The Award-Winning Bay Area Radio Host, Author and Academic Will Make His Final Forum Broadcast on February 15, 2021
Michael Krasny, the legendary Bay Area radio broadcaster, author and academic, who has enjoyed a nearly three-decades-long tenure as host of KQED’s Forum, is set to conclude his regular hosting duties on February 15, 2021.
“I want to thank all of the listeners, guests and exceptional colleagues I’ve had the great fortune to encounter over the years as host of Forum,” says Krasny. “I’ve been unusually fortunate to sustain such a long career serving the Bay Area in a role that allows me to participate in such rich and thoughtful conversations about the topics of our times.” Krasny plans to enjoy his retirement with family, including his first grandchild, to focus on writing and to explore other opportunities.
Krasny’s storied broadcasting career began auspiciously in the late 1970s as host of a weekly program on KTIM FM, a small Marin County rock station. He later moved to ABC in 1983, where he worked in both radio (KGO AM) and on local television. He joined KQED in 1993 as host of Forum, the award-winning daily call-in radio program that addresses local and national news, politics, culture, health, public affairs, art and culture and technology. Over the course of his tenure, Forum has developed a loyal and deeply engaged audience. Today, Forum ranks consistently at the top of the Bay Area’s drive-time radio rankings and is one of the top-ranked regional programs in all of public media with a weekly average of 246,000 radio listeners and another 70,000 who listen online or download the podcast.
Over his broadcasting career, Krasny has interviewed some of the most prominent newsmakers and political and cultural figures of the past half century. They include Maya Angelou; William F. Buckley; President Jimmy Carter; Cesar Chavez; Noam Chomsky; Francis Ford Coppola; Jerry Garcia; Allen Ginsberg; Werner Herzog; John McCain; Toni Morrison; President Barack Obama; Camille Paglia; Rosa Parks; Nancy Pelosi; Sean Penn; Salman Rushdie; Carl Sagan; Bernie Sanders; Patti Smith; Charlize Theron; Wayne Thiebaud; Archbishop Desmond Tutu; David Foster Wallace; Gene Wilder; George Will; and many more.