Five stations win regional Murrows

KGO-AM won six regional Edward R. Murrow awards from the Radio Television News Director’s Association and KCBS won four. The regional winners will now be judged on a national level. KGO won awards for breaking news, sports reporting, use of sound, hard news feature, writing and feature reporting. The breaking news award, for coverage of fires in Northern California on June 12, 2008, was earned by Rosie Allen, Greg Jarrett, Laura Podolak, Claudia Lamb, Rob Artigo, Greg Edmonds and Bret

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Knight Ridder signs up for sale

Knight Ridder became history in 2006, but its name still appears on the two largest signs in San Jose. The signs are about 20 stories up on the top of the office building at 50 West Fernando Street, where the now defunct newspaper company had its corporate headquarters. KCBS Radio and CBS5 KPIX-TV report that the building’s landlord is now offering to sell the signs for $2 million plus rent of $25,000 a month. The buyer’s name or message would

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KCBS, KGO, KALW, Chron win Headliners

Bay Area winners of the 75th annual National Headliner Awards, sponsored by The Press Club of Atlantic City, N.J., include: • Newspapers, editorial cartoons, second place: Don Asmussen, SF Chronicle • Newspapers, portrait, second place, Chron’s Mike Kepka, “The Rev. Cecil Williams” • Radio, newscast, first place: KCBS News Team, “Winter Storm” • Radio, breaking news or continuing coverage of a single news event, first place: KCBS, Doug Sovern, “Campaign 2008” • Radio, feature or human interest story, first place:

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KGO 810 returns to the No. 1 spot

We know, we know. These cume numbers are meaningless to advertisers. They’re just a beauty contest. But it looks like KGO has regained its spot as the No. 1 station in the beauty contest. KCBS’ jump to No. 1 last month appears to be short lived. PPM 6+ San Francisco Radio Metro Monday-Sunday 6am-Midnight Hol 08 Jan 09 Feb 09KGO-AM 5.4 5.5 5.8KCBS-AM/FM 4.4 5.6 5.6KQED-FM 5.1 5.3 5.4KOIT-FM 8.3 4.8 4.4KIOI-FM 3.6 3.7KSFO-AM 3.3 3.7KYLD-FM 3.4 3.7KMEL-FM 3.6 3.7KRZZ

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Has KGO 810 been toppled?

Ben Fong-Torres, in his radio column in today’s Chronicle, says KGO-AM 810 has been booted from the No. 1 spot in the market among all listeners in January by all-news KCBS. As he notes, KGO’s Mickey Luckoff says a survey for just one month is a small sample, and there are a lot of questions about Arbitron’s switch to personal people meters. Besides, advertisers don’t buy time based on cumulative ratings but on how a station does in a particular

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Al Hart, 81, retires from KCBS

Al Hart will do his final John Madden report this morning (Jan. 7) from 8:15 to 8:25 on KCBS. Hart turned 81 on Friday. He retired as the station’s morning host in 2000 to take care of his wife, Sally, who was dying from Lou Gehrig’s disease. After her death, KCBS asked him to talk with Madden on Wednesday mornings. Martin Snapp of the Contra Costa Times reports that Hart’s biggest fans are his peers at other radio and TV

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KFRC’s oldies format returns to AM

CBS Radio SF market manager Doug Harvill announced today that the KFRC oldies format is moving to 1550 AM on Thursday, Jan. 1, a month after it was replaced at 106.9 FM by all-news KCBS. KFRC was originally an AM station in the 60s and 70s when the songs it now plays were new. Scott Shannon will produce and host the syndicated oldies format, featuring hits from the 50s to 80s. By the way, KCBS’s addition of an FM signal

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More about KCBS’s new FM signal

An update to the item below about CBS Radio’s plans to simulcast KCBS All News 740 on KFRC 106.9: KFRC’s Dave Sholin, Celeste Perry and Sue Hall have been let go, but they will return this week (we don’t know when) to do a farewell show. According to promos, KCBS will be heard on KFRC starting at 7:40 a.m. (get it?) on Monday, Oct. 27. Since KFRC’s on-air staff has been let go, the station is playing music and recorded

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KCBS 740 will be heard on FM starting next week

KCBS All News 740 will also be heard on 106.9 FM starting Oct. 27, giving the station a chance to reach new listeners on FM, the station announced today. “With this announcement we are ensuring our listeners will have access to the superior news and information they’ve come to rely on no matter how they choose to receive their audio content,” said Doug Harvill, senior vice president and market manager for CBS Radio San Francisco. “And not only that, having

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All News KCBS 740 available on FM HD

At the top of every hour, All News 740 identifies itself as “KCBS and KCBS-HD,” but never promotes its HD signal beyond that. No frequency is given for KCBS-HD or information about how a listener can find the HD signal. Turns out that the all-news station is being transmitted by its sister station, KFRC-FM 106.9, as one of its HD signals, 106.9-2. The range of KCBS 106.9-2 isn’t as great as 50,000-watt, clear channel KCBS 740. But where KCBS-HD can

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