Mike Cleary

Mike ClearyElected to the Bay Area Radio Hall of Fame, 2007

An émigré from Chicago, Mike arrived on these shores at 1260/KYA in 1966, spinning Top 40 tunes, before moving down the dial to KNBR/68, the station that would serve as his radio home for three decades.

In 1978, Mike teamed with Frank Dill (a member of the Bay Area Radio Hall of Fame's Class of 2006) to create one of the most popular morning shows in local history.

In 1995, Mike left the show to develop a radio show on food and travel. The result was the regionally syndicated "Food & Travel Radio." The one-hour weekend show, which he co-hosts with his wife Mary Ann, is heard on stations throughout Northern California.

On the program, Mike and Mary Ann interview authors, travelers, chefs, adventurers and others about their interests and enthusiasms. Guests have included Julia Child, Jacques and Claudine Pepin, author Peter Mayle, Tom Smothers and Clint Eastwood's wife, former news anchor Dina Ruiz-Eastwood.

Bay Area Radio Hall of FameIn addition to his radio work, a generation of Bay Area kids fondly recall Mike Cleary in his guise as "Sergeant Sacto," which aired for two years on KBHK (Channel 44) in the late 1960s.

After KNBR, Mike spent four years hosting a midday music show on 960 KABL in San Francisco. Mike continues to entertain listeners as morning man at Magic 63 (KIDD) in Monterey. He was elected to the Bay Area Radio Hall of Fame in 2007, along with former KNBR teammates Carter B. Smith and Ron Lyons.

Mike Cleary at KYA (1966)

Mike Cleary as a
KYA Oneder, 1966