Rush Limbaugh moves from KSFO to Newstalk 910 AM
It was made official on Monday night, January 2, that Rush Limbaugh will have a new home in the San Francisco Bay Area. Limbaugh will be moving from KSFO 560 AM to Newstalk 910 AM. Limbuagh’s show will air during the same times that he did on KSFO, 9 a.m. to noon.
The switch is bad news to Armstrong and Getty fans who will only be able to listen to the duo until 9 a.m. Their show had previously run for four hours, until 10 a.m. The show will still be heard on Sacramento-based station KSTE until 10 a.m. You can listen live in this link.
Armstrong and Getty is simulcast on KSTE and KNEW. As previously reported, KNEW’s call letters will change to KKSF on January 3. KNEW will also be re-branded as Newstalk 910 AM
The Armstrong and Getty Show, hosted by Jack Armstrong and Joe Getty, was named as the 2011 best iTunes podcast for news and poltics. That story here. Those podcasts may gain more followers as formerly 9 a.m. listeners look for an A&G fix.
KNEW/KKSF had been coy about the change. The Clear Channel-owned station hined that “America’s Anchorman” would be part of its new schedule. “American’s Anchorman” was a title that Limbuagh has been using for years.
The change also means that fired KGO talk show hosts Len Tillem and Gene Burns will be returning to the air. A previous story on their return as well as Newstalk 910’s new schedule can be found here.
KGO talk radio fans have hoped that KKSF might pick up more of the former KGO hosts including Bill Wattenburg, Gil Gross, Ray Taliaferro and John Rothmann. If Clear Channel has its sights set on any of those fired hosts, it’s not saying.
Clear Channel undoubtedly is banking on Rush Limbaugh bringing listeners from KSFO who will stay with the station all day.
Click here for an updated story on J. D. Hayworth taking over the spot at KSFO that was occupied by Limbaugh.
KSFO was planning on making an announcement about what it plans to do with its schedule during the Brian Sussman show on Tuesday, January 3. On its Web site, the station posted ” There are exciting programming changes in store for the KSFO morning lineup! Tune in to the Brian Sussman program Tuesday morning for details and check here for additional announcements!”
KGO radio announced over a month ago that it was firing its longtime talk hosts as the station shifted to a mostly news format with talk only on weekends and overnight. Hosts Ronn Owens, Karel, Brian Copeland, John Hamilton, and Pat Thurston were kept on.
KGO radio is setting its sights on the top-rated all-news KCBS AM 740. In contrast to KCBS which airs five minutes of national news at the top of every hour, KGO radio airs 10-minutes of local news at the top of the hour, which could prove to be a big advantage when there is big local news.