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KNBR
Broadcast area San Francisco, California
Branding The Sports Leader
First air date 1960 (as KNBR)
Frequency 680, 1050 (kHz) (Also on HD Radio)
Format Sports radio/Sports
ERP 50,000 watts
Class A
Callsign meaning K
National
Broadcasting
Radio
Owner Cumulus Media
(Cumulus Media Partner, LLC)
Sister stations KFOG/KFFG, KSAN
Webcast Listen Live
Website www.knbr.com

KNBR, "The Sports Leader", are the call letters associated with 680 AM in San Francisco and KTCT 1050 AM in San Mateo, California. Between the two stations, the entire seasons of San Francisco Giants baseball, Golden State Warriors basketball, San Jose SaberCats arena football, and San Francisco 49ers football are broadcast to the San Francisco Bay Area. Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Nickname: Location of the City and County of San Francisco, California Coordinates: , Country United States of America State California City-County San Francisco Founded 1776 Government  - Mayor Gavin Newsom Area  - City  47 sq mi (122 km²)  - Land  46. ... Year 1960 (MCMLX) was a leap year starting on Friday (link will display 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). ... HD Radio is an in-band on-channel (IBOC) digital radio system created by iBiquity for broadcasting via existing FM and AM radio stations. ... A radio format or programming format describes the overall content broadcast on a radio station. ... A sport consists of a physical activity or skill carried out with a recreational purpose: for competition, for self-enjoyment, to attain excellence, for the development of a skill, or some combination of these. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... The watt (symbol: W) is the SI derived unit of power, equal to one joule per second. ... 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... Cumulus Media, Inc. ... In broadcasting, sister stations are broadcast stations owned by the same company. ... KFOG is an FM radio station in San Francisco, California, broadcasting simultaneously on 104. ... KFFG is an FM radio station in San Francisco, California, broadcasting simultaneously on 97. ... The American radio station KSAN, better known as 107. ... 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. ... Nickname: Location of the City and County of San Francisco, California Coordinates: , Country United States of America State California City-County San Francisco Founded 1776 Government  - Mayor Gavin Newsom Area  - City  47 sq mi (122 km²)  - Land  46. ... KNBR, The Sports Leader, are the call letters associated with 680 AM in San Francisco and KTCT 1050 AM in San Mateo. ... San Mateo is a city in San Mateo County, California, in the San Francisco Bay Area. ... Major league affiliations National League (1883–present) West Division (1969–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers NY, NY, 3, 4, 11, 24, 27, 30, 36, 42, 44 Name San Francisco Giants (1958–present) New York Giants (1885–1957) New York Gothams (1883–1885) Other nicknames Jints, Gigantes, G-Men Ballpark AT... The Golden State Warriors are a professional basketball team based in Oakland, California. ... Conference American Division Western Year founded 1995 Home arena HP Pavilion at San Jose City, State San Jose, California Head Coach Darren Arbet ArenaBowl championships 3: 2002, 2004, 2007 Conference titles 2007 Division titles 7: 1995, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2006, 2007 Wild Card berths 4: 1997, 1998, 2004, 2005... 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... USGS satellite photo of the San Francisco Bay Area. ...


KNBR is one of two class A 50,000 watt clear channel stations in the Bay Area, and the only one in the area to use a non-directional transmitter (the other, KGO-AM, directs its signal mainly to the north and south in order to have a stronger signal on the more populated west coast and to protect WGY in Schenectady, NY). At night, KNBR can be heard throughout much of the western United States and in the Hawaiian Islands. Because of its extensive range, it is sometimes called by the nicknames "The 50,000 Watt Flamethrower," "The Blowtorch" and "The Mighty 680." KGO-AM is an ABC/Disney owned radio station operating out of San Francisco, CA. It operates on 810 khz with 50,000 watts of power, permitting it to be heard throughout the western United States and beyond. ... 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. ...

