May 23, 2006

KFRC Adds Jocks, Gets Cookin'

JoJo KinkaidAllAccess reports this morning that '70s/'80s Gold KFRC/99.7 has hired a quartet of new voices, the biggest of which is the legendary JoJo Cookin Kincaid, most recently of L.A. Oldies powerhouse K-Earth 101.

JoJo Cookin (photo, right) will handle KFRC's afternoon shift, while Katie Mason moves over from CBS sister station KLLC/97.3 (Alice) for the night shift.

Another Alice voice, Gretchen Lancour, and former KEZR/San Jose jock Tom Gomez join KFRC for weekends and utility work.

May 22, 2006

S.F. Pirate Planning Splashy Debut

David Kaye noted in ba.broadcast that "Radio X," a pirate station planning to operate on 91.3 FM, expects to make its debut with a kickoff party in San Francisco on June 29.

Radio X LogoThe station, using the slogan "Radio That Swallows," claims on its website that it will operate with 100 watts, and "is committed to providing a voice for the Underground Artists and Arts, Freaks, Misfits and Outcasts in our community."

A programming schedule on the "Radio X" website shows only a handful of shows planned currently at varying times during the week, with "Radioland" hosted by Denny Crane and "Dante's Hot Tub" on Mondays, "JH" on Tuesdays, "SuLt" and "Lab Kat" on Thursdays, and "PH" on Fridays. Only the latter program is listed as a morning show.

However, following the recent shutdown of a San Jose bootlegger operating on 104.1 FM through the work of a group of local radio engineers (photos here), I'm going to guess that "Radio X" will have some Official Government Visitors at their door within minutes of firing up their transmitter.

DOTS'N'DASHES — After having rid itself of Bruce MacGowan in a cost-cutting move (talk about firing the wrong guy for the wrong reason), Sports Leader KNBR/680 did some time-shifting by moving its Brian Murphy and Paul McCaffrey-hosted morning show up a half-hour to a 5 a.m. start beginning today. Gary Radnich's mid-morning funfest moves up a half-hour as well, and will now run from 9 a.m. to noon. More Radnich? More better ... Harry O's "Green Hour," the environmentally-friendly longtime staple of Live 105, lives on via MP3 and podcasts at

May 05, 2006

Radio Dots & Dashes (May 5 Edition)

The first casualty in the takeover of KNBR/680 and the other former Susquehanna stations in the Bay Area is Bruce MacGowan, the most prominent name — and the only on-air employee — turned loose by GM Tony Salvadore on Wednesday (May 3) in advance of today's changing of the guard at the cluster.

"That's what happens when one company buys another," Salvadore told the San Francisco Chronicle. "One of the things they do is make adjustments in spending levels."

Along with MacGowan, a 17-year veteran of KNBR, the Chronicle article noted that Valerie Blackburn, director of business operations for Susquehanna/SF, and Bob Sargent, sports sales manager for KNBR, were among "several others" let go by Salvadore as part of "a cost-cutting move dictated by (the) new owners."

Additional changes at KNBR and the other stations in the local Cumulus group — KTCT, KFOG/KFFG and KSAN — are probable.

RADIO CHICK GOES FREE — The latest rearrangement of the deck chairs at FreeFM 106.9 (KIFR) brings Leslie Gold, a/k/a "The Radio Chick," to the noon to 3 p.m. segment, with Turi Ryder "officially" fitting into the slightly tighter 10 a.m. to noon slot.

Ryder had been temporarily holding the midday job, but announced today that her job at the station — and her inclusion on its website — had been made official.

Penn Jillette's daily one-hour show has been moved to 11 p.m. on weeknights under the new schedule.

GENE BURNS INJURED — During a break in his show on KGO/810 on Monday evening (May 1), Gene Burns reportedly fell accidentally and sustained an injury that landed him in the hospital and kept him off the air the remainder of the week.

Pinch-hitting for Burns in his absence were John Rothmann and James Gabbert.

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