Ken Ackerman, quintessential Bay Area radio announcer, dies

Ken Ackerman, whose classic, stentorian radio announcer’s voice graced Bay Area airwaves for more than five decades, has died. He was 95 and died at his home in Terra Linda early Sunday of natural causes. Mr. Ackerman is best remembered as the soothing announcer on the overnight music program, “Music ’Til Dawn,” on KCBS. He joined the station in 1942, at age 20, when it was still KQW. He retired in 1982 but continued to work on KCBS on a part-time basis until 1995.

 VIDEO: One of the Broadcast Legends founders and Member of the Bay Area Radio Hall Of Fame Class of 2006, Ken Ackerman tells the story of his outstanding radio career from his beginning in radio through "Music 'Till Dawn" and KCBS News Anchor. Shot at historic KRE in Berkeley on May 25, 2010. Present were Steve Kushman, Bill Wray and Dave Billeci.

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