I REMEMBER when KRON was the local powerhouse news operation; a time when it was KTVU News before KTVU established itself with the "10 o'clock News" --when KRON was the standard bearer in the market with some of the best people, real news people, worked there.
I remember people like Catherine Heenan, Evan White, Bob Jimenez, Susan Blake and the like.
I remember evidence of KRON's initial demise when stupidity trumped common sense and ultimately a terrific news domain went south in a furry.
And how little people with no sense of professionalism and a lack of respect for the legacy of the station are driving it through the ground now.
I don't relish KRON's imminent demise. Oh sure, it's not the same KRON, not at all, nevertheless it's sad to see such a proud heritage station meet its maker.
*I watched KTVU's Noon newscast in detail the other day; It dawned on me as much as I detest Gasia Mikaelian on "Mornings on Two", I actually like her as a straight anchor reading the news which she does well.
Dear Gasia: nothing personal, it's the uber-smiling and laughs that drive me crazy.
You're so much better. I know management has Foxified you and you have to earn a living but please...show some levity every now and then. You don't have to audition anymore, you got the gig.
*I wonder if NBC regrets not buying KRON and therefore, maintaining its presence in the Bay Area with a strong signal --sorry, but KNTV has never worked.
Too many egos, too many people not admitting to a mistake thereby ensuring mass corrosion of product and, well, you get the picture.
*I wonder if KGO Radio's insufferable Chip Franklin ever listens to his shows --or are the giggling blondes in the background too much a distraction. Chippie on a recent show insulted most of the Bay Area's African-American community and when some callers tried to shake him down, he promptly cut them off. Chip is to talk-show host is melba toast is to fine cuisine. Pass the liverwurst.
*What little star power KNTV possesses --and it's little, Jessica Aguirre has still got it.
Aguirre has managed to maintain grace, news savvy, and eloquent teleprompter duty under some challenging obstacles.
*It's the holiday season --time for the gruesome live shots and MOS interviews in front of the infamous Walnut Creek fountain...where reporters line up to talk to the demo-rich A25-54 white people with perfect teeth and Gucci bags.
*Greg Papa is not holding out at his 95.7 FM radio sports gig, trust me.
In fact, Papa returned to the airwaves on Wednesday.
*December: time for airport live shots; holiday cooking segments on 4 PM news shows; and inevitable Union Square ice rink background. What a Grinch I am, I know.
*Cristina Rendon --still one of the most underrated anchor/reporters at KTVU. More Cristina, less Heather Holmes, but what the hell do I know.
*A news industry observer in this town with a keen observation worth noting.
"Every newscast looks the same; the stations may be different, the people too, but overall, it's all pretty much the same and blasé too--nothing stands out, same old thing."
*Hey Chip, you're due for that 2345th show about what millennials want.
Real riveting radio, was that in the latest handbook given out by management?
We get hit by a major terrorist act and Chipster will be talking to some anal wart, pimply-faced, 30 year-old techie name Brad in Marin explaining what hipsters are buying for Christmas gifts.
Terrific radio, Chip.
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