In the old days the local TV News stations shunned San Francisco locales for live shots --they pretty much ignored old stand-buys like City Hall, Fisherman's Wharf, North Beach, even the GG Bridge. The SOP was "go into the 'burbs--hit Walnut Creek, Pleasanton, Burlingame, just forget about the city."
In fact, the infamous and ubiquitous 415 Media favorite: the water fountain in Downtown Walnut Creek became every station's (most notably PIX's and KTVU) favorite place to do MOS interviews. Not so much the case today, as SF visual notables have come back to vogue.
For one, the city has been transformed (for better or worse) into Silicon Valley North. Tech nerds permeate the entire area. The Mid-Market region near the Twitter building is a parking nightmare (like everywhere else in the 415) but has become Ground Zero for live shots. In addition, notice KGO's entire back scene set is centered on the West end of the Bay Bridge. Like KGO, KPIX does the majority of its weathercasts outside the studios with the Bay Bridge outside. Pretty logical but not always featured.
San Francisco was shunned by the local outlets. The feeling was that while the city possessed beautiful post-card pictures ideal for backdrops, ownership felt (rightly so) that the folks in the suburbs wanted their own hometown featured; anything SF was taboo. SF was run by the wacky Board of Supervisors; SF was home to crazy politicians and in the center of the Castro district; what city and its citizens would embrace "Sister Boom Boom?"
The burbs are still visited quite frequently, just not as much in vogue as they were a few years ago. San Francisco, you are back in action. Herb Caen would be proud.
*I haven't seen all the Sweeps data from November because acquiring it is akin to walking into the Kremlin unannounced, but it seems KTVU did real well in the morning. "We killed", said my spy at Channel 2. KGO didn't kill but did real well as did KNTV in various time clusters. KPIX had flat numbers across the board prompting rumors of management shake-ups but I've been hearing that story for a long time now. We'll wait and see.
*It's fine that KGO-TV states a disclaimer about it being owned by Disney which distributes the Star Wars movie and excess. That said, the bombardment of stories that have occurred and are about to commence are wretched, combustible visual saturation X10. Look, I love Star Wars; saw the original movie in 1977 as a wide-eyed 15 year-old waiting in line outside the Coronet. It was cool and fun. Today, the entire Star Wars extravaganza is tired and old already and we haven't even seen the movie yet. The proverbial live shots of morons camping out in front of theatres with their family will be a Winter 2015 TV News staple.
*Ken Wayne and Julie Haener is perfectly capable news program while Frank Somerville is away.
*Ditto Juliette Goodrich and Ken Bastida at 6 on PIX. In fact, if they were smart, it would be this tandem on a permanent basis but common sense isn't so much a virtue at 855 Battery.
*I'll say it again: one of the most underrated reporters in town: KGO's Lyanne Melendez.
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