Broadcaster Michael Krasny announces retirement from KQED

Michael Krasny will move down as the host of KQED’s “Discussion board” on Feb. 15,

Michael Krasny will move down as the host of KQED’s “Discussion board” on Feb. 15, 2021.

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For the earlier 27 years, countless numbers of listeners anchored their morning schedule around KQED radio broadcaster Michael Krasny’s “Forum” broadcast at 9 a.m. Monday by Friday. So his announcement Monday morning that he will retire Feb. 15, 2021, despatched shock waves all through the San Francisco Bay Spot.

“I want to thank all of the listeners, guests and extraordinary colleagues I’ve had the good fortune to encounter above the years as host of ‘Forum,'” explained Krasny in a press launch from the Bay Area’s premier general public radio station. “I’ve been unusually lucky to sustain this sort of a lengthy career serving the Bay Space in a part that enables me to take part in these kinds of wealthy and thoughtful conversations about the topics of our situations.”

Given that starting to be the host of “Forum” in 1993, Krasny has interviewed numerous crucial community and national figures, which include previous President Jimmy Carter, Cesar Chavez, Maya Angelou, Sean Penn, Allen Ginsberg, Charlize Theron, Bernie Sanders and Carl Sagan.

Generally perfectly-well prepared with insightful issues for his company, Krasny built up one particular of the most loyal radio audiences in the San Francisco Bay Area, usually topping the neighborhood scores. On normal, 246,000 hear to his everyday radio broadcast, and another 70,000 on line or through podcast.

KQED announced they would complete a nationwide look for for Krasny’s successor. Co-broadcaster Mina Kim will carry on to host the 2nd hour of Discussion board, which focuses on California difficulties.


“Michael is a Bay Spot jewel,” Holly Kernan, KQED’s chief material officer, mentioned in the release. “Forum demonstrates how a regional public affairs method can provide listeners with reasoned and thoughtful dialogue that cuts across so lots of disciplines and critical challenges.”

Krasny started his profession on KTIM in Marin in the 1970s. He moved to KGO in the ’80s prior to joining KQED. He is also an English professor at San Francisco Point out College.