Contents

History

KNBR began life as KPO, owned by the Hale Brothers department store and the San Francisco Chronicle newspaper. Originally located in the Hale store at Market and 5th (now site of Marshall's and other stores), its horizontal wire antenna on the roof was so efficient it immediately attracted the attention of audiences all over the Pacific Coast. Todays San Francisco Chronicle was founded in 1865 as The Daily Dramatic Chronicle by teenage brothers Charles de Young and Michael H. de Young. ...


1920s

In 1927, KPO became an affiliate of the new NBC radio network. Eventually, KPO was sold to NBC, where its operation was consolidated into that of its co-owned KGO at 111 Sutter Street. From there, NBC operated its West Coast network, feeding dozens of stations and operating a news bureau to serve NBC. As NBC's flagship station on the West Coast, it had a fulltime orchestra, five studios, and produced many live shows. During the rise of Hollywood, NBC's radio operation was moved to Los Angeles. The National Broadcasting Company (NBC) is an American television network headquartered in the GE Building in New York Citys Rockefeller Center. ... KGO may mean: KGO (AM), a radio station broadcasting in the San Francisco Bay Area KGO-TV, an ABC owned and operated television station broadcasting in the San Francisco and Monterey Bay Area KKSF, a smooth jazz radio station in the San Francisco Bay Area formerly known as KGO-FM... 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). ...


1940s

In 1941, just before World War II, NBC constructed Radio City at 420 Taylor Street, considered one of the best radio facilities built during radio's golden age. However, with the network control having been moved to Los Angeles, the San Francisco NBC building was never fully utilized. (Later, the building housed KBHK-TV, and now houses the headquarters of a janitorial service.) KBCW CW Bay Area is currently a UPN-owned and operated television station based in San Francisco, California. ...


During World War II, KPO's news bureau was the major source for NBC of news about the war in the Pacific, and operated shortwave radio stations (transmitters located in Dixon) serving the world. It was at the KPO (RCA) shortwave facility that the message was received that Japanese emperor Hirohito had surrendered, ending World War II. Combatants Allied powers: China France Great Britain Soviet Union United States and others Axis powers: Germany Italy Japan and others Commanders Chiang Kai-shek Charles de Gaulle Winston Churchill Joseph Stalin Franklin Roosevelt Adolf Hitler Benito Mussolini Hideki Tōjō Casualties Military dead: 17,000,000 Civilian dead: 33,000... 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. ... Emperor Shōwa ) (April 29, 1901 – January 7, 1989) was the 124th emperor of Japan according to the traditional order of succession, reigning from December 25, 1926 until his death in 1989. ...


In 1946, to shore up its reputation as an NBC station (and the only radio station NBC ever owned on the West Coast), the callsign was changed from KPO to KNBC. This change lasted until 1960, when the callsign was applied to NBC's TV station in Los Angeles, and the radio station was renamed KNBR. KNBC, NBC4, is the NBC-owned and operated station in Los Angeles and the networks West Coast flagship. ...


In 1949, former NBC television affiliate KRON-TV went on the air. Only before the TV station's first airdate did NBC fight for the license to own the TV station until it lost the bid to the deYoung Company, former owners of the San Francisco Chronicle newspaper. KRON-TV (Channel 4) is the MyNetworkTV affiliate for the San Francisco Bay Area. ... Todays San Francisco Chronicle was founded in 1865 as The Daily Dramatic Chronicle by teenage brothers Charles de Young and Michael H. de Young. ...


1950s

In the 1950s when NBC scrapped its comedy, drama, variety shows, and serials, the Los Angeles facility was sold and demolished, and KNBC/KNBR once again became the West Coast NBC network control center and West Coast NBC Radio news operation.


1980s

In 1986, when NBC got out of the radio business, KNBR was sold to Susquehanna Corporation, a longtime radio station operator.


