It's close to the one-year anniversary of KGO becoming k-GONE. I've been inundated with reminders and I can't believe the bitter hurt and angst that still exists in the Bay Area over the purge one year later.
I just received this letter from former KGO talker, John Rothmann:
December 1st marks the one year anniversary of the end of KGO as the greatest news talk station on the radio dial. For those of us who were lucky enough to be on the air and those who loved to listen and participate by calling in, it is a loss that we feel every day.
KGO was the place we went to debate the issues of the day. The hosts at KGO represented many diverse points of view and gave us qll the best in talk radio. What could be better than sharing countless hours with Ronn, Gil, Gene, and Ray. We remember Ira Blue, Jim Eason, Lee Rogers, Bernie Ward, Pete Wilson, Dwayne Garrett and all of the others who were part of the KGO family of talk hosts through the years. Our producers were the best. The news team was tremendous and won numerous well deserved awards. Year after year KGO was proclaimed the best news and talk radio station in the United States. The listeners to KGO responded to the outstanding programing, by raising millions of dollars for the Leukemia Cure A Thon, the Thanksgiving Charities drive and so many more worthwhile efforts. No other station was able to form such a true partnership with the listeners to do so much good for the entire community. We were more than just a community we were an extended family of millions.
The leadership and vision of Mickey Luckoff made KGO News Talk 810 the number one station in this market for more than three decades. We all owe a great debt of gratitude to the man who guided and built KGO into the legendary station we all appreciated and loved.
One need only look at the current radio ratings to understand what the loss of KGO has meant to our community. One would think, just looking at the numbers, that the current owners of KGO would understand the impact of their error.