Joe Buck was getting crucified on Twitter and the various other social media on Sunday for being Joe Buck.
My reaction: Buck is irritating alright, but I've seen and heard far worse.
Keep this in mind, as KNBR's Damon Bruce, noted, Buck worked almost eight straight hours on the air, albeit I'm sure Fox milked the heck out of it, (the cable car ride from Candlestick to AT&T), as did Buck himself--I mean, it wasn't as if he was subjected to heavy lifting.
A cardinal sin uttered by Buck during the baseball game: He referred to the city as "Frisco." C'mon Joe, you know better. Herb Caen would have given him a left hook.
*Ronn Owens was again absent on Monday at KGO; (Tim Montemayor, a good guy personally, but whose show has more dreck than a Chevron Mini-Mart hosted); Owens, suffering from a bad back, is due back on Wednesday, (we'll see.)
He refuted my blog report to the Chron's Ben Fong-Torres about what he told a friend about a month ago, (that he's considering retirement after his contract is up Dec. 31), as "being totally 'made up." Among other things, too, Owens denied making a million bucks under an old contract he signed in 2006 with ex-GM, Mickey Luckoff. Interesting because Owens himself confirmed to me that figure a year ago after I asked him.
As for his remark about my story being "totally made up", he's then lying to a former on-air colleague whom he'd uttered the remarks to at a recent lunch. Maybe he's in denial. Maybe he's trying to cover, I don't know, but my sources are good and I'm standing by the account.
*Go figure...In the past, I've made fun of KRON for its albatross status, but when they do good work, they deserve props. KRON's coverage of the Chevron Richmond refinery fire was first-rate and quite useful; particularly, when other stations left the story and continued with regularly-scheduled programming. Given the early severity of the Richmond images, that KRON stayed with the story was both good news judgement and of benefit to the residents nearby and other interested Bay Area TV News viewers.
Some e-mail called me out for dare giving KRON a plug. Look, while the 1001 Van Ness denizens have plenty to work on, when good work is performed, good work gets recognition. Along with good reporters, good anchors, (like Pam Moore, Catherine Heenan, and Vicki Liviakis, for example); we're not hack attack 24/7 here at 415 Media.
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