Why is the San Francisco Side of the Bay Bridge now named after Willie Brown?


IMG_1426Paul Wells, Holly Bratt, Willie Brown & Don Solem

The Dedication Ceremony was at Treasure Island, site of the 1939 World’s Fair in California, on February 11th, 2014.  Rather than explain the myriad of reasons that the first Black Speaker of the California State Assembly, the first Black Mayor of San Francisco, and Political Icon Willie L. Brown, Jr.  has been so honored, let us direct you to the Video of the Flow Communications produced Will and Willie Show, March Episode, Part 1.  The subject is discussed, and the voice mail message from old friend and fellow African-American Pioneer, Bill Cosby, is heard for the first time outside of those hundreds of people, Civil Rights Leaders who knew Willie Brown as a young man, California Lt. Governor Gavin Newsom and other dignitaries were in attendance.  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xJUOSfj1–Q

About Paul Wells

Paul "Lobster" Wells started out as a small child. Not just copying the title of a Bill Cosby comedy album, that was paraphrased by Steve Martin, here... Mr. Wells actually had a desktop radio station before there was "Desktop!". From ages 10-12, on Friday nights in The Bronx, he and his friends would gather and do radio with two turntables and a microphone, and a little mixing board, built into an anvil jeweler's case that fit on his desk in his bedroom in Parkchester, the World's first modern Housing Project. This rig was plugged into a Wollensack tape recorder. Some tapes of what was imaginatively called WKDO Radio still exist. Paul went to college to become a Veterinarian, but as Freshman, his life took a turn when he joined the campus radio station. His understanding of media and advertising would grow, in addition to his already well-developed love of music, while attending the City University of New York for four years (becoming Chief Announcer at the campus radio station, WCCR) and Stanford University, where he did radio and taught student DJs as "post-graduate" work. Paul would later found Flow Communications as an Ad Agency with some KZSU, Stanford friends. He rose to become Music Director of KSJO, San Jose in the late '70s and Morning Man at KNAC, Los Angeles when it went "Heavy Metal" in 1986. Returning to the Bay Area, "The Lobster Breakfast" on KSJO, CBS' KRQR San Francisco and K-FOX. Paul then became Director of Marketing and Production at BMP, working on House of Blues radio programs as well as creating and selling new programming concepts. Paul went on to become Director of Programming for Information Network Radio and Creative Director of KBZS, 1220AM. The company owned the radio station and had 5 channels of Sirius Satellite Radio and 2 foreign language stations for XM. The pre-launch contracts became mute when the services were delayed. At that time, 2002, Paul moved Flow Communications to 69 Green Street, in San Francisco's Media Gulch. The building is home to state-of-the-art digital audio post-production studios, including the only Dolby certified Pro Tools studio in San Francisco. As Lobster, Paul still performs weekly on 97.7FM, The River, "Classic Rock for the North Bay." Also, Mr. Wells teamed up Political Comedian Will Durst and Political Icon Willie L. Brown Jr. for a morning talk show in 2005. It is now a "Tri-Cast" which airs on both Radio and Television, and is archived on the Internet at willandwillie.com Flow Communications and Flowstream.com are poised to create the best Integrated Media Content for a wide range of clients. In his spare time, Mr. Wells is an avid Scuba Diver, Bicyclist and Dog and Cat Whisperer.

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