Monday, November 12, 2012

KGO Radio's Owens ailing; UPDATE; Hospitalized

Ronn Owens has been absent from KGO Radio since the day after the election. He's been battling an ailment, sepsis, which resulted in an Owens trip to the hospital last month to get treatment on a bad back.

He was due back on KGO this morning, but instead Tim Montemayor was filling in. Owens posted on his Facebook page last Friday that he was feeling better.

A station source indicated to me that his condition has worsened and that he's in significant pain. We wish him a speedy recovery.

*Developing....

UPDATE: 5: 47 PM PST

Owens posted this on his Facebook page on Monday afternoon:

Just got readmitted to the hospital this afternoon for a couple of days so that doctors can give me what they describe as two "super shots" for my back and leg pain which intensified over the weekend. They're optimistic this will fix the problem, so I'll hopefully be back on the air toward the end of the week. Thanks again for all your kind words and good wishes. They're much appreciated! -



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39 comments:

  1. Although it is tempting to invoke Karma, we will refrain. Speedy recovery Ronnnnnn!

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  2. My my my my my...the Dickey boys aren't gonna like havin' to pay Ronn for bein' sick.

    (We do wish him well tho, health is a precious thing.)

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  3. Ronn; use up all of your vacation and sick days.

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  4. Get better Ronn.

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  5. We lost a radio station up here in Oregon over the weekend. The only non-righty talker in the market. Brought back last year all over again.
    Too bad about Ronn. Hope he gets better soon and can finish out strong.

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  6. I hope he gets back soon. The drama Queen Tim Montemayer is worse then Karel, something I didn't think was possible. He has been repeating all his favorite stories over and over for days. I can't listen to him anymore. He is really awful................

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  7. I have a wifi radio and can listen to any talk station. I used to be a loyal Gene Burns nightly listener. I don't really like Alan Combs and the KGO news loop drives me crazy. Does anyone have any suggestions for me for the 7 to 10 PM timeslot - a true talk show host similar to Gene Burns? Again, location of the station is not a limiting factor. I used to be a Gil Gross fan, but his sense of humor is grating and I find myself often turning off my radio in the afternoons after an hour or so.

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    1. Gross' incessant use of ”aaaaaahhhh”, ”uuuuughhhh” and long pauses especially during one of his dumb jokes is extremely grating. I find myself tuning in less and less. From 7 to 10pm the Savage Nation or the BCC are good options.

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    2. The LBC (London's Biggest Conversation). Callers speak the English language. Hosts don't yell or interrupt. There are real discussions about the issues of the day. Simply wonderful!

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  8. Ronn has endured for many years because of his talent, passion and stick-to-it-iveness. He's an example of someone who loves what he does and yes, like all of us who work on the air, he's got an ego, but you need to have one of those to survive in the zany business of radio. Get well Ronn! We need you back at KGO!

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  9. Maybe he need s new mattress?

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    1. LOL! Good thinking!
      I hope he feels better- too much sitting doesn't help one's back.

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  10. Here's to Ronn getting great pain relief in the hospital and permanent solutions to some pretty serious health issues quickly.

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  11. Hope Ronnnnn gets better, but still retires at the end of the year. I guess Sleep Train's free mattresses for Ronn aren't helping his back.

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  12. Wow. Sepsis is not good. I truly wish him well and I'm disgusted with anyone who fails to empathize.

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    1. Sepsis is a systemic infection. More and more common these days, often occurring even with relatively minor wounds. Very dangerous, and can happen to anyone. I agree with above post. Take care, Ronn. Wishing a swift and complete recovery.

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  13. Please get better soon Ronn. I was wondering how you were when you didn't return today and were gone the end of last week.
    Monte is no decent replacement although I agree with most of his politics, he is just boring, repetitive, and finds himself far more interesting than I do.

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  14. Follow doctor orders and get well soon Ronn.

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  15. Agree completely with 11/12 6:21 PM. In the beginning I was able to tolerate two days of Gil, but five days is too much and I rarely listen. He thinks he is funny and he is not. I believe his calling should be as a cantor in a service in which he can sing all of his words; then it would not be taken as just a cutesy affectation.

    I do enjoy Sebastian Kunz.

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  16. Ronn. I miss you my mornings are not the same without you. You are part of my daily routine and have become part of my family. I'll be praying for your speedy and complete full recovery.

