Gees, one day I have some housekeeping issues to deal with, take a day off, and the whole town starts whispering --"what's going on? --"Where's Rich?" Rich is looking for money to keep his life going and this site relevant --it takes a village to keep it all posted.
We're back, not that we ever left but we are here and that's all that counts.
Tony Kovaleski is indeed off to the Denver ABC station at the end of the month. Nothing bad about KNTV, ("they made me a great offer to stay but this was too good to turn down),": says Tony. I told Tony the cost of living in Rocky Mountain High will be cheaper than the Bay Area. Kovaleski seems genuinely giddy working both as an Investigative reporter and mentor for future IG reps.
*It's not that just FOX is ruining a few stalwarts at KTVU, it's more like they're messing with the entire operation. The "10 o'clock News" is still king but the newscast looks, sounds, and paces different. As in crappy different. The incessant weather teases borders on the absurd. The new talk-back with anchor and reporter is all forced now and even when there's legitimate reason to talk, most of the reporters don't know how to ad-lib. They look out of place. It's that simple.
*Tom Vacar, the next-to-last senior reporter at 2 seems destined for a showdown with FOX management when it's time for him to go at the end of the year most likely. In FOX's mindset, he makes too much money and is too old to continue working. But Fox has a problem. As I've noted here many times, Vacar is a lawyer too and could easily go after the big boys with an age-discrimination suit. That would not bode well for either side. Expect Fox to offer the veteran Vacar a sizable buyout. But what if Tom still wants to work? We get a battle royale then.
*I've been covering less and less of radio because radio is dead in the Bay Area.
*Give Larry Beil the title of "primary anchor" (along with Ashley and Daetz) during the week at KGO; he's too valuable to anchor sports. Give the sports anchoring to Mike Shumann and be a better place.
*Krasny on the air at KQED: a thoughtful, educated, refined, informed host and interviewer --off the air, a mean, nasty, hot-headed jerk.
*Sure the Chronicle is irrelevant --has been for years. If not for the sports section and Herb Caen, I'd have never read the fish wrap --like so many others of you did. Nowadays, it's just useless info with a new EIC hack that half the newsroom hates and a bunch of new reporters with pimples on their face. The senior columnists are splitting and the Editorial board is loose lips sinks ships. If Hearst weren't the owner this paper would be long gone.
*Who's Gil Gross?