Thursday, April 14, 2016

Ask Rich Lieberman; Bay Area/LA TV/Radio Questions

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107 comments:

  1. So why would Cumulus give Copie a show and relegate their one excellent talker, Pat Thurston, to the weekend ghetto?

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    1. Copie is tight with the mattress man and somehow people there believe he's acceptable --I guess cutting out NY Times and SFGate articles and talking about race every other day meets the standard there; I don't listen anymore because if I did, I'd end up slicing my wrists...as for Thurston, I like Pat; surprised they didn't go with a woman on their schedule --but hey, they don't know radio, so I'm not entirely shocked either.

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    2. Thoughts on Copeland's daughter producing his show?

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  2. Does donating to the site increase the chances of ones comment being posted?

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    1. That's an intentionally stupid question so I'll just ignore it, but have a nice day and enjoy your after-dinner mints.

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    2. Actually, what is intentionally stupid is censoring comments of the same people you're begging to get donations from. It is so comically hypocritical that you use the vast majority of your blog to criticize others, but can't take any criticism yourself.

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    3. It is HIS blog. But I do see more stuff here then any other blog that closely relates to the topics Rich covers.

      If like any other blog, tosses out any spammers like the $10000 in one hour crap that sneaks through on other sites, especially those using the Disqus platform.

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    4. Hey, Mr/Ms. Anonymous, 10: 12: I think it's funny that you come here and bitch and try to insult me--DO THIS: don't come here, it's obviously not good for your mental health and seriously, I would not like you to get sick, so please, go away, be resourceful --go volunteer, help some people--watch Donnie and Marie on KGO-TV.

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    5. It's his damn site and he's putting his name out there with everything he writes. Why do people who hide behind "anonymous" postings think it's their right to have them published. If you have something to say, put your name on it and socialize it, there's no shortage of mediums to do so.

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  3. Did the entire air staff get let go at 98.1 KISS FM??

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    1. Seems so, but the world is still here. I'm not losing any sleep, small staff anyway, I do believe.

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  4. What happened to the Talk Radio Network? They'd hosted Dr. Wattenburg, Jerry Doyle, and previously Dr. Savage. Their website and podcasts haven't been working for a few weeks now.

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    1. TRN is near BK (if it isn't already) and operating on a shoestring budget. Frankly, I don't think their long for the future. Looks like gloomy days in Oregon for the Masters family.

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  5. Rich, you mentioned months ago that you expected 95.7 The Game to change their morning show. Any news on that? Can't stand either of the AM sports radio shows.

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    1. Yes, I did...and frankly, I'm surprised it's still there which leads me to believe no one, or for that matter, nobody in radio who's a professional would work at that station b/c they don't pay much. Tony Bruno would have been a masterful hire but the new PD from Canada is a yutz. So he stays with the imbecile program in the morning that few people listen to and employs a mid-day idiot, John Lund, the human excrement machine who talks about his penis every other day...Don't really care for THE GAME, as you can tell.

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    2. Would Bruno even want to make the move at this point? He seems very close to his elderly Mother and is always helping out around the house.
      Plus, it seems like he's always unhappy with his management.

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  6. What happened at 98.1 - it is now all breezy! When I checked their website, I get information about a San Diego station.

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    1. I stopped listening to KISS when they began using pre-recorded DJs and the music seemed to go more AC as opposed to soul R and B, plus I'm not a big Renel fan--on the radio and at the ballpark too.

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  7. What is "KTVU Plus" on KICU 36? It say's it premiers on the 25th of April according to TVnewstalk.net

    Any info?

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  8. When do you think Ronn jump the shark? I think it happened shortly after his LA simulcast failed. Downhill since then.

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    1. No, he was still relevant --the LA experiment simply didn't work; LA people are different radio customers than the Bay Area; it was a bad fit from beginning to end and Ronn knew it.

      I think Ronn started to really slip after the last massacre in 2011, coupled with his medical issues, obviously that's not his fault but he began a downhill run from there...He can still do a decent interview and his political shows are, for the most part, OK, but he's nowhere near his best and you can tell nowadays he's completely off; his voice is terrible, he frequently talks off the microphone and his monologues have become trite and predictable.

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  9. When is Aaron Pero going to get fired?

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    1. As soon as he loses the pictures.

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    2. Ha ha! They're probably triple-backed up and that Wikileaks guy even has a copy.

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  10. Do you know the head to head ratings of the weather people on KPIX vs KRON? They all start their reports at the same time and I switch to KRON for the eye candy.

