Monday, June 17, 2013

CSNBA's Papa and Reiss; Northern Cal Emmys; KTVU; KPIX; Kawakami/Purdy Wolff Lovefest; Monday Media Blotter


MONDAY MEDIA BLOTTER ....

If you notice a bit of tension between Comcast SportsNet's Greg Papa and Scott Reiss, you're quite shrewd. It's not that noticeable but both are not exactly chummy these days and it's not merely money matters, although the financial chasm is quite extraordinary, (guess who makes about $150G more), and the fact that Papa is the primary pre and post-game host for the Giants is also quite annoying to Reiss, who Papa replaced.

There's a bit of irony here: Reiss is doing the A's pre and post shows, (along with the vastly-improved, if still occasionally bland, Bip Roberts); while the Giants are numero uno, ratings wise the king of the hill, the A's are in first place and actually playing better than the Larry Baer machine.

**They had the Northern California Emmys the other night at the Hilton. I had an invitation to go but I was already tied up in my previous engagement to see a cryonics documentary on the local access channel.

**That new morning guy on KTVU seems to have a lot of face time over the suddenly enhanced-vacation status of one Dave Clark.

**Tim Kawakami, the SJ Merc blogger/writer and fellow scribbler, Mark Purdy: unabashed Lew Wolff aide and abettors for Wolff's kissy-kisses with San Jose. Two things, well three: 1. At least Purdy has the guile to debate the topic and go at it; Kawakami, on the other hand, is a coward and hides. 3. This is not media-related but the A's and their plumbing problem will be in Oakland for at least 5-6 more years no matter what happens; San Jose is a pipe-dream at best and that's thanks to the Giants and Mr. Baer who still have a house to pay for and is not about ready to relinquish their territorial rights to the A's...Want a basic clue? If San Jose and the A's were even close to  deal they'd have had it now. There is NO deal and that's why MLB, Bud Selig, and Wolff are stuck in neutral. It's Oakland or bust.

**My KPIX item generated a lot of discussion about the safety of the bridge, (which if you re-read the post), had the least to do with the item...as for Caltrans and PIX' cushy promotional tour, I'll leave for you all to decide.

**Quite a scene over at Cumulus' key station where some intern/producer  ran up quite a lunch tab for a quick bite at Grumpy's. I'm not kidding. Anything over $30 gets looked at. Here's hoping some manager bring in extra tuna sandwiches for the assorted crumbs running around the 11th floor.

**KTVU would like to thank the corner of 6th and Market for trusting them.


**Christina Loren: You're  good but your not that good.

**Wayne Freedman: There comes a time when you get sort of stuffy. Maybe the 7800 Emmys need to be fumigated.

**Farce: Tom Sinkovitz can't get a gig in local TV because some of the consultants thinks he's old. Another reason to kick the shit out of all consultants.

**I'm repeating myself, again, but KCBS' shameful repeat after repeat after repeat after repeat story during the weekends, (most notably), and less often, (but still way too much), during weekdays has begun to taint the brand. And I've been, (and continue to be), pretty much supportive of the KCBS operation so don't beat me up, Doug Harvill.


**The local, popular female anchor reporter who likes to mix and match with the boys at Kokkari might be inclined to know that her recent tip on a $150 tab wasn't entirely appreciated by the bartenders. Maybe next time at least 10% would be doable.

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34 comments:

  1. The local broadcasting Emmys are a joke. It's more of a popularity contest than anything else. How can anyone subjectively give an award for this? Is it based on how much ass you kiss? Is it based on how many times you shrill for your team? Is it based on how many likes you have on FB? That's why Lieberman didn't go. I don't blame him. A local Emmy is nice to have on the mantle at home, but that's it.

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    1. I was wondering why the Monterey Peninsula husband and wife anchor team of Marc Cota-Robles and Jasmine Viel were going crazy over winning an Emmy this weekend. Their whole operation is a joke as is this so-called award.

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  2. former journalistJune 17, 2013 at 2:53 PM

    Rich, several people have said that you changed the wording of the KPIX item AFTER you published it initially. The claim is that you made a material change in response to an initial inaccuracy. If so, shouldn't you acknowledge the initial inaccuracy?

    If that is correct could you please explain.

