At the beginning of 2014, Clear Channel moved Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity to their then Liberal Talk stations in Los Angeles and San Francisco and rebranded them as Conservative Talk “The Patriot“.
The San Francisco version won’t make it past nine months. Cumulus Media has announced that the trio of shows will move from “960 The Patriot” KNEW San Francisco to their 560 KSFO on Monday, September 29. KSFO was Limbaugh’s longtime affiliate in San Francisco until Clear Channel moved him first to 910 in January 2012 and later 960.
While Rush will stay in his live 9am-12pm timeslot replacing the exiting Spencer Hughes, both Glenn Beck and Sean Hannity will lose their live clearances with the move as they will air 9pm-12am and 6-9pm respectively on KSFO.
960 KNEW gives up on Conservative Talk after registering just a 0.5 share in the August 2014 Nielsen Audio PPM ratings. KSFO fared better with a 1.7 share.
What’s next for 960? Back in July, it was reported that Bloomberg was planning to launch a Business/Tech news station in San Francisco. The company currently leases 1200 WXKS Boston from Clear Channel and it wouldn’t be much of a stretch to see that partnership expand to another market.
Cumulus announces that The Rush Limbaugh Show will return to the weekday programming lineup of Hot Talk 560/KSFO-AM in San Francisco. America’s most listened-to talk radio host will be heard live on the station from 9:00 a.m. to Noon PT, beginning September 28. KSFO originally broadcast the show from 2000 through 2011. The iconic radio host, who is heard by up to 20 million people each week, was recently nominated for a 2014 NAB Marconi Radio Award for “Syndicated Personality of the Year”.
Also returning to KSFO-AM are top talk radio personalities Sean Hannity and Glenn Beck. Beginning September 28, KSFO listeners will once again be able to hear The Sean Hannity Show, which will air weekdays from 6:00-9:00 p.m. PT and The Glenn Beck Program, which will air weeknights from 9:00 p.m.-Midnight PT.
KSFO-AM’s complete weekday programming schedule beginning September 28 is:
5:00a-9:00a Brian Sussman with Katie Green
9:00a-12:00N Rush Limbaugh
12:00N-3:00P Savage Nation
3:00P-6:00P Mark Levin
6:00P-9:00P Sean Hannity
9:00P-12:00M Glenn Beck
12:00M-5:00A Redeye Radio
John Dickey, Executive Vice President of Content and Programming for Cumulus said: “KSFO is the voice of conservatism in the Bay Area. This is where Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity and Glenn Beck belong. We’re very pleased to add this trio to an already star-studded line-up that includes Brian Sussman, Michael Savage and Mark Levin.”
Kevin Metheny, Operations Manager for KSFO-AM said: “The new KSFO lineup will be like listening to the Conservative Talk All-Star Game all day, every day.”