Wednesday, August 14, 2013
Chronicle Disses its Paywall; Repetitious KCBS Asleep at Wheel on Dorky PGA Fans; 49ers PBP Broadcaster Ted Robinson on my KSCO Show Today
News that the SF Chronicle is 86ing its paywall, (after just 4 months), only reinforces word around town that the paper is bleeding red ink and is fraught with financial trouble. We told you this first.
**I have always lauded KCBS but its overly-repetitious story count is just plain irritating, embarrassing, and ridiculous.
On Wednesday morning, (and this happens on a regular basis), the all-newsy 740 AM/106.9 FM, repeated story after story. After. story. After story. We got at least 6-8 repeats of a Bay Bridge opening --the SAME story with SAME actualities; the same repeat story about unsafe train bridges in San Mateo; a Barbara Taylor story on SF Green content, again, about 6-8 times, maybe more.
I get the fact that people are constantly getting in and out of cars and commuters are notoriously short-attention spanners, but clearly, KCBS has to nix this absurd practice. It is lazy, it is a disservice to its listeners and it essentially says out loud we're not creative. How about, say, a Dave Ross piece? Maybe a new feature. It beats the current formula.
**GET YOUR HEAD OUT OF SAND: Speaking of KCBS, a morning chat, (this morning), with John Madden and news anchor, Susan Leigh Taylor, and sports anchor, Steve Bitker, provided a case of the get your head out of the sand dept. Taylor and Bitker were bitching about the yahoos who yelled out dumb things at the PGA Players Tourney. Taylor and Bitker were incredulous that fans could scream such dumb things as "Mashed Potatoes!" and the old reliable, "Get it in the Hole!" If Bitker and Taylor would occasionally check the news themselves, they'd have already known the insults yelled out were compliments of Howard Stern's posse. The "bababooey" alliance is both delirious and annoyed.
**49ers PBP broadcaster, Ted Robinson, will be a guest on my KSCO/KOMY radio talk-show today from 3-3: 30 PM. Click the streaming audio link to listen to the show or just listen and download the podcast later in the day. (The full show airs 1-4 PM, M-F).
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