Friday, February 23, 2018

Why KTVU Needs Ibanez; Face of Station Status Just Like Wayne Walker at 'PIX; The Real Reason Jessica Aguirre Left KGO; 'Armstrong & Getty' Fake Cackle Adds More Embarrassment; Insensitive KCBS 'Interview'; Paul Deannu and Sandhya Patel: 1 and 1A Best Weather Folks in Bay Area; Friday 415 Media Brunch

Image result for mark ibanez KTVU should have a contract extension drafted immediately, with a moderate raise, for its multi-decade veteran sports anchor, Mark Ibanez. Ibanez is more than just the best reader of sports news on the local screen, he's become one of the faces of the station, just like Frank Somerville and Julie Haener.

When Wayne Walker joined KPIX in the 70's he had a great run and eventually shared a popular status alongside Dave McElhatton and Wendy Tokuda. Joel Bartlett too.

Image result for dave mcelhatton kpixGary Radnich, although he has slackened off, continues to be the face of KRON even if his star power has been marginalized and image diminished. Nevertheless, he still garners significant relevance and his radio show on KNBR still moves the needle. I'm critical but facts are facts.

Ibanez is the best sports copy writer in the market. He works hard and still attends most of the games. He is beloved by most people, including both women and men. He's also a nice guy both on and off the screen, a Bay Area native (Marin) to boot and has earned the respect of his peers. 40 years at one station is a long time let alone the rough and tumble, doggie-dog world of local TV News. Ibanez began at KTVU in 1979 and worked under Gary Park, his mentor.

KTVU management, under the Fox iteration, has altered its brand and tweaked its newscast style; not all positive in my opinion, but it is still king of the hill, top of the list with a roster full of quality anchors. Not like the old days of course but still significant. Part of that is its relatively stable core of men and women on the anchor desk. The "10 O'clock News" is still the #1-rated newscast in the Bay Area.

Ibanez is a part of that vaunted franchise and deserves another three or four years to wind up his career. If I'm KTVU I'd have this transaction done --it's not only good community relations, it's good business.

Image result for allie rasmus*This might be worth munching on: wanna know the real reason Jessica Aguirre left KGO years ago? Think about a certain sports guy who also does news. Oh my!

*Still, a classy, smart, cool woman who lights up the screen every time she's on: Allie Rasmus. Yes, I'm a fan.

*The Branson, Missouri bozos in the morning on KGO Radio were cackling again with their fake laughter --but this Friday morning's schlock became even more schlockier --the gruesome twosome known as "Armstrong and Getty" played audio cuts, one of which at the end was of the grieving father who lost his daughter in the Florida high school massacre. That didn't stop the idiots from their embarrassing laugh orgy.

Side note: KGO would love to rid these clowns but they have a contract.

Image result for sandhya patel*Bizarre interview on KCBS this morn: Stan Bunger and Holly Quan had an interview with some professor in England. The topic was conspiracies and centered on such horrible tragedies like the Sandy Hook massacre and Florida HS (there's more of course but these were highlighted) Quan asked the guy why such crazy conspiracies (that Sandy Hook never happened) exist. The guy mumbled off something and then said with emphasis: "we have video, we have eyewitness accounts" as if to counteract the wackos who still say neither mass shootings took place.

My reaction: why would Bunger or KCBS even have this guy on at all? It only gives the nuts who believe this carp more ammunition (no pun intended) to spread their evil, crazy ideas. I can't believe KCBS let this make their air. I'm outraged. I could only imagine if I had lost a loved one and heard about these crackpots who spread vile, fake conspiracies.

*Hands down the best weatherman in the market: PIX's solid, accurate, straight to the point, Paul Deannu --knows his stuff and doesn't make himself look like a clown and foment faux importance.

*A 1-A to KGO's Sandhya Patel; also, hard worker, tremendous screen presence and accurate too. Doesn't mug nor make silly comments; I adore Sandhya.

Image result for paul deanno kpix*Hey KRON: for the 11,656th time get someone off their ass and FIX! your awful sound in the studio! It's horrible and distracting and sounds like an echo machine, crappy audio even by your lame standards. God, what a catastrophe. You would think this would make for mandatory "do it" status but not at the local albatross furniture-selling station. Worse, it wrecks Pam Moore and Cathy Heenan.

