Members of THE BAMMIES MUSIC FOUNDATION Board of Directors and Advisory Board will decide the genres of music for the BAMMIES, the specific awards categories, and the nominees who will be inducted into the BAMMIES WALK of FAME. They also will vote on who shall receive the BAMMIES Lifetime Achievement Awards.
The Bammies Music Foundation Board of Directors
Dan Ashley, President
DAN ASHLEY is anchor of ABC7 News at 5:00, 6:00, 9:00 & 11:00 p.m.
In his thirty years on television, Dan has reported on a wide-range of issues and events that affect our lives. As a journalist, Dan has covered stories all over the Bay Area, the country, and the world. Dan reported from Poland on the “March of the Living” with Bay Area holocaust survivors, and before that, reported from Marine Corp basic training at Camp Pendleton in San Diego. Other notable assignments include reporting live from New Hampshire and South Carolina for the state primaries and from Iowa for the state’s caucus.
Dan came to ABC7 in 1995 as the weekday 5:00 p.m. news anchor and investigative reporter. He has received many industry awards, including the prestigious DuPont Columbia Award and the Edward R. Murrow Awards for excellence in journalism as well as numerous Emmy Awards for Best Newscast and Individual Reporting.
Dan began his television career at WTVD, the ABC owned television station in Durham, North Carolina. He then worked for WCBD-TV, the ABC affiliate in Charleston, where he was weekend anchor and later the 6:00 and 11:00 p.m. anchor.
Dan’s distinguished work is recognized by many industry organizations, including Associated Press, United Press International, and the Press Club of Atlantic City. He has also received awards from the New Jersey and Atlanta chapters of the Society of Professional Journalists and the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.
As an active member of the community, Dan serves on the boards of directors of many worthy organizations including The Commonwealth Club, The Bay Area Red Cross, The Oakland Symphony, CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates), The Contra Costa County Crisis Center, The First Tee, among others. Additionally, he hosts the annual “Dan Ashley’s Friends of Camp Concord Golf Tournament” which raises money to send under-served youngsters to summer camp. Dan also created the non-profit “Rock the CASA Foundation” to raise money through an annual concert to benefit the CASA organization among other charities.
Dan is also an accomplished musician himself and leads his own Country Rock band whose members include widely recognized and accomplished touring musicians. He stated, “All of these magnificent experiences and opportunities and I could not have imagined any of them when I used to watch Walter Cronkite deliver the news each evening with my family. I thought as a teenager that being a journalist must be such an interesting profession, but never really thought about making it my reality until college. But once I got the bug, that’s all it took. When I’m not working, you’ll find me in the music studio or on stage performing with my Americana/Country band which just goes by my name. Heard any good music lately? Find me on Facebook and let me know! Or you can send me your ideas on what we should cover next. You can also follow me on Twitter.”
Dick Bright, The Bammies Music Foundation Board Member
Dick Bright is founder and director of the popular corporate party band Dick Bright’s SRO. Dick was music director for the San Francisco Bay Area Music Awards- The BAMMIES Awards for eleven years and at the San Francisco Fairmont Hotel’s Venetian Room where his band backed musical legends Ella Fitzgerald, Tony Bennett, Oscar Peterson and BB King.
Dick has hosted a kids cartoon show called “Cartoon Classics”. He has many commercials and films to his credit and is the waiter in the restaurant scene in “Mrs. Doubtfire” and in “Metro” with Eddie Murphy. He worked on the film score for the movie “The Last Emperor” and worked as a radio DJ for KSFO-AM in San Francisco.
In 1990 He started the 20-piece SRO Band. The rhythm and blues party band performs extensively in the Bay Area and around the world for corporate and private parties, civic events and more.
The Dick Bright Trio is a wonderful choice for events. Dick Bright is also a jazz and pop fiddle virtuoso. Adding guitar and upright bass, Dick has created a truly unique trio. From Cole Porter to The Beatles, the group adds an elegant and classy up-beat sound to any event. The trio is perfect for cocktail parties, wedding ceremonies, and wine tastings.tor of the popular corporate party band Dick Bright’s SRO.
