A small earthquake hit the Bay Area this Tuesday morning (I didn't feel it) but it was big enough (4.0 on the Richter scale--preliminary) that KCBS was inundated with calls. Some of those callers provided early AM news anchor, Janice Wright with some live, vivid and descriptive accounts of the quake when it hit.
It was KCBS' bread and butter--a real-time breaking news story complete with middle-of-the-night actualities from listeners. Callers phoned in from Fremont, San Francisco, the Peninsula, and San Jose.
Meanwhile, KGO Radio was running a taped radio show. Out of market no less.
This listener service used to be a KGO specialty--no matter how little the quake, listeners would call in and provide their own story. It was community radio at its best and it defined the old KGO template--real, genuine news-TALK radio. No more, at least at off hours of the day. KCBS has replaced KGO as the go-to place for all-news events like this.
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