Monday, November 10, 2014

The Rich Lieberman 415 Media Monday Questionaire

 Many of you come here to check in on Bay Area TV/Radio. Some of you are regulars and some are new.

415 Media has grown quite considerably to a point where I wouldn't have imagined such thought a few years ago.

I want to start off Monday by probably opening up a hornet's nest, possibly, but why change now.

What do you look for when you come here? What are some of the things you like and dislike? (hornet's nest reference)

Of course we'll delve more into this later on. I appreciate your feedback.

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70 comments:

  1. How about a survey on who is the worst traffic/newsreporter of KGO.

    1. Deidra Miles. absolutely horrible. Where do they find someone like that? In the Walmart close out bargain aisle?

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    1. No, in the outsourced factory in Dallas.

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    2. You would be surprised by the resumes of some of the employees at Radiate Media. All of us have worked in radio for years, and some of us have DECADES of experience. Every single one of us has been in the same boat: We saw our radio jobs and careers vanish into thin air due to likes of Cumulus, Clear Channel, et al. Most of us have experience as traffic reporters, while some of us came from a music radio background. We aren't idiots or dumb asses or clowns. A few of us are lucky enough to get guidance and feedback from the KGO air staff and producers and that's greatly appreciated. And there are a few disgruntled KGO employees who hang us out to dry by keeping quiet about mispronunciations and such. Sure, your silence and complicity in keeping mum makes us look bad, but it also makes you look bad as well. While none of us are happy about the circumstances of deregulation that have led us to be doing traffic reports in the capacity that we are, we're all very grateful to have these jobs and we do the absolute best we can with resources we have and the input we get.

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  2. When is Justine Waldman coming back from maternity leave? Haven't see her on KNRON since early in the year. Also what happened to KRON'S handsome young reporter John Fenoglio? He also substituted for Vicky L. on KRON weekends but haven't seen him in many months-did he get hired by another out-of-town station?

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    1. When Justine delivers the goods, you'll see her back. Probably in the new year.

      Haven't seen Fenoglio, I'll check it out.

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    2. John Fengolio isn't a reporter there anymore.

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  3. Like:

    __news about backroom dynamics at various broadcast news operations
    __your opinions
    __admittedly, newsroom gossip

    Dislikes:
    __your occasional rants about this blog being yours and readers who don't like it, well, you're gong to kick their asses

    __readers who criticize the character of your blog...they don't need to read the blog if it repels them

    __your opinions (yep, I like and dislike them but I value your opinions no matter what)

    __sometimes you brag about breaking a story; other times, you say you're not a journalist so your accuracy and timeliness can't be faulted

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    1. I never said I was going to "kick some asses." I don't believe in violence and besides, I'm not a fighter, I'm a lover.

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  4. Like your Herb Caen-like columns where you describe your jaunts, sightings, and reflections upon the current SF-area scene!

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  5. Likes include Newroom Gossip, Ratings breakdown and interpretation, the latest programming experiments being considered, being tried, being discarded.
    Dislikes include; Vendettas that end up resembling Odes, as with Radnich. Way too much Radnich throughout the week.
    Dislikes include; Allowing your Favorite Pet Troll to use this site as his dumping grounds for all manner of nonsense and banality.
    Likes include; Introducing us to new or overlooked staff who deserve closer attention.
    Likes include; Sharing a music video with us once in a while.
    Likes; Describing what its' like being live on the radio air as a talk show host or guest.
    Likes include; Christine
    Dislikes include; Christine

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  6. I look for stupidity when I visit your stupid website.
    And you never disappoint me with your stupidity.

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    1. Really, now?

      Who knew that stupidity would be such a virtue.
      Thanks for the feedback.

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    2. Who looks for stupidity? Who has time to look for stupidity?
      Why do you waste your time to look for stupidity?
      I think that makes you ............stupid

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    3. 11:51 -This is truly a stupid comment......

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  7. I come here entirely to indulge in a daily dose of schadenfreude -- the best days are when you put your foot in your mouth or otherwise make an ass of yourself. Keep it coming!

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    1. Thank you for the very kind and sweet words.

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    2. Rich, I laughed out loud at your response. It's good too see you not taking the attack seriously.

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  8. Likes:

    - An occasional look at the goings-on of the local TV/radio media.
    - The rare times you break a story.

    Dislikes:

    - Your hypocrisy. The vast majority of your blog is snarky criticism and when the people you criticize take offense, your usual response is that they need to have a thicker skin, yet when people criticize you, your skin is translucent.

    - Censoring or omitting comments simply because they point out your hypocrisy or prove how you're wrong. No one gets it right 100% of the time so just own it.

