Friday, July 22, 2016

'Talk 910' Radio has Apparently Gone Kaput; KKSF-AM now ESPN Deportes

 Looks like an IHeart casualty in SF which when you look at their financials --this isn't terribly surprising that "Talk 910" (the website takes you to Sacto) is gone; a Spanish station has emerged. (ESPN Deportes)
 
Anyway, I'm not losing any sleep over this.

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  1. Oh, I thought maybe Gil Gross had learned Spanish all of a sudden....

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    1. Yes, he was once a Jedi Knight, the same as your Father. Vader was...oh shit, wrong script. Goddamit, where am I?!?

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  2. I occasionaly listened to the Gil Gross program because he was a good interviewer and had interesting guests. Just one less choice in the vast wasteland of AM radio.

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  3. So sad. Will miss you Gil most of all...

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    1. I am HEARTBROKEN! I followed Gil in SF and even sought him out to listen from Hawaii. I need my morning dose of sanity and wisdom. Yes, so sad...

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    2. I will definitely miss Gil. Say what you will, he had relevant topics, good guests and interesting insights. I learned something new every day. Unfortunately, besides him and Alan, they were the only thoughtful blocks of time on 910. I wish Gil all the best.

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    3. I kind of agree with you, in terms of subjects, guests and insights, however since he didn't take calls, there was too much time filled with mindless chatter and his god awful stories from years ago, who cares? Nothing against Gil, he seem like a very nice man, and when he was on KGO and took calls he was a lot better.

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    4. It's because of a new nearby very powerful spanish lang. station. Someone has to call FCC.

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    5. Better start learning Spanish.

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  4. On the plus side we don't have to listen to Roduh shrill voice anymore

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  5. Strange. I heard Gil Gross do a lead in for his show at the end of Stephanie Miller's show. Now I'm guessing it was not live.

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  6. I enjoyed The Alan Colmes show on KKSF. I hope that the show has found another local station here in San Francisco.

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    1. Me too..Alan is smart, a great interviewer, and says it like it is
      All liberal voices now off of a.m. radio and the right-wing says that lefties control the media oh please

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  7. Where might listeners tune to Coast-to-Coast with a physical AM radio after KKSF-910 is now gone?
    Anyone know an alternative? Or just internet streaming?

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    1. i live in Oakland and usually listen on KSRO 1350

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    2. It should be very easy to find Coast-to-Coast. They're on countless stations, including a lot of blasters. Try KFI-640 for one.

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    3. also, it's worth a try to see if it bounces straight over to 860. i remember them going from KSFO to 910 without missing a beat on their last move.

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    4. I believe you can get coast to coast on 650 am Sacramento and perhaps another Sacramento station 1530 am, if you live in the East Bay you can easily get both stations, I live in the East Bay and work on the Peninsula and I get both stations on my car radio on the Peninsula.

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    5. yes, if you can't get 1350 (they have full replay)then try 1530
      ____________________________________________
      Sacramento KFBK-AM 50KW 1530
      M-F: 10p-3a
      Sat: 9p-10p*
      Sat: 10p-4a
      Sun: 10p-4a

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    6. Sometimes 1190 a.m. from Portland,Or.comes in strong on a good night.

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  8. Last ratings period 910 was third from bottom. Yikes

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  9. This is surreal. Was this going-out-of business announced? If it was, I totally missed it even though I listen regularly. It was certainly better than the current KGO. Did show hosts know yesterday?

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    1. It's a vast right-wing conspiracy, didn't you know? Aliens on Coast-to-Coast whispered it to me under that callers. Just a second....OK, I just asked one of those voices in my head, and he verified it.

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    2. Actually, the "Vast right wing conspiracy" did kill radio.

      Hosts like Limbaugh, Savage, Hannity, Levin, etc all have AWFUL ratings. The owners put these guys on because it was easier than programming stations. Eventually, advertisers wanted no part of these shows, and neither did the audience, as it dried up. At this point the networks paid too much for these shows and it destroyed radio.

      So yeah, putting that crap on the air for all those years was actually the thing that destroyed talk radio.

