Wednesday, May 18, 2016
Another Reluctant Foil for Radnich; Steve Aveson Adapts to KRON Routine; New 10 PM News Isn't So New or Fresh; Consistent Lousy Audio Butchers New Cast; Brittney Shipp Already Courting LA Stations; KSFO's Sussman 'Prays' for Glenn Beck; Wednesday Opener
KRON has a new 10 PM Newscast which is really nothing more than a summation show from earlier evening newscasts; there's hardly anything "new" unless you like more "People behaving Badly" segments, a lot MORE.
Watching the 10 as I did Tuesday night, its new anchor, Steve Aveson, is nothing new really; an old, SF native which KRON is trumping up as if only to shout, "See, we're not that bad--we can get 'real anchors!" Only, Aveson looks and sounds like any middle-aged white TV News anchor; he knows how to read a teleprompter and he looks and sounds as if he's been around the block. OK, but it doesn't translate well on TV, especially when paired with old standby, Pam Moore. Sure, it takes time to develop chemistry with your new partner, but Moore looked like someone who was bored working with her new pupil.
Aveson doesn't exactly excite the senses either and offered lame and mostly uninspiring conversation notes with the various players. He wasn't helped, (this is not a surprise) with Gary Radnich's open mocking directed squarely at him (Aveson). Radnich opened his segment with a knock on Aveson appearing in KRON's new two-shot. Radnich wasn't pleased that the new guy was inching in on his space. Ha ha. Everything is a joke to Raddy. Every new anchor is his foil which would be fine only with Radnich it isn't funny; it doesn't look good on live TV; it looks, really, awkward --as if the new guy is thinking, "what the hell is this guy doing? Yeah, Mr. Aveson, welcome to the KRON 7/11 store, where sports guy messes with new character. Radnich thinks its hilarious. Everyone else is caught with the deer-in-headlights look.
The newscast itself, as we've said, isn't really anything new or innovative. There's more stories (from previous earlier shows) and some more lengthy packages but the real gist is lots more weather reports (just what we need) and extra Stanley Roberts. I like Stan but extra "PBB" segments aren't my cup of tea.
Brittney Shipp, the weather goddess, seems so delighted with her new KRON gig that she's been courting LA stations in earnest. Maybe she's tired of the drama although I'm sure she was warned; if she's truly ticked off it wouldn't be about her time; given the endless weather segments, it seems Shipp is on virtually every five minutes (which isn't so bad, by the way)
You would think with a new show, KRON would iron out all the tech glitches but they haven't; the audio issues that plague KRON's set-up are too numerous --but a constant echo noise when the anchor throws it to a reporter, or the sports guy is massively irritating --its so OBVIOUS and LOUSY and it destroys the moment, if there were a moment, but whatever.
*KSFO Morning Man, Brian Sussman "prayed" for Glenn Beck, who seems to be going crazy again.
I've tried in earnest to listen to Beck because I tend to like characters regardless of their politics or act, genuine or not, but I've never really warmed up to Beck. He seems rather disjointed and about to flip a lid at any given moment. That would be cause for entertainment for some but doesn't work for me.
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