October 17, 2021

5 thoughts on “610 KFRC San Francisco: The End of Top 40 | August 11, 1986; 3:00 – 6:00 AM

  1. I don’t know how close the new format’s old music was to Dr. Don’s heart. He stayed on because he was under contract until January of 1985.

    He didn’t make it that far. KFRC abruptly cut him loose in November ’84 and paid off the remaining 60 days of the contract.

    When DDR returned to the air (61 days later), he was playing contemporary music on a suburban East Bay station before jumping back across the Bay to play more hits at K-101.

    Jack Silver is currently program director at talker KABC, Los Angeles. He’d been PD at KLSX-FM (Howard Stern and Tom Leykis’ West Coast affiliate) for more than a decade, and stayed on when Stern went to Sirius, the station re-branded as “Free FM”‘ and Adam Carolla took over mornings.

    When CBS flipped it to CHR as AMP 97.1, Silver was out.

    1. You mean his contract was up January of ’87 and Dr. Don was released in November of ’86. I didn’t mention any of that because I’m simply trying to put a positive spin on the whole thing. But you’re right, Don probably didn’t like or dislike big band music any more or less than rock music, he had only made a comment that he started his career playing that type of music. Clearly, his career forte was in the Top 40 format.

  2. Saying goodbye to a rock’n’roll-radio legend with rock’n’roll from the Fifties? Good night (no pun intended), didn’t KFRC switch to Top 40 sometime in the mid- to late ’60s?

  3. If public affairs programming on KFRC ends and its contemporary-pop format starts back up (albeit only for three more hours) on this aircheck, then it was presumbably on a Sunday night-slash-Monday morning.

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