Election Coverage Quick darts:
*KCBS gets high marks for overall excellence. Excellent reporting by standout rep, Doug Sovern. Always quick, reliable and concise with shotgun delivery.
Marc Sandalow is the finest political analyst in the Bay Area. His morning reports and analysis with Stan Bunger and Susan Leigh Taylor was, as usual, spot on and revealing.
Sandalow is good because he talks like a regular guy. There's no showmanship and insincerity. He gives honest takes and is quite accurate. On the narrow defeat of the proposed cigarette tax, he pointed out that in the more progressive cities like SF and LA, the proposition did well, but faltered in the small towns like Bakersfield, the Central Coast, etc, "where more people tend to smoke." Good point.
* Phil Matier's morning wrap was also very good. Complete analysis of the primary. A definitive take on the paltry turnout and what might portend for the general in November. In three minutes, Matier can dish out the nuggets and make it interesting. And good questions by Bunger and Taylor.
Overall, KCBS was far and away the best source for election night coverage on radio.
*Newstalk 910, (KKSF-AM)
As I indicated in a previous post, it was a good night for the Bay Area's new talk station. Especially pleasing, John Rothmann and Sebastian Koontz's dialogue and analysis. Just downright interesting, enlightening and entertaining.
In addition, Rothmann's callers, (he took limited calls) were chock full of insight, unusual candor and unexpected delight. A caller from Berkeley, for example, had a great take on what might be Obama's swan song in November. It came out of nowhere, but the caller provided some interesting points.
Again, it was simple radio. It wasn't especially splashy or full of high line actuality. But that's what made it so good. You don't need a lot of noise to be entertaining. The listeners who hear the show, some of them at least, appreciate good content. Honest and enlightening dialogue by people who know what the hell they're talking about--that's the total package.
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