THERE ARE WORSE SHOWS ON KNBR, more the "Commercial Leader" than Sports Bleeder; a radio spam pot headquartered on Broadway and Battery. Part of the Cumulus SF cluster where broadcast zombies go to work for the cloud company so they can become cast members for "Invasion of the Body Snatchers."
I haven't written much about the Radnich/Krueger 9-Noon show lately; the program bamboozled by nearly 40 minutes of commercials; infomercials; "updates" disguised as 'newsy' only, really, regurgitated sports minutiae aided by, yes, a sponsor, (another commercial); KNBR, really, Cumulus, is hellbent on making the most cash now because their corporate position is in the tank, a penny stock and destined any day now for bankruptcy --a subject matter you'll never even remotely hear discussed on the Bleeder because they live in the mother of all bubbles. It's as if they simply push buttons and block out life, real life. The alternative isn't that rosy.
Neither is "Gary and Larry" --(Radnich and Krueger) from 9- Noon, minus the sponsored obscenity thanks to greed and FCC lameness but we'll skip that albatross and concentrate on the diarrhea at 9.
Radnich long ago gave up any seriousness to his gig; (TV too--I mean, how many sportscasters don't attend the NBA Finals and Super Bowl? Name one?); it became apparent when he succumbed to middle-aged boredom and preoccupation with his domestic status, or as he calls it, "overhead"--Radnich's excuse for being asleep at the wheel and the nadir of his boredom is repeated alludes to his family. The same old tired "To be responsible and legit, you have to have kids and family." This nauseating carp wouldn't be so tiresome only to Raddy it's a staple he repeats every day, every goddamned day; as predictable as the sea lions on Pier 39.
When Radnich wants to; when he's alone and has the gumption to give the masses something of note; something with a little more girth than his usual GAR-Bosh, Raddy can still carry a show and deliver something new, something refreshing; an actual decent and cogent performance. But that's a rarity now; Gary is all about Gary and kissing Krueger's behind which I still haven't figured out only Gary is mildly insecure and protects those he views as possibly his future replacement.
Krueger has lost my trust. He used to be credible and fairly entertaining; now his staple seems to be the talent to talk out of both sides of his mouth. He's more now a radio salesman; the sports talk-radio version of Chip Franklin shilling everything from suits to car mufflers. Hey, we all have to earn a living; Krueger has taken it to the extreme. KNBR thinks it's cute. To hell with their listeners and everything else. A buck is a buck even if the future spells doom.
Moreover, Krueger, who actually knows sports (most of the time) has become boorish and amateur --it's mysterious because in the old days he preferred reliability and cred over audio histrionics that mostly cater to the worst common denominator. It's a sad development too because Krueger is the only one that has the ability to carry the show when Bentley man is absent. Furthermore, everyone who has listened to Larry in the past knows the new Larry is phony; being real and genuine is a commodity at the bleeder.
Now, let's get back to commercials.