Think the 49ers and fans have the blues? At least take solace you're not KTVU, where the station had planned a massive show of local content, direct from New York, ( near the Super Bowl), with Fox, of course as the game carrier. Channel 2 is the Fox aff.
At a cost of nearly $3M, KTVU had planned to send Mark Ibanez and Joe Fonzi --and Frank Somerville and a production crew to boot.
Now, it'll have to settle for the game itself. They'll survive. So will the sales dept.
*Somerville worked Channel 2's Sunday night news shows and that was on purpose, as virtually all the Bay Area TV stations went with their A-team, (or what constitutes as an A-team these days)...
Highs and Lows:
*KTVU's post-game show was a technological semi-disaster. On more than a few occasions, Ibanez, who teamed with ex-49ers player, Dwight Clark, got blurted out from the wail of screaming fans from somewhere parts unknown. Clark took a shot at the Bay Area's newest villain, Richard Sherman, calling him a "jerk." Knowing Sherman, I'm guessing he was just crushed.
*KPIX: Anchor Ken Bastida and sports tonsil, Dennis O'Donnell reported direct from Seattle. Bastida did the usual fan actuality packages while the sad-looking O'Donnell tried his best to explain why the 49ers had lost. Whatever.
KRON: Gary Radnich joined Vicki Liviakis on the set Sunday night and per his usual, they, (49ers), had a great year, they lost, but let's be happy crap looked as if he was interrupted from watching a Beyoncé special on cable. Nothing surprising there.
KGO-TV: Larry Beil looked and acted as if he'd lost a second cousin following the game on Channel 7. Fortunately, Mike Schuman added a needed jolt of relevance reporting live from Seattle. I'm not sure as to why Beil looked so morbid --maybe he's a season-ticket holder and no NY trip was a downer.
**Collectively, the coverage was about a C+ --as usual, the mass reliance on SF bar shots with the usual drunk guys, (and girls) wearing the jerseys became tiresome and predictable; maybe the local TV people could pick better bars as opposed to the Soma dive saloons.
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