The Finch Files

The Finch Files: Trumped by Rosie

Singer-songwriter and film and television composer Peter Himmelman and Donald Trump have absolutely nothing in common, except for one thing: they have similar feelings for Rosie O’Donnell. Who knows what The Donald’s problem is? But Himmelman’s issue is completely understandable … and somehow, poor Tyne Daly ended up in the […]

The Finch Files: Breaking Bad…the Tour

Peter visits Albuquerque, New Mexico and takes the official Breaking Bad tour. Not only does it exist, but we’ll learn about meth-shaped candies, the differences between reel and real life, and what the owners of Walter White’s house think of pizzas on the roof. Peter Finch has been a Bay […]

The Finch Files: Terre Roche

Terry Roche of The Roches recalls how James Taylor and Boz Scaggs inadvertently factored into some unfortunate career decisions. Peter Finch has been a Bay Area radio staple for more than three decades at KMEL, KFOG and KGO radio in San Francisco. In 2014, he was inducted into the Bay […]

The Finch Files: George Thorogood funks up Live Aid

Rosebud Agency head Mike Kappus recalls booking George Thorogood to play the Philadelphia portion of Live Aid. There was only one problem with the show: no racial diversity whatsoever. No problem! We’ll just makes some calls. That’s where the fun begins… Peter Finch has been a Bay Area radio staple […]

The Finch Files: Chris Squire

Peter Finch remembers Yes bassist Chris Squire with a story Squire told about being in England for a gig when a German TV program called Beat-Club showed up to shoot the show. The opening act – and the crowd he attracted – turned out to be quite a surprise! Peter […]

The Finch Files: Janice Whaley’s The Smiths Project

In 2010, Janice Whaley embarked on a time-consuming new music project: she would re-record every song by The Smiths using only her voice, with sometimes up to 30-50 layers of vocals. Peter Finch documents this staggering work of art and love, and turns to his radio colleagues for their professional […]

The Finch Files: Good Rocker, Bad Rocker

Last week, two rockers dealt with adversity in stunningly different ways. On the one hand, the Foo Fighters’ Dave Grohl fell and broke his leg, and felt bad about it. On the other hand, Smash Mouth’s Steve Harwell expressed his true feelings about bread… Hosted by Peter Finch. Peter Finch […]

The Finch Files: The Legend of Les Paul

Peter explores the legend of Les Paul, the visionary who changed music forever with the introduction of the electric guitar. From Paul and Mary Ford’s appearance on Omnibus that introduced the world to multi-track recording, to the custom guitars wielded by rock gods from Hendrix to Page to Rhodes, Les […]

The Finch Files: Sherry Davis

Peter Finch chats with Sherry Davis, the first full-time female stadium announcer for a major league baseball team about her 6-year tenure with the San Francisco Giants, and what it’s like to be the subject of a Jeopardy question. — Peter Finch has been a Bay Area radio staple for […]

The Finch Files: Carl the Cook

Peter Finch chats with Carl, the 82-year-old cook at the St. Francis Lutheran Church in San Francisco, who proves helping people keeps you young. — Peter Finch has been a Bay Area radio staple for more than three decades at KMEL, KFOG and KGO radio in San Francisco. In 2014, […]

The Finch Files: Paul Reubens

Peter Finch chats with Paul Reubens about his iconic character Pee Wee Herman, and why the set of Pee Wee’s Playhouse was always closed. — Peter Finch has been a Bay Area radio staple for more than three decades at KMEL, KFOG and KGO radio in San Francisco. In 2014, […]

Peter picks up a hammer for National Rebuilding Day, a day of rebuilding homes and neighborhoods, and an accumulation of a month of service as part of April’s National Rebuilding Month. — Peter Finch has been a Bay Area radio staple for more than three decades at KMEL, KFOG and […]

The Finch Files: Maker Faire

Peter checks out the Maker Faire, annual Bay Area tradition of local inverters and tinkerers … including the guy who built a lifesize version of the board game Mousetrap, complete with bowling balls! — Peter Finch has been a Bay Area radio staple for more than three decades at KMEL, […]

The Finch Files: Jesse and Sarah Brewster

Peter tells the story of musician Jesse Brewster and his badass wife Sarah. When he was 20-years-old, he was diagnosed with Polycystic Kidney Disease, a potentially fatal disease. There was only one option, and that’s why Sarah is a badass. — Peter Finch has been a Bay Area radio staple […]

The Finch Files: Megan Slankard

Peter introduces us to indie alt-rock artist Megan Slankard, an acclaimed and prolific musician and songwriter. So what do tunnels have to do with all of this? And how does Doobie Brother Michael McDonald play a part? Check it out! Peter Finch has been a Bay Area radio staple for […]

The Finch Files: KC Turner

  Peter checks in with veteran San Francisco musician and promoter KC Turner, who produces his own house concert series, and helps build a vital connection between live music fans and the independent music scene. Also, if you are a first-timer at Open Mic Night, there’s nobody better to have […]