The legendary radio broadcaster of the Bay Area, Ray Taliaferro, has been reported missing in Kentucky.
According to a KFVS report, the Massac County Sheriff's Department says that Taliaferro, now a resident of that Illinois county, was last seen on November 10 in nearby Paducah, Kentucky.
According to the missing person's brochure, "Ray was last seen talking to the manager of the pizza restaurant Mellow Mushroom in Paducah, he may be experiencing disorientation and signs of dementia."
San Francisco native Taliaferro, 79, became the first black talk show host for an important radio station on the market (KNEW AM 910) in 1976. According to the archives of the Bay Area News Group, his long Curriculum also includes heading the NAACP city chapter. and being named the first black member of the city's arts commission.
For years, beginning in 1986, the liberal Taliaferro commanded the Bay Area night waves, presenting the show KGO Newstalk AM-810 from 1 to 5 am In an interview in 2011, colleague Ronn Owens called Taliaferro a "professional "Who" knows how to stir things up at night to create an excellent listening experience. "
Owens added: "What his listeners do not know is that he is a total gentleman, a patron of the arts, an incredibly generous person."
Taliaferro was admitted to the Hall of Fame of the National Association of Black Journalists in 2011.