Bob Price and Paula Drake

All News In The 80's

Listen To A Typical Afternoon

May 22, 2018 - 3:00 am
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As the all-news format reached age 20 in 1988, it was a well-established part of Bay Area life.

This "audio snapshot" captures an afternoon in 1988. The anchors are Bob Price and Paula Drake. Both played multiple roles during their years at KCBS Radio: Price as  an anchor and reporter and eventually, the station's business editor, Drake as both a morning and afternoon co-anchor.

Also in 1988, the station marked the 20th anniversary of the all-news format by airing a series of "look-back" reports, each focusing on a major news story from an individual year of the all-news era. You can hear the entire series here, capped by a message from then-KCBS Radio  Vice President and General Manager Ray Barnett.

A standard weekday feature in the 80's was "News in Review" (with a lengthier weekend version called "Week in Review"), in which the top stories of the day were pulled together into a single report. Here's the March 13, 1986 edition anchored by Stan Bunger.

The photos below show Studio A sometime in the late 1980's. The first view shows the audio control board and a stack of 6 "cart" machines, which played autio tape cartridges. This is known as a "combo" operation; the anchor on duty also handled technical duties. The second view is from the co-anchor's position.

Anchor position in Studio A at KCBS Radio Embarcadero Center studios
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Co-anchor position in Studio A at KCBS Radio Embarcadero Center studios
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