October 20, 2008

Hello, Goodbye: KFRC Dies Again

Not much more to say beyond what Ben Fong-Torres broke in this email blast to a few friends this afternoon:

"We expect this music to live forever..."

Just heard that liner on KFRC ... it's 1:47, and -- I'm sure you've heard -- KFRC is just about gone.

New KCBS 106.9 LogoIf you haven't heard: CBS Radio just announced that KFRC is being replaced with the programming on KCBS; at a meeting this morning, KFRC staffers were told the station is over as of today. Since then, it's been just music, liners & commercials. Dave Sholin, Celeste Perry, Sue Hall, Jay Coffey, Dean Goss (fill-in/weekender)-- all gone.

CBS is saying they'll keep the KFRC call letters on FM and run KFRC music online and on the HD-2 channel linked to 106.9. Up to now, it'd been the opposite. KFRC was on HD-1, KCBS on HD-2.

I'm sure you both know who to call for details. I'm running just a tiny item in my next col. (still nearly 2 weeks away), bec. of coverage of the radio hall of fame inductions...

Oh -- needless to say, my show, Backstage, is out the rear door. 52 shows, 100 or so hours (there were some repeats); absolute fun.

That's what radio is: fun and heartaches.


Damn. I had just commented to Ben about what a great show "Backstage" is (was). This past weekend's program was phenomenal. How can you beat Leo Sayer doing karaoke to his own "When I Need You" in your living room?

It's funny how much I listened to KFRC this past weekend, digging my old buddy John Mack Flanagan doing the Beatles shows, and Big Tom Parker playing back-to-back hits.

Oh, well. If you need a good 1960s Oldies fix, give a listen to the radio museum's Classic KYA. Since old-fashioned radio is being killed off by its caretakers, you might as well invest in a WiFi set and join the future.

Radio is dead. Long live radio.

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Anonymous Ken Hopkins said...

This sucks. I have been loving the station, and out of the blue, it's gone again...

October 23, 2008 10:51 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Agreed...I was so sad. John Mack Flanagans Beatles shows made me look forward to getting up and around early on the weekends. It will be missed.

November 01, 2008 9:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The "Classic Hits" format worked for KFRC. KFRC was the only station in the Bay Area offerning a Classic Hits mix. There are many sources for news. There is no reason they need to add KCBS news programming to FM radio. The only news on 106.9FM should be "Huey Lewis and the News".

I will miss listening to Dave Sholin, Celeste Perry, Sue Hall, John Mac Flanagan, and the rest of the gang.

November 11, 2008 9:50 PM  
Blogger william2233 said...

I'll miss every one too, from a children author Concord, Ca


December 18, 2008 4:36 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

On January 1st, CBS brought The True Oldies Channel to the "new" KFRC-AM 1550. The True Oldies Channel is a national syndicated 24x7 program. The good news is that oldies are back on KFRC. The bad news is that it is on AM radio and still no local personalities. It makes no sense that CBS puts KCBS news on FM and the KFRC music on AM. PS: The Classic Hits format is still on HD-2 and KFRC.com.

January 08, 2009 8:45 PM  
Anonymous Beau Rafferty said...

Well, leave it to CBS Head Cheese "Dynamic Dan - The Wonder Boy!" Mason. He has killed KFRC A-GIN !!! Just like he did the last two times! (and subsequently, everything else he's ever touched!) But take heart. KFRC has survived this parasitic infestation before, and no doubt will rise again! Maybe some day, someone will come along and reunite these Legendary Call Letters with it's Legendary Frequency (The Big 610) and correct one of Radio History's Greatest Debacles. Leaving to the pinnacle of Mason's legacy only the destruction of Gordon McLendon's "Texas Triangle" !!!

January 11, 2009 4:20 AM  

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