Monday, January 16, 2017

Scott McGrew is Good Business on NBC Bay Area

Image result for Scott Mcgrew NBC Bay Area Scott McGrew is good business on KNTV (NBC Bay Area); Because I always watch "Meet the Press" on Sunday, McGrew's local tech show follows at 9 AM and it's chock full of interesting guests and panelists from around the world.

And although I'm not a big business guy (duh!) --I don't always find shows on tech that exciting but McGrew's talk on all things Silicon Valley is watch-worthy not to mention his business reports; both on NBC and his radio takes on KNBR.

Hard to believe he's been at the reporter/anchor helm here for over fifteen years. Keep up the good work, Scotty.

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A Thurston-Rothmann 1-2 Punch Would Give KGO Radio Solid Weeknights; 7-10 and 10-1 Time Slot Firm News-Talk Cadence; 415 Media Monday

Image result for Pat Thurston John Rothmann KGO It would make too much sense to place Pat Thurston and John Rothmann KGO's 1-2 punch from 7 PM to 1 AM (Thurston 7-10, Rothmann 10-1) but I'm advocating it anyway.

For one, it would solidify KGO in the evening and provide a pair of well-seasoned news-talk hosts who have a wide audience swath of demos and loyal followings, even in this state of diminished AM radio.

News-talk still has a place, particularly in this current political climate. Ever heard of a guy named President-elect Donald Trump? You think they'll be something to discuss these next four years? It was a rhetorical question.

I've listened to enough of Thurston to now say firmly she's earned her nightly 7-10 gig; Thurston is a much better interviewer since her early days and she has a good grip on topical events and pop culture. Her inter-action with callers, too, is much more fluid and crisp. She has good guests and insights.

Image result for john rothmann kgoRothmann to follow her from 10-1 AM (or 2 if need be) is a natural move and should be an easy choice given his huge following not only on KGO but yes, social media too, here, for example. I've marveled at Rothmann's  poltical acumen to a point where some people think I'm his agent; no, I just appreciate someone who can make for interesting radio and whose intellect and moxie on politics and international news is second to none. If "Rothmann is too smart for KGO", then management at Cumulus will have to recheck the talk playbook.

Both Thurston and Rothmann are reliable and capable personalities --known commodities that are not spectacular, merely solid performers who can deliver a steady audience and reestablish some cadence to KGO's evening line-up. It would also send a firm message to some of KGO's ex-listeners who took off but can now come back. It wouldn't hurt.

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Sunday, January 15, 2017

Congressman John Lewis Speaks His Mind on Trump 'Legitimacy' on 'MTP'; KGO Radio's Political Guru Rothmann Analyzes; Sunday PM 415 Media

Image result for John Lewis Donald Trump By now you have heard the words of universally respected and admired Civil Rights congressman John Lewis--who said on 'Meet the Press' that Donald Trump was not a "legitimate president." Furthermore, Lewis plans on skipping the Inauguration this Friday.

Trump responded like Trump.

And Congressman Lewis went further. 

Image result for John RothmannOn Sunday Night, John Rothmann was the ideal host on KGO Radio to talk about the latest crisis involving Trump and American politics. Rothmann's superb analysis and breakdown was, as usual, spot on, allowing all points of view and delving into all the implications and developments --Lewis' act wasn't the only news-talk item but it was certainly the biggest news of the day --eliciting responses from Senator Dianne Feinstein and VP-elect Mike Pence.

I've said a gazillion times that KGO suits should make Rothmann a permanent presence on 810 AM ...most especially now as the country navigates through uncharted waters as a Trump administration begins its reign come Friday.

As one big circus comes to an end soon, another is just beginning.

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Saturday, January 14, 2017

KTVU's Cristina Rendon; Saturday 415 Media Short

Image result for Cristina Rendon KTVU As smooth as they get: KTVU's graceful, hard-working, elegant reporter/anchor Cristina Rendon. Not an up-and-comer, industry talk  is that the Channel 2 star has already earned her stripes with a strong presence and significant camera identity.
 
Most TV News people --at least serious ones, prefer working out in the field as a reporter, with anchoring second.
 
Rendon seems to be at ease on both fronts and always look forward to her work on KTVU, most certainly a future superstar in the TV News biz.

