Monday, April 4, 2016

The Great Ronnnnnnnnnn Owens/Cumulus KGO/KSFO Publicity Stunt; Gullible Listeners Tone Deaf on Charade; Owens Laughed And Told Jokes in Studio as Fired News People Marched Out Door; Update: Readers Bombard SF Gate

 A STUNT...If you really believe the whole Ronnnnnn deal was simply a response to "listener outcry", I have some terrific oceanfront property in Fresno to sell you.

I don't believe it. I called it like it is, a STUNT.

From a CUMULUS PR hack:

"Last week, it was announced that Bay Area radio legend Ronn Owens, KGO 810 talk host for 40 years, would move to sister station 560 KSFO to host Afternoon Drive starting Monday, April 4, but after KGO listener outcry, the decision was made to keep Owens at his home station."

Isn't that dandy? You even went to extremes and cut a new promo on KSFO. Wow. You'll do anything, Cumulus, to fool the masses. And apparently, they bought it.

So, Ronn can have shitty ratings; Ronn is allowed to laugh and giggle "on his final hour on KGO" even as his new, fallen colleagues were marched out of the building --terminated, FIRED! ...Even that didn't keep RONNNNNNN from laughing and giggling: As he once told his engineer: "Hey, Fuck it, I'm here, we're not going anywhere."

That's the Ronnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnn I know. Mr. Softie in action.


What a crock of crap.

We're moving on.

UPDATE: 12: 41 PDT: Readers Bombard SF Gate! Gotta read the comments.

*A crisis at Bay Area TV station --what the newsroom is discussing; coming soon.



50 comments:

  1. People bought that stuff?? *Giggles like Ronnnnnnnnnnnnnn*

    Can't wait for the TV stuff!.

    I wish someone would tape Gasia's mouth shut! She talks as if she's on speed! She's yelling louder than Darya!

    Throw this broad into the KRONVICT yard with the others, and let 'em at each other!

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    1. ZooKeeper SlappyApril 4, 2016 at 9:52 AM

      Hmph.,,Lowenstein & his Old Monkey ASS!!!

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  2. Not a huge Ronn fan but he made out on this deal. 1 less hour of work for the guy. EZ money. Now I just heard him on the promo with the others for KGO's "next generation." But he's from the last generation...lol. He sounds tired, worn out and just plain off.

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    1. He's a shell of his former self, been sounding tired for 10+ years now.

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  3. When did Ronn get the facelift and hair plugs?

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    1. He looks like that other chicken hawk GW Bush.

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    2. Looks like a combination of George Bush and Al Bundy. 2 big losers.

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    3. Around the time the female KGO hosts started dying their hair. Oh wait, they all do? for 30+ years each?

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    4. Let the gray shine through.

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    5. Al Bundy once scored four touchdowns in a game for Polk High. No loser he.

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  4. Really hard to feel sorry for someone with a serious illness when he's pulling stunts like this. What a piece of shit. He's a real schmuck. He'll get his.

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  5. "Hi. I'm Will Tran. I dressed myself this morning to be at the desk (to balance the audio and video presence of my co-anchor."

    Pinstripe jacket
    Checkered dress shirt
    Plaid necktie

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  6. Dr Bill was filling in for his son Eric on his own show last night. 3 hours of great radio like the old days. No BS, no politics to UFO's or stupid antics. He was fairly mild mannered. No mincing words though. Especially when asked by a caller about the Cumulus clowns. MZ called in to give his thoughts about Bay Area radio as well.

    Why can't a local group take back OUR radio waves from these clowns in Atlanta?

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    1. I listened too. It was a real treat. I listened to Dr Bill as a kid on Sunday nights. His talk put me to sleep and my mind was open. I am not oppose to the new generation, but only if they were like the old...with worldly thinking, respect, understanding and wisdom.

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  7. I don't believe it. If it's true, I have lost all respect for him.

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  8. Illness notwithstanding, he is still a massive douche.

    His many lemmings just believe all this BS, just look at his FB feed.

