SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) — The body of missing Bay Area broadcaster Ray Taliaferro was found, according to a family member on Sunday evening. The announcement was made on a GoFundMe page funding Taliaferro’s search.

“It is with great sadness that the Taliaferro family has to announce the passing of Ray Taliaferro. His body was found in Paducah, Kentucky in a wooded area approximately a mile from where he was last seen,” read the statement.

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Taliaferro was an exemplary and withstanding Bay Area journalist for KGO; he went missing last month in Kentucky. 

He was a broadcasting trailblazer, the first African-American major market radio talk show host in the country.

Surveillance video that surfaced last week showed the last time Bay Area radio legend Ray Taliaferro was seen in public.

On the evening of November 10th, he knocked on the door of a church in Paducah, Kentucky, and spoke to the music director.

The video shows him talking for about 15 or 20 minutes.

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Award-winning journalist Bryan Monroe, a friend of Taliaferro’s family, spoke to the church music director seen in the video with Taliaferro who told him the retired radio host seemed confused.

“He seemed a little disoriented, but explained who he was; he said that he was a prominent San Francisco Bay Area radio host and was very talkative,” said Monroe.

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“He tended to repeat himself a few times. They stood by the door and chatted for a bit. And then he left at 5:01 p.m. on Saturday, Nov 10. That was the last time Taliaferro was seen.”

Taliaferro was a leading voice among progressives and often focused on political issues affecting the U.S. and the state of California on his talk show. His family told authorities he had become forgetful lately.


Comments (20)
  1. Chris Appel says:

    Taliaferro was an exemplary and withstanding Bay Area journalist for KGO; ? He was NOT a journalist,,,he editorialized and pushed his far LEFT agenda and narrative…Journalist? LOL

    1. Dave Turner says:

      On his show, he was an extreme leftist, no question. However, when he filled in for other hosts during the morning and afternoon, he was much more civilized. Makes you wonder if the extreme left wing was shtick or not.

    2. Christine Craft says:

      Dear Chris, I knew Ray. Ray T was a friend of mine.I often filled in for Ray and did his show when he was gone. You are no Ray Taliaferro. He was a journalist before he was a talk radio host. He was a noon news anchor at KRON with Paul Ryan.. One can be a journalist and then a pundit, though not at the same time. get it?

  2. John Payton says:

    Why didn’t the music director call the police? That was a big mistake to just let this confused man walk away.

  3. Mack Davis says:


    In other news, Macy’s will be having a Christmas sale. : /

  4. Harold Riley says:

    “Progressives” are still pushing the same “you work, I eat” agenda they pushed in the South in the 1800s. No thank you. It was evil then and still is.

  5. Nina Anderson Lutz says:

    What was the cause of death?

  6. I remember listening to him frequently in the mid-80s. He was a racist, plain and simple.

  7. Marian TheExlibrarian says:

    I would catch his show here and there and respected his opinion.

  8. Mike Van says:

    the man was a raging loon. He screamed at more callers than any other radio host.

  9. Rod Mackey says:

    an exemplary and withstanding Bay Area journalist for KGO. LMAO

  10. Came here from Drudge. Went to for more real California news.

  11. Richard Stenger says:

    I came here from Great site for non-MSN stories.