The Finch Formerly Known As Gold

24 August 2004

The left edge of the monolith

San Diego's KPOP has abandoned its adult-standards (songs like Frank Fontaine used to sing) format and has picked up, along with some new call letters, the liberal Air America Radio programming.

The Timekeeper sees some cognitive dissonance in the making:

What I found amusing is who owns [the station]. It's Clear Channel Communications; you know, the Nazis (or less commonly, just plain fascists) who rank somewhere below Rush Limbaugh and Karl Rove (although they apparently are not as bad as Bush or Cheney). I wonder how the lefties are going to spin this.

They probably haven't even noticed yet.

And a quick scan of Air America Radio's affiliate list turns up two more Clear Channel stations already carrying the network's programs in major markets.

Which suggests to me that they're less interested in ideology than in trying to make a few bucks off Young Frankenlisteners.

Posted at 9:09 PM to Overmodulation

Did you notice the call letters of the new station?


From my understanding, they are sending out promotional blotter-stamps with pictures of Al Franken and Janeane Garofalo on them. Supporters are encouraged to put the stamps on their tongues and tune in to the shows.

Posted by: Allen at 9:55 AM on 25 August 2004

I saw that; I figured that in a market where there's a station called KGB, no one would even bat an eye.

Posted by: CGHill at 10:30 AM on 25 August 2004

If memory serves, the KGB (under that name) came about in the mid-50s. I have no idea as to when the radio station went on air, but I suspect that the radio station was first.

Posted by: unimpressed at 11:00 AM on 25 August 2004

Oh, easily; KGB-AM went on the air in 1928. (The three-letter call gives it away.) The present-day KGB is an FM station; what sits on KGB-AM's old 1360-kHz frequency is (yes!) the all-new KLSD.

Posted by: CGHill at 11:18 AM on 25 August 2004

I'm not the student of radio that you are, apparently, and didn't take the time to research when KGB went on the air. I did look around a little and the earliest mention of Komitet Gosudarstvennoy Bezopasnosti (under that name) I could find was 1954.

Posted by: unimpressed at 11:47 AM on 25 August 2004

The famous Chicken (formerly the San Diego Chicken) got his start as a mascot for KGB radio. I remember seeing him in the audience at a boxing match and wondering about the "KGB" written across his, er, breast?

Posted by: McGehee at 9:17 PM on 25 August 2004