Wednesday, August 21, 2013
Skeptical of TV Stations That Have New Bay Bridge Affiliations Is Me; Futher Explanation; The Audience That The Old KGO Lost; Trying Hard To Listen To 95.7 'The Game'; Wednesday Buttons
**I'm not a fan of TV stations that hype the opening of bridge shows on the night of the Super Bowl; that do multiple "specials" with smidgens of Caltrans input; that try to mask their official or unofficial affiliation with the people, the pols, the guys in suits, who were hellbent on a Labor Day opening in spite of a lot of engineers who have no axe to grind saying that the new bridge is unsafe.
Furthermore when it's revealed there's a $20 million bonus to the main contractor if the bridge opens on time, I'm skeptical. I'm skeptical when there's a lot of money involved here, billions literally. And when the pols are involved and do a lot of shouting, I get more anxious and especially those TV and radio station that seem to be in bed with them, call me crazy. I'd like more exploration and investigation. I'd like the unsexy stuff like detailed interviews with the people in the know who claim opening this bridge is tantamount to urban terror. To the folks who are OK with all this and cry out, repeatedly, "well it's safer than the old one,", (as if that's a rational explanation), I come back and remember someone saying that's like buying a new house where the foundation is safe but the roof is leaking.
PS: You're goddamn right there's a conflict of Interest! Hello!
**The old KGO Radio lost an audience that does this: they buy lots and lots of cars; they buy refrigerators; they buy homes; they buy groceries and go out to dinner and buy lots of cheesecake and expensive coffee and beverages; they go to the movies and concerts; they fly on airplanes; they buy mattresses and furniture too; they even have a Facebook page; they go to work and after office hours, some go to saunas and spend the night in hotels. You know, something tells me there's a market for a new radio talk station for people like that, don't you kind of think?, I do.
**TV anchors/reporters in the SF market here are decent people. Most of them. They do not object to the occasional barbs here thrown their way. They get it that in a media blog that tries to be opinionated and offers candid reviews--good and bad, that the primary objective is to drive traction. They understand, too, that inevitably, criticism will come their way but that they will not take it personally. Only in this case, in a business which is certifiably personal, not rattling the cage is a difficult task. Almost humanly impossible.
**Speaking of KGO Radio, another rumor has been floating that Cumulus might change the format to country. Not likely. More likely is they either flip one of their FM outlets, (107.7 The Bone), to either country music or KFOG to news, (think KGO-FM) to compliment KGO-AM, a la KCBS' 106.9 FM outlet. Only KCBS is still kicking KGO's ass and in spite of almost comical and incompetent management, KFOG's call letters and its format is too branded for even Cumulus to fuck it up.
**The problem with "The Game", (95.7 FM), among other things, is that when a majority of your air crew has very little respect with the PD, then it's difficult to listen and take seriously. I tried to listen to the afternoon show recently but found the gimmick bits, (that's what they are--bits), simply not funny and uninteresting. Forced, contrived, and dumb-down sports chatter with the pedantic "takes" from some 20-something female sexy voice does not move the sports radio needle. Try to be genuine. Have a decent, coherent conversation for a change. You might be surprised with the results.
**Behind the scenes but infinitely the 800-pound gorilla in the mix: KRON's non-toxic asset--its building at 1001 Van Ness in the heart of the city where the real estate is gold and the price for land and location is sky-rocketing. Depending on who you ask, KRON either is holding on to its prized asset or asking a hellacious amount of money for the place.
**Program Note: Jim Eason, the wildly popular ex-KGO Radio/KSFO talk host who didn't mind telling it like it is, will be my guest on my KSCO radio show a week from today, (2-3 PM). Eason is retired and living a good life. This will be his first official interview.
He asked me that those listeners that loved him, despised him; whatever, may email him to ask their own questions--here it is: firstname.lastname@example.org .
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