Thursday, June 21, 2018

Suddenly, Vern Glenn Might Have Many Options; KPIX Anchor Bolt to KRON? Don't Rule Out KGO Weekend Gig

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THE RADNICH DEPARTURE from KRON come September could advance a domino effect; I said this morning that sources close to Vern Glenn told me that Glenn would absolutely be interested in taking Radnich's Monday-Friday gig. Assuming KRON and its intention to go heavy on sports is still in the equation and that they'd be ready to offer market rate for Glenn who currently makes somewhere south of $150-$250K a year at KPIX.

The hiring of Glenn would make total sense for KRON because he has Bay Area roots and commands respect and likeability from most all the region's sports teams. He's also well-liked by his peers. Sure, his Garyisms need to be buttoned up but that's something that I'm sure Glenn could handle.

An important fact: I'm told by a number of sources that Glenn is not that happy at KPIX; he's tired of being the second fiddle to Dennis O'Donnell and that he's ready to make the next jump to weekdays.

Another thing, and this is not out of the realm of possibility: Glenn might be interested in the Mike Shumann vacancy at KGO; yes, that's also a weekend job but KGO's relationship with the Warriors could be a major selling point and KGO might be willing to pay a little more for acquiring a name talent like Glenn to their roster, especially given the nature of Shumann's exit.

Everything is all speculation now of course but there's a lot of possibilities here. I do know that movement is on the horizon and that Glenn is at the forefront.

9 comments:

  1. KRON = no other options or career suicide.

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    1. Local TV news = career suicide (that's why I got out, and have a great PIO gig)

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  2. Vern is solid... Although his Kevin Hart routine can get a skosh grating.

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  3. It's called "Newsical Chairs" and eventually everyone gets to play.

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  4. I'm amazed the lights are still on at KRON. Especially with their dimwit news director. Talk about career suicide.

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  5. Rich,
    Off topic here, but has Paul Deanno left his Weatherman spot at KPIX??? He has been M.I.A all this week, so I went to his FB Page, and a OP was saying congrats on the book, & good luck to him & his family in the future?!

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  6. Does Vern Glenn know anything about sports? All I hear is schtick.

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    1. "All I hear is schtick."

      Your interpretation is correct, 9:35.

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  7. Here’s an interesting thought — what if NBC Comcast bought KRON and combined the two newsrooms. Crazy? Here’s what’s happening. If Fox takes Comcast’s offer for its entertainment operations (movie studios, international, etc.) Comcast will have an enormous amount of debt. One way to bring down that debt would be to sell off Telemundo in an IPO. Once that happens, Comcast can look at buying low performing stations in order to create duopolies in places where they will have one station, like the SF market. So they say goodbye to Ch 48 and scoop up KRON at a fire sale price. Duopolies are cheap to operate and they double your ad inventory. To maximize cost efficiency, you combine the two newsrooms and fire the redundant personnel. The Comcast deal team is considering this among many scenarios if they get Fox Entertainment as a way of appeasing their lenders. You read it here first.

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