Thursday, December 8, 2016


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Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Bill King, Hall-of-Famer, Finally; Legendary A's, Raiders, Warriors Broadcaster Recipient of Ford C. Frick Award; Holy Toledo!

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Bill King --Hall of Famer
 Bill KING --last name in capitals, on purpose, is in the Baseball Hall of Fame, finally ...the recipient of the Ford C. Frick Award for 2017. As the HOF notes, "presented annually for excellence in baseball broadcasting by the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum."

Bill King was the greatest radio play-by-play broadcaster ever.


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Bill King interviewing Warriors' Charles Johnson
Yes, many will debate that baseball wasn't Bill's best sport--guess what? It wasn't, he was merely extraordinary broadcasting baseball and magnificent in his two other sports, pro basketball, (Warriors) and Pro Football, (Raiders) Think of it like this: Basketball: 1, Football: 1, Baseball: 1A

I'm delighted King has got his due; felt he might never get this award. Knowing Bill, as I did covering Bay Area Sports in the 80's and 90's, this type of award; prestigious and grand as it is, would be the last thing on Bill King's mind. He was that way.

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Bill King and Lon Simmons, Oakland A's, 1981
Can't believe it's been eleven years since Bill's passing. He was the most gracious, dedicated, professional broadcaster I've ever met. A true and decent gentleman dedicated to his craft and made growing up in the Bay Area in the 1970's a memorable time. Bill transcended sports; he was the only sports announcer I knew who loved Russian Opera, Ballet, --and oh wait, great food too. Bill King is the only guy I know who concocted his own culinary jamboree --a mixture of peanut butter, corn chips, and onions too. (Warning --clear the broadcast booth, Bill is eating; danger ahead, check the winds.)

Those of you that remember those days will agree with me we'll never be witness to someone broadcasting three sports --in the same year--as Bill King did. The Coliseum in Oakland was his second home. The legitimate "House of Thrills", as Curt Gowdy named it while broadcasting Raiders' games for NBC.

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Bill with fellow A's broadcaster, Ken Korach, 2004
Bill King, Hall-of-Famer. Holy Toledo!

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Someone at KTVU Clearly Doesn't Like Ross Palombo (Video)


Someone at KTVU clearly doesn't like Ross Palombo, seen here broadcasting a "2 Investigates" on the "10 0'Clock News" Monday Night.

This should have never made air --particularly given the seriousness of the circumstances behind his investigation.

Sunday, December 4, 2016

Enormity of Oakland Fire Tragedy hits home; KTVU Reporter breaks down; News Conferences take somber mode; Almost every Bay Area TV station commits full personnel to cover tragedy; Sunday 415 Media Report/Reflections

Image result for Oakland warehouse fire  As the death toll mounts  (24 known fatalities with more expected) the tone and mood of the pressers have become more tense and emotional, for both the media, locally, and national media folks too. I saw a reporter for the NY Times put his head down as Ray Kelly of the Alameda County Sheriff's Dept confirm the latest number of bodies recovered at a morning briefing.

*KTVU Reporter, Leigh Martinez, who'd been working at the Alameda County Sheriff's office Victims center, momentarily broke down on air late Saturday night.  The tragic events of the day apparently brought back memories of her brother's passing, I'm told. He was a marine in Iraq, all of this public info--Martinez is to be commended for a stellar job. She was at the county center reporting from 7 AM until well into the early evening.

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Leigh Martinez/KTVU
*Virtually all Bay Area TV stations were obviously front and center on the story but KTVU deserves full props as the only station that basically went all out, virtually commercial-free --all out on all its platforms too.

Anchors Frank Mallicoat and Claudine Wong, along with reporter, Christien Kafton, performed yeoman's duty with a steady almost six-hour, non-stop newscast before Frank Somerville and Gasia Mikaelian took over late afternoon into the evening.

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Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf
KTVU used its "KTVU Plus" side channel (due to college football obligation on Fox2) and continued coverage. Although information was still relatively scarce and officials weren't offering anything more than what was already known (due to sensitivity to victims and families) the gravity and seriousness of the tragedy demanded the attention. KTVU didn't budge and it was right not to.

All in all, KTVU excelled --a real community service.

*Where was KPIX?

Lots of red faces at KPIX, I'm sure, at PIX--where were they? Nowhere --until late into the game.

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Oakland PD Spokesperson Johnna Watson, foreground and Sgt. Ray Kelly, AC Sheriff's Dept
Even as the story was getting more serious and garnering more attention from both local and national and international outlets, KPIX (the CBS O and O) was running regular programming. Even when college football was on the net screen, KPIX didn't even offer an update on the situation.

Even more embarrassing when PIX finally had reporters on scene in Oakland, information broadcast was old news.

*As bad as Channel 5, it couldn't beat KRON's woeful action of running canned programming, (like, for instance, "Dog Town USA") At KRON, who the heck is minding the store? Uh, maybe nobody; even mediocre-challenged KRON should be ashamed of itself particularly when, early on, it was a very capable outlet.

*Yes, what you saw was correct. The major stations in town began using their star anchors; Somerville, KNTV's Raj Mathai, (who reported, solo, direct from the scene) Dan Noyes from KGO (ABC7)

Saturday, December 3, 2016

Bay Area TV News Goes Wall-to-Wall on Deadly Oakland Fire; Update 3: KRON Goes from Tragedy to 'Bay Area Bargains'; Update 4: All Bay TV Stations Cover Schaaf Press Conference Except KRON Which Runs 'Dog Town USA'

Image result for Oakland warehouse fire How big and tragic the overnight Oakland fire that took at least nine lives? (25 people are unaccounted for at press time) --even the BBC has coverage.

UPDATE 1: An Alameda County Sheriff Dept. official told KTVU as many as 40-plus people could have perished.

Local TV coverage was highlighted by KTVU's Weekend "Mornings on Two" which correctly ditched its regular format and went to wall-to-wall coverage from 7: AM on through the morning.

Anchors Claudine Wong and Frank Mallicoat directed the on-going story from KTVU's Jack London Square studios only a few miles from the scene of the warehouse/loft fire.

 Christien Kafton delivered spot-on reporting  and provided excellent coverage as the story remained fluid and new information developed.

KRON too had comprehensive coverage with anchor, Marty Gonzalez in studio, and reporter, Averi Harper, direct from the scene.

Other stations broke in and out of network programming and stayed heavy on the Oakland fire situation.

UPDATE 2: --9: 18 AM PT

KTVU has switched away from college football to "KTVU Plus"; Amazingly, KPIX (CBS5) is asleep at the wheel: Pix is going with a canned program and ignores Oakland fire; KGO has gone to ABC college football game.

UPDATE 3--11: 31 AM PT

You can't make this up: The Bay Area's "News Station" (really?) has abated its coverage from the Oakland fire to "Bay Area Bargains." Just when I was complimenting KRON, this arrives...some other stations at least have an excuse to leave; network sports shows and the like. On the other hand, KRON's motto these days is that it's the "only" Bay Area station with 24/7 news. Except when that motto breaks the 50 bucks KRON gets airing cheesy infomercials.

Just ridiculous. Not surprising anymore, just ridiculous.

UPDATE 4: 2: 44 PM PT: All Bay Area TV News stations, plus CNN, FNC and MSNBC cover Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf Presser except the "News Station", KRON which is running "Dog Town USA.

No joke needed.

Friday, December 2, 2016