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My five minutes with KREV’s Ed Stolz

As Jennifer Waits has reported, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors is poised to pass a resolution calling on KREV station owner Ed Stolz to “reconsider his choice to abandon the successful format of Energy 92.7 and rehire the talented staff that provided a radio format that was adored and appreciated by so many fans throughout San Francisco and the Bay Area.” We’ve been covering this issue now through the week. Thousands of listeners to Energy 92.7 are upset that the station’s Gay/dance oriented format has been cast aside. They’re particularly unhappy about the loss of the former formats’ drive time duo, Fernando and Greg. Stolz’s Golden State Broadcasting Company took over the signal earlier this month.

So I figured, what the heck, I’ll see if I can find Stolz’s contact information and ask him what he plans to do with KREV. It’s not that hard. You just go to the FCC’s station search database, type in KREV, and out popped Golden State’s address and telephone number, which I called.

Stolz was, to put it mildly, not happy to hear from me.

“This is a private number,” he insisted. I pointed out that it was the number that he or his staff had put on the FCC’s General Information form, and asked if he planned to consider returning the station to its popular Energy format. Stolz pointed out that the prior owner had gone into default with its lender and dismissed its staff “long before we ever reached the building.” Fair enough—the point presumably being that the format was “abandoned” before he got there.

“Why did you buy the station?” I asked.

Stolz seemed quite startled by this question. “Beg your pardon?” he asked. “This is obviously a joke.” I asked him if he had any thoughts about the San Francisco Supervisor’s resolution. “We haven’t heard anything about this, so until we do, I have no comment. You’re asking some very odd questions and quite frankly reaching me on a personal number.”

I asked Stolz which of my questions were odd, and why. “We’re done. Ok?” he replied.

Somehow I don’t think that Fernando and Greg are coming back.

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