KNBR to replace ESPN with new CBS

Cumulus Media’s KNBR 680 is dropping ESPN Radio and will be among the first affiliates of a new radio sports network being launched by CBS early next year. KNBR and sister station AM 1050 fill their off-peak hours with ESPN shows such as “Mike & Mike,” Colin Cowherd, “Nick and Artie” and “JT The Brick.” CBS is promising to deliver to its affiliates a “full lineup” of programs. What that means for KNBR isn’t known. The switch to CBS was

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Barbieri sues KNBR, Cumulus

Ralph Barbieri filed suit today against KNBR and its owner, Cumulus Media, claiming he was wrongfully fired as a sports talk host because of his age (he’s 66) and because he suffers from Parkinson’s disease and Type 2 diabetes. The suit seeks $10 million in damages, the Chronicle reports. Angela Alioto, one of his attorneys, said he was told by management that he was fired because he came to work late and wasn’t properly preparing for his show. He joined

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KGO-AM/KSFO moves in with KNBR, KFOG, etc.

The new KGO-AM newsroom at 55 Hawthorne St. KGO 810 and sister station KSFO 560 have completed their move from the ABC Broadcast Center at 900 Front St. to Cumulus Media’s studios at 55 Hawthorne St. in the South of Market area. There’s been the occasional glitch, such as on Sunday when a new phone system prevented KGO host Christine Craft from letting her callers talk to her guest, suspended sheriff Ross Mirkarimi. But the most awkward moments might be

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Cumulus cuts loose The Razor

Barbieri Ralph Barbieri, who has been at KNBR for 28 years, was fired yesterday in a cost-cutting move, station manager Lee Hammer told the Chronicle. His co-host of the 3-7 p.m. show “The Razor and Mr. T,” Tom Tolbert, will do the shift solo from now on. The sports-talk station is owned by Cumulus Media, the same company that owns KGO 810 and fired most of its talk hosts in November. Barbieri, 66, revealed last year that he has Parkinson’s

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Former KGO-AM host Gene Burns suffers stroke

Burns Gene Burns, longtime KGO-AM host who was fired by that station last November in a cost-cutting purge, said Tuesday he suffered a stroke three months ago that has affected the speech center of his brain. “I am enthusiastic and thankful for the progress I have made,” he said on the NewsTalk910 website. “Most days, I have speech therapy and visits from great friends and colleagues.” Clear Channel’s KKSF-AM 910 hired Burns, 71, to do the afternoon drive shift in

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Cumulus to air 49ers game on 6 stations

In an unusual move, Cumulus Media announced today that it will air Sunday’s NFC Championship game between the 49ers and New York Giants on all six of its San Francisco stations. On the AM dial, the game will be heard on KSFO 560, KNBR 680, KGO 810 and KTCT 1050. On the FM dial, Cumulus is putting the game on KFOG 104.5/97.7 and KSAN “The Bone” 107.7. “This is the biggest 49ers game in 10 years, and to ensure that

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Who says radio doesn’t pay well?

Ellis Suleman Farid Suleman, the CEO of KGO-AM and KSFO parent Citadel Broadcasting Corp., is going to make $30 million this year for heading a company that was recently in bankruptcy. RadioInk.com and RBR.com analyzed SEC documents filed by Cumulus Media (owner of KNBR and KFOG) ahead of its acquisition of Citadel and found that Suleman will get a $2 million bonus this year for hitting a $232 million profit target. He’s also getting $1,125,000 in annual salary and $27.4

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Cumulus sacks GM Tony Salvadore

Tony Salvadore, the radio executive who flipped KFOG’s format in 1982 from beautiful music to adult alternative and turned it into a ratings powerhouse, has lost his job in what’s described as a cost-cutting move. Salvadore was Cumulus Broadcasting’s vp and SF market manager in charge of KFOG, KNBR and KSAN (“The Bone”). He’s been a major figure in the Bay Area radio industry for decades. Rich “Big Vinny” Lieberman, a blogger for SFGate.com, broke the story Thursday of Salvador’s

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Profile of KFOG-KNBR-KSAN’s Tony Salvador

Inside Radio has posted a profile of Cumulus vp and market manager Tony Salvadore starting from his days as a rookie salesman in upstate New York. He was the executive who flipped KFOG’s format in 1982 from beautiful music to adult alternative back when the station was owned by General Electric. At the time, he recalls, “California was the land of Milk & Honey then — nothing could go wrong here at that time … It had a magnetic attraction

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7 Bay Area radio stations changing hands

You might have heard the public service announcements running on KGO-AM 810 or KSFO 560, where production manager Michael Amatori reads a list of shareholders who are buying the radio stations? Seven Bay Area radio stations are changing hands in two separate transactions. As reported on this web page Feb. 6, Disney is spinning off its ABC radio stations across the country, including KGO-AM and KSFO, into a new company, 52% of which will be owned by Disney shareholders and

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