      There was no money to support young talent and producers who knew what they were doing, so now they're stuck with these fossils that can't bring in a dime.

      Thanks for playing.

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    3. "Hosts like Limbaugh, Savage, Hannity, Levin, etc all have AWFUL ratings."

      Keep that dealer you have! That's potent!

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    4. Uh, Michael Savage does very well in the ratings. He also won radio hall of fame.

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  10. Well, the only good things on there were nationally syndicated anyway, so not much of a loss.

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  11. Rich Lieberman, you might not miss Talk 910, but a lot of listeners do! What a rotten thing for iHeart to do. :(

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    1. I agree people just don't care anymore wow just like the elections

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  12. There's always "the answer"

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  13. I heart radio is just following the demographics.. catering to hit and run and child molesting Hispanics who eat what the rest of the world calls warmed over vomit. All hail the beaners !!!

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  14. G-O-O-O-O-A-A-A-A-L-L-L-L-L!

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  15. Although I listen to local radio I also have a 16,000 channel internet radio so I can pretty much find anything I need and I don't need Ihart for anything...

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  16. I am going to miss 910. I gave up on 810 after round one of the firings a couple of years ago. Now I am left with nothing when it comes to local talk with call-ins. I listen to NPR most of the time, but I did appreciate what 910 offered.

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  17. I really wanted 910 to make it after we lost KGO, but out of all the talkers they could've had, they chose Gil Gross!!! Are they freaking kidding me? The guy should be doing news updates and not host a daily talk show. Rothman, Taliafero, Thurston, and they chose Gross!! WTH, Karel wasn't available?

    I do understand the slot was supposed to be for Gene Burns and I suspect the station's arc might have been completely different had Gene not passed.

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  18. bummer every summer
    No more Stephanie Miller....Gil Gross. But there wont be anymore throwing up from stumbling on The Snorge.

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  19. I will miss it. Gil Gross was really good. Although sometimes over the top, it was nice to hear Stephanie in the mornings.

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  20. It's sort of hard to figure why the owners of 910 couldn't figure out a way to make a go of it with left-center talk. In the SFO area anyway, there's definitely an unclaimed market for a live and local product. For some reason Gil Gross -- who would be a good talk host for that market segment -- wouldn't take callers. And the two-some after Gil didn't take callers either. Alan Combs and Stefanie Miller took callers, but they were neither live nor local. And Coast to Coast, when I told my nephew I listened to 910 AM sometimes he laughed and said "Uncle! I don't believe it! You listen to the Bigfoot station?" Go figure.

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    1. The were offering people 30 thousand dollars to do the midday show. Then they moved Gil into that slot, and paid that awful afternoon show triple. Someone told me "Don Parker is a genius."

      Don Parker is a moron. And a weak manager.

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    2. THIRTY THOUSAND TO DO THE MIDDAY SHOW?

      NO WAY!

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  21. I miss Talk 910 too ... It was a nice change from the debacle that is KGO 810 -- Their highlight is Chip Franklin!?!?!?!?!

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    1. I don't agree that 910 was better than KGO, Gil was listenable in small doses. Corey and Joel not, totally mindless chatter, the show in afternoon the doghouse whatever, I have never listened to them more and a total of probably 45 minutes, if that, in the month they have been on. Pat Thurston, Ronn, Brian Copeland and Christine when she is on, is all better than anyway ever was on 910. Chip Franklin can be funny and entertaining, but he usually do not hold my attention for long. Drex he less so, kind of like Corey and Joel, just mindless emptyheaded chatter. Ethan Bearman okay, but not great, jumps from subject to subject, whenever he has a decent subject he stays on for a short time, take one or two calls and them moves on. As for the new kid in town 860 a.m. I kind of like Michael Medved, although conservative, he seem quite reasonable and levelheaded, does not repeat too many right wing talking point, sounds at least like he is thinking for himself. Listened a little to Dennis Prager this a.m. find him boring and spends too much time bashing liberal, too predictable.

