Sanders All Access, the radio industry website, reports that KOIT owner Entercom is downsizing its staff at 96.5, showing the door to afternoon drive host Laurie Sanders. Her departure comes one week after celebrating her 20th anniversary at the station. Here’s a profile of her that Ben Fong-Torres wrote last October. He wrote, “She’s weathered the industry’s ups and downs, including the sale of KOIT and some severe budget cutting.” Also getting the boot were General Sales Manager Scott Bastable
Entercom Communications — owner of KOIT, classical KDFC and 95.7 The Wolf (KBWF) — has bought classic rock KFOX (KUFX) 98.5 in San Jose for $9 million, according to FCC filings. The seller was the Aloha Station Trust, which owns several former Clear Channel stations that CC was forced to divest under its privatization plan. In November, Aloha sold modern rock Channel 92.3 KSJO and 104.9 KCNL to Principle Broadcasting.
A week after KKSF flipped from jazz to classic rock, there’s word of cut backs at classical station KDFC 102.1, a station owned by the Entercom chain out of Philadelphia. John Evans (pictured) is out after seven years in the afternoon drive-time slot, and 30 years in the market. Also gone is morning news woman Betsy O’Connor. Instead of hiring a new afternoon personality, morning man Hoyt Smith is now doing his show from 6:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. and
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,
Bill Lueth, program director of classical KDFC 102.1, tells Chron radio columnist Ben Fong-Torres that he fears the station’s new owners may drop classical music in favor of a format that makes more money. “This could mean the end of classical music radio in San Francisco … Typically, new ownership comes in with a new agenda. KDFC is a success, but it doesn’t make the kind of money light rock does.” As the Press Club reported Jan. 19, KDFC and
The market’s No. 2 station, soft rock KOIT 96.5, and No. 9 station, classical KDFC-FM 102.1, and 23rd-ranked MAX-FM 95.7 were traded by their owner, Bonneville International, to Philadelphia’s Entercom. In return, Bonneville will get three stations in Seattle (KIRO-AM, KBSG-FM, and KTTH-AM) and four in Cincinnati (WKRQ-FM, WSWD-FM, WUBE-FM and WYGY-FM). The Merc reports that Bonneville, owned by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, has had trouble running rock or urban stations because of lyrical content and