Nearly six years after breaking our hearts by leaving for the big time in LaLa Land, Amy Lewis is returning to KFBK (1530 AM) next Wednesday to replace the departed Chris Lane on the morning news.
Longtime KFBK listeners will remember the halcyon days when Dave Williams and Lewis hosted the station’s nascent morning-news show, propelling it to a ratings nirvana. Indeed, they were so successful that they lit out for greener (as in money) pastures - KABC in Los Angeles, one of the largest stations in the country - in November of 2000.
Their act lasted only a year, however, before they were replaced. That’s the way radio is - brutal and cutthroat.
Since then, Lewis had returned to these parts to raise a family. And now that her kids are older - and that Lane’s spot is open - she and station honchos figured it was the right time to come back.
“She has a larger-than-life presence on the air and was a huge part of that show’s success back then,” says Alan Eisenson, KFBK’s operations manager. “She’s deeply experienced in Sacramento. She knows the town, and the town knows her.”
Back in March, when Lewis filled in for a week on KFBK’s noon news, Eisenson says the listener response was “off the charts.”
So, yeah, it is possible to go home again.