KGO/San Francisco Hires Three Veteran Talk Show Hosts


News/Talk KGO-AM/San Francisco has a new on-air lineup, featuring the addition of three veteran talk show hosts -- Mark Thompson, Pat Thurston and John Rothman, beginning Monday, March 11. "The Mark Thompson Show" will air weekdays from 10am-12pm, followed by "The Pat Thurston Show" airing daily from 12-3pm and "The John Rothman Show," which will air each weekday from 6pm-9pm.

"I'm excited to be able to add more live and local programming to KGO," said Program Director/Operations Manager Lee Hammer. "KGO is talking about the major stories of the day and the impact they have on our daily life. To get those conversations started, we've added three outstanding and veteran talk show hosts, each with their own unique style of engaging, informing and entertaining our listeners."

Thompson has worked in radio for more than 30 years, on legendary stations such as KABC, KFI and previously at KGO. He is also a veteran TV weatherman, having spent time working in Denver, Los Angeles, and New York, with eight years at San Francisco's KRON-TV.

"It's nothing short of a thrill to be back on the air in the Bay Area and on a legendary station that was my daily companion for so long," said Thompson. "It's an exciting opportunity to be able to with the KGO 810 audience, which I believe is one of the smartest audiences in all of broadcasting."

Thurston calls on her lengthy history in broadcasting when she takes over the weekday timeslot, after working weekends at KGO for the last 12 years. Thurston is an Army veteran who also worked for the U.S Secret Service. Prior to coming to KGO, Thurston anchored the daily radio coverage of the O.J. Simpson trial on the former KPIX-FM.

Thurston commented, "I can't wait to get started. The news is exploding all around us, and KGO is the only station in the Bay Area that welcomes callers. I want to hear from people who both agree and disagree with me. We need to get all the issues, both locally and nationally, out in the open and have intelligent discussions."

Rothman is a former college professor, author, lecturer, foreign policy consultant and expert on the U.S. Presidency. He's been a part of the KGO family for more than 20 years, hosting various shows on the station since 1996.

"There is no place that I would rather be than back on KGO five days a week," said Rothman. "Every night we'll discuss the issues of the day and have a lot of fun doing so."


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