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Popular Bay Area '60s disc jockey Chris Edwards has died

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Chris Edwards, one of the best-known voices of the '60s in San Francisco Bay Area AM radio, died Jan. 31, his friend and co-worker Gary Mora of KYA said today.

“Yesterday the Bay Area lost one of its best broadcast professionals and I lost a dear friend. Last night, I got word that Chris Edwards passed away. If you grew up in Northern California and listened to all those Golden Gate Greats on 1260 KYA, there's a good chance you were a fan. He called himself 'Big Fat' Chris E. Edwards. He was a real joy to listen to. I will certainly miss all those wonderful lunches we enjoyed and his upbeat personality.”

According to the Bay Area Radio Museum, Edwards first was heard in the Bay Area as the afternoon man at the original KYA-AM (1260) in 1968. Listeners knew him for his bright cheery on-air disposition. In 1976, he hosted "The Chris Edwards Solid Gold Time Machine" on K101. He also sold selling advertising time for the station. In later years, he worked at KSFO/KYA on the FM side and as an account executive for Clear Channel.

“I listened to him as a teenager and then became good buddies with him during my years at 1260 KYA,” Mora said. “I have been hearing from radio and tv people all day long. He was certainly loved.”

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