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KFBK News Radio is celebrating 100 years on Sacramento’s airwaves. See pictures, new and old

Newsradio KFBK anchors Pat Walsh, left, and Kitty O’Neal talk on air Friday, Sept. 16, 2022, about the 100-year anniversary of the news radio station that launched on Sept. 17, 1922. KFBK is Sacramento’s longest running radio broadcasting station. Lezlie Sterling [email protected]
Dressed to resemble a 1920s flapper girl in honor of KFBK’s 100-year anniversay, technical producer Kendall Tobe reacts to the anchors from the control room during the Pat Walsh Show’s special radio broadcast Friday, Sept. 16, 2022, at iHeart Radio in Sacramento. Lezlie Sterling [email protected]
Former Newsradio KFBK anchor Steve Telliano holds a photo of “Gaby,” a mascot drawn for KFBK by Walt Disney to complement The Sacramento Bee’s Scoopy, that is now housed at the Center for Sacramento History, during a special 100-year anniversary broadcast on KFBK’s The Pat Walsh Show on Friday, Sept. 16, 2022. Lezlie Sterling [email protected]
KFBK Newsradio anchors Pat Walsh and Kitty O’Neal talk to technical producer Kendall Tobe on Friday, Sept. 16, 2022, about the 100-year anniversary of the news radio station that launched on September 17, 1922. Tobe dressed up as a 1920s flapper girl for the occasion. Lezlie Sterling [email protected]
News radio anchor Pat Walsh holds up the book “Sacramento on the Air” by Annette Kassis about the McClatchy family’s impact on West Coast broadcasting during a special broadcast on The Pat Walsh Show on Friday, Sept. 16, 2022, about the 100th anniversary of the station’s launch in 1922. Lezlie Sterling [email protected]
Annette Kassis, author of “Sacramento on the Air,” shows her book while being interviewed for the 100th anniversary of KFBK on The Pat Walsh show Friday, Sept. 16, 2022. Lezlie Sterling [email protected]
Dressed to resemble a 1920s flapper girl in honor of KFBK’s 100-year anniversay, technical producer Kendall Tobe talks with executive producer Joe Michaels on Friday, Sept. 16, 2022, at iHeart Radio in Sacramento. Lezlie Sterling [email protected]
KFBK Newsradio anchor Pat Walsh interviews Annette Kassis, author of “Sacramento on the Air,” about KFBK’s 100th anniversary on The Pat Walsh show Friday, Sept. 16, 2022, at iHeart Radio in Sacramento. Lezlie Sterling [email protected]

Historic photos

A KFBK radio program is produced in an early studio. Sacramento Bee file
The KFBK annoucing booth early in the Sacramento radio station’s history consisted of a microphone and a piano. Words written on the back of the negative at top right say “Bee radio station.” Sacramento Bee file
KFBK studio in Sacramento in the 1930s, while it was owned by the McClatchy family. Text on the back of the negative at right reads “Old KFBK studio.” Sacramento Bee file
The KFBK building stands on I Street in downtown Sacramento next to the 7th Street Sacramento Bee building in this undated photo. Sacramento Bee file
The KFBK building stands on I Street in downtown Sacramento next to the 7th Street Sacramento Bee building in this undated photo. Sacramento Bee file
Scoopy and Gaby, created by Walt Disney in September 1943. Sacramento Bee file
Tony Koester with KFBK does a re-creation of a Sacramento Solons baseball game at the California State Fair in 1948. Bee file via the Center for Sacramento History
Rush Limbaugh, a KFBK AM morning radio personality before he became a national media presence, gestures in 1986, to a Sacramento billboard promoting his local talk radio show that was already reflecting the divisive conservatism he would later take nationwide. Mitch Toll Sacramento Bee file
KFBK morning show host Rush Limbaugh, 35, talks with producer Kitty O’Neal, who screens calls for the show, in August 1986. “Sacramento is a feeder market,” he told The Bee. “It is not my final resting place. Everything I’m doing is designed to hold on. Someday, I’d love to be in Washington, D.C.” Sacramento Bee file Mitch Toll
Radio host Tom Sullivan broadcasts from the KFBK studio in Sacramento in 2007. Sullivan left KFBK for a nationally syndicated show on Fox Business Network. Randall Benton Sacramento Bee file

This story was originally published September 18, 2022 1:27 PM.

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