Uzette Salazar, The Bammies Music Foundation Advisory Board Member
I grew up in the awesome neighborhood of Noe Valley in San Francisco. Went to St. Paul’s then on to City College of San Francisco then off to SF State. I am a third generation dj and always knew broadcasting was for me. Before working with Sarah & Vinnie at Alice – KLLC (the first time)- I worked at KCBS Radio and KGO-TV. I worked with S&V for five years then I went to KZQZ before leaving the Bay Area and going to the Fresno/Visalia area. It was there that I did a morning hip hop show then a midday classic rock show. After a few years, I went to Sacramento and worked at 107.7 The End. I finally made my way back home and Co-hosted with Don Bleu on Star 101.3.
And then…..I did news and traffic for several radio stations around the Bay before coming back to CBS-and jocking at MOVIN 99.7……I was back in the building and little did I know I would end up where it all started…back with Sarah & Vinnie! After ten years, it was time for a new challenge.
Currently, I do segments for KOFY TV-20 and voicetrack a show for Hall of Fame Music Radio.
I am married to a wonderful man and we have a sweet Chihuahua named Ella. What I enjoy most is working—all right-what I enjoy most is sleeping and watching the worst television shows. I love most of the dumb reality shows-all the Bravo programs along with the TLC shows. I enjoy a little adventure: boxing class, indoor rock climbing class, zip lining and stand up paddle boarding and even aqua zumba! I love concerts like Elton John, Hall & Oates, The Eagles as well as hitting up Outside Lands and Bottlerock. The other thing I really love doing is cooking. It’s a peaceful hobby.
Kenny Wardell, President of The Bammies Music Foundation, Managing Director BAM Media
Based in the San Francisco Bay Area throughout most of his professional career, Kenny Wardell has worked for some of the largest media, sports, music and special event organizations in the United States. These include: KCBS 740, KTVU-TV, KFOG-FM, KMEL-FM, KSAN JIVE 95, KZAP 98.5, the SAN FRANCISCO FORTY NINERS, the NATIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE, “WORLD CUP USA ’94,” the “SAN JOSE SUMO BASHO,” the “San Francisco BAY AREA MUSIC AWARDS- The BAMMIES!” and RCA RECORDS among others. Kenny is currently the Managing Director of BAM MEDIA LLC (Bay Area Music and Beyond,) and the president of THE BAMMIES MUSIC FOUNDATION. He was instrumental in the development of the commemorative plaque program the “BAMMIES WALK of FAME” located in downtown San Francisco in front of the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium.
The Bammies Music Foundation Advisory Board
Shirryl Bayless, The Bammies Music Foundation Advisory Board Member
Shirryl Bayless is the daughter of renown San Francisco poster artist Wes Wilson who is famous for his iconic Fillmore Auditorium and Avalon Ballroom posters of the mid 1960’s. Shirryl didn’t fall far from his father’s tree as she is the owner and primary art designer for her own company- SBI Graphic Services. She designed the BAMMIES MUSIC FOUNDATION logo for BAM MEDIA and she also did the poster artwork for a film documentary, currently in the works called, “ROCK RADIO REVOLUTION! KSAN JIVE 95: The MOVIE!”
Gerry Dove, The Bammies Music Foundation Advisory Board Member
Gerry Dove is a 20 + year veteran of the Entertainment Industry. His resume’ includes a 12-year run at Clear Channel Radio (now iHeart Radio) in San Francisco. While there he served as the Assistant Promotions Director of 98.1 KISS FM and was also the Community Affairs Director for all 10 of the stations in the San Francisco Cluster, including, 98.1 KISS FM,106 KMEL, KKSF 103.7, WILD 94.9, STAR 101.3 and more.
Gerry also worked for 5 ½ years at Entercom Radio, and the legendary 102.9 KBLX as the Promotions Director and the Community Affairs Director of the San Francisco Cluster including, 102.9 KBLX, 96.5 KOIT, 95.7 The Game and more.
