“Hello Americans, I’m Paul Harvey. You know what the news is. In a minute, you’re going to hear … the rest of the story.”

Paul Harvey, age 90, is apparently moving to KSFO 560, according to promos airing on the conservative talk station.

For years, Harvey’s folksy (and right-wing) news and commentary has been heard on KGO-AM 810 where it has seemed out of place given that station’s more urbane news-talk format. Harvey has been a mainstay of the ABC Radio Network since 1951, and apparently its owned and operated stations were required to carry him. Both KSFO and KGO-AM are owned by Citadel Broadcasting, which purchased ABC’s radio stations earlier this year.

Harvey’s 15-minute shows are airing on KGO at 8:45 a.m., 12:45 p.m. and 6:45 p.m. weekdays. What time slots they will occupy on KSFO isn’t known. If KSFO plans to carry his midday program, it will either have to end Rush Limbaugh 15 minutes early at 11:45 or start Dr. Laura 15 minutes late at 12:15.

The move, however, will free up more time on KGO’s morning and afternoon news programs, and give Len Tillem a full hour at noon. Tillem’s legal advice show now ends at 12:45 to make way for Paul Harvey.

While we’re on the subject of right-wing broadcasters, Bill O’Reilly’s “Radio Factor” show is leaving the air Feb. 27, though he will still continue on cable’s Fox News Channel. Here’s a press release touting “the biggest lauunch in the history talk radio” for his program in 2002. O’Reilly currently airs on KNEW 910 from 10-noon.

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  1. Compared to the ranting, raving and generally borish behavior on other radio stations, KGO is definitely urbane. The author of this posting was spot on!

  2. If “urbane” means “Courteous, polite, refined, and suave” according to one dictionary, then KGO is definitely urbane. For the most part KGO talkshow hosts treat callers with respect, even to the point of hosts such as John Rothmann and Gene Burns saying to each caller, “Welcome to KGO.”

  3. Labels are funny. I’ve never heard the term urbane used as a substitute for left-wing…not that anyone would acknowledge such views ever existed in the media. Popular majority views seem particularly susceptible to marginalizing.

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