*Yeah, of course Dennis Richmond wasn't entirely beloved at KTVU. He was often moody, arrogant and several times disrespected staffers, some of whom worked right next to him. Even in his prime, Richmond seemed to have a chip on his shoulder too, particularly to the little people behind the scenes. But the guy had a 40-plus career there and was one of the Bay Area's great anchors. Longevity counts for something.

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Thursday, February 22, 2018

A Giant Left KTVU 10 Years Ago; Dennis Richmond's Retirement Announcement





10 years in May; time flies.

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PHS Story Delivers Strong Reaction; KCBS Unease; Tom Sinkovitz Omit Atonement; Stan Bunger Weather Chatter Too Much; Ibanez Has Suitors If KTVU Whiffs; Larry Beil Arrogance at Circle7; Greg Papa Not So Warm and Fuzzy; Heather Holmes, Just Tone It Down; Wendy Tokuda Most Overrated Bay Area TV Anchor; Thursday Nosh Extraordinaire




Related image THURSDAY NOSH EXTRAORDINAIRE

YEAH, IMAGINE THE AUDACITY of a hard-working media blogger having the gall to ask for contributions so that the Bay Area people who enjoy reading about TV/Radio and the like can have an outlet. I mean, the gall!

*Wednesday's story about PHS received quite a bit of attention; yeah, and you didn't read it in the Chronicle or see it on local TV.


*KCBS should be a sea of tranquility; ratings are good; relative stability; solid Bay Area foundation; right -stuff mentality; new news director who doesn't rattle the base, but trouble is everywhere. Massive morale issues permeate the newsroom. Why? Because there's bitching and moaning over the fact that certain reporters get a lot more stories than others. A relative newbie, young women reporter is on every five minutes while the veterans have to beg for a story. Oh, there's more too: the massive takeover of ex-KGO radio staffers to the point that they might as well call KCBS,  KCBS-KGO.

Image result for Tom SinkovitzThere's nothing wrong about hiring almost the entire staff of the old 810 AM comrades but it's not like they could have tried to hire fresh, new voices? It's retread central and believe me, it's a MAJOR issue inside the newsroom.

*Yes, I neglected to mention Tom Sinkovitz in my favorite list of Bay Area TV anchors. "Sink" would be a tremendous asset to any newsroom (he's still doing occasional stuff at NBC here) First, he would generate instant buzz; he has uncanny newsman pedigree; viewers love him. But Sinkovitz is happy and content to live his life and enjoy family in San Francisco. In other words, "I'm doing what I want to do." He doesn't need the money, either.

*Speaking of KCBS, is it just me that is uber-irritated over Stan Bunger's constant weather-chirping after almost each and every weather report? Bunger is fine and steady delivering the news but his weather mumbling makes for annoying radio; Stan, you don't have to say a million times "we could have a slight shower in the inland valleys" --we just heard the weather report! Give us news Stan not your personal high pressure system vignettes. It's annoying as hell.

*Mark Ibanez, according to my KTVU spies, would love to remain at the Fox O and O, and why not? He's still at the top of his game after nearly 40 years as primary sports anchor. He's comfortable. And he'd like to work another three years or so only KTVU seems to be taking its time to re-up Ibanez --his contract is up in March.

Image result for mark ibanezSource: "Mark loves his situation and wants to end his career at Channel 2 but if he can't there's at least two suitors that would pounce on him."


Indeed, KGO-TV has shown interest especially if Larry Beil decides to head back to Hawaii. But even if he stays, KGO needs a jolt and adding Ibanez to the roster would do just that. 

There's a wildcard station in the mix here too that likes Ibanez but so far hasn't reached out formally but has both the money and will to make a move. 

My best guess is that Ibanez stays at KTVU but they better "get her done" soon.

Image result for jessica aguirre rich lieberman 415 media*What might be accelerating Beil's thinking of heading back to his native land is the growing resentment he fosters at Circle7. He comes off (off the air) as a petulant jerk who thinks he's Babe Ruth but really is more Richie Allen. I like Larry on the air doing news; he's a solid anchor but he has this aura about him that "I'm better than all of you." Yeah, Larry if you worked at KRON.

