FRIDAY MEDIA NOTES BUFFET...
*Sarah and Vinnie continue to pout off the air over at Alice Radio: on a recent lunch break over at Hunan she basically told him to "put up or shut up, and STFU!" He's been bitching a lot about her larger check but what else is new? She's supposedly fed up to the point where an ultimatum has been thrown into the spectrum. We'll monitor because that's our deal here.
*Melanie Morgan has been itching to get back into the wonderful world of independent radio and the time has come. I reported, exclusively, she's going back to work Monday as the new primary anchor on Santa Rosa's KSRO and its News Director too.
Side story: Without getting too personal suffice to say, KSFO's Morning Show devoid of Morgan has been greatly diminished since Mel split because she couldn't stand Brian Sussman's ranting and raving. In addition, or more accurately, less addition, the continued embarrassment called Katie Green was the last straw. Green is beyond irritating with the grating, shrill, sandpaper voice and she sounds like a cosmetics chick at a San Leandro strip mall. Check please.
*The Leland Yee BIG story is BIG because of all the Hollywood angles and sheer characters that make up the centerpiece. Combine that with the main honcho and his other affiliates and you have a major media story without any real sexy pictures. Fed Courthouse building will be more crowded than usual in the coming weeks and months.
NEWS, NOTES and COMMENTS: The alleged "all-sports" FM radio station that hired Damon Bruce, (he starts Monday), for its new PM drive show has been having a hard time selling commercial spots, gees I wonder why...To a certain TV News Director in town, be careful, the natives are getting restless and your constant berates have reached a boiling point--they're simply tired of your bullshit and your buddy can't bail you out anymore...The phony KSFO 9-Noon guy who mumbled his way to the gig and uses a fake Anglicized name has already pissed of one major player in the building. He's usually good for 90 days and then it's bye bye baby...More KTVU desperation: sending two senior reporters to go out to demo-friendly Walnut Creek to "cover" manufactured stories that wouldn't rate page 3 in the CC Times: a chamber-of-commerce piece about extra cops for the kids at school and an over-hyped test-pattern involving PG&E's plan to cut down some trees. My god who was responsible for that?!!...Snippy multi-Emmy prima donna reporter guy at KGO-TV was extra surly the other day before going out in the field. He thinks he's God, really more a Grumpy's reject with an ego the size of Tahoe...Ronn: sad, dull, flat voice and gadgets...KTVU weather tease Update: 5 a night. Really insulting to your viewers and waste of time extraordinaire. Combine that with Walnut Creek BS and you have your current Lee Rosenthal/Tom Raponi massive mud pie...More KTVU: Tori Campbell's three-year extension signed before Asiana/Namegate will be bought out probably a year before 2016 so you kind of see the handwriting on the wall...Grant Lodes at KRON looks and sounds sort of non-diminutive at first but the more you watch the guy the more he looks and sounds just fine...It's one thing to milk an event that is the dominant program on your platform but KCBS/KPIX relentless pimping of the NCAA tournament went way over the top. Fine, plug your prime red meat but endless bracket chatter involving your own air talent sounds tacky and third-rate...Tom Tolbert/Ray Ratto is a decent, often funny KNBR PM drive show littered with pretty good content and interviews--on the other hand, if KNBR goes to red-bull lungs embarrassment Eric Byrnes, they will LOSE listeners galore. Byrnes is a shrill, misguided, over-excited bore who only made it past the back office because he was a jock and looked geeky. That doesn't translate well on radio; Tolbert is undermined by Byrnes hyper gibberish. Ratto is too irritated and his uber-uptightness shtick wears thin but he's 20x better than the buffoon Byrnes.
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