Is KGO Rebuilding its Talk Format?


Comedian Chip Franklin Gets 12-3pm Talk Show

courtesy  11-19-14

After years of running only Ronn Owens 9 to noon talk show in a schedule that was otherwise mostly news, KGO is expanding its commitment to talk.

Cumulus has announced that writer and comedian Chip Franklin will host a weekday talk show on KGO (810 AM) debuting December 8 from Noon to 3:00 p.m. Pacific. Franklin has written for and appeared on shows and networks, including Saturday Night Live, The Tonight Show, Conan O’Brien, The Situation Room, Larry King, The CBS Morning Show, CNN, HBO and Showtime. He is also a winner of seven Edward R. Murrow awards for radio and television writing.

Franklin hosted mornings on KOGO from 2007-2013, and writes position pieces and prep for guests on Real Time with Bill Maher, Good Morning America and Face the Nation. He also regularly appears at comedy clubs across the U.S.

John Dickey, executive vice president of content and programming for Cumulus said, “KGO strives to inform and entertain the Bay Area with relevant news and compelling talk hosted by big personalities. Chip Franklin’s point of view, intelligence, and wit are going to drive some amazing conversations on KGO.”

Franklin said, “The current narrative is that San Francisco is all liberals, progressives, and Democrats mixed in with the occasional 4.9. Maybe, but I see it more as a city that simply embraces freedom and more to the point, the free expression of ideas regardless of ideology. Whether it’s politics, art, music, or comedy, it all starts with a passion for discovery – discovery of life here in the Bay area, the wider world, and our inner lives.”



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