Bill Ruck Joins Bay Area Radio Hall of Fame
When the Bay Area Radio Hall of Fame inducts its 2014 class, Bill Ruck will
carry the flag for techies.
Ruck is among a group named to
the ninth Hall of Fame class, announced recently at a Radio Day by the Bay
event in Alameda, Calif. He is principal radio engineer at CSI Telecommunications
Inc. and a freelance broadcast engineer. He has worked for or with a number of
Bay Area broadcast organizations and been involved with the
Northern California Frequency Coordinating Committee, AES, IEEE, SBE and EIBASS.
For the Maritime
Radio Historical Society he has maintained historic radio equipment at former
RCA Coastal Marine Station KPH, now part of Point Reyes National Seashore. (He’s
shown here in a photo from the historical society’s website.)
to a bio posted by the Point Reyes National Seashore Association, Ruck is
a third-generation native San Franciscan who has been a radio enthusiast since
he was young and heard his father’s stories of being a radio mechanic for the Army,
servicing radios on Liberty and Victory ships during World War II.
“Bill was an aviation electronics technician in the Navy
during the Vietnam War and spent the next 20 years working as an engineer for
local San Francisco radio stations KFOG-KNBR. … Recently he was named ‘Fellow
for Historic Preservation’ by the California Historical Radio Society for his
work on the KPH Project,” the site said. He’s also said to be a fan of
restoring antique motorcycles. (Ed. Note, Ruck wrote us after this story was posted:
The motorcycle collection is a 1973 BMW R60/5 and a 1947
Indian Chief. My wife has a ’38 Harley
45 Solo Chopper and a 1952 Indian Chief with the 80 cu. in. Bonneville motor.)
The Broadcast Legends will host an induction luncheon on
Saturday, Sept. 20; the general public is welcome to attend.
This is the full Bay Area Radio Hall of Fame class:
Lazich (KNBR) and Peter Finch (KGO)
Program Host: Sam Van Zandt
(KBAY) and Celeste Perry (KOSF)
Executive: Jo Anne Wallace (KQED-FM
Specialty: Ed Cavagnaro (KCBS News Director)
Sports: Steve Bitker (KCBS)
Pioneer: Norman Davis (30 year
veteran of Bay Area airwaves)
Engineer: Bill Ruck
Legendary station of the year honors go to KSAN - The JIVE 95 Era
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