Monday, October 17, 2011
Ray Taliaferro leaving KGO Radio? Monday Media dish
A few of my KGO insiders have told me in recent weeks that longtime allnighter, Ray Taliaferro, (M-F 1-5 AM) is on the way out the door. The terms, no one knows exactly for sure.
Of course, this news, if there's anything to it, (and I do believe it is the case), makes perfect sense. It's a move that's been rumored for years now.
Taliaferro is nearing 73 and is concluding his 40th year in Bay Area broadcasting, (including stints at KGO, KRON-TV, and the late, great KDIA). His late-night shtick has become farcical, even by Taliaferro standards. The bombastic, bizarre and sometimes confounding monologues, combined with the contrived and forced banter with callers seems to have reached its peak.
Moreover, Taliaferro's in-house ally, Jack Swanson has left the building. His relationship with ex-GM, Mickey Luckoff, already strained, was cemented when Luckoff left last year. Now, "RayTal" is hanging on, with some industry awards, (in which he talks about for hours), and mostly hanging on a thread. Were it not for the fact that he's cozy with some of SF's more powerful political people, he would have been long gone.
In any case, Taliaferro, from this corner, figures to finish out the year and move on. And certainly not on his terms. "Cumulitis" has hit the wee hours at 900 Front, and for a change, that's good.
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