Vancouver Magazine called her “San Francisco’s sharp-witted solo answer to Ebert and Roeper.” Recognized as a woman of many hats, film critic Jan Wahl joined KRON 4 in October 1990. Sporting a different chapeau each week, she critiques recent movie releases, reviews new videos, conducts celebrity interviews, and offers interesting background on show business.
In addition to her work at KRON 4, Wahl provides cultural and show business reports for KCBS Radio and is a featured regular on LIVE 105, KITS 105.3 FM. When she’s not working in television or radio, Wahl emcees community events, teaches, lectures and delivers show biz talks on international cruises. Wahl also teaches a class called “Critical Thinking of the Mass Media”, a course she originated for corporations and schools.
Before joining KCBS, Wahl was the entertainment reporter and movie/video reviewer at KNBR Radio, where she hosted a three-hour call-in show “Hollywood Calling.” Prior, Wahl frequently appeared as a film critic and historian on KGO Radio.
Before coming to the Bay Area, Wahl worked for ABC in Los Angeles, first as a documentary producer, and later as a stage manager and director of “Rona Barrett’s Hollywood,” “The Lawrence Welk Show,” “Match Game,” “Family Feud,” “Good Morning, America” and various specials such as the Oscar and Grammy telecasts.
In 1977, Wahl won an Emmy Award for producing and writing “They Still Say I Do,” a humorous documentary on the palimony case of Lee and Michelle Triola Marvin. That year she also became a member of the prestigious Directors Guild of America. In 1999 she won a second Emmy for a “A Filmgoer’s Bill of Rights.”
A movie enthusiast since her youth, Wahl began collecting movie memorabilia at age seven. Wahl entered the journalism field as a newswriter for KGO-TV, where she also produced two documentaries while attending San Francisco State University. She graduated with a degree in Broadcast Communications and Arts. During school, she also worked at KRON 4 as a panelist on a community affairs show called “Youth Inquires.”
Wahl is a native of West Los Angeles and currently resides in Marin County.
AUDIO: Jan reviews the story of how Charles Dickens created his iconic holiday characters Ebenezer Scrooge, Tiny Tim and others from “A Christmas Carol”
AUDIO: This week, Jan reviews the family drama, “Wonder” starring Jacob Tremblay, Julia Roberts, Owen Wilson, Sonia Braga and Mandy Patinkin.
Will ‘Murder on the Orient Express’ be a trainwreck or will it make it’s destination? Find out as Jan Wahl reviews the Kenneth Branagh remake, a documentary on comedienne Rose Marie and the post-war drama starring Steve Carell.
This week, KCBS Entertainment Editor Jan Wahl reviews the stage version of the hit animated film from Walt Disney Pictures, “Aladdin: The Musical”
AUDIO: This week, Jan recaps several films to see that are still in theaters and some that we can see without leaving the comfort of home.
AUDIO: This week, KCBS Entertainment Editor Jan Wahl reviews the true story of the man who created Wonder Woman and a comedy/drama with Dustin Hoffman, Ben Stiller and Adam Sandler.
AUDIO: This week, KCBS Entertainment Editor Jan Wahl reviews the true story of Watergate in ‘Mark Felt’ and the biopic ‘Loving Vincent’.
AUDIO: Jan reviews an unlikely friendship between a young Indian clerk and Queen Victoria, played by Dame Judi Dench.
AUDIO: This week, KCBS Entertainment Editor Jan Wahl reviews the true story of the “Battle of The Sexes” tennis match between Billie Jean King and Bobby Riggs. Starring Emma Stone and Steve Carrell.
AUDIO: KCBS Entertainment Editor Jan Wahl has a couple of ideas to take your mind off of the “real world” – “Home Again” and “Dolores”