I didn't care much for Harold Camping; he would only mean to me the guy that owned something called "Family Radio" and the legacy call letters, KFRC. Camping also provided a nifty marketing and PR campaign that called for the world to end in May, 2011. We know that went well.
Camping died last week. (Insert metaphor).
So now, the frequency is available and there's a gargantuan set of rumors making the rounds: more religion programming, perhaps ethnic radio, a new talk station? That would be lovely but AM radio being AM radio, highly unlikely.
The frequency is an expensive proposition --millions, like $6-7M. So an LMA is probably more viable and in the offing if one is to believe one such story. I'm still not convinced about sustainability of talk radio on that part of the dial. I know it's still inconceivable that the Bay Area doesn't have a full M-F talk format, (the albatross station doesn't count).
A radio buddy of mine says he thinks FM would be a great source for talk. I'm not so sure. I know talk on FM is very successful in other markets, like Boston for example, but the vast majority of FM people here listen to the marginalized stations like LIVE 105; a few loyal fogheads still play KFOG and then there's KCSM and 94.9 Wild. I hear there's an all-sports station but the little I hear, I'm not impressed.
As the cliche goes, stay tuned.