    His media enablers, like Dave Wiegand at SFGate, just reinforce this nonsense.

    In the meanwhile, 20+ staffers are now hitting the pavement looking for new gigs, while Mr. Softie can get his manicures and laugh while his colleagues are figuring out what to do next.

    So disappointing

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    1. Indeed that Wiegand character is a Ronn Owens apologist.
      He is the most naive writer at the Chronicle.
      The Monkey News has their share of sheep too.

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  9. How come he looks like an older version of Al Bundy in the pic? I like Al a lot better.

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  10. All I Can Say is unless you are a Visitor to this Blog You are one confused KGO Fan. I posted the announcement on my blog in case rooon tries to claim it never happened!

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  11. Ronnald Blowins makes me puke. But you know what the worst thing is? He's boring. Borrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrring. And an asshole. A boring asshole.

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    1. Hey, I gave him that damn nickname! And don't you forget it!

      :-)

      (I used Blowens though)

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  12. When I first heard those promos this morning, it became obvious that they were not cut subsequent to the announcement of the firing, which means that Ronn Owens ought to be ashamed of himself. Not a loyal man to his colleagues or his listeners and frankly I never though he was a man of dignity.

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    1. 12:26: How was it "obvious"? Owens could have recorded that voicetrack anytime Thursday afternoon, Friday, Saturday or Sunday. All he needed was a script (which Cumulus provided) and a microphone (ditto).

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    2. I totally concur with everything you stated.

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  13. Time to choose, Rich. You've reported that Owens' agent found the clause in the contract and you've called it a publicity stunt. Which was it? Frankly, I'm much more inclined to believe a collosal Cumulus fuck-up than I am a publicity stunt.

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    1. I hear ya....how is it that ronnn's agent found the clause but the empty suits at the cloud didn't??? Something smells fishy.....other then that stale stench that is ronnnn's show.

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  14. Listen closely the way KGO is running those voiceovers this morning, and notice how similarly written they are, the style, the tone, the tempo, and do not tell me that they were not well planned days if not weeks ago - There was so 3pm-6pm slot at KSFO because Mark Levin would never have approved it - all a scam to insult the intelligence of people who will not wake up to the fact that media organizations in this country are doing you harm.

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  15. There has been so much discussion about Owens the past few days. Didn't realize how huge of a Bay Area legend and personality he is. From the discussion, he is given almost God-like status. I never listened to him. He seems like so many other talk show hosts who are so full of themselves. Even more so, when they get old. What's the big deal about Ronn ?

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  16. Who did KGO bump to give Ronn is time-slot back?

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  17. Who was scheduled to handle the 10-12 slot before Ronn was moved back from KSFO to KGO?

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  18. Since Cumulus has little, if any, marketing budget, the entire episode at KGO/KFOG smells like a free publicity campaign. It follows the axiom that "all press is good press." Unfortunately, I believe that this stunt will backfire. Sure, they're getting a lot of free publicity right now, but when people tune in to the "new" KGO tomorrow, the content better damn be amazing.

    And then there's KFOG with three weeks of "cume cleansing" running promos between every song that "The Evolution is Coming 4/20." Gimme a frickin' break. If there was ever an evolved radio station, it was KFOG before Cumulus started screwing with it. In three weeks, they'll have to start building from the ground up, something very difficult in today's climate.

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  19. Before we move on, looks like the deal was finalized on Friday, not over the weekend.

    So, basically the news team was hosed and A&G added, plus a new host, and this is the NEW KGO? What a load. Even if Pat Thurston is on sometimes, I no longer listen to that dreck. Maybe Cumulus can pull this crap in Atlanta, but San Franciscans are too bright.

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    1. "but San Franciscans are too bright"

      ...or at least they think they are.

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  20. I USED to be a KGO listener, before the last KGO bloodbath. Then I quit 810 and (thankfully)found Armstrong and Getty. I can tolerate Ronn, at least back when I listened to KGO. I will give him a try if I listen at that hour.

