BAM (magazine)

BAM (short for Bay Area Music) was a free bi-weekly music magazine founded and published by Dennis Erokan in the San Francisco Bay Area from January 1976 until June 1999.[1]


BAM magazine was first published in January 1976. It was a free bi-weekly magazine that was funded by advertisers.[2]

In the mid-1980s the magazine reached its largest circulation of 130,000 biweekly throughout California, after opening an office in Los Angeles.[3] After the opening of the Los Angeles office, separate Northern and Southern editions of BAM were published.[3]

In October 1994, the magazine got a new publisher, Earl Adkins.[4] In 1995, Bam magazine's parent company, Bam Media, bought the copyright to the Seattle Rocket.[4]

The final edition of the print magazine was published in June 1999.[3] The paper's circulation at the time of closing was 55,000.[3] The BAM logo was used as the music section of This Week, another Bam Media publication, after the paper folded.[3]

In 2011, BAM returned as a web-based magazine at,[5] operated by Dennis Erokan.[6]


In 1977, Erokan founded the Bay Area Music Awards, better known as the Bammies, a yearly awards show for musicians in the San Francisco Bay Area.[4] Winners were voted on by BAM's readers.[7] In 1998, the Bammies name was changed to the California Music Awards.[8] In March 2018, there was a Bammies Reunion Concert in San Francisco.[5]


  1. ^ Ganahl, Jane; Staff, Of the Examiner (1999-06-04). "BAM magazine shuts doors". SFGate. Retrieved 2019-08-14.
  2. ^ "The Stanford Daily 24 October 1996 — The Stanford Daily". Retrieved 2019-08-14.
  3. ^ a b c d e Chonin, Neva; Writer, Chronicle Staff (1999-06-04). "Bam To Cease Publishing / Music magazine was losing money". SFGate. Retrieved 2019-08-14.
  4. ^ a b c Ganahl, Jane; Staff, Of the Examiner (1995-09-01). "BAM Magazine merges with Seattle Rocket". SFGate. Retrieved 2019-08-14.
  5. ^ a b "Bammies reunion hopes to revive spirit of once-popular Bay Area award show -". 2018-03-19. Retrieved 2019-08-14.
  6. ^ "BAM magazine will return as website". The Mercury News. 2011-09-01. Retrieved 2019-08-14.
  7. ^ MTV News Staff. "Hole Lead 'Bammies' Nominees". MTV News. Retrieved 2019-08-14.
  8. ^ Report, Examiner Staff (1997-10-21). "Bammies become California Music Awards". SFGate. Retrieved 2019-08-14.