Saturday, April 17, 2021

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Friday, April 16, 2021

Mibach's Dollar Shirt and Gasia's Giggles: Your KTVU Noon News Crumbles

A NOON NEWSCAST TODAY is generally schlock-central with mounds of DRECK galore: KTVU's heap of MUSH at the lunch hour is a PRIME EXAMPLE.

I'VE NEVER particularly liked MIKE MIBACH who reminds me of a sales clerk at the local Walnut Creek Nordstrom; GASIA MIKAELIAN would be a fine audience member if KTVU were host to the WENDY WILLIAMS show because she's a great giggler, news? Not so much. But it's just me. I tend to watch more critically; mayb I'm a tad difficult.

Having said all that, I can't stomach the KTVU Noon News. It's really more a thirty-minute BORE with all the excitement of a Fremont Arby's.

Mibach never says anything even when he says something and the GAAS! is hellbent on just anchoring to anchor; she too, like Mibach, seems to be there on set because you do need a body to anchor the news, even at KTVU. When one or the other is doing solo work and is there on the desk alone, I swear, watching paint dry is a more compelling experience.

It's not as if both human bots are total disasters, they are not. They merely sit there and read the prompter; I'm fairly certain the 12 people watching the news are fine and dandy but that's just about it. KTVU, I'll give 'em credit: at least they spent the extra 5 bucks for the almost-new set so at least they're trying. 5 bucks? I'm sure that covers Mibach's new shirt from the Emeryville Ross.

But the entire newscast just doesn't cut it. I don't watch most local news anymore and if I were dare to be caught watching the 2 nooner, I should be deported to San Leandro and forced to share lunch with AMBER EIKEL at the East 14th 7-11.

Thursday, April 15, 2021

KNBR Brass Pissed Off at Tom Tolbert Tardiness

STATE-RUN RADIO (KNBR) for the GIANTS/49ERS is not that all happy that its #1 (and highest paid) host is now routinely showing up LATE ON-AIR and doing so many times over. It hasn't reached a crisis point yet, but it's a POTENTIAL CLASH between host and PD/VP BOSS.

TOM TOLBERT, the PM DRIVE conductor of the "TKB" Show (2-6 PM) is now, according to a source, "doing a 'Ralph thing." That would reference the late RALPH BARBIERI, who was FIRED in 2012 primarily because KNBR (CUMULUS) suits were PISSED OFF over The RAZOR's habitual tardiness. Barbieri subsequently SUED KNBR and received a $4Million settlement.

TOLBERT hasn't directly received a WARNING but his boss, PD, JEREMIAH CROWE, is none too pleased that his 6ft 8 power forward has lately taken to the air a good half-hour LATE on recent occasions--Tolbert was well over an HOUR LATE just last TUESDAY, the day after a WARRIORS game; Tolbert does the home Dubs' radio games for 95.7 FM, "The Game."

Again, the tardy issue hasn't affected ratings, (yet) because TKB has good numbers, for now. But clearly, Crowe, who is NOT a people person when things are good, is extremely UNHAPPY that a third of his three-man trifecta doesn't show up on time.

Wednesday, April 14, 2021

The Abysmal Clown Show AKA: Chris Merrill Comes to KGO Radio Only I'll Be Tuning Out

CHRIS MERRILL is a DISASTER, plain and simple.

For some reason, he's become the only FILL-IN at KGO RADIO. In fact, he'll be filling in for vacationing JOHN ROTHMANN tonight from 6-9 PM. I'm told he'll be Rothmann's sub until a week from Monday when Rothmann returns. Which means I'll be TUNING OUT KGO from 6-9 and escaping the HORROR SHOW(s) that is Chris Merrill, a San Diego radio RETREAD with all the sincerity and talent of a Daly City coin laundry.

I'm generally supportive of LEE HAMMER, who runs KGO and has good intentions but by allowing Merrill to bring his bufoonery clown show to the KGO microphone, Hammer is further CHEAPENING the old KGO heritage and giving aid and comfort to the lunacy which is Merrill and his SHRILL-a-thon.

I'VE TRIED to listen to Merrill and can't stomach the guy for more than a few minutes. There's NO point. Why should I take this jerk seriously when he himself doesnt? Merrill, I'm told by a KGO SOURCE, is only there because CUMULUS (KGO) doesn't have the money to pay for a respected fill-in. That's no excuse, sorry Hammer. At best, it's a SAD commentary to allow this MORON to act like a villiage idiot on KGO's air--at worst, Merrill's disgrace is an out and out EMBARRASSMENT to all the various class acts/voices that were once part of the old KGO legacy. Merrill shouldn't be allowed anywhere near the studio; wait a minute, this CLOWN is broadcasting from "live and local San Diego!" --Lovely.

