|Jon Bristow (foreground) and ex-KGO anchor Jennifer Jones-Lee|
Bristow was anchoring Sunday morning and Mark Richards was doing traffic--a segment involved reporter, Scott Lettieri. For a moment I thought I was listening to KGO circa 2011.
Seems, with the new traffic and sports voices, all of KGO's staff has kidnapped KCBS.
Bristow, Jenna Lee, Jennifer Hodges, Lettieri, Jeannie Lynch, Kevin "The Rat", --all Jack Swanson people and while there's nothing wrong with hiring your ex-staffers it's also frustrating for quality broadcast journalists that didn't work at KGO to be ignored by the new sheriff in town.
*I've stated my opinion on Bristow many times here; he's a qualified anchor but he's got a huge ego that smacks of arrogance and an attitude that has already pissed off a bunch of senior KCBS staffers...a looming battle of egos galore: Bristow and Stan Bunger. Bunger just got a modest contract extension (around three years) and when he retires and/or is bought out, Bristow is the odds-on favorite to replace Bunger...but the two have already clashed in and around the back offices with Bunger telling Bristow to back off a bit (the duo was spotted having a heated conversation one recent morning; they'll deny it but it was confirmed by two station sources); clearly, there's growing animosity over Bristow's growing influence and it has caused tension in the newsroom.
*Back in the saddle: former KRON traffic and weather guy, George Rask was doing traffic reports on Saturday afternoon on KCBS and sounding as robust as ever...so too, ex-Comcast sports anchor, Henry Wofford.
*Most powerful person at KCBS not names Swanson: Doug Harville.
*Most powerful reporter: Doug Sovern.
*Most annoying reporter: Jeffrey Schaub, who thinks he's the next Les Moonves. Fat chance.
*Getting gushier by the day: Roberta Gonzales.
*Don't mess with him or face the consequences: Da Lin.
*Biggest embarrassment at CBS-SF: The Foodie Chap. "trade-outs" from hell.
*Potential fisticuffs: Sovern versus Bunger.
*It's WAR! Susan Leigh Taylor versus Holly Quan. A BATTLE ROYALE!