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Veteran KTRB Newsman Returns To  Roots
January 1990

At the age of 68,  and after 50 years, veteran radio newsman Gene D'Accardo is returning  to radio station KTRB in Modesto where he launched his career.   In 1940 D'Accardo was plucked from his Modesto Junior College classroom by KTRB and paid $15.00  a week to gather news and sell advertising.
    
In 1941 when the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor,  D'Accardo remembers reporting the attack on KTRB.   "It was big news then and I slept at the station for days during that time to make sure I was getting all of the news.  It was a memorable time in United States history, "  he said.

After reporting on the war for several months,  D'Accardo decided to trade his budding broadcasting career for an enlistment in the Army Air Corps at the age of 20.   During his distinguished career he flew 57 missions over the South Pacific as a bombardier-navigator and also participated in what was at the time the longest flight over water en route to a bombing strike. 
After the war ended,  D'Accardo returned to KTRB in 1946 with expanded duties including disc jockey,  news reporter, news director and programming director.  He also did some sports,  including play-by-play coverage of Modesto Junior College and Modesto High School football games.

D'Accardo left KTRB again  in 1952 to join the staff of local radio rival KMOD when he remained for 14 years leaving in 1966 for a position in San Francisco radio at KNBR.  His tenure at KNBR lasted 23 years, the last 14 as news director. During this period he reported on the Hunter's Point riots,  the abduction of Patty Hearst,  student unrest at UC Berkeley and San Francisco State.    He also had the opportunity to climb the Bay Bridge cable west of Treasure Island and tape recorded the effort which was broadcast later on KNBR.    

At the age of 68,  D'Accardo lost his position at KNBR in 1990 in an ownership change and eventually found his way back to his roots when he accepted an offer from Big Valley Broadcasting, owners of KTRB in Modesto,  where he started.  He signed a two year contract and admits that this will probably be his last career move.  Taking this position will give D'Accardo the opportunity to work with his granddaughter who, like her grandfather, is serving her internship at KTRB.

After the war ended D'Accardo returned to KTRB in 1946 with expanded duties including disc jockey,  news reporter, news director and programming director.  He also did some sports including play-by-play coverage of Modesto Junior College and Modesto High School football games. 

D'Accardo left KTRB again  in 1952 to join the staff of local radio rival KMOD and remained with the station 14 years leaving in 1966 for a position in San Francisco radio at KNBR.  His tenure at KNBR lasted 23 years, the last 14 as news director.

During this period he reported on the Hunter's Point riots,  the abduction of Patty Hearst,  student unrest at UC Berkeley and San Francisco State.    He also had the opportunity to climbed the Bay Bridge cable west of Treasure Island and tape recorded the effort which was broadcast later on KNBR.    

At the age of 68,  D'Accardo lost his position at KNBR in 1990 in an ownership change and eventually found his way back to his roots when he accepted an offer from Big Valley Broadcasting owners of KTRB in Modesto where he started.  He signed a two year contract and admits that this will probably be his last career move.  Taking this position will give D'Accardo the opportunity to work with his granddaughter who, like her grandfather, is serving her internship at KTRB.






Gene D'Accardo