Monday, August 27, 2007

BYE KQKE, HELLO KKGN


San Francisco liberal talk KQKE-AM (960) is changing its call letters, as of today to KKGN, or GREEN 960, supposedly marking the station -- and owner Clear Channel's -- push to a more green world.

I don't know if I buy it and will flesh this story out later today. There are all kinds of reasons to change call letters, the most important being that good ones give listeners something to latch onto. KQKE was a tongue twister at best.

Clear Channel has turned over this green leaf in other venues, launching environmental programs at its concert venues. (I reported this at the Mercury News, but go do a search for a similar story at the San Francisco Chronicle. It treats its workers better.)

The station, which is managed by Bob Agnew, a straight-shooter I always liked, features a solid and smart liberal lineup of Stephanie Miller, Ed Schultz, Thom Hartmann, Rachel Maddow, Bill Press, Mike Malloy, Jon Elliot and Randi Rhodes. It will add a show called Green Seed Radio from 3-4 p.m., which I assume will be hosted by Ginnie Waters, who has been doing it on Saturdays.

I'll get ahold of her soon, for the Oakland Trib column and this site.


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