I don't know Gil Gross real well. We've talked every now and then. He told me many times that he doesn't read blogs; not insulting, just that he doesn't like to engage in feedback, good or bad, and I believe him.
A few months ago I told him that he receives a lot of feedback here. Mostly negative, unfortunately and he sort of looked the other way. My feelings are that Gross is a good guy; probably a better news man as opposed to talk-show host, and based on the comments here, only further validates that point.
Gross' current show, (heard on NewsTalk910 AM) has brought on a lot of criticism which, for the most part, is legitimate. The constant subject changes, the occasional inane chit-chat, the mumbling and fumbling, it's often difficult to listen to Gross even when he's engrossed or doing a 10-minute phone interview, which is his best asset.
Part of the problem is not Gross' fault. He's trying to conform to a format that is AM radio, (and FM, to a degree), biggest conundrum today: the short attention span theatre that qualifies the non-IPod/smart-phone gadget folks who still listen to terrestrial radio. Only Gross isn't reading the room and either doesn't care nor is willing to tweak his program so that it doesn't become further fodder for his ample critics, of which there are many.
One major facet of Gross' repertoire absolutely has to go: the absolute god-awful inclusion of his wife on his Friday show. Rhoda Bodzin may be a wonderful wife and mother. She is not a good radio co-host. It's the plain truth. I'm guessing, again, that Gil puts her on because he really feels she adds to the show-- she doesn't. She's neither informative nor enlightening and her awkward pauses and out-of-blue takes are just plain lousy radio. Truth be told, she shouldn't be anywhere near the microphone.
Gross isn't going to lose sleep over his shortcomings or starve to death. He's been in the business for over thirty years as a news anchor, talk-host and he still does a weekly real-estate show. But he also has a little pride, (I would guess), and although his latest position at Clear Channel's SF outpost isn't going to make or break his career, I doubt he would want this latest project to be morphed into the negative tunnel it's traveling through now.
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