Dave Sholin Bio: Afternoons 3 - 7 pm
Award winning broadcaster Dave Sholin enjoys a reputation as innovator, mentor, successful programmer and music industry executive.
Sholin received his first Program Director of the year honors while a student and PD of the campus radio station at San Francisco State University. Shortly after graduation he began his professional career in nearby San Jose at KLIV. When the owners purchased a new property Sholin helped create and develop a new gold based adult format and within six months KARA became one of Silicon Valley’s highest rated stations.
The ratings success of both stations prompted San Francisco’s' KFRC to, as they put it "hire away the competition." In his first year at KFRC Dave was named Major Market Music Director of the Year at the Gavin Report Convention in Kansas City, an award based on votes by his industry peers. In his tenure at KFRC the station was named Billboards Major Market Station of the Year seven consecutive years.
Sholin’ next stop was Los Angeles when corporate parent RKO Radio decided to put his expertise to use at all their properties and promoted him to National Music Director overseeing the playlists and music libraries for stations around the country. In his role Dave also produced a string of radio specials and conducted interviews with artists such as Rod Stewart, Bob Seger, Paul Simon, The Doobie Brothers and Paul McCartney. He also oversaw production of the in depth 17 hour Beatles documentary "From Liverpool To Legend." On December 8th 1980 Dave and his production team spent the afternoon with John & Yoko at their apartment in New York City. It was Lennon’s first radio interview in five years and the only one he had agreed to give. Five hours later the famous Beatle was tragically shot and killed as Dave’s plane was landing in San Francisco.
At this same time Dave was also heard by passengers on TWA as host of the country channel "Dukes Country Corner."
Sholin then accepted an offer to return to San Francisco and join The Gavin Report. Several years later he and several colleagues purchased the trade paper and revamped it into the Gavin magazine. Known for its journalistic integrity Gavin also hosted thousands of programmers and music executives at its annual conventions. While at Gavin, Dave continued his involvement as on air personality and then program director of KFRC. He would also weekly syndicated radio shows including "Countdown USA" for Westwood One and "The Insider" for Premier Radio.
Having conquered the world of radio and trade journalism it was impossible to resist the temptation to take on new challenges in the record industry. Dave was offered and accepted the position of Vice President Promotion for Island Records and eventually went on to take on the same title at Capitol Records. When parent company EMI formed a new group labels Sholin was tapped to take on national promotion duties there as well.
Some years later it was full circle when CBS Radio decided to relaunch San Francisco’s KFRC. The first person they contacted was Dave who would go on to host the stations morning drive radio show.
Dave is a regular guest on number one rated KGO San Francisco as both its resident music expert and featured on top rated and long running Ronn Owens’ show.
In 1995 Sholin was named a charter member of the radio section at the Rock 'N Roll Hall Of Fame in Cleveland where visitors can find his story and hear a portion of audio on an interactive site. He was also the Rockwell Award recipient at the Conclave, a national radio and record convention held each year in Minneapolis. In October 2008 Dave was inducted into The Bay Area Radio Hall Of Fame.
Dave is married and the father of two sons and a daughter, all who are attending Central Oregon Community College. Dave is glad to be in Central Oregon and a part of the KSJJ 102.9 staff.
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