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Encyclopedia > KGO (AM)
KGO
Broadcast area San Francisco, California
Branding "KGO News Talk 810"
First air date 1924
Frequency 810 (kHz)
Format News/Talk
ERP 50,000 watts
Class A Link to License
Callsign meaning K General Electric Oakland (KGO radio's former owner)
Owner Citadel Broadcasting
Sister stations KSFO
Webcast Listen Live
Website www.kgoam810.com

KGO 810 kHz on the AM band, is a news-talk format radio station based in San Francisco, California. For over 25 years, KGO radio has received the number one ranking (via Arbitron) in the Bay Area, a rare feat in broadcasting. Operating with 50,000 watts of power as a clear channel station, it can be heard throughout the western United States and beyond. It is one of the West Coast flagship radio stations of ABC. Image File history File links KGO810. ... “San Francisco” redirects here. ... Year 1924 (MCMXXIV) was a leap year starting on Tuesday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... FreQuency is a music video game developed by Harmonix and published by SCEI. It was released in November 2001. ... A kilohertz (kHz) is a unit of frequency equal to 1,000 hertz (1,000 cycles per second). ... A radio format or programming format describes the overall content broadcast on a radio station. ... For the Australian radio station, see ABC NewsRadio NewsRadio was an American sitcom, originally broadcast from 1995 to 1999 by NBC. The series is set in a New York City news radio station, WNYX, and starts with the arrival of a new news director, Dave Nelson (played by Dave Foley). ... Talk radio is a radio format which features discussion of topical issues. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... For other uses, see Watt (disambiguation). ... This is a list of broadcast station classes applicable in much of North America under international agreements between the United States, Canada and Mexico. ... Call sign can refer to different types of call signs: Airline call sign Aviator call sign Cosmonaut call sign Radio and television call signs Tactical call sign, also known as a tactical designator See also: International Callsign Allocations, Maritime Mobile Service Identity This is a disambiguation page — a navigational... Citadel Broadcasting Corporation NYSE: CDL is a Las Vegas, Nevada based broadcast holding company. ... In broadcasting, sister stations are broadcast stations owned by the same company. ... KSFO redirects here. ... A webcast is a live media file distibuted over the Internet using streaming media technology. ... A website (alternatively, Web site or web site) is a collection of Web pages, images, videos and other digital assets that is hosted on one or several Web server(s), usually accessible via the Internet, cell phone or a LAN. A Web page is a document, typically written in HTML... AM broadcasting is radio broadcasting using Amplitude Modulation. ... For the Australian radio station, see ABC NewsRadio NewsRadio was an American sitcom, originally broadcast from 1995 to 1999 by NBC. The series is set in a New York City news radio station, WNYX, and starts with the arrival of a new news director, Dave Nelson (played by Dave Foley). ... Talk radio is a radio format which features discussion of topical issues. ... A radio station is an audio (sound) broadcasting service, traditionally broadcast through the air as radio waves (a form of electromagnetic radiation) from a transmitter to an antenna and a thus to a receiving device. ... “San Francisco” redirects here. ... Clear channel stations are AM radio stations that are designated as such so that only one or two 50,000 watt powerhouses operate at night on each designated frequency, covering a wide area via sky wave propagation. ... In the United States, a flagship station is a radio or television networks principal station from which programs are fed to affiliates (for television, see Television flagship stations). ...

