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Historic Bay Area radio property sold, leaving museum’s plans unsettled

Monday, July 1, 2013

Wolfman JackThe California Historical Radio Society figures to be looking for a new home after the historic KRE Radio building in Berkeley that it has been using rent free in exchange for restoring the place undergoes being sold. A museum spokesman tells the Oakland Tribune that the new owner—who also bought stations KVTO Berkeley and KVVN Santa Clara—isn’t pressing for the society and its radio museum housed there to leave right away but that a move is probably inevitable.

It could mean that the group’s annual Radio Day by the Bay at the KRE site (KVTO was its successor station) July 20 might be its last, at least there. For radio buffs, KRE was Northern California’s first 24-hour station. Scenes from George Lucas’ 1973 “American Graffiti” were shot there, and, among other things, the July 20 event will include a display of classic cars from the film.


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