San Francisco’s KGO-AM is getting ready for a change. In a tweet Thursday, the Cumulus-owned news talker announced its end.
“Today we say goodbye to the legendary KGO. Over the last 80 years, KGO has been here for Bay Area listeners covering and discussing all the news that has impacted our world and local communities. We thank you for your loyalty and for trusting KGO to be your source for information. We also want to sincerely thank all of the talented men and women that worked so hard over the years to produce award-winning programming on KGO. On Monday, 810AM begins a new era. We hope you will tune in.”
The station website goes to a landing page that features the exact same message.
KGO first signed on in January 1924. Cumulus has yet to comment publicly on what the new format will be. Promos airing on the station are utilizing the phrase “the biggest gamble in Bay Area radio history”. Meanwhile, the station is airing songs that feature themes about gambling and money. Cumulus recently launched 790 The Score in Providence, utilizing content from BetQL Network.
In the latest Nielsen ratings, KGO finished tied for 20th place in the 12+ demographic with a 1.7 rating. It is fourth place in the News/Talk ratings in the market behind KQED, KCBS, and KSFO. In the San Jose ratings, KGO is tied for 13th with a 2.7 rating, trailing only KCBS.
Midday host Mark Thompson confirmed the news.
Thompson show was on the air when the audio stream switched from his program to a pre-recorded message with vague details on the future of the station and a thank you to listeners.
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Greg Kelly Takes Issue With T.J. Holmes, Amy Robach ‘Enjoying Their Notoriety’
“They were giggling about it. And then they were finding innuendo when there was no innuendo. Stupid kinda crap.”
Good Morning America anchors T.J. Holmes and Amy Robach have caused quite the stir over their alleged infidelity with one another, and 77WABC host Greg Kelly said while what happens between them in their personal lives truly is a personal matter, they shouldn’t enjoy their newfound fame like they are.
“I thought, ‘Ok, they hooked up at work’,” Kelly said. “Unfortunately, it happens. I’ve heard of that happening. I’ve heard of people with too much time on their hands — that sit right next to each other for a long period of time — that sometimes hooking up happens. Even when they’re married. That’s regrettable. But it’s not for me to judge, it’s not for you to judge. I think it’s between those individuals, their spouses, and god.
“Yet, here’s why I decided to talk about it…but it was their actions when they went back on TV. They were giggling about it. And then they were finding innuendo when there was no innuendo. Stupid kinda crap. They were very much enjoying their notoriety. I take issue with that. I also take issue with what crummy broadcasters they are.”
Kelly concluded by mentioning he didn’t appreciate other media members backing the relationship, adding “in a shameless society, a little shame is good”.
Howie Carr: Liberal Media ‘Simply Won’t Discuss’ Elon Musk’s ‘Twitter Files’
“As expected, Democrat operatives with a press pass are taking the easy way out. They simply won’t discuss it.”
Elon Musk released documents alleging collusion between his newly purchased social media platform — Twitter — and officials with the Presidential campaign of now-President Joe Biden to suppress unfavorable tweets in regards to the President’s son, Hunter, and his laptop. Radio host Howie Carr said the files break up arguments made by media members for years.
Calling it the “Friday news dump of the century”, Carr lamented the lack of coverage given to the release of the documents.
“Elon Musk’s ‘Twitter Files’ dismantles years of the fake news narrative,” Carr said. “The ‘laptop from hell’ is real and the Russia hoax was just that, a hoax. As expected, Democrat operatives with a press pass are taking the easy way out. They simply won’t discuss it. The few that dare bring it up are trying to label it a ‘nothingburger’. A ‘snoozefest’. Nothing to see here, folks. Move along.
“For instance, CNN’s Christine Romans — one of the lucky ones that didn’t get the boot last week — wants us to know how dopey and boring the whole story is,” Carr said before playing a clip of Romans saying former President Donald Trump wants to “throw out” the constitution because of alleged collusion between “big tech” and the government.
“Christine and her fellow travelers in the media can’t handle the truth. We can see for ourselves what the comrades handled at the old platform.”
Carr then played a clip of Romans saying The Poynter Institute saying the “Twitter Files” should be filed under “M for meh”.
“I have a better idea,” Carr countered. “Let’s file this one under M for mischievous, meddlesome, and misconduct.”
SiriusXM Moves Into Top Podcast Network Spot Ahead of Spotify
SiriusXM Media came in first place in Q3, reclaiming the top spot from Spotify for the Top Podcast Network in the United States.
2022 is coming to an end, which means there will be various lists summing up different data for the year, and one of those is Top Podcast Networks in the U.S. for total network reach in Q3 2022.
SiriusXM Media came in first place in Q3, reclaiming the top spot from Spotify (h/t Radio Online), with iHeartRadio, AudioBoom, and NPR rounding out the top five podcast networks.
SiriusXM and Spotify are neck and neck, vying for the top spot. However, the two are well ahead of third place iHeartRadio, comfortably ahead of the fourth spot on the chart, Audioboom.
The list classifies the most listened-to podcast networks established on total audience reach from Edison Podcast Metrics.
From a news media perspective, The New York Times finished in the top six; The Blaze Network finished in the top 25. Meanwhile, The Ramsey Network rounds out the Top 30 podcast networks in Q3.
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