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  3. Rich,

    Do I sense you have a new taste in "hot blondes'? Miss Lorens stock may be falling to Ms. Gulen at ABC7.

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  4. 'Miss Utah' would be an improvement over Dave Clark as a presenter of the KTVU morning news!!!

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    1. KTVU should never have let Mark Curtis go. Huge mistake.

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    2. johnny bom bonneyJune 17, 2013 at 11:00 PM

      Miss Utah would also be an improvement over Brian Flores

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    3. Agreed... Watching Dave Clark is like watching a well dressed robot. Or a wax statue of Willie Brown delivering the news.

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  5. DC is MIA? Crap!

    I may have to live up to my promise and buy Rich a coffee maker if the disappearance sticks.

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  6. What ever happened to Ken Bastidas Mustache anyway?

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    1. It'll be used to reinforce the Willie Brown Bridge

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  7. Totally agree with you Rich. It's Oakland or bust for the A's. San Jose is out of the picture, thanks to the Giants stubbornness. Carpetbagger Lew Wolff should sell the team to locals who will make a go at it in Oakland. He's always saying he'll never sell but John Fisher is majority owner and he may want to cash out while the value of the A's is still very high. Walter Haas is rolling in his grave on what this horrible ownership has done to his team.

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  8. Amy G won an Emmy. That's all you need to know about that.

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    1. There should be a picture of Amy G in the dictionary, next to the word smarmy!

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  9. I know your main focus is on broadcast but any thoughts of Tim Redmond's ouster at the Guardian?

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  10. San Jose and the A's HAVE a deal, they just cannot follow through without permission of MLB. If Oakland were a valid option, the "Blue Ribbon panel" would have said so long ago. Wolff is doing what is best for the long-term interest of the franchise. He's got a winner on the field and fans are coming to watch the team.
    Why do we have territorial rights here when there are none in LA, NY or Chicago? We didn't even have them here until Haas gave them to the Giants to assist THEM in moving to the South Bay. Maybe we should blame Haas for the current mess...just sayin'.

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  11. I'm a San Jose native and resident. I don't recall anyone paying me for the rights to "me". Why doesn't MLB leave it up to San Jose to decide if they want the Giants to have "exclusive" rights to the city or not? I agree with 6/17 10:32. LA, NY, and Chicago all have 2 teams with no territorial rights assigned to them. No reason we should have exclusivity here, either. Further, MLB as an entity moved the Montreal Expos into DC, which was the Orioles territory. This was after 2 previous DC teams failed and moved, and denying some very viable alternative cities that the Expos could have moved to.

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  12. Rich, why is it you think Tom Sinkovitz is so great? He is not a ratings draw, nobody is. Look at what happened at KNTV. They had Tom. How did that fair? I did not see any big increase in KNTV's numbers, did you? Same holds true for your other buddy, John Kessler. If he is so popular do you see KGO radio's numbers spike when his is the host/anchor? I don't think so. Neither of these fine gentleman are media draws or reasons to watch. Just your standard, average, competent news person.

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  13. Here is my take on the A's/SJ move/don't move. If I were to buy a franchise (McDonalds, ACE Hardware, Subway etc) at a reduced rate from the franchising company because the former owners wanted out. I would have known within that deal I couldn't move the franchise into someone else's franchise territory (even if I felt they shouldn't have it). Fischer and Wolf bought the A's at a reduced rate because there was a new stadium needed, within that deal they knew the Giants had the rights to SJ. If they had wanted SJ that would be a deal they'd have to work out with the current rights holders to the South Bay.

    If they stopped their whining, focused on getting a new stadium and stopped telling us how horrible their current location is the fans would be there. How many of us remember all the years A's outdrew the Giants? Sadly "Mt. Davis" did kill the old feel there.

    Also....I love the upgrade of Scott Reiss and Bip on the Pre/Post game shows. Big upgrade over previous years shows.

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    1. I agree that Mt. Davis ruined much of the appeal. But what still amazes me is how quickly the Coliseum went from being so "wonderful" (for baseball in the '80s-early '90s), to being the biggest dump in the country! I didn't think that it was as great as people were claiming (during the golden age of the Haas ownership), nor is it quite as atrocious as it has "become" since the latest wave of "new" stadiums.

