Remember in summer of 1999 when KFI afternoon hosts John Kobylt and Ken Champiou moved to KABC...for mornings? Yikes! In spring of 2001 they were back on the station where they belong and in the time slot where they belong.
My understanding is that their failure had more to do with Disney-owned KABC taking the teeth out of their show, making it more politically correct.
That is why KABC which once was a staple of Southern California is now regulated to the basement of the ratings book and fodder for comedic value on radio forums.
KABC's management has been off base constantly. They failed to understand that morning shows are different from afternoon shows. This is such radio 101 and yet they don't seem to get it. John and Ken would never work in the morning when you have traffic and weather every 15 minutes and other promos. That is why Doug McIntyre is failing on his morning show. Morning personalities like Handel and Howard Stern relish the morning format.