For our review of 2014 we decided to focus on what we know best. Let’s look back at the ten most influential format changes and rebrandings of 2014. 10 106.9 WCCC Hartford hasn’t been a powerhouse in quite some time. But it was one of the few remaining relics to a previous era. The longtime Rocker and its AM sister operated up against three big clusters, but couldn’t keep up in the end. It was quite appropriate in a way for its end to come with a sale to Educational Media Foundation and flip on August 1 to the Christian AC “K-Love” network. The first station to give Howard Stern a job in mornings back in 1979, was now at the opposite end of the programming spectrum. With no terrestrial signal to fill the void, a few former WCCC staffers launched a webcaster to...[Read More]
Update 9/23: Bloomberg Radio has revealed that its programming will debut on iHeartMedia’s 960 KNEW/103.7 KOSF-HD2 on Monday, September 29. The move coincides with KNEW’s Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, and Glenn Beck being transferred to Cumulus’ 560 KSFO. Bloomberg L.P. today announced Bloomberg Radio will debut on iHeartMedia San Francisco’s KNEW 960 AM/KOSF 103.7 FM-HD2 serving the San Francisco Bay Area. Beginning September 29th, Bloomberg Radio KNEW 960 AM/KOSF 103.7 FM-HD2 will be the only global business and financial news radio station available throughout the Bay Area, offering Bloomberg’s signature programming and up-to-date market coverage, in addition to local news, traffic, weather and sports. With its flagship station WBBR 1130 AM in New York and WXKS 12...[Read More]
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...[Read More]
Liberal watchdog Media Matters For America has long been railing against Conservative radio voices such as Rush Limbaugh, so it was not a surprise when their Senior Fellow Erik Boehlert wrote a blog entry about the lack of ratings for Limbaugh since moving to 1150 KEIB Los Angeles, 960 KNEW San Francisco, and 710 WOR New York at the beginning of this year. It was a surprise though to see Limbaugh’s spokesman Brian Glicklich to publicly counter Boehlert’s post. Both entries are full of the usual rhetoric looking to skew the numbers towards the point they’re trying to make leaving the truth somewhere in the middle. Boehlert’s article is built around the miniscule ratings Limbaugh’s new affiliates have registered since their relaunches in January. Noting their fu...[Read More]
Update 1/2: 1150 KTLK Los Angeles has relaunched as “1150 The Patriot” with new KEIB call letters. The KTLK calls moved to 1130 KTCN Minneapolis. The new lineup at “The Patriot” has been finalized beyond the previously announced Glenn Beck from 6-9am, Limbaugh from 9am-12pm, and Hannity from 12-3pm. The remainder of the lineup will feature former KNBC-TV anchor Carlos Amezcua from 3-6pm, followed by some remnants from KTLK. Advice host Clark Howard from 6-10pm, NBC Sports Radio from 10pm-2am, and America In The Morning from 2-3am. Doc Thompson from Glenn Beck’s Blaze Radio Network will air from 3-6am. Update 1/1: 960 KNEW San Francisco has completed its revamp as “960 The Patriot“. Original Report 12/5: Clear Channel will shuffle the lineups of its...[Read More]
As Christmas music fades away for another 10 or 11 months, its time for another batch of mass format changes to get us into the new year. This list will be a handy all-in-one guide to all the changes taking place between Christmas and the time everyone goes back to work on January 3. To see the list of changes we’re expecting to happen check our Watchlist. 1/4: Still coming across some smaller market changes that occurred during the holidays. MTS Broadcasting’s “ESPN 1240” WCEM Cambridge, MD shifts to Standards running Music of Your Life. In the Ozarks, “Real Country 104.3” KBCN Harrison, AR shifts to ESPN Radio. Oldies 93.7 WKAD Cadillac and Standards 1340 WMBN Petoskey, MI have flipped to Sports as “The Ticket” using Fox Sports Radio. 1/4: ...[Read More]
Update 1/3: The shifts have been completed as Clear Channel has launched “News/Talk 910” KKSF and 960 KNEW. Rush Limbaugh has moved from Cumulus’ 560 KSFO to fill the vacant 9am to 12pm slot on KKSF. That leads to lineup changes at KSFO. Melanie Morgan, who was laid off from the station in 2008, returns to join Brian Sussman in mornings. J.D. Hayworth, former Arizona congressman and host at Clear Channel’s 550 KFYI Phoenix, takes over Limbaugh’s former 9am to 12pm slot. Update 12/22: Clear Channel is teasing the addition of Rush Limbaugh for the new 910 KKSF. Limbaugh currently airs on Cumulus’ 560 KSFO. Update 12/20: Since the original announcement on November 28 of program shuffling at its two San Francisco AMs, the market was hit with the massive chan...[Read More]
Update 8/22: Clear Channel confirms our report and announces KQKE will become “Green 960” on Monday, August 27. More at Liberal Talk Radio. As many corporations find ways to become more environmentally friendly, it was only a matter of time for a radio station to take the presentation. And what better place than San Francisco, where Clear Channel liberal talker KQKE “The Quake” has changed its call letters to KKGN. Additionally, a number of domains along the lines of green960.com and 960green.com have been registered by Clear Channel this week.