IN ALL the hullabaloo going on at KRON the past few days over the Radnich/ Heenan video meltdown -- ONE THING is still a constant: the absolute lack of power from News Director, Aaron Pero.
More to the point, Pero is intimidated by Radnich. Radnich can get away with almost anything because Pero doesn't have the power nor the backing of KRON's weak upper management.
For starters, Pero's girlfriend is morning news anchor, KRON's self-anointed diva, Darya Folsom, who does a daily segment with Radnich. Folsom too has a wide swath of power at the station and often utilizes it at the expense of worker morale.
Gees, I wonder how she's able to get away with it? Nobody dare cross her line or else...
Pero gets his marching orders from Media General, the corporate owner of KRON (and its biggest station); it was MG that suggest Radnich apologize to Heenan over the air to get the matter dissolved and for its Bay Area TV albatross to move ahead.
Where was Pero? Better yet, where is Pero? Nowhere to be found. But that's not anything new around 900 Front. Pero runs KRON mostly through fear and intimidation and picks his favorites --Radnich is one of those favorites and anything even remotely controversial that could cause negative worker moral gets a pass. Why? Because in essence, Pero will NEVER act against Radnich even if Radnich has caused mass angst and embarrassment for KRON and its staff.
The video with Heenan clearly crossed the bounds of decency and was well over the top. I actually defended Radnich but was overwhelmed with negative e-mail from both KRON staffers and viewers who were disgusted with it and wanted Radnich to get the business from management --apparently Pero didn't get the memo.
Corporate is taking a long hard look at all of this; there is every indication that they are not pleased with its results --even MG (KRON) has standards --or at least they surely want to make it look as if they do.
The final chapter of this little affair hasn't been written yet; can't wait for the conclusion.
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