When Ronn Owens retires from KGO or Cumulus decides to retire him on their own, expect to hear talk-radio veteran, Chip Franklin, as Owen's replacement.
According to several broadcast sources, Franklin is being groomed to become the 9-Noon permanent host.
Franklin has been doing a lot of fill-in lately on KGO and generally sounds pretty good. Of course, compared to many of KGO's current roster of talkies, that's not too difficult, but Franklin, after a lackluster start, appears to have settled in and has found a common groove.
Franklin's recent past includes talk duty in San Diego where he worked at KOGO before getting axed by Clear Channel last year after six and a half years.
He's also worked in movies and general entertainment. He sounds relaxed on the air. When he first started I hesitated to remain listening but he paced nicely and offered thoughtful and entertaining takes on news and topics of the day. It wasn't contrived nor forced and it sounded fairly honest and reasonable. Franklin wasn't stop-the-presses material but he at least sounded fairly provocative and catchy --again, a far cry from some of the amateur-hour regulars on the weekend.
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