KNBR Morning Man For 32 Years (1965-1997)
Elected to the Bay Area Radio Hall of Fame, 2006
Frank Dill arrived in San Francisco in 1963 after
being hired by NBC's KNBR to be an afternoon deejay and
sports announcer. Frank had been a radio and television
personality at WGR and WGR-TV in Buffalo, N.Y., for nine
years and had impressed Bill Decker, an NBC executive,
who ran a competing station in Buffalo. When Decker
became the General Manager of KNBR, he remembered Frank
and brought him to California.
One of his early assignments was coverage of the Bing
Crosby Pro-Am golf tournament for NBC's weekend
"Monitor" program. Taking his cue from Monitor anchors
such as Joe Garagiola and Gene Rayburn, Frank gave
hourly updates with guests such as Bing, Bob Hope, Dean
Martin, Ray Bolger, Fred MacMurray and other stars of
that era. This led to various NBC assignments including
the Bob Hope Desert Classic and NCAA basketball.
While simultaneously reporting sports nightly on KPIX
and later KRON-TV, Frank was offered the morning-drive
show on KNBR by then Program Director Al Hart. That was
1965 and it began a 32-year marathon. By 1968 Frank had
acquired a cast of characters, many of whom were the
creation of his friend and eventual partner, Mike
Mike's ability to do voices combined with a talent to
stay "in character" as that voice created an entire cast
for Frank to deal with. Mike became a newsman ("O'Bradley
O'Bradley"), a wine expert ("Connie Sewer"), a film
critic ("Rex Rude"), and a weatherman ("Willis Flopp")
to mention just a few. "The Frank and Mike Show" ran
more than fifteen years.
Frank Dill arrives at
KNBR in 1963 (above), and immediately finds
himself in a pickle. Interviewing Der Bingle
for NBC Radio in 1964 (below).
began his career in broadcasting in 1948 at WMAL-TV in
Washington, D.C. While attending Washington-Lee High School in
Arlington, Virginia, Frank came to the attention of
popular radio personality Jim Gibbons.
Frank would frequently call Gibbons' morning radio
show with the answer to a sports trivia question. When
Gibbons came up with the idea of a new TV show, "Sports
Cartoon-a-Quiz," which would feature young sports trivia
buffs in a visual format, he naturally thought of Frank.
That began a relationship that eventually resulted in a
series of jobs for the eager Dill after graduating from
From office boy to TV production aide to personal
assistant to Gibbons himself, Dill progressed to a few
announcer chores including subbing for Gibbons on the
Channel 7 Monday Night Fights. The Washington Times
Herald took note of that assignment and commented
"...and he's only 18."
Thus began a career that spanned more than fifty
years and included stops at WCHV in Charlottesville,
Va., the Armed Forces Radio Service in the Philippines,
KRTV and KARK-TV in Little Rock, Ark., and WGR and WGR-TV
in Buffalo, N.Y.
Frank met his wife, Mary, in Little Rock. They've
been married since 1954 and have two children and two
Frank Dill was inducted into the Bay Area Radio
Hall of Fame in 2006 as a member of the first class to