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History

KGO signed on the air in 1924 from General Electric's Oakland electrical facility, as part of a planned three-station network comprising WGY in Schenectady, New York, and KOA in Denver, Colorado. Due to GE's involvement in RCA and RCA's launch of the NBC radio network, KGO was soon operated by NBC management as part of the NBC network. See the KNBR entry for a fuller discussion of NBC's San Francisco radio operations. Year 1924 (MCMXXIV) was a leap year starting on Tuesday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... “GE” redirects here. ... “Oakland” redirects here. ... WGY is 50,000 watt radio station licenced to Schenectady, New York) and is one of the countrys oldest radio stations as well as a the oldest in New Yorks Capital Region. ... Union Colleges Nott Memorial, one of the most recognized buildings in Schenectady Schenectady (IPA ) is a city in Schenectady County, New York, United States, of which it is the county seat. ... KOA may mean: Kick Off Association - International association devoted to Dino Dinis games (Kick Off and Player Manager) and organizing annual gathering and international competitions with Kick Off 2 and real Amiga. ... Nickname: Location of Denver in Colorado Location of Colorado in the United States Coordinates: , Country United States State Colorado City-County Denver (coextensive) Founded [1] November 22, 1858 Incorporated November 7, 1861 Government  - Type Strong Mayor/Weak Council  - Mayor John Hickenlooper (D) Area [1]  - City & County  154. ... RCA, formerly an acronym for the Radio Corporation of America, is now a trademark owned by Thomson SA through RCA Trademark Management S.A., a company owned by Thomson. ... The National Broadcasting Company (NBC) is an American television network headquartered in the GE Building in New York Citys Rockefeller Center. ... KNBR, The Sports Leader, are the call letters associated with 680 AM in San Francisco and KTCT 1050 AM in San Mateo, California. ...


1940s-1950s

In 1943, the Federal Communications Commission forced NBC to sell off one of its two networks and the stations it owned which were affiliated with it. The NBC "Blue Network" became ABC, and KGO went its separate way. Year 1943 (MCMXLIII) was a common year starting on Friday (the link will display full 1943 calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... The FCCs official seal. ... The National Broadcasting Company (NBC) is an American television network headquartered in the GE Building in New York Citys Rockefeller Center. ... The American Broadcasting Company (ABC) operates television and radio networks in the United States and is also shown on basic cable in Canada. ...


In the postwar period, KGO originated many live music programs, including that of Western Swing bandleader Bob Wills, a popular staple of the period. KGO was also instrumental in bringing the first exercise show to broadcasting, hosted by Jack LaLanne, a fitness instructor and gym operator in Oakland. LaLanne conducted his radio fitness show for many years on KGO, and moved in the late 1950s to KGO-TV and a successful TV syndication career. Western swing is, first and foremost, a fusion of country music, several styles of jazz, pop music and blues aimed at dancers. ... James Robert (Bob) Wills (March 6, 1905 – May 13, 1975) was an American country musician, songwriter, and big band leader. ... This article needs additional references or sources for verification. ... KGO-TV (ABC7) is an owned-and-operated television station of The Walt Disney Company-owned ABC, based in San Francisco, California. ...


By the late 1950s, KGO had suffered a malaise and poor ratings. In 1962, ABC management brought in new management and a new program director, Jim Dunbar, who revamped the station into one of the country's first news/talk stations. While initially unsuccessful, Dunbar stressed the live and local aspect of the programming by running the talkshows every day from locations such as Johnny Kan's Chinese restaurant, Senor Pico's Restaurant, and the legendary Hungry i nightclub. This higher profile caused KGO's ratings to begin a steady climb. Among the personalities hired during that time at KGO was future Radio Hall of Fame member J.P. McCarthy, who hosted mornings on the station in the early 1960s. Year 1962 (MCMLXII) was a common year starting on Monday (the link is to a full 1962 calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Legendary KGO Radio program director, who brought KGO rating from non-existent to the top 5 with its unique news/talk format. ... The hungry i was a legendary San Francisco nightclub operated in the mid-1950s and early 1960s by Enrico Banducci at 599 Jackson Street in the North Beach district. ... // The National Radio Hall of Fame and Museum, located in the Museum of Broadcast Communications in Chicago, Illinois, is a museum dedicated to recognizing those who have contributed to the development of the radio medium throughout its history in the United States. ... This page meets Wikipedias criteria for speedy deletion. ...


