October 14, 2005

610, 106.9 Changes Expected Sunday At Midnight

If you put any faith in the rumors going down on the radio message boards the past few days — and why shouldn't you? — it looks like this Sunday night (October 16) at midnight will mark the disappearance of the KFRC call letters from 610 AM, which will become KEAR.

Radio MutinyAt the same time, the KEAR calls will be removed from 106.9 in San Francisco and will reappear on Family Radio's current KEDR (88.1) in Sacramento, which will become KEAR-FM as the main distribution hub of Family's network of low-power translator outlets up and down the West Coast.

Meanwhile, CBS Broadcasting — newly renamed after years as Infinity — may launch its new talk programming on 106.9 as early as noon on Monday (October 17). As noted here previously, the station is rumored to have Darian O'Toole pencilled in for the 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. slot, with Adam Carolla doing mornings once CBS settles contract details that will put the current Lovelines and former Man Show host also on CBS-owned radio stations in Los Angeles, San Diego and Portland.

The spies have noted that CBS has set up a makeshift website at 1069FreeFM.com, along with a "Radio Mutiny" Flash movie (still image above) that shows a skull and crossbones waving above the Golden Gate Bridge. An indication, perhaps, that the new talker will be called 106.9 Free FM ... or just a clever ruse?

New call letters for 106.9 have been assigned to CBS by the FCC, but the station may be briefly operated as KIFR (a kit-bashing of "I" for Infinity and "FR" for Family Radio?) beginning at midnight on Sunday. The station will be working from new — and, from all reports, spectacular — studios at the company's 865 Battery Street complex.

UPDATE: At noon on Monday (Oct. 17), Family Stations handed off 106.9 to CBS/Infinity, and the station became KIFR as expected. The station began stunting with an audio montage (well-known sound bites mixed with music). You may download the final few moments of KEAR and the first hour of KIFR in glorious MP3 Monaural by clicking right about here.
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