Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Is There a Roger Ailes-like Creature in Bay Area TV News? Oh Please; Roqui Theus Still Woeful on Air But Easy on Eyes; PIX's Stupidity Shines Through; Repeating Weather Reports; KTVU 'The Nine' Fake Players; Raj Mathai is Bored With Olympics

Roger Ailes
 IS there a Roger Ailes-like figure in Bay Area TV News? The one that repeatedly, allegedly, forced himself on various female figures at Fox News, including the latest one? Well, duh!

Do cows moo?

We are investigating and will get back with the lowdown soon.

*Roqui Theus is quite pleasant to look at and frankly, innocuous traffic reports isn't all that big a deal.


Roqui Theus
That said, Theus is still woefully out of place on PIX's woeful Morning Show. She constantly mispronounces names of highways and roads and clearly is out of her element. She also regularly flubs her lines and obviously needs a lot more time and seasoning.

As I pointed out last week, Theus could be something special --really, a dynamic personality (OK, maybe I'm being too optimistic); had she been given a fair amount of prep time and rehearsal, but she's been thrust onto the set and thrown to the wolves, ill-prepared to broadcast a decent, cogent traffic report.

Frankly, it's embarrassing to watch. That said, I'll still take a look now and then.

*Speaking of the morning show on KPIX, it's rather non-surprising that they use old footage of their old weather forecasts, like today (Tuesday at 8: 42 and 8: 30 earlier--the.exact.same.weather.report. by still-breathless and giddy, Roberta Gonzales.

Roberta Gonzales
Like the blue dress though.

*It's not that KTVU's hideously awful morning enterprises "MO2" and extra awful later, "The Nine" are that pathetic. They clearly are.

It's the blatant phoniness and insincerity foisted on the viewers by KTVU's fake players like Mike Mibach and Gasia Mikaelian, prime instigators of the prolific fake selfies.


KTVU Morning quislings
And another thing: Sal Castaneda, your brand has been forever messed up by the other two fake quislings --I'm being honest. I admire your loyalty.

You too, Steve Paulson.

*Meanwhile, as the Olympics limp through their first week (with a steady, major decline in ratings) word locally is the major disconnect put forward by NBC Bay Area (KNTV) Raj Mathai, who appears completely unimpressed by the spectacle.

Raj is eternally happy so if he's bored the rest of the Bay Area is too.

Raj Mathai

43 comments:

  1. I met and have worked with Roger Ailes, and the alleged claims of sexual harassment are false & have no merit whatsoever. I am qualified to say this.

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    1. Actually, Christine did work for Roger Ailes..albeit briefly....anchoring one of the first iterations of Fox News..."Talk Live America" out of WOR in Seacaucus, NJ.. She interviewed the irascible and irreplaceable Molly Ivins. Christine never actually met Roger Ailes. They just spoke, telephonically.The media company involved in the title VII lawsuit, filed by Ms. Craft, was Metromedia. Their network was subsumed, as you know, by Fox.

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    2. You probably weren't his type?

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    3. You were present at FNN during Ailes' frequent dealings with Ms. Carlson and Ms. Kelly?

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    4. try a little nuance here...I don't post under the name "Christine" anymore...ever..9:39 is not me, but a pretender..How do you know? you don't..

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    5. Roger Ailes is a decent and honorable man. And he was a key player in the Presidential campaign of a man who possessed those same traits. Richard Nixon was not a crook, and neither are you Mr. Ailes!

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  2. Roqui is constantly talking over people and interrupting- and when they are talking about something of substance- she has no knowledge or reference.

    How difficult is it to get the correct direction of the damn freeway? I really dont see her improving anytime soon- get her out

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    1. Roqui Theus could write her own ticket once she clears this hurdle. Not difficult: a 200-question test of virtually every Bay Area Landmark, highway, street, mountain and city/community, with a subsection of San Francisco neighborhoods. Otherwise she may as well go back to Sacratomato...

      ...and the timing thing could use some work as well...

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  3. I did see her as you say flub lines. If ch5 wants to do on the job training, we will see how it goes.
    About KRON? This is interesting. Since Aveson has started,Radnich has really been a good boy overall. Its why KRON hired Steve. As the adult male,he makes Radnich fall in line.
    NO more rants of Moore being 3rd or 4th tier,no more reaming Kathy Heenan.
    This is the funny part a true analogy- Years ago some bull Elephant grown in a reserve was set free. Turned out he was a rogue killer..attacking and killing other animals. Not what elephants do.
    So,they caught a larger mature bull..and put him in the same park with the rogue. Sure enough,the younger learned from the calm large bull..and settled down.
    Raddy the younger in the head..is settling down. ha.

