February 22, 2006

Radio Dots & Dashes (February 22 Edition)

Somewhat to my surprise on Tuesday morning, I dialled over to Sports Leader KNBR/680 and found Brian Murphy working with a new partner, Paulie Mack, previously with co-owned The Ticket 1050 (KTCT) and The Bone (KSAN/107.7). Former KNBR morning show co-host Tim Liotta moves back to his previous post as the station's creative director...

The fine folks at KFRC (99.7) have announced the creation of the Dr. Don Rose Garden at Children's Hospital and Research Center in Oakland, honoring one of our most beloved local legends — not to mention that he was a great radio man, too. More info is available on KFRC's website...

Jazzy Jim Archer, previously the assistant program director/music director at Wild 94.9 (KYLD), has been rehired by the station to serve as program director after about a year away. Jazzy Jim replaces the recently departed Dennis Martinez. Current APD/MD Travis Loughran had been holding the programming reins at Wild following Martinez' departure...

This Sunday afternoon (February 26), we bid farewell to another popular voice of Bay Area radio with the retirement of "Old Skin and Bones" Bob Jones, who is departing from KBLX (102.9). Bob has worked at KBLX for the past six years, hosting "Classic Soul Sunday." Prior to that, he worked for three decades at KDIA/1310 on the air and in management...

Ben Fong-Torres has promised to mention the Bay Area Radio Museum in his "Radio Waves" column, coming up in this Sunday's Datebook (the "Pink Section") in the San Francisco Chronicle. Your intrepid radio observer has played a small role in getting the museum up and running. (Sidebar update: BF-T called this particular bit of electronic babble that you are reading "breezy," which may be just a polite way of saying "filled with hot air.") ... The Bay Area chapter of Broadcast Legends has announced its latest lunch date: Thursday, March 30, at the DoubleTree Hotel on the Berkeley Marina. Guest speaker will be Richard Kencks, former president of the CBS Broadcast Group, who will discuss Edward R. Murrow's career as a trailblazing electronic journalist. More info at www.broadcastlegends.com.

All Access has reported that Results Radio is selling its North Bay stations — KRPQ (Country Q105), KSRT (Jammin' 107.1) and KMHX (Mix 104.1) — in two separate transactions. KRPQ, founded by longtime local broadcaster Ron Castro, will go to Maverick Media, while KMHX and KSRT go to Lazer Broadcasting. No sale prices were announced.

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