June 15, 2006

Radio Dots & Dashes (June 15 Edition)

In this week's edition of SF Weekly, you'll find a piece headlined "Beheadings and Dead Microphones: KNBR's new owners try to adjust to big-market radio" that includes the following fragment:

Cumulus Media

"...(T)he company's cuts to business staff, though perhaps a strategy that previously worked in smaller markets, has left some of its big-city stations scrambling, including KNBR...

"Several sources familiar with the station's inner workings describe a 'Whoops!' scenario that parallels what has played out in other markets: Cumulus officials, belatedly realizing they may have been too quick to lay people off, have consulted fired employees to discuss how to stabilize the office. As one source says of Cumulus, 'They've been given a Maserati and they don't know how to drive a stick.'"

Johnny Holliday (KYA, 1966)Father's Day = Holliday: Former 1260/KYA Baron of the Bay (and every teen queen's dream) Johnny Holliday was honored by the Washington, D.C., Father's Day Council as one of the Capitol District's Fathers of the Year.

Johnny (shown in a 1966 photo from KYA, right), a Tiburon resident during his tenure here, has been a fixture in D.C. for four decades as the voice of Maryland Terrapins basketball and football, ABC Radio Network sports, and as the co-host of Catholic Radio Weekly. He received the honor along with the Washington Post's Ben Bradlee and David Vise, MSNBC host Chris Matthews, and George Washington University's Skip Williams...

Liza BatallonesCareer Change: Liza Batallones (photo, right), who went from San Francisco State to reporting traffic on the radio with Shadow Broadcast Services (she was heard on several stations, including KCBS, K101 and KPIX-FM), is profiled this week in a Philippine News feature. Liza left her most recent traffic gig at KPIX-TV (Channel 5) to join Alain Pinel Realty in San Mateo as a Realtor...

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