NEWS, NOTES & TRANSACTIONS

RECENT EVENTS IN BAY AREA RADIO
From the Bay Area Radio Digest, May 1991

PERSONNEL: With the demise of KOFY-TV 20's 10 o'clock news program in January, Robert McCormick has returned to a weekend anchor position with KCBS. Also new at KCBS: Dave Padilla, former news director at KSOL, and Fred Wayne. In the same breath, KCBS has lost its super morning sports anchor, Mike Woodley, who received an offer he couldn't refuse to move to Minneapolis. Taking Woodley's spot will be Steve Bitker, who departs from KNBR.

B.J. Kelly has moved to KISS-FM (KKIS-FM, Concord) from KWUN-AM, Concord.

Bert Bertolero has moved his "Dirt Gardener" show to KGO-AM (Sundays 9-11 am) after fifteen years at KCBS.

Jeff Cochran, who had been program director and afternoon jock at KHTT in Santa Rosa, has taken over the same role at K-106 in Beaumont, Texas.

KBLX has added Leslie Stovall, formerly of KMEL, and Josefa (Salinas), previously with KKSF, to its air staff.

Russ "Hammer" Allen is the new music director at KSOL, as well as midday jock, replacing Dude Marvin.

FORMATS: KRRS in Santa Rosa, previously easy-listening "The Rose," is now Spanish-language "La Rosa."

KLIV-AM dropped its "Music Of Your Life" nostalgia format in mid-April to become "San Jose's News Station" as an affiliate of the CNN Radio Network.

FACILITIES: KNBR and KFOG, co-owned Susquehanna stations in San Francisco, have moved from separate quarters on Montgomery Street (for KNBR) and Green Street (for KFOG) downtown to new combined facilities on Hawthorne Street in the South of Market.

Contra Costa's KISS-FM (KKIS AM & FM) and co-owned Malrite country stations KNEW and KSAN have also moved in to new homes since our last edition.

If you're in the market for a station of your own, King Broadcasting is reportedly entertaining offers for its properties, including KSFO and KYA-FM in The City. Serious inquiries only.

DEATHS: Russ Coughlan, most noted for his television work, but who started in radio at KHUB in Watsonville in 1940 and helped found Armed Forces Radio during World War II. After the war, Mr. Coughlan, a native of San Francisco, returned to Bay Area radio with KROW (now KABL) in Oakland where, as program director, he gave Don Sherwood his first big break in broadcasting. Mr. Coughlan later worked in sales at KCBS radio in San Francisco and hosted a talk show on KGO-AM before becoming general manager and a featured commentator on KGO-TV.

Danny Thomas, famed actor and comedian. Though best known for his television work ("Make Room For Daddy"), he first gained prominence in radio under his original stage name, Amos Jacobs, on such programs as "The Black Ace," "The Bickersons" and "The Lone Ranger."


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