IF the workers are correct, the Chronicle is about to unleash some nasty layoffs come Jan. 4. All sorts of cuts and buyout offers to tenured reporters and editors. The problem here is not so much Chronicle-related as it is Hearst, the Chron owner, whose other media businesses aren't doing so well of late.
I'm told the golden diva, EIC, Audrey Cooper will have to inform staff herself come next Monday.
*No, escorting one outside the building after they are let go isn't that unusual in corporate America; what is unusual and quite tacky and boorish is removing someone who happens to be literally on their traffic reporting shift --like, say, Robin Winston, who had the gall to give notice to Cumulus' KGO Radio. Imagine that, what nerve!
*Cumulus, the penny-stock company that Ronn Owens said is great! The same company that the leftover talk hosts who have no conscience work at because they're so desperate to get back on the air they'll work for anybody.
*If you sense I'm overly picking on Gasia Mikaelian because of her on-air, on-web shenanigans you might be right. I think I've been equal-opportunity critic. The news institution that was once KTVU? I have respect and appreciation of the brand. I don't like to see morsels like Gasia (who should know better) make a mockery of the place.
*The veteran KTVU people who still have passion, I feel your pain.
*Ted Robinson filling in on KNBR this (Monday Morning from 9-Noon) Imagine: interesting, edgy, concise and articulate sports talk and conversation devoid of verbal oatmeal --entertaining too. Imagine that.
*Sure, KRON is a dead end for a lot of weather and traffic anchors lately but it's still TV. In the #6 market too. So, Robin knows what she's doing, for now. Until the News Director gets in her face. So too, the human Golden Globes.
*KGO Radio staffers are still without a contract but getting closer to a new one, I'm told.
*The Warriors are the #1 game in town --duh!--only treated like third-class citizens as they are on their flagship radio station.
*KTVU "10 o'clock News": six weather teases a night. Pathetic.
*Wonderful terrestrial radio moment this Monday Moring drive: the redneck who didn't know Nigerians have accents. And worse yet, mispronounced the name of the primary character that Will Smith is portraying in Concussion movie. Maybe he had too much in the Saloon.
*Has Ronnnnnnnnn taken a picture with himself and the new PD yet? He loves doing that.
*One certain KGO host plugged the "informational programing" on Sunday. Clever.