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Encyclopedia > KSFO (AM)
KSFO
Image:KsfoLogo.jpg
Broadcast area San Francisco, California
Branding "News Talk KSFO 560 AM"
Slogan The News and Views You Won't Hear Anywhere Else
First air date 1955
Frequency 560 (kHz)
Format News/Talk
ERP 5,000 watts
Class B
Callsign meaning SFO is taken from the airport code for San Francisco International Airport
Owner Citadel Broadcasting
Sister stations KGO
Also part of the Disney/ABC Cluster: TV Station KGO
Webcast Listen Live
Website www.ksfo560.com

KSFO is a conservative talk radio station in San Francisco, California, USA, broadcasting on 560 AM. It is now owned by Citadel Broadcasting. Its previous owner, The Walt Disney Company, has merged its ABC Radio holdings (including KSFO) to Citadel Broadcasting. [1] Image File history File links KsfoLogo. ... “San Francisco” redirects here. ... Look up slogan in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... Year 1955 (MCMLV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays the 1955 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... FAA diagram of SFO “SFO” redirects here. ... 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. ... KGO 810 kHz on the AM band, is a news-talk format radio station based in San Francisco, California. ... KGO-TV (ABC7) is an owned-and-operated television station of The Walt Disney Company-owned ABC, based in San Francisco, California. ... 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... FAA diagram of SFO “SFO” redirects here. ... “San Francisco” redirects here. ... AM broadcasting is radio broadcasting using Amplitude Modulation. ... Citadel Broadcasting Corporation NYSE: CDL is a Las Vegas, Nevada based broadcast holding company. ... The Walt Disney Company (NYSE: DIS) is one of the largest media and entertainment corporations in the world. ... ABC Radio is a division of the American Broadcasting Company focused on AM radio and FM radio broadcasting. ...

Contents

Background

Despite being located in a very liberal region, the content of the station's programs is solidly conservative with show hosts such as Rush Limbaugh, Melanie Morgan, Sean Hannity, and Dr. Laura Schlessinger. One of its few moderate talk shows is its night-time show, Coast to Coast AM. The station also broadcasts Oakland Raiders football games throughout the season. Rush Hudson Limbaugh III (born January 12, 1951) is an American radio talk show host and political commentator. ... Melanie Morgan (b. ... Sean Patrick Hannity (born December 30, 1961, in New York City, New York) is an American conservative talk radio host, a co-host of Fox News Channels program Hannity & Colmes, the host of the Fox News weekend program Hannitys America, and the author of two books. ... Laura Schlessinger, Ph. ... Coast to Coast AM is a late-night syndicated radio talk show in the United States which deals with a variety of topics, but most frequently ones that relate either to the paranormal, or to alleged conspiracies. ... City Oakland, California Other nicknames The Silver and Black Team colors Silver and Black Head Coach Lane Kiffin Owner Al Davis General manager Al Davis League/Conference affiliations American Football League (1960–1969) Western Division (1960–1969) National Football League (1970–present) American Football Conference (1970–present) AFC West (1970...


It was not, however, always a talk station. In its heyday, starting in 1955, it played music, sports, and, particularly memorably, rebroadcast antique radio shows at particular times of the year. At the time, the station was owned by Gene Autry's Golden West Broadcasters and called itself "the world's greatest radio station." The station's news department earned national and international journalism awards for coverage of the Peoples Temple massacre in Jonestown, Guyana[2] and the assassinations of San Francisco Mayor George Moscone and Supervisor Harvey Milk by former Supervisor Dan White.[citation needed] Newscasters, sportscasters, and DJs from KSFO played an annual softball game to benefit the Police Athletic League; the No-Stars' arch-rivals were Reno Barsocchini's VIPs. Orvon Gene Autry (September 29, 1907 – October 2, 1998) was an American performer who gained fame as The Singing Cowboy on the radio, in movies and on television. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Houses in Jonestown Jonestown was the communal settlement made in northwestern Guyana by the Peoples Temple, a cult from California. ... San Francisco Examiners front page for Moscone-Milk Assassinations; November 28, 1978 The Moscone-Milk Assassinations took place on Monday, November 27, 1978, when San Francisco Mayor George Moscone and San Francisco Supervisor Harvey Milk were shot and killed in San Francisco City Hall by former Supervisor Dan White. ... Mayor Moscone George Richard Moscone (November 24, 1929 – November 27, 1978) was the mayor of San Francisco, California from January 1976 until his assassination in November 1978. ... For Harvey Milk High School Harvey Bernard Milk (May 22, 1930 – November 27, 1978), an American politician and gay rights activist, was the first openly gay city supervisor of San Francisco, California. ... Dan White during his 1977 campaign for Supervisor. ... The Police Athletic League (PAL) is an organization in many American police departments in which members of the police force coach young people, both boys and girls, in sports, and help with homework and other school-related activities. ...


