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KNBR makes lineup change: More P-Con, less Fitz and Brooks

Patrick Connor, producer for “Murph and Mac” and frequent weekend contributor, will get his own one-hour show starting at 5 am each weekday. This was announced this morning on KNBR, according to several listeners and confirmed by Kate Scott.

No schedule changes have been noted on KNBR’s website yet, but Brian Murphy apparently discussed the move well before I woke up this morning (leave me alone, I didn’t get home from Oracle Arena until 1:30 am last night). It sounds like both M&M and “The Gary Radnich Show with Larry Krueger” will be on for the same amount of time, starting/ending an hour later. That leaves Fitz and Brooks, which will lose an hour.

KNBR staffers didn’t hear of the changes until yesterday, and so far I’ve been unable to unearth the reason(s) they were made. But if I were to make a few guesses …

1. Murph and Mac, who’ve pulled strong ratings numbers for years (according to the “secret” listener demographics ratings (men 25-54) that former 95.7 program director Jason Barrett published on his own blog, M&M beat Flight 957 handily in December), may have wanted to get up an hour later.

2. Maybe Cumulus is looking to make some comparisons between it’s lineup and the competition. The new lineup allows M&M to take off at the same time as Flight 957, while The Gary Radnich Show with Larry Krueger will now start at the same time Guy Haberman and John Middlekauff begin their show on 95.7.

3. 95.7’s noon-to-3 show hosted by Greg Papa and John Lund beat Fitz & Brooks in the December ratings by a score of 4.2 to 3.1. Radnich and Krueger held a slight edge over Haberkauff in the men 25-54 demo in December, according to Barrett.

4. There could be some sort of scheduling conflict for either Bob Fitzgerald or Rod Brooks, or one of the two hosts could even take a break from hosting for a while.

5. Cumulus management loves P-Con and this is a tryout of sorts. Connor has hosted “The Sports Saloon” during football season and joined Marty Lurie for “Weekends at the Park” before Giants weekend home games for multiple years.

This doesn’t necessarily represent a major change, and will only affect early risers and those who’ve built their lunch schedule around Fitz and Brooks. However, this is the first lineup tweak in several years for “The Sports Leader,” and any alterations made by Cumulus can be considered noteworthy in light of the layoffs (at least 20 full-time staffers) seen at KGO and KFOG a few weeks ago.

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49erKidd23
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49erKidd23

BASportsGuy they’re terrible anyways.

AnthonySCorona
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AnthonySCorona

BASportsGuy Fitz is the worst but pcon isn’t great. I was listening on Sats but he is just a hater & gets too political.With Marty he’s OK

GoaliePuke
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okerland BASportsGuy nobody worried about Hauerkauff they’re terrible

murphysolve
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murphysolve

BASportsGuy I actually like Fitz on the radio- by himself. The other guy is annoying

ciruelas_rojas
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ciruelas_rojas

BASportsGuy LOLKNBR whoa. Have you listened to the midnight replay? There’s a commercial saying listen 12-3 pm but doesn’t mention hosts!

enes69
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enes69

BASportsGuy LOLKNBR Congrats, pcon34 !!

amramdoesnotwrk
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amramdoesnotwrk

BASportsGuy brooks needs to shorten his sentences and get to the point.

Beaver
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Beaver

Yup, congrats to PCon!  He may not be very polished, but at least he’s interesting because he doesn’t tow the company line – more Bartstool, less Giants.  I’m not sure how Stuttering Rod is going to be able to put together a cogent thought in under two hours though.

MilpitasNinerGuy
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Thank goodness. Fitz easily most bombastic host in market. Never considers opinions he doesn’t hold.
Brooks only slightly less bad.

MilpitasNinerGuy
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MilpitasNinerGuy

Tolbert has that problem too…..just much more likable.

ciruelas_rojas
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ciruelas_rojas

BernalHtsBB When did Kate ditch them? BASportsGuy

skeets2086
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skeets2086

BernalHtsBB BASportsGuy Fitz is so arrogant… He is a junior Razor Barbieri

Otis Byrd III
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Otis Byrd III

As far as this announcement goes, like others, I think this would’ve been a chance for KNBR to do an overhaul. It is great for P-Con that he gets a weekday spot, but I agree that it is unfortunate that it’s at 5AM though when most people might not be tuning in. 

