Tonight (Saturday) is Mickey Luckoff's annual holiday party --he's been hosting this affair for years now and although the broadcasting atmosphere has changed dramatically, the MickeyFest is still a prized gathering, or so they say.
Luckoff, of course, ran the old KGO Radio for years when it was owned by the likes of ABC/Disney, Cap Cities and Citadel. He split just as Cumulus took over --next Tuesday is the 4th anniversary of the Clouds taking over KGO (how time flies).
Among some of the guests tonight at Luckoff's Marin party will be Ronnnnnnnnnnn Owens (wonder if Mickey will ask Ronn about his latest manicure?); Jack Swanson, who now is the ND at KCBS and who worked for Luckoff at 900 Front. (Swanson is the husband of former KGO reporter, Melanie Morgan); Luckoff still has plenty of enemies over his notorious negotiating tactics. One time recently, Luckoff lost an arbitration case to Owens. How did he take it? He didn't speak to Owens for years. (Maybe that wasn't such a bad thing.)
Luckoff is indeed a tough SOB and his rule-by-intimidation tactics is a personal rep that many people in broadcasting will never forget here and beyond. To his credit, he took care of many old KGO talent when he could have looked the other way. Ask former news anchor, Rosie Allen.