If you've never heard this FRAUD (and he's worse) then consider yourself lucky. Merrill SHOUTS and screams and YELLS. He's FORCED and CONTRIVED. He's trying to be heard as if he's begging to be taken seriously. It's ALL-FAKE stuff, manuufactured crappola. Artificial SHOCK JOCK material by a guy who isn't FUNNY and isn't original. More to the point, if news were to break and require a quarter-brain host to do an interview and/or conduct an honest broadcast, Merrill's fake histrionics would be totally CATASTROPHIC for KGO and its listeners not to mention people that run KGO, especially Lee Hammer.

WHAT IT TELLS ME, the continued affront to all of us who have to stomach this ABYSMAL SCHMUCK, Merrill, is that KGO (Hammer) really has ZERO REPECT for thier listeners. It's the inmates-running-the-asylum-centric radio and it's a TOTAL ABOMINATION.

Count me out.

415 Media Breaking: Wendy McMahon OUT as ABC TV Stations Head

WENDY McMahon OUT as a ABC STATIONS SUIT--she's the wife of ex-KGO Veep/Boss BILL BERTON

I don't know all the details yet; whether she was FORCED OUT or simply left, but I know there's no one that's unhappy with her departure, especially the folks at KGO-TV.

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This Old Town; Greg Papa: Arrogant and a Jerk; Lund Still 'Ha-Ha-ing'; Bill Martin Factoid; PIX's Martin Gets Better; Posers with BIG Egos and No Talent

THIS OLD TOWN

*I TALKED about WAYNE WALKEE, a TOTAL CLASS ACT with a GIANT personality: the polar opposite of GREG PAPA; a talented JERK with an ego the size of SF Bay. Papa thinks he's cool with his ridiculous OVER-HYPED, borderline hysterical 49ERS TD call, he should really be ashamed. Papa s BIZARRE daily change-of-voice (he sounds like a little girl gargling) doesn't make any sense and sounds downright SILLY. And Papa's MEAN STREAK at KNBR continues to baffle longtime producers.

*The whole new "AUDACY" deal; ENTERCOM's re-branding (KCBS, 95.7 FM, 'The Game" here and all other of its national stations) is mere window dressing. It's really a national broadcast outfit attempting to sell terrestrial radio into the modern world of podcasts and music, only the people it is trying to kiss butt to, are not impressed and are too busy listening to thier smart (ass) phones.

*LESLIE GRIFFith, I think I told you one time, literally took her high-heel off after a nightly newscast and HIT MARK IBANEZ in the KTVU parking lot. It wasn't a pretty sight, especially for Ibanez and the beginning of the end for Griffith.

*JOHN LUND gets paid extra to laugh at every Papa joke; I can't think of any other reason why Mister Facelift chuckles and chuckles at Papa even when there's NOTHING TO CHUCKLE about.

*STATE-RUN RADIO for the GIANTS, KNBR is all just freaked out. The mutts who do radio there are incredulous that the lack of fans at the games could be so pronounced. Well, when you still have a pandemic; when Downtown SF is still a ghost town; when there's no action near the park, yeah, I can see why nobody's coming to the ballpark. And I'm no genius as you know.

*YEAH, I'm down on Papa --but there's times when I'll give him credit too. Am i not supposed to call one out when they need to be called out? Nope.

*SEE, I CAN'T STAND people with HUGE EGOS who think they're god's gift to the world and act like total FLAKES and FAKES. Like a few people I know too well.

*I'm not exactly Mister Sunshine either; in fact, today, I think I'll head to Kasper's hot dogs and RIP MYSELF.

*BILL MARTIN, the soon-to-be-retired KTVU weather guesser, doesn't "converse and talk to his audience." THAT'S BS. Martin is more incoherent. When you "talk" to the viewers, you have to make sense. Martin hasn't made sense for KTVU for years now.

*RAJ MATHAI has been subbing on KGO RADIO a few times and spewing out more BULL crap than a Madrid waste factory.

*TODAY'S POSERS in this city could understand a valuable lesson by reading some of the comments about the old KPIX and Wayne Walker posts. YES, they were PROFESSIONALS and they enjoyed working and YES, they had huge EGOS, BUT...they were TALENTED and COOL and they didn't take themselves seriously like the SCHMUCKS we have today in the BAY AREA.

*I'm beginning to have a different opinion of ALLEN MARTIN which sacres me because I actually think he's better.