Unfortunately, Nick Smith, formally at ABC7 is not alone--many of your top-tier TV and radio reporters are part-timers/freelance. The money isn't bad and the work is good but there's little benefits and job security is scant.
I was startled at the number of "name" air talent who are part-timers--some of whom have been working at the outlet for years.
You'd be shocked.
Why do they work? Because they still have an on-air presence--as I said, it's decent money, and if they perform really well, generally can attain full-time status where they would receive benefits and perks.
In Smith's case, I'm predicting he'll be back on the air here or somewhere else soon enough. He's a damn good reporter.
*Those of you asking me the mysterious disappearance of KRON's "People Behaving Badly" gadfly, Stanley Roberts, no need to worry. My KRON spy tells me Roberts took a few weeks off to put together a one-hour special--his first--of a PBB tour-de-force on Friday, Feb. 20 on KRON at 9 PM.
*I'm told an infomercial ran on KTVU's early-morning news from 4: 30-5 AM this morning which means there was probably some electronic glitch. One would have to assume.
*KRON Weather Women: becoming a national industry.
*The KGO Radio "Dreck Show": DOA. Cow feces is more compelling. Six billion people on the planet and this idiot was the best they could come up with? But, as Ronnnnnnnnnnnnnn Owens, said, "Hey this Drex guy? I really like him--great show--they didn't ask me to say this." Yeah, Ronn, you're a wonderful judge of talent and terrific prognosticator --you also said "this is going to be a great format!" Ronn and Brian Williams are going to get their nails done on Union Street.
*Truth is stranger than fiction: Brian Williams and Jon Stewart make news on the same day. Although Williams was probably chucking down his fifth gin and tonic. In an hour.
*Jon Bristow of the KGO Radio News: Hey, dude, it's un-hip to TRY to be hip with your silly little pop-culture references. Nobody, "JB", under 60 is listening.
*I'll bet you a toasted bagel that more people trust Jon Stewart than Brian Williams --before Exaggerate Gate.
*NBC Bay Area: You could use a Nick Smith. Just a suggestion.
*Kevin Keeshan: see above.
*Attention, San Diego TV Sports anchors, be careful.
*Michael Savage is resorting to the daily bash-Obama playbook which doesn't translate into good radio --again, Mike, people will pay attention to Chinese food buffet anecdotes and Teddy references. Politics is boring. And not very popular. Ask Congress.
*Hip without trying to be hip: KGO traffic morning presenter, Mark Nieto.
*Jade Hernandez, late of KTVU, has landed a gig in Chicago.
*I miss Diane Dwyer.
*Carolyn Tyler --ABC7/KGO: graceful, steady as all get-go, network-savvy too.
*The albatross KGO Radio topic handbook: war in Iraq and Syria; Isis beheadings; Barack Obama; Brian Williams: No, let's talk about people who make love to their spouses after seeing ghosts in their bedroom.
BREAKING NEWS: Ronnnnnnn still loves Brian Williams.
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