Bernie Ward, (b. April 5, 1951 in San Francisco, California), is a nighttime talk radio host on popular KGO 810 AM in his native San Francisco. Ward hosts a nightly ‘news talk’ show from 10 p.m. to 1 a.m. Monday through Friday, and GodTalk on Sundays from 6 to 9 a.m. He is a Roman Catholic and former priest of the Catholic Society of the Precious Blood order. A humorous promotional introduction for his entertainment show bills him as the Lion of the Left. Ward used to describe himself as unabashedly liberal, prior to sometime in 2006, when he opted for the new self-description progressive (vs. the somewhat pejorative antithesis, regressive arguing that the established terms left, or liberal, vs. right, or conservative, had lost their traditional meanings in an age when, as Ward alleges, the leadership of the American conservative movement no longer adheres to former hallmark principles such as small government).
Ward has served at KGO for decades, first as a reporter and then as a full-time talk show host since December, 1992. He is also known for his local charitable endeavors for the homeless, including St. Anthony’s Dining Room (San Francisco). He ends his nightly show with the enigmatic-sounding aphorism, “It’s easier to ask for forgiveness than it is permission,” which he has attributed on-air to computing pioneer and U.S. Navy Rear Admiral Grace Hopper, explaining the saying in its widely-used context of surviving in bureaucracies. Ward’s Sunday morning program closes with a more reverent apothegm, “The world is alive with the grandeur of God.”
Bernie Ward announced on May 30, 2007 that he is no longer a member of and does not support the Democratic Party. Ward also said in 2002 that he would never support a Presidential candidate who voted for the war in Iraq, but then changed his mind and supported John Kerry (D) (who voted for the war).
On December 6, 2007, during the 2 o’clock news, KGO Radio announced that Bernie Ward had been charged with violation of federal laws prohibiting transmission of child pornography.
The report went on to state that Bernie’s lawyer said these charges were related to research Bernie was doing in preparation for a book he was writing. KGO stated that Bernie was a long and valued member of the staff, and a guest host would be on during Bernie’s regular 10pm - 1am slot until further notice.
He was researching a book...
Ward alleges, the leadership of the American conservative movement no longer adheres to former hallmark principles such as small governmentEven a stopped clock is right twice a day.
Often on the weekend, I would go to sleep listen to Dr. Bill Wattenberg. Unfortunately, I woke up few times to hear Godtalk. Godtalk consisted of bashing those on the political right.