Melanie Morgan returned to KSFO on Tuesday
Melanie Morgan returned to KSFO on Tuesday, January 3, as part of the Brian Sussman Morning Show. Morgan is a nationally known political pundit and talk show host who may be best-known for being the “Mother of the Recall” for launching the recall effort to unseat California Governor Gray Davis. The recall resulted in Arnold Schwarzenegger becoming governor.
Morgan had often appeared on ABC's Politically Correct show with Bill Maher. A sample is on the left. Morgan is introduced at 3:00.
For almost 15 years, Morgan was co-host of the highly-rated Lee Rodgers
and Melanie Morgan show on KSFO. She was let go by the station in 2008.
Morgan was hired to co-host the nationally syndicated America's Morning News in June 2009 but resigned in January 2010 for health reasons.
Morgan’s latest project was to help start the nonprofit called the “International Cold Case Investigators Association,” designed to bring justice to cold cases and to help track down killers who have escaped justice.
In a press release statement, Morgan said, “In 1994, KSFO flipped the switch and became THE conservative voice for the Bay Area. I had some amazing opportunities during the early days, from the Recall of Gray Davis, banning the cancer-causing MTBE gasoline additive mandate, and fighting liberalism in the streets of Berkeley . The best work we accomplished together was supporting our United States military men and women in the War Against Terror, and by sending over 300 tons of care packages to our troops overseas, God Bless each and every service member. I am psyched to have a second chance to re-connect with old friends and make new ones as part of the Brian Sussman and Melanie Morgan show.”
KSFO and KGO
News and Program Director Paul Hosley stated "We're thrilled to have Melanie back on KSFO. She's very popular with listeners, and we're looking forward to her many contributions on the revamped morning show."
KSFO and KGO are owned by the media giant Cumulus Media. The corporation caused an uproar a little over a month ago when it changed KGO’s format from mostly talk with some news to mostly news with talk. The station hopes to win over some of the listeners to the top-rated KCBS radio.
Cumulus fired longtime KGO talk show hosts Gene Burns, Ray Taliferro, Gil Gross, Bill Wattenburg, Len Tillem, and Joanie Greggains. Ronn Owens, who has a long-term contract, was kept on to host in his usual 9 a.m. to noon time slot. Weekend hosts Karel, Brian Copeland, and Pat Thurston were also kept on.
Cumulous owns or operates more than 570 radio stations in 120 markets and a nationwide radio network serving over 4000 stations. Cumulus is headquartered in Atlanta.
The Rush Limbaugh
show had followed Brian Sussman’s show but as of Tuesday, January 3, Limbaugh’s new home in the San Francisco Bay Area is KKSF Newstalk 910 AM (formerly KNEW). Former Arizona Congressman JD Hayworth
now hosts a show on KSFO on the old 9 a.m.- Noon time slot. It is a local show directed toward the Bay Area audience. The conservative Hayworth will compete with the moderate Ronn Owens.