*The NBC Bay Area (KNTV) News Anchor Princess has quietly told the bosses she wants no part of Rio in August at the Olympics because of Zika. And she's not alone.
*Steve Aveson did have scheduled time off but he's spending his time away from KRON pondering his immediate future--like, "Fuck this guy, Radnich!" He didn't say it like that, specifically, but a KRONvict source told me he said as much off the set.
Radnich, meanwhile, has issues all over the place with KRON personnel: him and Catherine Heenan are de-facto non-communicado; he can't talk to weatherwoman, Brittney Shipp because she wants none of his shit (and this was before the Heenan video); he daily embarrasses anchor, Grant Lodes, who's beginning to get real pissed off; oh, and he's alienated almost every woman at the office except Pam Moore and even Pam thinks he's an asshole (off the air) Quite a guy, that Radnich --maybe he can audition for the late lounge show act at Binions in Vegas.
*You read it here first: I wouldn't be surprised if this was Gary Radnich's last year at KRON; there's only so much they (KRON) can take; Radnich himself has 30+ years at the station when it was in its NBC glory days; now, he routinely mocks its existence and only works there because he needs the extra money to feed the family. His main dough, though, comes from KNBR, which serves him up a vehicle so he can say, "I'm headed after the show for my 'Buster Brown' act." Way to bite the hand that feeds you, Raddy.
*Most overrated show on local TV: KQED's suddenly garish, "Check Please", where every week a bunch of yuppie baby boomers highlight "this beautiful Indian restaurant in Pleasanton!" Check Please, I'm checking out.
*Julie Watts, your career is now really taking off or is doing fill-in weather at PIX the next step before New York.
*Then again, Julie is better to look at than Brian Hackney, who might be the longest-lasting Bay Area TV News retread since Lawrence Karnow.
*KTVU Morning mainstay Sal Castaneda --who makes roughly $400K a year is beloved by most of the staff --except one on the set who isn't too crazy about Sal's extra coin. I don't believe any of the reports that a 15-round encounter outside in the back is in the offing but wounded egos make for possible blood.
*Hey Tracey Watkowski: even your most loyal staffers at 900 Front can't stand Donnie and Marie in the morning. They make jokes about them and some get e-mailed to me --I can only say you're doing swell at KGO, except in the AM. Maybe you should call Kevin Keeshan or would that be beneath you?
*Hey, Raj Mathai? You're too-cool look and persona is beginning to wear on people like me who used to be allies. Maybe it's time to look back at the lean years when you were posing in pictures with Radnich.
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*Back to more mundane things like what's with the "uh's" that Jon Miller, uh, says, uh, on Giants post-game wrap? I, uh, have, uh, counted quite, uh, lot of UH's --maybe it's just me.
*Mark Purdy, the fine SJ Merc Sports columnist told me about ten years ago that the Bay Area would one day soon have only 2 major newspapers. Today we have the SF Chronicle and the San Jose Merc with a few fish wraps like the East Bay Times and SR Post Democrat. I think Mark's prediction is pretty damn spot on.
*The last time the Chronicle was relevant Glenn Dickey wasn't wearing hairpieces.
*KTVU: Your Bay Area TV News Scientology outlet. Where the atmosphere in the newsroom is akin to an L. Ron Hubbard speech and BBQ in the conference room.
*Ken Wayne: damn, Kenny, that new look and those threads? Wow! Hell, I thought Mark Ibanez had the market on best-dressed TV anchors. Of course Mark has a new career path going: taking Pete Lupetti to Plank after work to pick up chicks from Fremont.
*Mark has a busy schedule: between sports reports and planning on that new book, "Leslie Griffith: the High-Heel Days", doesn't have much time to waste.
*That once respectable KSFO Morning Show is back to its dumb, unnecessary, overload of sound gimmicks, drops, whatever...more alarming: running previously-aired banter between host and co-hostess as live conversation when in fact, same conversation ran an hour earlier. That's not kosher, even by Cumulus standards.
*The high-up at PIX who had a bender the other evening at Hunan should be aware that pork-fried rice after about 12 Bud Lite does not make for a swell ride home.
*You really want to know about Radnich tact, ask former KRON reader, Emerald Yeah.
*PIX: more blonds than a Walnut Creek Nordstrom.
*Frank Somerville next Facebook posting: "I'm against Diabetes!" --4000 Frank followers: "You rock, Frank!"
*Larry Krueger and Damon Bruce: A fine couple of sports talk radio hosts only, Damon, might be beneficial to keep the GF a distance away from Krugs.
*Ray Ratto: I never met a tuna melt I didn't like.
*Dave Feldman: "How in the hell have I kept this gig?" Feldman: more vanilla than a San Lorenzo Baskin Robin's.
*KNBR: More White guys than a KKK Rally.
*Kate Scott: makes Mindi Bach look like Amelia Earhart.
*Paulie Mac: Darwin was wrong.
*John Lund: Penis jokes at KNBR feeds my family, thanks Justin.