|City of license||San Francisco, California|
|Broadcast area||San Francisco Bay Area|
|Branding||"KGO News Talk 810"|
|Frequency||810 kHz (Also on HD Radio)|
|First air date||1924|
|Class||A (Clear channel)|
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|Callsign meaning||K General Electric Oakland (KGO radio's former owner)|
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KGO 810 kHz on the AM band, is a news/talk-format radio station with offices and studios in San Francisco, California. A city of license or community of license, in American and Canadian broadcasting is the community that a Radio station or Television station The City and County of San Francisco is the fourth most populous city The San Francisco Bay Area, commonly known as the Bay Area, or the Bay, is a geographically and ethnically diverse metropolitan region that surrounds the Frequency is a measure of the number of occurrences of a repeating event per unit Time. The hertz (symbol Hz) is a measure of Frequency, informally defined as the number of events occurring per Second. HD Radio is the name used by iBiquity for a system of digital transmission for audio broadcast stations The year 1924 saw a number of significant events in Radio broadcasting. This article is about Broadcast radio, for other uses see Radio (disambiguation. All-news radio is a Radio format devoted entirely to discussion and broadcast of News. Talk radio is a Radio format containing discussion about topical issues In radio Telecommunications, effective radiated power or equivalent radiated power (ERP is a standardized theoretical measurement of radio frequency (RF The watt (symbol W) is the SI derived unit of power, equal to one Joule of energy per Second. This is a list of broadcast station classes applicable in much of North America under international agreements between the United States, Canada and The term is also used in the context of T1 A clear channel, in its general sense is a communications channel, such as a radio The facility ID number or FIN is a unique positive integer assigned by the United States Federal Communications Commission to each domestic and international In Broadcasting and Radio communications a call sign (also known as a callsign or call letters, or abbreviated as a call, or otherwise This article is about the American news organization See also ABC News (disambiguation ABC News is a division of American For the similarly named television broadcaster see Citadel Communications. In Broadcasting, sister stations or sister channels (or "sibling stations" in gender-neutral form are radio and/or Television stations KSFO is a conservative talk Radio station in San Francisco California, USA broadcasting on 560 kHz AM. A webcast is a media file distributed over the Internet using Streaming media technology A website (alternatively web site or Web site, a back-construction from the Proper noun World Wide Web) is a collection of Web pages All-news radio is a Radio format devoted entirely to discussion and broadcast of News. Talk radio is a Radio format containing discussion about topical issues This article is about radio broadcasting for other uses see Radio (disambiguation. The City and County of San Francisco is the fourth most populous city Unlike most other American news/talk stations, KGO originates nearly all of its own programming locally. For over 25 years, KGO radio has received Arbitron's number-one ranking in the Bay Area. Operating with 50,000 watts of power as a clear channel station, it is accessible throughout the western United States and beyond. The term is also used in the context of T1 A clear channel, in its general sense is a communications channel, such as a radio It operated as the West Coast flagship radio station of the American Broadcasting Company (ABC) until the radio group was purchased by Citadel Broadcasting in 2007. A flagship radio station is a radio network's principal station from which programs are fed to affiliates (The term "flagship station" is also The American Broadcasting Company ( ABC) is an American Television network. For the similarly named television broadcaster see Citadel Communications.
