In Sunday's pinkie, Ben Fong- Torres wrote a loving press release softy on Gary Radnich, who just celebrated his 20-year anniversary at Knibber. All well and good, until the RadMan took aim at fellow talk host, Damon Bruce. Bruce had a brief gig with Radnich that didn't pan out. (And it didn't, no debate here.)
When management decided to pair him with a partner, he agreed to try out the young and feisty Damon Bruce for a month. Within two weeks, it was obvious that it wouldn't work. "It was just awful," Radnich said. "He just wanted to get ahead so bad that ... he didn't get it." Bruce returned to KNBR's sister station at 1050 AM, where he's on from noon to 3 p.m.
Classy man, that Radnich.
I've had my issues with Bruce. He's a passionate performer, maybe too passionate at times, but he knows his stuff and his pluses far out-weigh his minuses. I mostly like him. And yes, god forbid, he's ambitious, Katie bar the door!
Like baseball and sex, there's some unwritten rules in broadcasting. One is to never make your talent look bad. And never, never rip one of your own colleagues, neither on the air, and most especially in print, or even electronically. It's called professional courtesy. Heard of that?
The old man Raddy crossed the line.
We don't discount two decades worth of work on a local radio station. 20 years is 20 years, although the Raddy act has taken a noticeable detour the past few years. We're not going to dwell on that because that's not the issue here.
What is the issue here, (and which BFT, a Tony Salvadore disciple, and ex-Knibber GM who was a Raddy ally, failed to write), is the other Gary. The other Gary that if he perceives you as a threat, will try to make mincemeat of you. The other Gary that literally made a former KRON sports anchor cry on his way out the door. We never saw this in the BFT piece. I'm just shocked.
I look forward to listening to Bruce on Monday.
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