The latest Cumulus/KGO Radio reincarnation was about to become instituted, incrementally, just right at the time when Kevin Metheny died October 3rd.
Metheny and Cumulus were about to lay the gauntlet on KGO's weekend hosts --David Weintraub was the first to be fired and got the boot Wednesday night. Weintraub was stuck in the Death Valley time slot of early Saturday and Sunday Morning, (he's being replaced by out-of-towner, syndicated, John Batchelor); in fact, that is the MO: weekends on KGO will largely become "block" programming; most of the content will consist of syndicated, taped and out-of-town programming; that's both cheap and most of it Cumulus, (think Red-Eye reruns, real-estate shows, etc. ) Weekend talk hosts are understandably nervous and they should be; I reached out to one who was so chagrined they didn't want to talk just yet.
The format ahead-- Monday-through-Friday- will include a combination of news and "live and local" talk shows. Metheny's death has placed a lot of the changes coming on hold as Cumulus decides who will run the KGO/KSFO stations.
*Every weekend talk host is on the hit list. That doesn't mean they blow out all the tonsils but since KGO/Weekend is a wasteland anyway, the block shows will save a lot of cash and allow Cumulus to begin implementation for the weekdays.
*KSFO and its few on-air staffers are in limbo. The station is very much for sale as Cumulus tries to rid itself of a content bleeder.
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