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: This week Jan reviews Disney-Pixar’s sequel “Finding Dory” + a documentary on filmmaker Brian De Palma
AUDIO: This week Jan reviews the period drama “Genius”, starring Colin Firth and Jude Law
AUDIO: This week Jan reviews the comedy starring Michael Shannon as Elvis Presley and Kevin Spacey as President Nixon. Plus the documentary “The First Monday in May.”
AUDIO: This week Jan reviews the action/comic book blockbuster starring Ben Affleck & Henry Cavill…
AUDIO: This week Jan reviews two films with Sally Field and Helen Mirren
AUDIO: This week Jan reviews the drama/comedy “Whiskey Tango Foxtrot” starring Tina Fey, Margot Robbie & Martin Freeman
AUDIO: This week Jan reviews “Race” the story of famed American athlete Jesse Owens, and his triumphs at the 1936 Olympic Games in Berlin…
AUDIO: This week Jan reviews “Where to Invade Next”, a documentary where filmmaker Michael Moore visits various countries to show how people view certain issues; and “Ingrid Bergman: In Her Own Words”, a documentary about the life of actress Ingrid Bergman…
AUDIO: This week Jan reviews “The Finest Hours” starring Chris Pine & Casey Affleck. Also “45 Years” w/ Oscar-Nominated actress Charlotte Rampling…
AUDIO: This week Jan reviews “The Lady In The Van” starring Dame Maggie Smith