Saturday, May 27, 2017

A Special Saturday Ask Rich Lieberman

Image result for Band of microphones ASK RICH LIEBERMAN; Saturday Special; answering all your Bay Area 415 Media TV/Radio questions; name and town please.

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Friday, May 26, 2017

Friday 415 Media Nosh; Internal Crap at KGO Radio; Nervous Nellies at ABC7; Bland Reporters at KPIX; 'The View' Taping in SF in July; This and That Nuggets

Image result for old man and woman noshing in SF deli FRIDAY NOSH

This is all you need to know about KGO master talk goyim, Chip Franklin: the guy puts ketchup on a hot dog and brags about it. What a schmuck.

*Internal strife at KGO ..and that doesn't include the behind-the-scenes mayhem begun by key personnel with a pipeline to Atlanta.

*If Cumulus would have paid Jack Swanson the money they're paying Gen X nitwit, Justin Wittmayer, they could have probably had Jack but Cumulus doesn't know good people if they had one buttoned up direct from Cloud Central.

*Since leaks are in the news, hey KGO, you have something in common with the Trumpster.

*Today might be a bad day at KGO-TV (ABC7) for some of the people without contracts; writers, producers, editors, so expect a whale of a crowd come Happy Hour at Grumpy's. Disney is so unkind in moments like this.

*KNTV (NBC Bay Area) probably knows that Raj Mathai was galloping around 30 Rock last week --up on the 10th floor talking about life and business with someone who has direct access to lots and lots of NBC News folks...who knows, maybe Raj was in town to eat at Nobu but I sort of doubt it.

*KPIX new reporters: vanilla ice cream; melba toast; uncooked Brussel sprouts; velveeta cheese. Herb Caen would have had a field day. Mediocrity rules the day at 855 Battery.

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Emily Turner
*Emily Turner: feh. Bland but crunchy.

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Jessica Flores
*Jessica Flores: no bite.

*The big deal at PIX and its been a topic since the beginning of the year: star diva from NY has an open invitation to go back to Gotham and become third-tier anchor at CBS Morning but is concentrating on making it a go in Bay Area largely due to family needs and tranquility; she better hope the new GM is as comfortable with her as is staff because so far her arrival a few years back has not worked out and nobody gives a shit about her NY gravitas.

*If you care, "The View" is looking at taping shows in the city a week in July, and why not? Whoopi has juice at Boulevard and French Laundry; that alone is worth a trip.

*Chip Franklin probably puts mayo on a corned beef too. San Diego birds of a feather...

Thursday, May 25, 2017

The New KGO Radio; Catered for Dumb and Dumber People; Some Thoughts

Image result for Dumb people EARLIER TODAY...I talked about the old KGO Radio and offered a brief analysis as to how invaluable a service it provided to a community and a BIG community at that--the Bay Area.

I said that KGO was more than just a radio station.  That KGO was a community asset that catered to people who loved its news-talk niche and was an oasis for people to vent and share both good and bad alike; a family gathering place if you will. Furthermore, a place where smart people congregated around other smart people (hosts). What a unique situation!

TODAY, not only is the new KGO a veritable waste; its hosts cater to utter morons; dumb people. Dumb and dumber people.

Pay attention.

The new KGO is a cesspool of waste. A radio station that was once gold has turned into a vast consortium of taped assholes offering out benign sweet nothings. A radio station that is beholden to a mothball notebook that basically tells host that the listener is a dumb ass and reacts to tepid offerings and cookie contests. Classic stupid, innocuous chatter centered on 15-minute clusters more apt for Boise than the Bay Area. STUPID and DUMB too. That's the KGO playbook and even though it doesn't work and even though it's an insult to the average listener, KGO management suits continue its drivel because they have no brains; they have no money (an excuse, really) and a corporate radio bully that doesn't know how to run a business, let alone doesn't know how to run a RADIO business.

Other than that, everything is just fine.