While radio was the thing he felt he was “supposed” to do ever since his high school days, Gerry has moved into the world of television now with the creation of a TV show called “I Remember That Song!” that he hosts along with panelists, Russell Gatewood, Tracy Anderson, RyanNicole, Antoine Davis and Music Director CJ Flash. It’s simply described as “me and my friends sitting around talking about music and what it means to us”. The show is in its 3rd season, and is a big hit in the Bay Area! It can bee seen Saturday’s at 4 on KOFY TV20. You can also see all the episodes on the You Tube Channel @irts show.
Gerry was raised to care about others and his work in the community proves he’s made his family proud! He is honored to be asked to be on the Bammies Advisory Board and looks forward to helping in any way he can.
George Edwards, The Bammies Music Foundation Advisory Board Member
George Edwards brings well over three decades of industry experience, with a strong background in touring, production management, and business development. George’s interminable drive spearheaded this northern California full-service operation after a long career as one of the industry’s top professionals. He cut his teeth working with legends like Black Flag, Social Distortion, Huey Lewis, Journey, Santana, David Bowie, and Motley Crew to name a few. His stints with, ShowCO, R&R Sound, Morpheus, and as Sound on Stage’s General Manager for a decade are legendary. and all those experiences has brought him to yet another chapter in his professional career. In 2009, George founded Delicate Productions / San Francisco, where he took the position of GM for seven years. During that time, the company earned a reputation as a top technical production provider resulting in several industry awards. Now this California native is coming full circle with a new approach, a true Bay Area 360-degree turnkey solution.
Jesus “Chuy” Gomez, The Bammies Music Foundation Advisory Board Member
Jesus “Chuy” Gomez is a 30-year Bay Area radio veteran whose career is highlighted by his 20 plus year run in Morning Drive on the top rated Urban Contemporary station KMEL 106.1-FM in San Francisco. In 2013, Chuy moved over to Rhythmic Contempory Hit Radio station HOT 105.7, San Francisco to do Afternoon Drive and today he’s back on the mornings at Q-102, San Francisco where he spins Classic Hip-Hop music Monday through Friday. In addition to his radio responsibilities, Chuy serves as the lead host on California Music Channel (CMC-TV) where he has spent over 25 years.
Linda Imperial, The Bammies Music Foundation Advisory Board Member
An internationally known singer, songwriter, record producer and band-leader, LINDA IMPERIAL has been making music in the San Francisco Bay Area since 1983 when she was featured doing background vocals on Sylvester’s hit disco album “Call Me.” Linda has been entertaining and working in the Bay Area Music industry for close to 50 years.
Breaking out as a San Francisco “rocker” in the early 1970’s, Linda quickly established herself in a variety of other music genres as well. Her unforgettable dance music hits led to forays into R & B, rock, trance and pop music. Her list of credits is dizzying. She has performed with many stellar groups and artists including Quicksilver Messenger Service, the New York Jazz Explosion, Jefferson Starship, Sylvester, the Weather Girls, Billy Preston, Fats Domino, Paul Kantner, Phyllis Hyman, Patrick Cowley, Labelle’s Sara Dash, and Stacy Lattisaw.
Linda has earned her seat on the BAMMIES MUSIC FOUNDATION’S “Advisory Board!” As a pioneer in Dance music, she co/founded the vocal group Loverde, with Frank Loverde. Their break out hit “Die Hard Lover” debuted at #4 on the Billboard charts and stayed there for months. Every song that Linda Imperial has released as a solo artist has reached top ten in all national and international charts. Linda is currently working with renowned record producer Joel Jaffe on her own soon to be released record. She is also co-owner of Marin’s highly acclaimed Freemountain Recording Studio.
On the personal side, Linda has been married to Jefferson Starship’s David Freiberg for over twenty years and they live in the Bay Area’s Marin County.
Chris “The Photoman” Kentzell, The Bammies Music Foundation Advisory Board Member
Born in San Francisco and raised in Sonoma County Chris Kentzell has been in and out of almost every music venue from our State Capital Sacramento to San Francisco!