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    1. You're not alone but KPIX overall beats KRON --there are nights KRON beats PIX (and other stations for that matter) but it's rare. But I'll let the KRON weather woman know you like her eye candy, I'm sure she'll be thrilled.

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    2. Will Erica Cato ever get back on TV?

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    3. Probably but I'm not going to wait around; why, are you wanting to have tea with her? She's taken, I believe. Ask "DA"

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    4. I'd sip tea with Erica Kato any day of the week.

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    5. KPIX needs all the help they can get in the eye candy department.

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  11. Last night on the 10 o'clock news, KTVU ran an ad announcing 'KICU is becoming KTVU Plus'. Is that a digital subchannel...or have they created a new channel for all the people who no longer work for KTVU?

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    1. No, it's the old KICU, TV 36--"KTVU Plus" is simply FOX expanding its stations and trying to get more KTVU branded.

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    2. Fox is likely getting ready to dump KICU in the current FCC Spectrum Auction. They can then move the intellectual property to a subchannel on KTVU--And their retrans will probably keep the same channel position on cable/satellite. The opening bid for KICU is around $440 Million; but they'll likely receive a fraction of that in the reverse auction. But, they will still likely make more in the auction than trying to sell the station in a traditional transaction.

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  12. Will Gasia get more face time on the new KTVU Plus?

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    1. Uh, probably not, she's busy with her hair on KTVU.

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  13. When will Janelle Marie get her own show?

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    1. When a furniture store buys the time and pays her to be the hostess.

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  14. Did Robin Winston actually show up at Anny Hong's Baby Shower??

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  15. What's up with the crazy eyes on the hyphenated Mexican anchor lady that caused massive problems for her anchor ex husband?

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    1. In the court system; I'll file something when there's some news.

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  16. What in the hell is KPIX doing with their mornings? They dumped Frank who was frankly the most likeable of their AM bunch, they rotate traffic people (all unattractive, mostly all pregnant...though none today), and they stay the hell away from anyone with a tan/considered a minority. Why?

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    1. Frankly, (no pun) KPIX hasn't a clue on how to run a successful morning show. They screwed up royally when they let go of John Kessler and Sydnie Kohara --then they hired Mallicoat out of Boston and just when he and Griego found some momentum, they canned him...To PIX's defense, the ratings for the Morning Show stink. And lately, Griego seemed intent on screwing Mallicoat--there was some tension there.

      I'm not impressed with the new guy.

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    2. Griego better watch out. She is the lead anchor of a last place show and no one is watching because of her boring self. she is easily replaceable, they can hire anyone to finish last.

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  17. Rich, What's your over-under on PIX saying "ALOHA" to Hawaii Boy?

    Also...Julie Watts... Is she for real or am I in the middle of a bad dream?

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    1. "Aloha Boy" --Mr. Choi is going to be given plenty of time to stink, say a couple of years at least, until his ratings suck in which case PIX fires him and looks for their next AM victim...

      Julie Watts, yes, is real and has a pulse.

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  18. How does Radnich keep his position at KRON? He act is very old and really bad.

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    1. Because even though he's mailing it in and has been for years, he's still KRON's most recognizable personality so until he starts screaming at kids on his lawn, he's gonna stay.

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    2. Grant Lodes does an excellent job while filling-in for Radnich. Why does KRON keep Raddy when can save a boat-load or Bentley load of money ? And, keep Mark Carpenter away from the studio. He bobs his head like a boxer.

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    3. I like Grant Lodes too but unfortunately he doesn't exude a lot of enthusiasm like the Bentley guy does, at least for now.

      Mark Carpenter was hired because when you work under Radnich you generally become lost in the SF/Amazon jungle.

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  19. Just now on KNBR Raddy said he was so happy for Fitz and that he was able to have that moment last night with the Warriors 73rd win. He also mentioned that no one knows the personal tragedies Fitz has had to go through these past 22 years while announcing for the Warriors. What's up with that?

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    1. It's a personal family matter; I'm aware of it and I'm not going to mention it --suffice to say, yes, it's an incredibly huge distraction, very sad too. That's it.

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  20. Does anyone miss Don Bleu?

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  21. Will CBS stick with Stephen Colbert?

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    1. Well, if the ratings don't pick up, they're going to have to tweak the show and hire some consultant because the Colbert Show (and I'm a fan) hasn't been able to generate any traction for CBS; he's stuck way behind Kimmel and Fallon.

