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
As Cumulus AAA 104.5 KFOG San Francisco/97.7 KFFG Los Altos CA prepares to launch its “evolution” on April 20, the station has announced the hiring of Matt Pinfield for mornings. Pinfield, best known as the host of MTV’s 120 Minutes, began his career in radio at 88.7 WRSU New Brunswick NJ and “FM 106.3” WHTG-FM Eatontown NJ before making the move to TV. He would later host shows at “92.3 K-Rock” WXRK and mornings at 101.9 WRXP New York. He also currently hosts shows for SiriusXM’s 90s Alternative “Lithium” channel and the syndicated Classic Rock program “Flashback“. With the addition of Pinfield, more clues regarding KFOG’s relaunch have come forward. The press release describes the station becoming “Next G...Read More
The Oakland Raiders have extended their agreement with Entercom San Francisco to broadcast their games and ancillary programming. After three years on Sports “95.7 The Game” KGMZ San Francisco, this year the game broadcasts will also be heard on Urban AC 102.9 KBLX San Francisco and Classic Rock “98.5 K-Fox” KUFX San Jose. All ancillary programming will remain on KGMZ including a two hour pre-game show and one hour post-game. Other programming features will include “Raider Monday” dedicated to the team including a two hour “Raider Nation Live” show on Monday nights, “Raider Players Live” and interviews with Head Coach Jack Del Rio on Mondays, and breakdowns of the previous day’s game. The Raiders and 95.7 The GAME (KGMZ-FM) ...Read More
Following last week’s massive cuts at Cumulus News/Talk 810 KGO and AAA 104.5 KFOG, I was willing to give the company the benefit of the doubt pending the reveal of the new lineup. After seeing what Cumulus has come up with for KGO, it is very easy to see what this is. A way to cut costs and let the station continue on the path to irrelevance. KGO was the longtime powerhouse in the Bay Area holding the top spot in the Arbitron ratings for 27 years straight until 2010. While many pundits will quickly point to owners Citadel and later Cumulus Media as the cause of the demise of KGO, the chips in the armor could begin to be seen as Talk Radio aged in the later days of ABC’s ownership of the station as the station dominated with audiences out of the sellable demographics. The true ...Read More
As 810 KGO San Francisco prepares to relaunch with its “Next Generation” tomorrow, a major hiccup has already come into play. The station announced its new on-air lineup this morning by announcing that Ronn Owens would remain on the station as opposed to moving to afternoons at sister Conservative Talk 560 KSFO as originally announced. The new lineup at KGO will consist of the regionally syndicated Armstrong & Getty from 6-10am, Owens from 10am-12pm, KGO weekend host Ethan Bearman moves to weekdays from 12-2pm and fellow weekender Brian Copeland will follow from 2-4pm. Chip Franklin shifts from 12-3pm to afternoons from 4-7pm, while DreX remains in place from 7pm-10pm. What happened with Owens’ move to KSFO? While KGO is spinning it as listener outcry led to them rev...Read More
Following the exit of Jim Richards last month, Cumulus Media has hired Brian Schock as OM/PD of AAA 104.5 KFOG/97.7 KFFG and Classic Rock “107.7 The Bone” KSAN San Francisco. With the move, KFOG is running jockless and running sweepers promoting an Evolution of the station on Wednesday, April 20. The entire airstaff has been let go including morning hosts Mike ‘No Name’ Nelson, Irish Greg McQuade and Renee Richardson, middayer Annalisa, afternoon host Bill Webster, and night host Dred Scott. The changes come as sister News/Talk 810 KGO dismissed its entire News department and is stunting in preparation of a relaunch on April 5. Schock most recently served as interim PD/MD of AAA 102.1 KPRI San Diego until leaving in 2014 to relocate to Austin. He has also programmed...Read More
In addition to the end of the lease of 92.3 KSJO San Jose, Cumulus San Francisco’s cluster sees the exit of Jim Richards as OM/PD of AAA 104.5 KFOG/97.7 KFFG and Rock “107.7 The Bone” KSAN. Richards moved to those stations from Cumulus’ Chicago stations in April 2014. With his exit rumors are being heard about a possible flip at KFOG? Would Cumulus move Nash to 104.5 or perhaps launch an FM simulcast for Sports 680 KNBR?
Cumulus Media has ended its LMA of Universal Media Access’ 92.3 KSJO San Jose CA. Universal Media Access has flipped the station to Indian music as “Bolly 92.3”. They had registered Bolly923FM.com anonymously in late January and the site is now live promoting it as “The Bay Area’s Bollywood Station”. Cumulus began operating the station in May 2014 as Country “Nash-FM 92.3“, attempting to fill the lack of a Country station in the San Francisco market. The station registered a mere 0.9 share in the January 2016 Nielsen Audio ratings for San Francisco and a 1.5 share in San Jose where it competed with Empire Broadcasting’s 95.3 KRTY. Prior to leasing KSJO to Cumulus, Universal Media Access operated KSJO as Brokered “U92.3“.
Cumulus Media has transferred Mac Daniels to Dallas to program Country duo 96.3 KSCS and “99.5 The Wolf” KPLX. Daniels fills the void created by J.R. Schumann’s departure for SiriusXM in December. He had been programming Cumulus’ “92.3 Nash-FM” KSJO San Jose. Daniels has previously programmed WMZQ Washington, WYCD Detroit, KSKS Fresno and KASE/KVET Austin. Cumulus Media announces that it has promoted Country programming veteran Mac Daniels as Program Director for heritage Country stations 99.5 The Wolf/KPLX-FM and New Country 96.3/KSCS-FM in Dallas. Daniels joins Cumulus Media Dallas from KSJO/NASH FM 92.3 San Jose, where he was Program Director. Daniels is a 30-year programming professional with 20 years in large and major market programming. He has als...Read More