Demand returns local journalist to the air



After a short break, local radio is once again local. Sort of.

On Dec. 12, El Dorado Broadcasters LLC announced that longtime-Central Coast journalist King Harris would return to doing the news on weekday mornings on KVEC 920 AM.

The move comes after Los Angeles-based El Dorado Broadcasters, just hours after taking control of the station and seven others on the Central Coast, terminated Harris and other employees--including program director and co-anchor Ben Greenaway and the radio personality Special Ed.

Greenaway and Harris' SLO County-themed show, First News, was replaced with The Laura Ingraham Show--a nationally syndicated program that apparently didn't sit well with Central Coast listeners.

"Over the past week, we've heard from thousands of loyal KVEC listeners who have told us how much they want local morning news," El Dorado regional manager Larry Thornhill said in a press release.

Greenaway, who had planned an upcoming trip to India with the local Rotary Club, was unavailable for comment.

"I'm glad to be bringing morning news to KVEC," Harris said in the release. "I look forward to working with El Dorado to ensure that our listeners continue to be the best-informed on the Central Coast."

Harris' show, KVEC Morning News, will air Monday through Friday, 6 to 9 a.m., on KVEC 920 AM.

Harris is a former New Times editor and former news director for KCOY television.

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