The Fresno radio airwaves are a-changin’ these days. From full-scale AM talk transformations to popular FM jocks leaving, the local radio landscape has seen some big moves in the last month. Since some people may have only heard bits and pieces, we thought it smart to collect it all in one place.
- In late September, K-Jewel dumped morning show co-host Feleena Sutton. This week, ex-Central Valley Moms/current Full Moxie blogger Traci Arbios took over. She’s now in the seat next to Bruce Campbell.
- Popular B95 DJ/on-air personality John Magic, who also did a bunch of nightclub gigs locally, left the station. He’s also the tour DJ for comedian Jo Koy, so Magic decided to focus on that. It looks like weekend DJ and Homegrown host DJ Kay Rich slides into B95′s weeknight lineup now.
- The move that’s caused the most outrage hasn’t even happened yet. Shows from Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity and Glenn Beck are being pulled from KMJ by their syndicator, Premiere Radio Networks. The common belief is that the shows will land on a talk station owned by Clear Channel, which owns Premiere. They’re leaving KMJ on Jan. 1. KMJ listeners have been quite upset about this, and the station has devoted entire programs to letting listeners know that it’s not the station’s decision. Here’s an FAQ from KMJ. Part of its plan, KMJ says, is to add more locally-focused programs. Also worth a listen is this podcast from KMJ’s Chris Daniel who puts the whole thing in perspective.
- Two more AM stations have basically made a signal trade: 940 KYNO, the AM talk station that featured The Bee’s Bill McEwen among others, has become Fresno’s ESPN affiliate. Programming (including Giants and 49ers games) has moved from 1430 to 940, which has a stronger signal and swanky downtown offices. In its place, 1430 will be starting a ’60s music format next month.
In today’s Bee, Rick Bentley served up some analysis on the KMJ/KYNO moves and why they might be good (or bad) in the long run.
This all makes us wonder: Any of this changing anything on your presets?