Sunday, October 23, 2016

Sunday Impression: Alayna Gomez Fits Right on in at KTVU Weekend News

Image result for Alayna Gomez It was quite a sight to see the dynamically beautiful and ultra-smart, Alayna Gomez grace the KTVU Weekend Anchor chair on Saturday Night.

Gomez comes to Channel 2 from the NBC Connecticut station.

Off the cuff, she looks and sounds like another young newbie but Gomez has a cool, calm, collective delivery and adds a much-needed sense of humor to her repertoire.

Here's hoping she makes a lasting impression on Fox2 and has even more play on KTVU's other news platforms.

Friday, October 21, 2016

I Need Your Help; Just a Thousand of You

Image result for Writing a check for $25 Over *50,000 of you click this page every week; most of you unique visitors come here and spend, on average, over two minutes and then some.

415 Media has become your go-to destination for reading about Bay Area TV/Radio --prepared, written, produced and distributed by Yours Truly.

I need your help.

415 Media is growing leaps and bounds --we get hundreds of new readers every day--but we are severely lacking in funds that will enable us (me) to carry on and to continue to put out new and fresh content every day of the week. Why? Because as many of you that come her and look forward to reading about the inside and exclusive dope I mostly give you, I can't survive on merely your kind words of "thanks."

415 Media survives on PAID subscriptions and donations --we have a modest source of advertising money from Google but that's not nearly enough.

If just a tiny fraction of you, my readers--say, a thousand of you, made a $25 donation --that would easily get us through at least the year and allow me the resources; the ability; the peace of mind to work even harder in bringing you all the great content and work you look forward to each and ever day.

One thousand. Think about it. That's fairly easy. Because I know that even at $25 --some of you are having tough times to make ends meet. I understand. That's why 415 Media will never go the way of a pay wall, --415 Media will always be free but I do rely on donations and subscriptions to pay my bills and breathe a little.

PLEASE: to keep 415 Media sustainable; to maintain this site's independence and free of outside interfering and for me to be able to churn out 24/7 content you get NO WHERE else, I ask that you make a DONATION and/or subscription today.

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KTVU's Idiotic 'The Nine' Didn't Even Know About The Twitter/DDOS Attack Friday Morning; Silly, Insipid Mikaelian and Mibach Further FOXified

Image result for ktvu  The Nine Some of you watch KTVU's uber-insipid "The Nine" which could be one of the worst local TV News segments in the market.

Beyond having no clue of the morning major news events, they're just god awful.

Patterned after the Today's Show's 4th hour, The Nine is dreadful. It wouldn't be so horrid if it just tried to perform a basic function as it is (like normal, useless, waste of time-"features" that are in and out in a nano-second--TV News numb sensations); no, The Nine tries to make you think "they" care.

Hell no they don't care.

The Nine is led by nails-on-chalkboard disaster, me, me, me herself, Countess Gasia Mikaelian, who lost her credibility long ago and acts and sounds like the buffoon she is; Mikaelian embarrasses KTVU every morning but that's nothing new.

Mike Mibach, her co-anchor doofus is not only useless and banal, but uninformed too. Take today (Friday) Doofus Mibach was mentioning some story and said, "gees my Twitter is out, wonder if there's something up with Twitter?" Well, had Mibach simply checked the news he had discovered that, yes indeed, Twitter and many other techies were having issues all morning.

Imagine this! You're sitting at a damn news operation and YOU DON'T KNOW THE NEWS? Real good, Mikey boy, that should get you a prize from the Fox henhouse.

Sal Castaneda is the only reliable talent on The Nine but unfortunately Sal's levity gets washed away by the other two's incompetence --too bad.

KTVU needs a mass deodorant of Fox germs. A TV deep-cleansing but don't hold your breath.

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Armstrong and Getty Phony Debate Prep on KGO Radio; Chip Franklin Verbal Masturbation; KRON Bye-Bye Within Year; Radnich' Secret $500 Contribution to Trump; Joel Murray West Portal Largess; Happy Thursday

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Armstrong and Getty
Image result for San Francisco Morning coffee THE MORNING YAHOOS on KGO Radio--otherwise known as the Branson, Missouri Radio Motel 6 --were once again trying mightily to disguise their ultra-right-wing bias --called the debate a "winner" for Don Trump --almost every right-wing member of the echo machine said the same. (I have no idea what they're watching, but that's just me, I think Hillary cleaned his clock at best, held serve at worst)

"Armstrong and Getty" think their daily fish-wrap cacklefest is worth a listen.

