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 takes a look at “Queen of Katwe”, the story of a girl (Madina Nalwanga) who becomes a chess prodigy while living in a Ugandan slum.
KCBS Entertainment Editor Jan Wahl reviews “The Magnificent Seven”, a remake of a remake set in the post-Civil War American West and sees a group of outlaws protecting a town from an outside presence.
AUDIO: This week Jan reviews Clint Eastwood’s “Sully,” starring Tom Hanks
AUDIO: This week Jan reviews the latest action/thriller “Jason Bourne” starring Matt Damon…
AUDIO: This week Jan reviews the film adaptation of the popular British TV show & Woody Allen’s latest “Cafe Society” w/ Jesse Eisenberg & Kristen Stewart…
AUDIO: This week Jan reviews reboot of the 80s-era seminal series, plus the story of a man forced into an uncomfortable situation following the death of his wife, starring Viggo Mortensen…
AUDIO: This week Jan reviews the documentary on television legend, Norman Lear + a recap of what’s worth your time and money at the local multiplex and on Blu-Ray/DVD & Digital…
AUDIO: This week Jan reviews the latest film adaptation of the man on the vine, starring Alexander Skarsgard + a documentary that chronicles the life and works of the famed musician and filmmaker, Frank Zappa…
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