San Francisco, San Jose, Oakland—KCBS Director of News and Programming Ed Cavagnaro announced his retirement effective April 2015.
Cavagnaro first arrived at KCBS in 1977, and was named the director of news and programming in 1988. “I’ve been lucky to work at KCBS for so long, and it’s been an honor to be the news and program director at such a great radio station working with so many talented people” said Cavagnaro.
“Ed Cavagnaro built and led KCBS into its status as the Bay Area’s number one radio station. He did this by hiring and managing an intelligent and capable news staff and empowering them to do their very best. Personally, I’ll greatly miss working with Ed. He’s truly an inspirational leader and one of the best news people on the planet” said Doug Harvill, Senior VP and Market Manager CBS Radio San Francisco.
Cavagnaro is a San Francisco native who grew up on the San Francisco Peninsula. He graduated with honors from the University of California at Berkeley in 1974 with a major in journalism and history. He received his Masters degree in 1975 from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University, and worked for the Medill News Service in Washington, D. C. as a capitol correspondent for radio stations in Omaha, Salt Lake City and Springfield, Missouri.
After returning to the Bay Area, Cavagnaro worked for a year as an aide to a member of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors prior to joining KCBS Radio as a promotion assistant in 1977. Six months later he moved to the newsroom as an editor, and worked as Assistant Managing Editor, Managing Editor, and Assistant Director of News and Programming before being named KCBS Director of News and Programming in 1988. In 1990, Ed supervised the KCBS transition from a mostly-news station to Northern California’s only all-news station, consistently ranking among the top stations in the Bay Area, and now heard on both 740 AM and 106.9 FM. For the last two years, KCBS has been the number one rated station in the Bay Area, the fourth largest radio market in the country. (12+ Monday-Sunday, January-December 2013 and 2014.).
Since 1990 the KCBS news staff has won numerous local, regional and national honors for news coverage, including a Peabody Award, a duPont-Columbia Award, five Sigma Delta Chi medallions and 23 national Edward R. Murrow Awards from the Radio Television Digital News Association. The RTDNA named KCBS the national Murrow Award winner for Overall Excellence in Broadcast Journalism six times — in 1990, 1994, 2000, 2005, 2006 and 2012.
In addition to his management duties, Ed co-hosts KCBS In Depth, a weekly half hour news interview program. He also serves as Chairman of the San Francisco Bay Counties Local Emergency Communications Committee (Emergency Alert System). In 2014, Ed was elected to the Bay Area Radio Hall of Fame. He lives in San Francisco with his wife Barbara.
KCBS-AM/FM (www.cbsSF.com) is owned and operated by CBS RADIO, one of the largest major-market radio operators in the United States. CBS RADIO also owns and operates KLLC-FM (Alice @97.3), LIVE105 (www.live105.com), and KMVQ-FM (997 Now) in San Francisco. CBS RADIO is a division of CBS Corporation. For more information on CBS RADIO, please visit www.cbsradio.com.
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