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.


Actor Al Pacino attends the "Danny Collins" premiere at AMC Lincoln Square Theater, NYC (Photo: Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images)

Jan Wahl Movie Review: ‘Danny Collins’ And ‘Woman In Gold’

A good movie with a star studded cast that can’t be beat… check out Al Pacino, Annette Bening, Christopher Plummer, Bobby Cannavale and Jennifer Garner in “Danny Collins”


British actress Judi Dench poses for photographers on the red carpet ahead of the Royal and World Premiere of the film 'The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel' in central London on February 17, 2015. (AFP PHOTO / JUSTIN TALLIS AFP/Getty Images)

Jan Wahl Movie Review: ‘The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel’ & ‘Deli Man’

KCBS Entertainment Editor Jan Wahl reviews a sequel film with a familiar cast in, “The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel” and “Deli Man”, a documentary about third-generation Jewish delicatessen owner, Ziggy Gruber, in Houston, Texas.


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Vanessa Kirby in John Boorman's "Queen and Country" (BBC Worldwide North America)

Review: ‘Queen and Country’ Is John Boorman’s Semi-Autobiographical Story About His Army Days

KCBS Entertainment Editor Jan Wahl reviews “Queen and Country,” director John Boorman’s sequel to his semi-autobiographical film “Hope and Glory” about a young conscript in the post-WWII British Army who lives on military base run by colonial officers. Also starring Callum Turner and Vanessa Kirby.


The Academy Awards/Oscars (Photo by Robyn Beck/Getty Images)

2015 Oscar Predictions For An ‘Interesting Year’

It’s the 87th Academy Awards and it’s been an interesting year from outstanding British films, outrageous visual feasts to movies that have caused controversy.


"Red Army" (Sony Pictures Classics)

Hot Docs! ‘Red Army’ Is A Beautiful, Brutal Peek Into Soviet-Era Hockey And ‘She’s Beautiful When She’s Angry’ Resurrects Forgotten Courage

KCBS Entertainment Editor Jan Wahl reviews two documentaries this week, including “Red Army,” which shows the cultural and social changes in Russia seen through the eyes of the Soviet Union’s national hockey team. Also reviewed is “She’s Beautiful When She’s Angry,” about the courage of those who put the modern women’s movement in the late 1960s and early ‘70s.


Jillian Estell and Kevin Costner in "Black or White." (Tracy Bennett/Relativity Media)

Movie Review: Kevin Costner Takes Touching Look At Race And Family In ‘Black or White’

KCBS Entertainment Editor Jan Wahl reviews “Black or White,” a drama centered around a custody battle with racial undertones between a child’s father (Kevin Costner) and grandmother (Octavia Spencer).


Jennifer Aniston, left, and Adriana Barraza in “Cake,” (Cinelou Films)

Movie Reviews: ‘Cake,’ ‘The Humbling,’ And ‘Mortdecai’

You can hear KCBS Entertainment Editor Jan Wahl’s movie reviews on KCBS All News 740AM and 106.9FM Fridays at 8:53am & 4:53pm. SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS) — KCBS Entertainment Editor Jan Wahl reviews “Cake,” the story […]


Tom Wilkinson as Johnson and David Oyelowo as Dr. King in “Selma.” (Atsushi Nishijima/Paramount Pictures)

David Oyelowo Gives A Remarkable Portrayal Dr. King In ‘Selma’

KCBS Entertainment Editor Jan Wahl reviews “Selma,” the retelling of the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.‘s (David Oweloyo) march from Selma to Montgomery that led to the passage of the Voters Rights Act of 1965.


Jack O'Connell as Louis Zamperini in "Unbroken" (Universal Pictures)

Movie Reviews: ‘Unbroken,’ ‘Into the Woods,’ ‘Big Eyes’ & ‘Mr. Turner’

Christmas week is traditionally a time for big, new movies. While some great ones like “Selma” and “American Sniper” are still coming and “The Imitation Game” is out there waiting to be seen now, here’s are few interesting films that have just been released.


Keira Knightley and Benedict Cumberbatch in ‘The Imitation Game’  (Jack English/Blackbear Pictures)

Jan Wahl Movie Reviews: ‘The Imitation Game’ & ‘Top Five’

KCBS Entertainment Editor Jan Wahl reviews “The Imitation Game,” based on the true story of Alan Turing (Benedict Cumberbatch), who helped crack the Germans’ Enigma code during World War II. Also reviewed is “Top Five,” Chris Rock’s first directorial effort in seven years about a comedian struggling with becoming a serious actor and his upcoming nuptials.




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