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In case you didn’t know, here is a somewhat comprehensive review of my stops along the way at the University of Bewildering Broadcasting…
Tom Benner Career Highlights
*July 1969-First Paid Air Shift-KNJO 92.7FM Thousand Oaks CA-A certain Lawrence Amaturo was once the GM there, quite a bit after my time there
*November 1970-KFQD Anchorage Alaska-quite a move for a 19 year old-Immediately upon arrival covered military air crash at the airport---Back to LA spring 1971
*1971-1972-worked various stations Ventura County
*1973-Came to NorCal-First tour at KWUN in Concord
*1975-Las Vegas-One of the first Disco DJs at Club called John john's---KDWN 1976-1977
*1978-1981---KKIS/KDFM Pittsburg/Walnut Creek, KNBA Vallejo, and KWUN Concord and hooked up with KNEW Oakland/SF parttime
*1982-1985---KNEW/KSAN Production Director
*1985-1st Benner's Basement Broadcasts 6-10pm on KNEW...Wrote, voiced and produced recurring sketches for air, Eddie Van Ness, San Francisco Private Investigator, Specific Hospital, Mr Fixit's Workshop, Lifestyles of the Middle Class and Mundane, Kurt Sparhawk Motors and many more
*1986-KNEW-Moved to Afternoon Drive with more Benner's Basement Stuff
*1988-Moved to Mornings at sister station KSAN
*1989-Back to KKIS Concord for Mornings and PT work at KNBR and K-101
*1990-Moved to sister station KRTY FM in San Jose...Developed on-air theory that I lived in Crescent City CA and drove every day to San Jose in my Gremlin...
*1992-Back to KNEW 910 AM for long successful run as Morning show host...Breakfast With Benner-Country Hits, Comedy, Celebrity/Newsmaker/Oakland A's Interviews, Children's Hospital Fundraisers "Up In The Air, To Show We Care" from various roadside rooftops/billboards
*1998-2012-Morning Show Team on "Hot Talk" 560 KSFO as "Officer Vic" with Lee Rodgers and Melanie Morgan...Live on air for 9/11 attacks, partnered with Melanie Morgan for recall of Gov Grey (Gray?) Davis...got attacked and smeared by Media Matters, wrote and sang a parody song about the day's topics every day on the air in 2010
*2012-2014-Various reporting jobs for Clear Channel (Pre iHeart)
*2014-Officer Vic joins Melanie Morgan to host the Morning News on KSRO...The reunion goes very well
*November 2016---Exit Melanie Morgan & Officer Vic, and enter Pat Kerrigan and Tom Benner on KSRO Morning News...
*Late 2020 to December 17 2021…KSRO Morning News with KSRO News Director Michelle Marques…
*December 18th to Present…Voice-Over For All Media…Benner’s Basement Productions…
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