**The America's Cup trials begin on the 4th of July and about five people are excited. NBC, I'm sure, had grand visions of chamber-of-commerce video images of the Golden Gate Bridge and Coit Tower with a tablespoon full of sailboats from around the world on the bay.
Now they'll get a bunch of millionaires yukking it up at Pier 23 and Larry Ellison sipping Dom with his 16 girlfriends. Polo Shirt alert!
**BART may or may not strike Monday at midnight. Good. At least it'll allow the local TV minions to offer alternatives to the relentless 5000 post-mortems from the Pride parade.
**Add BART labor question: given the fact that many people are talking off days this week with the holiday on Thursday, why would BART workers strike this week? Was a week later off the memo pad? The password is leverage.
**One of these days I'm going to announce to the world that a very, very big radio frequency that has legendary call letters will be scooped up by a Santa Cruz broadcast/business impresario who thinks I'm the next Howard Stern and I do approve of this message. (The plot does indeed thicken--wink, wink).
**It's not that the paranoia at KPIX is that unusual; that's a common deal at most big-market TV stations. It's that the star talent that the big cheeses think are stars are not their part of the team. That type of management doesn't lead to harmony in the building nor in the ratings. Take care of the people who bring in viewers and don't kowtow to your drinking buddies at the Old Ship.
**Speaking of which, KTVU, the station of the year, courtesy of some industry fishwrap, has gigantic morale issues, notably its sports dept. where too much gossip and hard feelings over who makes the most money.
**KRON Weather chick alert: Jacqueline Bennett, you're not Christina Loren nor even close to Evelyn Taft. You scowl a lot and look like a Fresno Walmart cosmetics clerk. Get a dose of humility and drink a pint of Guinness. It couldn't hurt.
**Speaking of KRON, I've come to the conclusion that just as a mini-tranquility had permeated the 1001 Van Ness building, a new round of shoutfests erupted among the news managers and news reporters and newsroom staff. They just can't stand peace and quiet.
**I don't have an obsession of Gary Radnich; it's just when he mentions me either directly, (rare), or indirectly, (more common), I will not sit idly by and let him get away with it. The prima donna that preaches not to mess with family has messed with me. The operative word is: hypocrite.
**Even if she won't admit it, I will: Carolyn Tyler should have a more prominent role at KGO-TV. She's an underrated news anchor and a damn good reporter. The fact that she doesn't look like Soledad O'Brien is why she's constantly being portrayed by a few insiders as "not a weeknight presence" is total bullshit. I said that, quote me.
**The fact that Michael Savage is worth $200 million, give or take a few million, has some Bay Area broadcast people and listeners, up in arms. Hey, it's only money.
**If KRON hired back Tom Sinkovitz, they'd immediately move the needle and have instantaneous buzz. Not only would he'd love to come back, he'd galvanize the place and bring in some much-needed energy to a place that could use it.
**Add KRON: NBC should have just bit its tongue and buy KRON from Young. It made too much sense on a lot of fronts thereby making it impossible to happen.
**Jessica Aquirre: I like you, Jess, just what's up with all the facial contortions? You're starting to scare the shit out of me.
**Brian Hackney used to be a quality news reader, a professional and a damn good weather and science anchor/reporter, and still is. But, yo Brian, you take yourself way too seriously. If you keep it up you're gonna make Allen Martin seem like Milt Kahn.
**The new Jannelle Wang: still hot, much better ad-libber and downright capable anchor holding her own with Raj Mathai.
**I love it: The local station PR people that can't stand me but continue to send me propaganda via my e-mail box. I'm just damn thrilled.
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