*That KRON weather woman in the morning dresses like Elvira --I could take credit for that line but my new friend, Larry gave it to me.

Image result for heather holmes ktvu*Like Mark Ibanez, NBC Bay Area's Jessica Aguirre's contract is up in March --we've talked about this, and at 55, Jess is still freaked out over her thoughts that they won't re-sign her. My two cents: they (NBC) want a fresh, younger face but they underestimated her popularity. Maybe they give her a one-year deal although maybe Jess doesn't bite. I mean, she's still got it. Stay tuned. 

*Heather Holmes keeps asking people at KTVU "why does he (me) hate me?" Heather, I don't hate you I just don't like your style of anchoring. It's nothing personal. And you dress like a woman who goes clubbing every night in SOMA. At the very least you could sharpen up the look and wear something more conservative (which is still sexy) and slow down reading your copy. Then you'd be at least trying. Just some friendly advice.

Image result for greg papa vertigo*We mentioned Greg Papa is suffering from vertigo; a nasty condition --wish him well. We'd be more warm and fuzzy if Papa were to abandon his moody, overly boorish, arrogance which he seems to feel is just fine and dandy but really isn't. Greg, look up the word, "humility" otherwise you'll end up being a blogger.

*Honestly, the MYPillow ads combined with Kars-for-Kids makes me want to go the bathroom and debrief. Use your imagination on that one.

Image result for wendy tokuda*Most overrated TV anchor in Bay Area history: Wendy Tokuda. Ms. Royalty was good for at least a thousand times stuttering her lines and having absolutely no screen presence whatsoever. There, I said it.

*Nervous nellies at all the Cumulus stations in town; Comcast too. It's the end of the month reckoning and that's when the Grim Reaper makes occasional visits and hand out pink slips. Expect the bar at Grumpy's will be packed soon.

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Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Lazy Journalism in San Jose; Presentation High Controversy Brings Out Shoddy Reporting; 415 Media Wednesday Report; Warning: Graphic (Audio)

Image result for presentation high school nbc bay area SO HERE'S THE STORY that the Bay Area mainstream media won't pick up and you certainly won't see on KNTV (NBC Bay Area), whose biased reporting has led to hate-filled misogynistic and racist rants and threats against the administration at Presentation High School in San Jose.

We've touched on this issue before but now there's other developments.

The group, "Make Pres Safe," and its attorney have refused to meet with PHS to discuss their claims, many of which are dubious at best--there are no records either verbal or written that the claims were ever made to the school. In fact, they haven't even filed a lawsuit over the allegations from 30 years ago. Instead, they make up stories and post them on online without any proof.

The only place the allegations and claims are made is on the webpage of "Make Press Safe" and their social media accounts. The school says many of the claims were never reported to the school in the first place, raising questions of their authenticity.

Yet, both NBC Bay Area and the San Jose Merc have taken the "Make Pres Safe" claims hook, line and sinker. from the alumni group without ever questioning if the allegations were ever reported in the first place. Talk about lazy journalism.

The misleading and never-heard-of-before claims made by "Make Pres Safe" have led some of its supporters to call the school and leave hate filled, racist messages against the principal and school leaders.

So, here is the result of false and misleading social media posts that wind up in the mainstream media as "news." Cover your ears and turn down the volume as you listen to the most awful rant from a "Make Pres Safe" supporter against Mary Miller, the principal of Presentation High School.

(AUDIO: Caution: contains graphic language and may be disturbing to some)

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Tuesday, February 20, 2018

An Urgent Plea from 415 Media; Update: Need Only 15 More Donations/Subscriptions

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TV News Mediocrity Rules The Bay Area Landscape; Radio Too; Tuesday Opener

Image result for coffee in san francisco DOES ANYONE HAVE ANY DECORUM ANYMORE? I mention this because we've lately been prone to accepting mediocrity from our TV/Radio brethren. And in mediocrity I'm being diplomatic. The bulk of Bay Area TV News is at its worst. Radio is downright abysmal; we really don't have a decent newspaper anymore either because newspapers are dying. The Chronicle? Gimme a break. SFGate? Cute pictures and nice, quick stories from Bay City News. Lovely. Thanks Hearst.

