The year 2016 has been a bumpy ride. From the smack in the face that was the November presidential election, to the tragic deaths of too many beloved celebrities, most people in San Francisco and beyond are ready for 2017.
Before we move on to next year, though, we thought we’d share our most popular local news stories of 2016.
1. End of an era: KGO Radio lays off news staff (March 31)
At least 20 full-time staffers, and perhaps more, were laid off from KGO Radio and KFOG 104.5, a local rock station, by parent company Cumulus Radio. The layoffs were a blow to the local news scene, as KGO is one of few remaining for-profit news radio stations in San Francisco.
2. Yellow Cab to file for bankruptcy (Jan. 6)
San Francisco’s largest taxi company Yellow Cab Co-Op said challenges from tech rivals Uber and Lyft, as well as mounting lawsuits from traffic collisions, contributed to the fiscal Hail Mary.
3. Great 98.1 old-school KISS succumbs to dull Breeze (April 14)
The former KISQ (98.1 KISS) in April 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.
Uber launched a fleet of its much anticipated self-driving cars in San Francisco in December, and by late morning the day of the launch, the effort already hit a bad-driver milestone: running a red light.
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