Friday, October 9, 2015

Bay Area Anchors Of Yesterday Had A Whole Lot More Gusto Than Today's Mostly Amateurs; Friday Start

 NOTICE the lack of anchor stars in this city? There's a few that stand out but by and large, there is no big time anchor talent around. You could make a case for Dan Ashley, Frank Somerville, Jessica Aguirre and Catherine Heenan. Maybe Pam Moore. But after that list, who else?

Dennis Richmond was the last of the mighty might --but he retired 7 years ago. Although Dennis was sort of moody at the end he was main anchor royalty--KTVU's last player in its heyday --and I thought Richmond paired with Leslie Griffith was at the top of the list.

Griffith may have had her "Play Misty With Me" moments off camera but she was damn good over the air.

To this day, nobody comes close to Van Amburg --in my mind, the BEST anchor in Bay Area history. He and Jerry Jensen made for a magnificent team. They were not only great anchors but great television broadcasters. There's a huge difference.

I also liked Dave McElhatton and Kate Kelly. Both had supreme chemistry and a boatload of presence.

Today, we don't have much TV News girth--just a whole lot of amateurs.

Thursday, October 8, 2015

KTVU Fox2 Personalities On Display Thursday; Castaneda Most Popular JLS Anchor Is Sixth Highest-Paid Talent; Rasmus On Cable/Local TV News Radar; Time To Pay Up; Happy Thursday

 Sal Castaneda --KTVU's mega-jovial, peripatetic traffic anchor and transportation reporter, is a popular man. In addition to his duties, the Bay Area native gets the most picture requests, personal appearance requests and get this? Castaneda is the sixth highest-paid personality at the station! Sure, $250K a year isn't chopped liver, especially in the Bay Area, but given Sal's hero-worship status at, uh, Fox2, he deserves more coin. Which apparently is foreign territory at 2 Jack London Square.
Ask these guys.

 Then there's this news: star reporter and occasional anchor, Allie Rasmus is about to be besieged by at least two local stations (think west of 2) and one prominent cabler seeking a young, smart, and vibrant TV News personality. Rasmus brings a ton of fresh air to a market that as of late smells to high heaven. Allie? You GO Girl!

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Wednesday, October 7, 2015

KTVU Senior Anchor: 'These Are Very Trying Times Here'; One Year Anniversary Since FOX Takeover From COX

Senior anchor: "These are very trying times."

Staff Morale: "The worst I've seen in 25 years."

FOX One-Year Anniversary of takeover of KTVU transforms entire building from Sales to On-Air division.

*Union showdown looming creates severe tension between FOX Management and Rank and File.

*"Everyone is on edge--nobody feels secure", says station source.

*Respected reporters Rasmussen and Pritchett tell FOX to shove it; contract offers "belittle the top talent at KTVU" --General feeling is that "they (management) are trying to weed out the experienced masses and start anew --if they have to."

*Wedge forms between the old and new regime.

*Top-paid talent are not "safe."

*News Director (Hahn) out of the loop.

*Developing ...

415 Media Exclu: Anchor Shuffle At KGO-TV; Zse Takes Over For Cheryl Jennings At 5 PM; Thomas To Solo-Anchor Weekend Nights; Zouves And Aqui New Morning News Anchors

 Kristin Zse will take over

 departing Cheryl Jennings's 5 PM co-anchor spot and Eric Thomas will be anchoring weekend nights at KGO-TV, (ABC7), according to a knowledgeable broadcast source.

Both Thomas and Zse, as reported by 415 Media, are leaving KGO's Morning News. And, according to the source, both are "very happy" at the change. They should be: Thomas wasn't thrilled working with the temperamental Zse and Zse had some issues with the veteran, Thomas. Thomas will also do weeknight fill-in for Dan Ashley and Larry Beil.

Meanwhile, I've learned through the source the new morning anchors will be Natasha Zouves and Reggie Aqui, the "new kids" on the block.

KGO's anchor shuffling comes at a time when the ABC local "O and O" has strong ratings both late night and early evening. I haven't been thrilled with Zouves' perpetual "happy face" and quirky voice but moving her to mornings makes better sense where her style and demeanor might be a better fit.

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

BREAKING: Thomas And Zse Gonno From The KGO-TV Morning News; It's Official: Rasmussen And Pritchett OUT At KTVU; Wild Day By The TV News 415 Media Bay

pritchett rasmusen ktvu BEEN A WILD DAY at KTVU and KGO-TV.