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  17. I don't listen anymore but still wish him a speedy recovery. Where is everyone's humanity? He's been a solid presence for years and we should all be wishing him well during this time of illness.

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  18. Yes, that Tim guy has no talent and cannot even dream up interesting subjects to discuss. He repeats himself over & over you can imagine him in the studio checking his watch and thinking if he repeats each sentence 2 to 4 times, maybe he can get through his spot. I am sure hardly anyone calls. He is not very bright either. But Karel is the worst a real no talent and a very nasty piece of work. How he has lasted this long back on KGO is remarkable. Soon he will lose it again and start snarling and degrading some famous person he is so jealous of like Steph Miller or Tom Hartman. I know they are not paying him much and no one listens to him on his other stations. He had to cancel a live gig in Monterey pretending to be sick when no one bought tickets.

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    1. Agree with you and 10:58 as well. Tim Montemayor repeats himself, compared to Gene Burns, John Rotheman and yes Ronn, he is a real lightweight. He does not have a lot of class, he did a show a few month back, mentioning his family do not have a dinning room table,thus his family does not sit down and have dinner together. No, I'm not an elitist, came from an almost poor family in Scandinavia, grew up post WWII, in the country, we were at times poor. However, sundays and Holidays we had a realy tablecloth on our dining room table and often candles. Also Monte thinks Top Gun is one his favorite movies, he might even had said he thought it was a great movie. I enjoyed Top Gun, have seen it number of times, love Tom Cruise in it, love the music, a very entertaining movie. But, a great movie, not by a long shot, think, The Godfather, Casablanca, Fargo, Patton, I could go on, or how about From here to eternity. These movies live on and on.

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  19. Former West Coast SallyNovember 13, 2012 at 2:16 PM

    Any word yet how Ronn is doing following his surgery today? The docs found an abscess on his spine.

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  20. Monty's son should be embarrassed that his own father doesnt trust him at 18 years of age. He repeats the same stories over and over and over. He talks more than he gets calls. Christine Craft and Karel are so much better and change it up every day. I have never emailed a radio station before, but if I hear Monty talking, I click off. I emailed KGO this!

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    1. He takes calls? I listened for over a half hour of his show, I think it was Sunday and kept waiting for some calls to save the show. Instead he rambled and kept repeating himself. Changed station.

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  21. Hoping only the best for Ronn and looking forward to his return.
    Monte is not an interesting person although he thinks he is. His dramatic presentation, his pregnant pauses indicating that what he is about to say is deep and thought provoking always falls flat and is usually a repeat of what he has been saying repeatedly. He doesn't know how to draw out a caller in a way that develops a conversation. Some callers are actually interesting in their points, but all Monte does is let them make their statement and then he hangs up on them and repeats his own boring point of view once more. There is just no depth there.
    One day his producer came on and she actually was much more interesting than he. She should be the talk show host.

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    1. I get tired of writing this, but I very much agree Monte is not interesting, does not know how to draw the caller out, or even make his point known in a clear, concise, intersting way. Think Gene Burns, John Rothman.
      As for his 18 old son it is pathetic how over protictive he is. I'm the mother of a daughter, and understand how tempting it is to try to protect your child, but it is not realistic, no matter how protective you are, you cannot shield your children from the real world.

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  22. WHAT IS WRONG WITH MONTY.....TODAY..... NOV 14.......HE GOES ON AIR AND READS RONN'S WIFE MESSAGE ABOUT RONN ON FACEBOOK...WHO SAYS HE'S DOING WELL AND EXPECTS TO BE HOME BY THE WEEKEND.....AND THEN....AND THEN....MONTY ADDS HIS OWN DOOM AND GLOOM AND ALLUDS TO THE FACT THAT THO SHE SAYS RONN IS DOING WELL......HE'S NOT REALLY !!!!! ALL THRU THE SHOW THIS MORNING HE KEPT CREEPING IN THESE LITTLE SNIPPETS ABOUT RONN ...HOPES HE'S WELL....BUT THEN...
    I THINK HE'S AFTER RONN'S JOB .....NEVER !!!!!!......AND IT'S HIS WISHFUL THINKING THAT MAYBE RONN WON'T MAKE IT BACK !!!!!
    I DON'T LIKE THIS GUY !!!!!!! AND HIS 18 YEAR OLD SON SOUNDS LIKE A DADDY'S BOY....CAN'T GO OUT AFTER DARK ?????? HELLO ??????

