Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Yes, It's Sort Of Crummy That 'Da Loyah', Len Tillem Has Apparently 86ed Radio

 Anybody out there still misty-eyed about the radio disappearance of The Loyah--you're preaching to the choir.

Len Tillem has all but abandoned broadcasting. Which is a shame because like many observers I think Da Loyah is always entertaining and funny.

I'm surprised, and have told DA LOYAH himself, Tillem, that given the right direction, he'd be the perfect practitioner a la syndication let alone local broadcast.

But Tillem recently told me he's through doing radio. How much so? Enough to haul out all the broadcasting equipment in his Sonoma-area office.

Oh hell.

Tillem is grouchy. Impatient too. Sure, he can be a pain in the ass--which is his greatest asset --on the air and off. Too bad the loyah has closed the door. Then again, never say never.

Right?

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Jason Robards/Ben Bradlee Classic 'Send It To The SF Chronicle'




{All The President's Men}


Herb Caen and everybody else in the world, save for the Chronicle execs, thought this line was funny.


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Yeah, Melanie Morgan And Brian Sussman Shouldn't Be Invited To Dinner Together

 This is apparently a hot-button item of late so I'll say it again even though it's sort of old news but yeah, Melanie Morgan and Brian Sussman are fire and ice.

And listening to Sussman, which I do from time to time to see if he goes off the deep end, I wonder how Morgan lasted as long with him as she did.

A long time ago I liked Brian personally before he began to wander off into the mad scientist circuit. Now it's just painful and sort of weird and I'm not even delving into politics because politics is so damn tiresome these days.




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Wednesday Media Items: Cleveland Radio Retread on KSFO; KNBR Commercial Overload Loses a Listener; Dana King Was Exhausted at KPIX; KTVU Staff In The Lurk; Quit Screaming Larry Krueger; Smile Peggy Bunker; 415 Media Wednesday

  Cleveland retread radio talk-show host named Bob Frantz on KSFO, congrats Metheney, you have tons of ingenuity, although nobody listens to 560 AM anyway, and KGO for that matter.

*Women at KRON: show up to work en masse with cigar in hand and blow smoke at Pero. If he screams at you, e-mail me, I have an idea.

*Gene is a truck driver who lives in San Bruno. Diehard 49ers/Giants fan. Listens to KNBR. Uh, wait...Gene is fed up with Knibber's 34 minutes of commercials in an hour during the Radnich/Krueger and has abandoned the Bleeder.

"The commercials suck--I know they have to pay the bills but they're being greedy --I'm through," says Gene.

I'm sure Gene is not alone.

*Dana King was on my radio show on Tuesday and basically said she was "exhausted" and ready to move on from PIX. She's now running in Oakland for a city council seat. When politics are more sedate then local TV news then you know what the state of TV news is like.

*Dear Vern Glenn: When you act real and genuine, (and he has, lately), then you look and sound sincere, genuine and don't need the Radnich approach which is not cool.

*KTVU: Yeah, I'm aware all of you are wanting to know who's minding the store--be patient, shit hits the fan in two weeks when the Fox people invade and the Boston GM has coffee talk. Senior reporters, beware. He's probably going to make a few up-front moves that's bound to piss off the rank and file.

*Peggy Bunker looks a little tired at NBC Bay Area and shouldn't. People down the 101 think you can be a real star so smile a bit, Peg.

*David Louie: bullet-proof.

*Houston ComcastSportsNet is laying off about 74 people--the rumors have already begun at the SF shop.

*Larry Krueger: quit screaming. Be yourself. The slop next to you has called it in you don't have to follow lead.

*Mike Mibach: Did you finally get that raise you were seeking? I'd wait for the Foxies before you request the extra 20 grand.

*Dan Rosenheim: If they throw in "complete editorial control", then take the KTVU offer. PIX is headed in the wrong direction --GAME ON!

*Tracey Watkowski: Is Freedman still upset? Tell him I'll buy lunch for you, me and him at Grumpy's and we'll party like it's 1999.

*Aaron Pero and her: people behaving badly.

*Greg Papa: overrated on radio; underrated on the studio shows.

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Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Uh, That New Cumulus SF Market Manager Justin Wittmayer Could Have Really Been One Of These


Cumulus Media San Francisco Justin Wittmayer  1. Pawn Shop Sales



2. Gavin Newsom spokesman


3. Prominent dentist in the marina.


4. KSFO Sales Manager
5. Sixth possible Ronn Owens replacement




GAME ON! The Most Influential Anchor At KPIX; VDLC And Power At 855 Battery; New Kid On The Block Rules; TRENDING






 "GAAAAAME ON!"

Veronica De La Cruz has built up quite a bit of cachet over at KPIX.

She's apparently taken over the newsroom and dare cross her, she'll handle it, maybe you too. Power is a bitch at 855 Battery.

TRENDING!

This much is certain: she's undeniably thee most influential anchor in the building. They didn't invest over a million dollars to bring her out, (salary, expenses, plus generous chit list), to rearrange the furniture.

They expect numbers and ratings. Everything else is pure coincidental, right? TRENDING!

PIX staffer: "She acts sorta like a dominatrix!" Well isn't that special!








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Kevin Metheny Has the KGO/KSFO Worker Bees on High Alert; 'Pig Vomit's' Secret Black Book; Operation 'SFCode911810' Nearing

Metheny's Secret Black Book

*The master plan: guillotine central including names of on-air talent you wouldn't expect. Thrasher file complete with note-by-note directive.

*Implementation of "grand master plan" coming soon. Coincides with new Cumulus SF market manager named. Pinhead alert. (We've been down this road before). New plan dubbed "SFCode911810"

*Surprise exodus of "believers" on the weekend trail.

*Karel and one other weekend worker bee fuming; possibly because they're not necessarily part of the SFCode911810 model.

*Metheney has a black book that he takes with him everywhere, including the bathroom...hey, you know he once fired someone in Chicago who was using the bathroom. Maybe there's a connection. Yeah, the ratings are in the toilet at his core facilities: KGO and KSFO.

*In that black book in the first chapter, a KEY ally and on his way to the bay: Greg Jarrett. A triple layer of theories.

*Ronn is looking over his shoulder --Sussman and the sandpaper chick on high alert.

*Paul Giamatti is in town, what a coincidence.

*Newsroom staff and even the 810 AM shill are pacing anxiously as they should be. What a bizarre world.

*Developing...


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