"The Ticket 1050"

KNBR has long been linked with 680 AM. Several years after KNBR's parent company acquired 1050 AM and converted it into KTCT, "The Ticket 1050," the company opted to re-brand that other station as another version of KNBR.


Both stations features game broadcasts and sports talk, including shows hosted by Bay Area staples Ralph Barbieri, Tom Tolbert, and KRON's Gary Radnich. Some shows are simulcast on both 680 and 1050. USGS satellite photo of the San Francisco Bay Area. ... Ralph Barbieri is a sports radio personality in San Francisco, California. ... Byron Thomas Tolbert (born October 16, 1965 in Long Beach, California) is an American sports radio personality/television color analyst for the National Basketball Association. ... KRON is an independent television station in the San Francisco Bay Area. ... Gary Radnich is currently the host of the 9 a. ...


Sports content

KNBR is the longtime radio home of the San Francisco Giants. Giants broadcasters and former Giants Duane Kuiper and Mike Krukow, affectionately known as "Kruk and Kuip," are considered to be broadcasting elite in baseball, as is San Francisco native and ESPN broadcaster Jon Miller, who is also a part on the Giants' on-air team. Recent additions Dave Flemming and Greg Papa round out the Giants' broadcast team. Major league affiliations National League (1883–present) West Division (1969–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers NY, NY, 3, 4, 11, 24, 27, 30, 36, 42, 44 Name San Francisco Giants (1958–present) New York Giants (1885–1957) New York Gothams (1883–1885) Other nicknames Jints, Gigantes, G-Men Ballpark AT... Duane Kuiper was a second baseman for the Cleveland Indians and San Francisco Giants during the 1970s. ... Michael Edward (Mike) Krukow (born January 21, 1952 in Long Beach, California) is a former starting pitcher in Major League Baseball. ... Kruk and Kuip, pronounced Krook and Kipe,is the affectionate nickname for current San Francisco Giants broadcasters and former Giants teammates Mike Krukow and Duane Kuiper. ... ESPN, formerly an acronym for Entertainment and Sports Programming Network, is an American cable television network dedicated to broadcasting sports-related programming 24 hours a day. ... Jon Miller (born October 11, 1977 in San Francisco, California) is an American sportscaster, known primarily for his broadcasts of Major League Baseball. ... David R. B. Dave Flemming He grew up in Alexandria, Virginia, listening to Jon Miller call Baltimore Orioles games. ... Greg Papa is a Multi-Sports On-Air Broadcaster Extraordinaire. ...


Tim Roye is the radio play-by-play announcer for the Golden State Warriors, and is joined by Jim Barnett on non-televised games (as Barnett serves as an analyst for TV broadcasts). The Golden State Warriors are a professional basketball team based in Oakland, California. ... James Franklin Barnett (born July 7, 1944 in Greenville, South Carolina) is a former professional basketball player. ...


A vast array of announcers participate in San Jose SaberCats broadcasts, including Bob Fitzgerald, Keena Turner, George Atkinson, Tim Liotta, F.P. Santangelo, and Troy Clardy. Keena Turner (born October 22, 1958 in Chicago, Illinois), was a former American professional football player who was selected by the San Francisco 49ers in the 2nd round of the 1980 NFL Draft. ... For other persons named George Atkinson, see George Atkinson (disambiguation). ... F.P. Santangelo (born Frank-Paul Santangelo on October 24, 1967 in Livonia, Michigan), is an American former professional baseball player from the University of Miami. ...


In 2005, KNBR became the official radio home of the San Francisco 49ers. Currently, 49ers games are broadcast by Joe Starkey and Gary Plummer. All games are also heard on sister station KSAN-FM "107.7 The Bone"; some AM broadcasts may be moved to KTCT due to conflicts with Giants games. The 2005 National Football League regular season began on Thursday, September 8, 2005 and ended on Sunday, January 1, 2006, New Years Day. ... 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... Joe Starkey. ... Gary Plummer (born February 21, 1962 in Highland Park, Michigan), is an American former professional basketball player who was selected by the Golden State Warriors in the 2nd round (45th overall) of the 1984 NBA Draft. ... The American radio station KSAN, better known as 107. ...


