KQED’s Michael Krasny out with a book

Ben Fong-Torres, writing in the Chronicle, says Michael Krasny’s new book “Off Mike” should have been titled “On Mike” because it focuses so much on Krasny (left). Fong-Torres writes, “It’s just too bad that, given the chance to illuminate the medium, the process of his craft — the interview — and the subjects themselves, he chose to keep the light so often fixed on himself.” Fong-Torres notes that Krazny, who holds down the 9-11 a.m. shift at KQED-FM 88.5, gives

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Ronn Owens suffers on-air medical incident

A possible “prescription imbalance” caused KGO 810 host Ronn Owens to slur his words during the first hour of his three-hour program Monday morning. Owens said he felt “woozy.” He then turned the program over to host John Rothmann. Rothmann, subbing for Owens today, announced at the top of the show that “Ron is in the hospital for some tests. They think it’s a prescription imbalance.” Rothmann said Owens is expected to return Thursday. The medical episode happened on Monday,

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KGO’s Pete Wilson dies at 62

Veteran KGO-TV news anchor and KGO radio host Pete Wilson died Friday night at Stanford Hospital in Palo Alto from a massive heart attack suffered during hip replacement surgery, the station announced today. The heart attack occurred during surgery on Thursday and doctors battled to save him for more than a day, but he was removed from life support and succumbed at 9:20 p.m. Friday. Wilson, 62, is survived by his wife, Sandra, and son Brendan, who is in college.

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KGO 810 back on top, KCBS moves up

The latest Arbitrends for listeners 12 and older show KGO-AM NewsTalk 810 is back in first place. During the November-January period, KGO slipped out of the first place for the first time in 29 years. The new figures also show All News KCBS-AM 740 has moved up from fourth to third. These numbers (via AllAccess.com) reflect overall audience levels, while advertisers are more concerned about specific demographics.

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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Controversy over radio ratings system

KGO-AM 810 is still the first place station in the Bay Area in terms of overall audience despite a glitch at the Arbitron ratings company, which switched to new system of collecing ratings that gave No. 2 KOIT-FM 96.5 the first-place spot for two months. Brad Kava of the Mercury News explains what happened. KGO-AM boss Mickey Luckoff (pictured) is concerned about the new Arbitron system that dumps the hand-written diaries listeners are asked to keep, and goes to electronic

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KGO slammed over interview policy

In his “Multimedia Notes” column, Bill Mann says KGO-AM has a policy of refusing to book guests who have appeared first on another Bay Area station. KQED-FM’s Michael Krasny is quoted by Mann as saying the policy is ridiculous. Krasny adds: “However, we’ve found that, despite their clout derived from their No. 1 berth, we have leverage at ‘Forum’ based on the simple fact that our numbers are significant and more books are purchased by our listeners. And when necessary,

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KGO-AM shows Krueger the door

KGO-AM 810 is looking for a sportscaster. The Chronicle reports this morning that the station has not renewed the contract of Larry Krueger (pictured), who was doing afternoon sportscasts. Krueger landed at KGO after he and two other KNBR employees were dismissed in August 2005 following his remarks about the Giants’ “brain-dead Caribbean hitters hacking at slop.” Krueger said he didn’t hear any criticism of his work at KGO. KGO news director Paul Hosley tells the Chron that he has

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Alice’s morning show No. 1 in key demo

The Spring Arbitron radio ratings are out for the San Francisco and San Jose markets, and it’s no surprise that KGO remains No. 1 followed by KOIT-FM, KCBS-AM, Classical KDFC, and urban KMEL-FM. Those have been the top 5 stations for a long time. But in the key 25-54 demographic, CBS-owned Alice Radio (KLLC-FM, 97.3) is now No. 1 in the morning drive with the show “Sarah and No Name.” Brad Kava of the Merc writes that “Sarah and No

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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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