Ex-congressman replaces Limbaugh on KSFO

Hayworth The big switch in Bay Area talk radio went off this morning with a few hitches. First, KSFO announced that, beginning today, it was replacing Rush Limbaugh with a former Republican Arizona congressman, J.D. Hayworth. Hayworth was a talk show host at KFYI in Phoenix up until two years ago when he quit to run unsuccessfully for the U.S. Senate against John McCain. Benner Hayworth repeatedly told listeners during his 9-noon time slot that he was “live and local”

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KNEW 910 drops Michael Savage

Clear Channel’s KNEW 910 has dropped Michael Savage, the controversial San Francisco based talk show host, replacing him with KFI Los Angeles talk show hosts John and Ken. “We have decided to go in a different philosophical and ideological direction, featuring more contemporary content and more local information,” KNEW said on its Web site. “The Savage Nation does not fit into that vision.” But can two Los Angeles hosts make KNEW more local? “These are Californians, doing a California based

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Glenn Beck might land at KNEW

Hours after Glenn Beck (left) got the boot from the Pappas family’s KTRB-AM 860 as it flipped to all-sports, Clear Channel’s KNEW-AM 910 began airing a promo asking listeners to go to their Web site to say if they want Beck on the station. Beck is syndicated by Premier Radio Networks, a CC subsidiary, so he has a good chance of landing at KNEW. The ratings success of Beck’s Fox News Channel program doesn’t hurt either. UPDATE, Tuesday, 5 p.m.:

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Clear Channel layoffs hit here

Clear Channel laid off 1,850 employees nationwide on Tuesday including some here. Radio critic Brad Kava reports that among those losing their jobs were Laurie Roberts, longtime program director at San Jose’s KFOX-FM 98.5, deejay Greg Stone, comedian Fred Reiss and sales people Mark Fenichel and Rebecca Campos. Kava reports that all were “escorted out of the building and not allowed to pack up their things, but given good compensation packages.” UPDATE, 9 a.m., Jan. 21:Bay Area radio authority David

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Bob Agnew out as leader of KNEW, KKGN

Bob Agnew is among the dozen Clear Channel employees in San Francisco who will be leaving the company due to budget cuts, according to Radio Online and AllAccess.com. He was program director of conservative KNEW-AM 910 and liberal KKGN-AM 960. Before that he was program director of KNBR-AM 680 but was ousted along with host Larry Krueger after Krueger’s on-air comments about the Giants’ “brain-dead Caribbean hitters.” Also exiting is Mario Butzner, KKSF and KNEW production director. The names of

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FCC fines KNEW, KSJO $10,000 each

The FCC has rejected a challenge to the renewal of four Bay Area radio station licenses held by Clear Channel by a politically liberal youth organization which objected to Michael Savage’s (left) program on KNEW-AM. Youth Media Council made numerous claims against the stations including the assertion that Savage and former KNEW host Jeff Katz “consistently stereotype and advocate violence against undocumented workers, Muslims, women, lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgendered persons” and that the station encourages “physical violence as a

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First Imus, now Savage? Protest Friday

Protesters ranging from La Raza Centro Legal and the Bay Area Lawyers Guild to representatives of public stations KPFA and KQED plan to demonstrate against right-wing talk show host Michael Savage outside KNEW radio on Friday (April 20), according to a report in the San Francisco Daily. “To remove Don Imus from the radio and not remove people like Michael Savage is hypocrisy,” protest organizer Steve Zeltzer told the SF Daily. “Michael Savage is much more flagrant in his racist,

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Clear Channel boots several SF employees

Ben Fong-Torres, in his radio column in today’s Chron, reports that Clear Channel has terminated about a dozen employees including Star 101 program director James Baker, KNEW program director Clark Reid, KNEW news director Ellen Hyatt and KQKE promotions director Mike Capozzola. CC’s local president and market manager, Kim Bryant, says the company isn’t cutting jobs, pointing out that she’s added new sales and Internet jobs. Fong-Torres also notes that CC’s KQKE 960 has dropped Al Franken (left), the biggest

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