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]
iHeartMedia Classic Hits “Big 103.7” KKSF San Francisco has announced that morning host Don Bleu will exit following his show on Friday, June 26. Bleu has been in mornings in San Francisco since 1980. He had a 22 year run at 101.3 KIOI until moving over to KKSF at the start of 2012. Prior to coming to San Francisco he was “True Don Bleu” at KDWB Minneapolis and KHJ Los Angeles. He also hosted The Gong Show in 1988 and the Bay Area version of Evening Magazine. Bleu’s final program will feature a look back on his 30 years in the market. Don Bleu will end his daily San Francisco morning show on KOSF-FM (BIG 103.7) on Friday, June 26. Bleu has been in Bay Area radio for over 30 years and was inducted into the Bay Area Hall of Fame in 2007. He’s also starred ...[Read More]
Clear Channel Classic Hits KOSF San Francisco has rebranded as “Big 103.7” In its three years since flipping to Classic Hits in April 2011, this is the fourth brand identity the station has ulitized. It has gone from “Oldies 103.7” to “103.7 FM” to “The Bay’s 103.7” and now to Big. KOSF tied for 12th in the San Francisco market with a 2.9 share in the March Nielsen PPM ratings. No changes to the station’s lineup accompanied the renaming which continues to include Don Bleu in mornings, Celeste Perry in middays, and Joey V in afternoons.
After 22 years in mornings at Hot AC “Star 101.3” KIOI San Francisco, market legend Don Bleu is moving across the hall to Clear Channel sister “Oldies 103.7” KKSF. Bleu, who has been with the station going back to its days as “K101” will slide over to KKSF beginning on Tuesday, January 3, 2012. No word yet on who will replace Bleu in mornings at KIOI. “We’re excited to bring such a huge name and talent to our newest FM station,” said Director of Operations Don Parker. “Don Bleu is in a class of his own and I’m thrilled to have him be the catalyst in establishing another heritage San Francisco brand for decades to come!” Could there be an additional change to KKSF that day? Clear Channel registered SF1037.com last week....[Read More]
After gradually shifting its music from Classic Rock to Classic Hits over the past few weeks, Clear Channel’s “103.7 The Band” KKSF San Francisco completes the shift by rebranding today as “Oldies 103.7“. Clear Channel has added many “Oldies” branded stations in PPM markets ranging from Jacksonville, Norfolk, and Seattle over the past year. The San Francisco Bay Area has been without Classic Hits on FM since the flip of 106.9 KFRC to all-News in October 2008.
Update 5/18/09: As we first reported on Friday, KKSF did indeed become “103.7 The Band” at 3:00pm PDT. The new format is straddling the line between Classic Hits and Classic Rock with a heavy 70’s emphasis. The Smooth Jazz programming that had existed on KKSF for the prior 22 years will continue online and on KKSF’s HD2 feed. The first hour of music on 103.7 The Band consisted of: