Has Clear Channel Changed Its Mind On KKGN-A?
December 15, 2011 at 5:27 AM (PT)
Just about one month ago (NET NEWS 11/29), CLEAR CHANNEL announced it was shuffling the lineups at its Talk stations in SAN FRANCISCO. The net effect would be the move of the liberal "Progressive Talk" format presently on Talk KKGN-A (GREEN 960) to the HD-2 channel of Oldies KKSF (OLDIES 103.7), with call letter changes and programming swaps on the two AMs.
Well hold the presses... because ALL ACCESS has learned that several of the shows scheduled to be dropped from KKGN-A have been "uncanceled." Hmmmmm.
The changes announced in NOVEMBER had Talk KNEW-A (FOX NEWSRADIO 910 AM) retain its format but pick up the new calls KKSF-A and the slogan "SAN FRANCISCO'S TALK 910 KKSF."
KKGN-A (GREEN 960) was set to pick up the FOX NEWS RADIO affiliation and KNEW-A calls, and planned to pick up PREMIERE's GLENN BECK for mornings (presently noon-3p on 910 AM), syndicated DAVE RAMSEY 9a-noon (also from 910 AM), PREMIERE's RANDI RHODES would remain for noon-3p and FOX's JOHN GIBSON moving over from afternoons on 910 to the same slot on 960.
Then the existing KKGN-A lineup, including DIAL GLOBAL's STEPHANIE MILLER and THOM HARTMANN, PREMIERE's RHODES (simulcast with 960) and syndicated NORMAN GOLDMAN, would be heard (as "FM PROGRESSIVE TALK") on KKSF-FM-HD-2 and online.
Several sources tell ALL ACCESS that CLEAR CHANNEL has changed its mind, and will keep KKGN-A intact. Why? Perhaps the changes at crosstown CUMULUS Talk KGO-A made the planned moves worth revisiting.
At the beginning of this month (NET NEWS 12/1), CUMULUS cuts hit the on-air staff at KGO-A, with hosts GIL GROSS (2-4p), GENE BURNS (7-10p), RAY TALIAFERRO (1-5a) and JOHN ROTHMANN (10p-1a) let go.
Is CLEAR CHANNEL considering adding those hosts to a revamped KKGN-A? Stay tuned!