Friday, April 17, 2015

Three Bay Area Media Heavyweights From Yesterday: Fred Pardini, Don Sanchez and Jan Hutchins At Rick Barry Tribute

I had the pleasure of hosting a tribute to Rick Barry Thursday Night at the I Magnin Rooftop Garden in Oakland. Among the luminaries here: From left: Fred Pardini, the award-winning KGO-TV cameraman; Don Sanchez, news and sports anchor, KGO-TV and Jan Hutchins, longtime KPIX sports anchor.

Thursday, April 16, 2015

KTVU Mulls Possible Anchors For New 4 PM Newscast In The Summer

Pam Cook/KTVU
 Pam Cook would make for a terrific choice to become the lead anchor for KTVU's new 4 PM Newscast coming this summer.

I've always liked Cook and thought she would be great for a more time-friendly spot than her current early-morning gig on KTVU's morning news.

Cook isn't the only current anchor under consideration; there's talk that KTVU/Fox2 might look for someone outside the market to become the air talent for the new show but I think that's doubtful.

KTVU has a number of in-house candidates that are more than adequate for the 4 PM newscast although adding certain names becomes problematic.

Heather Holmes is one of the station's big names and would certainly be effective at 4 but take her away from the weekend anchor desk and risk losing audience share?

Ken Wayne is a rising star and is comfortable on his weekend anchoring gig (with Holmes) but could become enlightened as a potential solo during the week. It's possible KTVU wouldn't necessarily go with multiple anchors at 4 but that's considered unlikely.

There's a lot to mull here.

Ken Wayne/KTVU

Heather Holmes/KTVU

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

KTVU's Bold Move: Adds 4 PM Newscast

KTVU 640Are you ready for another 4 PM Bay Area TV Newscast? KTVU thinks you are. The Fox-owned station will add an early afternoon show starting this summer called the KTVU FOX 2 News at 4 p.m

KTVU will compete with KGO-TV as the other station in the market with a 4 PM show. KGO's newscast at 4 is centered on more consumer news, light-fare stories and more like a prelude to the traditional newsy 5 and 6 PM newscasts. KTVU's 4 PM newscast figures to go that route with a similar strategy but the specifics aren't known yet.

The 4 PM hour has been known as the Death Valley of time slots so this is a bold move for KTVU. The anchors aren't known yet but we'll inquire from our eyes and ears in Jack London Square and see who are the possible players.

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Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Note To My Readers --Issues, Issues, Issues; Back Wednesday

I've been away and dealing with some personal issues. Life issues that are obviously more important than mundane media minutiae but I thought it would be proper to let you know some things.

My mom is dealing with a heart matter, but being she's a tough cookie, is and will be stronger. The doctors are great and blunt too--oh, and it's a heart. Not a foot. Not an ear. A heart. For the past month or so I've been trying to get along, but with a heavy heart myself.

Suffice to say, the issues are at times overwhelming and there's days that are good and there's bad days too. I know one thing: compared to real life and real life issues, some things are just darn trivial and don't mean anything, including this.

So, sorry for the mystery--my bad, but I'm trying my best to balance my own life, (insert joke).

Again, for those of you that wrote me, (some of my enemies even) I cannot tell you how much it means to me and my mother. It's a cliché, but so be it: Thank you so very much for caring and your support. It helps, really, it so very much helps. God bless all of you.

If all goes well, I'll be back on Wednesday.


Thursday, April 9, 2015

Bob Schieffer Retiring From CBS And 'Face The Nation'

 Bob Schieffer is retiring from CBS' Sunday show, "Face The Nation". Bummer. I know the veteran Washington newsman has been hinting at retirement but I thought he'd hang in until after the 2016 election.

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Ask Rich Lieberman

 I bet you thought I forgot to answer all your Bay Area TV/Radio media questions--ha!

Ask away.

You can also ask a question on Twitter

Tuesday, April 7, 2015