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  14. They all just read from teleprompters. If anyone is better than the other, it's just in his or her ability to read and come across as a friendly "I wouldn't mind letting this guy or girl in my home". The funny thing to me is how they seem to stock newscasts with young women. I would be willing to bet that the majority of the audience being adults older than 30 would like to see an attractive, older MILF/Cougar type as well as a handsome attractive older male type than these 23 year old half this ethnicity half that ethnicity that is rammed down our throats here in the Bay Area the last 10 years.

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  15. I had to laugh at what you wrote about Kawakami. I emailed him over an article he wrote about 5 years ago and never got a response. I made a joke in regards to something he wrote...very good nature...and nothing. Funny thing is I've written other Bay Area media types and always gotten a response. Tim.....nothing....

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  16. KLIV is reporting that San Jose is today filing an antitrust suit against Major League Baseball, AND they have a major anti-trust law firm representing the city pro bono (the city is not being charged anything). Maybe not such a pipe dream after all? After Oakland's broken pipe nightmare, the SJ pipe dream is looking better and better!

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  17. Before you get too giddy, MLB has anti-trust exemption --BIG TIME. Let's just wait and see. And court rooms take time --years in fact. Don't uncork the champagne yet.

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    1. A challenge (long overdue) to baseballs anti-trust exemption is likely to be the basis of the suit. And baseball will have a tough time defending this nonsensical exemption. You are right that courts take time, but then so do MLB "Blue Ribbon Committees!"
      The champagne is not uncorked, but it is on ice.

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    2. This issue will take YEARS, decades really, to be debated and only Congress could directly alter the anti-trust exemption. Which means advantage Oakland.

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  18. Re: the A's to San Jose - as a business manager that does business in San Jose - Mayor Reed has a bigger homeless problem on his hands than San Francisco does. If I were the As, I would stay in Oakland. Mayor Reed is the worst - media is afraid of calling him out.

    We just had to remove homeless people from our private property. It cost over 10,000.00. Had to hire off duty SJPD personnel at $375/day - I would love to see any media ask Chuck about the extortion.

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  19. It's been said before, but I'll say it again: the all-news radio format, such as KCBS', is NOT DESIGNED FOR LONG-TERM LISTENING. There's a ton of research which shows that most people tune in to an all-news station for short periods of time to hear the top headlines, traffic, and weather info, and then move on to something else. Management knows it.

    It's a utility, and most view it as such.

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  20. AloneAgain....Naturally,,I am , how you say,,off toe-peek. Oh Well. Look, my 'pen pals' look at that photo Rich has posted for us. A photo of The San Francisco Bay Area with it's Victorian Houses, and a backdrop of shores. That's a beautiful picture. As a former painter, I have to take note of the way nature can use a dark bright purple (!) to serve as both shadow and highlight. Look at the homes. I will probably never afford such a home in this lifetime, but see the big generous windows that allow the homes to drink in the morning sun. Do these homes then heat up like Adobe structures? It's good to know not every 'Friscan has become too nervous to keep their SunSpots (windows) open and brazenly de-curtained! I swear, I would pay money for a large durable poster of THAT SCENE. You don't see stuff like this in OHIO or Michigan. Back there our monuments include the local Dairy Queen's and the obligatory White Castle burger joints. Sigh!

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  21. Regarding Tom Sinkovitz, I agree with Rich.

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  22. Elizabeth Cook and Ken Bastida...dumb and dumber.

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  23. When I heard that 'Amy G.' actually was awarded an Emmy, I had to laugh in derision. It's bad enough that Comcast constantly has her interrupting the Giants' broadcasts with her breathless fluff that has little to do with the game, but her banal, vapid post game interviews: "Take us through that at bat Angel!" provide more incentive to turn off the TV sound.

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  24. I was wondering the other day why guys like Scott Reiss and Jim Kozimor are doing weekend radio talk shows after working a full week on Comcast. Then I realized it's because Comcast is so cheap, they're paying them lousy wages (compared to the guys who work on TV sports at KPIX and KTVU and KGO), so they probably feel they have to do it to pay their bills. The unfortunate thing however, is that TV guys are not necessarily going to be good radio hosts as we've seen all too frequently in the bay area.

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