KCBS Radio anchor Jon Bristow was elected to the Bay Area Radio Hall of Fame in 2018.

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KCBS Radio's Jon Bristow Becomes Hall Of Famer

KCBS Radio Midday News
October 15, 2018 - 12:58 pm

SAN FRANCISCO —KCBS Radio anchor Jon Bristow secured his place among broadcasting luminaries with his induction into the Bay Area Radio Hall of Fame on Saturday.

Bristow brought his measured, baritone delivery to the station in 2016, but he's been a fixture of San Francisco news radio as a reporter and anchor for more than 25 years. 

"It's such an honor to be chosen," Bristow said. "There are so many very worthy people who could've been picked that I was expecting to be in line for a long time. But, the fact that my peers included me this year was a very humbling experience, and one I'll cherish forever."

His storied career began as a 17-year-old DJ at KZST in Santa Rosa. Since then, he's covered devastating events like the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake and 1991 Oakland hills fire, and was there when AT&T Park erupted after the San Francisco Giants have won the World Series. His reportage put him up close with five presidents and lifted him high above the ground for acrobatic maneuvers in an Air Force F-16 jet. 

The hall of fame voters inducted Bristow in a category for newscasters. 

"Jon brings experience, credibility and warmth to the KCBS Radio airwaves, and humor and a passion for our medium into the newsroom," said KCBS Radio Director of News and Programming Jennifer Seelig. "His induction is well-deserved recognition for his incomparable work as an anchor, reporter and storyteller. The Bay Area news radio landscape has, for decades, been greatly enhanced by Jon’s work."