Why A BAGeL?

The origin of the name BAGeL Radio

In the late 1990s we sent around e-mails about which cool bands were playing in the San Francisco Bay Area, and when tickets were going on sale. It started off as an informal, irregular e-mail to our gig-going friends.

Those friends forwarded them onto their gig-going friends. Some of those folks asked to be added to the distribution list, and about a year later this e-mail was being mailed out weekly to our friends plus 1000 more people we'd never met.

(Keep in mind this was eons ago when such information was scattered across a nascent World Wide Web, a time before online gig guides, Facebook...hell, even MySpace wasn't yet a twinkle in old Tom's eye).

At that point friend of the station Anne suggested that this 'newsletter' needed a name. We asked ourselves, "OK, what is this thing?" and very quickly decided it was the Bay Area Gig eList. The subject line would read "BAGeL 12/8/98" (for example).

When launching the station in 2003 we tried to come up with a name along the same lines, however nothing we came up with rolled off the tongue quite like "BAGeL Radio," so we stuck with the code name and BAGeL Radio was born.

And there you have it.

Ted Leibowitz, BAGeL Radio

Program Director, Music Director, DJ, Tech Support Specialist, QA Engineer, Photographer, Copywriter, Copy Editor, Producer, Reporter, IT, Booking, Promotions, Sound Technician, and Brewer of the strong, strong coffee

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