    - The fact that you block people on twitter who prove you wrong.

    Obviously it's your blog and you can say whatever you want, but if you want any credibility whatsoever, eliminate the snark, hypocrisy, and stop censoring comments.

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  9. Like: Newsroom gossip, ratings interpretation, the latest and upcoming programming changes.
    Dislike: Way too much Radnich - Really, who cares about Radnich?
    Like; Introducing us to new or overlooked staff.
    Like: News and commentary on SF generally - who performs well during a event or disaster.
    Like: Inside story of the radio business
    Like: Christine

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  10. Here's question: Whats going on with Viki Liviakis and KRON on weekends? I posted months ago that she garbled the news on occasion,but last night was the worst. Something about the writer of the"Bourne" spy books retiring..then Vikvi went into..gibberish,true gibberish "Not, and then they went..stop" Made no sense what so ever.
    It was straight out of Anchorman..exactly out of Ron Burgundy land, as you see her eyes and mouth not agreeing on what they are reading.
    The teleprompter people are killing her or somethings up. I'm not catching weekend weather or sports doing that..
    What do you make of that?

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    1. I've heard about this from others--not to dismiss any of you but I have watched Vicki, albeit sporadically and I see and hear nothing of what you describe, I think she's perfectly fine but I'll watch more and try to see if there's something unusual.

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    2. Vicki is Greek she loves her wine

      That is all I am going to say

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  11. I have learned more about the state of local media than I ever could have in the graduate program at SFSU. I don't like it when morons attack you for no reason.

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  12. News and comment, gossip and rumors, columns on your "man about town" activities....as one of the many broadcasters in this city, I enjoy it all. I keep waiting for you to mention my name, though, and I'm not telling what it is so I can wait for an honest mention of what I might be having for breakfast one morning. :)

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  13. I found your blog while looking for information immediately following the KGO Massacre. I stayed because I like it more often than not. Two things I dislike: the voyeuristic "boy discovers dad's Playboy stash" pictorials of female newspeople, and your cringe-inducing personal dating stories.

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  14. I like your blog.....and find your information and opininons to be spot on. I am sure some "talent" have been offended by some of your remarks which then lead to anonymous haters ....but sometimes TRUTH HURTS. AND I can guarantee that those people who need to work harder, read better, become better journalists or stop being so bitchy to their co workers are changing their ways ! (or atleast trying to).
    So yes, they still read your blog (secretly) and they are hoping to gain your respects one day ! So there ! Keep up the good work !

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  15. Likes: most everything about the blog. Unlike the other poster I enjoy Stan and I personally feel having Christine and other broadcasters around adds to the validity of this website.

    Dislikes: when you occassionally censor my comments and your left wing views (my interpretation)

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  16. Likes: Dalheim's comments; news from behind the scenes at all of the TV & Radio stations; station alumni updates (sad about Reading - he did good work at all the stations; only KTVU alumni left from the Reading years locally are Richmond & Pat McCormick, who's been retired in Oregon for almost 20 years - am I missing anyone else? Isn't Brandwynne down South somewhere?); criticism toward the media people that deserve it, especially Cumulus, Karel, Radnich, and any news director, program director, or general manager who is clearly too full of themselves and are hurting the stations they work at or run (and in some cases, have no business being there); your occasional music films/videos; your restaurant stories; your Eastbay stories; your other San Francisco stories; that you have this column, which I believe is more important than ever if the Bay Area broadcasting choices need to be better.

    Dislikes: Criticism towards media people that I respect or have a high regard for, but that's nothing compared to...bloggers who criticize before they think and often put their feet in their mouths (unfortunately, that is part of the First Amendment, like it or not - thank goodness for the strolling square/computer mouse); your occasional infatuation with Weiner/Savage (except when he's well-deservingly blasting Limbaugh or Hannity, both of whom have clearly hurt our society's efforts to work together better - people take entertainment so seriously that they can't solve any problems their respective communities have); the bleak future of Bay TV & Radio from your eyes; the lack of more satellite or digital radio options along the Bay.

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  17. Who initiated the unionization of KNBR?
    And is it true that a certain on-air host from 9:00-noon was resistant to this move.

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    1. First question, I'm working on it as we talk.
      Second, the guy you're referring to isn't crazy about unions but I don't think he worked against those who fought for the union. He's got other things on his plate.

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  18. Hi Rich--
    Hope all is well with you. In response to your query about what your readers want: My interest is narrow. Although I do read most of the posts about TV, I mostly am concerned with AM radio.
    Keep up the top-notch work. You rock, sir! All your critics aren't worth a flying fig, 'cause You Friggin' Rock! You are always fair and straight-dealing. You have no hidden agenda; you put it all out there. Can't ask for more than that.
    May the future hold good things for you.
    Best regards always.

