People love it when I rip people. In fact, the more negative, the more raw, the more abrasive, the more popular but it has to be something or some particular event or incident to bring out elite ripitus, that's what I'll call it.
Contrary to popular opinion I don't rip just to rip. Why bother-- for shock value? Old news.
Ronn Owens had a nice interview with Alan Dershowitz the other day, (about time); it was interesting, pointed and timely--like the good old days. I'm not a Ronn fan anymore but when he does good I'll point it out.
On Tuesday morning, Gary Radnich had a terrific 7-minute phoner-interview with Jeannie Ashe, the wife of Arthur Ashe. I wish the interview lasted longer because it was both riveting and revealing. Ms. Ashe isn't the usual sports-talk radio zeitgeist but this was a nice diversion and better yet, Radnich and his partner, (Larry Krueger), did a good job rather than the usual banal sports hosts.
*If Darya Folsom is looking for a massive raise from her current, low, six-figure deal she might be in for a surprise or maybe a good cat fight. Remember, Darya, it's KRON.
*Meanwhile, over at KQED, the power guys with the big suits who like to eat at Tadich are trying diligently to work out a potential problem with someone's ego in the radio division. It's not that big a deal--yet.
*Tom Tolbert, it's widely assumed, will be handed the Warriors' TV Comcast analyst position next year after Jim Barnett retires. Only Tolbert doesn't necessarily want that gig because he has a family life and NBA travel , while splendid, isn't exactly nirvana for a guy who likes his current gig and isn't thrilled about airplanes.
*Damon Bruce check-your-ego dept: Hey look, Jesus Christ, you didn't reinvent the wheel. You managed to become a decent sports-talk personality in a rather bland market so please, stop telling everyone how goddamned great you are--like I said, you're a .275 hitter who thinks he's Willie Mays.
*The mood at KTVU is not as cheery as the GM, the ND and PR guy would make it out to be and it has nothing to do with NameGate...it has a lot to do with a boatload of story counts; an overzealous reporter who isn't one of the boys and likes to tell everyone that the big boys love him. They don't--besides, said reporter might be out the door soon any day now.
*If Greg Papa were to eventually become the Warriors' new TV guy, I wouldn't be shocked. Then again, the Raiders might be. (Don't worry, Raiders, he'd be doubling down).
*NBC Bay Area, (KNTV) is busy looking at another extravagant radio/TV/print package highlighting the "Investigative Unit." So far, there's been a little grumbling from the inside-newsroom people but if yet another tidy sum of ad money is bestowed on this unit, you can bet your teleprompter's ass the mood gets ever testier.
*I love Matier and Ross but that A's-to-SF story was a neatly, timely leak put forth by the Lew Wolff PR dept. The A's, as Andy Dolich once said, "have been moving for 48 years." Advantage, Oakland.
*Da Lin: just can't get enough of him.
*Oh, by the way, Dan Rosenheim, if you're going to tell more and more people not to talk to me, more and more people are still talking to me--damn!
*KPIX staffers had a rough time the other day: the 18,000 managers all want personalized mobile-weather vans equipped with pictures of Milt Kahn, (inside joke.)
*I'm going to tell you all about my radio deal, don't worry I'll be really, really, --I mean really, realllly expressive and blunt.
*STFU: Ryan Scott.
*Double STFU: "Secret Asian Man"--Great stuff, KGO--way to invigorate the local scene.
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