In other words, regular weekend news reader, Claudine Wong was absent.
Mallicoat, who's been run all over the timeslots from morning, midday and evening works better in the AM; he's also fresh and spirited and can get away with being "Mr. Chirpy" because he's a naturally high-energy guy and it shows on KTVU, I just wish they'd leave him on MO2 permanently.
*Still clinging to the belief that young people listen to AM Radio, KGO foolishly put on moronic, unfunny, uninformed, comedienne, Maureen Langan. I have no idea why KGO thinks this New Jersey yenta is funny, she's not, worse yet, she doesn't know a damn thing about politics when discussing the election.
What a joke.
Harsh? Oh, a tad.
*I didn't know it was considered unpatriotic to criticize Giants' announcer, Jon Miller. Miller has worn on me lately --he used to be one of the very best (and still is) but Miller has apparently fallen in love with himself and thinks he's the star. Seriously, take a listen to the game sometime and see how much Miller talks, mostly stories that were once funny are now bordering on boring and tiresome.
Another constant irritant with Miller (and the other guys too) is his blatant disregard for giving the score! Again, take some time, listen to a broadcast and count the minutes before a score update is given. It drives me nuts --I think it was Lon Simmons who said "you can never give the score too many times." Miller apparently didn't get the memo.
*Foolish remark of the century award: KNBR tonsil, Larry Krueger, saying Dave Flemming has the chops to become the next Vin Scully
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*Mystery woman who is sexy as all get-go, KCBS anchor/reporter, Melissa Culross. Insiders at CBS tell me this veteran anchor has extreme influence at the station and if you dare think otherwise, Culross could make your life miserable, sort of.
*In other words, watch out Bristow.
*KNBR, which made millions of dollars last year and pays out $13 an hour to some of its producers and on-air staff has begun running embarrassing 15-minute paid sports shills on its primetime shows.
Worse yet, the shows are unintentionally funny and sound like the carnival barkers yelling at you in front of North Beach strip clubs.
Way to go, Lee Hammer, part of the Cumulus SF mafia.
He could get John Rothmann and Bill Wattenberg on the air; Ray Taliaferro too. Hire a guy like, say, Bob Sarlatte and/or Will Durst --get sports people like Rich Walcoff and Lowell Cohn --in other words, a refreshing, cool, authentic and intriguing station with Bay Area people and broadcasters --a real radio station with real people.
But Gabbert doesn't like to spend money these days unless it involves airplanes and Mexican tech vacations.
Reminds me of the joke that made the rounds back when Gabbert owned TV20: "Why does Gabbert use dogs for the KOFY Station ID?" So he doesn't have to pay 'em.
*I've encountered a rather aggressive woman correspondent in local TV News who insists on uber-emailing me and wanting frequent cocktail dates at some off-the-beaten-path SF/Eastbay watering holes.
She's single, very young and eager and wants some feedback. Fine. No conflict of interest because I've yet to write about her and therefore, all fair game, right? Wrong.
The chosen one has gone off script and has now infused some vodka into the situation and biz things have become more personal.
I don't mind providing advice to an up-and-comer but when the skirts have become shorter and the heels a bit higher, I am now very suspicious and perplexed.
This story has a happy ending as the young pup merely wanted some action on the side but when I balked and told her about possible repercussions, she retreated and went back to base camp.
I'm happy, she's happy.
And that's the way it should always be, that said, I was humbled.