If you'd have told me KTVU, more specifically, "KTVU News" would morph into a KRON-like oasis I would have been shocked --nowadays I'm no longer surprised. In fact, just the other night I actually switched from "The 10 o'clock News" over to KRON's 10 PM news cast with Steve Aveson and Vicki Liviakis --their program had more of an ebb and flow while KTVU was meandering all over the place.
So, yes, KTVU and its vaunted 10 PM franchise show is no longer appointment TV for local news. Its boredom look, its tired format, its devalued product. I haven't even mentioned the almost daily graphics screw-up and sudden shifting anchors. And, seriously, how can you take Channel 2 seriously when they put that babbling idiot, Ross Palombo on? He's terrible. He's not an ounce of credibility --what the Foxies see in him I haven't a clue only more reason to switch over to KRON and watch if not a spectacular newscast, certainly a reliable program with fairly decent content and reporter stories with no-nonsense delivery.
I used to watch KTVU for that very reason--a direct, no-gimmick show with straightforward news and information with swift and crisp performance. Now, KTVU is all over the place. No identity --a mishmash approach with interlocking anchors, phony, undistinguishable chatter, soft, happy-talk only its all insincere and at times, thoroughly out of place. It's destroyed the whole KTVU package and made 2 an operation perched on disaster with a disintegrating product. Other than that, everything is just fine.
*Carolyn Tyler and Lisa Argen on KGO-TV Sunday Morning: TV News comfort food.
*Although I'm not a great lover of their style, I nevertheless respect Mike Krukow and Duane Kuiper because they're consistent and they work together well. They also exhibit genuine feeling and thought; they really sound like they're having a ball. Which many other sports broadcast teams don't display.
*If Reggie Aqui had an ounce of authenticity I'd could semi-stomach him.
*Worse than that, Aqui doesn't help Natasha Zouves, not that she needs it but you get my drift.
*When you have to fake chemistry and manufacture it viewers go away in droves. Eventually. Tweet that.
*Looking bewildered and confused every day: Julie Haener.
*Ken Wayne: the only real face of the station in an unassuming way.
*Dennis Richmond: I wonder what he's thinking. (Not that Dennis was all that great, on and off the screen.)
*The BEST play-by-play guy in the market and the most professional: Randy Hahn.
*The BEST play-by-play announcer in the nation, period: Ken Korach.
*The most overrated PBP guy: Jon Miller.