A’s thinking about buying AM radio station

The San Francisco Business Times reports that the Oakland A’s are thinking about buying their flagship radio station, 50,000-watt KTRB AM 860, which is currently in receivership and operated by Comerica Bank. The station flipped from conservative talk to sports in May 2009 when it landed the A’s English-language radio rights. Ken Pries, who oversees broadcast deals for the team, says the A’s are “just at the beginning stages” of a possibly deal. Buying the station would give the A’s

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KTRB drops Savage, enters receivership

Savage KTRB-AM 860, which has gone into receivership and is now being run by Comerica Bank, has dropped Michael Savage, leaving the controversial national talk show host without a station in his home market. Savage, who broadcasts from his home in Marin County, is heard nationally on about 300 stations with 8 to 10 million listeners a week, according to his syndicator, Talk Radio Network. Savage was among the first hosts at KSFO when it switched to conservative talk in

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Michael Savage returns to local radio Feb. 1

Michael Savage, who was dumped by KNEW-AM 910 in September, has landed at KTRB-AM 860, which has an all-sports format. Savage, who lives in Marin County, will continue to a political show, however. “Sports fans are generally tuned out of politics, and I want to tune them in to what is happening in this great country,” he said, according to World Net Daily. “Hopefully, with this new demographic, I will attain the high ratings numbers I once had and even

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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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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.

50,000 watt KTRB flips to sports

KTRB-AM 860, which has been struggling as a right-wing talk station since it went on the air in 2007, will flip to all sports on Monday. After KRTB picked up the rights to the A’s games, it has been gradually adding syndicated sports-talk programs such as Ron Barr’s “Sports Byline USA,” which originates from San Francisco. The station’s strategy will be to focus on East Bay teams or those that don’t get much attention. It’s also the home of Stanford

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KTRB-AM adds 40 hours of sports talk

KTRB-AM 860, a nearly two-year-old 50,000-watt talk station, is adding more than 40 hours a week of sports-talk programming produced in San Francisco. Starting today (Jan. 5), KTRB will air the syndicated “Sports Byline USA” hosted by Ron Barr from 7 to 10 p.m. The program originates from an office building at Broadway and Sansome Street and is heard on about 170 stations and the Armed Forces Radio Network. “It’s always nice to come home,” Barr said. “I think the

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SF gets new 50,000-watt AM blowtorch

A 50,000-watt Modesto radio station, KTRB-AM 860, is moving to San Francisco and begun testing its new 50,000-watt transmitter near San Antonio Reservoir (I-680 and Vallecitos Road) in Alameda County. KTRB’s studio is at 1700 Montgomery St. in San Francisco. It be the market’s fifth 50,000-watt station, after KGO, KCBS, KFAX and KNBR. For now, as KTRB fine tunes its new transmitter, it is playing what it calls “The San Francisco Sound” — rock music performed live and recorded by

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