I resign from my non-existent job at KGO Radio
--Not much to say, really. With "Crime Time" and Maureen locked into the late night slots, there just isn't any reason to keep my nose pressed up against the KGO window any longer, waiting for their call. Nobody came to me and said that I was no longer in the mix. In fact nobody has said anything to me at all for weeks. I appreciate the shot that Jack Swanson gave me. The KGO listeners/callers were totally cool, and I have nothing negative to say about any of the engineers, producers, etc., that I worked with directly. KGO was the exemplar of local talk radio for generations, but that era has passed and I'm moving on. Simple as that.
Another words, adios Cumulus. And here's to your merry-go-round card with me and my well-being. I told Taylor he could now breathe again.
Although Taylor had a very short run at KGOne, he provided for an interesting mix of political discussion, provocative and entertaining discourse. That's a no-no at the clown factory.
Instead of providing a regular weekend gig to this talented ex-San Diego talk vet--who was just beginning to develop a following here, the clowns instead hire carnival barkers and UN-funny NY witch comics that couldn't move the needle if their life depended on it.
*One of my KGO-TV, (ABC7) spies informs me of some disconcerting news regarding the ABC O and O here in the city. According to the source, it's an uncomfortable mix of real news and promotional tie-in.
Says the source, who has worked in the newsroom at Channel 7, it goes like this:
Take a look at the current Channel7 News promotional tie-in with Sleep Train and money-raising for foster kids. Ch 7 has bought into the mattress company's ad campaign and is promoting it within the news portion of its newscast. GM Bill Burton has blown a huge hole in what used to be an impregnable wall between news and the sales department. The station is apnea doling news coverage in return for Sleep Train buying more spots. Sleep Train isn't the culprit here and actually can be thanked for raising money for foster kids. Channel7, Burton and News Director Tracey Watkowski, however, have sold out news department principles for a fatter bottom line. No matter how worthy, it's crass commercialism intruding into news content. What's next? -- tonight's lead story on the economy is brought to you by Bank of America? Shame on management for selling news content. Hope they sleep well on their money-stuffed mattresses. For serious journalists with solid ethics, however, this Sleep Train deal isn't a good night's sleep, it's an ugly nightmare.
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