Jan Wahl

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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.


'Where To Invade Next' (credit: Alamo Drafthouse)

Jan Wahl Movie Reviews ‘Where To Invade Next’

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…


Eric Bana is Warrant Officer Daniel Cluff, Chris PIne is Bernie Webber and Kyle Gallner is Andy Fitzgerald in Disney's THE FINEST HOURS, the heroic action-thriller based on the extraordinary true story of the most daring rescue in the history of the Coast Guard.

Jan Wahl Movie Reviews ‘The Finest Hours’ & ’45 Years’

AUDIO: This week Jan reviews “The Finest Hours” starring Chris Pine & Casey Affleck. Also “45 Years” w/ Oscar-Nominated actress Charlotte Rampling…


Dame Maggie Smith in "The Lady In The Van" (credit: TriStar Pictures/Sony)

Jan Wahl Movie Reviews ‘The Lady In The Van’

AUDIO: This week Jan reviews “The Lady In The Van” starring Dame Maggie Smith


Mad Max: Fury Road (credit: Warner Bros. Pictures)

Time for The Oscars w/ Jan Wahl

AUDIO: Jan Wahl takes a look at this year’s slate of Oscar nominations headlined by “The Revenant” which picked up 12 nominations and “Mad Max: Fury Road” which is in the running for 10…


Leonardo DiCaprio in "The Revenant" (credit: 20th Century Fox)

Jan Reviews ‘The Revenant’

AUDIO: This week Jan reviews “The Revenant”, the story of a fur trapper who must fight for survival…


Samuel L. Jackson in Quentin Tarantino's "The Hateful Eight" (credit: The Weinstein Company)

Jan Reviews ‘The Hateful Eight’

AUDIO: Jan reviews Quentin Tarantino’s “The Hateful Eight” starring Samuel L. Jackson & Kurt Russell…


Jennifer Lawrence in "Joy" (credit: 20th Century Fox)

Jan Wahl Movie Reviews

LISTEN: Jan reviews “Joy” starring Jennifer Lawrence and “Concussion” w/ Will Smith…


Peter Mayhew as 'Chewbacca' & Harrison Ford as 'Han Solo' in 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' (credit: Disney/Lucasfilm)

Jan Wahl Movie Reviews

LISTEN: Jan delivers SPOILER FREE reviews of “The Force Awakens” and “Sisters” w/ Tina Fey & Amy Poehler…


Cate Blanchett in Todd Haynes' 1950s romance "Carol" (credit: The Weinstein Company)

Jan Wahl Movie Reviews

AUDIO: This week Jan reviews a trio of SAG Award & Golden Globe hopefuls this week including “Carol,” “The Big Short,” & “The Danish Girl”


Juliet Stevenson as 'Mother Theresa' in The Letters (credit: CinemaWest)

Jan Wahl Movie Reviews

AUDIO: This week Jan reviews “The Letters” starring Juliet Stevenson + a rock-documentary of Janis Joplin, “Janis: Little Girl Blue”



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