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  19. Where's Jade Hernandez?

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    1. Atlanta.

      https://twitter.com/jadektvu

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  20. I come here for gossip and important news involving local media, and to sometimes take part in open discussions on them. Rich, you can often be provocative, which can be a good way of starting discourse. A lot of the anonymous comments can be informative and helpful in better understanding an issue.

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  21. There is nothing here I dislike. I come here for basic TV/Radio news and you do not disappoint! Keep it up just the way you have.

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  22. Hi Rich,

    The guy on KCBS that does the in house commercials drives me nuts. Is it just me or does he have an annoying voice?

    Thanks for you awesome site...

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    1. No, he has an annoying voice, you're not alone.

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  23. Likes: Getting a behind-the-curtain look at local media-- people getting so worked up about a blog- it's only a blog! Dislikes: Jumping on some people over and over with both feet- still, it's your blog and, ultimately, it's just a blog! I like to visit every day for the info and the writing- you're doing well, Rich!

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    1. "It's just a blog?" I was about to send you my autographed Oprah book, but instead you insulted me.
      Thanks for the kind words though.

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  24. I like the "blast from the past" stories and hearing what the retired folks are up to.

    The censoring habit hurts your credibility. Sure, it's a bit of an insult to find that my time was wasted but I can easily accept that the sun will come up tomorrow if my remarks go unpublished. I figure the comments that support your views are far more frequently published and it's probably more efficient to read your views twice rather than scrolling down to read the liberal PC clap trap comments. You're not fooling anyone.

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  25. Likes: I like the inside stories on Bay Area talk radio. I admit there isn't much to listen to that I like. I still listen some to Ronn Owens and Gil Gross on week days. That's it as everything else is pretty bad. On weekends I listen to Pat Thurston, Michael Finney, Leo Laporte, and Christine Craft when she is on. I've started to listen more to Matt Ray, but much of what he discusses is old news by the weekend.

    TV? I couldn't care less what is on Bay Area TV as I live in Elk Grove. That's where the local Sacramento radio is as bad as it can get. Tune in a local station and I think I am in some stinkin' red state. That will never happen.

    No dislikes. Keep up the good work Rich.

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    1. Thanks, I'm sending you a copy of my book: "Diary of a cranky Jewish Blogger." Soon to be published via my agent, Bombastic Bushkin Jr.

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    2. I read the new Carson book by Bombastic Bushkin. Good read. Stuff in there I did not know about Carson.

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  26. Honestly. I come here for gossip. (And I feel bad about that.) And I also come here because, you Rich, are batty. And I find it entertaining when you "lose it." (And I feel bad about that too.) This is your sandbox, but you lose credibility when you censor honest criticism which "calls you out." (You also go off-topic on things not related to local media.) I have first-hand knowledge of you lack of credibility. You have often quoted my salary from a "very good source." Well, you were wrong by a couple hundred thousand bucks. And.. (sigh) I doubt you will post this, as it is a direct refutation.

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    1. Thanks, let's hash this out at Original Joe's, you buy. I'll get a round of Shirley temples to start.

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  27. I like the discussion about media in general. It is often interesting and enlightening.

    I have no interest in sports so skip those discussions.

    I very much dislike the racism & misogyny that crops up in the comments and take long breaks when it gets bad.

    I especially dislike your fixation on the appearance and attractiveness of women. It is creepy.

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    1. Women are attractive, sorry to wreck your day: I'm a heterosexual --I hear they're making a comeback.

      And I'm not a misogynist--ask Ellen DeGeneres.

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    2. What a self centered comment. I don't care about sports, I know many do, so I don't accept that discussions and blogs about sports is part of this blog, however it does seem like it goes overboard at times, but then someone who loves sports and don't care about politics probably feels the same way. As for comments on racism and misogyny I agree it is comments I dislike as well, however we (and even racists and other prejudice comments, is part of free speech, and frankly I would rather that Rich post those, so we can read what some people think, instead of sensoring them. As for your last comment, since I'm a women I have no comment. When I was young I guess I was quite attractive (didn't know it at the time) but got a lot of attention from men, guess nothing has changed.

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  28. Good: your news about the local media, your takes on the local media. You tell truths. Unfortunately, there are a lot of people who can't handle the truth. They want the world to be like Facebook...just full of likes.

    Bad: it's your blog, so you do whatever. But the Herb Caen deviations, though written well, don't really have a place. It's more about what's going on in this idiotic media market.

    Nevertheless, keep on truckin'. You're doing fine.