KNBR is also an affiliate of ESPN Radio, and carries selected content and games from the national network. KNBR 1050 is an affiliate of Fox Sports Radio. ESPN Radio is a national sports radio network based in the United States. ... Fox Sports Radio is a service of Premiere Radio Networks (a subsidiary of Clear Channel Communications). ...


Ownership

KNBR is owned by Cumulus Media Partners, LLC[1], a private partnership of Cumulus Media, Bain Capital, The Blackstone Group, and Thomas H. Lee Partners. It was bought from Susquehanna in 2005.[2]


Schedules and shows

Current programming

Programs airing on KNBR (680) in 2006 include (all times Pacific):


Weekdays

  • 12:00AM-05:00AM: ESPN Radio, except on nights of Giants games, which are replayed at midnight
  • 05:00AM-09:00AM: KNBR Morning Show with Murph & Mac: Brian Murphy & Paul McCaffrey
  • 09:00AM-12:00PM: Gary Radnich
  • 12:00PM-03:00PM: Fitz & Brooks
  • 03:00PM-07:00PM: The Razor & Mr. T.: Ralph Barbieri & Tom Tolbert
  • 07:00PM-10:00PM: Sportsphone 680 with Damon Bruce
  • 10:00PM-12:00AM: ESPN Radio

ESPN Radio is a national sports radio network based in the United States. ... Gary Radnich is currently the host of the 9 a. ... Ralph Barbieri is a sports radio personality in San Francisco, California. ... Byron Thomas Tolbert (born October 16, 1965 in Long Beach, California) is an American sports radio personality/television color analyst for the National Basketball Association. ... Damon Bruce is the current host of KNBRs long-running Sportsphone 680, which originates in the San Francisco (CA) area. ... ESPN Radio is a national sports radio network based in the United States. ...

Weekends

(Various times)

  • "ESPN Radio"
  • "Public Affairs"
  • "At The Track with Sam Spear"
  • "Hooked On Golf"
  • "Ray Brown On Real Estate"
  • "Gary Allen - Business" 10AM to 11AM (PACIFIC)
  • "The Fishing Report with Brian Hoffman"
  • "The Extreme Scene with Cyrus Saatsaz, Steve Blankenship, and Omar Etcheverry (KNBR 1050)"

ESPN Radio is a national sports radio network based in the United States. ... Brian Hoffman, was one half of the guitarists, along with brother Eric, for the Satanic Death Metal band Deicide. ...

Ongoing

An afternoon show, begun in 1996. The premise of "The Razor and Mr. T" was the pairing of Ralph Barbieri (promoted from evenings to afternoons) with former NBA (and Golden State Warriors) player Tom Tolbert. Gary Radnich is currently the host of the 9 a. ... Richard (Rick) Francis Dennis Barry III (born March 28, 1944, in Elizabeth, New Jersey) is an American former professional basketball player. ... Ralph Barbieri is a sports radio personality in San Francisco, California. ... Byron Thomas Tolbert (born October 16, 1965 in Long Beach, California) is an American sports radio personality/television color analyst for the National Basketball Association. ... “NBA” redirects here. ... The Golden State Warriors are a professional basketball team based in Oakland, California. ... Byron Thomas Tolbert (born October 16, 1965 in Long Beach, California) is an American sports radio personality/television color analyst for the National Basketball Association. ...

Sportsphone 680 was formerly hosted by Larry Krueger, who was fired after a personal rant against the Giants on the show. During his rant, he criticized the Giants for "brain-dead Caribbean hitters hacking at slop nightly." Krueger was first suspended for 10 days, then, on August 10, 2005, KNBR announced that it had ceased professional relations with Krueger. Damon Bruce is the current host of KNBRs long-running Sportsphone 680, which originates in the San Francisco (CA) area. ... Larry Krueger is a sports radio talk show host. ... is the 222nd day of the year (223rd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ...

