Gary with the great Frankie Valli
of The Four Seasons
Gary with Papa John Phillips (left)
and Scott McKenzie (right) at KYA
Gary with Roy Orbison
Billy G. Woodruff of The Drifters (left)
and Wolfman Jack with Gary
Gary with Phil and Don —
The Everly Brothers!
KYA alumni Sylvia Chacon,
Chris Edwards and Gary Mora
Gary Mora, Aaron Edwards, Tommy
Saunders and Tracy Syracuse (Russ The
Moose's daughter) at the Bay Area Radio
Hall of Fame ceremony, October 2008
Gary Mora is a Bay Area-born entertainer
who grew up in show business. He started out as a class
clown in Redwood City public schools and ended up on
stages around the world.
As a youngster he performed in national
ballroom dance competitions throughout the state,
winning first place trophies for the cha-cha, fox trot,
rumba and swing.
Gary Mora at the
original 1260 KYA
In his free time he learned to play
drums, which became a passion throughout his four years
at Sequoia High School in Redwood City. After high
school it was on to the College of San Mateo, where he
majored in telecommunications.
It was during his college years that he
found his true love, radio. Learning the ins and outs of
broadcasting was as easy as breathing for him. He was
quickly placed in his first on-air job at a small AM
station, KTRT, in Truckee, Calif.
It only took nine months for him to land
his first major market D.J. slot at KSOL in San
Francisco. From there it was on to Gene Autry's Golden
West station, San Francisco's legendary KSFO. He spent
eight wonderful years as an engineer, producer and
on-air talent at the "World's Greatest Radio Station."
During that same time period, Bay Area
Listeners also heard Gary on Big Band 99 FM, KMPX. It
was his dear friend Russ "The
Moose" Syracuse who brought him along to both
KMPX, and later to 1260 KYA. The Moose and Gary were
more like family than friends.
The Mighty KYA Airmen
including Sam Van Zandt,
Gene Nelson, Russ Syracuse, Hap Harper
It wasn't too much longer before
"Emperor" Gene Nelson
rejoined his buddies, Gary and Russ, leaving KSFO to
once again join the team at KYA.
During the past several years, Gary has
run the very successful entertainment company originally
known as The KYA Oldies Road
Show (known later as
Gary Mora's Oldies Road Show). That
company entertained thousands of fans both locally and
around the world for nearly twenty years.
In addition to the "Road Show," Gary has
been extremely active as a world-renowned voiceover
talent for radio, television, voice recognition, flash
video and film. (Learn more about his voiceover services
For many years you've heard Gary's voice
on both local and national television. He got his
voiceover start with "The Man Of A Thousand Voices,"
Gary Mora onstage with
the KYA Oldies Road Show
Another close friend who was instrumental
in guiding and promoting Gary, KYA and the Oldies Road
Show was Gary Fiset,
former promotion director at 1260 KYA, and current owner
After spending a significant time in
Hollywood, Gary was urged to stay "down south" because
"that's where the work is." As it turns out, returning
to Northern California was a great move! "There's been
plenty of work, while living in the most beautiful place
on earth," Gary says.
Gary's latest venture brings him full
circle, back to the station he grew up with and the
station he represented for two decades —
1260 KYA. Partnered
with David Jackson,
the head of the San Francisco-based
Bay Area Radio
Museum, Gary is delighted to be associated with such
a great guy who really knows radio and music from the
Ably assisting Gary throughout the day is
his trusty sidekick, the one and only
Gary says, "It is such a pleasure to
announce on Classic KYA
Radio while listening to vintage 1260
jingles and the actual commercials that were aired while
KYA was the 'Rock Of The Bay.'"
Now the Bay Area and the world can listen
to Redwood City's native son, Gary Mora, across the
World Wide Web on Classic
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