Memorable broadcasters of KSFO's history include Lon Simmons, Don Sherwood, Jeff Skov, Aaron Edwards, Jim Lange, John Gilliland, Gene Nelson, and Dan Sorkin. The station's history included stints as the flagship station for both San Francisco Giants and Oakland Athletics baseball (although at different times) and Stanford University football. A history of KSFO in the heyday of Don Sherwood (1950s and 1960s) can be found in Laurie Harper's biography "Don Sherwood -- The World's Greatest Disk Jockey." Lon Simmons is a former American baseball and football broadcaster. ... Don Sherwood (September 7, 1925 - November 6, 1983) was a very popular San Francisco disc jockey during the 1950s and 1960s. ... Jim Lange was born on August 15, 1933 in St. ... John Gilliland at KSFO, c. ... 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... Major league affiliations American League (1901–present) West Division (1969–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 9, 27, 34, 42, 43, (As) Name Oakland Athletics (1968–present) Kansas City Athletics (1955-1967) Philadelphia Athletics (1901-1954) (Referred to as As) Other nicknames The As, The White Elephants, The... MLB and Major Leagues redirect here. ... “Stanford” redirects here. ...


Its early morning schedule since 1997 has included a trio of humorous, hardline, and vitriolic conservatives, Lee Rodgers, Melanie Morgan, and Officer Vic; the former two being the major contributors to the show, and the latter one covers weather and traffic and often contributes political satire. It was the former flagship station for Michael Savage, and some of the conservative hosts at sister station KGO who were not well received by that audience have subsequently hosted shows on KSFO, such as David Gold and Savage. Melanie Morgan (b. ... For the geological process, see Weathering or Erosion. ... This article needs additional references or sources for verification. ... 1867 edition of the satirical magazine Punch, a British satirical magazine, ground-breaking on popular literature satire. ... Michael Savage may refer to: Michael Savage (actor) (former star of General Hospital) professional name of Ron Jacobson [1] Michael Savage (commentator), professional name of Michael Weiner, a United States broadcaster from San Francisco, CA and a published natural health writer. ... KGO 810 kHz on the AM band, is a news-talk format radio station based in San Francisco, California. ... David Gold is a longtime conservative talk radio host. ...


Controversy and criticism

Criticism from the DNC (1995)

In 1995, Dan Fowler, then Chairman of the Democratic National Committee, sent a letter to constituents condemning KSFO's so called "hate speech": Former Vermont Governor Dr. Howard Dean is the current Chairman of the DNC. The Democratic National Committee (DNC) is the principal campaign and fund-raising organization affiliated with the United States Democratic Party. ... Hate speech is a controversial term for speech intended to degrade, intimidate, or incite violence or prejudicial action against a person or group of people based on their race, gender, age, ethnicity, nationality, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, language ability, moral or political views, socioeconomic class, occupation or appearance...

