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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Melanie Morgan back at KSFO from 3-6 a.m.

Melanie Morgan, who was dropped by KSFO-AM 560 last year as the co-host of its morning show in a cost cutting move, will be returning in the early morning hours, she says on her blog. She’s doing a new show from Washington, D.C., that will be syndicated nationally starting Monday. On the East Coast it airs from 6 to 9 a.m. Morgan says in her blog that it will be carried live by KSFO in San Francisco. That would mean

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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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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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Morgan blackballed from PBS’s ‘NewsHour’

Melanie Morgan, co-host of KSFO-AM 560’s conservative morning show, has been banned from “The News Hour with Jim Lehrer” on PBS after she got into a heated exchange with Jon Soltz, a vet who heads a group that wants the U.S. to withdraw from Iraq. The two got into one of those verbal brawls common on cable news channels, but rare for the more sober “News Hour.” At one point, host Judy Woodruff interrupts Morgan, who had interrupted Soltz, and

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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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Host discusses execution of NY Times editor

Melanie Morgan (pictured), co-host of “Hot Talk” KSFO-AM 560’s morning show, has made the pages of the New Yorker magazine with a comment attributed to her about New York Times editor Bill Keller (a San Mateo native). A commentary by New Yorker Editor David Remnick about the Bush administration’s war on the press includes this: “On the airwaves and in the blogosphere, it got uglier. Melanie Morgan, a shouter on northern California’s biggest talk radio station, told the San Francisco

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