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    1. Dear 12:30,
      Kindly settle down and stop with the all caps. It's really ANNOYING!
      Also, I agree more or less with your points, except please keep the 18 year old out of this. There is nothing wrong with being close with your dad and I personally like that Monte talks about his son and he is trying to be a good dad. However, I don't like listening to him in general.

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    2. I LIKE TO TYPE IN CAPS...IT'S EASIER TO READ.....I'M SOOOOO SICK OF GEN X WHO SEEMS TO THINK THAT TYPING IN CAPS IS SHOUTING !!!!!!! I'M NOT SORRY IT BOTHERS YOU...IT'S JUST MY WAY...I'M NOT OVERLY EXCITED...OR MY WORDS WOULD EXPRESS THAT...NOT MY CAPS...YOU GETTING ANNOYED IS YOUR PROBLEM NOT MINE !!!!
      ANYWAY THIS ABOUT MONTY...NOT YOUR ANNOYANCE AT MY CAPS......
      MY REAL CONCERN IS RONN......I HOPE HE'S WELL AND BACK SOON...MONTY IS ANNOYING.....SO IS PAT THURSTON......IF RONN HAS O HAVE BACK UP...RON COPELAND OR CHRISTINE CRAFT ARE BETTER CHOICES.......

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  23. 8:21...first of all I am not from the Gen X generation. I simply am a person, perhaps of your age, who likes to read without strain and your caps are a pain in the ass to read. I'm so happy for you that you like to read your own posts and that you type in caps so that you can read them, however, I think the point of posting is so that others can read what you have to say. Here I go thinking again!

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    1. SO.....I AM A PERSON WHO ALSO LIKES TO READ....AND WRITE WITHOUT STRAIN.....SO...I TYPE IN CAPS.....I READ MY OWN POSTS TO EDIT THEM....AND...IT'S EASIER TO EDIT THEM IN CAPS!
      ARE WE GETTING THERE ?????? I AM A SELFISH PERSON AND AM NOT THINKING ABOUT OTHER PEOPLE ON THIS SUBJECT.....JUST LITTLE OL' ME...GOT IT ??????
      I DO NOT TEXT.....THAT IS DANGEROUS...SO SEE. I AM THINKING OF OTHERS SOMETIMES !!!!
      NOT COMPLETELY SELFISH...WOULDN'T YOU AGREE ?????
      I HONESTLY REALLY DON'T LIKE MOBILES ....I DON'T LIKE BEING "CONNECTED" 24/7.....BUT I DO LISTEN TO RONN FAITHFULLY...AND KAREL....AND BRIAN COPELAND WHEN I REMEMBER TO...
      AND...MY POINT WAS...ORIGINALLY..TO WISH RONN A SPEEDY RECOVERY.... SO I DON'T HAVE TO PUT UP WITH MONTY...!!!!!...
      I HOPE RONN DOESN'T MIND MY "SHOUTING" TO WISH HIM WELL...!!!
      THE END...FINI...AND HAPPY THANKSGIVING...!!!!!

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  24. Hey Guys...settle down and settle your petty, juvenile little disagreements in another fashion, would you please? We don't need this nonsense!

    If you don't like the radio station, or have a problem with a particular host, then turn it off and switch the dial. KGO is going to do what's its going to do and you and I and anyone else unfortunately has no say.


    It's quite clear that Cumulus isn't that concerned with ratings, otherwise they wouldn't have fired all of the KGO veteran talk show hosts last winter and changed the format.

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    1. I AGREE..IT'S ALL PETTY STUFF.....SO I CONTINUE TO "SHOUT" AND GET ON WITH LIFE.....IF SOMEONE DOESN'T LIKE MY FORMAT...THEY DON'T HAVE TO READ IT !!!!!

      I HOPE RONN GETS HOME THIS WEEKEND.....FEELS BETTER ...HEALS FAST AND IS BACK ON THE AIR SOON.....AS HE IS "THE VOICE OF REASON" IN THIS CRAZY WORLD WE LIVE IN.....LISTENING TO HIM WEEKDAY MORNINGS...IS A GOOD START TO THE DAY !!!

      COME BACK SOON RONN !!!!!!

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  25. I MUST concur with the other two posters regarding Gil Gross's vocal affectations... VERY VERY ANNOYING.

    I HAVE TO TURN THE DIAL AFTER A FEW MINUTES.

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