Madden has been recovering from both open-heart surgery and hip-replacement surgery --his last broadcast was Thanksgiving, 2015.
*Yes, it was Wonder Boy himself, former KTVU ND, Lee Rosenthal, was blown out at Boston Cox station, WFXT...here's the skinny, from 415 Media sources: "Cox came in and spent a lot of money. And hired lots of new people and the ratings shot up. Then, they let some longtime people go, including a very popular female anchor. In the last ratings book, the ratings had a sharp drop. Cox, you see, wants consistency. They demand success and it was not delivered."
*KNBR and Cumulus are about to encounter the wrath of SF's political establishment in regard to their unlivable wages paid to station employees who sometimes do news updates, produce, screen calls, and shlep the bloated Bentley driver's personal belongings --one such worker, a vocal complainer but loves the gig so much is filling in as a sidekick to the Tenderloin guy this week.
*Barely a word from the Bay Area sports media Toy Department over Warriors' star, Draymond Green, sending a picture of his Johnson out to the World. Hey Mr. Jenkins? Hello? You too Killion. Scott Ostler, anybody? No wonder it's the toy dept.
*I'm getting all this email over Circle7's new traffic reporter; please, if you read me, I already had the news months ago.
*NBC Bay Area will occupy the top of the Bay Area news and sports programming due to the Rio Olympics.
But if you were wandering around the studios down in San Jose you'd swear the mood was anything but festive.
August blues and a lot of it centers around ex-ND, Jonathan Mitchell who was shown the door a few weeks back.
Mitchell had a going-away party recently and some of the station's big wigs were there; 30 Rock isn't happy. Neither were a few San Jose hotties.
By the way, figure out, guys, it's either SJ or SF, make up your mind. That said, yes, Mitchell was screwed.
*That said, once again, KPIX has not a clue about how to program its news operation. Thus, the numbers are terrible and the morning show is a wrecking crew.
Maybe Rosenheim should hire another Hawaiian.
*MIA: Bruno Cohen.
*A new traffic hire, PIX, that doesn't even know how to pronounce street names, yeah, that'll move the needle.
You don't come across as warm, Alan, you appear like everyone is beneath you and that's why your Q rating is in the toilet. You have all the warmth of a Millbrae Taco Bell.
*QUICKIES: KGO's Larry Beil will be doing some ESPN work, with authority, beginning Wed. nite...some major news talent at KGO caused quite a storm over the weekend: "When is this fucking set gonna happen!?, "they uttered in the newsroom. A few gasps and then a quick return to normal...Trixie was notified, I'm sure. Speaking of which, her highness has quietly begun asking a few people if they talk to me. She's not dumb enough to put it in a memo. Hey, Trix: even your snitches hate you...PIX: One black full-time anchor and he's in sports. But hey, we got your Asian women and blonds!
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