When the Chronicle --and its digital sister, SFGate, was must-read media. Even if it meant having to skip most of the frivolities ...now, it's simply unnecessary and a mega-hassle. It's easier to get into the Kremlin than to navigate the Gate. Other than a few columnists, why bother?
*I remember when Ronnnnnnnnnnnn Owens was appointment radio. Informational, entertaining, provocative and enlightening. Now, the only thing compelling on Ronnnnnnnnnnnn's show is when he tells listeners about his Mercedes purchase over the weekend.
*I remember when most female KPIX news anchors weren't getting pregnant all the time.
*I remember when a certain 95.7 FM (Sports) 'The Game' host from 3-7 PM, was on rival KNBR, Christmas night, for 20 minutes, no less. Hats off to the monitoring dept.
*I remember when Gary Radnich, who preaches kids and family on his daily alleged sports show, cheated on his first wife, twice. (That didn't make the Ben Fong-Torres article, humn.)
*I remember the time when KTVU was wildly popular and entertaining; a news foundation and staff based on great anchors; great reporters, reporting; news and information delivered with crisp and crafty technique; real and genuine; a heritage station that was the envy of the Bay Area and beyond.
Now, I see anchors talking, chattering, and sounding like fools. Reporters and anchors talking like a pirate. A bunch of clowns directed by FOX Clown management who wouldn't know authenticity and respect for brand if it hit 'em in the head.
*I remember the time when a blond female anchor at KTVU hit Mark Ibanez with her heel in the parking lot.
*I remember when KTVU female anchors like Gasia Mikaelian didn't mug the camera and embarrass themselves and the station. Sum Ting Wong.
*I remember the time when in order to get a TV anchor gig on KGO-TV, a female newbie didn't sound like Julia Child.
*I remember KGO-TV without 4 weather anchors. 4!
*I remember the last black air talent on PIX not counting Christin Ayers.
*I remember Brian Copeland when he was black.
*I remember Michael Krasny when he wasn't having an orgasm talking to Phillip Roth.
*I remember Ron Lowenstein when he first came to KGO in 1975. Humble fellow.
*I remember Pete Wilson and Evan White and Bob Jimenez and Tom Sinkovitz. I remember Van Amburg. I remember Peter Cleaveland reporting on the streets of San Francisco. I recall Catherine Heenan. I respect the hell out of Kate Kelly and Pam Moore. Rita Williams and Betty Ann Bruno. Ben Williams and Belva Davis. Mark Thompson and Pete Liebengood. Joel Bartlett and Peter Giddings. Jerry Jensen and Art Cribbs. Marcia Brandwynne and Claud Mann. Gary Park and Don Sanchez.
*I remember Owen Spann. Jim Eason. Art Finley. Gene Burns. (Mr. Burns, affectionately)
*Jim Dunbar and Ted Wygant. Wow.
*I remember Joe Starkey do his 6: 20 PM sports report on KGO Radio. The best-written sports wrap in America.
*I recall the night John Lennon was murdered in 1980 I turned on KGO Radio and listen to Russ Coughlan heal a grieving Bay Area.
*I recall Monte Stickles buying me breakfast at the lovely Studio Café on Golden Gate Ave when KGO was headquartered in the Tenderloin.
*I remember when KRON was the CBS of the Bay Area. Now it's pretty much Cartoon Channel.
*I remember when Dave Newhouse hosted SportsPhone 68 and Ralph Barbierri dove in for the kill.
*I remember the first time Gary Park talked about restaurants in Montreal during Giants' games.
*As a little kid, 10 to be exact, I remember the great Walt Harris and "BIG TIME WRESTLING!" at the old KTVU in 1972.
*I remember the old Gary Radnich "Sports Final" on the old KRON before the Young Broadcasting/NBC debacle.
*I remember a TV sports guy named Steve Sommers. Maybe the funniest person ever in Bay Area media.
*I remember when Mark Thompson replaced "Fletcher the Weather Bunny" on KRON.
*I remember when perusing the Bay Guardian was first toilet read followed by the Pink Section.
*I remember having lunch with Howard Cosell and seeing him hit on a 19 year-old blond at the Fairmont Hotel back in 1982 when I was working at K-101.