TAKE A LOOK at that picture on the left; it's Ronn Owens promo from 1994 --the old KGO, which is now reduced to a mostly empty chamber in the Cumulus SF Building on Broadway and Battery.
There's a class society at KGO/2016 these days...those who talk to Ronn (virtually nobody) and those who don't (virtually everybody, except a few managers)
Owens comes in to do his show and then he leaves --fast and furious.
"Doesn't say a word anymore. He's not surly or angry, just seems sort of overwhelmed," says a veteran staffer.
Owens has, in recent days, tried to reach out and make amends to certain adversaries...like today (Friday) he did a phone interview with Chip Franklin (which bordered on awfulness) who spent a week at the DNC in Philly. It was 10 minutes of radio mush but the larger point was the fact that Owens and Franklin were even talking.
Owens and Franklin had become a KGO fire and ice duo and at one point both avoided each other like the plague. The heart of the feud had to do mostly with Owen's irritation having to wait for Franklin to do his in-studio tease; not that long ago, Owens told Franklin to shove it and there was no tease nor did the two talk. Management got involved and worked out an appeasement and now both appear to be more chummy, at least on the air.
As his show continues to disappear off the radio beaten path, Owens has become a lot more reclusive and not involved with KGO's public PR appearance shows. He was supposed to emcee a community show in Marin last month but told the hightops that he wasn't available.
"He's a lot more detached, " says another station Insider. "He acts and sounds as if this might be his last 'rodeo."
Owens is signed through the end of 2016.