Longtime KCBS broadcaster Al Hart dies

Al Hart Longtime KCBS Radio anchor Al Hart, a legendary voice in Bay Area broadcasting, died yesterday. He was 88. According to his family, Hart died following a battle with corticobasal degeneration, a rare, progressive neurodegenerative disease. Hart joined KCBS in 1966, two years before the station switched to an all-news format. He was first a sidekick and producer for Dave McElhatton, another Bay Area broadcasting legend. McElhatton, who died in 2010, eventually became a longtime anchor at KPIX-TV. Hart

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Bob Melrose retires from KCBS after 36 years

Bob Melrose, one of the most familiar voices on KCBS 740/106.9 over the years, has retired after 36 years on the air. The Contra Costa Times ran a profile of the 61-year-old Melrose yesterday and here’s a few grafs from the story KCBS and CBS5 did announcing his retirement on April 12: Melrose has raced to the scene of news events so often, and his live reports have become so much a part of KCBS, that many were incredulous to

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CBS News, KCBS Radio legend Don Mozley dies

Don Mozley Longtime KCBS Radio and CBS News reporter Don Mozley died Thursday of a heart attack at the age of 90. He passed away at London’s Heathrow Airport on the way home from a solo trip to Europe. Mozley enjoyed a broadcasting career spanning more than six decades. As KCBS reported on Friday, Mosley was the first reporter to break the news of Japan’s unconditional surrender in 1945. He covered the atomic bomb tests at Bikini in the Marshall

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Six months later, KCBS radio is still on top

Back in Janaury, it was surprising to see All News KCBS leading the ratings in San Francisco for listeners 6+. The question then was: Had KCBS dethroned KGO-AM? Or was it a fluke? Six months later, the trend has become clear, with KCBS on top and KGO 810 slipping to No. 4. CBS Radio’s decision to put the all-news station on FM is paying off. Here’s the usual disclaimer: Advertisers don’t use these numbers when buying air time. They use ratings

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KCBS takes over No. 1 spot in ratings

The decision by CBS Radio to acquire an FM channel for All News 740 KCBS seems to be paying off. KCBS AM-FM was first in the January Arbitron ratings for listeners 6+ with a 6.4 rating compared to 5.8 for perennial leader KGO-AM. A year ago, KCBS (which had just started its FM service) had a 5.6 compared to KGO’s 5.8. In one year, KCBS has grown its listenership by 14%. Here’s the usual disclaimer: Advertisers don’t use these numbers

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KGO-AM falls to No. 3 over holidays

People love Christmas music. A lot of people do. Because KOIT-FM jumped from third to first during the holiday season (from 4.3% in November to 8.1%) when it switched to all Christmas music. KGO-AM 810, which has been No. 1 since the Marconi era, fell to third. Remaining at No. 2 in both surveys was KCBS, which was likely bolstered by its FM signal (now just a year old). Here’s a link to the Arbitron ratings at Radio-Info.com. And here’s

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Business editor Bob Price retires from KCBS

Bob Price, who has done business reports every half hour at :25 and :55 on KCBS for a a dozen years, retired Friday. He’s been at KCBS for the last 24 years of his 40-year career. He covered stories such as the Nixon resignation, the Kent State shootings, the Reagan assassination attempt and the dot-com crash. Here’s a link to Stan Bunger’s story about Price’s last day. Price and wife Betsy O’Connor (formerly of KDFC) plan to do more traveling

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New voice on KCBS

Akilah Bolden-Monifa of CBS5 and KCBS tells us that there’s a new voice on the all news AM-FM powerhouse. John Evans, who was let go from classical station KDFC in May, has joined KCBS All News 740 AM and 106.9 FM, and is anchoring the overnight news from 10 p.m.-midnight and 2 a.m.-5 a.m. weekdays. He replaces Dave McQueen, who retired in June. (Photo credit: KDFC)

KCBS turns 100 on Thursday

KCBS All News Radio 740 AM and 106.9 FM will celebrate its 100th anniversary on Thursday where it all began on the corner of First and San Fernando streets in San Jose. That’s where Charles David “Doc” Herrold (left) operated Herrold’s College of Wireless and Engineering (right). Herrold and his students started what is widely believed to be the first station to have regularly scheduled broadcasts. Initially the station was only identified as “San Jose Calling” and then KQW. CBS

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Local TV, radio, Web ad revenue plunges

TV stations in the Bay Area saw ad revenues fall 14% in the first quarter compared to the previous year due mainly to the downturn in the auto industry, the Chron reports. For radio, the drop was 27%. Analysts told the Chron revenues were down nearly 50% at some political blogs, and 10 to 20 percent at entertainment blogs. “Never seen it this bad. Never,” said longtime KGO-AM president and gm Mickey Luckoff. One exception was all-news KCBS, which saw

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