What will P-Con’s weekday show be about though? At the very least this will give him more exposure as a talk show host, and he won’t be known as just a producer.

Otis Byrd III
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As far as the overhaul goes, I would’ve probably put P-Con at a later timeslot, maybe 9-Noon and or put him in Murph and Mac’s timeslot and have him co-host with Brian Murphy. If I put him with Brian Murphy, the obvious choice there would be to get rid of Paulie Mac. Yes, him and Brian Murphy have had a great thing since 2006 (hard to believe it’s been 10 yrs), but the morning show is unlistenable now. They need a change there, and I think P-Con and Brian Murphy would be able to do a good show, and it wouldn’t… Read more »
Otis Byrd III
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I tried to listen to Fitz and Brooks on President’s Day I think it was when 95.7 had the day off for their weekday shows, and it was hard to really get into the Fitz and Brooks show….. I would either just drop the Fitz and Brooks show completely, or I would keep Rod and have him co-host with someone else. I would maybe give 95.7 a call and see if one of their hosts would want more exposure on a prime slot on KNBR, maybe Guru and/or Zachariah or they could bring Dibley back. The ultimate power move would… Read more »
JamesRoman1
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JamesRoman1

Bay area radio continues to be quite pathetic, with its emphasis on that atrocious bay area humor and its preference for the corny personalities of white guys.

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I absolutely LOVE Ray Woodson, and I think he’s the best host on all of radio.  I’d be lost without him!  My problem is I simply can’t stand Ryan Covay, and he’s ruining Sportsphone 680.  It’s almost at the point when I can’t listen anymore.  Ray is calm, speaks NORMAL, and makes good observations.  Covay sounds like a punk college kid who’s charged up on red bull.  He truly loves the sound of his own voice, and surely thinks he knows it all.  Enough of the stupid catch phrases Ryan.   Hopefully KNBR gives him his own show (assuming that’s… Read more »
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the actual knbr side of the broadcast day starts with something called “the shower hour”. absolutely worthless penis conner is hideous at her whiny best from the get-go at whatever it is she’s trying to accomplish. seriously. cumulus never had the courage to tell the listeners why the changes were being made. why bust up a good thing with murph & mac by switching hours to make a feeble attempt to address a non-issue in the ratings? cannot take the douche hour, so i listen to public radio in the early am and turn off the radio when the douche… Read more »
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Not sure why Cumulus likes a loser like PCon, white trash at best, poor tact, low class and all around insecure wannabe. Maybe he’ll work cheap…. radio is dead anyway… I listen for what? Opinions?, I have my own, I don’t need theirs… I just want to hear scores and breakdowns, and white noise while I’m working. CBS is better, as are podcasts of Ben Mallet and others….

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I agree, I think cutting the big salary Gary would allow more money for others, go younger, go more social media and go more calls…. Krueger is OK but hyperbolic on many of his takes… Gary is done, just an old white guy who thinks he’s black, and defends every black athlete along the way (they grew up without Fathers), hmmm, wonder why his black wife didn’t marry black, looks like she sold out and went for the money…. an Aunt Tom at best… unload Gary and his annoying wife.

Totenkopf
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Totenkopf

Kate hates Gary, they just come from 2 totally different worlds…oil and water. Glad she’s on to better things.

Totenkopf
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Totenkopf

I feel bad because I feel like I trash all KNBR, but Joe Hughes was cool, T is great, Krug is ok, Holes and Brooks, … but yeah that little weasel douche Fitz is a dial turner… he is such an asset I don’t think anyone likes him there, plus he back stabbed Gregor Papa, the coolest guy around.

Totenkopf
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Totenkopf

It was guilt because his wife was dying…. probably offed herself to get away from him…. but it would have been a bad look to cut the guy loose then. She’s dead now, and after a year of quiet they should cut him loose. Ultimately the W”s new owners don’t need a shill like Fitz like the old loser owns hip did. They owe him nothing, and they need a better guy then Ahole Fitz.

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