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  22. If you listen online like I do you will still be able to get Stefanie Miller. https://www.stephaniemiller.com/listen-live/

    Gil Gross will pop back up and hopefully the next gig will let him take callers.

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  23. Liberal talk radio crashes again in the liberal San Francisco Bay Area!

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    1. Liberals tend to be better educated than Conservatives, and don't have any interest in being riled-up and told what to think.

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    2. In reasoning fields, science, engineering, medicine, etc, there seem to be more conservatives. It's in humanities fields where the "educated" seem to skew liberal.

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    3. You appear to have missed that whole Bernie Sanders thing, 12:18...

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  24. Can you imagine the scene when the manager came into the studio to give Gil the bad news.

    "More of the Gil Gross program with my wife Rhoda after this word from Kars for Kids and Rich Uncles."

    Manager: "Gil, I've got some bad news for you, we're flipping the station after this break."

    Gil: "What? Oh no! Hey I can do conservative. Trump can make America great again. Language, culture and borders. See I know all the lingo. I used to be Paul Harvey's substitute."

    Manager: "No, we're flipping to Spanish sports."

    Gil: "Hey, I know Spanish. Amo a los Gigantes. I could be the Spanish version of Jon Miller. Un grand slam de tipo Buster Posey's amigo Hunter Pence."

    Manager: "No, you've got to pick up your things. Pedro will be taking over after the break."

    Rhoda: Screams. "First you lose the real estate show, and now this!"

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  25. Didn't they have a Hummer as their station vehicle? Wait, that was KNEW; it had Savage's mug on it.

    Gil Gross wrote on Facebook that ESPN "came by with a big check:" iHard grabbed the $$. Gil's contract keeps him paid; no word on anyone else.

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  26. When 910 first came on after KGO's format change in 2011, they were pulling in like a 1.2 rating. Now it's around a .3. Yikes!! Stephanie Miller (6am to 10am) and Alan Colmes (7p to 10p) are good All the stuff in the middle, not so good. I can see that 860 snorefest getting low ratings too. I'd say bring back Green 960. It was getting around a .8. That will be KGO's numbers pretty soon.

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  27. This is just a continuation, and awful, to a point, as it 960 was, it's just as awful to lose another station here. At least Gross is a seasoned veteran radio guy, compared to the neophytes on other shows/stations. Corey and Joel were totally hapless, and the later people were beyond horrible though I actually never decided to try them out for more than 19 seconds, their promos were the worst. I actually had to have my late night fix, once occupied by the great Raphael T, so C to C sorta filled the bill, but now....And it does stink that it goes to another Mexican centric station, how pathetic. How our airwaves have been blown to hell, under our watch no less!

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  28. I don't know anything about ratings. But KKSF became my favorite station once KGO went all news. (They're back to newstalk, but it's not the same.) No more Gil Gross, Corey and Joel, Dining Around, Alan Colmes, Stephanie Miller - gone, all gone. :(

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  29. Well... I tuned in to hear Gil review The Fonald's speech from last night and suddenly hear Spanish??? Really station managers? No warning for anyone?? Obviously, we, as consumers of whatever garbage they decide to play, have zero choice in the matter. The owners couldn't care less about us, just their bottom line. Good programming has been on crutches with back up wheelchairs for quite a while. I tuned into 910 after the mess at KGO. Plus, Ronn Owens just wasn't good anymore. Then what did KGO have. Now, what do listeners have? Jack.

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  30. All the board ops went to KNBR for a raise to $12 per hour. Yippee

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  31. I wonder if the Spanish Giants broadcast will move to 910 now that 860 flipped to talk?

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  32. Looks like Armstrong and Getty was the show that gave talk 910 a pulse, once they left it flatlined.

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    1. They got no ratings on 910 and no ratings on 810.

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  33. I'm going to miss Corey and Joel -- actually, I'm not.

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  34. Well, I hate to tell you this, but I like Gil and the Dog House too. Go figure. I listened to 810 since before Ron. It is a great way to get news and opinions. Callers would have helped Gil, but he was/is interesting. We just have to wait for him to show up somewhere again.