Friday, January 13, 2017

Get Well David Garibaldi and Marc Van Wageningen --Oakland's Own TOP; 415 Media Video Tribute



{TOWER OF POWER}

KRON Needs New Jingle; Nervous Griego at KPIX; Contract Up and Morning Show 'Needs Help'; Hong and Winston Tension; Hurd on MSNBC Radar; Carolyn Tyler, Don't Leave Us Yet; 415 Media Friday Rundown

Image result for KRON -TV SF Studios YOU'D THINK that KRON would be logical and 86 its old, old, crappy news jingle, which I think has been around since the days of the Carter administration --but no, no, no, maybe its the cost of 25 cents that prohibits such action.

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Anny Hong
*Yes, Anny Hong and Robin Winston; KRON's weather and traffic 1-2 punch still can't stand one another --Winston is more cranky than Hong but lets just say I doubt the twosome will ever be eating a tuna melt at Grumpy's anytime soon.

*Tower of Power bummer: get well guys.
Be strong. (They are)

*Meanwhile at KPIX, the morning show is barely ticking along.

As one of my Pixies told me: "The show needs a lot of help." Lots.

And its star anchor Michelle Griego is supposedly nervous. Why? Her contract is up pretty soon and she makes pretty good coin for a program that is on barely life support.


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Robin Winston
Someone has to be a scapegoat.



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*Separated at birth: Sandra Bullock and Michelle Griego.



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Debora Villalon
*Underrated: KTVU's versatile street reporter Debora Villalon.

*Overrated: KNTV's Peggy Bunker.  (Psst, Hey Peg, you can smile every now and then too.)

*Not rated at all which is even worse: Kenny Choi. What a brilliant hire. I don't know what PIX would be like without him in the morning.

*The general consensus in town is that KGO-TV needs another weather guesser. (Just kidding.)


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Larry Beil
*Larry Beil proves that being a hybrid (anchors news and sports) is not only viable but healthy too. Beil is very good on both fronts and makes it look easy, with authority!

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Cheryl Hurd
*Cheryl Hurd is being woo, woo, wooed by MSNBC but I think it would take significant coin to make her go to New Yawk, but that's just my opinion.

*Beil sometimes comes across as condescending but that's just first impression; get to know him and he takes his job rather seriously even when the teleprompter is off but that's a good thing in my book.

*The idea that I relish KRON's demise is fake news. I just wish they would concentrate on news more and lessen the crappy furniture ads. Yeah, KRON brings in more revenue than you think; too bad its corporate nincompoops (newbies) treat the Bay Area like it was some El Paso outpost.

*Permanent ban immediately: "Fake news" --what? Was "untrue" kidnapped by the vocabulary police?


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Carolyn Tyler
*If Carolyn Tyler re-ups at ABC7 you read it here first. Tyler is as good as ever but rumors swirl that she may hang it up in the local TV News biz. I say wait another 3 or 5 years Madame T because you still got it, girlfriend.

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Thursday, January 12, 2017

415 Media Mid-Day Deli Nosh

Image result for old guy eating in SF Deli *I'm hot and cold with Brian Hackney; if you've read me over the years he's both annoyed me and intrigued me. I have no issue with his weather acumen and he sure as heck seems to know what he's talking about. It's sometimes when he veers off the road and thinks he reciting Russian literature, in a figurative manner. That said, I do, overall, appreciate his work for the most part.

*Inside, Inside baseball: if you aim to screw with me then you better have all your shit down because I don't trust anybody but one.

*Remember, Fox News Corp doesn't mess with KTVU News; oh, sure, they own the station and have altered the operation but as for meddling the product and overtly (or even covertly) they really don't get involved in the news-gathering end.

*A caller on Ronn Owens KGO show on Wednesday called Ronn a "weasel." Ronn laughed ...and laughed. "Weasel? --'I'm a weasel?'" The caller was ripping Owens over his mass simpleton summation of Donald Trump's press conference. Amazing that Owens, who lampooned him for the past 18 months is now almost Trump sanguine. The Voice of Reason has attacked again!

*Every rightwing radio station/outlet amen corner member thought the Trump presser (ouch) was just a knock-it-out-of-the-park performance ...until we get hit. (God forbid)

*They're making hay/at a certain KPIX  talent who likes to hawk her jewelry --on air! no less. The same jewelry she apparently gets gratis, maybe PIX should talk to her and tell her that's kinda tacky.

*KNBR running Giants' promos in January. 'Nuff said. Or as my media sage says, "The Giants are KNBR's KOIT Christmas music." Well stated.