I received a lot of feedback from my KTVU "Talk like a Pirate" idiocy Saturday--most in agreement that the charade (and it was all that) was chock full of gimmicks not usually associated with a product such as KTVU.
Even in its embryonic stages of being FOXed, KTVU News still puts out fairly quality newscasts but Saturday's travesty makes you kind of wonder.
I'm not a killjoy; I don't mind occasional asides of people having fun, even newscasters and reporters. But there's a time and a place --plus there's a bigger picture too. KTVU News (Fox2) is in the business of delivering the news. It has a history --a news operation that was once the envy of not just this market but markets across the nation. To sully that reputation for a forced and contrived bit; for professional news people to participate in such a circus act does a lot of damage to KTVU's image and those responsible should be aware of that distinction. I'm not sure they do. Maybe they're still in their pirate costumes.
*I'm not a huge Jon Miller fan but I think he's one of the top radio baseball broadcasters in the business. I know Giants fans adore him as they should. That said, Miller does (or in this case, doesn't) do something so obvious, so basic baseball announcing 101A--GIVING THE SCORE!
On Saturday I was driving around doing errands late in the afternoon and had KNBR on like a lot of you and was listening to the Giants--Arizona game. It was near the conclusion of the ballgame, that much I could tell but I wanted to hear the score. So I naturally waited, and waited, and waited --NO ANNOUNCEMENT OF THE SCORE! It was at least ten minutes before Miller uttered "Giants are losing 6-0". I could be off a minute or two but even 7-8 minutes without providing the score is simply ridiculous. Worse yet, Miller routinely doesn't give the score at least once every few minutes. It's a daily ritual with Miller and it's irritating as all hell. Lon Simmons once said "you can never give the score too many times." Apparently, Miller didn't get the memo.
*People that begin a sentence with the word, "So"--add to that list of my growing major irritation matters. "At the end of the day" too but "so" is so lazy and annoying. I know, life is full of joy and laughter.