    Jim in Woodside

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  35. I liked Gil a lot, except for the terrible habit of elongating his words, sooooo it's toooooo bad to seeeee him go, great pipes and smart. Since the "ego" at KGO went to 10, been listening to Gil. And now Ron says he's for Johnson??!! Guess Hillary is not pro Israel enough!

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    1. Gil is smart enough has a great radio voice, did good interviews, but 4 hours of one person talking without taking calls is a tough thing to pull off, probably elongated his words to fill the time. Callers would have made the difference, but 910 was going to be different and instead opted for the hosts to be the focus of attention, that worked out real well.

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    2. I know. No clue why they decided to go non caller.

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  36. Gil Gross had perhaps the most interesting show on the radio. He had great interviews and seem to have more in depth information than anyone. I'm so disappointed. He always said that he had his social media connected to 910 so there is probably no way to hear from him. Darn.

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  37. Hopefully cory and joel will end up somewhere in guam. This is a loss,but not devastating like the 810 purge. I did however use 910 when nothing else was working......peehaps that was the problem.

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  38. will miss Gill Gross for sure. Coast to Coast will show up somewhere else soon, I hope. The insanely stupid and not sexy Stephanie Miller will hopefully, not reappear anywhere else. Linking the 2nd adm. to Orlando and any shooting is the bottom of the no-brainer barrel.

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  39. I understand Ronn Owens will soon go a Spanish language format.
    After all, he is just another condescending liberal.

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  40. Was that also ERWIN HIGUEROS and Tito Fuentes SF Giant station?

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  41. I stopped listening to 910 after Gil moved to a morning slot and Corey and Joel took over. Frankly, that radio station had the sloppiest line-up on radio. Corey and Joel were basically unintelligible as was that Dog House mess. The fact that management chose to pit Gil Gross and Ron Owens against each other in the same time-slot is a real shame. But the icing on the cake is really that the Bay Area has had no real talk radio since 2011 when 810 first changed its format and 910 picked up its talent. We, the public, have been "talked to," not "spoken with." This is a major issue. The radio brass did not care to allow its audience to speak, and does not really care what we think. This is why the Spanish language sports station takes over without a word to those who were regular listeners. I hate to say this, but this is just one more example of corporate greed. I am tuning in to NPR going forward. At least they have interesting stories and intelligent talent.

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    1. Well put Anonymous! Talk radio never came back after 2011 purge. This A.D.D. format of changing topics every 5 minutes is insulting.

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    2. Why do you hate to say that about corporate greed, it's always been about that. I don't know a whole lot about iHeart media, but they repeat, as do the few other absurd media companies, the same thing over and over: tried to run a station on the cheap with lousy, mostly, hosts, no give and take "talk", then are saddled with horrendous ratings and blame that for having to sell on the cheap. Insanity. Maybe they made a pittance of profit with the sale, but probably not.

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  42. Any other BA station carry Alan Colmes?

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  43. If some station could put Jim Eason, Owen Spann, and Ira Blue on, everyone in the city would listen. The only old timer left is Ronnnnn, and he is just a bitter old narcissist now.

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    1. That's a nice sentiment, but talk radio fans (myself included) are shall we say, a more "experienced" group on the whole. The fact of the matter, whether we like or understand it or not, is that younger listeners couldn't care less about talk as a format. You could put all those folks on, and sure, ratings might be higher than 910, but don't fool yourself into thinking it would be anywhere near #1. I love good talk radio and wish it was more popular, but this is the reality of today's world.

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  44. Sorry about late night 910, but I'm glad Armstrong and Getty are gone with their blatant racism and misogyny. Too bad they didn't take vile KSFO with them.

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    1. A & G are on 810, have been for several months, not that anyone really noticed.

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    2. yeah, I love the shouting and wheezing laughter, odd.

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    3. A & G are ho-hum, they don't take calls, both voices sound a like. KGO's ratings have not increased since they've been on and they take up a 4 hour slot. Next?

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  45. ALL RADIO STATIONS in this market should convert to Spanish. Latinos are now the majority minority in the state of California. Money. Money. Money.

