They're not the singularly most powerful media entity in the Bay Area, but they do command a healthy amount of juice, influence, gravitas and acknowledgement--particularly among SF's quirky politically-fiery community.
Just ask Gavin Newsom and Mayor Ed Lee. Or in Sacramento, talk to Bill Lockyer. Better yet, speak to Lockyer's wife, (if you can get a hold of her.)
The Chronicle's Matier and Ross are the most widely-read and influential columnists in the city and beyond; (they pen the most popular column in the Chron)-- all the way from City Hall to Sacramento; to Oakland and Jean Quan and the police dept. and its union.
More than just driving the news that leaks out of city hall; more than just being at the forefront of the Ross Mirkarmi domestic violence brouhaha, Matier and Ross have catapulted themselves into areas beyond the political arena--they have written about the inner dealings of the 49ers move to Santa Clara. Ditto stadium minutiae involving the A's and Raiders. Warriors too.
Moreover, both have the ear of influential pols like Willie Brown, powerful SF Chinatown political broker, Rose Pak and the Guv himself, Jerry Brown.
Perhaps more proof of Matier and Ross' clout is the fact that a healthy portion of SF media, (and San Jose too, sometimes), often refer to their postings. Case in point, the Nadia Lockyer soap opera that eventually lead to Mrs. Lockyer's resignation.
**KCBS morning anchor Stan Bunger was speaking to reporter, Doug Sovern about "Bike to Work" day taking place Thursday. Sovern, a biker on his way to the city from Oakland, sounded enthralled about the vast amount of bikes on BART. Immediately after the phoner with Sovern, Bunger went straight into a story about a SF biker, in critical condition, hit by a PG&E vehicle on Wednesday. Poor segue way?
**The moody souls in upper MGT. at KRON like to have closed-door meetings with staffers instructing them not to talk to me-- which only means more people will talk to me and thus, put your action plan into shambles--which it already is. Duh!
**Nice going, KGO Radio....allow your "celebrity" chef to get drunk on the air on Cinco De Mayo. Very original. Genius consulting. And while 14 people were listening, Cumulus bogeymen got a memo. May want to update the radio resume, Mr. Scott.
**Could be worse at KGOne: Scott could be subjected to having to listen to the Finch Files.
**Yes, NBC Bay Area News is making strides. Sustainability is the next question. It helps to have the Olympics beckoning too.
**Gil Gross is a perfectly safe choice to run an afternoon radio talk show in the middle of the dial, but it won't move the needle. Need I say anything more?
**It's not that juicy yet, but the loudmouth TV exec, (who presides in the Battery St. gulch), is beginning to make some noise, and that's not the noise your boss would especially like to hear. (Trust me).
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