July 12, 2005

Four Bay Stations Tabbed As Marconi Finalists

San Francisco Sportstalker KNBR/680 in San Francisco has been named as one of four finalists for a Marconi Award in the Legendary Station category by the National Association of Broadcasters.

NAB Marconi Radio AwardsThree other Bay Area stations โ€” KOIT, KDFC and KBLX โ€” were also named as finalists for Marconis in their respective formats.

KNBR, owned by Susquehanna Radio, was nominated for legendary station status along with KFI/Los Angeles, KSL/Salt Lake City, WIBC/Indianapolis and WMMR/Philadelphia. KNBR debuted in San Francisco as KPO in 1922 (it became KNBC in 1947 and KNBR in 1962) and was the flagship station for the NBC radio network on the West Coast for many years, serving a key role during World War II as a hub for news and information. It is the seventh-oldest commercial radio station still operating in California, and one of the oldest in the nation.

KOIT/96.5 & 1260 was nominated as AC Station of the Year, joining WALK/Long Island, N.Y., WBEB/Philadelphia, WLHT/Grand Rapids, Mich., and WZID/Manchester, N.H., as finalists for the award. KDFC/102.1 was selected with KFUO/St. Louis, WCPE/Wake Forest, N.C., WFMR/Milwaukee and WRR/Dallas in the Classical Station of the Year category.

KOIT and KDFC are part of the San Francisco Radio Group of Bonneville International.

The Quiet Storm, KBLX/102.9, was selected as an Urban Station of the Year finalist with WBLS/New York, WERQ/Baltimore, WRKS/New York and WTLC/Indianapolis. KBLX is owned by Urban Radio III.

The Marconi Awards winners will be announced on September 22 as part of the NAB Radio Show in Philadelphia.

Radio Dots & Dashes โ€” Fans of the Don & Mike Show (heard throughout the Bay Area via KHTK/1140 from Sacramento) were shocked on Monday to hear about the death of Freda Sorce, wife of co-host Don Geronimo (nom de radieux of Michael Sorce), in an automobile accident on Sunday. Freda Sorce, a regular participant in the program and much loved by show listeners (also known as the "Littlebrains"), was 50 years old...

The Wall Street Journal reported on Tuesday that The Walt Disney Co. is considering a complicated transaction that would result in the spin-off of the company's owned-and-operated radio stations and the ABC radio network. Analysts quoted by WSJ believe Disney's radio properties may be worth about $3 billion, and noted that interested buyers might include Citadel, Entercom and Emmis. Disney owns KGO, KSFO and KMKY in the Bay Area...

Today's broadcast actions from the FCC includes a mention that the license for KSAN/107.7's Mill Valley booster transmitter has been cancelled and its callsign, KSAN-FM2, was deleted at the request of licensee Susquehanna Radio. KSAN-FM1, the station's Pleasanton booster, remains active...

Susquehanna, which is rumored to be entertaining offers to sell its radio group, has had its (take a deep breath) FCC Application For Minor Modification To A Construction Permit Application reinstated for KTCT, which is known, bewilderingly, as KNBR/1050 for reasons I ain't never going to understand. The construction permit application, which was first filed in 1996 and was dismissed by the FCC in January, seeks to allow KTCT, which is licensed to San Mateo (where it once did business as KOFY), to increase its nighttime power from 10,000 watts to 50,000 watts from its Hayward transmitting plant. The Petition for Reconsideration was granted and the application was reinstated by the FCC on July 5.

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