We all know about KGO. It's as dead as a doorbell as its "all-news" format is about as relevant here as a red mountain on Mars. A slight uptick in the monthly Arbitrons has not translated into broadcast wonderment. They have a twilight morning host from 9-Noon who sounds tired and hungry and their news dept. is beige wallpaper with plastic on grandma's couch. The house has been redecorated and looks like an innocuous duplex in Concord.
Furthermore, it is borrowing content in the form of actualities from sister station, KNBR. That's mostly consisting of 49ers, Giants and Warriors sound bites and lots of Ted Robinson chatter. Thank God they have Robinson to supplant a lightweight sports dept.
*KNBR is Cumulus' cash cow with most of its gold courtesy the 49ers, Giants and Warriors. Needless to say, everything else on Knibber, minus the Radnich and Tolbert Shows, is mostly salt and pepper on the salad. Without the Giants or 49ers, the station would be mush. And as it generates more revenue for its Atlanta brethren, it is risking the wrath of its talk show listeners with a heavy duty overload of commercials that has plastered the hours.
*KSFO was long ago left in the AM wilderness. It has taken on a conservative "hot-talk" label for years now with a forum for the right-wing crowd in Walnut Creek and Pleasanton. Michael Savage has hampered up the PPM meter in the evening. I like Brian Sussman personally but the "KSFO Morning Show" needs a whole lot of editing and chopping; (the gravel-voiced rock and roll chick is completely out of place--maybe there's an opening at The Bone). Sussman needs to try to calm down and sound less angry. The Groundhog Day I hate Obama template could also be altered--even the conservative crowd gets tired of the endless POTUS-bashing, (see Sean Hannity.)
*Several broadcast sources tell me KRON's Justine Waldman is being courted by CNN. Waldman, who came out of Boston TV before coming here, is an underrated local TV News reporter with smartness, solid work, a bevy of good contacts and a great, super-sexy face and body to boot.
*I was alerted by a local wag a week ago that KGO's "The Monty" was scouting Utah real estate. I didn't report the tip because I didn't think old Mont was worthy of his limited mark on SF radio. And Utah was on the horizon because, simply stated, Monty would have been pink-slipped anyway and he knew it. Yeah, that SF to Utah route is a winner.
*There's a fair amount of 'yous all "commenting" on this site from the TV and Radio dept. I'm flattered --to a degree. It's fine you acknowledge everyone in the biz reads this sheet daily. But keep in mind when you get dirty and dingy, the IP address can be traced. Let's have pretzels and a ketel-one to celebrate.
*Bill King is a Hall-of-Fame BROADCASTER, PERIOD, no matter what sport. Jon Miller, Lon Simmons, Hank Greenwald, Don Klein and yes, even Duane Kuiper would agree with my proclamation, so there! It's official.
*In between the hassle of broadcasting their Giants assignment, I'm delighted that Kruk and Kuip, Miller and Flemm are enjoying NY and if they'd kindly pay my tab at PJ Clarke's I'd be even more appreciative.
*If the woman is fat and ugly she's not a Gamer babe, right?
*Bar stops in the Big Apple are a lot more giddy when the team is in contention and not hovering around third place said my buddy, Triple McDoozle.
*About as close to Bill King as there is: Ken Korach. He knows how to give you the game without a whole lot of largess and isn't afraid to rock the A's boat when it's necessary. And yes, for the 9999th time, he GIVES the SCORE, on average, every 2-3 minutes while the OUT-of-HERE! guy and Meat man are busy checking out gamer babes and ownage.
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