It was startling and fantastic at the same time--Imagine that.
Ken Bastida was the solo anchor and, more interestingly, the only anchor on KPIX's 5 PM newscast Tuesday. You may say, "so what." But you're missing the point.
It doesn't matter the circumstances, the newscast was a welcome relief from the usual visual oatmeal PIX puts out.
Bastida simply read the news. The only other talent working was weather anchor, Paul Deanno, who provided his usual steady weathercast-- this time, devoid of having to offer false cackles with one of the usual boneheads.
Bastida is a Bay Area native, a seasoned pro and it showed Tuesday. The newscast had a fresher look, a crisper pace and guess what? It worked. There's this annoying model that local TV News must include at least 3-4 people on the set to be successful. Baloney. Furthermore, as Bastida proved, one good newsperson can handle the chore and make the show more watchable.
Here's hoping PIX's experiment --assuming it was sort of--is a regular at 5 PM but I'm not going to hold my breath.
*I've been a regular supporter of Roberta Gonzales --the KPIX weatherwoman who does her job well, whether (no pun) in the evening or early morning. And I still am but lately I've got major issues with her.
Roberta, for the sake of us all, QUIT the annoying, irritating as-all-hell sappy talk. It's not becoming of you. It wreaks of pretentiousness --you don't need the PTA act on TV or the radio either, Roberta. They like you no matter what, but when you do the Miss Nancy persona, it' s a drag.
*You don't get inside information from a broadcast team. They're there to announce the game. Therefore, to suggest, that KNBR doesn't need to send a reporter to L.A. to cover a Giants-Dodgers pennant race series is ignorance at its best. Looks like the Giant's booster club is at it again.
*That second-tier, married anchor from a local station will be at Kokkari tonight with one of his 3 girlfriends sitting at the bar staring me down to no avail. The bartender can't wait. I don't blame him.
*KTVU has announced its expanding its "MO2" News another hour (from 9-10) which is good news if you like more news but bad news if you're sick of Mike Mibach.
*In case you haven't noticed, there's some subtle changes taking place on the air at KCBS and expect more to come, not so subtle and very much away from the usual KCBS model.
*Hey, KRON web man? You're snitch-status has become legendary lore around the offices. Most of the people are on to you. My advice: keep washing Raddy's Bentley and stick to your little seat, pinhead.
*Today on the Gil Gross Show, Gil talks to a man in North Carolina who says he can prove most men are really coyotes.
*KTVU's Debra Villalon: Looks like one of the Golden Girls.
*Underrated: A's TV announcer Glenn Kuiper.
*BREAKING NEWS! Jan Wahl just ate an entire Sacramento Sleeptrain cafeteria.
*I'm announcing today my new movie in the works: "Straight Outta Concord."
*At this point, to pile on Keba Arnold is counterproductive. I think the point is clear: Keba is more potato than meat, sorry Frank Somerville.
*Len Tillem: put away the ego and listen to some of your greatest media advisers, (like me) There's a lot of people who would love to listen to you, Loyah, settle down and have a meeting.
*About a month ago, a third-tier reporter (TV) basically tried to bed me down in exchange for wanton, unprotected sex. Oh, and a feature too--I'm not kidding and I can prove it and I will soon. Her name will be changed to protect the innocent.
*By the way, ladies: I'm expensive. But I'm worth it.
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