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Veteran radio broadcaster Lissa Kreisler to host ‘Community Storytelling’

Veteran South Bay radio broadcaster Lissa Kreisler is about to try her hand at television.
“Telling people’s stories and being part of Los Gatos—it’s the best new adventure anyone could ask for,” Kreisler said.
Her new show, “Community Storytelling,” launches this fall on Los Gatos community channel 15 (KCAT TV).
Manresa chef and owner David Kinch is her first interview subject. She plans to ask the renowned chef, who has earned three Michelin stars, “if he ever ate at McDonald’s.” She’s also tooled around town on one of Mike’s Bikes, stopped off at the Los Gatos Coffee Roasting Company and visited local firefighters to spread the word that people can nominate themselves or someone else to appear on her show.
“I’m looking for people who have something extraordinary about them,” Kreisler explained.
Kreisler’s voice is well-known to KBAY FM listeners, as she co-hosted the morning drive show with Sam Van Zandt until he retired in December and Kreisler was let go—just two weeks shy of her 30-year anniversary. Prior to that, she was at KLOK AM for 10 years.
Kreisler said at the time that she was not ready to retire. “I’m not going anywhere,” she said then. “I’m still part of the community—I hope.”
KCAT TV executive director Melissa Toren certainly thinks Kreisler has something to offer the Los Gatos community.
“I’ve known Lissa from radio and as a fabulous master of ceremonies for countless nonprofit events over the years,” Toren said. “With her bubbly personality and infectious laugh, everyone who sits and chats with Lissa will have a great time sharing their story. Who knows, maybe some of the better-kept secrets of Los Gatos will be revealed.”
The deal with KCAT was clinched when Linda Lester, who owns the Lester Square shopping center at Los Gatos Boulevard and Blossom Hill Road, agreed to sponsor “Community Storytelling.”
If you remember Kreisler on KBAY, you might also recall that she and Van Zandt did a daily shtick each morning called “Isn’t That Nice.”
“All you had to do was talk about something good and special,” Kreisler said. “One thing I think makes Los Gatos special is that the people who live in town love it, and they love to do good things for the town and each other.”
Which is why she wants to find more locals to profile.
“It could be the youngster down the street who helped somebody, or a Boy Scout. Or it may be a story about somebody’s favorite nonprofit,” Kreisler said. “How fun is that? This is a show for Los Gatos and Monte Sereno. I know there are people out there who don’t get as much attention as they deserve.”
Shooting starts in early August, so time is of the essence.
“That’s why we really need to get people lined up,” Kreisler said.
To nominate a community storyteller, visit kcat.org . The home page asks for contact information and a brief description of the individual’s or organization’s achievements and activities.

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