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Rosie Allen gives up KGO afternoon news post

Rosie Allen, after 25 years at KGO-AM 810, has given up her afternoon news anchor post.

“Rosie has been a terrific anchor, a dear friend and a great representative for KGO Radio,” News Director Ken Berry said in an e-mail to the station’s staffers. “We plan to continue using Rosie in commercials, personal appearances and as a fill in for talk. We will have an on-air send off for Rosie in the near future.”

Her broadcast partner for many years was Greg Jarrett, who was laid off in January (and a few months later landed at WGN-AM in Chicago as its morning man). Rosie’s broadcast partner since then has been Bret Burkhart. No replacement for Allen has been named.

She began her career at KNEW in Oakland, and then moved to KNBR Radio. In 1977, she became public affairs director at KGO-AM’s then sister station, KSFX-FM. Later that year she went on the air at KGO as a weekend host. In 1984, she started co-anchoring the afternoon news. In March 2009, her 25th anniversary at KGO was marked with an on-air tribute. (Photo credit: KGO-TV)

CORRECTION/UPDATE: Yesterday the Press Club blog used the word “retire” to describe Rosie’s plans, which is incorrect. She’s just giving up her afternoon news gig, and will continue to be heard on KGO in the future. In fact, she’s scheduled to be Ronn Owens’ guest on Wednesday from 11 to noon, where she might expound on her future plans.

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