Melanie Morgan to co-host national show

Melanie Morgan, who was the morning co-host at KSFO-AM 560 for 15 years, will co-anchor a national morning radio show “with a new format aimed at showcasing investigative reporting, accountability journalism,” according to a statement from its syndicator, Talk Radio Network. She will share the anchoring duties with John McCaslin of the Washington Times, and the program will air from that conservative newspaper’s newsroom. “The show will utilize all the resources of The Washington Times in addition to a specially

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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.

Citadel booted off NYSE, stock at 9 cents

The New York Stock Exchange has informed Citadel broadcasting, which purchased ABC Radio’s stations from Disney about two years ago, that it will no longer trade the company’s stock. The NYSE delists companies whose stock falls below $1 for 30 consecutive days. The stock closed today at 9 cents a share. That puts the company’s value at $25 million, but if you want to buy it for that price, you’d have to get in line behind creditors who are owed

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KSFO sends Dr. Laura to the night shift

Dr. Laura Schlessinger, who has occupied the noon-to-3 p.m. slot on KSFO since June 2000, is moving to 7-10 p.m. starting Monday, Jan. 5. Sean Hannity, who has been airing in the afternoon drive slot (3-6 p.m.), will replace Schlessinger from noon to 3. It means Hannity’s show will be heard live, but it also means he will no longer compete head-to-head against KNEW 910’s Michael Savage, a former KSFO host, who continues to have strong ratings. KSFO has decided

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KGO-AM bumps Paul Harvey to KSFO

“Hello Americans, I’m Paul Harvey. You know what the news is. In a minute, you’re going to hear … the rest of the story.” Paul Harvey, age 90, is apparently moving to KSFO 560, according to promos airing on the conservative talk station. For years, Harvey’s folksy (and right-wing) news and commentary has been heard on KGO-AM 810 where it has seemed out of place given that station’s more urbane news-talk format. Harvey has been a mainstay of the ABC

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Melanie Morgan out at KSFO

Melanie Morgan has lost her job as morning co-host at KSFO-AM 560 as part of a cost-cutting measure by the conservative station’s new owner, Citadel Broadcasting. Citadel, which acquired KSFO and KGO-AM 810 from Disney last year, decided not to renew her contract, according to WorldNetDaily.com, where Morgan is a columnist. Other cuts at the two stations are expected as Citadel lost $848 million in the most recent quarter. KSFO’s morning program will continue to be hosted by Lee Rodgers.

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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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USA Today: 4 advertisers drop KSFO

Four advertisers have dropped “Hot Talk” KSFO-AM 560 because of controversial comments made by the station’s hosts that have been circulated on the Internet by critics, USA Today reports. Previous stories had only identified MasterCard and Bank of America as advertisers who dropped the Disney owned conservative talk station. In addition to those two, the California chapter of the American Automobile Association pulled its ads from the Brian Sussman Show in September, USA Today says, and the state-run Michigan Economic

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KSFO hosts shoot back at critics

In a three-hour special, conservative radio station KSFO-AM 560 today (Jan. 12) shot back at a liberal blogger named Spocko who posted audio clips of the station’s hosts allegedly comments he claims are “hate” speech. The hosts — Lee Rodgers, Melanie Morgan, Brian Sussman (pictured) and Officer Vic (Tom Benner) — said the audio clips took their comments out of context, and to prove it, they played longer clips that apparently put the remarks in context. “This blogger takes 20

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KSFO’s Melanie Morgan was once a liberal

The Chron’s Joe Garofoli today profiles Melanie Morgan, half of conservative KSFO-AM’s morning team, which is the No. 4 rated station in the mornings in an area that is supposed to be politically liberal. She made headlines in June for saying that New York Times editor Bill Keller should be jailed for treason for printing stories that revealed methods the government is using to stop terrorists. She said that if Keller were convicted, “I would have no problem with him

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