KGO is run by its corporate dumb master, Cumulus...the king of smarmy and its innate ability to hire managers who average about six months on the job; fuck up the entire already, FUCKED-UP operation (like the new generation KGO is) and destroy whatever semblance of good things (smart things) that are still in working condition (like a host who doesn't adhere to the stupid playbook and has the ability to talk Current Events and real, legitimate things; sometimes horrible things like the Manchester Massacre) and US Election, just for examples.

If the new generation of KGO was run by smart people, then topics, idiocies, like, say, "what's your favorite ice cream; where was the first place you got laid; shit like that, wouldn't be on the air while important, SMART things, like, say, possible criminal conduct by the current president and some of his friends was being discussed and analyzed in the country and on cable TV. Furthermore, any real and credible radio station would cease running a TAPED program from earlier in the day at nighttime, 7 PM, of some bozo host talking bozo clown minutiae with his equally bozo female enabler while little kids were being bombed to death in the UK. Just a hunch.

The new KGO: your dumb and dumber radio station.

Why the old KGO Radio Was and Is Still Such a Big Deal

Image result for Manchester massacre EVENTS; some of them pure tragedy like the massacre in Manchester --are precisely the reason why we miss the old KGO and why we (me) make such a fuss (still) over the loss of what was once an integral part of Bay Area media.

People often ask me why the "KGO thing" was/is such a big deal and I tell them that when there's such massive human toll events like the one in England; the images of little kids; the anguish of their mother and father waiting for them unaware of their fate; those lasting images we see on that forever loop on CNN; a real time horror story that wreaks havoc with our mind. We will not soon forget.

We used to "vent", like a certain talk-host would describe, about what took place in Manchester. Obviously, we could do nothing about what happened but at least we could negate some of the horror we shared when we viewed the sight of those kids running scared out of that arena. I could only imagine what I'd be going through if I had a kid in that concert hall and wondered what had happened to them.

It was incidents like this that made KGO Radio the incredible asset it was and how it was able to slightly remedy a horrible situation; mind you a tragedy half a world away but still incredibly vivid and chock full of emotion. People need an outlet; parents with small children and teenagers can at least share their thoughts and commiserate to lessen the anguish and emotion.

I remember the fall afternoon in 1978 when the Moscone/Milk murders took place and KGO was the first place I headed to on the radio; people were calling in and some of them were sobbing; it felt like the entire city of San Francisco was in shock and it was; just two weeks after the Jonestown massacre the Bay Area wasn't ready for another chilling, horrible, tragedy like that of Dan White killing Mayor Moscone and Sup. Harvey Milk. KGO provided the community an outpost where grieving folks could ease all the shock and horror or at the very least lessen the tension and anxiety. Believe me, it was much needed.
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The same thing applied to 9/11. This time it really felt bad. People were scared. People were shocked. KGO was a place where you could go to numb the pain and have an outlet to express the anguish and respond.

We took the old KGO for granted and wouldn't know years later what an incredible community asset it was and miss its old standby and legacy. We listen today (some of us) and shake our heads as to why such a great city entity could be reduced to a sliver of its original self. You had to be there in the beginning to understand it all.

Image result for moscone milk assassinationAnd if you were there and were a part of it; as a talk-show host; as a listener; you understand to this day why we still miss the old KGO and why we are left wondering to this day just how it all happened.

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Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Fox Would Love KTVU Vet Reporter Tom Vacar to Take a Hike But That Ain't Happening Anytime Soon

Image result for sal castaneda KTVU --would love very much for veteran Consumer Reporter, Tom Vacar to retire and enjoy life away from Channel 2. I've told you as much here.

See, even though Vacar is very much on his game and adds much needed local appeal and moxie to KTVU's brand, he's very highly paid (about $300K a year) and considered way too old by Fox standards. Fox would and could very easily pull the plug on Vacar only they fear the wrath of T.V.

Vacar is a LOYAH; a well-connected one at that and Fox suits fear a massive wrongful termination suit would likely soon develop if Vacar was given the heav-ho.

No can do.

So, for those of you Tom Vacar fans who enjoy watching the tenured, if a bit crusty, Tomster, be happy you read this here at 415 Media.