Friday, August 26, 2016

'The Game' Gives KNBR a Sting; Warriors Steal Adds Much-Needed Respect to 95.7 FM; Carolyn Tyler Close to KGO Re-Upp; GM Burton on Charm Offensive; 1984 SF: Dem Convention; All-Star Game; Clown Alley and Tadich Rule; TGIF

Image result for grand lake theatre oakland FRIDAY RUNDOWN

One thing is for sure: Entercom's All-Sports 95.7 FM The Game acquisition of the Warriors from KNBR gives it a much-needed bolt of respectability --and while this is largely symbolic, takes a lot of gleam off KNBR which will survive but has a taken a pretty big hit.

A "hit" in terms of industry buzz and reaction from Bay Area sports fans. We heard rumors that the Warriors were tired of being second banana on radio but we never thought The Game was a player, what with a poor signal and other clients too (like the A's and Raiders to ponder) Here's kudos to Entercom SF for at least trying to be relevant and for the moment, succeeding.

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Carolyn Tyler
*Carolyn Tyler, the well-respected, veteran news anchor and correspondent is close to re-upping at KGO-TV. Tyler, who has been at Circle7 for three decades has considered early retirement but, frankly, still has too much left in her game to quit. I'm hoping she makes the decision for one last lengthy go-around.

*Speaking of KGO I'm told that new set has prompted management to tell on-air people, especially women, to dress it up a bit including lots of new shoes and that's got everyone laughing a bit. Well, laughing for now.

*Charm offensive: The GM at KGO, Bill Burton, has been taking some staffers to lunch lately and is quite happy, from my sources. Gosh, imagine that! A boss who takes his work force to lunch! What an age-old relic.

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Moscone Center 1984
*Thirty-two years ago this summer, 1984, a wide-eyed 22-year-old cub reporter was on the floor of the Democratic Convention at Moscone Center and a few weeks later, the field at Candlestick to cover the MLB All-Star Game for ABC News Radio and K-101, respectively --boy, I had a cool time.

*I'm one of few people that likes the new set at KGO. It doesn't seem too gaudy nor off-the-chart obscene --the lighting is definitely a lot more eye-catching and the weather digs are more state-of-the-art.

Funny, I bet many of you thought I was going to rip the new set. I'm getting more unpredictable every day.

Image result for clown alley sf*1984 SF: Hardly any cranes; Herb Caen in his prime; No smart phones; Clown Alley burgers are tops; Giants bad, A's bad; 49ers are King; Channel 7, KRON, KTVU rock; Tadich Grill packed to the rafters.

*Happy TGIF


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19 comments:

  1. Dr Bill Wattenburg, Earth Elder and Flatulent CurmudgeonAugust 26, 2016 at 9:52 AM

    Ah Yes, 1984...back in my day, ASS!!! meant something. ASS!!!

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  2. The Warriors were even third banana when all three teams were going at the same time during one point. Kudos indeed to the Game becoming the all-Eastbay sports station! Forget M Davis' Vegas boasts - the NFL still has to sign on to this.

    I can understand Burton being happy with Tyler, Ashley, Daetz, and that level. But happy with Donny & Marie? Yeesh!

    I admit that SF did a very good job hosting the 1984 Dem Convention. Too bad it was going to be a futile exercise no matter what as we were deep into the middle of the Reagan Era. Still can't believe that Mondale actually held serve in Minnesota. SF was also Reverend Jesse's breakthrough political moment after the beginning of his public career was mostly MLK and the rest of the pulpit.

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  3. Comcast added classic MTV to one of its basic package. What I have.
    I had forgotten how catchy "Free free,set them free" is. I got it in my head. Sting was on a roll in 84 or so.
    Free,free,set them...

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  4. they said they would fix it, but maybe we''ve entered the era of ''fear of 95.7 fade out''. your already anticipating having to adjust radio.

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    1. My grandfather showed me how he used to adjust his FM radios.

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  5. wow, is that a Packard? always said ,the 30 ,31 32 packards are the most ''glamourous'' cars ever. a modern Bentley looks like a computer mouse compared to that.

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  6. 1983 also hardly any diesel vehicles smogging up the suburbs to build nouveau mansions for the privileged.

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  7. Clown Alley! Ooh, I think we've come along way since those burgers were considered the tops.

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    1. Nope. we still have Nations! The best in the east bay, hands down.

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  8. If Warriors are top banana at 95.7 who drops to #2 and #3, A's or Raiders?

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  9. Summer, 1984, a young cub reporter hung out at Moscone center with a bunch of jackasses.

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  10. 49ers were king, and King was calling the Raiders games in LA. Raiders won it all in January of '84, and the Niners won it all for the '84 season. It was a fun year, in many respects!

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  11. '84 SF convention- oh, wish we had met there. Viewing this year's convention, I was trying to explain to someone, the very real, organic moment of Geraldine Ferarro's nomination. The hall was packed to the rafters, and there wasn't a dry eye in the house, regardless of political persuasion. It was a moment in history. Anyway, fun year, fun convention.

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  12. Herb Caen - an overrated douchebag. Nothing but a gossip columnist who parlayed his position into free meals and drinks all over town. A real POS.
    Clown Alley was fun, though....

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  13. Warriors loss "symbolic" to KNBR? Like hell, Rich. They lose revenue---direct from play-by-play and ancillary. And they can't afford it. KNBR is the only thing keeping Cumulus SF afloat. This is a big fuckin' deal.

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  14. The new KGO set is bright, and Sandya Patel has never looked better!

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  15. Never went to clown alley but nations has great burgers and the berry pies.

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  16. From Warriors PR: "Under the terms of this partnership, virtually every Warriors game – including the playoffs – will be broadcast on 95.7." "Virtually?", why not every game. And what happens to the A's when there is a scheduling conflict?

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  17. "Gosh, imagine that! A boss who takes his work force to lunch!"

    My boss used to take me to lunch all the time! Then when we were finished, we'd go get a hamburger.

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