KNBR's Tom Tolbert apologized to just about everybody on the planet last night. Tolbert isn't one to say "I'm sorry" that many times which means what he said, (or what he allowed a guest to say numerous times), was sort of toxic. This might roll under the radar or it may not. Wait a day or two.
*Jon Kelley, morning anchor at KNTV, (NBC Bay Area), is headed back to Chicago, according to Robert Feder.
*At KGO-TV there exists a new round of paranoia thanks to rumors of Disney mulling plans to sell a good chuck of it's O and O's, (including SF). Those inside 900 Front already have been under siege with a challenging ND and intimidating work environment to begin with before news of the Disney would-be move. Senior staffers are convinced that if KGO gets in the hands of someone, (like Sinclair), other than the mothership, a load of layoffs are on the horizon.
*In spite of his temporary reprieve from the Asiana affair, a good source at KTVU tells me that ND, Lee Rosenthal is still teetering on removal simply because staffers have no confidence in him and that he may ultimately be a convenient fall guy if the mood stays sour in Jack London Square.
*Speaking of KTVU, their ex-assistant ND Janice Gin, has moved to KRON. I don't know Gin but she elicits a lot of negative feedback. Probably due to the fact she was the union rep at Channel 2. It's a tough job but someone has to do it.
*Yes, of course you were right to determine that the coverage of the BART Strike was decidedly pro-management. How many times did we see and read accounts from pissed-off, (legitimately), commuters ready to raise hell with the rank and file. Of course, god forbid any of our local tonsils and scribblers did any form of journalism to explain to the public that those dammed great benefits were courtesy of a, yes, UNION. Imagine, a union working hard to get the very best benefits and wages for its paying members! By the way, $65 grand a year living in the Bay Area is no big deal.
*Sal the bartender at a popular place near the Battery Media gulch, (Broadway/Battery) tells me the Bay Area broadcast group are "the worst tippers" he's ever seen. Sal is a Boston native and tells it like it is; probably due to the mass of newbies that have hit the area in recent years and since most of 'em have banker/husbands/boyfriends they wouldn't know how to tip well if they're life depended on it.
*I was listening to the history of mattresses and the Ronn Owens show broke out.
*Cumulus doesn't need to hire company shills that spout the line about how wonderful they are and how the workers are treated with such great respect--all they need do is to hire a certain in-house KGO Radio brown nose reporter/producer who's so full of shit his mouth stinks.
*Tom Raponi, GM at KTVU: The next time I give an on-the-record comment is when John McCain becomes president. By the way, Raponi is supposed to be a "good guy" which is great because I'd hate to see what he'd be like if he were a bad guy.
*The STORY that has made the rounds in the city that REFUSES to go away: many years ago a weather woman at KGO-TV was driving on the GG Bridge when she was tragically involved in a fatal accident. When the coroner arrived, so goes the story, the "woman" was actually a man.
I've heard people in the biz here who swear the story is true and those who insist it was nothing more than an old wife's tale. My own thoughts are I have no thoughts other than this was, (and still is), one bizarre story whether it's true or false.
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