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Sep 17, 2020 8:00 PM – 10:00 PM
The Bonnie Simmons Show
8:00 PM Pacific Time: Thursdays
Bonnie Simmons has been programming her mix of singer/songwriter, folk, rock, country and R&B on KPFA since the very late 1980’s. One of the best loved personalities of Bay Area music radio, she was raised in New York, and then moved to San Francisco from Denver in 1968 and became a pioneer of free form radio. During her eight years, from 1970 to 1978, at the legendary KSAN, she served as Program Director, Music Librarian, and Disc Jockey.
After leaving KSAN, she worked at Warner Bros as National Album Director, promoting Prince as well as the first Dire Straits and Rickie Lee Jones albums, amongst others, and also worked at Hightone Records. She moved in and out of radio at KFOG, LIVE 105, KOFY-FM, KVRE, KDBK “Double 99” and KUSF.
As the Audio Director for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, she created the disc jockey audio exhibit and many of the exhibits involving sound at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Museum in Cleveland, Ohio.
On a local level, Bonnie spent several years working as a sandwich-maker at Ozzie’s Soda Fountain in Berkeley, and currently hosts her eclectic weekly show on KPFA. Bonnie managed the band Cake for eight years, and represented Noe Venable and Etienne de Rocher for many years. For the past 14 years, she has been happily involved in Hardly Strictly Bluegrass, the extraordinary free festival in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park, and has been the Executive Director of The Bill Graham Memorial Foundation since 2009.
Ani DiFranco Do or Die
Do or Die Righteous Babe Records 2020 USRB42099005
Jesse Colin Young Ridgetop - Jesse Colin Young
KSAN's Live Jive Ksan Jive 95 2012 Rock USHM91284948
Dire Straits Walk of Life
Walk of Life WMG - Warner Records Label 1900 GBF088500675
John Craigie I Am California (feat. Gregory Alan Isakov) feat. Gregory Alan Isakov
No Rain, No Rose Zabriskie Point Records 2017 QM9A91606536
Dave Alvin California Bloodlines
West of the West Yep Roc Records 2006 Rock USY1R0611801
Kate & Anna McGarrigle Talk to Me of Mendocino
Kate & Anna McGarrigle WMG - Rhino/Warner Records 1900 USWB10403431
The Mamas & The Papas California Dreamin'
Platinum Masters Rolled Gold Classics 2012 Rock USXTN1095862
Marvin Gaye California Soul
The 50 Greatest Songs Universal Music 2007 Rock USMO16984681
Marvin Gaye I Got To Get To California
M.P.G. Universal Music 1969 USMO10001162
Laura Nyro California Shoeshine Boys (Album Version)
The First Songs Columbia 1988 Rock USSM10024473
Warren Zevon Desperados Under the Eaves
Desperados Under the Eaves WMG - Elektra 0591 1900 Rock USEE10181162
The Kinks Celluloid Heroes
The Ultimate Collection WMG - Castle Communications 2017 Rock USKO10403269
Wilco California Stars
What's Your 20? Essential Tracks 1994 - 2014 WMG - Nonesuch 2014 Rock USNO11400329
Was (Not Was) Spy In The House Of Love
What Up, Dog? Chrysalis\EMI Records (USA) 2003 USCH38800026
Los Lobos The Neighborhood
The Neighborhood WMG - Warner Records Label 2009 USWB10900783
Matt Rollings;The War and Treaty Wade in the Water (Feat. the War and Treaty, with the Blind Boys of Alabama)
Wade in the Water (Feat. the War and Treaty, with the Blind Boys of Alabama) Found Records distributed by Dualtone Music Group, Inc. 2020 USDMG2012404
Steve Earle & The Dukes Heaven Ain’t Goin’ Nowhere
Ghosts of West Virginia New West Records 2020 US27Q2048601
David Bromberg It Takes A Lot To Laugh, It Takes A Train To Cry
Try Me One More Time Appleseed 2007 Rock USASR0609904
Lukas Nelson and Promise of the Real Turn Off The News (Build A Garden) - Acoustic
Turn Off The News (Build A Garden) Fantasy 2019 USC4R1906888
Gillian Welch I Just Want You To Know
I Just Want You To Know WMG - Acony Records 2020 US2AR2000231