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"Energy 92.7" lays off staff, format to change

The new owner of KNGY, “Energy 92.7,” is changing the station’s LGBT-oriented format to Top 40 and has laid off about 30 employees including program director Don Parker.

The station made the flip to “92.7 FM The Revolution” or “The Rev” at 9 last night. The first song to play was Pink’s “Get This Party Started.” The station is also getting new call letters — KREV.

With the switch, “The Rev” will go head-to-head with CBS Radio’s “Movin 99.7” and Clear Channel’s “Wild 94.9.”

Currently, 92.7 is playing all music without commercials or announcers, which is common after a format switch in order to attract listeners and allow management to hire a new staff.

The “Energy 92.7” formats lasted about five years, and the station referred to itself as the Bay Area’s last independent station.

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