    KKSF 910 has been shuffling its shows over the last few years, and not really for the better. The afternoons get dumber and dumber. The "doghouse" is a joke, a millennial set of Sophomoric MORONS who wouldn't know intelligent discussion if it hit them in the face. They just laugh and mug into the microphone. Its like listening to friends at a bar, after they have had way to much to drink.

    So back to KGO for A&G..... at least they have the wattage to cover the area..... But I doubt I will stay for anyone else (except Gil Gross).

    And yes, I am a Boomer.... and want to experience grown up people discuss issues.... intelligently. Let the morons indulge themselves in twitter and facebook, and leave talk radio for the adults.

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    1. Perfectly said, 4:18 pm. Especially your last paragraph. Real talk radio allows for an exchange between the host and the listening audience. One can actually learn! Yeah... social media... yet there is nothing social about it (at least in grown-up terms).

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  21. That picture of Ronnnnn makes him look like a wax bust of Gil Gross that had been left too long by a space heater.

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  22. I could only listen once to the crap on KGO today...so am still confused. The Trash A&G from 6 - 10...followed by Ronn the traitor from 10 to noon...from then on, lost...sounded like Copie...? from noon to ? Then was it Chip from maybe 3 to 7...followed by the Dregs? And then I guess whoever else? The guy that's been on Sunday mornings? Did Brett Burkhart get canned? Oh well, nothing, nothing, nothing good to say about any of it. And, what happens on the weekend..."sold" programs and then hours of the terrible chef?

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  23. Hope you'll get back to TV...No Robin at KRON this morning. I'm sure you're working on an update.

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    1. Just don't show footage of a white CHP doing a chase across the Bay Bridge of a black dog...Glad he wasn't hurt, but why does every damn news channel keep playing it??

      BREAKING NEWS! Dog runs away from officer on motor cycle.. Wow. Really?? I've never heard of anything so spectacular.

      Hope the dog gets adopted by someone who doesn't let this happen.

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  24. Armstrong and Getty belong in Cowtown...I mean Sactown. Their act won't work in San Francisco

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    1. Hey, I am a huge KGO listener, who lives in Sacramento. But hey, regarding A & G, you're right!

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    2. It's already in San Francisco, has been for quite a while on 910

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    3. You feel KGO only reaches San Francisco? Newsflash, entire Bay Area. Newsflash, the majority of people don't even listen. Newsflash, the majority of people in the Bay Area weren't born in the Bay Area. San Jose alone is foreign born. So yes, it will work. The Bay Area is no longer filled with leftover summer of love hippies. Slowly but surely transitioning.

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    4. You got that right. They should relocate their show to one of the larger cities (one of those that airs their show) where they might have a chance to be more believable... perhaps San Francisco or San Diego. Sacramento doesn't cut it.

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  25. I doubt it was a stunt. That would give all involved credit for having brains. Mere stupidity is all that's needed to explain what happened here.

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  26. At least Bret Burkhart and Mark Nieto still have jobs. Lean mean morning news.

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  27. Same shitty format. News. Weather. Traffic. Talk. Our mattress boy probably has only 20 minutes with all the commercials. It's not the New Generation, it's the same old crap with Ronn, Brian, Chip and company.

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  28. When do all you folks have time to listen to commercial radio? Other than listening in my car, I haven't turned on a radio at home in YEARS. Oh, and I listen to satellite radio when I am in my car. I don't listen to talk radio on any format.

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  29. Wow, this stuff even made it to a railroad forum...

    http://www.altamontpress.com/discussion/read.php?1,131654,131702#msg-131702

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  30. Poor old Ronn is slowing down. No reason why he called in sick on Wednesday. Sounds like Mr. Grouch. Always name dropping (Chris is a personal friend). Ethan Bearman has a lot more energy. Even if he's a right winger, sounds better than old Ronn. Maybe two hours is too long for Ronn. The two guys in the morning suck. Four hours is torture. Hope they bomb in San Fran. Copie is boring. Chip is hyper and senseless. Drex stinks.

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