FRIDAY MEDIA NOTES...
*Word from Atlanta is that a "very important bigwig who likes to flex muscle" is bound for SF to "observe" the Cumulus "cluster", i.e.: KGO, (most especially), KNBR, and KSFO too, which, by the way, rumors abound, is very much for sale.
*A reader gets it right: "Does there have to be a traffic report every 10 minutes even if there's absolutely NO traffic or fender bender?" Legitimate question. The short answer is yes because the consultants and station mangers would be revolted. Damn the listeners.
*Speaking of traffic, one of the most annoying phrases on the planet: "Friday-light." Yeah, which only reinforces the readers's point: if there's light or relatively no traffic, why the hell do we need a useless traffic report? I mean, god forbid, more news, perhaps?
*Paranoia central at managers-are-us, KPIX5 where reporters and anchors go to work and are weary to speak out publicly about the absurd amount of mangers vs. reporters. Too much of the former and not enough of the latter...And again, that new weather guy has the personality of a cumquat but he works cheap and that's the mantra that works best out of CBS corporate. Unless you're Les Moonves.
*Lazy and stupid wording by 21st century "reporters": the such and such thing has gone viral. Gone viral? Why not just simply say the tape has been watched by millions of people, is that too difficult?
*Check Please on KQED: This show has grown on me; initially I thought it was chock full of a bunch of clichés a la most restaurant shows but the program is solid, occasionally funny, insightful if you like to eat out, and oh yeah, the hostess, Leslie Sbrocco, is gorgeous to look at.
*The latest most annoying radio spot jingle: The "you don't wanna be a termite" that has inundated the AM radio airwaves. Kars for Kids makes this nauseous ad sound like a Pearlman virtuoso by comparison.
*KTVU prides itself as being the no-nonsense station with a brand that evolved around no chit-chat and more news, less talk. Really was the case when Dennis Richmond was holding court. Then again it wouldn't be the worst thing in the world if some of the on-air stiffs smiled every now and then and looked and sounded human.
*Memo to Tom Raponi, GM: You guys need Ken Wayne way more than Wayne needs you. Thanks for trusting me, again.
*A potential bright light out of the black hole at the KGO abyss: David Weintraub. A breath of fresh air on the weekend who initially sounded like one of the other rent-a-hosts but whose work has caught my ear and sounds enlightening.
*On the other hand, there's the "Monty" show. This guy is supposed to represent innovative programming over at Jared's place. Cow chips are innovative too.
*For some strange reason, Michael Savage devoted two days to a story about circumcision. It was not one of his better moments and the subject matter was completely out of place. I like Savage but this was not on my schedule.
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