The whole Bay Area sporting world is talking about the 49ers apparent free fall--one would think that KCBS anchor, Stan Bunger, would begin his daily chat with John Madden asking the coach about that subject matter--one would think wrong.
Bunger began his interview with some banality involving cricket--I'm not kidding. In fact, it was Madden who himself brought the 49ers dysfunction into the discussion and Bunger then took the coach's lead. Thankfully.
Madden could have been asked if the rash of player departures, off-field issues and the rumors about the future of Colin Kaepernick affects team morale--certainly Madden has an opinion or two, but that was never asked (Madden talked a little about Kap); maybe Bunger could use a little more common sense and 86 the cute stuff when there's real, legitimate news involving the Bay Area's #-1 sports team.
...SPEAKING of WHICH...Just my opinion (naturally) but although the Giants get a ton of concentration during the summer (as a team that wins World Series should) it's the 49ers that DOMINATE the sports news domain in the Bay Area. Not even close. Listen to the talk shows. Check the water cooler. It's all 49ers talk. That's no knock on the Giants--far from it, just an acknowledgement that football--NFL Football is KING. And while the 49ers seem to be on an organizational decline they still command the attention --the Giants are popular --but the talk is 49ers now and will always be.
--KRON is undervalued. An albatross, sure, but if run correctly with some vision and leadership, could be more relevant and perhaps even significant because not only is it in the #6 market (for TV--#4 for radio) it has prominence, a great signal, an identity. None of the latter is because of the station's current personnel although some of its air talent understand the equation. Some being the key word.
The problem with KRON's junior varsity look is the way the people who run it view it. Its News Director, ego-infested, Generalissimo Aaron Pero and his incompetence, couldn't run an ice show in Alaska let alone a news operation thus you have the current state of mass indifference and low morale even though the troops moved into nicer digs recently.
Pero's direction or lack thereof is unchecked. Nobody is minding the store. Pero likes to lead by intimidation and fear and plays favorites; makes some reporters outright cry and fear reprisal if they don't do things his way. Instead of conducting an open, free-thought plan with a designed course ahead, Pero's way is one littered with mass confusion and no vision. Then again, in order to have a vision that is respected by the workers, the workers would have to respect the news manager--that's not the case at KRON. Hasn't been so for years. Hurry up, Disney.
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