Despite the house cheerleader who shills for the cloud people in Atlanta, things are not too cheery at KGO Radio's offices and abode at the 55 Hawthorne cluster. Nobody has a clue what direction el (Sklenar,) the new guy, is about to configure. Not a clue even.
A news staffer, (who asked that their name not be used because they need the money), says it's more dire straits than ever.
"We come in, (if we have to), and then we get the hell out of here asap.--There's absolutely no direction and nobody minding the store. Just simply awful." Gees, how stunningly wonderful. Yet again, dare I say that I'm not surprised. Same old story. And I've heard worse really. Lately, there's talk of a radical makeover, whatever that is.
Fact is, KGO has become so off the radar, so out of touch, so out of market. Is there a there there? Hell no. And the fact that the new guy is supposed to come in off his white horse and construct major change is not credible especially when it's been pointed out that he's never run a news/sports or talk station. That's always a great idea: make a "firm" hire and dole out the hard chores with a guy who has no meat experience in a market he knows NOTHING about but his Starbucks cards have been amped up. Maybe he should have an extra meeting. Meetings, once again, I'm told he's good at. Hey everyone, we're gonna kick KCBS' ass! Right, time to have my Sweetjack coffee.
**At KTVU, the mood is not that much better mainly because the story counts get higher and higher because the consultants insist so. There's a sense of artificiality there too. Notice all the new reporters you've never heard of? And here's a beauty: After reporters do their requisite live shot, orders have been barked aloud once again: NO PAUSE!--get your voice back to studio in nano-second otherwise you'll be hoisted over to the Emeryville Dennys.
**OK, I'll say it: The Bay Area local TV news scene is bland, bland, bland. Outside of a few fresh faces and anchors/reporters that are better than average, the bunch of 'yous look tired, blasé, and, frankly, out of touch, out of this league. And another thing? Get your location right! Pronounce the damn street right! It's not DOYLE AVENUE!--it's DOYLE DRIVE!, moron. Go to a dive and have a beer and talk to some of the locals. Talk is good. Think of it as an education. You're damn lucky to have escaped market#62 and land in #6--have a little appreciation here before someone from upstairs tells you to hit the road for your next stop in Toledo doing the nooner. Jesus Christ!
**Traffic, spots, traffic, minute news, traffic, spots, more spots, sports, traffic, 10 minutes of spots, nameless traffic uttered by some shadow traffic, blah, blah, blah....otherwise known as Bay Area radio in the morning.
**Pandora move: it's about time.
**The morning yutz at Knibbber took the day off so his betting fool and the yenta could talk to each other: immediately switch to mattress man, "live from the Conklin Brothers studio.", OMG, gag me and hit me.
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