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  46. You're all full of bovine excrement. An occasional non paranormal Washington whistle blowing guest on the George Snorry show was the only too infrequent attraction.

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  47. One of the 910 talk hosts told me that they generally weren't supposed to take callers. Might have been an attempt to differentiate 910 for KGO.
    I am sorry to lose the station, which did employ some very good people both on and off the air. It's just math: ESPN is paying very good dough to be able to clear their product in this market, and iHeart is 20-something billion dollars of debt. It won't save iHeart, though, and leaves us with yet another choice gone.

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    1. 910 talk show host ls were the only ones to lose their jobs. News, weather and traffic do those jobs on all the other SF Iheart stations.

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    2. Actually weather guy Lloyd Lindsay Young was also let go.

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  48. Radio sucks. Progressive speech is not supported by corporate media because owners are all conservative. So conservative, fascist hate speech is all over the radio, all over the country. Their toxic speech is why Trump is GOP nominee.

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  49. Gil was terrible. It was not a talk show it was a I'll talk you listen show. What was Gil afraid of? A different opinion? And his style of talking was terrible. Miss the Gene Burns type of talk show.

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  50. Is the public served when a station is allowed to change its format and remove programs which are only available in that market on that station? Seems like the public interest is not served. Coast to Coast, Stephanie Miller, The Libertarian progam - none of these or others were found on other stations in the Ba Area.

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    1. Seems like the people don't own the airwaves any longer .... the 1%'er corporations own it now, and they don't really care whether the 99% likes what they broadcast, or not.

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  51. Again, an awful move in radio. Everything that Cumulus has done in the Bay Area has utterly failed. They should have left well enough alone, but they apparently think they know better.

    As for the trashing of KKSF, perhaps KGO can pick up where it left off and get Gil, John, and Len Tillem (THE LAWYA!) back on.

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  52. I miss 910. I used to listen to Alan Colmes regularly and yes, Gil Gross too. He was always interesting in spite of his habit of elongating his words (Talk Niiiinnnnnnnne Ten).

    Like many on this forum, I was driven to find another talk radio station after KGO 810 was pretty much decimated leaving only Ronn Owens - a shell of his former self (and he was nearly dropped a few months ago till they brought him back to do two hours in the morning). 910 was perfect for my timings.

    I haven't seen a response from anyone regarding Alan Colmes new home in the Bay Area. Anyone?

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  53. Len, okay, John absolutely, Gil no, even when he takes calls he is just not that good, but then if he were to replace Ethan Bearman, Drex or perhaps Chip Franklin, he might be better, certainly better than Drex.

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  54. Hellooooooo.... nobody now.
    I'm going to miss Lloyd Lindsey Young.
    I hope he goes back to KGO, or some other local station.

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  55. Regret the loss of Gil . . . and Lloyd (Sebastian? we will never hear from him again? i want to follow the story!) . . . . hate to see it all come crashing down . . . there have been little fragments of old KGO (well, not really old - i go back to '78 . . . when i moved here . . . Moscone and Milk and Dianne Feinstein . . . and i found KGO) . . . no more . . . - b

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  56. No one has credited Fox News, who sponsored Alan Combs, as the reason the program was pulled. Fox News doesn't want a liberal program broadcasting during the DNC convention, nor ANYTIME PRIOR to the election.

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  57. Did FOX News pull Alan Combs' show because they didn't want a liberal talk show broadcasting during the DNC Convention and especially not PRIOR to the election?

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  58. Alan Colmes and George Noory were good shows for after dinner and late evening listening. They were done in because their critical and logical thinking, specially Alan Colmes who is unique in the political talk show arena. I am certain the entire radio program was shut down to mask the fact that Alan was being bumped off because of his anti Trump and anti right wing stance. As far as the Deportes ESP program, I tell you that no one listens to that even if you can understand Spanish.

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  59. Won't miss them or their progressive views. Proof again that "Progressive Radio" isn't.

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  60. Bring back talk radio KKSF‼️ No Hable Espanole‼️����

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  61. Thank God Gil and his wife are gone

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