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    1. It figures- Radnich who has been vanilla for weeks,told back from vacation Pamela Moore "Have you been gone?" Like the social media guys who "rip others" that Radnich likes to paint a picture of..he ripped Moore and tried to make it old school shtick with "I love you" at the end. She only said,"Thanks,that was so sincere".
      Raddy wasn't done, then added "Last time I did that,the anchor (Kathy Heenan) froze,and people like Maude in Santa Rosa wanted to bury me.
      Maude? Is that what he tells himself? I heard Megan Kelly tell him to man up. Jimmy Fallon and the Tonight show laughed AT him,The Talk's Sharon Osbourne called him less than a man,The View said how stupid a man he is,and Australian TV was shocked by the American bore.
      He wanders around the City in a daze..has too. Just oblivious to the real world and how he looks to it.
      Last? He read my first post here, for sure.

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    2. Radnich on KNBR.Just went over points I made right here. "It was all a joke" (Heenan again gets the blame)..then added,he would never block a guy who asked him a question- only the racists. Well,Old Stan here tweeted to him only once. I said to him "You seem to like to pick on woman" Hours later- I was blocked!.he even went on KRON to lie that I had left a stream of tweets! and "I had some techies stop this guy"
      2 weeks later? The Heenan thing. Of course,that was after the Diane Tuazon thing.She left because Radnich was pressuring her to leave. "She's a complainer" he said on KRON.
      Funny thing is? When Stanley Roberts was out of the hospital after his stroke? Diane and Kathy were part of a welcome back live on KRON. Radnich? He wouldn't stay 10 minutes longer..he went home. What a big heart he has huh?

      Joe Hughs? What a crappy union rep. Just went on that Gary is NEVER mean to people. He has me fooled.

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    3. Last night? Radnich bragging "sponsors are back" Yeah,for $1 you too can be a sponsor of anything he does on KRON. After Heenan? He ain't asking top dollar.
      What sponsor heard Radnich say last week "I took my 8 year old when I was in Miami to see the apartment where Kap's friends (raped a woman) while I was there. Even Krueger was sickened "You took you're 8 year old to see that??"
      As sick and twisted as that is..he's the first to tell you he's a family man and a good heart.
      Like a sociopath he see's no wrong,feels no shame.

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  4. You are right about Steve and Sal...Steve with his stupid tweets and Sal often not remembering to turn on his microphone...once true professionals now either they don't care anymore or they've caved to management pressure or both.. Any way you look at it their broadcasts have become STINKY.

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    1. In fairness to them, if they don't cave they'll soon be collecting unemployment checks while KTVU hires two 26-year-old catalogue models who can't pronounce "San Joaquin" to do their jobs.

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    2. The mic thing is a trick. It shows spontaneity. (page 17 FOX Mornings stylebook)

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  5. Trying to figure out if Theus was hired because of ahem... Skin color... Or because her father was semi-relevant 30 years ago. There is no other explanation for that hire

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  6. Rich Lieberman with his persistent sexist, misogynistic, blog posts is a Roger Ailes wannabe.

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    1. Judging from his picture Ailes is an Alfred Hitchcock wannabe.

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    2. " sexist, misogynistic, blog posts"

      Overgeneralize much? Sub-cretins tend to do that...oops! Sorry, I was OVERgeneralizing. It was only intended for you.

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  7. If you want traffic reports for MARINE county or MA-THIL-DA (pronounced correctly as MA-TIL-DA) Ave. in Sunnyvale, Roqui Theus will provide them.

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    1. Really...in a major market, we're getting this. Is there no vetting with the hire. That said, I do remember Johnny Carson saying 'Mare-inn'.

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  8. Maybe they can rebrand Aqui as Bullwinkle and so have Roqui and Bullwinkle on KPIX?

    If you want a real laugh leave the captioner on when watching I think PIX had a piece on Wreck and Park when talking about Outside Lands which left me in stitches...

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  9. There's probably a little Roger Ailes in all of the Bay Area Radio/TV managers..they know how to be sneaky about it too. It would be great if the woman anchors in bay area had balls enough to expose them..but I don't think they have enough power like a Gretchen Carlson does..It sounds like the gals at FOX banded together..power in numbers..that' why it is so fascinating.

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    1. It would have been more fascinating if Gretchen Carlson had reported the alleged sexual harassment years ago when it supposedly took place. Waiting until she got fired dampens her credibility and makes her seem complicit.

