Ax falls at Clear Channel on Tuesday

Clear Channel, which has 10 radio stations in the Bay Area, will layoff 1,500 of its 20,000-employee national work force on Tuesday, with most of the cuts coming in sales, the Wall Street Journal reported today. Low performing reps will lose their jobs and their accounts will go to the surviving top performers, resulting in boost in their compensation, the WSJ says. “On the radio side, the company is likely to eliminate chunks of local programming and replace it with

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SF Mayor Newsom to double newsrack fees

On the same day the Chronicle reported that it is cutting 125 jobs (see item above), it reports that publishers in San Francisco are furious over a proposal by Mayor Gavin Newsom to double newsrack fees from $30 to $60 a year, effective Aug. 30. Alex Popovics, owner of San Francisco Bay Distributors, said the smaller publications he provides distribution services for are likely to reduce their presence in the city due to cost. Small papers aren’t alone in making

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Clear Channel to sell 3 San Jose stations

Clear Channel has agreed to sell three of its 10 Bay Area radio stations in a deal with the FCC that will allow the company to be taken over by private investors. The stations going on the block operate out of San Jose: • KCNL-FM “Channel 104.9,” alternative rock • “KFOX 98.5” (actually KUFX-FM), classic rock • KSJO-FM 92.3 “La Preciosa,” Spanish Clear Channel is keeping the seven stations that originate from its studios at 340 Townsend St. in San

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Bob Agnew out as leader of KNEW, KKGN

Bob Agnew is among the dozen Clear Channel employees in San Francisco who will be leaving the company due to budget cuts, according to Radio Online and AllAccess.com. He was program director of conservative KNEW-AM 910 and liberal KKGN-AM 960. Before that he was program director of KNBR-AM 680 but was ousted along with host Larry Krueger after Krueger’s on-air comments about the Giants’ “brain-dead Caribbean hitters.” Also exiting is Mario Butzner, KKSF and KNEW production director. The names of

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FCC fines KNEW, KSJO $10,000 each

The FCC has rejected a challenge to the renewal of four Bay Area radio station licenses held by Clear Channel by a politically liberal youth organization which objected to Michael Savage’s (left) program on KNEW-AM. Youth Media Council made numerous claims against the stations including the assertion that Savage and former KNEW host Jeff Katz “consistently stereotype and advocate violence against undocumented workers, Muslims, women, lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgendered persons” and that the station encourages “physical violence as a

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The Quake 960 becomes Green 960

Clear Channel has changed the on-air identity of its liberal talk station in San Francisco from The Quake 960 (KQKE-AM) to Green 960 (KKGN-AM). Radio columnist Brad Kava writes: “The lineup of Stephanie Miller, Ed Schultz, Thom Hartmann, Rachel Maddow, Bill Press, Mike Malloy, Jon Elliot and Randi Rhodes is a liberal dream team, intelligent and entertaining. It is virtually tied in the ratings with conservative talker and sister station KNEW-AM (910), both down in the lower 20s for Bay

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Another radio station switches formats

KMAX-FM 95.7 is the second station in the Bay Area to change formats this week, flipping from adult hits to country. The station, along with classical KDFC 102.1 and soft rock KOIT 96.5, were traded by Mormon-owned Bonneville International to Philadelphia’s Entercom in return for stations in other markets. AllAccess.com reports that Bananarama’s 1986 smash “Venus” was KMAX’s last song under the old format, which ended this afternoon. The station is playing a robotic voice countdown until the new format,

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Station drops Spanish, returns to alt-rock

Clear Channel’s KCNL 104.9 has dropped the Spanish format it adopted 13 months ago and will return to playing alternative music, the radio Web site AllAccess.com reports. The station’s Spanish programning was pulled at 3 p.m. Monday and the new format is scheduled to start at 5 p.m. today (Feb. 27). In between, station has been airing sounds of construction noises. The station will rely more heavily on listener requests than before. Music director Jeanene Calhoun will return. Former KSAN

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UHF station to try ‘citizen journalism’

Clear Channel-owned KFTY-TV Channel 50 in Santa Rosa, which abruptly canceled its money-losing newscasts Jan. 26, is now getting some ink for its plans to solicit news reports programming from its viewers. The Chron reports in a front-page story Sunday that media executives nationwide are eager to see whether the independent UHF station can make money from citizen journalism. Clear Channel’s Steve Spendlove (pictured) plans to ask people in the community — its independent filmmakers, its college students and professors,

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