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Dr. Dean Edell retiring as KGO-AM host

Dr. Edell

Dr. Dean Edell, 69, told his KGO radio audience today that he plans to retire after 35 years and 5,000 shows on the station. (Click here to hear audio from today’s show.) Dr. Edell told his audience that there part of him is very sad and upset.

The announcement came three weeks after KGO’s new general manager, Deidra Lieberman, decided to move Edell’s shows to the weekends on a tape-delayed basis.

Starting next Monday, KGO is bringing back its noon news and moving attorney Len Tillem, who is now at noon, to Dr. Edell’s 1-2 p.m. slot.

Lieberman’s decision came after KGO, long the first-place radio station in total listeners, had fallen to third, with All News KCBS taking the lead. In response, KGO is adding more newscasts including the hour at noon. Dr. Edell’s last live show will air Friday at 1 p.m.

Lieberman issued the following statement today:

Dr. Edell’s show is syndicated nationally by Premiere Radio Networks. That arrangement will end Dec. 31. Premiere’s president of content and affiliate relations, Julie Talbott, said:

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