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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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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CBS brings back KFRC, moves ‘Free FM’ to AM

CBS Radio yesterday moved its “Free FM” format from FM to AM yesterday, and brought back legendary oldies station KFRC, which will now be heard at 106.9 (Free FM’s old frequency). Seven months ago, CBS shut down KFRC (then at 99.7) and replaced it with the Movin’ 97, a rhythmic adult contemporary format featuring artists such as OutKast, Beyonce, Black-Eyed Peas and Mariah Carey. Dropping KFRC created an uproar among radio listeners. CBS Radio is moving the “Free FM” format

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Bill Mann: KFRC was always interesting

East Bay media writer Bill Mann offers some recollections about KFRC, which CBS Radio pulled off the air Sept. 22. He ways that in its heyday, the Top 40 station was powerful and influential but it also had a great news department, launching the careers of many local newsies including Ken Bastida (KPIX) and Vikki Liviakis (KRON). The station also was responsible for starting the national careers of Bay Area music groups such as Journey, Huey Lewis and The News,

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