John Rothmann gets the Bernie Ward slot

KGO Newstalk 810 announced today that long-time overnight weekend host John Rothmann will become the permanent host of the 10 p.m.-1 a.m. time slot beginning Monday. That time slot has been vacant since the arrest of Bernie Ward on child porn charges in 2007. A number of hosts have been filling in, including Rothmann. Rothmann has been at KGO since August of 1996 when he was brought on as a fill-in. Then, in October of 1997 he was pegged for

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Bernie Ward’s confession at the KGO studios

Later today (Aug. 28), Chief U.S. District Judge Vaughn Walker is scheduled to sentence former KGO-AM host Bernie Ward on child pornography charges. Prosecutors want nine years in prison while his attorney will argue for five. Last night, KGO-TV’s Dan Noyes reports that back in 2005, Ward confessed to Michael Pritchard (left), former comedian now a child advocate, at the ABC Broadcast Center at 900 Front St. Noyes reports: Bernie Ward has just wrapped up his Sunday morning program, “God

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Ward’s plea ends awkward situation at KGO

KGO-AM 810 was tipped off by an anonymous source that former host Bernie Ward would be changing his child porn plea to guilty, but sat on the story, General Manager Mickey Luckoff tells the Chron’s Joe Garofoli. Luckoff said that their source gave them the information on the condition that they not air the news until the plea was actually changed. However, after the Chron reported on its Website Tuesday night that Ward would change his plea, KGO followed suit.

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More allegations about Bernie Ward

Hours after former KGO-AM 810 host Bernie Ward appeared in federal court and agreed to plead guilty to a child porn charge, ABC7’s Dan Noyes reported that Ward was accused of sexual activity with minors while he was a Roman Catholic Priest back in the 1970s. “Every time I tried to bring the conversation around to something that made me feel safer, Bernie would bring it back to the sex,” says Rosanne Schwab, who claims Ward was a predator. Noyes

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Ward admits child porn charge, faces prison

Former KGO-AM talk show host Bernie Ward agreed today to plead guilty to one consolidated count of distributing child pornography and will get five to 20 years in prison.  Ward, an outspoken liberal, has claimed he was doing research for a book when he exchanged nude photos of children involved in sex acts with a woman he met online who turned him into police. His attorney, Doron Weinberg, said that Ward made an error in judgment, believing that it would

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Ward to change plea in child porn case

Former KGO 810 show host Bernie Ward, who pleaded not guilty in December to distributing and receiving child pornography via the Internet, plans to change his plea Thursday, federal court records show. Ward, 57, is scheduled to appear before U.S. District Judge Vaughn Walker in San Francisco to change his plea. He is a month away from going on trial. The Chronicle, which first reported the change in plea, said it could not reach Ward’s attorney, Doron Weinberg, for comment

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Bernie Ward gets a bit of freedom

The federal court has loosened the leash it has on former KGO-AM host Bernie Ward, who out on bond as he awaits trial on child porn charges. Ward is still confined to his home with electronic surveillance. But ABC7 reporter Dan Noyes says on his blog that a judge has granted Ward’s request to attend church on Sundays as well as travel to Lake Natomas this month to watch his college-age daughter compete in the national rowing championships, and he’ll

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Ward wants to use First Amendment defense

Former radio talk show host Bernie Ward is asking a federal judge for permission to use a First Amendment defense when he goes on trial in July on charges of receiving and distributing child pornography on his computer. Ward’s lawyer filed a motion asking U.S. District Judge Vaughn Walker to allow him to argue he had “a legitimate, journalistic purpose” for his actions because he was doing research for a book. The motion was filed earlier this month and was

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