Monday, January 23, 2017

Shop Talk: Husband of KPIX Anchor Liz Cook is New KGO-TV EP; Brandon Behle at 900 Front

Brandon Behle KGO-TV (ABC7) has a new Executive Producer--Brandon Behle --who just so happens to be the husband of KPIX anchor, Elizabeth Cook ( Coincidence? Perhaps, you be the judge)

To which my media sage reacts: "Gotta love this incestuous business."

By the way, Behle replaces Bob Goldberger, who left to join KNTV (NBC Bay Area)

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Sunday, January 22, 2017

Trump Plays Press For Fools And They Swallow The Bait

Image result for chuck todd kellyanne conway meet the press A majority of the people in, say, Fremont, don't care about Chuck Todd's frustration, however merited, on "Meet The Press" Sunday with spokesyenta, Kellyanne Conway who lied on the show for her boss, Donald Trump, who ordered his secondary liar, Press Secretary Sean Spicer, to spout off fake news. Which he did.

Image result for sean spicerThe press was livid.

Todd wouldn't surrender to Countess Conway and George Whatever on ABC was equal anal.

CNN practically went wall-to-wall Saturday night with the Women's March on Washington but spent almost the entire evening kvetching about The Don and his comedy act at the CIA.

It made for Good TV and lousy country unity, whatever the hell that is.

Fact is, Trump is right. He might as well shoot somebody in Midtown Manhattan and the press would report it and nobody would care. Trump has the media by the you-know-whatsies and they have swallowed the bait.

The man can do no wrong. And 50 percent of the country seems to be OK with that. Seriously.

Chuck Todd can be royally pissed and bent out of shape but Trump can read the room: Tulsa, Grand Rapids, Simi Valley, Knoxville --they hate the press and don't really give a shit about angry Chuck or George or Chris.

Go...go Donald go, go.

I'm not saying this is right. I'm saying this is the way it is, like it or not, for now.

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Saturday, January 21, 2017

A Gray Saturday Brings Out Fond SF Radio Memories

Image result for Saturday TV Radio Media Images San Francisco ANOTHER GRAY SATURDAY ...One of my biggest troll critics laments my constant appreciation of the past and disillusionment about the present and future.

I still get dismayed by the complete and ongoing destruction of KGO Radio although you can say its demise was certified long ago.

There's still fond memories of waking up to Jim Dunbar and Ted Wygant broadcasting the "KGO Morning News." There's a fond appreciation of listening to Owen Spann when he would interview Paul Harvey. There's a sentimental feeling of missing Jim Eason's hilarious takes on news of the day in the 1970's. There's the constant sports pitter-patter of Monte Stickles, Joe Starkey and Gregg Jordan broadcasting some element of sports on a Saturday in the fall; Jordan's Saturday Sports-Talk show followed by Starkey's Play-by-Play of Cal Football and Stickles' color analysis --he would later join Bill King in the Raiders PBP booth.

Image result for John L. Wasserman SF ChronicleImage result for Ira Blue KGOIn fact, Saturday was a staple on the old KGO with some pretty cool and unique talk-show hosts and programs. I was born in 1962 so I didn't get a lot of Ira Blue but I was told he was a big time KGO host during the weekend and weekdays too. I remember as a young kid listening to "Clergy on the Line" but I couldn't figure out why I liked it; maybe it was because it was really live and local and the nuance of talk radio was taking shape in the Bay Area and KGO was its courier.

I used to love listening to Sonny Buxton's 4-7 PM show; Buxton was sort of controversial and a little too edgy for my taste but he always made it an enjoyable afternoon of listening. He was unique, a sort of rabble-rouser that wasn't conventional SF news-talk, which kept me hooked. Buxton currently has a weekend show on KCSM.

Image result for Jim Dunbar Ted Wygant KGO Same deal with the Chronicle movie and pop-culture writer, John L. Wasserman, (who died tragically in a car accident in 1979) Wasserman mixed it up quite a bit and had an acerbic sense of humor. It worked and sounded great on radio.


*SF RADIO memories this and that...Peter Cleaveland on the "streets of SF" as KGO's morning beat reporter...Dr. Don Rose on KFRC...Ken Bastida and Vicki Liviakis doing the news on same...Larry Brownell booming news voice on KYA! ...Stephen Kapen's brilliance on the old KSAN with Rosie Allen doing the news...The cool Art Cribbs on KDIA...Al "Jazzbeaux" Collins in the "Purple Grotto" overnight on KGO...Ken Copper on K-101 ...


Ah, the memories.

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Friday, January 20, 2017

Mr. Softie, Ronnnnnnnnnnnn Owens on KGO Radio, Acts Like a Complete Dick Head; 'Why Are You All Protesting?'; Rips Into Trump Bay Area Protesters

Image result for Ronn Owens The Voice of Reason Strikes once again, this time bordering from the sublime to the ridiculous.


Good old Ronnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnn Owens, aka: Mr. Softie has been lamenting protesters for, damn, get this, protesting, the inauguration of President Trump today (Friday)

Ronn is upset and told his 20 KGO listeners "what does it accomplish? --he won the election, get over it, he's not going away," said Mr. Softie apparently ignorant of certain things like, oh,  the First Amendment.

