- Published on Saturday, 04 February 2012 10:00
My newest essay ebook, "KGO Radio Jumps The Shark: More News, Less Talk," is now available
I was listening to The Gene Burns Program on KGO Radio (810AM) in my car after getting off work and heading home for the night when he said that it was the middle of the week, Wednesday, November 16, 2011, and started talking about whether or not gun owners should be required to have a license and safety training. Actually, it was Thursday, December 1, 2011, and gun ownership wasn’t the pressing topic for that day. This was rather odd. If Gene Burns wasn’t available, the station would have someone else step in for him without having rebroadcast an old show. As I ran errands the next night, Gene Burns was discussing the Republican presidential debate that took place the night before. Actually, the last debate was on Tuesday, November 22, 2011, and the next one wasn’t until Saturday, December 10, 2011. Two nights of repeated shows was more than odd. I found out on the Internet that KGO Radio was switching to an all-news format, and, in the process, letting go the best talk-radio talent in the San Francisco Bay Area. Cumulus Media, KGO Radio’s current corporate overlords, decided to jump the shark by throwing away 40 years of broadcasting history in a hasty bid to improve ratings.
This 3,660-word personal essay is about growing up with and living without talk radio.