I haven't written much about Mark Danon, the weekday morning, co-anchor on KRON's adequate newscast --I say "adequate" because the show is always marred by the gushy "look at me" embarrassment that is Darya Folsom --who gets worse by the day.
I've never met Danon but I know people close to the situation who tell me he just shows up to work and nudges along in spite of Folsom's daily histrionics and buffoonery.
You might say, "well, what's his alternative? The man has to earn a living."
Well, you'd be right but truth be told, I disagree. Danon is enough of a professional with limited clout that could ask the higher-ups for a different time slot but he does his job well in spite of Countess Folsom.
Countess Folsom is the "me, me, me" KRON High Priestess. In her early days at 1001 Van Ness (the old KRON fortress) Darya was somewhat respectable, slightly credible and overall, a decent anchor who read the news and didn't resort to cheap tactics.
Nowadays Darya is an on-going freak show better suited for a daily matinee at the Curran Theatre. The drama would be perfectly apt. I've often wondered what she'll do next, a mass singular "gee wiz" or hosted, giggle fest.
That Danon goes along and is able to maintain his professionalism is deserving enough for a local Emmy. Call it the "Survival Award."
And indeed Danon survives --initially I thought he was simply a stooge to Folsom's circus act but I was wrong. Danon seems to have a "hey, I'm just working, pardon me" look on his face while Countess Folsom looks as if she's appearing on a variety show.
I'm sure she still has a legion of fans but Folsom always goes to the extreme and flaunts her excess and I'm not even referring to any physical assets. Even those seem to be inflated this day and age.
Dear Darya: This is probably impossible for you to ascertain but do your viewers a favor: Grow up. Stop pimping for the camera. You're not Kelly Ripa. Hell, you're not even Ricki Lake. You allegedly co-anchor a morning news show in the Bay Area even though it's on an albatross station that long ago lost its luster. But it's still on the air last I checked.
So, be straight, Darya. I know you can do it.