1960s-1980s

After trying various formats, KGO eventually shifted to news and talk shows. It relied heavily on the ABC radio network for its news programs, carrying Paul Harvey's twice-daily programs, but it also began to develop a strong local news staff that produced extended morning and afternoon newscasts. The local talk show hosts included Owen Spann and Jim Eason, who often interviewed visiting celebrities in the studios. Owen Spann even originated special broadcasts from Europe and Africa, interviewing various government officials. Local director-actor Jack Brooks hosted a Saturday morning entertainment program until his sudden death in June 1984, after directing a production of Kismet for the Capuchino Community Theatre that featured Jim Eason as the poet Omar Khayam. Dr. Dean Edell began his regular medical programs at KGO, leading to nationally-syndicated broadcasts. For the Stuckist artist, see Paul Harvey (artist). ... Look up kismet in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... Capuchino Community Theatre was a community-based, non-profit organization based at Capuchino High School in San Bruno, California. ... Doctor Dean Edell (born 1942) is an American physician and broadcaster in the United States who hosts the radio program, a syndicated radio talk show. ...


Ratings and signal strength

Today, KGO has had over 27 years (rated quarterly by Arbitron) as consistently the #1 rated station in the Bay Area, a feat unheard of in broadcasting. The KGO signal also registers in surrounding metropolitan areas as a station listened to. Due to the nature of the signal, KGO broadcasts essentially on a north-south axis, which protects from interference with WGY at night. This makes KGO easy to listen to at night in places like Seattle and San Diego, but difficult to receive in Reno and points east of the Sierra Nevada mountains. Arbitron is a radio audience research company in the United States. ... “Seattle” redirects here. ... “San Diego” redirects here. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ...


Hosts

KGO Helicopter.
KGO Helicopter.

Unlike many other talk radio stations in the United States, KGO originates nearly all of its own programming, with very limited syndicated programming. The majority of its programs are hosted by broadcasters who are local to the San Francisco Bay Area. Image File history File links Download high resolution version (834x681, 30 KB) Summary Photographed by and copyright of (c) David Corby (User:Miskatonic, uploader) 2006 Licensing File links The following pages on the English Wikipedia link to this file (pages on other projects are not listed): KGO (AM) ... Image File history File links Download high resolution version (834x681, 30 KB) Summary Photographed by and copyright of (c) David Corby (User:Miskatonic, uploader) 2006 Licensing File links The following pages on the English Wikipedia link to this file (pages on other projects are not listed): KGO (AM) ... Talk radio is a radio format which features discussion of topical issues. ... USGS satellite photo of the San Francisco Bay Area. ...


KGO hosts have range of political views. Of their weekday hosts, Bernie Ward and Ray Taliaferro are liberal Democrats, while Ronn Owens is a centrist Democrat. Gene Burns is the lone Libertarian, as well as being a homosexual. Weekend hosts John Rothmann and the openly, flamboyantly gay Karel are liberal Democrats. Weekend host and and science guru Dr. Bill Wattenburg is KGO's conservative. Nationally syndicated Bob Brinker (MoneyTalk), is also a fiscal conservative. In addition to politics, the station carries a number of informational programs. John Hamilton (broadcaster) discusses travel and leisure, Gene Burns covers fine food and dining, and Joanie Greggains hosts a health and fitness program. KGO runs news during the morning and afternoon drive. KGO also ran an hour of news at noon, but that has been cancelled following the move of the KGO radio Lawyer, Len Tillem to weekday broadcasts on November 27, 2006. Its news coverage tends to have more anchor banter, longer stories, and lighter stories than the hard news format of KCBS. This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Ray Taliaferro has been incredibly popular among the San Francisco Bay Areas overnight radio listening audience since 1986, when his KGO NEWSTALK AM 810 talk show moved to the 1 to 5 A.M. time slot. ... Ronn Owens Ronn Owens is a top rated talk radio host on KGO in San Francisco, California. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Charles Raymond Bouley, Jr. ... Willard Harvey Wattenburg (born February 9, 1936), better known as , is an inventor, scientist, author, and radio talk show host residing in the Sierra Nevadas of California. ... Joanie Greggains is an American radio host of The Joanie Greggains Show, a weekend health and fitness program on KGO Radio, San Francisco, California. ... KCBS is an AM all-news radio station in San Francisco, California that is a key West Coast flagship radio station of the CBS Radio Network and Westwood One, broadcasting at 740 kHz. ...