KGO signed on the air in 1924 from General Electric's Oakland electrical facility, as part of a planned three-station network comprising WGY in Schenectady, New York, and KOA in Denver, Colorado. The year 1924 saw a number of significant events in Radio broadcasting. Oakland (ˈoʊklənd founded in 1852 is the eighth-largest city in the U WGY is a 50000 Watt Radio station licensed to Schenectady, New York. Schenectady (skəˈnɛktədi Θkahnéhtati in Tuscarora) is a City in Schenectady County, New York, United States The City and County of Denver (pronounced /ˈdɛnvɚ/ is the Capital and the most populous city of Colorado, in the United States Due to GE's involvement in RCA and RCA's launch of the NBC radio network, KGO was soon operated by NBC management as part of the NBC network. RCA Corporation, founded as Radio Corporation of America, was an electronics company in existence from 1919 to 1986 The National Broadcasting Company ( NBC) is an American Television network headquartered in the GE Building in New York City's See the KNBR entry for a fuller discussion of NBC's San Francisco radio operations. KNBR, The Sports Leader, is the on-air branding used by two AM radio stations in the San Francisco California, area broadcasting a
In 1943, the Federal Communications Commission forced NBC to sell one of its two networks (and that network's affiliated stations). Year 1943 ( MCMXLIII) was a Common year starting on Friday (the link will display full 1943 calendar of the Gregorian calendar. The NBC "Blue Network" became ABC and KGO became an independent entity. The National Broadcasting Company ( NBC) is an American Television network headquartered in the GE Building in New York City's The American Broadcasting Company ( ABC) is an American Television network.
In the postwar period, KGO produced many live music programs, including that of Western Swing bandleader Bob Wills, a staple of the period. This article is about the Musical genre. For the popular western swing Steel guitar tuning see E9 tuning. James Robert (Bob Wills ( March 6, 1905 &ndash May 13, 1975) was an American Western swing musician Songwriter KGO was also instrumental in bringing the first exercise show to broadcasting, hosted by Jack LaLanne, a fitness instructor and gym operator in nearby Oakland. Jack LaLanne (born September 26, 1914) is an American fitness, Exercise and Nutritional expert celebrity lecturer LaLanne conducted his radio fitness show for many years on KGO, and moved in the late 1950s to KGO-TV and a successful TV syndication career. KGO-TV, channel 7 based in San Francisco California, is an owned-and-operated (O&O television station of The Walt Disney Company Subsidiary
By the late 1950s, KGO had suffered poor ratings. In 1962, ABC management brought in new management including a program director, Jim Dunbar, who revamped the station into one of the country's first news/talk stations. Year 1962 ( MCMLXII) was a Common year starting on Monday (the link is to a full 1962 calendar of the Gregorian calendar. Jim Dunbar is a renowned KGO Radio program director talk show host and news anchor who helped raise KGO's ratings from non-existent to the top five with its unique news/talk While the new format was initially unsuccessful, Dunbar stressed the "live and local" aspect of the programming by running the talk shows every day from locations such as Johnny Kan's Chinese restaurant, Senor Pico's Restaurant, and the legendary Hungry i nightclub. The hungry i was a legendary San Francisco nightclub operated in the mid-1950s and early 1960s by Enrico Banducci at 599 Jackson Street in the North Beach This higher profile caused KGO's ratings to begin a steady climb. Among KGO's personalities then was future Radio Hall of Fame member J.P. McCarthy, the station's morning host in the early 1960s. History The National Radio Hall of Fame and Museum, located in the Museum of Broadcast Communications in Chicago Illinois, is a Museum dedicated Joseph Priestly "JP" McCarthy II ( March 22 1933 – August 16 1995) was a Radio personality best known for his over 30 years
After trying various formats, KGO eventually shifted to news and talk shows. It relied heavily on the ABC radio network for its news programs, carrying Paul Harvey's twice-daily programs, but also began to develop a strong local news staff that produced extended morning and afternoon newscasts. Paul Harvey Aurandt (born September 4, 1918) better known as Paul Harvey, is an American Radio broadcaster for the The local talk show hosts included Owen Spann and Jim Eason, who often interviewed visiting celebrities in the studios. Owen Spann even originated special broadcasts from Europe and Africa, interviewing various government officials. Local director-actor Jack Brooks hosted a Saturday-morning entertainment program until his sudden death in June 1984, after directing a production of Kismet for the Capuchino Community Theatre that featured Jim Eason as the poet Omar Khayam. Capuchino Community Theatre was a community-based non-profit organization based at Capuchino High School in San Bruno California. Dr. Dean Edell began his regular medical programs at KGO, leading to nationally-syndicated broadcasts. Doctor Dean Edell (born 1942 is an American Physician and broadcaster in the United States who hosts the Dr
Today, KGO for over 27 years (as rated quarterly by Arbitron) has been the number-one station in the Bay Area, a feat remarkable in broadcasting. Arbitron ( is a Radio audience research company in the United States which collects listener data on radio audiences similar to that collected by Nielsen Media The KGO signal also registers as a station listened to in surrounding metropolitan areas. Due to the nature of the signal, KGO broadcasts essentially on a north-south axis, protecting itself from interference with WGY at night. This makes KGO essentially free of static at night in places like Seattle and San Diego, but difficult to receive in Reno and points east of the Sierra Nevada mountains. Reception at Edmonton is barely discernible. Edmonton (ˈɛdmɨntɨn is the capital of the Canadian province of Alberta.
