THURSDAY OPENER QUICK HITS
KTVU's internal ratings watchers were able to monitor the early results from the new 4PM Newscast debuting a little over a month ago involving Mike Mibach and Keba Arnold. The numbers were not related to any Sweeps nor official industry sheet. Strictly in-house review and they were not good, but mainly preliminary. In any event, they were important enough for KTVU that they were leaked out to people like me to obtain. So far, and this is real early, the few viewers watching at 4 are not impressed.
I've watched a few 4 PM shows and there's nothing that absorbs you; a very antiseptic, benign newscast that is long on generic content and short on anything substantive. Part of that is Arnold, who shouldn't be judged this early but while she's capable, she comes off as light-weight and simpleton-like.
Mibach also seems out of place and early on, not capable of being a strong co-anchor to carry Arnold. It takes time to create chemistry and develop a show's mojo but so far, there's not a lot of ebb and flow. Furthermore, when there's early trouble the idea of fixing loose ends at the Death Valley time slot of 4 PM doesn't help matters.
KGO-TV, which has its own 4 PM cast, doesn't seem to be worried by KTVU now or in the immediate future. We should know better in the fall.
*George Rask has been missing a lot lately (minor hand injury, thanks readers) in the morning at KRON. The veteran traffic anchor is very knowledgeable and has a very loyal following; unfortunately for Rask, boobs rule the day; they always will.
*If only you all knew that Gary Radnich hated, detested tweeting until KRON management told him he better tweet or else...the guy that continually made fun of social media and Twitter itself now can't stop tweeting. Next thing you know Radnich will start parking outside of handicapped zones.
*Oh, that Gladys.
*Now, KPIX has begun their version of "Happy Talk." The anchors are chirping more and more only some of them don't know how to ad-lib chirp if their life depended on it.
*If KGO Radio tanks to below a 1 share in the 6+ Overalls next month they you'll see what hell is like come the middle of next month. Then again, they'll be hell to pay no matter what happens so there really is no light at the end of the tunnel.
*That loudmouth political reporter, Mark Matthews, from KNTV: he's the type of guy that would do well on Wheel of Fortune but really suck on Jeopardy.
*Underrated: Noelle Walker
*Overrated: Cheryl Jennings
*Underrated: Allie Rasmus
*Overrated: Jana Katsuyama
*CNN is prepared to offer KPIX GA reporter, Christin Ayers, $400K to become its West Coast correspondent. Atlanta officials are meeting this week to formally offer its package to her, just crossing the T's and dotting the i's.
*Veronica De La Cruz and Liz Cook: fire and ice.
*Don Bleu: he was great...about 30 years ago.
*Jack Kulp was royally screwed you should know only Ben Fong-Torres couldn't say it like that because Ben works for Hearst-owned Chronicle.
*By the way, Gladys said I was great.
*"I'MMMMMMMMM KRIS-TIN HAAAAAAAANES, KGO 810."
*About everyone in the sports media industry sent a condolences shout-out to The Game's 95.7 FM talker, Damon Bruce, who lost his father last week. Well, one guy didn't acknowledge at all. Guess who? Yeah, Gary Radnich.
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