KGO-AM, KSFO owner vows big changes

Citadel Broadcasting, the company that acquired Disney’s radio stations including KSFO 560 and KGO-AM 810, posted a $848 million loss on Friday, which the company is blaming on its new acquisitions. Radio & Records put it this way: Citadel Broadcasting today (Feb. 29) brought home a very bad report card and the big guy, chairman of the board and CEO Farid Suleman, says things are going to change. And change fast — beginning this week and over the next two

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KGO-AM, KSFO sale will close June 12

The sale of ABC Radio and its 22 owned and operated stations, including San Francisco’s KGO-AM 810 and KSFO 560, to Citadel Broadcasting will become final on June 12, according to a press release from the current owner, Disney. Disney plans to keep its 50 Radio Disney stations nationwide including 5,000-watt KMKY 1310. The FCC approved the $2.7 billion deal in March. KGO-AM and KSFO are expected to remain at the ABC Broadcast Center at 900 Front St. but pay

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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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KSFO, KGO-AM sold; 7 may change call letters

Disney’s decision yesterday to spin off its radio division into a new company, a $2.7 billion deal that includes KGO-AM and KSFO, raises some questions: Will KGO Radio and KGO TV continue to share on-air talent and newsroom resources? Will they continue to operate out of the same building on Front Street? And who will get to use the “KGO” call letters in the future? Traditionally, when a TV and radio station share the same call letters and then one

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