Unlike many other talk radio stations in the United States, KGO, as noted above, creates nearly all of its own programming, with very limited syndicated content; that is, majority of its programs are hosted by San Francisco Bay Area broadcasters. Talk radio is a Radio format containing discussion about topical issues The San Francisco Bay Area, commonly known as the Bay Area, or the Bay, is a geographically and ethnically diverse metropolitan region that surrounds the
The station carries a variety of programs. John Hamilton discusses travel and leisure, Gene Burns covers fine food and dining, and Joanie Greggains hosts a health-and-fitness program. Joanie Greggains is an American radio host of The Joanie Greggains Show, a weekend health and fitness program on KGO Radio, San Francisco California KGO runs news during the morning and afternoon drive. KGO also aired an hourlong newscast at noon, but discontinued that practice following the move of the KGO radio lawyer Len Tillem to weekday broadcasts on November 27, 2006. Len Tillem (short for Leonard M Tillem) is an attorney in Sonoma California and radio broadcaster on KGO 810 AM San Francisco. Its news coverage tends to have more anchor banter, longer stories and lighter stories than the hard-news format of KCBS. KCBS (740 AM, "All News 740 KCBS" is an All-news Radio station in San Francisco California, that is a key West Coast flagship
KGO was the radio broadcast home for the San Francisco 49ers football team from 1987 to 2005. The San Francisco 49ers are a professional American football team American football, known in the United States and Canada simply as football, is a competitive Team sport known for mixing strategy with The 1987 NFL season was the 68th Regular season of the National Football League. The 2005 season of the National Football League (NFL was the 86th season played by the major professional American football league in the United States It has broadcast the college football games of the University of California, Berkeley Golden Bears since 1974. College football is American football played by teams of student athletes fielded by American universities, Colleges and military academies The University of California Berkeley (also referred to as Cal, Berkeley and UC Berkeley) is a major research university located in Berkeley
Every year, KGO hosts an annual fundraiser named the KGO Cure-a-Thon to help raise money for the The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (wwwllsorg is the world's largest voluntary health organization dedicated to funding blood Cancer research education and patient services All of the station's regular programming is preempted for an entire day for the event. Listeners are encouraged to call in donate money to help fight cancer. An auction is also held to help raise money. Notable items have included a trip with Gene Burns on a private jet to various destinations such as Las Vegas or Italy.
At the end of the Cure-a-Thon, Ray Taliaferro generally encourages more donations by shouting his signature phrase that "It is not enough. Rafael "Ray" Taliaferro (born February 7, 1939) is an American radio host and liberal political commentator. " The Cure-a-Thon then continues past the designated 24 hour mark (with encouragement from Ray), causing the station management to have a fit because advertisers have paid for advertising that isn't being broadcast. However, this long-running joke was spoofed in 2006 when the Cure-a-Thon was planned to run a bit over 24 hours.
Sometime in March 2008, solar panels were installed at the transmitter location of KGO-AM to offset some of the power consumption during the daytime hours. Solar panels are used to gather Solar energy from The sun. Solar panels help maintain a clean and sustainable environment using solar panels to gather the sunlight is 
Sometimes, regular hosts fill in for each other's shows, particularly Karel, Brian Copeland, John Rothmann and Bill Wattenburg. Christine Craft (born 1944 is a Radio Talk show host and former Television Anchorperson.