There really is no "Breaking News"--the only true breaking news in the continuing BART threatened- strike saga is that the trains are still running and negotiations continue.
I took a stroll past the media gathering outside the Caltrans building in Downtown Oakland Tuesday night and a throng of reporters hunkered down outside and most were texting or gazing at their IPhones.
The podium where a bank of microphones were placed was empty. Although their existed a sea of activity nothing of substance was taking place. The only constant seemed to be where one could get some decent food.
Later in the evening, a Bart union head, Antoinette Bryant, (who's received enough face time she should be given an AFTRA card), made a benign statement regarding some rumor and didn't take any questions from the outside gathering, which was just as well since nothing of substance had taken place.
I realize this is a big story. The public at large, especially the thousands of people and commuters who rely on BART want information. They want updates and the latest but when there is truly NO news to report, is there a need for the constant "live shots" when all they amount to, essentially, is filling time?
*My post regarding the mysterious status of KGO anchor Jennifer Jones-Lee was prompted by several e-mails from readers who were concerned about her. Although I'm not a fan of Ms. Jones, she has enough of a following for people who are mystified about her return on Monday and subsequent absence since then.
I'm sensitive to her privacy and have not written anything, (nor would), even if I had firm proof of the reason she's been gone. Again, we wish her well.
*During Sunday evening's tense negotiations late into the evening when it appeared BART workers would indeed strike, KCBS was out in full force with reporters at the scene providing much-needed updates. (Notably, Chris Filippi, who spent 14 hours at the scene)...on KGO, a weekend woman talk host was talking about Kanye West. Sound programming.
*If you were at the Old Ship the other day you would have witnessed a loud-mouth reporter from the 1001 Van Ness building shouting rather obnoxious demands at one of the bartenders. Again, had the putz left a decent tip he probably would have been extended another round but was told to get the hell out.
*Underrated and a bit under the radar: KTVU's Jana Katsuyama. Tenacious, tough, a bit of a personality and not afraid to get into someone's face with mild criticism. Believe me, I know
*CNN and Justine Waldman: There is still plenty of interest from Atlanta, but Waldman appears set to stay in SF. Unless of course CNN is going to show a lot more coin.
*Unintentional hilarious moment of the night on Monday...KGO-TV had a live stream of the outside lectern at the Oakland -BART negotiations and for about 10 minutes, viewers had a eye of KTVU lead tonsil, Frank Somerville.
*"Frosty" on Talk 910: Who needs ambien.
*When their own reporters make fun, (off air), of the NBC Bay Area, (KNTV), "Investigative Unit", you know there's an issue. That won't stop the money pit.
*Gil Gross on Talk 910: See above Frosty item.
*A KPIX van parked on Battery last week contained several, I mean, several parking tickets...probably enough of a fine to hire another manager.
*Latest trend among the local TV News live shots that is both annoying and quite stupid: the Blair-Witch-moving camera. First off, herky-jerky camera is only useful in movies, (most of the time)--using it as a local news technique amounts to gimmicks and viewer irritation. Stop it.
*Ken Wayne's new look is not that eye-catching and in spite of the he-had-plastic surgery rumors, he did but I know 100% that he didn't do it to improve his looks even though the end result is he looks better.
*KTVU GM and ND continue to practice the SILENCE of the lambs which is about as expedient as reading wrong names on a teleprompter.
*Darya Folsom is to the point where she's becoming KRON's most popular personality. As such, the word she's looking to hire an agent is perfectly normal and understandable.
*On The Radio Front: Yours Truly had a whole bunch of electronic gadgets installed at the pad so the radio show will come back ---LIVE and well-connected, soon, from 2-4 PM on KSCO any day now. Reports of my impending broadcast demise are greatly exaggerated, sorry to ruin your day.
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