Soon after night news anchor sub, John Kessler, tossed it over to her, Patel's report began with "Take...3, 2, 1..."(OMG) That's a standard countdown in the radio biz that the listener isn't supposed to hear. But indeed, it was heard. (Maybe that's one of the reasons Cumulus is advertising for a "KGO news producer" on Craigslist--they need a few).
Kessler handled it with his usual aplomb: "Sandhya's report and '1' has been brought to you by..."
- This on-air gaffe is not the only guffaw at 900 Front. There's frequent dead air between reports. There's many awkward tosses from anchor to anchor--particularly after 7PM with badly misplaced Peter Finch. And much of the content is largely re-used patter from the morning and afternoon news.
Sounds like a train wreck. Sounds like some schmuck said, "we're gonna do a lot of news and let's do it" and threw some -hit against the wall and hoped some of it would stick. It makes for embarrassing radio. It sounds awful, not that I expected it would soon become 1010 WINS or KNX, or yeah, KCBS.
Look, it's perfectly OK to systematically destroy a big-market radio station and have a mattress man direct your mid-morning talk-show, but it would be wise to have a few producers and engineers on board, otherwise, you sound like crap, you got that, "810?"
*Speaking of the mattress man, his latest "response" on Facebook to my barrage of criticism was downright laughable and disingenuous, at best. And ever so transparent too. I'm purposefully not linking it, (you can find it on FB) because the mattress guy made a point of leveling his barbs without mentioning the source of his irritance, (clue: moi).
He thinks that by writing such thoughtful prose he's going to placate his numerous pissed-off fans, whatever there's left of them. Wrong. He only made things worse. Furthermore, his condescending "letter" smacked of the usual mass-ego driven mutt he's become. No class, plain and simple. His credibility is shot.
*Len Tillem and Gene Burns on ClearChannel should spark the local airwaves. I'd have liked to see the "Loyah" get another hour, but I expect he'll eventually get it when his show starts to mesh, which I fully expect it to do.
Burns is more of a gamble from 4-7. While I like his professional tone and civility, not to mention his use of the English language, I don't know if he can compete in such a competitive time slot in Afternoon drive. We'll see.
*Where's John Rothmann? Stay tuned.
*I heard Chronicle metro writer, Chuck Nevius' new report on the 810 "news" Tuesday. It was plain horrific and god-awful. Nevius' forte is as a writer. He's NOT a radio guy. His voice was tantamount to listening to wallpaper. He tried in vain to be funny. He was not. The subject matter was the lights going out at Candlestick at the 49ers game Monday Night. It would have been merely bad if the segment ran a couple minutes. Nevius' piece droned on well past four minutes. If this is supposed to draw listeners, then some moron needs to get his head examined. Call emergency. Alert trauma.
*How much you wanna bet that mattress man drops "Up to Thirty?" And no, it was not a coincidence that the "R and B" joke hour was canned last Friday. (They were worried? Uh, just a little).
*Bad Times for the Santa Rosa Press-Democrat which is currently being sold to one of those mysterious companies that has a lot of employees on edge. The PD had NY Times cachet and a bevy of good writers, including sports writer/blogger, Lowell Cohn. Now, its merely potentially lost in the shuffle.
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