Laurie Sanders laid off as KOIT downsizes

Sanders All Access, the radio industry website, reports that KOIT owner Entercom is downsizing its staff at 96.5, showing the door to afternoon drive host Laurie Sanders. Her departure comes one week after celebrating her 20th anniversary at the station. Here’s a profile of her that Ben Fong-Torres wrote last October. He wrote, “She’s weathered the industry’s ups and downs, including the sale of KOIT and some severe budget cutting.” Also getting the boot were General Sales Manager Scott Bastable

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KOIT flips to Christmas music, KBAY to wait

KOIT 96.5 flipped to all Christmas music yesterday, an annual tradition for that station. Last year, holiday music gave KOIT enough of a bump that it tied KGO for first place in the November-through-mid-December ratings period for total listeners. KOIT had never tied KGO before. KBAY 94.5 also plans to flip to all Christmas music, but won’t make the switch until Thanksgiving eve at 5 p.m.

Mormons sell KOIT-AM 1260 to Catholics

Bonneville International, the broadcasting arm of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, swapped its three San Francisco FM stations (KOIT-FM, KDFC-FM and KMAX-FM) to Philadelphia-based Entercom in January. But what Bonneville’s KOIT-AM 1260 (the former KYA)? AllAccess.com reports that the AM station is being sold to the Catholic affiliated Immaculate Heart Radio for $14 million.

Another radio station switches formats

KMAX-FM 95.7 is the second station in the Bay Area to change formats this week, flipping from adult hits to country. The station, along with classical KDFC 102.1 and soft rock KOIT 96.5, were traded by Mormon-owned Bonneville International to Philadelphia’s Entercom in return for stations in other markets. AllAccess.com reports that Bananarama’s 1986 smash “Venus” was KMAX’s last song under the old format, which ended this afternoon. The station is playing a robotic voice countdown until the new format,

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New owner for KOIT, KMAX and KDFC

The market’s No. 2 station, soft rock KOIT 96.5, and No. 9 station, classical KDFC-FM 102.1, and 23rd-ranked MAX-FM 95.7 were traded by their owner, Bonneville International, to Philadelphia’s Entercom. In return, Bonneville will get three stations in Seattle (KIRO-AM, KBSG-FM, and KTTH-AM) and four in Cincinnati (WKRQ-FM, WSWD-FM, WUBE-FM and WYGY-FM). The Merc reports that Bonneville, owned by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, has had trouble running rock or urban stations because of lyrical content and

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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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KGO-AM, KOIT, KDFC lead radio ratings

The San Francisco fall 2005 Arbitron radio ratings are out and while perennial leader KGO-AM was first, like usual, it was down from 6.4% to 6.1%. Moving up, however, was KOIT followed by classical KDFC. Ben Fong-Torres, in his monthly Chronicle column on radio, mentions the ratings, too. He also says radio stations have formed an alliance to ensure that all of the stations use the same system to deliver dlgital radio, which will mean clearer sound (no static) and

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