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Women’s Spaces Radio Show with host Elaine B. Holtz and guest Gaye LeBaron on local Sonoma County history, recorded on 7/30/18, has been uploaded to the web archives. The show was recorded, broadcast and streamed over Radio KBBF 89.1 FM in the NorthBay on Monday 7/30/18 and repeat broadcast and streamed over Radio KPCA 103.3 FM in Petaluma on Tuesday 7/31/18.

The link to the show’s archive webpage is


Gaye LeBaron’s Eye on the Local History of Sonoma County

Announcements    (See Links below)

Featured Guest

1. Gaye LeBaron , Columnist of The Press Democrat, Author, Teacher, and Local Historian of Sonoma County, California


1. Gaye LeBaron shares how she entered journalism and the challenges she faced as one of the few women journalists in newspaper when she joined the Press Democrat, and later how she mentored women entering the field of journalism as a professor at Sonoma State University. Gaye takes us back 150 years as we commemorate Santa Rosa receiving its city charter.this year.  Gaye reminds us of the heritage of the Pomo and Coast Miwok tribes, and the importance of the history of Sonoma County that shapes our present.

About our Guest:  Gaye LeBaron is an American newspaper columnist, author, teacher, and local historian of Sonoma County, California. She wrote for The Press Democrat here in Sonoma County from 1961 until her semi-retirement in 2001. She also co-authored two books on the history of Santa Rosa, California.  Producing more than 8,000 columns for The Press Democrat, ranging from human interest to cultural events to ethnic history to local politics. At one point she published six columns a week. And was considered the “premier columnist” of the paper, and a readership survey confirmed that hers was “the most popular feature in the paper”. She became a local celebrity. Gaye taught Sonoma County history at Santa Rosa Junior College and at the Lifelong Learning Center at Sonoma State University. In 2001 LeBaron gifted her interview notes and research material to the Sonoma State University Library, which entered the material into its special collections department. In 2003 the library added the Gaye LeBaron Collection to its online catalog and also opened a Gaye LeBaron website for the use of students, researchers, and community organizations. Mike Thompson named her Sonoma County Woman of the Year in 2015. In 2016 LeBaron received the California Community College Distinguished Alumni Award from the Community College League of California.

Guest Links: Contact Gaye LeBaron through the Press Democrat  www.pressdemocrat.com

 The Gaye LeBaron Digital Collection at Sonoma State University Library includes materials selected from the Gaye LeBaron Collection, a special collection held in the University Library. Digital objects include letters, photographs and newspaper columns that chronicle the history of the region. New objects are added each week. Printed versions of these images can be viewed by appointment. To view LeBaron newspaper columns from 1995 to the present, go to The Press Democrat website. More about the Gaye LeBaron Collection.



Announcement Links

Radio KBBF Annual Low Rider Car Show Fundraiser Event

August 28, Saturday, 1 pm – 6 pm at the Carpenter Union Campus, 1700 Corby Ave, Ste B, Santa Rosa, CA


Santa Rosa’s Sesquicentennial Celebration

September 8, Saturday, 3 pm -10 pm, Old Courthouse Square



Music Selections:

The Opening and Closing Theme song is with permission of the Composer and Singer Alix Dobkin: The Woman in Your Life is You by Alix Dobkin from the album Living with Lavender Jane (Women’s Wax Works) – www.alixdobkin.com

Happy Birthday sung by: Madacy Kids  from the Album 100 All Time Kids Favorite (2001 Madacy Kids)

The Ones Who Have Gone Before Us by Bev Grant from the Album We Were There – Women in the Labor Industry (2002 Human Condition Music)

What a Wonderful World sung by LeAnn Rines from the Album:What a Wonderful World  (2004 Curb Records Inc.)

Link to Spinitron.com Playlist of the Women’s Spaces Show