"In San Francisco, radio listeners on KSFO recently heard talk show hosts speak of 'lynching a few liberals' and encouraging listeners to 'shoot illegal immigrants who come across the border.'"[3]

In this letter Fowler urged citizens to:

  • "send letters to your local newspapers calling for an end to these efforts to incite violence;
  • "call your local radio stations and tell them that you want the purveyors of hate to be held accountable for their remarks;
  • "call or write to your elected officials and tell them you want them to work toward ending these efforts to destroy our communities; and,
  • "organize local efforts in your communities to protest against the irresponsible media outlets that put this garbage on the air."[3]

Bloggers and Advertisers

Background

Beginning in 2005, the liberal blogger "Spocko" began recording shows on KSFO and posting excerpts of these shows on his blog as examples of what he viewed as hate speech; he began a letter-writing campaign[4] to advertisers on KSFO, alerting them to these examples and urging them to withdraw their support of the station. Some of Spocko's examples include:[5] Look up liberal on Wiktionary, the free dictionary Liberal may refer to: Politics: Liberalism American liberalism, a political trend in the USA Political progressivism, a political ideology that is for change, often associated with liberal movements Liberty, the condition of being free from control or restrictions Liberal Party, members of... The term Blogger may refer to: A blogger, someone who maintains a weblog. ... Hate speech is a controversial term for speech intended to degrade, intimidate, or incite violence or prejudicial action against a person or group of people based on their race, gender, age, ethnicity, nationality, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, language ability, moral or political views, socioeconomic class, occupation or appearance...

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Advertisers' responses

Some advertisers, including Netflix, MasterCard, Bank of America, and Visa, withdrew their support from KSFO.[6] Netflix (NASDAQ: NFLX), is the largest online DVD rental service, offering flat rate rental-by-mail to customers in the United States. ... MasterCard Worldwide (NYSE: MA) is a membership organization owned by the 25,000+ financial institutions that issue its card. ... Bank of America (NYSE: BAC TYO: 8648 ) is the largest commercial bank in the United States in terms of deposits, and the largest company of its kind in the world. ... The Visa International Service Association of San Francisco, California, USA, commonly called VISA, is an economic joint venture of 21,000 financial institutions that issue and market Visa products. ...


Shutdown of Spocko's blog

On December 22, 2006, Spocko received a "cease-and-desist" letter from ABC lawyers, insisting that he remove audio clips of KSFO radio hosts claiming that he had violated copyright law. On January 2, 2007 his Internet service provider, 1&1 Internet, complied with the cease-and-desist letter and took down his website.[7] Cease-and-desist is a legal term meaning essentially stop: It is used in demands for a person or organization to stop doing something (to cease and desist from doing it). ... Copyright symbol Copyright is a set of exclusive rights regulating the use of a particular expression of an idea or information. ...


The Electronic Frontier Foundation has agreed to defend Spocko against threats of a DMCA SLAPP suit. The Electronic Frontier Foundation has a successful history in defending against legal assaults on fair use and the first amendment, as exemplified by the Barney case. EFF Logo The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) is a non-profit advocacy and legal organization based in the United States with the stated purpose of being dedicated to preserving free speech rights such as those protected by the First Amendment to the United States Constitution in the context of today... The Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) is a controversial United States copyright law which criminalizes production and dissemination of technology that can circumvent measures taken to protect copyright, not merely infringement of copyright itself, and heightens the penalties for copyright infringement on the Internet. ... Strategic lawsuits against public participation, (SLAPP) refers to litigation filed by a large corporation (or in some cases, a wealthy individual) to silence a less powerful critic by so severely burdening them with the cost of a legal defense that they abandon their criticism. ... EFF Logo The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) is a non-profit advocacy and legal organization based in the United States with the stated purpose of being dedicated to preserving free speech rights such as those protected by the First Amendment to the United States Constitution in the context of today... The Bill of Rights in the National Archives The First Amendment to the United States Constitution is a part of the United States Bill of Rights. ...


News of this spread through blogs including Daily Kos and The Spotlight Project, eventually reaching large audiences at social news sites like Slashdot, Digg, and Reddit.[8] Daily Kos (IPA: ) is an American political blog, publishing news and opinion from a progressive point of view. ... This section needs additional references or sources to facilitate its verification. ... Digg is a community-based popularity website with an emphasis on technology and science articles, recently expanding to a broader range of categories such as politics and entertainment. ... reddit is a social news website where users can post links to content on the web. ...