To say music is a part of who he is would be an understatement. At age 14 he hitch-hiked from Sonoma Co. to LA just to be a part of the US FESTIVAL in 1982! Also having cameo’s in a few Metallica moments such as CLIFF em’ ALL , S&M behind the scenes as well as Some Kind of Monster you could say he was embedded in the middle of the metal movement!!!
Having love for all styles of music, the passion to promote and share the music scene has not stopped . Mastering concert photography he captures raw emotion, style of the artists and of coarse the crowds of people , and brings it to you!
Tom Lapinski , The Bammies Music Foundation Advisory Board Member
Executive Director / Founder Through the Bars Foundation
Over the past 4 decades, Tom Lapinski has been producing concerts in California. Tom has produced over 2,600 concerts and events. In the 80’s and 90’s, Tom was the Producer/Director of the Bay Area Music Awards for 13 years moving the show from The Warfield (1,800) to the San Francisco Civic Auditorium (6,000). In 1998, Tom expanded the Bammies into the California Music Awards. Tom was also the Supervising Producer of the (Paul Masson) Mt. Winery Concert Series for another 15 years. In 1984, Tom was approached to produced and directed the live event Tribute to Bill Graham.
Over this same period of time, Tom has volunteered in prisons for 36 years. The lion’s share of his work is in San Quentin State Prison. Tom started producing at Bread & Roses in June of 1977 and by August, he was producing concerts in San Quentin. At that time, Chris Miller was the Community Resource Manager in San Quentin. Chris’s inmate assistant was, Dennis Jones. Lapinski and Jones started the Freedom Foundation to work towards exonerating the wrongly convicted. They were the first organization to address this problem. Tom did the foundation’s work inside and out with many musicians, attorneys, and politicians. On Sunday, May 25, 1986, Tom brought B.B. King into San Quentin for two performances. He produced the shows and arranged to record and video the concerts. The tapes were then sent to B.B.’s manager, Sid Seidenberg, in New York. After a while, Sid released the album, B.B. King Live in San Quentin. It was nominated for a Grammy. It won the Grammy.
In 2002, Tom started to bring at-risk youth from Richmond, CA, into San Quentin for the Choices Program. By 2017, Tom founded the Through the Bars Foundation to focus on support for the inmate programs in San Quentin. He continues to work with 4 programs.
Marla Lowenthal, The Bammies Music Foundation Advisory Board Member
Marla Lowenthal is not your typical academic though she has been teaching college all her adult life in the United States and abroad in Canada, Europe, China and the Middle East. She has a doctorate in International Multicultural Education, an MA in English, and an MA in Media Studies: and she teaches in a variety of disciplines – English, rhetoric, media studies, cultural studies, communication, business, marketing, and organizational behavior. Currently she is teaching speech and rhetoric at the University of San Francisco, though she was chair of the Media Studies and Marketing Communication program at Menlo College for years.
For much of her adult life, she’s also worked in marketing communication. She has helped executives with their communication skills and given workshops on PR, writing and media relations to international public relations agencies like Fleischmann-Hillard and Burson-Marsteller in China and government/non-profit organizations around the country including the US Army and Treasury Department. She has assisted organizations and individuals improve their communication competencies; designed marketing material and strategies; written advertisement and web copy; created training programs; and produced numerous videos and cross-cultural events. She helped promote visual music videos for InMedia Productions in Montreal, and pitched Imagine Dragons, Lea Salonga and Damien Jurado for Thatcher PR in New York.
Though she grew up in Chicago, she has been in love with Bay Area music all her life. In her youth she wanted to be Grace Slick. What dark haired deep voiced girl didn’t want to be? She is thrilled to be on the Advisory Board of the Bammies and hopes she can contribute to Bay Area music’s ongoing success.
Chandra Lynn, The Bammies Music Foundation Advisory Board Member
Chandra Lynn, M.B.A.
