A few local media powwows met for lunch at Kokkari on Friday updating their resume. They were not on-air people. They were managers at a TV station. They are, from this angle, still in the clear but I guess they want to be prepared just in case. In the TV News biz, that's a necessary constant.
*Mark Masters, the head of Talk Radio Network, which is essentially on life support, can spin all he wants about a company "restructuring." The Oregon-based talk syndicate is dead in the water. It hasn't paid a number of its employees and two key local broadcasters, (they didn't want to be identified), are moving on.
*The good old network: Ronn Owens and Lieutenant Guv Gavin Newsom had a kibbitz session on KGO Monday Morning. If it weren't the radio, you'd have thunk you were a fly on the wall at the Balboa. This can work well. Well, that is if the host were to ask a few hard questions every now and then as opposed to the hour-long giggle fest. Had Willie Brown been there it would have become a full-blown broadcast orgasm.
*Bridge over Troubled Waters meets designated nameeee: Willie Brown. Great idea. So ridiculous even the Chronicle editorialized against it. (The Chron's way of saying there is no conflict of interest.) Sure.
*The main honcho at KQED Radio was none too pleased about the August ratings which is strange since the Arbitrons are not the guide advertisers use as their ad buy reference. Think of it as the little big boy who wants to play ball but didn't hit a home run in his last at-bat.
*Sometime soon, Michael Savage will take over for Sean Hannity here, on KSFO, (and nationally), from Noon-3PM. Hannity officially left Cumulus Media last week.
*There's in-house fighting in almost all TV newsrooms around the country; it's not unique. That said, the in-house angst at KPIX borders on the absurd. Open hostility. Mass favoritism. And a News Director that has a habit of telling people, imploring really, not to dare talk to me. Maybe he needs a drink.
*A Travel Radio guy I'd pay to listen to: CBS' Peter Greenberg. The man has a way with words.
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