San Diego.” Six years later, in 1979 he hosted an produced the first TV airing of “About San Diego” for KPBS. “About San Diego” was broadcast as a morning and afternoon radio segment on KSDO (KOGO) radio 7 days a week from 1984 to 1996 reaching 200,000 listeners a week. In 1995 he began producing segments on NBC 7 San Diego which became a half-hour prime-time program from 2006 until 2009. In 2010 he rejoined KPBS until his retirement in 2015. You find many of his old episodes posted here.
“Ken Kramer’s About San Diego” has been honored with numerous Emmy and Golden Mike Awards, as well as recognition from teachers groups, Save Our Heritage Org, City Of San Diego, San Diego Historical Society, Society of Professional Journalists, San Diego Press Club, Radio Festival of New York, and The Voice of America. In proclaiming “Ken Kramer Day” in 2008, The County Board of Supervisors described the show as “greatly enriching our community’s character, giving every citizen a chance to take renewed pride in our heritage” and “…more valuable to San Diego History than any two or three of our local museums combined.”
Ken Kramer is a fourth-generation native Californian who grew up in Pasadena and graduated from San Diego State University in 1974.
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October 18, 2017This week Richard and Joe welcome Ken Kramer, creator, producer, and host of the television series “About San Diego” seen on KPBS. The long-running show has explored the unique places and people of San Diego. It would be hard to find a San Diegan that has not heard or viewed one of his informative stories ... Read more
October 12, 2017Listen to Podcast of the Show Richard and Joe interviewed Margret McBride, literary agent and chair of the LaJolla Playhouse Board of Trustees. Margret is owner and president of the Margret McBride Literary Agency and has placed over 400 books with mainstream publishers such as Hachette, HarperCollins, Penguin/Random House, Simon & Schuster, Houghton-Mifflin, Norton, Macmillan/McGraw Hill, ... Read more
October 5, 2017Listen to Podcast of the Show Richard and Joe talk baseball and more with the managing partner of the San Diego Padres, Peter Seidler. Peter is the Managing Partner of the Padres ownership group which acquired ownership of the Padres in 2012 and is the lead investor in the ballclub. He currently sits on Major League ... Read more
September 29, 2017Listen to Podcast of the Show Richard and Joe welcomed James B Guthrie, AIA, founder and president of the Irving J. Gill Foundation (IJGF). Since the foundation’s inception in 2015, it has endeavored to preserve architect Irving J. Gill’s legacy so that the public, generations of architects, allied professions and enthusiasts may learn from and ... Read more
September 20, 2017Listen to Podcast of the Show Listen to Bonus of Track with Dolly Riggs and Val Ziegenfuss With the release of the new movie “Battle of the Sexes” coming on September 29th, this week’s show was all about the famous “Battle of the Sexes.” In a jammed packed show, Richard and Joe were joined by Valerie Ziegenfuss, ... Read more
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September 7, 2017Listen to Podcast of the Show Richard and Joe delve into the complex area of health care this week with Dr. Sol Lizerbram who was co-founder and chairman of the board of HealthFusion. Dr. Lizerbram has been a part of the healthcare industry for more than 45 years. He received a degree in pharmacy in 1970 ... Read more
Kenny Weissberg: Producer/Talent Buyer for Humphrey’s Concerts by the Bay (1984-2006), Radio DJ, Music Critic, Rock ‘n’ Roll Singer, Author, Musicologist
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August 23, 2017Listen to Podcast of the Show The goal was to tackle the issue of addiction and substance abuse head on. Richard and Joe welcomed back Dr. Krista Roybal, Executive Medical Director of True Life Center for Wellbeing in the UTC area. While working in private practice and at top hospitals including Scripps, where she served as ... Read more
August 17, 2017Listen to Podcast of the Show Richard and Joe welcomed Dave Good, award-winning journalist, educator, and author. Dave is a freelance writer, photojournalist, and restless San Diegan. For over 20 years, he has authored Of Note!, the longest-running pop music column in the nation’s largest-circulated weekly, the San Diego Reader. His writing has appeared in Salon.com, ... Read more