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Jack Swanson Named KCBS Director of News and Programming

Jack Swanson News 740 KCBS 106.9 KFRC San Francisco 560 KSFO 810 KGOFormer KGO/KSFO San Francisco Program Director Jack Swanson is returning to the market as the new Director of News & Programming for CBS’ News 740 KCBS/106.9 KFRC.

Swanson spent much of his radio career programming the Talk combo of 560 KSFO and 810 KGO under ABC and Citadel ownership.

He takes over the position vacated by the February retirement of Ed Cavagnaro. Cavagnaro worked at KCBS for 37 years and programmed the station from 1988 until this year.

Jack Swanson has been appointed Director of News and Programming for KCBS All News Radio 740AM and 106.9FM (www.kcbs.com), it was announced today by Doug Harvill, Senior Vice President and Market Manager, CBS RADIO San Francisco. The appointment is effective April 24, 2015.

“Jack has a distinguished track record of leading iconic radio stations,” said Harvill. “He’s a terrific leader with a deep understanding of how a market leading station such as KCBS can be a trusted and active member of its community.”

Swanson began his radio career as a news anchor/reporter for WLS Radio (Chicago) before becoming the News and Program Director for KGO Radio (San Francisco). Next, he was President and General Manager for KING-FM in Seattle and returned to KGO/KSFO as the Vice President of Programming before joining KCBS in 2015 as Director of News and Programming.

He is the recipient of numerous awards including the best radio Program Director in America and the best news talk PD for four years and the best programmer for three years by Radio Ink and Radio & Records respectively.

“Being asked to lead one of the best news teams in the country is one of those rare situations that don’t present themselves often. I’m looking forward to contributing to the amazing growth of this legendary station in the years ahead,” added Swanson.

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Lance Venta is the Owner and Publisher of RadioInsight.com and a consultant for RadioBB Networks specializing in integration of radio and the internet. Lance has two decades of experience tracking the audio industry and its use of digital platforms.

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