HERE'S THE DEAL (I sound like Ross Perot) --a KGO-TV informant tells me that a lot of people turned down that weekend anchor gig because ABC was offering little money, like a pittance. The bare union minimum. Which further explains that San-Crane-Cisco is still the envy of lots of anchors, even those in lovely San Diego.
*Dana King isn't yesterday; she's smart, sexy, a damn great reporter and news journalist who is difficult only because she demands hard work and dedication, imagine that! No, she wouldn't bring KPIX up to the mountain top but she most certainly would provide a much-needed JOLT! to a news operation in desperation for identity, relevance and VIEWERS!, remember them? In addition, HR/CBS, Dana King has crossover demo favorability among whites, blacks, Hispanics, gay, the whole shebang. If the same circumstances were in NY, she'd have been signed back in a big apple second.
And get this: Dana King would love to come back. She wasn't fired nor did she quit. The business got to her and she needed a sabbatical--we all have moments like that in life, granted King, unlike a lot of us, had the luxury to walk away under her own terms and now she feels enlightened, invigorated, hallelujah, get her butt back to the news desk, Bruno, Dan. She's instantaneous buzz meter!
I'm not shilling for King--I received an innocuous tip that led to another tip from someone at PIX, not affiliated with management who would know a thing or two about juicy little things like this. For the record, yes, I like King. Many people love her too. Some think she's overrated and yesterday because she's 55 even though she looks great and has enough energy, power and spirit befitting a 30-something. Dana, and I'm not speaking for her; but I believe Dana has mellowed and got the rest she needed and is ITCHING to get back into the job she left much too soon. Sure, she's probably not going to make the $500K she was making when she split but if it's only money that is preventing a return then money is negotiable.
Dana has STAR power, Bruno and Dan! Ask the boys in NY. She also has Bay Area cred so you know what? She'd make for an immediate hammer attack and move the needle. You guys could use her. Get at it.
It's a not a knock at the current staff at PIX most of you that know me and love me and hate me understand that I'm completely in awe of you (pause) and that for the most part you all do a decent job, except:
VDLC: Veronica, it all started out well. What the hell happened? Is it all about the hair? No, you're better than that. You can read a teleprompter and perform the basics but too many extemporaneous things--maybe by you being forced to anchor that crappy 10 PM show, you became infected with PIX poo. I don't know but out of nowhere you lost your mojo. You became infatuated with your smart-ass phone and Twitter. "GAAAAME ON" destroyed your inner sanctum and "TRENDING" tore into your upper abbs. I still dig you, dear, and I know you work hard. You and Martin working the 5 would be just fine. And the 10? Your game, VDLC, but tell the boys enough of the side shit, just make it a regular newscast and go home, good night, breakfast in the morning.
ALLEN MARTIN: Al, I've praised you more than my 4th wife, Sheila Cornicopia, whom I met years ago at the Emeryville Dennys. Yo, Allen? You musn't think that you're curing cancer every day! Relax. Laugh. I know you still can't stand Liz but she's a new mom and actually getting better on the air. Go to lunch with her. Mellow out, dude, too --life is too short. It could be worse: you could be on the Night Beat.
*ROBERTA GONZALES: Who was it that said you're the greatest thing since sliced bread? Me. Who was it that had your back when the big guy relentlessly went after you? Me. Roberta, take it easy, you're set for life there if you want it--he can't touch you unless you pour lighter fluid into Mike Sugarman's coffee and you're not going to do that, so, hey? Détente --we Jews and Mexicans must stick together otherwise, who know, we may end up waking up in the middle of the night yelling, "GAAAAAME ONNNNN!"
*JULIETTE GOODRICH: Ms. Goodrich, I have a question: Why are you considered "smart and arrogant" over there on Battery? Staffer on weekend: "Juliette is the best anchor in this building but she takes herself too seriously--maybe it has to do with her 'proving herself again." Huh? Proving herself? I like Jules. She is gorgeous, not her fault, and she reads well and would be in LA now on KTLA anchoring on the primetime weekday news if not for family matters. Jules, just keep doing what you're doing and to hell with what the others (including me) say. Yes, you are good.
* A few quick hits...
*KGO Radio news dept: Be in the lunchroom this Friday and pack some Ketel One for later.
*Ahmed Fareed of CSNBA turned down an invite to be on Gary Radnich and Larry Kruger's KNBR Show Tuesday. I don't know what to make of that other than, shit, I'd be embarrassed for all three.
*Fareed? You're kidding, right!!
*Big News from KNBR on the Mark Ibanez front: he's dyed his hair once--back during the Carter administration.
*I've written in to Bill Berton over there at KGO-TV to consider me as a media critic since I won the "Hottest Jewish Male Blogger" back in 2000 from the Bakersfield radio station, "K-JEW, 101 on the dial, but for you? 99.95!"
*I still don't get it: Gasia Mikaelian.
*Heather Holmes: you too, speaking of Bakersfield.
*THIS JUST IN: Brian Hackney just told Bruno Cohen he is responsible for saving the world and, thus, providing peace and tranquility to every known man, woman, child, and hairdresser.
*BREAKING NEWS! Jan Wahl just semi-crushed her Sleeptrain temperpedic --good thing she didn't have burritos for dinner!
*Christine Craft: "My baloney is my first name--it's O,S,C,A,R..." (Did I gettt the spelling right?)
*Christine hates Benjamin Netanyahu: How do I know? She's said it about 62,500 times in the last month.
*Tonight on the "Dreck Radio Show" on KGO: The host and his hostess talk about women who like to cut cactus in the nude.
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