Fact: KGO Radio has three full-time Jewish talk-show hosts in its line-up--four, when you count Marty Nemko on the weekend.
Ronn Owens, Gil Gross and John Rothmann all happen to be Jewish; I get significant e-mail from some folks saying that's a "problem." Problem? A few made it clear that all of the KGO tonsils have a distinct, pro-Israel, anti-Palestinean stand and that there's a clear and obvious bias when it comes to the Middle East debate.
Owens has always made it clear that he's firmly pro-Israel, but always tried to balance out his hours devoted to the issue by openly stating that he's Jewish, but is fair in taking calls from the other side. Anyone who's listened to his program knows that.
Rothmann, who devotes an extraordinary amount of time to Middle East issues and the Israeli-Palestinean topic, is also a firm defender of the Jewish state, but like Owens, encourages and relishes even those on the other side to take part in the debate. Just the other night, Rothman had on an Arab professor from UC Berkeley discussing the events in Egypt and how they could ultimately affect Israel. It was a candid discussion and enlightening program.
Gross sounds more middle-of-the-road--granted, he devotes more of his show to local issues and doesn't do much Middle East topics unless of course Egypt-like events take place.
As critical as I have been about KGO and its news division, I will say that its talk-show line-up tries diligently to reach out to the other side, not just on the Middle East, but other issues. For that, they deserve credit.
In addition, KGO is still one of the very few local radio stations left in this country that is not 100% ultra, right-wing dominated. Not only is that unique, but mostly beneficial to listeners who enjoy more variety of the political discourse.
For that, KGO is to be commended.