ON THE STREETS OF SF Sunday Night there was just plain bedlam because of that screw-up on the Oscars. C'mon people, get a life. I saw it. Life will go on. The sun is shining today, people are smiling. The weather gods say we'll be having blue skies till at least the end of next week. Just in time for some schmo to worry about another drought. And whomever that is? Deport he/she to Yuba City.
*Ronnnnnn will have his usual "Trash the Oscars" show this morn on KGO --a program that was mildly interesting about the time of the GWB administration. But Ronnnn will persist because you have to satisfy the 50 year-old housewife in Pleasanton --"Hi Ronn, first time caller, longtime listener!", thanks Gretchen, suburban yenta on line three.
*Meanwhile, over at the Cumulus whorehouse on Battery --better known as the "SF Cluster", the morning bozos on KNBR, paid a "tribute" to their fallen, fired update comrades with an extra salvo of "dudes" --the usual driven bs that was punctuated by all the serenity of a Daly City pawn shop. "Murph" exuded his usual "what a great bunch of guys bullshit"--about as genuine as his partner's fake New Jersey accent.
*Up until the "Oh Shit" moment, I actually thought the Oscars was pretty entertaining which hasn't been the case since the days of Billy Crystal hosts and actual, real movie stars in the theatre. Jack Nicholson we need you sir. Although Jimmy Kimmel was fantastic and had some great lines to boot. Loved the solo shot at Mel Gibson and bologna line re: OJ Simpson. Kimmel knows how to run the show. Too bad he'll be largely forgotten because of Wrong Best Picture Gate.
*Has Jon Bristow installed a cot inside the lounge at KCBS on Battery? He's not only on almost every day, it seems every hour. Bristow has taken over which is OK since Bristow en fuego is a hell of a lot better than an ounce of Jeffrey Schaub.
*Both Gary Radnich and Larry Krueger were supposedly shocked over the dismissal of Joe Hughes but in actuality, they both knew beforehand of Hughes' fate and didn't say a word to him. Classy.
*Anne Makovec is still doing street reporting and occasional anchoring at KPIX which is a story because she's clearly pissed off over her Sunday morning show anchor gig being taken from her. Makovec and Channel 7 are probably a good fit. The same too with Juliette Goodrich but looks like PIX suits are working out a deal for Jules to stay. At least they're trying.
*I never said I disliked Brian Hackney on the air; quite frankly I like his style and knowledge. He's very good. I did say at times Hackney acts as if he's the second coming of Walter Cronkite.
*The new Martin and Lewis? Ken Bastida and Dennis O'Donnell with their supposed comedy act at the end of the newscast. Two words: Not funny. GAME OFFFF!
*Was there a reason Veronica De La Cruz was spotted at 30 Rock /NBC in NY a few weeks back? I'm sure she was just a tourist watching the Tonight Show but I'd be damn wrong.
*PIX has no clue as top how you mix and match anchors. They're horrible. I could tell the schmucks over there what's a winner and what's not and I'm not even a consultant.
*Entercom has in its corporate culture (surprise) to cut and cut. They will no doubt apply that missive when it comes to screwing around with KCBS, which they will do when the merger is OKed later in the year. Yes, they will have to get rid of some FM stations in town to satisfy the newly lame FCC. In the meantime there will be no noticeable changes on the air except for Jon Bristow's 500 hours-a-week.
*Believe me there ARE people at KCBS royally pissed off at Bristow's growing stature and they're not so much pissed at Bristow but how some of them got passed over. Personally, I think Martin Lenz is better than ALL of them.
*The honeymoon is over for the new ND at KNTV (NBC Bay Area) --Stephany Androuny is dealing with a few unhappy campers who killed during Sweeps and were largely ignored. She has her first test down in San Jose.
*Raj Mathai: too happy.
*Janelle Wang: out of the loop for no apparent reason. At least they didn't stick her in the "We Investigate" unit: total irrelevance. Which reminds me: Just what the hell do they investigate?