It would make too much sense to place Pat Thurston and John Rothmann KGO's 1-2 punch from 7 PM to 1 AM (Thurston 7-10, Rothmann 10-1) but I'm advocating it anyway.
For one, it would solidify KGO in the evening and provide a pair of well-seasoned news-talk hosts who have a wide audience swath of demos and loyal followings, even in this state of diminished AM radio.
News-talk still has a place, particularly in this current political climate. Ever heard of a guy named President-elect Donald Trump? You think they'll be something to discuss these next four years? It was a rhetorical question.
I've listened to enough of Thurston to now say firmly she's earned her nightly 7-10 gig; Thurston is a much better interviewer since her early days and she has a good grip on topical events and pop culture. Her inter-action with callers, too, is much more fluid and crisp. She has good guests and insights.
Rothmann to follow her from 10-1 AM (or 2 if need be) is a natural move and should be an easy choice given his huge following not only on KGO but yes, social media too, here, for example. I've marveled at Rothmann's poltical acumen to a point where some people think I'm his agent; no, I just appreciate someone who can make for interesting radio and whose intellect and moxie on politics and international news is second to none. If "Rothmann is too smart for KGO", then management at Cumulus will have to recheck the talk playbook.
Both Thurston and Rothmann are reliable and capable personalities --known commodities that are not spectacular, merely solid performers who can deliver a steady audience and reestablish some cadence to KGO's evening line-up. It would also send a firm message to some of KGO's ex-listeners who took off but can now come back. It wouldn't hurt.
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