Monday, June 13, 2005


Bay Area: Cutting the KABL?

Coast Radio, the new owners of KABL-FM 92.1 in Walnut Creek, have begun advertising for morning and afternoon drive air talent, almost certainly pronouncing the death nell for the standards and swing music format that recently took over the frequency.

Clear Channel Radio has had a local marketing agreement to operate the station, but that is soon to end with the sale of 92.1 by Chase Communications to Coast, which also owns KUIC-95.3 Vacaville and KKIQ-101.7 Livermore.

Late last week, rumors began to swirl around the future of Air America, which now occupies the former KABL frequency, at 960AM. There is speculation that the network, which has never been profitable, may cease to exist if more and newer sources of capital are not located by late summer or early fall of this year.

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