Monday Media Nosh
*Roland De Wolk's settlement with KTVU/Cox was accelerated by corporate's desire to get the whole Asiana Name Gaffe further in the rear-view mirror. Makes sense. Only news of De Wolk's deal inadvertently brings back memories of what took place on July 12.
Many staffers at KTVU are still perplexed that Tori Campbell, the noon anchor who read the goofy and fake pilot's names, was spared any suspension or termination. "After all, said an Insider, 'Tori actually READ the names!" Incidentally, Campbell herself has tried to shy away from the whole affair--my insiders tell me she has refused to talk about her involvement even privately with close friends. Factoid: Had Campbell not re-upped her contract, (at pretty good money), only months earlier, KTVU most assuredly would have not retained her and when current deal is up in about 2 years, Campbell's tenure at the station will be over.
*DOT...DOT...DOT: How bad does CNN want KRON's Justine Waldman? Enough so that Jeff Zucker personal PR pitchman is planning a meeting with both Zucker and Waldman at a secret SF restaurant. Waldman hasn't commented publicly nor should she but this might be interesting...Weird Radio Moment: KQED's Michael Krasny was interviewing Rita Moreno at the Commonwealth Club. KNBR, as part of its brownie points deal with the FCC, broadcasts all CC's meetings on Sunday morning and sure enough Krasny's terrific interview was heard over THEE sports leader in the wee hours Sunday...When sports reporters and sports media delve into the news arena, i.e, the sordid Aldon Smith/49ers DUI affair, it's best they left it to NEWS--sports guys, for the most part, don't know how to report news stories...Jim Harbaugh doesn't really like dealing with the media--that's a given. Only if the boys don't play for the coach and the team declines, don't expect the local scribblers to feel too bad...Monty on KGO wasn't a bad Monty personally--just not a good LOCAL mix nor an especially good talk host even on largely irrelevant KGO--moreover, his overt "Christian"-oriented drive was completely out of place in the Bay Area. Good marketing, Jared...Power couple media supreme at Original Joe's Sunday night: "Hey honey, do you really think I still look good?" I couldn't hear the rest but the family sitting right near the counter were borderline hysterical. I tried to intervene but was kidnapped by a plate full of lasagna --more important anyway...KRON's News Director, Aaron Pero, once had a shouting match with Waldman that left her coming out of the office in tears. Maybe CNN doesn't have to woo Waldman that much. Then again, I'm told she really loves the Bay Area. Stay tuned...Ward Bushee, the big suit, has retired from the Chronicle. There's more to that if you know how the newspaper biz is faring...Just STFU already, please: KNBR's blowhard Damon Bruce...CSNBA's Mindi Bach--the antithesis of sweet-Nothing, Kate Scott: hard-working, original, straight-forward and good. If Scott has ever had an original thought, talk to me. She should watch Bach and learn a little.
FINALLY...I'm mulling over a number of things. Once the dust settles, I'll shoot off a note here and give you the details. My agent, Bombastic Mushkin says things are fluid.
OK, seriously now .
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