Former KOFY TV20 owner Jim Gabbert (pictured) has been selected as the permanent host of “Retro Night,” a series that airs old shows selected by viewers. Each week, viewers can choose among retro classics such as “Happy Days,” “Mork and Mindy,” “The Monkees,” “Hawaii Five-O,” “Mission: Impossible,” “Barney Miller,” “Laverne & Shirley” and more.
“Retro Nights” (Sunday 8-10 p.m.) has had a number of hosts since it launched last year, but the station announced this week that Gabbert would be the permanent host, according to reports in RBC-TVBC and TVNewsCheck.com.
Gabbert bought KOFY in 1980 and sold it in 1998 to Granite Broadcasting for $174 million. Now, back at the station he built, Gabbert once again has a platform to reintroduce viewers to what KOFY calls “his non-traditional, outrageous ways.”
“Our viewers have expressed how much they miss Jim. Having this Bay Area icon host KOFY’s Retro Night couldn’t be a better fit,” said Craig Coane, president and gm of KOFY. “Retro Night involves audiences in the TV-watching experience and, simply put, Jim knows how to engage them further.”
Viewers can vote for their favorite shows at http://www.kofytv.com/whats-on/retronight. At random, guest hosts will be selected from the pool of voters to join Gabbert on air each week. They have the opportunity to participate in dance offs, game shows and program spoofs.