Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Greg Cosell Basically Told Brian Murphy He's a Moron on KNBR; KGO New Set Cost Roughly $3M; Sarah and Vinnie Love Life Ain't So Lovely; Splitsville on Horizon; Giants' Announcers 'On-Assignment' BS; Anne Makovec Destined for Circle7; Wednesday 415 Media Deli

 Wednesday Drive was a hoot on the KNBR Morning Frat Show; NFL Films guru, Greg Cosell, a regular guest, belittled Smurph and Smack after Smurph opened the segment asking Cosell about the status of 49ers third-string QB, Christian Ponder.

"You're asking me the status of 'Christian Ponder to open the show?," Cosell asked on-air incredulously. Even Cosell can smell disaster when he hears one.

Dude!


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*A person who would know estimated KGO-TV's new set --it took almost six months to build and has received less than great reviews--cost Disney around $3 million --that's a lot of Mickey Mouse material.

*The clearly not-ready, but eye-pleasing, morning TV Traffic anchor is getting on-the-job training as she continues to embarrass the station, a CBS property, of all things. Used to be CBS wouldn't allow their brand to be intertwined with such buffoonery --but in this case, the News Director is defending the anchor and giving her unconditional support until she really falls flat on her face. Then the shit will hit the fan.

*One day in the not-so-distant future, they'll be a book about how Cumulus destroyed radio in San Francisco and all of this would have been worth it. Remember, as you finish your Wheaties, they killed KGO; only their #1 suck-up and enabler, Ronnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnn Owens, defended them.

*This ridiculous "on-assignment" shit put forth by the Giants' broadcasters reached epic embarrassment and ridicule --Dave Flemming has been absent for over a week --presumably he's sick (although he's scheduled to be back tonight in LA) I have a question: would any other city put up with this cutesy bullshit other than the Bay Area? Even the booster club is getting annoyed at this dumb behavior.

UPDATED: Yeah, great priority gig: Flemming is doing the Little League WS for ESPN; I thought the Giants are paying him to be near their ward. (Wonder how President Baer thinks of this?)


Sarah and Vinnie heading splitsville
*If Sarah and Vinnie keep up their secret non-love life and continue their evil ways, the divorce (off-air) will be sooner rather than later.

*Brian Murphy should tell wifie when his lunches with Countess Kate Scott go overtime --such a wonderful situation for Murphy as Scott is safe, but be carefull, brother Bruin dude!

*Anne Makovec at Channel 7? Just a hunch.

*Don't be surprised if there's a really, really, really, YUGE anchor shake-up at KTVU, the local Fox house with enough turbulence to rival a Delta redeye to Miami. Here's the clue: think weather.

*By the way, Cumulus SF is Donald Trump territory --birds of a feather...

*The new drinking game AA special: when the KNBR frat boys say, "dude", gulp a Guinness --that'll take your worries away.

*Paulie Mac: 48 going on 18.

*Justin Wittmayer: Bay Area radio's Nurse Ratched --he's the genius who hired the Penis Man co-hosting 3-7 PM on the Bleeder.

*Tom Tolbert, shall we say, is not that peachy over working with a guy who once talked about his Johnson being excited at a funeral. Classy.

*At KRON, they're celebrating a civil and coherent; peaceful and tranquil really, week and a half without the Bentley guy whose buffoonery has the rank and file none-to-happy with his constant bullshit.

*Hey Frank Somerville: if you really want to take a stand, cut the BS and go out and actually DO SOMETHING! Facebook posts are pussy work. How do I know? Your boss told me so.

*The "Shower Hour" is for rah-rah dudes who scream to get paid a decent wage yet whore themselves for a 5 AM show while Cumulus laughs. Practice what you preach, Mr. War Eagle.

*BREAKING NEWS! Gasia talks about her hairspray on "The Nine"!

44 comments:

  1. Gee, too bad I didn't listen to the juveniles on the Sports Bleeder this morning. Ponder? The lead? Yikes. Give him credit -- at least he didn't ask him for his opinion on Katie L. Scott.

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  2. I get the feeling Lund hasn't been getting any hugs from KNBR staff or Tolbert. $250,000 when the station told the support people "Sorry,we don't have the budget for raises- times are tough"..then hire a quarter mill a year "dude" for a show that had double the ratings already of anything the comp put up against them. That's an expensive accessory.
    Hey,its bad when Radnich gets on a knbr air person in that "Whats he here for?" way.
    Will Lund cost ratings? Maybe. He's not adding to the show at all. He's just taking it to the bank.

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    1. Dick Lund at a quarter mil? No wonder the sCumuluses are bankrupt.

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  3. The MIA David Flemming is doing the Little League World Series broadcasts on ESPN. When you see his mug, he looks so happy because he is not sitting next to the creepy Jon Miller.

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    1. What would you rather do: broadcast the LLWS on ESPN or sit next to a pompous, overrated no talent like the Fat Man? He has no humility. He has cheese sandwiches and Krispy Kreme doughnuts in his belly, though.

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  4. "Anne Makovec at Channel 7? Just a hunch."

    No chance. If Katie Marzullo can't stick, there's no hope for Ann. The two are essentially interchangeable.

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  5. The same thing happened last year with Dave Flemming being "on assignment" during the heat of the Giants' pennant race. He's doing the Little League World Series on ESPN. I believe he's employed by the Giants rather than KNBR, and wonder why they let him do this. Probably some clause in his contract.

    I too was wondering how CBS allowed Roqui Theus' hiring. How much approval does the network itself have on local hires?

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    1. Nobody who is on air "talent" on KPIX is local.