I'd rather eat a bean casserole baked by a blind cook at a Clovis IHop.

*Three hours of verbal masturbation on drive-time radio: Chip Franklin and his cast of giggle-women who sound like they just smoked about ten joints before airtime.

Chip thinks he's hip; sort of the white Brian Copeland (redundant) although Franklin resonates on the radio with about the same tranquility as a Gilroy Howard Johnsons.

*KRON will be history --my prediction--in some way or another within a year probably broadcasting 24/7 infomercials --something like that.

Image result for gary radnich twitterIs it any wonder the Bentley man has suddenly turned to doing commercials --he's got overhead all right --it's a good thing he's got the Cloud gig.

*Raddy dropped off $500 in cash to the Trump campaign so you now know why his second wife loves KSFO, the Cumulus-Trump SF outpost.

*I began to realize the significance and moral largess of one Joel Murray when the 415 Media amen corner alerted me to his West Portal whereabouts --he's still a mystery but the local Herb Caen auxiliary society is scheduling a mandatory status meeting next week at the Italian Joint to assess the situation, stay tuned.

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Joel Murray

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

KNBR Just Ran 14 Straight Minutes of Commercials; While Paying Slave-Labor Wages

Image result for way too many radio commercials At 10: 53 AM PT, KNBR, the all-sports SF radio station owned by Cumulus, ran 14 straight minutes of commercials --minus a one-min tease, Knibber went back to programming at 11: 07.

Followed only a few minutes later with more spots.

This, by the station that pays most of its on and off-air staff minimum wage.

Sports Bleeder.

This, by the station that made north of $25M dollars last year yet refuses to pay livable wages to its call screeners, producers and various other personnel who have to drive Uber cars as second jobs to afford their "dream jobs."

This, by a station whose 10-1 PM host brags about paying 4 grand for a brake job on his used Bentley and sends interns to get him orange sodas at the canteen. No, the interns weren't tipped.

One such intern muttered about the hallway: "I'm ready to go right now."

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Nervous Times at KRON; SF Web Team Axing Likely; Nexstar Consolidates Nashville; KRON Bare Bones Operation; 415 Media Exclu

Image result for KRON San Francisco 900 Front Street Not a good time at KRON as future of Bay Area TV News independent albatross gets murkier by the moment...

According to a 415 Media source close to the action, several ominous developments in the offing; to wit:

*In addition to everyone losing a week's worth of annual accrued vacation time, looks like the entire web team will be axed.

*Nexstar is consolidating all of its stations' web efforts in Nashville

The source is  pretty well convinced Nexstar is just waiting for the next Spectrum auction.

 "I'm told they couldn't offer up KRON this latest go-round since it might have jeopardized the MG {Media General} takeover. Corporate managers have been carefully going through every talent contract for ANY pending and long-term "windows" to either dismiss or DRASTICALLY reduce pay."

*Source: Three veterans at other soon-to-be-gone MG stations have already been told that they will not have their contracts renegotiated -- the new suits will replace them with cut-rate talent who all join the firm with ZERO accrued benefits. And the ones leaving are leaving with their last paychecks, no separation/termination fees of any sort.

*I see a situation arising sooner-rather-than-later where much of KRON (and other Nexstar local stations) just have anchors, MMJs, a couple of local sales people and not much else. I hear they want to be the first national TV group to "hub" just about everything from centralized office(s) -- MCR, national sales, assignment/planning staff and local team.

*Developing ...

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

KCBS Devotes Five Minutes on Tomato Study During Morning Drive

Image result for bad tomatoes KCBS, the all-news, 24/7 reliable radio outlet for breaking stories, traffic reports and weather, devoted five minutes --that's 5 minutes --at 9: 30 this (Tuesday) morning on a study saying it's not good if you place a tomato in the refrigerator.

It wasn't just a read-and-rip AP style story, it was a detailed, comprehensive live interview with some expert--and both anchors, Susan Leigh Taylor and Stan Bunger took part in the tomato paste, uh, piece.

Normally, the swell man that I am, I wouldn't deride a solid news operation like KCBS conducting such frivolity in the morning but this diddy took the cake.

Crazy as it is, we have an election in just two weeks; an ongoing war in Iraq and civil war in Syria; drought is killing California even after a wet weekend; two serious auto accidents overnight; real stories.

Yet, KCBS spent five minutes talking, giggling, to some woman expert about the hazards of placing tomatoes in the refrigerator --call the sandwich police.

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Stan Bunger and Susan Leigh Taylor of KCBS
I've go to go now and get drunk.