My head still feels like it's about to explode. Runny nose. Eyes out of focus. Halls cough drops and a vat full of Black tea. I'm glad I went to get a flu show a few weeks ago because isn't this just wonderful. Maybe it was apropos I caught this crappy flu on Yom Kippur --I'm atoning quite good, thanks God for letting me know I have work to do.
How's your day going?
*On KNBR, four very loud Irish white guys, aka: the frat boys were kibbutzing about the Giants this (Thursday) morning --God knows they don't ever talk about the Giants( wink) so this was a rather extraordinary morning. Making matters extraordinarily funny were they all were talking over one another so there really wasn't anything you could pick up, that's bonus coverage if you ask me.
KNBR is in crisis --they are now without their meal ticket: the Giants. And suddenly devoid of the Warriors as a talking point. Only are the vaunted 49ers that remain on the Knibber ledger which means the possibility of more Cumulus taped financial shows or more interns doing sports-talk, what a bonanza!
*NBC Bay Area anchors not named Raj Mathai are secretly telling Ms. Androuney (ND) they have the goods to be KNTV's primary anchor although I'm not sure any of them can fill Raj's shoes except Terry McSweeney and he's not interested. Seems a power suit let out an internal memo asking if everyone thinks the weekday anchor line-up is "strong enough?" Ouch. No wonder Mathai is sort of edgy these days.
**Excuse me as I sip my 17th cup of Black tea. As if that's working. (Not)
*Noted without comment: The only Jewish person in the Bay Area media working on Yom Kippur was KSFO's Brian Sussman.
*After 36 years working as a dedicated scribbler, Chuck Nevius is leaving the Chronicle in December ostensibly to enjoy life and rid his brain the sight of looking at Audrey Cooper, the EIC who has brought lots of energy to the paper since her promotion, yeah, like the equivalent of a Samsung smart phone exploding every five minutes.
*In other words, Audrey was brought on to weed out the last remaining non-millennials that earned more than 20 bucks an hour and could write a column worth skimming. Now the Chronicle is reduced to kitschy, uninteresting scribblers like Beth Spotswood, about as compelling a read as taking a #2 at the Van Ness Chevron.
*Nobody has any decent chicken soup in this area which means I have to venture to Oakland Chinatown to yell "No Noodles, no noodles, just the soup!" That's hard work.
*If it weren't for Joel Murray I'd be collapsed on the Market Street side of Golden Gate searching for the Monte Stickles seat at Studio Café.
*If Hillary wins Utah and Arizona then I'm going to predict that Donald is going to have a bad night; makes you want to go out and cruise the Tenderloin with the Bentley Guy and look for some pussy.
*Speaking of Raddy wouldn't at all be surprised he's a goner from whatever's left of KRON come year's end.
*The lead bartender at Kokkarri has to put up with a certain bratty femme fatale wannabe from KRON who was recently married to a much younger man. She's quite the lady but she might want to stick to the white wine, the shots can be a real drag.
*Pam Moore: your bit of civility has taken a hit.
*More KRON: Steve Aveson: about as phony as a 3-dollar bill. All he needs is some good head-bobbing and he can eclipse Milt Kahn.
*Now she can't make out the Pacific Ocean: PIX's morning traffic stick, Roqui Theus. But at least she now knows the Golden Gate Bridge. Shots at Old Ship for everyone!
*Anne Makovec still wants very badly out of PIX only now PIX can't wait for Annie to finally get her ass out which is something of a sea change.
*Yeah, Annie, you're just a body.
*Boy that Kenny Choi hire really has the town buzzing!
*House-hunting: Justine Waldman and Grant Lodes. Either KRON's financial situation has taken a northern detour or the couple, (she's pregnant again) won a lottery ticket.
*KGO Radio had Maureen Langan on Wednesday night talking about the election which is sort of like Chef Ryan Scott talking about Brexit.
*I remember the days when there was at least one TV/Radio/Print City Hall Reporter --now we have bread crumbles to cover Mayor Ed Lee which would have Herb Caen spitting out his Vitamin V martini.
*Melissa Caen: hey, PIX? Are you kidding? Lightweight is an understatement. More like molecule understudy. If this woman had any less substance she'd be a guest on the Ronnnnnnnnnnnnnnnn Owens show. (And after words, Ronn would try to pull a Donald on her.)
*Wait a minute, now that I think of it, Ronn had a little issue with a brunette a few years back.
*I've been an on-and-off customer at North Beach Restaurant but since I don't wear short-sleeve Italian shirts and bring in guys like Byron Allen, I don't get the Lowenstein treatment.
*Ronnnnnnnnn was quite boastful on the air the other day that both his daughters were voting for Trump. I have nothing else to say.
*KGO Radio: the halfway house for the "next generation" of derelict radio people.
*Yeah, while I was in bed suffering from CoughRunnyNoseFlu Diaspora, I caught Cheryl Jennings co-anchoring the 5 at KGO-TV. The only thing I could think of was that they needed a body and Cheryl was around noshing a bagel so...
*Paulie Mac: Darwin was wrong.
*Larry Baer: 2017 agenda item: "I wonder if I could install ATM machines inside the bathrooms at AT&T?" --I'm not kidding.
*The Raiders are NEVER going to Vegas. Bet on it.
*Greg Papa doesn't like me saying he's making a little south of a million bucks but sorry Pop, it's news. Courtesy, Comcast, Raiders, Entercom. That's enough to pay his and Raddy's overhead combined.