KGO Adds Three New Shows To Weekday Lineup
Cumulus News/Talk 810 KGO San Francisco is revamping its weekday lineup with the addition of three new shows.
Mark Thompson will rejoin the station for 10am to 12pm. Thompson, who has previously hosted at KABC and KFI Los Angeles and a previous run at KGO in addition to a long career as a television weatherman and reality host, will replace Ethan Bearman who exited earlier this week. Bearman hosted a daily 10am-1pm show for the past three years after a run on weekends.
Pat Thurston will move from weekends at KGO to the 12-3pm slot ending the simulcast of Dr. Drew Midday Live from KABC Los Angeles. Thurston has hosted weekends at KGO since 2007 and previously served as an anchor at KPIX-FM in the market.
John Rothman will return to the daily lineup from 6-9pm replacing the final hour of afternoon host Chip Franklin’s show and a repeat of Bearman. Rothman has been part of KGO off and on since 1996.
CUMULUS MEDIA News/Talk radio station KGO 810 announces its new on-air lineup, featuring the addition of three veteran talk show hosts, Mark Thompson, Pat Thurston and John Rothman. KGO 810 will debut its new programming schedule beginning next Monday, March 11th.
The Mark Thompson Show will air Monday-Friday from 10am-12pm, followed by The Pat Thurston Show, airing daily from 12pm-3pm and The John Rothman Show, which will air each weekday from 6pm-9pm.
“I’m excited to be able to add more live and local programming to KGO,” said KGO-810 Program Director/Operations Manager Lee Hammer. “KGO is talking about the major stories of the day and the impact they have on our daily life. To get those conversations started, we’ve added three outstanding and veteran talk show hosts, each with their own unique style of engaging, informing and entertaining our listeners.”
Mark Thompson has worked in radio for more than 30 years, on such legendary stations as KABC, KFI and previously at KGO. He is also a veteran TV weatherman, having spent time working in Denver, Los Angeles, and New York, with eight years at San Francisco’s KRON-TV.
“It’s nothing short of a thrill to be back on the air in the Bay Area and on a legendary station that was my daily companion for so long,” said Thompson. “It’s an exciting opportunity to be able to with the KGO 810 audience, which I believe is one of the smartest audiences in all of broadcasting.”
Pat Thurston will call upon her lengthy history in broadcasting when she takes over the Monday through Friday timeslot, after working weekends at KGO for the last 12 years. Thurston is an Army veteran who also worked for the U.S Secret Service. Prior to coming to KGO, Thurston anchored the daily radio coverage of the O.J. Simpson trial on the former KPIX-FM.
Thurston said: “I can’t wait to get started. The news is exploding all around us, and KGO is the only station in the Bay Area that welcomes callers. I want to hear from people who both agree and disagree with me. We need to get all the issues, both locally and nationally, out in the open and have intelligent discussions.”
John Rothman has a varied professional background as a former college professor, author, lecturer, foreign policy consultant and expert on the U.S. Presidency. Rothman has been a part of the KGO family for more than 20 years, hosting various shows on the station since 1996. Rothman is proud of his personal library of more than 15,000 books, viewed as one of the finest private library collections in the country, specializing in American political history and political biography.
“There is no place that I would rather be than back on KGO five days a week,” said Rothman. “Every night we’ll discuss the issues of the day and have a lot of fun doing so.”
KGO 810 ON-AIR LINEUP (effective March 11, 2019)
5:00am-10:00am The Armstrong and Getty Show
10:00am-12:00pm The Mark Thompson Show
12:00pm-3:00pm The Pat Thurston Show
3:00pm-6:00pm The Chip Franklin Show
6:00pm-9:00pm The John Rothman Show
9:00pm-5:00am The John Batchelor Show