The Bay Area used to be a news hotbed with some of the finest anchors and reporters in the country. Of course, yes, times have changed but so what? Is that a real defense for the state of the industry here. I realize it's a lot worse in other markets but at the same time it's far better in others; NY TV News still has it; LA is awash in superficiality--always has been. For the #2 market you would think they'd try hard to find legitimate talent but instead rely on the KTLA model which means attractive women who look great on TV but lack certain news model protocol. Again, I'm being diplomatic.

Bay Area TV had great stations with awesome anchors and reporters; some of the finest News Directors in the nation. Now we have ego maniacs who scream and yell to flaunt their power; old newspaper guys who have no focus, no originality and no sense of direction. Creativity out the window.

Image result for mediocrityOutside of Dan Ashley, Frank Somerville, Raj Mathai and Jessica Aguirre, I can't watch our anchors here. Terry McSweeney at NBC Bay Area is underrated. Juliette Goodrich at PIX is wasted on the weekend. Ken Wayne used to be solid and steady but apparently has an ego problem. Julie Haener is very solid if not spectacular but seems to be a little blasé lately. Carolyn Tyler is classy and old-style but on Sunday only. I'd like to see more of her. Mark Ibanez is a 40-year veteran and dynamic sports anchor.

The TV News reporters are a dime a dozen. Vic Lee has pedigree at KGO and longevity; Rob Roth the same at KTVU; Cheryl Hurd rocks the world at KNTV but doesn't get a lot of stories. Weird. Jesse Gary is all over the place but doesn't exactly excite the senses, ditto Amber Lee at KTVU. Wayne Freedman and his 67,000 Emmys in his garage looks a little tired but is still a solid B.

I miss Rita Williams. I miss the solid steadiness of Evan White and Bob Jimenez. Dear Pete Wilson up in heaven, your on-air persona is a marked quality that died. Nobody stands out here. Like a desert wasteland of vanilla wafers. Surely, we can do better or can't we? If Kenny Choi is supposed to be a "star" in the morning then I'm Kate Upton. Whatever happened to decent talent? I know the pay is not as great as it used to be but seriously, how do we have so many buttheads here?

What a disgrace.

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Monday, February 19, 2018

Rothmann's Presidents Day Appearance on KGO Would Have Been Nice But...; 'So..." Reaching Epidemic Proportions; Holiday Quickie; 415 Media Monday

Image result for presidents dayIT WOULD HAVE BEEN NICE TODAY (PRESIDENTS DAY) had Presidential historian and Political guru, John Rothmann, been on local radio to talk about US presidents. He wasn't of course, sadly.

One of the cool things Rothmann was always good for; an appearance on Ronn Owens KGO show on this day to analyze each president and his significance --good and bad.

Of course, Owens show was canned by KGO so Rothmann didn't do the show but I guess a guest host from 10-Noon was impossible; after all, Cumulus and Mike Anthony in particular don't get the art of booking actual decent guests and abhor relevant, interesting topics on an important day like this day. Bad habits are difficult to lose. I know, I'm a broken record here.

*I though the holiday season was the most popular time for talent to take a day off; from watching and listening today, seems like Presidents Day is the clubhouse leader. I had no idea that the TV/radio folks had such respect for Abe and George and Mr. Polk and the boys. I'm sure Presidents Day being on a Monday was just a coincidence.

*The relentless onslaught of people being interviewed on radio beginning to answer questions with..."so..." has now reached crisis level. It's like, so, fake, so lazy, so pedestrian, so millennial, so...well, you get the point. So there.

*Funny that we haven't had any real weather for almost three weeks therefore the weather reports have become so silly in repetitious BS: "Well, it's another day without rain and so far models say there's no rain in sight." Every ten minutes. Wouldn't it be nice to just 86 weather for a night, day or so and have the anchor (on TV or radio) just say it's the same deal? But I guess that would be committing broadcast treason.

*By the way, yeah, I heard, 448,000 times its gonna be real chilly tonight --OK, been there/done that.

*When it's big news that the All_Sports FM radio (95.7 'The Game') station moved its studios and offices to the KPIX building this weekend you know the state of radio in the Bay Area is in sad shape.

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