Broadcaster Michael Krasny announces retirement from KQED

For the past 27 years, thousands of listeners anchored their morning routine around KQED radio broadcaster Michael Krasny’s “Forum” broadcast at 9 a.m. Monday through Friday. So his announcement Monday morning that he will retire Feb. 15, 2021, sent shock waves throughout the San Francisco Bay Area.

“I want to thank all of the listeners, guests and exceptional colleagues I’ve had the great fortune to encounter over the years as host of ‘Forum,'” said Krasny in a press release from the Bay Area’s largest public radio station. “I’ve been unusually fortunate to sustain such a long career serving the Bay Area in a role that allows me to participate in such rich and thoughtful conversations about the topics of our times.”

Since becoming the host of “Forum” in 1993, Krasny has interviewed many important local and national figures, including former President Jimmy Carter, Cesar Chavez, Maya Angelou, Sean Penn, Allen Ginsberg, Charlize Theron, Bernie Sanders and Carl Sagan.

Always well-prepared with insightful questions for his guests, Krasny built up one of the most loyal radio audiences in the San Francisco Bay Area, often topping the local ratings. On average, 246,000 listen to his daily radio broadcast, and another 70,000 online or via podcast.

KQED announced they would perform a nationwide search for Krasny’s successor. Co-broadcaster Mina Kim will continue to host the second hour of Forum, which focuses on California issues.

“Michael is a Bay Area jewel,” Holly Kernan, KQED’s chief content officer, noted in the release. “Forum shows how a regional public affairs program can serve listeners with reasoned and thoughtful dialogue that cuts across so many disciplines and important issues.”

Krasny started his career on KTIM in Marin in the 1970s. He moved to KGO in the ’80s before joining KQED. He is also an English professor at San Francisco State University.