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Sunday, September 26, 2004
 
I noted a few posts below that Air America still isn't on the air in the Bay Area, although there are multiple right wing talk stations here. It's now all but official that that will be changing within days. Air America will be coming on Tuesday to KABL 960, which will be renamed KQKE. There are continuing reports that it will also soon be on the air in Boston.

Since that earlier post, AAR has also added new stations in Atlanta and Phoenix, as well as Rochester and one other small market. The Atlanta and Phoenix stations are both reportedly weak signals, but KABL has a solid signal that is easily heard through the core Bay Area.

I still think that liberal talk is a perfect fit for this market and likely to be a smash hit. By January I expect KQKE will be no worse than 2nd among local AM stations. Knocking off #1 KGO will be tough; they've been the leading station here for decades and have advantages including a major advertising budget and a monster signal - it isn't unusual for their local shows to get call-ins from as far as Oregon.

KABL is owned by Clear Channel and, as with almost every other CC station that has picked up Air America, they will reportedly drop 'Unfiltered' to carry the non-AAR Ed Schultz show.


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