The Washington Post said of Chip Franklin’s broadcasting skills, “he brings a sense of irony to a medium that rarely trusts the audience to get the joke.” Heard weekdays from Noon to 3:00 p.m on KGO, Franklin delivers more than just talk. In addition to over 20 years as a radio host, he’s also a comedian, musician, and filmmaker who has written for and/or appeared on shows and networks including: The Tonight Show, The Situation Room, Larry King, The CBS Morning Show, The O’Reilly Factor, CNN, HBO and Showtime.

A winner of over 25 AP awards for broadcasting, he’s also garnered 7 Edward R. Murrow awards for radio and television. Franklin’s 2004 National Murrow award for writing was presented to him by Dan Rather, Peter Jennings and Tom Brokaw. Franklin has hosted shows in San Diego, Baltimore, and Washington DC, and now San Francisco. Chip has won numerous awards for his political coverage at the Democratic and Republican national conventions. A skilled musician and songwriter, the Post, reviewing his eponymous recording debut said, “the musicianship is practically peerless.” Chip also regularly appears at comedy clubs across the U.S.

An award making filmmaker, Chip consults, politicians, lawyers, doctors, and other professionals on new media.


How I Came to Love BART

August 15th, 2015

517C-UTkNAL._SX329_BO1,204,203,200_As most of my close friends know, (Don Ayres) I have always hated mass transit. Having grown up in apartments, (I didn’t live in a detached dwelling till I was 27) I loved the freedom of my car. The sanctity. The quiet. That has changed since my move to the Bay Area. (And as many of you have noted, my politics as well.)
I now commute 40 minutes each way on BART. And I have grown to love it. And for a variety of reasons. The first is a bit self righteous. I love to be the Disabled/elderly seat cop. Young people are constantly sitting in these seats reserved for people who really need them. I constantly need to point this out to young slackers, even on my four stops thru Oakland. I haven’t been killed yet, and it’s a great feeling to be the one who says what everyone is thinking. I also enjoy getting up and offering my seat to women. I actually look forward to it. Standing is a small price to pay for the surprised smile.
But the best thing about my ride is the opportunity for reading. The one and a half hours of down time offers me a chance to dive into novels, biographies and even scientific texts. So I’m going to start recommending books and hope those who have read them will reciprocate.
In June I read The Painter and Dog Stars, two novels by Peter Heller. Very unique and different. I will read everything else he rights. Little Demon in the City of Light: A True Story of Murder in Belle Époque ParisThis was a true story about a murder trial in France in the Belle Epoque period where the defense used hypnosis as a defense in a murder trial. A Great read. Also In the Garden of Beasts: Love, Terror, and an American Family in Hitler’s Berlin and Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania, Erik Larson, who rocks..anything he writes, all are historical non-fiction, are gold!
In July I read- The Year Of Wonders; a novel set in England during the Plague of 1666. Amazingly accurate, and moving.
Also, Wolves at the Door: The True Story Of America’s Greatest Female Spy
Virginia Hall was an American and British spy in occupied France during WWll. Incredible Story…
And three books by Ben Winters about Earth in the final days as an apocalyptic Asteroid heads toward earth.The Last Policeman, Countdown City and World of Trouble. Great stories and very well written.
I’m currently reading Walter Isaacson’s bio of Ben Franklin. He wrote two previous best selling bios of Steve Jobs and Einstein. Great stuff.
So, BART, thanks. I’ll take the intellectual nourishment with whatever bio-plague that’s ready to descend on me. For now, seems like a fair trade.

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