Scary, seems like only yesterday. Time is too fast but we won't go there now; John Lennon's fate came to me via Stevie Wonder, who was playing the Oakland Arena, Dec. 8, 1980 and announced Lennon's murder to a stunned audience, including me. I was backstage, talking to a security guard who was watching Monday Night Football when Howard Cosell told the world.
Drove home and listened to Russ Coughlin deliver one of his most memorable broadcasts on the old KGO Radio. Riveting, eloquent, and a perfect place to commiserate --that used to be a KGO staple until the cloud company decapitated Bay Area Radio.
Speaking of KGO, if you like paid programming on radio you're going to love the new KGO on weekend, slightly less terrible than KGO weekday...Ronn Owens, who's getting eaten alive by the sports show on KNBR and Rush Limbaugh, has a new regimen --frequent lunches at the North Beach Restaurant with his new acquaintance, Randall Bloomquist. In case you don't know, Bloomquist runs KGO these days; he, the person who is temporarily running the station until the Tricky Dickeys find their next middle-aged white guy destined for Cumulus lore, SweetJack accounts and a suite at the Holiday Inn on Van Ness...Ronn is the quintessential kiss-ass these days--do his little show, get to the car and drive out quickly. He's not beloved by the rank and file inside the building who detest him, save for the morning show "news" gigglers who wouldn't know an ounce of sincerity if their life depended on it.
Owens does lunch with Bloomquist to kiss his rear end and make sure to tell him that since John Dickey doesn't have anyone else to replace the gadget man, that Ronnnnn is perfectly willing to work into his last year, (2015), of that contract making less than a third of what he once got. Times are rough. This ain't 1985 anymore.
*Hey, Bay Area sporting press: This Just In: Yes, Colin Kaepernick is lost in the subject of PR acumen --he doesn't like you all; based on his play, who could blame him. He's obviously not enamored of hostile questions, (or what he perceives as hostile), but sooner or later take a hint and get over it. Maybe someone openly ask, "Hey, Cap, why are you so mean to us--what's the deal?" Instead we get the usual dumb questions and Ann Killion trying her best to stir up shit--(any more FM radio hosts, Annie, you're trying to blackball?)
Let's state the obvious that you won't read or see around these parts. Kapernick is the shits now, no doubt, but the Bay Area Sports media is pouring it on now. As the face of the 49ers franchise--the QB usually is the face, Kapernick is a BLACK QB being interrogated by an all-WHITE, (save for one woman and an Asian blogger) media out to get his throat. Besides Raiders fans, the sporting media were thrilled that Kaepernick failed his test on the Coliseum turf. I'm not suggesting there is a race card being played but I wouldn't be shocked either.
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