October 22, 2008

KFRC "Farewell Show"? Not...

The Classic Hits KFRC "Farewell Show" that was hinted at in the SFPPC blog the other day ain't going to happen.

I just heard from the lovely and talented Celeste Perry, who said (among other things):

Just read a post on the blog about Dave, Sue and I doing a farewell show at KFRC. Not true. We recorded little goodbye promos after we were unceremoniously laid off on Monday morning.

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Anonymous George from Martinez said...

I wish I can express the few choice words I have about the execs at CBS radio. KFRC will be deeply missed. Hope to hear all the DJs around the dial soon!

October 22, 2008 10:54 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you dear George from Martinez!


October 22, 2008 5:03 PM  
Blogger Georob said...

I find it hard to believe that there appears to be no market for a rock oldies station in the Bay Area, even one that has no DJs or broadcasts (shudder) via satellite. How many other large cities are like that?

Is the music of the 60's and 70's slowly going the way of Big Band? I live in Corpus Christi, TX and there are two rock oldies stations in a market one would suspect would be dominated by country and spanish.

Or is it that the Bay Area is so sophisticated that ipods, XM, and internet radio provide enough choices; not to mention what one would find on a station like KFOG.

I mean, does CBS really think that simulcasting news will be more profitable than KFRC was at 106.9? To me, this looks like a temporary move and I'm wondering if the station is about to be put up for sale.

October 23, 2008 8:40 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

CBS is planning to keep KFRC "alive" by putting a dot com after their name and will have the classic hits music online along with 106.9 HD-2 (HD radio). There will be no announcers or "jocks", just the music.

KFRC classic hits was more than just the music. The personalities and the special weekend shows are what really made the KFRC interesting. Now they are just another stream on the web.

Yes,the bay area is flooded with ipod's, XM/Sirius, HD radio, and of course the internet leaving so many choices now. That could be a factor. I have a Sirius radio in my car. Even the Sirius channels now have announcers, including Ron Parker a former KFRC personality (he left KFRC in 2000 for another opportunity).

If I want news, I want pictures not just the audio. Most people are going to go to TV, newspapers, or the internet for news. There is no practicality on putting news on FM Radio.

October 27, 2008 3:50 AM  
Blogger Sandi said...

This is a shock for our family, for myself in particular. I have listened to KFRC since my early childhood, 1967 to be precise. When KFRC came back I was overjoyed in 2004-5, that's when I discovered is was on the air again. Then is disappeared, AGAIN in 2006. To have it back recently with a fabulous cast of DJ's, including "The Duke" Dave Sholin was a welcome respite from the rest of AM's newstalk and FM's c-rap/hip-hop, hard rock, and Spanish stations. Finally a good oldies rock station!! Now, GONE AGAIN?!?!
What is CBS thinking?! You have made a terrible mistake,CBS. I may tune you out on the AM now and switch to KGO from now on.

October 28, 2008 5:47 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

KGO will always be my #1 station for news & talk. User participation in the talk shows is much more interesting than just hearing the same news repeated over and over.

The last song played on KFRC 106.9 was "Abraham Martin & John" by Dion at 7:32am. I don't know if that was planned that way or not, since the song has political meaning.

The FM band is for MUSIC, not news. The only news heard on 106.9FM should be "Huey Lewis and the News".

October 28, 2008 10:05 PM  
Blogger DavidFerrellJackson said...

The previous comment noted that "Abraham, Martin & John" was the last song on Classic Hits KFRC. My recording has Journey's "Don't Stop Believing" going last at about 7:36, followed by a few seconds of Steve Miller's "Fly Like An Eagle," then an audio montage of famous news clips, then Stan Bunger and KCBS, as noted in my post at that time.

October 29, 2008 7:17 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I stand corrected. Unfortunatley yes.com is not a reliable source for tracking the music. It does appear that yes.com does not catch every song played.

KFRC 106.9 FM and their personalities will truly be missed.

October 29, 2008 9:43 PM  
Blogger Frank said...

Once again CBS corporate lays off wonderful radio personalities and dumps the classic hits format. When KFRC was replaced by Movin' 99.7, I started to listened to K-Earth 101 out of Los Angeles on my computer. I already listen to KCBS 740 for news and KNBR for Giants baseball. KFRC 106.9 rounded out my radio at home, at work and on the road. I do not believe that the demographic that listens to KFRC means anything to CBS corporate. I also think that the Duke, Celeste, Sue and the rest of the gang should have been treated better. Of course, these are same suits that stuck it to Dean and Cammy, Sue, et. al.

November 02, 2008 12:10 PM  
Blogger sundance2000 said...

I have petition drive at http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/kfrc1069/ to help push to bring KFRC and the Classic Hits back to the San Francisco Bay Area radio airwaves.

November 18, 2008 6:26 PM  
Blogger DavidFerrellJackson said...

Just in case Sundance2000's link to the petition doesn't work for you, you may try clicking here.

November 18, 2008 8:28 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have listened to KFRC since I was a teenager. Kids today love the music as well, plus they do many of our songs themselves! It's too bad we just have have what the listeners want to hear ... isn't that what radio is all about. If we wanted news we would listen to AM news stations. Bring back the DJs and the music!!!!! For those of you who love the radio, try KEARTH from SO CAL, they are on line, have DJs and play great oldies.

November 20, 2008 9:12 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Starting on January 1st, CBS rang in the new year adding "The True Oldies Channel" to the "new" KFRC-AM 1550 (previosuly KYCY/KYOU-AM). This is a national syndicated program 24x7 run by Scott Shannon. They feature oldies from mostly the 60's and 70's. KFRC.com still has the classic hits format on 106.9 HD-2 and KFRC.com. It doesn't make sense that CBS puts the news on FM and KFRC oldies on AM! They should add some local programming and bring back at least the morning show and put it back on FM. Other stations on the "True Oldies Channel" network have some local programming.

January 06, 2009 12:48 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The 1550 KFRC "True Oldies Channel" does play great music, however, it is lacks the personal touch of real DJs, news, sports and weather. I guess CBS is not interested in the baby boomers or the demographic since we are getting old. Now I stay on the AM dial with KNBR, KCBS and KFRC.

January 24, 2009 11:40 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

KKSF now says the play the "The Bays Greatest Hits" but they are still mostly Classic Rock though they have played a very small amount of Pop & R&B/Soul their sound is not to different from KUZX 102.1 (The Fox)the new classic rock station in San Francisco simulcasting KUFX 98.5 out of San Jose. I did hear You Can't Hurry Love by The Supremes on KKSF today(3/30/11/ and yesterday(3/29/11) I heard them play On Broadway by George Benson
so it does sound like they maybe gradually leaving the Classic Rock format and evolving slowly into 60's & 70's Oldies it kind of sounds like if I'm not wrong. Other markets have these kind stations KRTH(K-Earth 101) Los Angeles, WJMK Chicago, WCBS FM New York City and WMXJ(Magic 102.7 Miami. San Francisco shouldn't be void of kind of station either. There's all kinds of and a lot of people in San Francisco so there should be a market for this good music. Some in radio may think that 60's & 70's Oldies or Pop Leaning Classic Hits doesn't work in the Bay Area after seeing KFRC fail and yes unfortunately markets can be different as to what they can and can not support. Back in the 80's and 90's the San Francisco market could not support a Top 40/CHR station but that has change. KMVQ(Now 99.7 is a successful Top 40/CHR since KFRC and KYA back in the 60's & 70 which were also success.

March 30, 2011 4:13 PM  

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