Luckoff can’t find a station for his newstalk format

It doesn’t look as if former KGO-AM president and gm Mickey Luckoff is going to find a station where he can bring back his station’s former format with its recently fired hosts. Here’s a letter Luckoff sent to those who have been working with him on this project (courtesy of RadioInk): As promised I have made every conceivable effort to accomplish the goal as we originally discussed. I have exhausted every conceivable opportunity to package and relocate our incredible newstalk

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Citadel backs off of “shocking” pay plan

When Mickey Luckoff resigned at KGO-AM/KSFO GM and President, he slammed Farid Suleman, the CEO and chairman of station owner Citadel Broadcasting. Luckoff told Ben Fong-Torres: Luckoff Everything that the CBS people warned us about came true: total control, can’t spend a dime, and you’d have to go through layers … And then you found out that the layers were one person. He’s something else. He has no regard for people whatsoever. He’s apparently pretty damned skilled financially. To be

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Mickey Luckoff not allowed back on KGO-AM

Luckoff and Owens. Credit: Flickr It’s been a tough week for KGO-AM host Ronn Owens. First, Jerry Brown and Meg Whitman backed out of a debate on his show that the station had heavily promoted. Then on Tuesday, he was scheduled to talk to Mickey Luckoff, who had resigned a day earlier after 35 years as general manager of KGO-AM in a dispute with the station’s owner, Citadel Broadcasting. Owens promoted the hour with Luckoff at the beginning of the

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Luckoff resigns, citing disagreements with Citadel

Luckoff with his Radio Hall of Fame award. Longtime KGO-AM and KSFO president and gm Mickey Luckoff abruptly resigned today, citing disagreements with the stations’ owner, Citadel Communications. “The day you’re not able to stand behind or believe in the decisions you are being asked to make is the day you must be true to yourself and to those you care about,” he said in a letter to staff that was obtained by the SF Business Journal. “Thus I am

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Luckoff complains about Arbitron methods

Radio Online reports that KGO-AM/KSFO president and gm Mickey Luckoff is calling on Arbitron to increase the number of radio listeners who are given Personal People Meters, the pager-sized devices that keep track of what stations a person hears throughout the day. Luckoff says the number of PPM panelists (those selected to wear the PPM to measure their radio listening) is far fewer than Arbitron had promised when it switched from diaries to electronic sampling last year. He said broadcasters

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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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Three notes about KGO 810

First, President and GM Mickey Luckoff tells the Press Club that there are no plans at this time for KGO to add an FM signal like KCBS did earlier this year. Second, Luckoff said on Ronn Owens’ show the other day that the station will name a permanent 10 p.m.-to-1 a.m. host “very soon.” Guest hosts who presumably are contenders for the job are (in alphabetical order): • Brian Copeland• Christine Craft • Jim Gabbert• David Lazarus• Pat Thurston •

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KGO-AM’s Luckoff’s writing a book

A couple of notes about KGO NewsTalk 810. First, longtime general manager Mickey Luckoff was inducted into the national Radio Hall of Fame on Saturday, joining the likes of Jack Benny, Harry Caray, Dick Clark, Bing Crosby, Lee DeForest, Jim Dunbar, Paul Harvey, Bob Hope, Groucho Marx, Wolfman Jack, Rush Limbaugh and Garrison Keillor. But in an interview with ABC7’s Don Sanchez before he was inducted, Luckoff said he was writing a book. “Is this a tell-all book?” asked Sanchez.

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Karel’s suspension called indefinite

KGO-AM is now calling Karel’s suspension indefinite and that the station has also suspended an engineer, according to radio critic Brad Kava’s Examiner blog. Karel and his engineer are in trouble after the host was heard using profanities including the f-word during an ABC News report about Joe the Plumber (see item below from Thursday). The fact that his outburst happened during the news, when one would assume his mic would be off, doesn’t matter. “All microphones are on. That’s

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Report: KGO 810 tumbles in 25-54 demo

“Radio Equalizer” Brian Maloney reports that Arbitron’s switch from diaries to Portable People Meters has crushed KGO 810’s legendary ratings into tiny bits. He writes: Late last week, the first PPM report representing July 2008 was released to clients and obtained by your Radio Equalizer. … While the station did retain its number one position in the overall 12 and older demographic, it was killed in the all-important Adults 25-54 segment. Because advertising rates are set based on a station’s

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