We have had some great names in radio and TV here--Van Amburg, Dave Mcelhatton, Dennis Richmond, Pete Wilson, all come to mind.
Now, we're left with with a few remaining crumbles. For all the Dana Kings, the Dan Ashleys and Tom Sinkovitz', a Carolyn Johnson and Frank Somerville, we've been shred to pieces.
Few move the needle. This isn't another nostalgia piece. I know the business has changed. Blah, blah, blah, yeah, got it. I'm resigned to the fact that mediocrity, (at best), has become the new model. Formula TV and radio is the zeitgeist and that's too bad.
Have you noticed how just about everything, every format, (the tube and the radio), is very much the same. Nobody takes any chances anymore. "Special Reports" are the usual "be-careful" consumer babble that is nothing special nor important, just time filler, really. When's the last time we had some really ground-breaking deeply engrossing investigative reporting here? KNTV, (NBC Bay Area) has tried; God bless 'em, but their effort, however noble and well-intentioned, is lost in the shuffle. Sorry, just my opinion.
The newbie reporters on radio and TV are, for the most part, average at best. They can't cover any story in this city--hell, most of 'em don't even know this city! I gave props to KRON for their coverage of the Chevron/Richmond refinery fire last month; thank goodness Catherine Heenan was at the front anchor desk that night directing the coverage. I'm not saying Heenan is a star, but she's damn close. One of her mentors down in San Jose, a woman I've talked to in the past, was also anchoring and couldn't ad-lib a line if her life depended on it. She's no star, but she looks great. So does Heenan by the way, but that's not the issue here.
Mostly everyone, everything, every entity has been marginalized. This is hardly news, but I lament the fact that the truffles have been reduced to vanilla wafers and that's just plain sad.
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