There's a great deal of infighting between the few remaining talk hosts on KGO Radio. It's enough to warrant real-time encounters at the OK corral.
Not that the company cares--it has its own issues like worker morale, station indifference and the current coming quagmire: moving out of 55 Hawthorne and over to the Broadway/Battery media gulch. You want to talk about inconvenience --oh dear!
But the conflict between the talk-show hosts is telling and palpable. Nobody, of course, wants to talk on the record but a rift the size of SF Bay exists. It's a rift that could be labeled under the guise of "who cares?" and yes, in the large context, it doesn't matter anymore because KGO doesn't matter anymore but the conflicts and back talk are striking in their broad nature.
Of course, Karel, the human windbag is at the center of the volcano. Karel is still talking big and badass even though most of the hosts thinks he's a moron. This comes from Karel telling his inner and outer sphere of influence, (all two of them) that he's the greatest thing since sliced bread. Unfortunately for Chuck, the few remaining mutants running 810 AM don't think so highly of him which is both comforting and at odds with the other on-going matters that clog the radio gutters there.
Among the highlights:
*The weekend uncertainty: it's not such an uncertainty now. Quietly, but soon-to-be, with-authority control, most of the shows will be phased out with paid-for content like real-estate and financial shows. They don't draw a lot of listeners but since Cumulus doesn't give a rat's ass about content, they make money so here they come.
*Ronn Owens future: Owens will turn 70 in November and will have 40 years at KGO. He's only working on so he can get out of the house and try to squeeze in a Radio Hall-of-Fame award. He's already won a Marconi but the HOF credential is something he covets. In any event it's highly doubtful Owens will see another year beyond 2015 because he's down, his ratings are down and his show has become quasi-unlistenable. Owens still makes money for the company but his Q rating has gone south of Baja. More significantly, he's getting crushed in the ratings by El Rushbo on KSFO and the sports show on KNBR opposite him. The women over 50 who shop at Target and love Ronnnn are in the minority.
*Chip Franklin, currently manning the 12-3 timeslot is odds-on Owens' future replacement.
*The 7-10 PM disaster known at the "Drex Show"--sure, he's only been on barely a week but already word from the cloud zone is that the show is in danger. It's being mocked by those in the building; not that they're so special, but the fact that this manure could go out on the air and is being ridiculed by staffers is troubling.
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