Damon Bruce has been on a hot streak. Which, given the state of SF sports-talk radio, (hell, almost all of radio in general), is good for the Bay Area radio listeners.
Bruce has become Knibber's #1 man, both in content and personality. Is it any wonder that, with the exception of a few, he's the only major solo act, albeit on 1050 AM, KNBR's pinto to 680's Cadillac.
Most importantly: Bruce has developed into what Gary Radnich once used to possess: unique, funny, quirky and unpredictable shows with a sort of buzz and following that has generated a loyal audience and quality content. Just Monday, Bruce had a sports rabbi intrude into the Cumulus studios and proceed to knock off about 20 minutes of unmitigated laughter. It was good shtick and very funny. Very funny. An inherently NY-flavor with some genuine gestalt. It worked.
Bottom line: Bruce is waiting in the wings until Radnich' plug is pulled and when the big boys decide that his forte with the betting fool has eroded into the bridge to radio nowhere. And really, how many times can Raddy do the same old thing over and over and over and over--it's like the virtual EverReady battery. No wonder Radnich can't stand Bruce and is looking over his shoulder.
Oh, and that much-pubbed "contract?" The only contract worth its weight in the business is a personal services contract. Everything else is worthless. So, be forewarned, Raddy interns at Knibber, don't bother with the wimpy praise for the "most popular personality on KNBR and KRON." (KRON? His "Buster Brown" gig?)
*Nice of Karel of KGOne to bash fellow talk-host, Pat Thurston, (he has an excuse--he was talking off-mike, only his words were very clearly heard over his "network); either way, Karel has a lot on his plate to explain...that is, after the "celebrity" walks the red carpet in Ell-Lay on Tuesday night--are you going?
*KCBS lazy report of the day. During Tuesday's AM news block, a news reporter goes out to the Coliseum and wonders aloud why the A's, (the hottest team in baseball), can't draw fans into the stadium. The ensuing actualities are typical dummy chatter and the reporter is semi-clueless.
Maybe the reporter should have done his homework. Had he, he may have figured out that a good many of the diehard Oakland fans are fed up with an ownership, notably, frontman, Lew Wolff, who continually calls the Coliseum a dump, has been trying to get to San Jose on the fast track and has turned off an entire community and its loyal customers. Even at that, some of the very best and A's Eastbay core have remained loyal and continue to turn out.
The reporter at KCBS struck out.
*Kate Scott: Why not just come out and look the bastard in the eye and tell him to go take a hike. Then again, in the larger picture, who really cares? The blind leading the blind x200.
*Ronn Owens: On the clock.
*Lloyd Lindsay Young: Good things happen to good people. Congrats on the new gig.
*SF Weekly: The new Bay Guardian. In that nobody really gives a damn about the editorial pages, but the other stuff is readable.
*East Bay Express: Like the old days, movie reviews and restaurant pages. Everything else? Yawn.
*Brian Hackney at KPIX: The password is "weekend."
*Something is going on at KTVU with a ton of new reporters. Stay tuned for more.
*Dennis O'Donnell: Still tweeting those baseball trades as fact? And then, adding insult to injury, a respected Giants cable beat guy re-tweets said "trades." (Bad week for him--he pubbed what turned out to be a rumor involving the Giant's milk man.)
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