KRLD-AM going all-news

Posted 10:54am on Friday, Sep. 24, 2010

Jay McFarland announced this morning that he will be leaving KRLD/1080 AM to go to a station in Salt Lake City, adding that the decision was partly family-related (his mother isn't doing well). You can hear his announcement here.

There was also talk about a big 10 a.m. announcement -- which, this being radio, didn't happen till nearly 10:30 after much build-up.

The announcement, made by McFarland and his former co-host, Ernie Brown: As of Monday, the news/talk station will become all-news, with Brown joining Mike Rogers from 5 to 9 a.m. weekdays.

I'm still processing the rest of the announcement, although I did hear familiar names such as Mitch Carr (who will do 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. with Scott Braddock) and Alice Rios in the daytime lineup.

The last time anyone tried an all-news format here, it was KEWS/94.9 FM, and it didn't last long. According to Mike Shannon's History of Dallas-Fort Worth Radio and Television (a must for local-media junkies), KEWS began its all-news format on Feb. 27, 1996 (before it even had the KEWS call letters) and was dropped before the year was over.

More to come ...


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