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    2. Actually I beg to differ on Colbert. I have not dug into this for research but Les Moonves is fairly sharp in his programming moves.

      Now Jay Leno played well into the Midwest and accross the board. David Letterman as I recall did not really not have great ratings in the midwest but attracted a sizable and affluent audience on both Coasts to reign for as long as he did and he was very profitable and established late programming for CBS. There is no doubt.

      Now along comes Steven Colbert who might follow the same programming and is third but attracts a really affluent and loyal audience in a very fragmented multiplatform world (as opposed to the old school broadcasting world), in a West Wing way (which not always number #1 but Advertisers paid huge bucks) It's the demos that matter not the ratings and whether it is profitable.

      So I think Colbert will be there for a very, very long time. If you look at history of late night programming, yes there lots of bodies littering the side of the road. But Les is playing the long profitable and demo game.

      I doubt there will be a change. And I'm a fan too.

      And no one mentions Conan. He is still out there doing his thing after six years. You may not watch him (and I don't) but lots of someones are and he is profitable to TBS. He brings people to that network.

      So the world and audience today is way different than just ratings. It the demos and its a business

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    3. "Jon" "Stewart"April 14, 2016 at 11:22 AM

      Colbert is a political hack with a birth defect. The shtick only appealed to brain-dead liberals and the millennials that get their "news" on Comedy Central. It's no wonder he's failing.

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    4. Looks like they're bringing in new blood to try and up the ratings. http://fortune.com/2016/04/13/cbs-late-show-colbert-licht/

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    5. I did not know this but as usual Fortune glosses over an important fact and a reality. This link will clarify what I'm saying and confirms they are bringing an experienced hand at an hour long show 5 days a week which is much different than 4 day a week half hour show.

      Also it is not unusual for a show runners to start and leave. It happens all the time.

      Steven has only been on for a short while and he is already in the sweet spot of 18-49. Steven is in the demo Les wants and is second to Fallon in that demo. Not bad out of the gate and I suspect it will grow with the new guy on board! And if you are concerned about creative, the same folks remain.

      And the reality is the people who make the decisions (and this has been true for decades), is ageism. These are generally young folk who leave the advertising quite quickly but make the calls where the demos younger demo's are because of the perception, that 49+ demo is not worth it. What they fail to recognize that this older demo has the money to spend but are difficult to reach.

      I wish it would improve.. Here is the Colbert article...http://deadline.com/2016/04/stephen-colbert-new-showrunner-chris-licht-late-night-cbs-1201737022/

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    6. @JON...I get my news from Comedy Central and get my comedy from Fox News. How come no good Cons on TV talk shows? Dennis Miller and Limblob failed.

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  22. Hi, Rich...Is Scott Ferrall's voice for real ?

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    1. Yes, believe it or not, for the most part. I think after his 30th cup of coffee he revs it up a notch, but that's really him.

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    2. Ferrell's voice is tough to listen to.

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    3. It's gotten worse over the years, and it wasn't all that great when he was local.

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  23. What happened to David Louie's neck ? He has been wearing the padded neck brace.

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    1. Maybe he's a fan of Bobby "The Brain" Heenan.

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    2. Mostly everyone on the second floor at 900 Front are craning their necks, checking to see when/if Trixie Watfuckface, her minions or Slick Willy Burton are coming to stab them in the back.

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    3. I have no idea; in fact I can't believe David Louie is still at KGO--I believe he started there when Hoover was president.

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    4. He looks like an outdated prune, too.

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  24. G-Rad on air often refers to Kevin, the Bodyguard. Who is this Kevin, the Bodyguard ?

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    1. Some mutt that works to protect him; I think he's the KRON janitor or Digital Boy's proxy.

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  25. Any chance of David Letterman appearing on The Late Show with Steven Colbert?

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    1. I doubt it; by the way, have you seen Letterman recently? Yikes!

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  26. Good Morning, Rich, have you seen my car keys? I'm late for work.

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    1. Check the back of the couch in the den next to the toilet paper.

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  27. Rich - What's your experience working in the radio/tv industry? If I'm going to contribute to this site I want to make sure you have a general working knowledge of the industry you write about.

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    1. I worked in the radio biz; at 19, I began at K-101 as Sports Director and then nationally for the Mutual Broadcasting System covering PAC-12 sports; in the 80's and 90's I freelanced for ABC Radio covering the Democratic Convention and LA Olympics; hope that answers your question and I hope you subscribe.

