Scoop: Great 98.1 old-school KISS succumbs to dull Breeze

Radio personalities Christie James and Chino Iglesias were charming on the old 98.1 KISS, which changed format to adult contemporary this week. (Courtesy Twitter)

Radio personalities Christie James and Chino Iglesias were charming on the old 98.1 KISS, which changed format to adult contemporary this week. (Courtesy Twitter)

So much for The Bay’s throwback old school.

On Wednesday, the former KISQ (98.1 KISS) became the adult contemporary “The Breeze,” with an announcement saying it will play 10,000 songs commercial-free — the likes of Celine Dion, Rod Stewart, Whitney Houston, Michael Bolton and Vanessa Williams. Ugh.

No word on what’s happening with the talent; but from the looks of the website, it appears that morning listeners may have heard the last “Other People’s Problems” and “Real or Fake” headlines from the adorable team of Christie (James) and Chino (Iglesias).

(Sarah and Vinnie – or Kevin Klein – here we come!)

While a press release issued Wednesday said the “full talent line-up for 98.1 The Breeze will be announced in the coming weeks,” searches of the website turned up familiar KISS names — Renel, Lisa St. Regis, Tony Sandoval, Morris Knight – but no details about their roles.

In the statement, Don Parker, senior vice president of programming for iHeartMedia San Francisco, said the new station “delivers relaxing favorites that are perfect while you work, help you unwind after a long day.”

And in a nice example of corporate speak, Kathryn Wilcox, president of iHeartMedia San Francisco Region, said “The Breeze is a great addition to our San Francisco iHeartMedia cluster – allowing us to continue to deliver the largest audience of any radio or TV outlet in the Bay Area.”


Tonight’s episode of “Fluffy Breaks Even” has Gabriel Iglesias visiting The City, hanging with Tony Gemignani at Tony’s Pizza Napoletana, then working out with Chris LaLanne, nephew of “godfather of fitness” Jack LaLanne; the show airs at 10 p.m. Eastern time on Fuse; however, it’s difficult to determine if it’s being broadcast locally. … WJM, a San Francisco teen rock group (Jeremy Yun and Max Simas, 13, and William Lipton, 12) will appear at 8 p.m. Sunday on NBC’s hit kid talent show “Little Big Shots,” hosted by Steve Harvey; the band’s new album is “Questions.”


Now’s the time for creative bartenders to apply to compete in the 10th United States Bartender Guild’s Most Imaginative Bartender competition sponsored by Bombay Sapphire; submissions will be accepted April 18 through April 24; visit … Amid the Carlos Santana, Jimi Hendrix and B.B. King memorabilia, the Hard Rock Cafe in The City has a fun tax day offer. Between 5 and 7 p.m. Monday, guests who sing a song onstage in front of the entire restaurant get a free Legendary Burger. … Speaking of burgers, Bay Area chefs Chris Cosentino (Cockscomb), Sean McTiernan (Mason Pacific) and Domenica Catelli (Catelli’s Restaurant in Geyserville) are participating in the James Beard Foundation’s Blended Burger Project by serving their own recipes April 25 at Cockscomb in The City. Note: A “Blended Burger” mixes mushrooms with the beef.


Actress Abigail Breslin is 20. … S.F. Giant Cory Gearrin is 30. … Actress Sarah Michelle Gellar is 39. … Actor Adrien Brody is 43. … Actor Anthony Michael Hall is 48. … Actor Brad Garrett is 56. … Actress Julie Christie is 76. … Singer Loretta Lynn is 84.

— Staff reports

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