Former KGO-AM host Gene Burns suffers stroke

Burns Gene Burns, longtime KGO-AM host who was fired by that station last November in a cost-cutting purge, said Tuesday he suffered a stroke three months ago that has affected the speech center of his brain. “I am enthusiastic and thankful for the progress I have made,” he said on the NewsTalk910 website. “Most days, I have speech therapy and visits from great friends and colleagues.” Clear Channel’s KKSF-AM 910 hired Burns, 71, to do the afternoon drive shift in

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Limbaugh jumps from KSFO to Clear Channel’s 910

Clear Channel is beefing up the lineup on its 910 AM frequency, first by hiring fired KGO hosts Len Tillem and Gene Burns, and now by adding Rush Limbaugh. The new lineup starts Jan. 3. Limbaugh’s move was revealed publicly in a tweet by 910 morning hosts Armstrong & Getty. There are two schools of thought about why Limbaugh is changing stations. One is that his show is expensive and KSFO’s owner, Cumulus Media, is cutting costs. That’s why they

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Len Tillem, Gene Burns land at Clear Channel 910

Len Tillem and Gene Burns, two of the hosts KGO-AM fired when it switched to all-news from noon to midnight, have been hired by Clear Channel to do shows on the soon-to-be-reformatted 910 AM, according to media blogger Rich Lieberman. Tillem, formerly KGO’s “loyah,” will do his show from 3 to 4 p.m., followed by Burns from 4 to 7. CC is moving most of the KNEW 910 programming to its 960 frequency on Jan. 3, and moving the liberal

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Par Ridder lands at Clear Channel

Par Ridder Par Ridder, who was removed from his job as publisher of the Minneapolis Star Tribune by a judge in a legal dispute with MediaNews Group, today was named branch president of Clear Channel Outdoor’s Chicago Office. Ridder, the son of former Knight Ridder CEO Tony Ridder of Woodside, was called a “proven manager and strategic thinker” in a CC news release. The release says that Ridder, 41, served as publisher of the Minneapolis Star Tribune, St Paul Pioneer

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Energy 92.7’s Don Parker lands at CC

Two months after new owners flipped KNGY-FM Energy 92.7’s format and fired the station’s staff, program director Don Parker has been hired by Clear Channel, Radio Online reports. He’s been named operations manager of CC’s San Francisco cluster of seven stations including Star 101.3, 98.1 Kiss, KKGN-AM Green 960, 103.7 The Band, KMEL, KNEW-AM 910 and Wild 94.9. Parker’s old station, now known as The Rev 92.7, is competing directly against Wild 94.9 in the battle of CHR formats. Before

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FM stations swap frequencies

At 5 p.m. Friday, Clear Channel moved alternative-rock Channel 104.9 to 92.3 FM. KSJO 92.3 had been airing the syndicated La Preciosa format of Mexican oldies. Apparently CC plans to put La Preciosa on 104.9, but at the moment there’s just a tape-loop announcement telling Channel 104.9 listeners to switch to 92.3. Both stations (KSJO 92.3 and KCNL 104.9) are part of Clear Channel’s San Jose cluster, which the Department of Justice has directed the company to sell off when

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K-Fox sale near; goodbye Greg Kihn?

Local radio expert David F. Jackson tells us that Clear Channel is close to announcing a deal that will end its ownership of Classic Rock 98.5 K-Fox (KUFX) in San Jose. The station has been held by a trustee since last summer, pending a sale, required since Clear Channel was over FCC limits for ownership in the market. Jackson says the sale of K-Fox will end the run of classic rock — and morning superstar Greg Kihn (pictured) — on

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CC’s KKSF flips from jazz to classic rock

After 22 years as the Bay Area’s smooth jazz station, Clear Channel on Monday flipped KKSF 103.7 to classic rock. The station’s new handle is The Band. And now it is in the hunt to steal audience away from KFOG, which is seen as vulnerable with the departure of longtime morning man Dave Morey. Program Director Michael Erickson posted a note on the station’s Web site that said in part: While this decision was extremely difficult, KKSF is taking a

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Randi Rhodes returns to Green 960

Liberal talk show host Randi Rhodes has signed a deal with Clear Channel’s Premiere Radio Networks and her new national show will air on CC’s Green 960 (KKGN-AM). Yes, it’s the same Premiere Radio Networks that syndicates Rush Limbaugh. Rhodes was the highest rated host on Air America, but lost her job in April 2008 when she called Hillary Clinton a “whore” at a Green 960 event. Rhodes will do her show from CC’s studios in Rockville, Md., and it

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Clear Channel layoffs hit here

Clear Channel laid off 1,850 employees nationwide on Tuesday including some here. Radio critic Brad Kava reports that among those losing their jobs were Laurie Roberts, longtime program director at San Jose’s KFOX-FM 98.5, deejay Greg Stone, comedian Fred Reiss and sales people Mark Fenichel and Rebecca Campos. Kava reports that all were “escorted out of the building and not allowed to pack up their things, but given good compensation packages.” UPDATE, 9 a.m., Jan. 21:Bay Area radio authority David

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