See, I have a theory about Ronnnnnn. He's always been super sensitive about getting to his manicure appointment on time and any traffic inconvenience caused by those damn protesters...

Mr. Softie actually compared the mostly peaceful demonstrators to the idiots who break windows and start riots --to Ronn, they're all the same. "Why are your protesting?," he kept repeating and repeating.

But this is nothing new. The guy has become irrelevant and predictable. His callers sound like they feel sorry for him.

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Bill Graham; Herb Caen; Old KGO Studios; Short SF Lunch Break

Image result for Thursday in San Francisco THE LATE BILL GRAHAM: dynamic, historic, raconteur, provocateur and epic rock and roll impresario --maybe the greatest ever promoter and showman if not in US history, certainly in Bay Area. Oh, and scared the bejesus out of the SF media.

Ask Joel Selvin.

Image result for Herb CaenI remember one night in the early 80's pre-show backstage at the Oakland Paramount. George Benson was the main event. Bill was stalking his usual self, someone in the room didn't look right to Graham. "Hey, who are you, who da fuk are you?" Turns out Bill's instinct was right as some fake newspaper guy got in and fooled one of Graham's vaunted Blue Coats. They threw him out all right but Bill went nuts with his security. Later on after the vibe returned to normal Bill bought dinner for the entire staff. He was good to his people even if he managed to go berserk every now and then.

*Back then there existed a cool scene in the Bay Area. People actually read the Chronicle. Well, they read Herb Caen and the Sporting Green. And Art Hoppe and Charles McCabe too but Caen ruled the Bay. Sure, he had tons of helpers and scoopers like classy Carole Vernier and Strange De Jim but Caen was must-read first thing in the morning. And everyone in town and beyond read him including Willie Brown, John Burton, All the Alioto family, and almost all restaurant and hotel people. Oh, did I leave out Wilkes Bashford.

Caen wrote six days a week and nobody could figure out how he could do it. I could: Thanks mostly to Macys, Herb was one of the highest paid writers in the nation earning somewhere north of $300 grand plus never had to lift his wallet when dining at his many SF places and sipping "vitamin V" martinis.

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*THIS AND THAT THURSDAY: Old, old, old KGO Radio and TV studios used to be at 277 Golden Gate Ave in the Tenderloin which was old, smelly and dirty like it is today but even dirtier and scary as hell back then too...
K-101 (where yours truly bugged Charlie Seraphin to hire him and was rewarded with a Sports reporting gig) was located at 700 Montgomery Street right next to Mel Belli's office.

K-101, the building with the awesome spiral staircase and Jim Gabbert's home away from home.



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Paul Schafer and Joel Selvin





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Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Jon Bristow Settling In At KCBS; Ronn Owens Tells Audience To 'Get Over It'; 'Mr Softie' Strikes Again; Darren Chan Apparently New Giants KNBR Radio Producer; Lowell Cohn Retires After 37 Years But Don't Invite Damon Bruce To The Party; Wednesday 415 Media Mash

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Jon Bristow
 What a ride for Jon Bristow...the radio news anchor spent the better part of two decades broadcasting on KGO --before being axed from the latest Cumulus bloodbath--now Bristow has settled in to become a primary voice on all-news KCBS.

In fact, Bristow's baritone voice has been belting out of the CBS Building lately--on the weekend morning, middle of the night, and drive time both morning and afternoon.

If you've listened to KCBS this week, Bristow has been filling in for veteran Stan Bunger.

Bristow is likely to inherit Bunger's job when Stan calls it quits any day now.

He's got the CBS model down and he is well regarded by ex-KGO boss, Jack Swanson, who was responsible for his stint at 855 Battery. Timing is everything.



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Darren Chan
*It's not official yet, but Darren Chan, a former KNBR producer and Daly City native, who has been doing some sports production down in LA, is apparently the new radio producer for the SF Giants

*Ronn Owens lectured his KGO audience the other morning: "Get over it!" --Owens was discussing Congressman John Lewis's decision to snub the Trump inauguration (along with a growing list of Democrats) It wasn't so much that Owens disagreed with Lewis it's his annoying, pedantic patronizing --and once again, his callers called him out on the air. Of course, "Mr Softie" lived up to his reputation --the man who called Donald Trump a joke for almost two years is now practically bowing at his feet.


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Lowell Cohn
*Lowell Cohn has called it quits after 37 years of terrific, ballsy, edgy and entertaining sports writing, mostly with the SF Chronicle and lately, the Santa Rosa Press-Democrat. You may have disagreed with Cohn but you sure-as-hell looked forward to and read his columns.



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Damon Bruce
*Someone not attending the Cohn retirement party: All-Sports 95.7 FM talker Damon Bruce who has been feuding with Cohn for the better part of four years all because of this.



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*Is spite of the very BS the company has been called out on, KGO's oatmeal radio host, Chip Franklin still whoring "My Pillow" ads. What a guy, the Chipster.

*Two big names at KGO-TV and some flopper at KRON had a heated exchange in the garage at 900 Front the other day. It wasn't war but it was loud enough to be overheard across the street. Hey guys, life is short, don't sweat the small stuff. Parking place territorial feuding apparently en fuego.



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