Ken Wayne, weekend anchor and reporter for KTVU, is the Bay Area's most underrated TV News tonsil.
I have long admired the very low-key Wayne's demeanor and delivery--there is no artificially enhanced persona, no exaggeration, no shouting--with Wayne, what you see is what you get and that's a compliment given today's over-caffeinated breed of anchors and their bosses desire to "turn it up a notch."
Wayne doesn't have to resort to such tactics. His body of work speaks for itself. It's part of the Channel 2 brand that has been a staple of the success of the Oakland-based, Cox-owned affiliate: keep it straight and simple. No need for histrionics or heavy-duty drama unless the story merits it.
Wayne is low-key personified and that's the essence of his effectiveness. And a good reason why he often gets overlooked as one of the region's top news anchors. More telling is his street reporting, which too is a good reason why he's been able to thrive at KTVU for almost two decades.
Wayne has a contract coming up for renewal--here's hoping station brass give the talented newsman a well-deserved raise and re-up.
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