OUT: Terry Conway, the assistant News director at KGO Radio. There's no official explanation--one station source said she's off to a new job at some dance company, but that alone should tell you something about the state of the radio business.
*Mysteries: KSFO morning blowhard, Brian Sussman, was not on the airwaves during the week of the Democratic Convention. Who knows, maybe he took a vacation, but considering the DNC and its list of red meat items that Sussman loves to chew on, I'm a little curious...JD Hayworth, the ex-congressman from Arizona with a deep southern accent, took over. Anybody care? Thought so. Oh, coincidentally, KSFO's ratings took a bath during the August ratings--ccchanges could be on the way, (think morning).
*KGOne normalcy: KGOne went retro last weekend in the evening, at least. Pat Thurston, Christine Craft and Peter B. Collins. As it should be. A temporary residue of normal, thought-out and decent-minded radio returned to the 810 AM albatross. For how long, who knows? The circus clown with the red carpet midlife crisis is due to return--no word on the NY witch.
*While we're at it, I hope "celebrity chef", Ryan Scott, is buying the time KGOne gave him to plug his closest friends, restaurants, and recipes. He sounds like some over-yapped, shrill yuppie junkie on Red Bull. Yes, good question, why do I listen? Because, truely, bad radio can be addictive.
*Paul Deanno, KPIX-TV new weatherman? zzzzzzzzzz. About as exciting as an ice cube in Alaska. Maybe he can hoist a few with his boss at the Old Ship.
*Tolbert and Ratto makes sence because they sound good and are believable. Conversely, Tolbert and good old "Byrnesie" are embarrassing, even by Knibber standards. Knibber standards: oxymoron personified.
*Mary Tyler-Moore, god love ya, but the type-one diabetes PSA on radio over and over and over...please. The Kars4Kids peeps are complaining.
*KGO Radio: any new mystery on-air charities on the horizon?
*Great: Pac-12 Network that nobody except the spaceship on Mars and Sandy Barbour gets. Good programming. And my cable bill is still $200 a month so I can watch 19 HBO channels and 12 CNN's. (No porn even).
*Yo, Piers Morgan? Can you STFU?!! A $15M blunder by CNN for David Frost-lite without any ratings. And Erin Burnett? Ain't she great. Nobody watches except horny professors in Iowa that have things for young brunettes on cable married to well-heeled bankers.
*Brit Hume: Fox News toilet face with the ego the size of Air Force One. Brit: You're about as insufferable as Chris Matthews with a tingle up his leg.
*Speaking of Matthews, (and others like him), the thing that's more obnoxious than Matthews is that fact that he makes the coin he makes. $7M can buy 3-4 hosts that move the needle and don't act like a total schmuck like the ego-blustered Matthews. (He does to liberals what Hannity does to conservatives).
*The thing about Keith Olbermann: as much a royal pain in the ass he is, and he is, the fact is he has cachet, he can write and he's talented. His politics aren't the point here, (if you can mustard that); Olbermann should have read the guide that you can be just as pointed and prolific without being an utter boor. It's a shame too because I miss the worst person of the world. (Best bit on cable).
*Alan Colmes on SF Radio: the show is funny and entertaining. The politics? Who cares. The right-wing nuts that call. Too funny. That's why it works and it's LIVE too, an added bonus...if Liberal Radio drew some traction, it would stick. That's the name of the game. Colmes and Phil Hendrie are lost in the shuffle and that's a shame.
*Yes, the interviews you've been reading; (Dan Ashley, Mark Ibanez, Jan Hutchins, Michael Savage), are fun. And we'll have more--some real doozies coming in the future. Thanks to all of you who wrote and massaged the ego. Even those who didn't.
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