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As I reported here first, both veteran reporters Eric Rasmussen and Ken Pritchett are gone from KTVU. It was all about the money --don't believe any other reasons--to their credit, both Rasmussen and Pritchett took the high road. But both turned down some rather repulsive offers from FOX.

Meanwhile, my source at KGO tells me both Eric Thomas and Kristen Sze have been kicked off the Morning Show. Might be noted there's some anchor shuffling taking place at 900 Front and both seem destined for other time slots.

Don't know all the details here but it appears that one big issue involving the duo's 86 might be the fact that both hate each other and in the end, that may have accelerated their departure. No word on replacements yet but think heavily this dynamic duo.

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San Francisco Market Yenta Central; The Biggest Gossip-Mongers; TV/Radio Tonsils That Just Won't Keep Their Mouth Shut; Exposed

 SF--Market Yenta Central.

They are everywhere. Gossip mongers. In Yiddish --a certified yenta. We have plenty here, especially TV and Radio. They are habitual rabble-rousers --always chit-chatting, schmoozing, or in today's world, texting and facebooking, what else.

Time to call them out. By the way, not all of these yentas are women.

*Sherry Brown--KGO Radio: the ultimate yenta. Spreads more shit than an elephant in heat. Her "uh" on every newscast is comical. Likes to stir up manufactured shit and then complains when she's called out. Smells to high heaven. Maybe something's in the water at, uh, KGO.

*Kim Wonderly: KCBS: Real tangible yenta supreme. Office talker chick. Thinks she's the newsroom guardian but all she really is is the traffic broad. When trying to "defend" the honor of Becca Corral all she really accomplished was to confirm her status as A-grade YENTA! Stick to fender-benders on 101, Kimmy.

*Mike Sugerman: KCBS --the preeminent male yenta. What a putz. Facebook journalist needs social media to get interviews in Santa Clara. Tells inter-office stories based on third-hand sources. The cigar-chomping schmuck with the fake voice intonation ("I'm Mike Sugerman--About The Bay") wreaks of verbal feces, like a swarm of bees over a dead deer carcass --Mikey has never been one to turn off the gossip manure. It's fine and OK but please, find a new audience. Hurry, hurry!

*Roberta Gonzales: KPIX. Robby, you once had me as an ally because I root for a woman who is constantly hoodwinked by the arrogant News Director, the asshole who drinks cheap beer with the sports guy. Seriously, Robby, I knew about your charitable work and PTA meetings but you threw me a curve at your constant backroom talk--mostly about me. Why? I didn't go out to look for a fight. Your constant chit-chat, gossip-monger with (you know who) has reached crisis proportions. And I'm not going to even mention the fact that your current breathless giggles every darn morning with Bunger on radio have become appointment audio--all for the wrong reason. Button it up, Robby.

*Jan Wahl: KCBS. I don't have to say a word here. The biggest yenta of them all. Just listen to Hat Woman for a minute and you'll have the story.

*Doug Sovern: KCBS. Hey, schmucko, nobody disputes you're a damn good political reporter but quit telling everyone that you're the "only" reporter in the newsroom that's worthy of praise. That won't sit well with staff, especially your buddy, Becca Corral.

*Jennifer Jones-Lee: KGO Radio. "Ha, Ha, giggle, giggle, giggle, ha-ha, giggle, giggle" --KGO Morning Yenta Queen especially gossip-monga with Ronnnnnnn Owens and her radio beard, tech guy, Jason Middleton. Jones-Lee the perennial champ when it comes to chatty do-do.

*Veronica De La Cruz: KPIX. Let's see, throw down your smart phone and quit touching your hair. Then concentrate and realize that if you spent as much time on talking about real news and the like, as opposed to sending multi-texts to your girlfriends you'd be the respected anchor they thought they got from NY. Wrongo!

*Gasia Mikaelian: KTVU: Oh. My. God. Queen Fox2 ditz in the morning now. How's the coffee taste been lately? Quit ripping Mibach and tell him straight to his face you think he's a moron. Or worse, yet, make him take a look at the "Talk Like a Pirate" video.

*Darya Folsom: KRON. "Uh, uh, Aaron, I'm the white Wendy Williams!--Just get rid of Radnich and give me more time!" --KRON's one-third of yenta trifecta: Between her, digital boy, and the new weather chick? Oy Vey!