MONDAY COFFEE: If word on the street is correct, then the Chronicle is bleeding more red ink--the most ever. Furthermore, the dire financial data coincides with the appointment of EIC, Audrey Cooper, who hasn't exactly warmed up the working masses with her youthful magic, or lack thereof--another factoid: since Cooper became EIC, at least two star writers--political columnist Carla Marinucci and crime-beat reporter, Henry Lee, split the paper and too more secure jobs via the Internet and TV. Hardly an endorsement for the fickle Cooper. It's now Hearst management suits about to lower the boom on the folks at 5th and Mission. The little man is cringing. So too, Ms. Cooper.
*A good media source inside the 49ers compound in Santa Clara tells me that even though the team is pooping, the PR minions are OK with the "they stink" sports media in town; the talk shows, the cable shows, newspapers, etc. not that they have a choice but given all bad pub you'd think someone there would be pissed. No. They go about their business all the while listening to KNBR and monitoring the chatter, which is bad. Not bad for the motor mouths at Knibber where a very baaaaad football team fills the lines and makes for invigorating radio--that is, until KNBR's 7000 commercials per hour destroy the momentum.
*It's raining outside. KCBS traffic people having collective orgasms --weather people are in euphoria. The TV blue jackets are out, wipe the dust off. Mike Pechner is downright giddy. Stan Bunger had to be contained on the floor by Susan Leigh Taylor who told us for the 400th straight day about her ride in to the city from Pacifica. Let me guess, Suzy, you saw moisture on the roads?
*Wayne Walker may or may not have developed Parkinson's disease due to repeated hits in the NFL while he played for the Lions. One thing is for sure: he didn't use his ailment as a bargaining chip for a future contract. That's a fact. Yeah, I know he wasn't doing TV at the time but knowing Wayne, he wouldn't do that, it's not his style.
*Speaking of Walker, he was top dog in the market for years and didn't have to resort to cheap tricks and insulting his co-workers on air. Furthermore, Wayne Walker had a very keen sense of humor that made staffers marvel --and we won't even mention his ability to read copy straight on the 11 after some, well, interesting nights on the town.
*Rusty Simmons? I guess nobody cares.
*I didn't know listening to Kate Scott's travel itinerary in the Northwest for 10 minutes is a new morning feature on Knibber. Might as well tell us how the coffee was at the Motel 6. And by the way, hey you, "Pawlie" Mac, --this just in: she doesn't care for guys so quit hitting on her. Your wife might give you a Grateful Dead right to the face--yeah, yeah, yeah, DUDE!
*The dude-counter hit about 68 on the morning show Monday--DUDE!
*There's so many white guys inside the KNBR studios somebody compared it to the opening of a Target store in Simi Valley.
*The KGO Radio Morning giggling team is having issues. "JJ" is pissed off at "JB" because he has more sick days than she does--giggle, giggle.
*Chip Franklin would sell his mother-in-law if given the dough. Maybe he can take that pillow, buy another one from his rich uncles and then have a squeegee party on his temperpedic.
*ABC's "Good Morning America" would like to talk to KTVU's Steve Paulson in case he's interested.
*If "POWLIE MAC" was paid by the word, "dude", he'd have Donald Trump coin.
*John Lobertini: biggest jerk in radio news. That said, he's a good anchor and can smoke a mean cigar. Ask Mike Sugerman.
*Sugerman used to have major juice in this town before ego, women, and money got in the way.
*Damon Bruce: LADIES man!
*KTVU Halloween morning: no costumes and/or pirate talk. The power, of, uh, 415 Media.
*Ronnnnnnnnnnn had a cool Halloween: he dressed up as an ego.
*Susan Leigh Taylor: sanctimonious never had a more loyal friend.
*Something you'll never hear on KCBS: "Money Matters with Jan Wahl."
*I'm not paying attention to any of this due to my on-going fling with Joey Heatherton.