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    1. What did you say about Herb Caen? Here's my response: ... ... ... ... ... *** *** *** *** *** ***
      (Sincerely, Dottie )

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  29. I am unaware of any other site like this, so I like its uniqueness. Also, your tenure in, and knowledge of, the Bay Area and its media environment. The "old school/retro" posts are fun and interesting. And whether people want to admit it or not, gettin' a scoop on some dirt IS compelling for many of us!

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    1. God, you are great. Can I buy you a live dolphin?

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  30. We need more dish on the radio folk. I asked a while back what kind of money these people make....Don Bleu, not his real name, according to a story that was done some years back in the datebook. Do tell. Thanks

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  31. I check this blog a couple of times a day. My overall reaction is much like my overall reaction to talk shows ... some topics are of great interest to me - others, not so much. I s'pose that's as it should be.

    It's pretty obvious that many of us are current/former media staffers (former, KGO Radio), and I feel that I'm getting some fairly good insider info. Of course, one is ill advised to blindly accept everything. But, taken as a whole, it's informative.

    I think you get a little heavy-handed when you're "down," on someone. Maybe, I should just accept that as style. I'm at a loss to understand what happened between you and Ronn Owens (I strongly disagree with those who opine that he should have walked out, after the "massacre").

    I wish that, when you share tidbits that fall under "developing story," you would give updates - even when they don't pan out, as you thought they might. I don't think that those of us who come here regularly, would hold it against you. You really are the only game (of it's type) in town, anyway.





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  32. LIKES: The gossip...snarky comments...vendettas...calling out people...rating the hot women reporters.
    ESPECIALLY LIKE: People who complain about the gossip...snarky comments...vendettas...calling out people...rating the hot women reporters.

    THIS IS A FREAKIN' BLOG, PEOPLE! (and a damn good one). THIS AIN'T JOURNALISM!

    I've never ever remembered Rich saying he was a journalist. If you want journalism, go to the Chro....um..tune in to K...uhhh...if you want Journalism, go to the LA Times, NY Times or WSJ.

    Rock on, Rich!

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  33. well, i guess this is my morning cup of coffee. fun to compare notes with other SF media addicts... especially OLD ones who remember when we just had channels 4, 5 & 7 here! on the AM dial, Ira Blue, Jazzbeau and the greats from the R&B side, Don Barksdale, Rosko & others on the old KDIA, 1450 and in the 60's, Sly Stone of KSOL... it's as if we're living in a completely different world these days and this blog helps me keep with the contemporary media scene with a refreshing look in the rear view mirror from time to time... thanks Rich, your blog is a great part of the morning joe ritual here :)

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  34. I'd like to see more info on station management/sales. Who is good to work for, who are the assholes. Which media outlets care about their clients and deliver on what they promise. Are all those ads you see and hear working?

    There are more sales reps in local media than news staff, could open up a whole new audience for you.

    That said I do enjoy the site and come every day for a quick update.

    Media sales rep

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  35. It's a fun read. Occasionally there is some legitimate news of interest but generally too much rumor and speculation that doesn't pan out, and too many rants.

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  36. I don't like the personal vendettas masquerading as "honest criticism". I've seen you spin 180 degrees on talent on a dime seemingly overnight for no visible to the outside world reason. There's a nastiness to some of it that's unseemly. And then there are the stories that circulate about you in the industry about how you play "favorites".

    This site is good enough that it doesn't need the rest of that crap to bring in readers.

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  37. Like: That you give us all the opportunity to speak to our local Media, and I like the Music Videos that you post on here from time to time..

    Dislike: That you censor my comments that seem pretty pedestrian to me, at least I think so...

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  38. I love this site. It's random outbursts of brilliant observations and embarrassing stupidity are what the internet is about.
    I come here because my unnecessary fondness for local radio makes me curious about the unexplained appearances & vanishings of certain voices on my antique car radio --- what happened??
    Keep up the great entertainment, mediocre reporting and the outraged comments.
    I still love Sarah & Vinnie and Corey & Joel because their meandering discussions are quite modern.... exactly like blog comments. You know?
    Iris Fleur

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  39. Rich, I've known you personally for over 30 years and I have to give you credit man. You may say some outlandish things from time to time and you may publish info that isn't always correct, but you have scoops, you bring up interesting topics, you're certainly not afraid to take a stand and call out someone, and your blog is very popular with many people I know who work in the SF media. Keep up the good work my friend.

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  40. I come here to see how Christine Craft can somehow twist the focus of every story into a doggy issue.

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  41. I enjoy the bashing of the mattress man and Fatnich. I don't watch much local news, so I don't know who most of the talent is. I also like how you discuss the Game and KNBR

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  42. I enjoy seeing kgo falling flat on its face!

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