Ronn Owens did a tribute hour for Gene Burns from 9-10 AM.
During the course of the hour:
*Owens cut off at least two callers who wanted to talk about Burns remaining days at KGO before his dismissal by Cumulus. One woman in particular talked about hearing Burns on his "Dining Around" show and how one day, "I didn't hear his voice." She was cut immediately.
*During the mattress ad he reads on his show, Owens tried to mimic Burns voice in the spot. It was meant to be funny. I'll try and contain myself because it was not funny and if you only knew.
*Several e-mails have come my way indicating a few of you also tried to call in and ask about Burns last days at KGO and were rebuffed. I'm not surprised.
-----------Before Burn's passing on Saturday and Tuesday, Owens has said virtually nothing about the legendary host. In fact, Owens has said zilch. After his death, Owens has said more in two days than he has said since Burns was kicked out of the old KGO building on Dec. 1, 2011.
It was Burns who was unceremoniously thrown out of KGO. It was Burns that, from a person who was there at the time of the firing, who slumped from his chair and had to get helped up. Of course Burns took it hard as anyone who would upon getting fired. The circumstances immediately after his ouster have become noteworthy conversations among the local broadcast scene.
When Pat Thurston jokingly said on the Saturday night "wake" broadcast that "I hope I don't get fired", Owens was conspicuously silent. Figures, since Owens, shall I repeat myself?, has said NOTHING about the Cumulus human purge. When Karel said on that same program that "It was Gene's 'firing that killed him'", Owens again said nothing. Not. a. peep. Maybe if Sleeptrain sponsored the ad-libs, Owens might have mumbled something.
*Oh, during his show today in Burns tribute hour, Owens plugged his "R and B Joke hour" this Friday with himself and Dopey Dopeland. I can hardly wait.
Yes, I don't care much for the mattress man. It's hard to like a man who sold his soul the day after the purge. I will never forget the fake glee for "our exciting new format." I will never forget the 15 minutes of fake talk with an immediate switch to gadgets. I'm not the only one. Talk to some of the others who were dumped out of the building. One will not go on the record but had a few choice words for the mattress man.