If you love unintentional comedy do yourself a favor and listen to the KNBR Morning Show every now and then--like on Tuesday morning, for example.
The local frat boys, even by their own goofy standards, managed to outdo themselves.
We all know the biggest story on the platform, the story that's migrated from the toy dept. to news, to culture, to national spotlight involves Ray Rice, the NFL and its increasingly questionable behavior and response to the Rice video--all of this really, category 4 storm of mass proportions that makes the NFL and Roger Goodell look like Watergate players.
Back to the frat boys; the dubious ones took their show down to Levi's Stadium LIVE! trying diligently to broadcast a neutral show all the while hopelessly whoring on the business that matters most: the 49ers new stadium in the background as their template with, (good for them), an interview with CEO, Jed York.
Of course, the powers-that-be at KNBR and Cumulus, with a vested eye on their most profitable and popular outlet, the 49ers--who have their own mini Ray Rice, (maybe), could have nixed the Levi's remote and told team officials it would look and sound unseemly if the Leader would be broadcasting live from an NFL affiliate while the region and nation were still reacting to the Rice/Goodell/NFL shenanigans. This is both a reasonable and read-the-room business decision--making KNBR, God forbid, seem like a reasonable corporate decision-maker, only KNBR, owned by a corporate misfit has no pulse when it comes to such affairs.
We're left then with KNBR's trivial morning doofus act doing a bizarre remote, LIVE!, from the stadium; hawking Santa Clara hotels, boosting the experience of eating from the buffet at all the wonderful restaurants and then going to the game. Even frat boy 1, Murphy, trying his best to sound outraged is hawking a book about Levi's! How neutral, how sweet, how thoroughly Knibberish!
Think about it: how the hell can the Bleeder make any of their white-male beer and boob throng feel as if they're attempting to provide an honest template while doing a live remote from the stadium which houses one of the NFL's affiliates? You do a booster club broadcast from the stadium and try to justify it because the CEO came on, (finally), and Murphy did a half-ass interview? Please.
And let's talk about that "interview." Softball questions extraordinaire, the "due process" spiel coming out every five minutes by Jed, sorry but you had a chance to grill Mr. York on the very legitimate questions surrounding Mr. McDonald with the Ray Rice/NFL/Goodell massacre in the background and you FAILED miserably, frat boys.
The Tuesday remote from Levi's should have NEVER taken place. Not under THESE circumstances. There's a time and a place. It was NOT good business and it sounded uber-funky on the air even by the doofus KNBR/Cumulus standards. But damn the national conscience, damn the local women demo, (wait, KNBR has no real regard for women), and business as usual. Moral dilemma? The last time the Bleeder had a moral compass, Frank and Mike were at the microphones. Way back, way back.
I have friends who work for the 49ers. This is awkward for me to write this because it's indirectly not good business for me to chastise a relationship. But not talking about it would be wrong too. All of it, including the radio station that broadcasts its games, tries to make it look as if it were actually attempting to cover the BIG story all the while doing a remote from the company outpost is shallow, hollow, and completely disingenuous.
I did a couple of belly-laughs as Murphy, coming back from spots, glorified the "spacious new KNBR studios" at Levi's Stadium with York in the background was tantamount to describing the execution room at San Quentin before the lethal cocktail was injected. Nice, KNBR.
What an utter joke.
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