  • Untitled (Public Affairs)

Originating as part of the station's statutory requirement of public affairs programming, the station continues to air an hourlong interview show Sunday mornings at 5 a.m.. A statute is a formal, written law of a country or state, written and enacted by its legislative authority, perhaps to then be ratified by the highest executive in the government, and finally published. ... Public affairs programming, a broadcasting industry term, refers to programming which focuses on matters of politics and public policy. ... The 12-hour clock is a timekeeping convention in which the 24 hours of the day are divided into two periods called ante meridiem (AM, Latin for before noon) and post meridiem (PM, Latin for after noon). Each period consists of 12 hours numbered 12, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5...


During the 1990s, the program typically began and ended with the phrase "This is Gimmy Park Li, Your Host". No program title was given. Interviews for this program often consisted of local individuals in volunteer, charitable, or minor governmental capacities.


Due to its time slot, the program is the quintessential example of the "Sunday-morning public affairs ghetto". (Related article: Public affairs) The program has, apparently, never been promoted outside of its timeslot. "Gimmy Park Li" was the station's Public Affairs Director. Her 'signature', was her sign off: "This is Gimmy Park Li... Your host. Thank you for spending your time... with us." Public affairs is a catch-all term that includes public policy as well as public administration, both of which are closely related to and draw upon the fields of political science as well as economics. ...


Past programs

Leo Gordon Laporte (born November 29, 1956 in New York City, New York)[1] is an American technology broadcaster and author. ... Peter B. Collins is a radio talk show host, voiceover talent, entrepreneur, and media consultant based in San Francisco, California. ... Hank Greenwald is a former Major League Baseball announcer, best known for his two tenures as the lead play-by-play announcer for the San Francisco Giants. ... Ralph Barbieri is a sports radio personality in San Francisco, California. ... Jan Boyer Wahl (born April 1, 1933, Columbus, Ohio) is an American childrens book author. ... Robert Quinlan Costas (born March 22, 1952) is an American sportscaster, on the air for the NBC network since the early 1980s. ... George Allen Pat Summerall (born May 10, 1930 in Lake City, Florida) is a former American football player and well-known television sportscaster, having worked at CBS, FOX, and, briefly, ESPN. Summerall is best known for his work with John Madden on CBS and FOXs NFL telecasts, and in... The Rush Limbaugh Show is a conservative radio talk show hosted by Rush Limbaugh syndicated nationally in the United States. ... Kevin Radich, a. ... Pete Franklin (1928 - November 23, 2004) (The King) was a U.S. sports radio talk show who worked in San Francisco, Cleveland and New York. ... Richard (Rick) Francis Dennis Barry III (born March 28, 1944, in Elizabeth, New Jersey) is an American former professional basketball player. ...

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KNBR - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (1094 words)
KNBR, "The Sports Leader", are the call letters associated with 680 AM in San Francisco and KTCT 1050 AM in San Mateo, California.
KNBR is also an affiliate of ESPN Radio, and carries selected content and games from the national network.
KNBR is owned by [1]Cumulus Media Partners, LLC, a private partnership of Cumulus Media, Bain Capital, The Blackstone Group, and Thomas H. Lee Partners.
INCREASING STATIC / Relationship between KNBR, Giants no longer a family affair (2663 words)
Former KNBR program director Bob Agnew, who was fired along with Krueger and producer Tony Rhein in the aftermath of the Krueger case, said that since the team moved into the new park the relationship has changed dramatically.
KNBR general manager Tony Salvadore, who fired Agnew, said he rarely hears criticism from the Giants and, when he does, he generally doesn't even relay it to the show hosts.
KNBR stands only 18th overall in the Bay Area for all listeners 18 and over, but Salvadore said those numbers are meaningless because advertisers target far more specific audiences.
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