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.

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  1. Having news breaks at the top of the hour and at the 30 minute mark makes sense. Interrupting the conversation and topics being discussed at odd intervals and then cutting the program short for yet another news update is again disruptive.
    I expected things to change after Mickey Luckoff left the station, but this is ridiculous!

  2. I think it hurts NPR's credibility to accept money from people in the political realm, whether it is George Soros or Karl Rove. If a news organization wants to be seen as objective, it should be careful about from whom it accepts money. Taking Soros' money makes NPR look awfully left wing, just as it would make them look right wing if they took money from Phillip Anschutz (the billionaire oilman who owns the Examiner).

  3. Actually the public announcement was made on October 18 by the Open Society Foundation (Soros). My guess is that the announcement was not a suprise to NPR or its affiliates.

    From the Open Society Foundation's October 18 release:

    "NPR’s new project, called Impact of Government, will build on the best of local and state reporting at nearly 800 NPR member stations across the country – adding reporters, editors, and analysts in every state. It significantly augments the work of existing public radio reporters that cover the statehouse and related issues – ultimately adding at least 100 journalists to strengthen public radio’s service to local communities with reporting on-air and online."

    Maybe someone should ask KQED about it.

  4. I agree that Soros' influence over the media should be scrutinized, but I think the first poster on this thread has jumbled a few facts.

    KQED announced its expansion in August. Soros made his contribution to NPR earlier in November.

    In addition, KQED pays a fee to NPR, not the other way around.

    So I don't see how Soros' money is involved in this move. But maybe the anonymous poster has special information the rest of us don't have.

  5. Were the 8 new staffers at KQED hired with the $1.8 million that George Soros gave to NPR to hire local journalists? THAT would be real news. Of course, we wouldn't want to talk about that here in the Bay Area.

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