*The day after I reported Stacy Taylor had "resigned from my temporary job," the talk show veteran that was a semi-regular at KGO Radio, got an e-mail from management asking if he was available. He was. Taylor appeared on the albatross 810 AM last Saturday and Sunday. By the way, KGOne? The wicked NY witch has become quite a comedy act Sunday night. Makes Spencer Hughes look like Art Finley. Keep up the good work, schlockmeisters.
*To the nitwits telling me and a few others to "get over it", a la KGO, uh, sorry, but this is my place, no, you get over it. Besides, I've been over it; it's the folks, the Bay Area listeners who still feel betrayed and remain incredibly bitter over the dismantlement of an outlet that was beloved and treasured. The public airwaves used to be owned by the public and some of them still resent the hijacking of their friend by the Atlanta radio mobsters. They have a backbone too, as opposed to some of the zombies still shilling on the KGOne mikes.
*Have been watching a lot of Larry Beil and Carolyn Johnson at 4 PM on KGO-TV's softened news show. I use the term, "softened"not in derision, but as fact. The news program is good. It's not chock full of a lot of hard stuff, but the effort put forth by Johnson and Beil works. I've been a frequent critic of Beil, but the more I watch his work, the more I'm impressed. I just wish his occasional bits of looking and sounding overly serious would cease and he simply just read the news like he's paid to do.
*Class and intelligence...still: KRON's venerable Catherine Heenan.
*30 minutes of uninterrupted civility and thought-provoking discourse: KCBS' Sunday feature, "In-Depth" (8: 30 AM and repeated, 8: 30 PM). Imagine: an informative news interview devoid of useless banter, sound actuality and commercial spots. Eat your heart out, Terry Gross.
*A madman with a Batman fetish goes bonkers in Colorado and kills 12 people, seriously injures scores of others. Perfect recipe for cable diet and Sunday talk shows. Yes, welcome to the new world.
*Ted Robinson, the Bay Area's Bob Costas. That's a compliment. Too smart for merely sports...By the way, Robinson will be in London doing Olympics work for NBC. In addition, Robinson was just named the lead PBP-man for the new Pac-12 Cable Network.
*Hey, Giants fans, can you tell your beloved radio broadcasters that's it's OK to GIVE THE SCORE every now and then: give a listen on any given game and count the MINUTES between the time said announcer actually GIVES THE SCORE. I love Miller. Great announcer, professional and all, same thing with Kuiper and Flemming too, but the lack of announcing the score is an embarrassment. Not to mention an uber-annoyance.
*Underrated: KTVU's weather guy, Mark Tamayo...KPIX' steady, Lawrence Karnow.
*KGO-TV's Ama Daetz: I'm in love.
*Hats off to Knibber's hard-working tonsil, Damon Bruce, who is the only guy in town who has covered, in depth, the whole god-awful, PSU/Sandusky/Paterno mess. A talk-show host on radio who has been relentless on dogged commentary, interviews with some of the national big-shot media types who actually reported on the story. Bruce is the antithesis of his alleged "competition" at sister-station, KNBR 680, otherwise known as the Noon-3PM clown and shill show with Rudy and the angry man.
Furthermore, Bruce' repertoire is, on most occasions, a three-hour broad-themed amalgam of entertaining, unpredictable, and substance galore content, seldom heard in the land of sound-drop central, the boorish, boring and dummies that inhibit the 9-Noon den.
*When I rip, and I rip often because if you take a look and see and listen to the rank amateurs here in this town, I rip with MY NAME behind the said rip. I DO NOT HIDE behind the keyboard and throw shots, personal and professional, with any degree of anonymity. Those of you that do so, (and I'm on to you, soon, trust me) are just plain cowards.
*Sussman: the weird thing is this: We'd probably have a blast over a couple of beers. It's nothing personal, I just can't stand your politics of attack and belittle. You have a right to air your venom and I have a right to respond. I have no freaking clue as to why I listen but when you occasionally show bits of deference, the show is entertaining and flows well. And when you and Mel interact every now and then, it can be very good radio. Just remember, some "libs" have a sense of humor too, Suss.
*At war: KRON's illustrious "People behaving Badly" reporter, Stanley Roberts and SF's bike people. A beachhead has been established. (More to come).
*Amazing and sad to learn it's been five years since the death of former KGO-TV/Radio anchor, talk-host, Pete Wilson. Yes, a reader had it right with this comment: "What would Pete think about the state of the business today?"
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