Monday, April 4, 2016

Ronn Owens to stay at KGO

Long-time KGO radio host Ronn Owens won't be going to sister station conservative KSFO 560, contrary to what the station announced four days ago.

When Cumulus Media, owner of KGO 810 and KSFO 560, fired most of the KGO newsroom crew on Thursday and reformatting the station, it also announced that Owens would be moving from his morning slot at KGO to afternoons at KSFO. Yesterday, the station reversed course.

Why? Two different stories have emerged.

Management told the Chronicle that his fans didn't want him changing stations, and they apparently flooded the station with complaints on Friday. Owens is a liberal who probably wouldn't be a good fit on a station with hosts like Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity.

The other story, according to media blogger Rich Lieberman, is that Owens had a contract that requires he stay on KGO. Apparently management didn't read the contract before announcing the switch, and neither had Owens, who announced the move on his show Thursday. But Owens' agent found the clause requiring him to stay at KGO.

So when the "new" KGO premiers tomorrow (April 5), Owens will be back on the air, though his show will be shortened from three hours to two. He'll work 10 a.m. to noon.

The new KGO schedule looks like this:
• Armstrong & Getty, 6-10 a.m.

• Ronn Owens, 10-noon

• Ethan Bearman, noon-2 p.m.

• Brian Copeland, 2-4 p.m.

• Chip Franklin, 4-7 p.m.

• DreX, 7-10 p.m.

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