News is back in fashion on the radio. First, KCBS leaped to the top of the ratings after adding an FM signal in late 2008. Then this August KQED-FM hired eight news staffers and added 10 newscasts to its schedule. Now KGO-AM 810 is bringing back its noon news (after eliminating it four years ago) and is increasing the number of newscasts per hour during middays from two to three.
“This is an exciting time for local radio: when other stations are cutting back we are adding more live and local programming to meet our listener needs,” said KGO’s General Manager Deidra Lieberman in a press release.
Starting Dec. 6, Len Tillem’s hour-long legal advice program will move from noon to 1 p.m., bumping Dr. Dean Edell. Edell, whose hour-long show will be heard on weekends, from 1-4 on Saturday and 6-8 on Saturday. Since Edell’s hour-long show is nationally syndicated, it appears he will continue to do his shows on weekdays for his national audience and KGO will replay them on the weekends. In another weekend change, Brian Copeland’s Sunday morning show will start an hour earlier at 8 and continue until 11.