First, the good news...
They have spacious new surroundings at KGO Radio; lots of room with clean overhead HD TV monitors and telephones and all necessary gadgets.
The bad news: rampant frustration and immense anger. Way too many managers with a whole lot of newbie reporters, mostly part-timers, who are just happy to be working in a big market. And amongst those, with some anchors thrown in, a group of tired veterans who are cranky and up to their ears with anger.
You hear the word, "over-worked" a lot. You hear about a new hire who referred to one of the anchors as "Jones-Lee"--on the air, no less. That didn't go well with the anchor nor a few of the veteran rank and file. There's a "glee" feeling that doesn't sit well from most of the workers because they don't realize the place has turned into a hellhole.
How much of a hellhole? Enough to warrant a notice to the union rep, morning anchor, Jon Bristow, according to multiple sources--(all who spoke on the condition of anonymity because they feared for management retaliation), to call a meeting and air out a multitude of grievences.
The biggest gripe right now is that nothing works. KGO has moved their entire operation--the offices, the studios, the newsroom, from the Embarcadero to the 55 Hawthorne center, (which houses the other stations such as KNBR, KFOG, The Bone, KSFO) and several on-air glitches have taken place in droves. Not just days, mind you, but at least three weeks. Dead air. Actualities that are either cut or simply cut out. Phone and tier lines that suddenly go blank. The anchors are steamed. The reporters are hung out to dry and the engineers look foolish. Just Sunday, KNBR was off the air for almost two hours.
KGO staffers feel hopeless. The best gig is the gig away from the newsroom. And with all managers, you'd think someone with some authority would have tried a few dry runs with all the new equipment and offices at Hawthorne. No dice. Just like when they dumped the new format last year, they would have practiced the new news format, but that wasn't the case. "Rank amateurs", said a newsroom source.
--Personnel moves: Veteran traffic reporter, Michaelynne Myers was, as expected, let go. Katie O'Shea, a traffic reporter was also shown the door. Both worked for the old Metro/Shadow traffic service.
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