Former Chicago, San Francisco Radio Host Dan Sorkin Dies At 89
June 16, 2016 at 4:03 AM (PT)
Condolences to family and friends of former CHICAGO and SAN FRANCISCO radio personality DAN SORKIN, who died last week at 89, according to CHICAGOLAND RADIO AND MEDIA.
SORKIN hosted mornings at WCFL-A/CHICAGO in 1956-63, before the station's Top 40 years, where he helped BOB NEWHART get his start in comedy, then, after getting fired for playing controversial material like LENNY BRUCE records in 1963, moved west to host at KFRC-A and KSFO-A/SAN FRANCISCO through 1972 He also wrote a book, "THE BLABBERMOUTHS," in 1960, and served as NEWHART's announcer on the comedian's 1961 television variety show. Later, after a motorcycle accident that cost him his left leg, SORKIN founded an amputee support group that eventually became known as "STUMPS 'R US." And he worked for the controversial drug rehabilitation organization SYNANON for several years before returning to radio at KABL-A/SAN FRANCISCO and as a fill-in at crosstown KGO-A.