*A Bay Area radio GIANT; a truly great morning personality and pioneer (someone who'd make mincemeat of Murph and Mac) Dr. Don Rose passed away 11 years ago this month. Dr. Don was not only a cool craftsman but a very, very nice gentleman too.
As we read of the apparent, soon-to-be demise of FM ALT Rocker, "Live 105", I'll always remember one of its biggest alum, Alex Bennett, a Bay Area broadcast veteran now doing a nation podcast in NYC.
We talked about Bennett a few years back extolling his contribution to Bay Area radio.
For all his personal peccadillos (and he had many; still does) Bennett was entertaining as all hell and quite a presence.
His morning extravaganzas --known as "Breakfast with Bennett" was a big-time radio event. Scores of VIP, mainly SF-area comedians and local media figures made the BWB; a major part of the Bennett cog; a key negotiating tenant of Bennett's repertoire; staple entertainment and must-listen radio on "Live 105" in its heyday.
Who knows how a 2016 BWB would fare today in the world of Internet and Satellite radio but it was certainly a big part of Bay Area radio and precisely the type of vintage broadcasts that defined Live 105 and will always be a part of its heritage.
*The idea of CBS selling its radio division to essentially satisfy its shareholders and use it as a means to lift up less profitable CBS divisions is, at the very least, disgusting, and worst, beyond the pale. Just awful.
*Does FCC mean anything? --better yet, does FCC do anything?
*Advertisers aren't dumb; they know fully well that scores of listeners LEAVE stations like KNBR when said outlet bombards the airwaves with over 10 minutes of commercials in one cluster; (although in KNBR's case, about 12); nobody denies KNBR its right to make a ton of money but at what cost? Short term, a wad of green; long term diminishing listeners and diminished profits at which point NOBODY WILL CARE.
|KNBR's Morning Show mutts, "Murph and Mac" --Brian Murphy (left) and Paulie Mac|
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