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  6. -Dave Flemming has been "on-assignment" doing the Little League World Series on ESPN. btw, they use the on-assignment tongue in cheek, - lighten up Richie. They have even joked about being on assignment with Flemming when he is in the next booth doing a Giants game for espn.

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    1. I agree. Don't understand why this bothers Rich so much. No one is doing this without the blessing of the Giants.

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    2. A lot of them say they're "on assignment" when they're ill, on vacation, etc.

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  7. $3 Million for the new KGO 7 Studio?!? Damn, that's a lot of money to put a shine on a turd. Speaking of turds, you stank, Chris K.

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    1. I heard it's closer to just over $1 million. But still...

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  8. I'm surprised Tolbert hasn't gone "on assignment" after being forced to work with that clown, Lund. John boy hasn't ever uttered a thought without getting it from ESPN or Rome first. Head for ze hills, Tommy!

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  9. Time for Lieberman to unleash the nastiest dirt yet on Rosenheim. The ND is getting too fat cat-like.
    Anne M back on 7? It would be her second stint there.
    The Baer-Cumulus union gets worse each week, doesn't it?
    How about 2 ugly birds with stone - Cumulus & Bentley? Love to hear if Tolbert has enough in the bank to start his own blog and escape all the nonsense at Knibber. Need to tell all about the crap he has put up with.

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    1. I guess they will protect that embecile until one of them takes the fall for that glaringly bad hire. Even if her producer spoon feeds her traffic, her grammar is still atrocious

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  10. We have not had any KRON as an albatross stories lately - please update us or is KPIX falling below them?

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    1. KPIX is falling below them; look for future story.

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  11. I watch the KPIX morning train wreck for the first time. The Traffic Anchor is just not ready. i can't blame her for taking a promotion from the minor leagues and you almost feel sorry for her because she stumbled on every traffic hit between 5 and 6AM. The Management must figure she can't be worse because really she can't be. Its hard to watch

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  12. Cosell-- Telling it like it is. The KNBR Frat boys don't know anything that Larry Baer does not tell them

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  13. Still can't believe how Ronn Owens is able to look his co-workers in the eye.

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    1. i think he's blind in one of them so it's easier than one might think. half the battle.

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  14. And we say good for Greg Cosell for standing up to the little boys at KNBR.
    Keep asking those obvious questions Murph and Mac.

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  15. Gasia doing a story on hair spray may be the HEAVIEST story she can handle without falling into Roqui Theus territory...

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  16. Cosell blasting bad broadcasters? It's in the genes. Greg's late dad was The One & Only Howard.

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    1. Nephew, not son. You might want to look at the ESPN site for bios before posting.

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    2. Howard Cosell was Greg Cosell's uncle.

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  17. Rich, how is hiring someone who knows nothing about traffic a good idea? Its an insult to African Americans, and Roqui really thinks people are jealous of her. No one wants to embarass themselves on tv day in and day out. Poor child

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    1. Nobody is pointing a gun at her head. She is improving it seems but very very slowly.

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  18. matt cain ,point ,counterpoint Point; giants icon who you want to see succeed. counterpoint: he ain't succeedin"! craft beer ,Point: flavorful rich celebratory . counterpoint: makes you want to build your life around it.

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  19. Question about Greg Cosell (Howard's nephew, in case you care to reference his wiki page); is he paid per appearance on the Sports Ldr by Cumulus, or does he call in on the Uma/Ring Central guest line?

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    1. He does LOTS of shows for stations around the country, primarily in cities with an NFL team, but I assume he has a fee paid by one of the few remaining corporations owning stations now.

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  20. "At KRON, they're celebrating a...peaceful and tranquil really, week and a half without the Bentley guy..."

    They probably don't miss Anny, either.

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    1. Actually, we do. I'm a KRON insider, and most of us love Anny. We can't wait to have her back.

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  21. Rich,good announcer teams (like SF has) frequently give their staff days off for personal reasons (HOF ceremonies, weddings, short vacations), if sick or to do other gigs. It is in their contracts.
    Yes, other teams (with good announcers) put up with it. It keeps the talent happy and more productive.

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  22. I arrived at work right before the Cosell segment (after a plethora of home loan commercials) and I wish I could've heard this.

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  23. The baseball season is too long. If a broadcaster wants to take a series off now and then I have no problem with that and neither should the Giants. We've got the best in baseball.

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  24. The new Tolbert/Lund show is horrible. I guess they were just looking for someone to laugh at everything Tom says because that's what they got. At least with Ratto there was the occasional debate and he wasn't just a yes man for Tom. Now its just wacky stories from the internet. I've stopped listening.

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  25. Kron may not miss Anny but some viewers certainly do. She's pretty.

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    1. @10:41
      Beauty's in the eye of the beholder. Fact is, everything runs much smoother now.

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  26. If you think Justin W, ("market manager" of Cumulus has any decision making authority you're nuts; he's basically a Sales Manager sitting in the corner office. All programming decisions come out of Atlanta. He's a joke.

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  27. Sir Nelson Bancroft IIIAugust 25, 2016 at 11:29 AM

    I'm "on assignment" to the men's room. Lemme squat...ooh..ooh..ooooohhh....AHHHHH!

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  28. RE: The "Three Million Dollar Set": I am on a trip in the boonies and last night watched a small-time news station that had a very similar set: lots of big monitors, shiny counter tops, curvy desks. I'll bet this Ma and Pa Kettle station didn't pay anything close to 3 mil. Probably a tenth of that at the most. And functionally-speaking, the set is the same.

    If that doesn't speak to Trixie's incompetence, I don't know what does. She should be an assistant manager at Starbucks; she's not qualified for anything more.

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  29. His birth name is Cohen. As was Howard's.

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