Spocko's response

Spocko's statement on the controversy:[9]

"Advertisers should be able to decide if they want to keep supporting this show based on complete information. We already know that management at ABC and Disney support these hosts, which means that the ABC/Disney Radio brand now apparently includes support for violent hate speech toward Muslims, democrats and liberals."

KSFO's response

KSFO primarily defended itself by criticizing Spocko for acting anonymously and claiming many of his quotes were taken wildly out of context, and that they had previously apologized for several of the cited instances. Anonymity is the state of not being identifiable within a set, called the anonymity set. When referring to human beings, we say that a person is anonymous when the identity of that person is not known. ...


On June 29, 2006, Melanie Morgan responded to the San Francisco Chronicle regarding her "Hang 'em" comment:

If he [New York Times editor Bill Keller] were to be tried and convicted of treason, yes, I would have no problem with him being sent to the gas chamber... It is about revealing classified secrets in the time of war. And the media has got to take responsibility for revealing classified information that is putting American lives at risk. [10] Bill Keller (born January 18, 1949) is executive editor of The New York Times. ...

On January 12, 2007, KSFO responded to the criticism by dedicating three hours to airing its side of the controversy, and posted the audio on its website.[11][12]


References

  1. ^ "Citadel to Buy Most of Disney Radio Assets," The Wall Street Journal, February 6, 2006.
  2. ^ Tony Russomanno, quoted in The Poynter Institute, Thursday Edition: Clearing Kool-Aid's Name. Retrieved January 14, 2007.
  3. ^ a b Brad Cox, Virtual School, A Message from the National Chairman of the Democratic National Committee, April 28, 1995. Retrieved January 11, 2007.
  4. ^ MediaChannel, ABC Sues Critical Blog Out of Existence. Retrieved Jan. 11, 2007.
  5. ^ Media Matters for America, ABC shut down blogger who criticized violent rhetoric on one of its radio stations, Jan. 9, 2007. Retrieved Jan. 14, 2007.
  6. ^ Studio Briefing, SAN FRANCISCO ISP SHUTS DOWN WEBSITE AFTER DISNEY COMPLAINT, January 5, 2007. Retrieved Jan. 11, 2007.
  7. ^ "Blog Prompts Advertisers To Drop Radio Station", CBS13, January 10, 2007. Retrieved on 2006-01-13. 
  8. ^ Mike Stark, Daily Kos, OH, IT’S ON!! BLOGSWARM NOW! SPOCKO’S ABOUT TO HIT BIG!, Jan. 06, 2007. Retrieved Jan. 13, 2007.
  9. ^ The Supreme Irony of Life... (blog), ABC/Disney Endorses Hate Speech, Violence, and Secrecy, Jan. 04, 2007. Retrieved Jan. 14, 2007.
  10. ^ [1]
  11. ^ ABC/KSFO, Streaming Audio, January 12, 2007. Retrieved January 13, 2007.
  12. ^ Media Matters for America, "Dave, baby, stick it!" -- Morgan & Co. accuse Media Matters of "extortion" (partial transcript), January 12, 2007. Retrieved January 13, 2007.

The Wall Street Journal (WSJ) is an international daily newspaper published by Dow Jones & Company in New York City, New York, USA, with Asian and European editions, and a worldwide daily circulation of more than 2 million as of 2006, with 931,000 paying online subscribers. ... is the 37th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The Poynter Institute is a school and resource for journalism, located in St. ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... January 13 is the 13th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Daily Kos (IPA: ) is an American political blog, publishing news and opinion from a progressive point of view. ... The American Broadcasting Company (ABC) operates television and radio networks in the United States and is also shown on basic cable in Canada. ... Screenshot from Media Matters for America (Jan 6, 2006) Media Matters for America (or MMfA) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization founded in 2004 by self-described liberal (formerly conservative) journalist and author David Brock; it is an organization that hosts a website featuring watchdog journalism. ...

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