Glow Marketing LLC & GlowLiving.com
Entrepreneur and owner of two businesses, Chandra Lynn inspires people to love life. She leads Glow Marketing LLC to help executives meet business and career goals. Core services include coaching, strategy, branding, creative development and customer engagement. She is also the founder and host of Glow Living (GlowLiving.com), a lifestyle brand and platform for personal growth and healthy living.
Prior to launching Glow Marketing LLC in January of 2000, Chandra held management positions at legendary entertainment producers and media. Most notably, Avid Inc., the leader in audio and video; Tickets.com; Bill Graham Presents/Live Nation; New Bay Media; San Francisco Magazine; and KFOG Radio/Cumulus Media, Inc.
Chandra currently balances consulting, coaching, and developing training programs such as Root-to-Rise and the Lessons Learned video interview series.
She lives in the San Francisco Bay Area and is into personal growth and healthy living for a balanced body, mind and spirit.
Adam Swig, The Bammies Music Foundation Advisory Board Member
Adam Swig is the founder and executive director of Value Culture, a California non profit focused on engaging the next generation in culture and philanthropy through events and culture programming. Since 2012, Adam has worked with over 50 non-profit organizations raising over $1 million dollars for philanthropic causes. His constantly sold out events have raised awareness for many causes including the environment, children in need, Shabbat and Jewish life, homelessness, public institutions, the arts, up and coming musical artists of all genres, disaster relief, cancer, women’s issues, Goats, strengthening Bay Area culture and encouraging philanthropy.
Ken Wayne, The Bammies Music Foundation Advisory Board
Ken Wayne anchors the KRON4 evening newscasts at 6 p.m., 8 p.m. and 10 p.m., Monday through Friday. Ken is an award-winning journalist who’s served the Bay Area since 1992.
Born in Marin County, Ken traveled the world as a Navy Journalist, taking him on assignments from the Aleutian Islands, to the coast of Libya. His career started at a small TV and FM radio station in Adak, Alaska. He’s also worked at Subic Bay, Philippines and aboard the USS Biddle, a guided missile cruiser based in Norfolk, Va.
After the Navy, Ken started in Palm Springs at KESQ in 1985. From there, he went on to Chico, Fresno, Los Angeles, and finally home to the Bay Area.
Before joining KRON4 in 2018, he anchored the weekday and weekend newscasts for the Bay Area’s FOX affiliate station and earned Peabody and Edward R. Murrow awards for his reporting.
When not at work, Ken enjoys piloting his small plane across California and the West rescuing dogs and cats and an occasional bear cub. His adventures are chronicled on his TV segments called “Flying Tails”.
He also has a healthy obsession for karaoke.
Linda Yelnick, The Bammies Music Foundation Advisory Board Member
Linda was born and raised in San Francisco and was a hippie chick teen hanging out in The Haight and rockin’ at local concerts every weekend even though she was a classically trained pianist. While listening to local rock radio stations (KYA, KFRC, KEWB, KMPX and then KSAN), reading BAM mag, and buying vinyl trips to Tower on Columbus, she knew that she would later become involved in the music industry. She even has over 100 Hard Rock Cafe t-shirts from travels in the US and abroad :). Linda manages Purple Fox and the Heebie Jeebies, a FUN, FUNky award-winning band for kids (and grown up movers and shakers). She is also the Associate Producer and Co-Manager of a monthly cable tv song competition show for West Coast Songwriters and also has worked its annual Conference for 18 years so far (where it all began for Sara Bareilles). Previously, Linda served on the Board of the San Francisco Chapter of the Recording Academy and its Special Events and Membership Committees. She coordinated bookings and backstage interviews with headlining artists at both West Fest, celebrating the 40th Anniversary of Woodstock, 2009, and the Summer of Love 40th Anniversary, 2007, both held in San Francisco. For awhile, Linda was the booking agent for Vince Welnick, a former Grateful Dead keyboardist. You can find her on the staff of various music/music tech conferences and events, and she was just invited to participate in the upcoming film, “Woodstock Nation-Revolution, Evolution and The Life Changing Magic of Music Festivals.” Linda is honored to be a part of the excitement ahead for The Bammies and to serve on the Advisory Board of The Bammies Music Foundation!