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    2. On the other hand, Megyn Kelly is still working at FNN. And she is clearly one of the stars at that network. Her own primetime show, moderator at Presidential debates, host of their Republican and Democratic National Convention telecasts, and guest on several late-night talk shows.

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    3. Gretchen Carlson wouldn't have lasted 5 minutes if she had done that. Her vs His word? C'mon. Nobody who joined in NOW, was willing to do it while they have their jobs.
      Its FOX,like Cumulus as Damon Bruce would say,"The dial is set to men".

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  10. I'm bored with the Olympics too but I'm sure glad the American swimmer stuck it to Putin by winning the gold.

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  11. I'm with you Rich, on, "pleasant to look at." When I saw the last post you did on Roqui Theus I made a point to check her out. It sounds to me like she screws up the beginning of most of her reports. Tip to Roqui watchers. Tune into Ch 3 for regular news and when the weather report comes on, switch to Ch 5 for Roqui. Plenty of lag time to catch her on air…what sucks is her appearance is really brief and then right to graphics of who cares what traffic situation is where.

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  12. Who cares what Roger Mathai thinks or if he's bored. He's lucky to have a job at all. If he was white he'd be unemployed by now.

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  13. Ms Theus, is an example of trying to be PC along with all the White guilt, she's a perfect hire.

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  14. TV traffic and Weather is purely fap material nowadays. The Bay Area has just been a lot slower to adapt.

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  15. the sports director "emeritus" bored..so am i,bored with his self issued title. he wasn't even a decent "sports director"...but the title is absurd

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  16. I've talked with someone who works with Ms Theus. While she is apparently a very nice young woman, and very pretty, I'm told that she's waaay over her head. If she didn't have the help behind the scenes, my source says she'd sink like a stone and be a total embarrassment on the air. That hardly warrants an on-air TV job in the sixth largest market in the country, but Rich has explained time after time on this blog, just how many jokes and mediocrities are now on the air, both here and elsewhere. Why are there so many so newbies and mediocrities now in these jobs? Because they are cheap to hire! The radio and TV industry has been deregulated, and these mega-companies have cut or consolidated staffs, getting rid of experienced folks because they "cost too much," and hiring cheap, young, inexperienced kids or worse, mediocrities. These companies care about one thing only: profit. Public service? Providing the community with accurate and complete news? Not important, even though those are things that are on a station license. But the FCC is toothless, and the big money has bought congress and the senate. Keeping shareholders and CEOs happy is what it's all about. Come to think of it, that's American in a nutshell these days. No wonder there are so many angry Americans out there.

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    1. I don't think upper management realizes how much she is struggling. While it is obvious on the air that she doesn't have a clue, she is spoon-fed every. single. word. How are we paying someone as a traffic reporter when they actually cannot report traffic? Her producer needs a big bonus because without all the help, it would be much more embarassing.

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  17. Why would anybody watch the Olympics on the West Coast? It's insulting to see everything important being embargoed by Bob Costas on a 3-hour delay - especially when we all get the results as CNN/AP/ESPN/etc. alerts on our phones.

    This is one of the rare summer games where there's not a significant time difference between the host city and the west coast (four hours) yet NBC insists that we wait until prime time to watch a sporting event that took place three hours ago.

    I wouldn't watch any other major sporting event on tape delay, and these Olympics are no exception.

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  18. This morning, Wed Aug 10, watching my morning traffic comedy, she missed talking over the 880 shot. She actually said out loud, "Oops!" I shit you not. OOPS!!! Holy crap!!

    Forget Big Bang Theory, get your comedy fix, every morning on KPIX!!

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    1. Reminds me of growing up and watching KHSL in Chico. It was a splitting image of Ted Baxter on Mary Tyler Moore. KPIX is quickly becoming the KHSL of the 1970's

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  19. Sheila "Feel the Bern-"steinAugust 10, 2016 at 4:53 PM

    Nobody gives one flying fuck about the Olympics. Football will soon be here. Raiders!!

    East Bay JAPs for Trump 2016!

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  20. There's a certain sports personality who is known to have trouble keeping it in his pants. I wouldn't ever know if he ever was a harasser or just a guy who was horny all the time, so I'll plead the fifth as to who I'm talking about.

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  21. I'm going back to bed. Roqui and Ro make me sick. Wake me when it's all over....

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  22. Today Thursday, Aug 11. New KPIX Traffic Anchor, referred to the Traffic Center as " The KCBS 'TRAVEL' Center"!!!!! LOL!!!

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  23. Great job KPIX for that brilliant hire! LMAO

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  24. Someone please say the Roqui Bart reports disaster will be on Youtube for future viewing!

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