I've been going back and forth --TV and radio--everything I expected, too much to absorb, you knew that was coming and you were right.
There's a parade coming.
I finally gave up early before the festivities when some bizarre KRON reporter showed his Mad Bum underwear to always-reliable-giddy, Priestess herself, Darya Folsom.
Darya to reporter: "Hey, you're wearing my underwear!" --
Some things are best unsaid. I'll leave that for you.
It's hard to crash parades particularly when you're dealing with a catch-22 equation. How dare YOU rip our Giants! Well, I like the Giants. It's our noble media mavens who should take a step back, like...
*KTVU: I mean, for god's sake, you've certainly cemented yourself. When normal people goin' nuts in the orange and black booster club complain, you know something's wrong. I'll say it again with an addition: I can't find fault with KTVU slobbering over itself; after all, it aired the World Series and covered the obligatory Giants/fan/SF Bay region orgasm; all within the realm of conducting business and making money, and that's what it's all about, M.O.N.E.Y.
That being said, like a lot of you, I was sickened by anchors wearing orange ties and alleged reporters acting like the lunatic fringe. Do your job. OK, have fun too, but try to report, not succumb to the Darya card.
*Gary Radnich on KNBR: Radnich was by himself on Knibber this morning and was good. He's always good when he's alone. He didn't tow the line; he explained that indeed the Giants, their fans, all of you, Bay Area, have it good. But don't get too nuts and show a little deference --I'm slightly paraphrasing but it all sounded good. Moreover, it was a welcome respite from the sound and fury of his sidecars. When Radnich is by himself and devoid of the platoon, he can be Retro Radnich, which is both entertaining and refreshing.
*Check back for updates --maybe, maybe not. Depends on my mood.
Several of you have sent e-mails and comments on the comment line here complaining about KTVU's coverage of the Giant's World Series run.
Has KTVU gone overboard? Of course. Don't they, (media), all? Has KTVU run repetitious, predictable and saturation reporting? Yes, yes and yes. Has the ludicrous and over-used "Team Coverage" run amok? Yes and Yes, again.
I'm not surprised about all this; KTVU isn't alone to be fair but since when did actual news coverage trump a Giants Post-Season appearance? Never.
KTVU is simply over-milking its FOX affiliation, (and now, its owner), network association with the World Series with the predictable anchors/reporters en masse covering everything/anything Giants. It's an editorial/sales dept. tour de force for the station and it's making globs of money for Channel 2 and driving first-place ratings. In a perfect world KTVU would be a little less busy but this is a different world. Thus, you get extra-sized Panda-hat coverage.
*Bumped into KPIX/KCBS vet reporter, Mike Sugerman last night doing a live shot in Downtown Oakland, (and reading this blog--good for him), about the upcoming election. Sugerman: "I like Night Beat", he told me. Mike, you're a cool guy and been in town for over 30 years so you should know better but I respectfully disagree. Nice cigar though.
*Tuesday's column about the Giants and Downtown SF: replay exact scenario for tonight. Could be bedlam if Gints win considering the hot weather and pre-Halloween scene. REPEAT: God bless the SFPD. Can only imagine what the HOJ might be like tonight after the game. Of course if they lose, you'll probably be able to nail a table at Tadich at 8.
*Wasn't that long ago that both KPIX and KRON were neighbors on Van Ness. Now with KRON less than a month away from moving into 900 Front, (where KGO-TV resides), and PIX on Battery, three of the big 4 will be less than a mile apart. Good news for Hunan, Grumpy's and the Old Ship.
*Darya on the Embarcadero: Good news for all the sailors.
*Da Lin: If Mr. Spock was Asian.
*Ronn Owens: Hadn't said a word about the Giants all year--suddenly comes out of the barn and hasn't stopped yapping about them all week. Maybe cuz good friend, Larry Baer, gave him two lower-level tickets to the World Series. Ronnnnnnnnnnn tried to return the favor by offering Larry a Temperpedic mattress --Baer politely said no thanks. Ronnnnn will be wearing a Panda hat all November.
*The TV reporters in town who used to make the big bucks have seen their pay almost cut in half in recent years. Long gone are the $200K a-year "average" reporters; now, most of 'em are lucky to pull in half that.
*Radnich Salary Breakdown: $350K from KNBR; $150K from KRON and a cheeseburger and orange soda from Comcast.
*Andy Baggarly: A younger Kevin Spacey with less hair.
*Dear Amy G: at least you work hard and know baseball as opposed to the Kate Scott scrambled eggs who doesn't know shit.
*Heather Holmes: Carly Simon if she were 40 --plus Holmes has more vain.
*Christin Ayers from KPIX: MSNBC wants you. Hell, so do I.
*Even if the dummies at KQED think they got their union issue fixed, they would be severely wrong. Ask the rank and file, secretly, of course.
*Tony Bruno is not coming to The Game to brighten up the morning. He's too much baggage, would ask and need too much money and the only sports tonsils 95.7 FM hires are contest winners.
*Gil Gross: Elliot Gould, 2014, without very little hair.
*Jon Bristow and Jennifer Jones-Lee: Donnie and Marie. Although she's a little more country and he's a little more rock and roll.
*Ronnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnn had a rough week. He was supposed to have lunch with John Handlery at Perry's but forgot about Gavin Newsom at the Daily Grill. Advantage, Newsom, 12 extra gadgets and a free meal.
*Linda Yee at PIX: best and most-seasoned veteran street reporter makes least amount of money on staff. That'll fire up morale. (Gammmmmmmme Offffffff!)
*Tony Kovaleski: If Robert Duvall was 63.
*Elyce Kirchner: You can investigate me any damn time you please if you know what I mean.
*Vicky Nguyen: Psst, smile, it's not against the law.