POINT: Rich, seriously, I've heard a lot of morning shows on radio around the country and KNBR's isn't that bad, why the constant ripping?
Counter Point: Do you actually listen? I mean, in between all the commercials that they deluge listeners with, do you actually listen?
I've essentially stopped. It's unbearable. It's really a hodgepodge of fake conversation and fake interviews sandwiched between an avalanche of sound bites, explosions really, and horribly, dopey bits with a no-talent hack "singing" song parodies. But it's god-awful. There's not a single ounce of sincerity or originality, just a loud, uninspiring audio wrestling match with a bunch of loud, unauthentic white frat boys who just left a beer pong. If that's supposed to be good radio them I'm a drunk Wink Martindale.
POINT: Your obsession with Gary Radnich is so unbecoming, really now.
Counter Point: First off, I don't have an obsession with the guy, I merely do what no one else does around here and call him out. And he really needs to be called out because the guy is such an abject hypocrite --and I haven't even mentioned his on-air performance. Radnich used to be quite talented and funny, creative and fun to watch and listen. But he's been riding his own coattails for years now; what other sports guy never goes to news conferences anymore or the actual games? For heaven's sake, he NEVER goes to a game --he sits on his butt at home! All in the name of "he has a family and doesn't have the time?" You gotta be kidding! Ibanez has kids, so does O'Donnell. Larry Beil has a family and kids, guess what they all go to games! What a crock. And how many times on the radio does he (Radnich) say THE SAME THING OVER AND OVER...How if you don't have kids, "you're selfish" and if you "do have kids, you're responsible." Who in the hell says shit like that? Radnich is an insecure buffoon --he's actually become boring to listen to--he's stale on TV too but at least there you only have 4 or 5 minutes of him. He's a bully too. He insults his own co-workers on both the radio and TV and isn't really liked by his own people--I know this firsthand. And since I'm the only one out there that won't take his BS some of his sycophants chide me. Fine, bring it on.
POINT: KTVU gets a lot of your wrath but they're still #1.
Counter Point: Yeah, well, someone has to be on top. KTVU has become so tacky, (thanks Fox) it's hard to take them seriously anymore. The revolving anchors, the social media tripe, the disconnect between the on-air people and management --I could go on and on, but the viewers see it and most of the viewers are smart and not as dumb as KTVU makes them out to be. I thought they did a great job with the Oakland warehouse fire and showed a bit of the old KTVU but that seems out of the playbook.
POINT: Gasia Mikaelian isn't really that bad is she?
Counter Point: No, she's actually worse. How do I know? Because I hear from some people there behind the scenes--and from people who work with her. She's become a complete imbecile. She has no respect for the brand. It's as if she was kidnapped by a Fox exec and held hostage until she complied with all the BS. I get it, she has to be chirpy all the time but she could show a bit of levity too. Not everything is chirpy and funny. With Gasia, it's all, "me, me, me." What the hell happened to her? Have you checked out her pictures on social media? She's become ridiculous. Sorry, but I have a hard time with an alleged news anchor who acts like a high school drama queen.
POINT: KGO Radio's Chip Franklin has really improved.
Counter Point: Really? Where? Actually I think he's getting worse. Do you listen to his mutterings? (In between his whoring of My Pillows ads and toe fungus) Franklin is the worst of the worst at the pre-fab KGO. He shouts, his patter is like an oatmeal muffin and his sidekick buffoon giggling Nikki is an embarrassment. Other than that, he's fine. But improved? Hell no.
POINT: You know, you've been doing a lot of pledge breaks and we're sick of them, Rich.
Counter Point: Well, guess what? Subscribe and make them go away. I can't live on Google ads and I don't work for free. I never went into this work (blog) with the idea of making money but I'm not (and cannot) going to do this losing money. I can't survive and therefore I have to constantly remind the people out there who come here frequently that if they want a daily media site to enjoy in the Bay Area, they should step up to the plate (and many have, but still not enough) and CONTRIUBUTE --and for a stinkin' 2 BUCKS a MONTH? Seriously, how much do you pay for cable and your smart phone? 300, 400, 500 a month? And I'm asking for a $25 a year to make 415 Media stick? Gimme a break.