Chip Franklin

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Chip Franklin
Charles Franklin

OccupationWriter, Musician, Talk Show Host, Actor, comedian
AwardsTwo national Edward R. Murrow awards for Writing and Overall Excellence,

Four Regional Edward R. Murrow Awards, Six Achievement in Radio BEST TALK SHOW HOST AWARDS, 27 Associated Press awards for broadcasting, Press Club Award for Unconventional Coverage of 2004 Democratic Convention,

Six Talkers Magazine Top 100 honors.]]

Chip Franklin is a nationally known talk show host, writer, producer, comedian and musician. For the last 20+ years, he's been a talk show host, and is currently on KGO in San Francisco, California. He is also former host of a talk show on KOGO in San Diego, California and WBAL AM 1090 in Baltimore, Maryland and at WMAL in Washington DC. The Washington Post's Marc Fisher says "Franklin adds a rare dose of irony to a medium that rarely trusts its audience to get the joke.” In San Diego and Baltimore, Washington DC, Franklin is also known as a comedian and frequents clubs in the markets.

A Democratic strategist,[1] Franklin often uses humor to voice his opinion on government policies. He has won 2 National Edward R. Murrow awards and five regional Murrows for his satiric essays on politics.

He has also won five Achievement in Radio Best Talk Show Host awards. Talkers Magazine has listed Chip as one of the top 100 talk show hosts in the country for five straight years, most recently at #97 in the 2008 edition of the Heavy 100. Chip started at San Diego's KOGO on September 4, 2007. During his time at KOGO, Chip went through: earthquake, the La Jolla landslide in October 2007, and the October Firestorm.

Franklin has appeared numerous times on everything from MTV, Showtime, A&E Evening at The Improv, The O'Reilly Factor, CNN, Paula Zahn, Fox and Friends, The Situation Room, and MSNBC. His series, CURB YOUR INTELLIGENCE, random on-the-street interviews generated national buzz and a feature on CNN in early 2007 when he asked people if they still blamed Barack Obama for 9/11. He has continued with this segment in San Diego, renaming it Arrested Intelligence. The produced segments are available as podcasts at

A show on WBAL 1090 AM that featured the Commissioner of the Baltimore Police Department was subpoenaed by a federal grand jury. Chip Franklin was heard from 9:00 a.m., until noon in Baltimore.

A veteran stand-up comic, Chip has headlined thousands of shows as a stand-up, speaker, and featured guest. He has over a dozen appearances on national television, including Evening at The Improv, Comic Strip Live, VH-1 Standup Spotlight, MTV, Comedy Central, The CBS Morning Show, and The A-List on A&E. He has also contributed jokes to The Tonight Show. Franklin also writes and directs short films and has won numerous awards from festivals in the U.S.

Franklin hosts his own radio show weekdays from 3:00 to 6:00 p.m. on the legendary KGO radio in San Francisco.

Born in Alexandria, VA, Chip is the youngest of five children. His father was a Washington DC police officer and his mother was an assistant in the U.S. Attorney's office. Chip is married and has two sons.


  1. ^ "Chip Franklin: Democratic Strategist and Civil Rights Atty Pamela Hayes". KGO-AM. July 26, 2016. Retrieved August 30, 2018.

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