I used to think the "MO2" weather guy was too slick. Turns out he's just easy with the words and almost looks as if he can do his thing with his eyes closed.
Oh, by the way, Tamayo is pretty decent himself.
*I've grown accustomed to getting ripped for trying to figure out why some of you are so enamoured with Kate Scott. Educate me.
*If I'm hearing right from those in the know, many changes are in store at KRON and no, it's not a coincidence that all this talk comes conveniently after the departure of Brian Greif, the ex-GM who left for health issues with his back. KRON staffers, most notably the senior staff still working at 1001 Van Ness complain of bitter management battles with an out-of-control news director and his haughty assistant, the Marie Antoinette in pumps. Like a few of the natives have said, the party's over.
*Big dilemma at KNTV in San Jose, (NBC Bay Area)--a traditional, dependable franchise like the Olympics makes for great ways to attract local viewers, send a crew to the location and build up a chunk full of local ad buys. But this Olympics might be a game-changer in a negative way for many NBC O and O's and affiliates alike with Sochi, Russia as this year's site of the Winter Games set to begin February 7. So far, all anyone has heard about the site is the possibility of terrorism, NBC's back-up plan in case trouble breaks out and how terribly difficult it is to get to Sochi. Once the games actually begin, people are going to watch no matter what, after all, it still IS, the Olympics, the question is, given the uncertainties, the lack of US star power, will this be one of the least-watched Olympics ever? No word, yet, whether KNTV plans to send one of its stars to Sochi but I'd bet the answer would be yes. Probably Raj Mathai.
*Speaking of potential stars, KPIX' Eastbay reporter, Christin Ayers, has all the makings of an emerging personality over there at PIX, if only they allow her to show her reporting wares. She has been featured in big news events--the BART quagmire, the new Bay Bridge opening and its safety issues, but all too often she suddenly disappears and is nowhere to be seen. Ayers has a cool demeanor about herself and is a refreshing presence on the screen. She's also built up a vast reservoir of good sources in Oakland. We hope to see more of her.
*Over at KGO-TV, during sports segments, the anchors frequently are saying, "this video is 'provided by the Warriors," --what's up with that? Bad enough that every sports report now has an announced hardware sponsor. I get the fact that revenue streams are being reduced and the chance to make a buck is inevitable but frankly, it looks tacky. KRON's sports segments are also announced-sponsored.
*Setting the record straight: Larry Beil is a fine, good, talented anchor that does a professional job on his news and sports presentation. It's his holier-than-thou persona that rankles me and a few of his co-workers, one of which cannot stand him. Beil can sometimes give off the appearance that he's performing brain surgery while the rest of us shlumps are merely having our toenails cut. It's a perception, Larry, but it has merit.
*In case you're interested, I'll be filling in tomorrow, (Tuesday), from Noon-2 PM on KSCO Radio, (following Rush). To listen, simply click on the website and go to the streaming audio link and click it to listen. Suffice to say, we have a lot to talk about and I'll address a few noteworthy things and concentrate on the usual newsy matter.
*If Chris Christie eventually gets swallowed by his political Bridgegate he can always depend on a lucrative gig with one of the cable outlets where he can really be Mr. Joe Sixpack and dish. Hey, CNN, are you hearing me?
*Those dustups at local saloons involving a few of our beloved media mavens here have been documented and confirmed by eyewitness accounts so to a few of the station PR assistants who have chided me on my gossip, no, you get it straight--I'll do my thing.
*Here's how bad morning radio is in SF: I tuned into 960 AM "The Patriot" and began listening to Glenn Beck.
*"Best Damn Morning Show", really, KSFO, says who? The Pleasanton Chamber of Commerce?
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