Wake up about 6, pick up the print edition of the NY Times. I like the feeling of an actual newspaper in my hands. There's nothing like breakfast, coffee, and the Times. Eternal tranquility.
Glance at the Chronicle. Go on-line. Scan SFGate and the Merc. Go to Lowell Cohn and the Santa Rosa Press Democrat. Cohn blogs, easily the best read in the Bay Area if you enjoy sports. I like Scott Ostler too but Lowell is numero uno.
Turn on the radio at home. Check in on KCBS and try to catch Mark Sandalow and his Washington rap with Stan Bunger and Susan Leigh Taylor. Sandalow is good because he sounds genuine and knows a lot of information concerning politics. It's not animated and contrived. It's resolute, firm, and a damn good 3-4 minutes, (frankly, I wish it could stretch to 5, but traffic and weather rules). Then it's Bitker's updates at :15 and :45 after the hour. I needle Steve every now and then but he's easily the best sports radio anchor in the market. There's no argument there. Rich Walcoff is good too; about the only reason to listen to KGO and turn the dial when the gigglers start barking.
I'll just switch, briefly, to Ronn, and if there's a pulse, I might stay for awhile. If there's a political guest on the phone, I'll hang for the quick phono--after that, I'm gone.
In the car, it's over to KCSM, the jazz and big band music give me nirvana.
**Hey KNBR producer: you may think it's funny and clever to play the traffic sounder over and over while the 9-Noon schmucks and yenta talk but it sounds like shit, even by Knibber standards. Maybe if you were in Clovis, it could be funny, but this is SF, a city that once used to have great radio. Your on-air production virtues are about as sanguine as Radu's armpits.