Return to Normalcy

The Chronicle gets back to business as usual

The Press is losing three familiar bylines: Steve McVicker, Brad Tyer and Melissa Hung. Hung is being transferred to New Times's paper in Oakland.

There is some good news in all of this, however. McVicker -- in addition to working on a book -- is headed to Pacifica's KPFT/90.1 FM as news director.

KPFT general manager Garland Ganter says the station hopes, by the end of the year, to get back in the local news game with a daily half-hour show in afternoon drive-time.

"Our audience is growing and our budget is growing and we were looking to put some money back into the station, and I thought news was the perfect place to do it," says Ganter.

KPFT hasn't had any real commitment to local news in years, and most of the other radio news stations in the city have slowly been gobbled up by industry giant Clear Channel Communications, to the detriment of listeners.

Any addition of a new news outlet -- especially one that isn't owned by a media conglomerate -- is welcome enough.

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