Sports

KGO was the radio broadcast home for the San Francisco 49ers football team from 1987 to 2005. It has broadcast the college football games of the University of California, Berkeley Golden Bears since 1974. City San Francisco, California Other nicknames Niners, The Red And Gold, Bay Bombers Team colors Cardinal red, metallic gold and black Head Coach Mike Nolan Owner Denise DeBartolo York and John York General manager Lal Heneghan Mascot Sourdough Sam League/Conference affiliations All-America Football Conference (1946-1949) Western Division... United States simply as football, is a competitive team sport that is both fast-paced and strategic. ... The 1987 NFL season was the 68th regular season of the National Football League. ... The 2005 National Football League regular season began on Thursday, September 8, 2005 and ended on Sunday, January 1, 2006, New Years Day. ... A college football game between Colorado State and Air Force. ... Sather tower (the Campanile) looking out over the San Francisco Bay and Mount Tamalpais. ...


Annual Cure-a-Thon

Every year, KGO hosts an annual fundraiser named the KGO Cure-a-Thon to help raise money for the The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. All of the station's regular programming is preempted for an entire day for the event. Listeners are encouraged to call in donate money to help fight cancer. An auction is also held to help raise money. Notable items have included a trip with Gene Burns on a private jet to various destinations such as Las Vegas or Italy. The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (www. ...


At the end of the Cure-a-Thon, Ray Taliaferro generally encourages more donations by shouting his signature phrase that "It is not enough." The Cure-a-Thon then continues past the designated 24 hour mark (with encouragement from Ray), causing the station management to have a fit because advertisers have paid for advertising that isn't being broadcast. However, this long-running joke was spoofed in 2006 when the Cure-a-Thon was planned to run a bit over 24 hours. Ray Taliaferro has been incredibly popular among the San Francisco Bay Areas overnight radio listening audience since 1986, when his KGO NEWSTALK AM 810 talk show moved to the 1 to 5 A.M. time slot. ...


Daily hosts

Ronn Owens Ronn Owens is a top rated talk radio host on KGO in San Francisco, California. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Ray Taliaferro has been incredibly popular among the San Francisco Bay Areas overnight radio listening audience since 1986, when his KGO NEWSTALK AM 810 talk show moved to the 1 to 5 A.M. time slot. ...

Weekend hosts

If you were to look up the definition of the word versatility in a dictionary of performers, chances are youd find the name BRIAN COPELAND somewhere near the top. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Joanie Greggains is an American radio host of The Joanie Greggains Show, a weekend health and fitness program on KGO Radio, San Francisco, California. ... Charles Raymond Bouley, Jr. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Willard Harvey Wattenburg (born February 9, 1936), better known as , is an inventor, scientist, author, and radio talk show host residing in the Sierra Nevadas of California. ... David Lazarus is a columnist for the San Francisco Chronicle and a weekend radio talkshow host for San Franciscos KGO_(AM) David’s work as a journalist has given him a reputation as an activist in California consumer issues. ...

Newscasters/reporters

  • Jennifer Jones
  • Bret Burkhart
  • Ed Baxter
  • Rosie Allen
  • Greg Jarrett
  • Jon Bristow
  • Lloyd Lindsay Young
  • Stan Burford
  • Michaelynn Meyers

Jennifer Jones is a news anchor for San Francisco radio station KGO-AM 810. ...

Substitute hosts

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Former regular and guest hosts

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Syndicated hosts

Doctor Dean Edell (born 1942) is an American physician and broadcaster in the United States who hosts the radio program, a syndicated radio talk show. ... For the Stuckist artist, see Paul Harvey (artist). ... Bob Brinker is the host of the ABC talk radio show Moneytalk, which has been on the air since 1986. ... Leo Gordon Laporte (born November 29, 1956 in New York City, New York)[1] is an American technology broadcaster and author. ...

See also

KGO-TV (ABC7) is an owned-and-operated television station of The Walt Disney Company-owned ABC, based in San Francisco, California. ... KKSF, known as KKSF 103. ... Legendary KGO Radio program director, who brought KGO rating from non-existent to the top 5 with its unique news/talk format. ...

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