The more I keep doing this, and I still enjoy annoying the best of 'yous with your PrimaDonna tude in full ego mode, the more I discover the fact that we've settled back under the mediocre level. The scrambled bits still left are enough to make Murph and Mac palpable which in and of itself should make all of us consider therapy--that is, unless we already have succumbed to Red Bull lungs and his Scott Piccoli dude. The end of the world is coming.
**Those of you that abhor me and think I'm just yakking on some Neanderthal radio station will love the fact than when I start lecturing you, sooner or later, on the SF airwaves, (if all goes well and I don't doubt MZ), it was all worth it.
**Here's the real deal: I'm the one--the only one can dish it out and tell you what the others won't and that's why you come here. By the way, I took a few days off--don't read anything into that other than I had a bad dream and thought I was immersed in a Kate Scott-Larry Kruegar en fuego.
**The Radu and Fred and Ethel: Raddy is suddenly very, very hyper. Maybe the constant ass-kissing is beginning to really rub on him, as if he just realized that the Cumulus ones are indeed subsidizing his brake job on the expensive used Bentley.
**KNBR without the Giants: J-LO without the ass; Beyoncé without Jay-Z; The Kardashians without the Kardashians; the Stones without Mick; Byrnesie without stolen money from the Arizona D-Backs.
**KFOG was hip about 25 years ago when there were no cell phones and Internet and live living things, no Cumulus. KFOG today is only relevant to the few remaining baby boomers who buy mattresses and cars, stuff like that, but view FM as if it were Masterpiece Theatre 2.0.
**Dennis Constantine: Yeah, a regular Marconi.
**Tom Rapponi, GM, KTVU: Have you seen the ratings in the early evenings? The truth is, forget about thanking the viewers trusting us---think more about the viewers who have left and migrated over to KRON, for god's sake.
**The very, very best play-by-play guy here in the Bay Area is Ken Korach. Jon Miller is good but he's not Jesus Christ. And Miller, for heavens sake, can you give the damn score every now and then in between the jokes and Scully impressions.
**Yes, a prime tonsil at KCBS has been noticeably missing in the PM and haven't got a clue why because no one wants to talk, but I'll know soon enough and pass it along.
**Amy Trask, the high-powered woman bigshot that just resigned from the Raiders? Not one column locally about why she left, not even a hint. Good journalism, guys.
**Henry Schulman, SF Giants beat writer, for the SF Chronicle: Suddenly hijacked by Larry Baer but what else is new.
**Speaking of the Chronicle: the more and more you hear, the hemorrhaging continues but as long as Hearst owns the paper, all is well. Unless you're an employee.
**Here's a Giants item you won't see or hear anywhere else, just some common sense shit: A multi-MILLION ATM machine that rakes in MILLIONS of dollars annually, a virtual cash cow. Yet they stand idly and quiet by as their loyal concessions workers, who haven't had a raise in three years, contemplate striking because of a long and heavy workload. $15 an hour, (on average), in the Bay Area, even for seasonal workers, is more like $7. And, oh, by the way, those loyal concessions workers were not even invited to the team's World Series parade. Is that part of the Giants way, Larry?
**PS, yeah, I know it's CenterPlate that reps management in this dispute, but it's in the Giant's house and Baer and company, if they really wanted to, could settle this damn thing in a SF second if they wanted to.
**KQED workers, just be damned glad that someone even cares about you. I don't need some of your anointed ones carping me because I dared to allow a respected voice to get his two cents in.
**If the Radu were paid by how many hoovers he's been giving lately to Freddy Kruegar, he'd need not have to have bought the used Bentley and thus, need a brake job after only 4K miles. He could have leased a new one.
**KTVU in not only getting beaten by KRON in the early evening, but by KGO, KNTV and PIX too. Tom, what is the frequency?
**If you all get the impression that I don't care, you are right. This market is a complete farce. A piece of herring in what was once the sea of caviar taken hostage by the radio mafia from Atlanta; whose market TV viewers have been hoodwinked by a bunch of asshole consultants who've hired a bunch of low-grade amateur-hour, twenty-something newbies who look and act as if they just retreated from a Fresno Walmart.
**The FM sports-only station that still can't break a 1 in the overall ratings just hired another contest winner which speaks volumes as to one of the 8 billion reasons why no one is listening. Perhaps its illustrious PD, Mr. Barrett, might want to consider the fact that even though Entercom is cheap, it's not that cheap.
**KSFO, KNBR, KGO....radio mafia. And get this, they're now cannibalizing their own content and actuality freely. Yep, 'yous all the SAME. The same old tired can of sardines invented by people and accountants that are NOT radio people, not broadcasting people, just a bunch of shitty financial people that essentially killed the Bay Area radio scene. The Dickeys Brothers En Fuego just cashed a $7M bonus check and left all of you peon workers out in the dust. How frickin' hilarious!
**Trolls, listen up: When the producers are tired of writing me and you're left handing off duties to the interns, be sure to get orange soda money from The Radu. He's always good for that.
**KGO/KNBR: In 2008, over 35 AE's and counting. Today, fewer than 20, combined. 'Nuff said.
**Damon Bruce and I update: Peace treaty.
**Morse Code: Greg Papa, Randy Hahn, Mark Curtis and Ronn Owens.
**Two $5 pizzas: Larry Beil and Paul Deanno.
**$35 lunch at Zuni: Liz Cook and Jessica Aguirre.
**$100 drinks and appetizers at Perbacco: Diane Dwyer and Ama Daetz.
**$50 shooters at Old Ship: Caroline Tyler and me.
**$350 dinner for two at Gary Danko: Caroline Johnson and Dan Ashley. (Excluding tip).
**The $8.95 turkey and stuffing at Tommy's Joynt: Radnich and Fred and Ethel.
**A 2-buck cup of coffee and stale bagel at Red's Java House: Joe Fonzi.
**SHE BLINDED ME, WITH SILENCE!: Roberta Gonzales.
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