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36. KGO Radio plans immediate shift to news-oriented format
Source: Oakland Tribune

More news and less talk is coming to KGO radio, a move that already has lots of listeners grumbling.

The San Francisco-based station at 810-AM, owned by Cumulus Media and long known for its popular hosts and call-in talk shows discussing issues of the day, will make the switch to an all-news format from 2 p.m. to midnight starting Monday. Several of its most recognizable voices, such as Gene Burns, Gil Gross, Ray Taliaferro and John Rothmann will be let go, sources confirmed. Shows hosted by Bill Wattenburg and Joanie Greggains may also be canceled.

Twenty-year listener Carol Soc, of El Cerrito, said she's mortified by the changes.

"I consider Gene and Gil to be companions in my life," she said. "I recently learned that I have terminal cancer, and listening to KGO has become a major part of my life since I am now confined mainly to my home. I will miss both of them tremendously. Most likely nothing can be done to go back, but I miss 'the old days' already."

A short explanation was posted on KGO's website Friday morning, before the note disappeared later in the day: "After careful consideration we've determined our audience is looking for more news, which is why we are increasing our news presence throughout the day," the post read.

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I am beyond pissed! No more Ray Taliaferro, etc. from KGO. All permanent employees fired; many have been working at KGO San Francisco for decades! :argh:

Speechless ... :evilfrown:

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