Jim Dunbar

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Jim Dunbar (born 1929 in Dearborn, Michigan) is an American radio program director, talk show host and news anchor who helped boost the ratings of KGO (AM) into to the top five[citation needed] with its unique news/talk format. KGO consistently scored in the top five after 1963 and was #1 for a period of time after 1978, extending to about 2009.

In addition to his radio work, he also hosted the popular A.M. San Francisco morning talk program on KGO-TV (Channel 7) for many years beginning in 1965. Dunbar is portrayed by actor Tom Verica in the 2007 film Zodiac, in a scene where the Zodiac Killer calls in to Dunbar's broadcast (this is a re-enactment of an actual broadcast, with Dunbar hosting guest Melvin Belli) in October 1969.

Dunbar was a graduate of the Fordson High School class of 1947 in Dearborn, Michigan, and later worked as a rock DJ at WXYZ Detroit, Michigan, WDSU New Orleans, Louisiana, and WLS (AM) Chicago before coming west to KGO in 1963. Dunbar worked at ABC owned-and-operated KGO (both radio and television) for the next 37 years, retiring in 2000.[1] He was elected to the National Radio Hall of Fame in 1999,[2] and to the Bay Area Radio Hall of Fame (Class 2006) in 2006 as a member of the first class to be inducted.[3]


  1. ^ Whiting, Sam (2010-09-11). "Dunbar Radio Host at KGO For 37 Years". sfgate.com San Francisco Chronicle, June 27, 2000. Retrieved 2010-11-28. 
  2. ^ "Jim Dunbar the National Radio Hall of Fame". radiohof.org. Retrieved 2010-11-28. 
  3. ^ "Bay Area Radio Hall of Fame". bayarearadio.org Class 2006, Modern Era. Retrieved 2010-11-28.