iHeartMedia abruptly dropped the Talk format of 910 KKSF San Francisco this morning to return the Spanish Sports “ESPN Deportes” network to the market. The station is now being operated by Deportes Media via LMA, which had been running the network on 860 KTRB San Francisco until that station became Salem Media operated Conservative Talk “860 The Answer” on July 1. KKSF had been running a mix of local and syndicated Talk including longtime KGO host Gil Gross, Program Director Cory Callewaert and Joel Riddell, and the syndicated Stephanie Miller and Alan Colmes. KKSF registered a 0.3 share in the June 2016 Nielsen Audio PPM ratings.
Cumulus Sports “KNBR 1050” KTCT San Francisco is adding a local morning show as it revamps the station as a younger alternative to sister 680 KNBR. “The Audible” will air from 6-9am starting August 8 and will be hosted by Kevin Frandsen, Drew Hoffar and Rudy Ortiz. Frandsen is a San Jose native who retired from Major League Baseball after the 2015 season following a ten year pitching career. Hoffar most recently served as co-host of the Don Geronimo Show at both KHTK Sacramento and in its subscription podcast form. Ortiz is the latest talent to jump from Entercom Sports “95.7 The Game” KGMZ San Francisco where he was a co-host of the weekend “3 Amigos” program. He is also a touring stand-up comedian. The Audible will replace CBS Sports Radio&...Read More
As we first reported on June 17, Salem Media has confirmed it will launch Conservative Talk “860 The Answer” KTRB San Francisco over the July 4 weekend. Salem will assume the LMA currently held by Deportes Media who has been operating the station as Spanish Sports “ESPN Deportes 860“. KTRB becomes Salem’s 26th “Answer” branded Conservative Talker and is featuring a lineup of in-house syndicated talent: 3-6am – Hugh Hewitt 6-9am – Mike Gallagher 9am-12pm – Dennis Prager 12-3pm – Michael Medved 3-6pm – Larry Elder 9pm-12am – Steve Deace Salem Media Group (NASDAQ: SALM) announced today that it is launching a News Talk station in San Francisco over the July 4th weekend. 50,000 watt KTRB-AM covers the entire San Franc...Read More
iHeartMedia is bringing its digital “iHeart 80s Radio” to San Francisco. Classic Hits “Big 103.7” KOSF will relaunch as “iHeart 80s 103.7” at 12pm today. Former MTV VJ Martha Quinn will host mornings on the station starting on Tuesday, June 14 following eight days of commercial-free music. iHeart recently launched an All 80s format in Albuquerque, but KOSF will be the first full powered station to include the “iHeart” name in its branding as the company continue to blur the lines betweBeen its streaming properties and radio stations. The move will leave the San Francisco market without a traditional Classic Hits station although recently launched sister “98.1 The Breeze” KISQ shared some musical overlap with KOSF. The “Big 1...Read More
“Hot 97” WQHT New York afternoon host and MTV personality Nessa is launching a daily five hour syndicated show to be offered in any daypart. “Nessa On Air” will be distributed by Benztown for use on CHR, Rhythmic, or Urban formatted stations. The first affiliate will be CBS CHR “99.7 Now” KMVQ San Francisco, who will air the program from 10pm-2am starting Monday, June 6. This marks a return to the market where she spent five years hosting nights at iHeartMedia’s Rhythmic CHR “Wild 94.9” KYLD prior to joining WQHT in January 2015. Cat Collins, former PD of KYLD and Hot AC “Star 101.3” KIOI San Francisco is serving as Executive Producer for Nessa On Air. Benztown, an international radio imaging, production library, programming...Read More
Entercom is making on-air changes at three of its San Francisco market stations. At AC 96.5 KOIT, the recently departed Brent Carey is replaced by Freska, who moves over from middays at at Classic Hip-Hop “Q102.1” KRBQ Billy Vidal will move up from weekends to take the open midday slot at KRBQ. Meanwhile at sister Urban AC 102.9 KBLX, Victor Zaragosa is leaving the Dream Team morning show with Kimmie Taylor and Mark Curry to move to afternoons. Tony Sculfield joins the station to take the vacant spot on the morning show. He joins from nights at Crawford Broadcasting’s 106.3 WSRB Lansing/Chicago. Bay Area afternoons just got a bit bigger and mornings just became a tad wittier. Legendary on-air personality Victor “Big Daddy” Zaragoza will be moving to the afternoon drive ti...Read More
For the second time in a week, Cumulus has raided the staff of Entercom Sports “95.7 The Game” KGMZ San Francisco to jump to their duo of 680 KNBR and 1050 KTCT San Francisco. Jeremiah Crowe will leave his role as Assistant Program Director at KGMZ to become PD of “1050 KNBR” KTCT and APD of 680 KNBR. Prior to joining KGMZ, Crowe worked as a producer for ESPN Radio. In the press release, OM/680 PD Lee Hammer states that a relaunch of the 1050 signal is forthcoming. KTCT currently features CBS Sports Radio programming from 6am-12pm, a local midday show hosted by Ted Ramey, a simulcast of KNBR’s afternoon show, and then CBS and NBC Sports Radio programming at night. Cumulus Media announces that it has appointed seasoned sports talk radio producer and programming...Read More
Former 96.5 KOIT San Francisco morning host Jack Kulp is joining iHeartMedia’s new Soft AC “98.1 The Breeze” KISQ. Kulp spent twenty years (including 18 in mornings) at KOIT prior to his exit last June. He will be joined by Carolyn McArdle, who moves from similar duties at sister Classic Hits “Big 103.7” KOSF. The remainder of the KISQ on-air lineup will feature Lisa St. Regis from 10am-3pm and Tony Sandoval from 3-8pm. Both are holdovers from the previous Rhythmic AC “98.1 Kiss-FM” format. Delilah will round out the lineup from 8pm-1am.
