OWENS goes ballistic over not being in Vegas!
KGO's Ronn Owens is furious that his show is not broadcasting from the huge CES (Consumer Electronic Show) Show in Las Vegas.
Owens, the self-described "Gadget Man" (supposedly, he's got over 10 cell phones) is one pissed-off talker.
Owens is seething --(he's told very few KGO people) because management decided to 86 programming from the Vegas event "at the last minute." Said an insider: "Cumulus is cutting back on anything even remotely deemed 'discretionary spending--it's simply not in the budget." In other words: It costs too much.
Sorry, Ronnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnn. You could always extend the 'R and B 'Joke Hour' to a full show or bring back 'Up to 30'--uh, the latter? That'll never happen. Gees, I wonder why.
GULEN IS STILL PISSED OFF
Leyla Gulen, it would seem, must be happy. She was dumped at KGO-TV (ABC7); fired for being insubordinate after learning she wouldn't be on the station's new morning show.
But now, Gulen is headed across the nation to lovely (uh) Charleston, SC to work at Fox24 as their 10 PM anchor.
STOP right there: In fact, Gulen, who comes across as sweet and cuddly (not!) is still outraged that KGO gave her the heave-ho; how much so? Gulen discovered she was a goner by showing up to work and discovering her security card key was deactivated! (Ouch) That didn't sit well with the former ballerina --who has reportedly called a "prominent" SF attorney to "weigh any legal options."
As they say, stay tuned.
* Some KPIX staff, are waged in an outright "war" over the CBS O and O's allotment of Super Bowl tickets. Seems the big suits have received the bulk of the prized Santa Clara tickets while lower-level, (gees, what a shock) staff have been told they won't get any ducats --the result is what you expect. Another issue at 855 Battery that has put a crimp on labor-management relations. Way to boost morale.
*Those ubiquitous "Non-24" ads are becoming radio spots diarrhea --then again, the company that puts them out doesn't give a damn.
*Hey, Gasia Mikaelian, you can tell your friends at KTVU that "I don't give a damn about 'this station's reputation, I'm here to get a paycheck"--just keep in mind, some of those that work their ass off to make your job easier are not so thrilled.
*Ross Palombo: a legend in his own mind. The Italian Ron Burgundy.
*Put Ronnnnn, Copeland and Jason Middleton into a room with the equally insufferable, Mike Amatori and you'll see more brown toilet paper that you see when visiting the bathroom at the SF Zoo.
*BREAKING NEWS: Bill Martin just performed his 18th weather tease on the 10 O'clock News, a new world record.
*Ann Killion and Jan Wahl are reportedly in deep thought to create a new play: "Double Yentas!"
*Brian Hackney's rally cry at PIX: "Hey, you could have had Henry Tannenbaum!"
*Sal Castaneda is taking musical requests while he anchors traffic on KTVU thereby FOX now completely fucking up the entire old Channel 2 legacy. At least he hasn't begun talking like a pirate. Yet.
*John Sasaki shot some news content (furry animals) with his cell-phone camera. The union guys at KTVU are furious.
*Frank Somerville: pompous with hair plugs and whose ego has shot through the roof. One more thing: Your YouTube commentaries are amazingly similar to that of KGO's Dan Ashley. Gees, I wonder why.
*Ben Bland Torres: When writing that multi-thousand word Puffy Press Release on KNBR Krueger (which has, so far, drawn 1! response) forgot some outstanding items. Some of you already know what were the obvious notes that Benjie left out. Ben is in another world thinking it's 1979 and he's still penning for Rolling Stone.
*Of course Ben could have written more extensively about the bloated one who still parks his used Bentley in the handicapped parking spot at 900 Front. Just don't drive a Jag in the Tenderloin anymore.