Will Ronn Owens have been so inconvenienced over the protests of President Trump's Travel Ban that he will kvetch on KGO Radio this (Monday) morning?
My unscientific bet: Owens will predictably spend the hour criticizing the protesters: "Why all the fuss?" "Get over it, he's the 'president!" "Hey, Trump's trying to protect us!"
Then Ronn will take his four or five calls from every 50 year-old housewife from Pleasanton.
Owens has a few guests scheduled but I'm sure he'll deliver.
*At least KGO will be live and local Monday because on a day (Sunday) when major news dictated major coverage from local outlets, KGO was running its usual taped orgy --financial shows and a Cal basketball game.
Yes, KGO has a contractual obligation with its sports partners but very easily could have moved the Cal game over to sister station, KSFO, (which was running an old Rush Limbaugh show) and brought in John Rothmann to discuss the on-going developments around the world and at SFO, those nasty protesters that makes Ronn so angry.
That would have been too easy and requiring a real PD --someone who has a command of possible news events and is responsible for day-to-day operations --clearly, Mike Anthony is not that guy and I've said as much.
Anthony's silly, out-of-touch dictum that KGO hosts have to change topics every 10-15 minutes was never so foolish given the events of the weekend when, literally, the entire world was focused on the travel ban, including what was taking place at SFO --if you don't register the passion and angst that people were feeling and living, then check out Rothmann's Facebook commenters from listeners who were happy to have a place to vent.
KGO, again, asleep at the wheel.
*Not the case for KCBS and reporter, Scott Lettieri, and anchor, Jon Bristow--Lattieri was at SFO the moment the protests broke out on Saturday and provided valuable updates as the weekend progressed.
Bristow anchored the weekend and had some terrific interviews on the KCBS news line throughout the weekend. It's nice to have real, interesting and legitimate coverage. Truly, live and local.
And not a smidgen of taped real estate and financial shows while the world is screaming.
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