The arrogance of Stan Bunger at KCBS is beginning to take its toll via coworkers who report Mr. Importance's frequent days off are perceived as mere power ploys. No one takes more days than Blunder and people are noticing.
*Speaking of arrogance, KGO-TV staffers are furious at newbie anchor, Natasha Zouves. For one, there is still a deep resentment over the demotion of Katie Mazullo --(who I tend to think is overrated); nevertheless, Marzullo is moping and going about her business while Zouves was reportedly telling everyone at 900 Front to "Get over It, I'm here and I'm not going anywhere."
*Add KGO-TV: When you hear the story of ex-KGO reporter, Nick Smith, you'll understand how the TV News biz works. Coming soon.
*I've had people in other markets ask me how in the hell can Gary Radnich get away with not going to any sports events in the Bay Area? Simple answer. Radnich doesn't want to and what's management at KRON to do? Fire him? No, because he's Raddy and besides, "I've got kids", as Raddy has said countless times. So does Dennis O'Donnell and Mark Ibanez and Larry Beil--but they go. It's called a part of your job! When Radnich skipped the NBA Finals (he went to one game as a fan) that may have been the worst moment in Bay Area sports TV News. How pathetic and thoroughly unprofessional. Maybe Radnich could do a documentary on Bentleys parked in handicapped zones.
*Jana Katsuyama at KTVU: behind the cutesy look and persona: a very demanding, sarcastic, pain in the ass, according to my KTVU Insider. "She's Mary Poppins when the red light's on and 'Misery when it's off--A complete phony."
*You all castigated me because I dare had asked why not one reporter merely inquired about what started the fire up near Clear Lake. So on Tuesday night, low and behold, many reporters began asking about the cause of the fire. Coincidence? Perhaps. You be the judge.
*All the congratulations; all the plaudits; all the self-glory of reporters working on the fire line--hey, IT'S THEIR JOB! If they were worried about safety then they could pass on the assignment. Is it dangerous? Yes, so is doing a live shot these days too. My point is this is what they signed up to do. It's in their employment package so please, stop the BS "Oh, what a great job by so and so." You want "great" reporting? Look for something, someone, who digs for a new angle, something different, perhaps why so many of the displaced didn't get fire insurance. Why? This is just one example. There's several others. Fortunately, KGO's Michael Finney did a really through report on the upcoming insurance questions regarding the fire. It was informative, crisp, thought-provoking and to the point. Much needed levity too.
*Heather Holmes placement in the '10 O'clock News' filling in for Julie Haener while she recovers from a medical issue, was not so much an endorsement for Holmes going Monday-Friday primetime --more an acknowledgement that Keba Arnold is a lightweight. Sorry, but that's the truth. Worse, Holmes is a lightweight herself with only her physical assets (apparently) passing the smell test.
*One reporter that did stand out at the fire: KRON's Justine Waldman.
*Ronn Owens has told Cumulus and KGO that his successor should be Brian Copeland. And no one else. Which should make the 60-something housewife from Walnut Creek happy. I hear they just love Byron Allen concerts.
*If Mike Krukow were to announce his retirement sometime soon from Giants broadcasts I wouldn't be shocked.
*Yeah, of course, the Chron's Ann Killion basically blackballed Damon Bruce from ever appearing on CSNBA's (Comcast) "Yahoo Live." One day soon we will tell the story.
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