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  28. When Veronica De la Cruz's contract is up is she headed back to NYC? The Nightbeat disaster goes on and on.

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    1. 50-50 at this point, but I think if she had her way she'd probably want to stay in the Bay Area; she has some personal issues to deal with that I'm not going to reveal.

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    2. Her hair has split ends?

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  29. Hey Me. Leiberman...where do you see "talk" radio in the bay area in the next 10 years? and will Bernie fill in for Ronnn at
    810 after Ronnn gets lost durring a restroom break??

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    1. First question, probably deader than Karen Carpenter's corpse...Second question, no Bernie, maybe Bernie Sanders, but not the other Bernie.

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  30. When is Anny Hong expected to depart for maternity leave? She looks due any day now.

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    1. I would say definitely before the election; or when the kid starts slapping her pipic with authority.

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  31. Do you have any insights as to how soon until KCBS gets sold, and what will happen to the news format after that happens?

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    1. Years away, after the election certainly at the earliest.

      As for the format, too early to predict but I'm betting it stays news.

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  32. Hey rich what's up with that asshole who wears the baseball hat on kpix? Don ford looks like an Ass!

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    1. He wants attention so he wears a cap. Very creative guy, sounds like a vintage Dan Rosenheim hire, quite revolutionary too. "A guy with a cap--let's get him!"

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  33. thought the game 95.7 was supposed to be a refreshing new dynamic alternative to knbr slush oatmeal, but the ''game'' is just more sluishy oatmeal...in stereo!

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  34. opinions and stories about KNBR, are on par with laurel and hardy and chaplin and 3 stooges, in terms of entertainment value. no a. m. radio station has so much to say about. you love listening to giants replay when it's a losing game. an Elliot ness drama. happy wins like the warriors are boring.

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  35. Why do you "censor" me when I say anything critical about your "pimping" of Mr. Savage??

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    1. Because I can, asshole.

      "Pimp that."

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    2. I like Savage, always have, always will. I have probably been censored more than you have, twice today. Doesn't bother me at all. Today, two were censored and two got through. It's his sight, he can post what he wants!

      I'm surprised he posts anything I say, he has cut me a whole bunch of slack and I appreciate it!

      If ever there were an "extremely non-biased" website, where everyone could be heard, it would be called 415 Media!

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    3. But why censor any blogger, just because the are critical of a host Rich likes, we all have different likes and dislikes, it certainly does no reflect on Rich if we disagree with his assessment. I also get censored usually the same reason and also if I offer an even lukewarm defense of Ronn. I think it would make the sight more interesting if these comments were posted. Yes, Rich can post what he likes, but now that he is asking for donations, he is also running a business and I would think he would want as many customers as possible, just a wild guess, but I think people are more inclined to donate if their comments get posted most of the time. It doesn't bother me that all my comments don't get posted, some can be a little long winded, what bothers me is that there is a clear pattern as to which get posted and which doesn't.

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    4. Hey Rich, thanks for posting my question about Savage, I guess I hit a nerve since you called me an "asshole", whatever...you can do whatever you like with your blog, but as 8:31 points out, maybe it's in YOUR interest also to simply allow a bit of criticism and not be so sensitive, just saying....

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  36. Is 103.7 slated to flip next?

    As for 98.1, a 25 percent drop in ratings is why they flipped.

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  37. Thank you, Rich, and all responders for the laughs tonight, especially 7:16 A.M.'s 'Limblob', LOL. Sounds like Limblob prefers Ted the Terrible v Savage and the Hairpiece. Can't wait for Mr. You're Fired to say 'Limblob' at the Open Convention in Cleveland this summer.

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    1. Hey look 7:16 laughing at his own joke, cute.

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  38. Hi Rich, BTW, I already donated. What do you think of the Huskers this year? They are getting players, 4*, from Calabasas. Big weekend for spring game in Lincoln on Saturday..

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  39. Deader than Karen Carpenter's corpse? Nice.

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  40. Rich...I know you are a one man show, but the wholesale slaughter of the KISS 98.1 staff should be covered in the same way as you did the KGO changes. There were many talented staff people ay 98.1. Also a note were the new blah format originates please. Keep up the good work. (and I am not a 98.1 listener just a former station owner.

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  41. What happened to Ray Ratto last night? Also, Gary mentioned that Fitzgerald had dealt with a tragedy of some sort. Do you know what he was speaking about? Thanks.

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