Cumulus Sports 680 KNBR San Francisco has raided John Lund from Entercom’s “95.7 The Game” KGMZ. Lund currently co-hosts 12-3pm on KGMZ with Oakland Raiders play-by-play man Greg Papa. At KNBR he will join former NBA star Tom Tolbert in afternoons from 3-7pm. Tolbert recently re-signed with KNBR to remain in the timeslot he has held since 1996. Lund will replace Ray Ratto on the show. Cumulus Media announces that it has signed popular Bay Area sports talk radio personality John Lund as Co-Host of KNBR 680’s Afternoon Drive show. Lund will join the recently signed Tom Tolbert as Co-Host in the 3PM-7PM time slot. Lund joins KNBR 680 from Middays on 95.7 “The Game”. A graduate of Utah State University, Lund has hosted shows at stations including: Sportsradio 750 The Game (KX...Read More
Cumulus AAA 104.5 KFOG San Francisco/97.7 KFFG Los Altos CA completed its three week jockless stretch promoting the station’s “evolution” this morning. Now positioning itself as “Music Matters”, the new KFOG retains the AAA format with music focusing completely on the 1990s through today. Currently only new morning host Matt Pinfield and afternoon host Mike Nelson (formerly ‘No Name’) are filling airshifts. The first hour of the new KFOG consisted of: Foo Fighters – Times Like These M83 – Midnight City Lukas Graham – 7 Years Sarah McLachlan – Building A Mystery Arctic Monkeys – Do I Wanna Know? Dave Matthews Band – Satellite Nathaniel Ratliff – S.O.B. Sugar Ray – Every Morning Leon Bridges – Smo...Read More
Entercom has announced the hiring of Elroy Smith as Operations Manager/Program Director of Classic Hip-Hop “Q102.1” KRBQ and Urban AC 102.9 KBLX San Francisco. Smith joins Entercom San Francisco from SummitMedia’s Greenville/Spartanburg cluster where he has served as OM since last March after walking away from a $4.6 million purchase of a Chicago translator in 2014. He replaces Stacy Cunningham as OM and PD of KBLX and Trevor Simpson as PD of KRBQ who both have been let go. Elroy Smith spent fifteen years from 1992 until 2007 as Program Director of Clear Channel Urban 107.5 WGCI Chicago. He also held Operations Manager duties and programmed Urban AC “V103” 102.7 WVAZ and Gospel “Inspiration 1390” WGRB at time during his Chicago tenure. Smith then headed to Philadelphia as...Read More
iHeartMedia flipped Rhythmic AC “98.1 Kiss-FM” KISQ San Francisco to Soft AC “98.1 The Breeze” at 2pm this afternoon. Launching with Commodores “Easy”, the new format positions KISQ up against Entercom AC 96.5 KOIT’s older demos. KISQ registered a 2.3 share in the just released March Nielsen Audio PPM ratings while KOIT was fourth with with a 4.6 share. iHeartMedia flips Oldies KISQ-FM/San Francisco to Soft AC as “98.1 The Breeze.” The station launched at 2pm Wednesday today with 10,000 songs commercial-free. The new outlet will feature a blend of favorite music from artists like Celine Dion, Rod Stewart, Whitney Houston, Michael Bolton, Vanessa Williams and more. The full on-air talent line-up for 98.1 The Breeze will be announced in t...Read More