Like virtually all their network and cable brethren most Bay Area TV stations are going all out on Election night. It's the safe choice and given the amount of interest in the presidential race, you'd figure there'd be a huge audience.
Between the cable goulash --CNN, Fox News. and MSNBC; not to mention the on-line outlets, I don't know if the local 415 Media will have any real significant audience outside unique local ballot issues and local races.
Another issue that has recently gathered traction is election fatigue. Many people are relieved that this whole wretched episode in American politics is finally coming to an end. And those are the people that are going to watch and listen to the results on radio.
I'm a frequent KGO Radio critic but I'll give credit to PD, Mike Anthony and Opps Mgr, Lee Hammer for bringing in Pat Thurston and John Rothmann for Election night coverage that will commence around 4 PM and continue on thru midnight. Assuming there's no shenanigans or late-night voting issues, we should all know the results fairly early, my guess by 8 PM locally. Of course I'm assuming all hell doesn't break loose and Donald Trump doesn't do something goofy.
*If you're a local celebrity political sniffer and want to spice up your Election night, head over to North Beach Restaurant and you'll probably run into Willie Brown and a Burton brother, not to mention Dianne Feinstein and Jerry Brown. If you can catch a table in the downstairs wine cellar room you have more clout than Joel Murray in West Portal.
*A 415 Media half-prediction: Hillary wins; she's indicted (maybe); Obama pardons her. (No matter what).
*Melissa Caen, the political analyst for KPIX, is quite frankly, embarrassing. That's not a popular stand to take because Ms. Caen is quite striking on the TV screen but if you actually listen to what she says (or more to the point, what she doesn't say) you see right away Caen is unqualified. She's a glorified pretty face with Pacific Heights regale and frivolity --she'd be a better reporter covering the local party at the Getty compound. She doesn't offer anything even remotely inside or unique.
Of course you won't read this type of opinion in the SF Chronicle.
*Al Michaels comes to Oakland tonight (part of NBC's Sunday Night Football crew covering Raiders-Denver); many people aren't aware that Michaels had a notorious feud with late, Raiders owner, Al Davis.
That feud hasn't been lifted as Davis' son, Mark Davis, still regards Michaels as enemy #1 in sports broadcasting circles.