KNBR to replace ESPN with new CBS

Cumulus Media’s KNBR 680 is dropping ESPN Radio and will be among the first affiliates of a new radio sports network being launched by CBS early next year. KNBR and sister station AM 1050 fill their off-peak hours with ESPN shows such as “Mike & Mike,” Colin Cowherd, “Nick and Artie” and “JT The Brick.” CBS is promising to deliver to its affiliates a “full lineup” of programs. What that means for KNBR isn’t known. The switch to CBS was

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Barbieri sues KNBR, Cumulus

Ralph Barbieri filed suit today against KNBR and its owner, Cumulus Media, claiming he was wrongfully fired as a sports talk host because of his age (he’s 66) and because he suffers from Parkinson’s disease and Type 2 diabetes. The suit seeks $10 million in damages, the Chronicle reports. Angela Alioto, one of his attorneys, said he was told by management that he was fired because he came to work late and wasn’t properly preparing for his show. He joined

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Cumulus cuts loose The Razor

Barbieri Ralph Barbieri, who has been at KNBR for 28 years, was fired yesterday in a cost-cutting move, station manager Lee Hammer told the Chronicle. His co-host of the 3-7 p.m. show “The Razor and Mr. T,” Tom Tolbert, will do the shift solo from now on. The sports-talk station is owned by Cumulus Media, the same company that owns KGO 810 and fired most of its talk hosts in November. Barbieri, 66, revealed last year that he has Parkinson’s

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Raiders may switch radio stations

Former Raiders spokesman Artie Gigantino says he expects the team will leave KSFO-AM 560 next year and move to KTRB-AM 860, which will flip to an all-sports format on Monday. KTRB already carries the A’s and has indicated an interest in East Bay sports as a way of counter-programming KNBR-AM 680, which carries the Giants and 49ers. “It is very obvious to me that this move is inevitable,” he says in his Examiner column.

Profile of KFOG-KNBR-KSAN’s Tony Salvador

Inside Radio has posted a profile of Cumulus vp and market manager Tony Salvadore starting from his days as a rookie salesman in upstate New York. He was the executive who flipped KFOG’s format in 1982 from beautiful music to adult alternative back when the station was owned by General Electric. At the time, he recalls, “California was the land of Milk & Honey then — nothing could go wrong here at that time … It had a magnetic attraction

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Broadcaster Doug Pledger dead at 89

Doug Pledger, a popular announcer at classical music station KKHI for several decades, died April 7 at age 89, the Chronicle reported today. Longtime KKHI announcer Al Covaia told the Chron that even though Pledger was known for classical music, he had a diverse broadcasting career, a variety of interests and a sound business sense. He broadcasted Cal basketball games for a while, ran an ad agency, was a tax attorney, and at one point owned a San Mateo-based radio

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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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Rick Barry out at Sports Talk KNBR

NBA Hall-of-Famer Rick Barry’s broadcasting career at KNBR-AM 680 came to an end Monday afternoon after five years behind the mic. Barry said so long to his listeners at the end of Monday’s show, which he was doing from his home in Colorado Springs, Colo. According to Andy Altman-Ohr of the Oakland Tribune, both management and Barry said the departure was a mutual decision. “We’re going in a different direction,” said KNBR programming manager Lee Hammer. Altman-Ohr said a source

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SF Weekly looks at KNBR ownership change

For the second time in three weeks, a newspaper has done a major story on KNBR 680, the all-sports station. On May 29, the Chronicle’s Tom FitzGerald looked at the station’s relationship with the Giants. Today (May 16), the SF Weekly’s Martin Kuz examines the station as it changes ownership. Kuz interviews Bruce Macgowan, John Shrader and Bob Agnew, all of whom used to work at the station. The story also hints at ratings problems for the station that is

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Chron explores ties between Giants, KNBR

The Chronicle’s Tom FitzGerald explored the 27-year relationship between the Giants and KNBR. Larry Krueger, who complained on the air about the team’s “brain-dead Caribbean hitters,” claimed in a lawsuit that he had been fired because of pressure from the Giants, a claim both the team and the radio station deny. In fact, the team and KNBR say that their relationship has grown more tense over the years, with the Giants hinting that when their contract with the station ends,

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