Thursday, August 28, 2014

Exclusive: Bloomberg Radio Acquires Mystery SF Radio Station; Ex-KGO Newsman Greg Jarrett Coming Back To Bay Area

Greg Jarrett coming back to SF Radio

I've been receiving lots of tips on Bloomberg Radio possibly coming to SF Bay Area Radio armed with a lot of homegrown talent.

Today, now, I contacted ex-KGO Radio news anchor, Greg Jarrett, (not the Fox News guy), and he confirmed to me he's coming back to San Francisco and will be on a, as of yet, unknown,  Bloomberg station. (KSFO? KFRC? FM?)

"I love San Francisco and miss the Bay Area--I'll be back on 'within six weeks on drivetime,'" said Jarrett via phone.

Jarrett worked for current KGO Opps Mgr, Kevin Metheny and is a close ally. Both worked together in Chicago. Jarrett did PM drive for years on the old KGO.

I asked Jarrett if he knew what Bay Area radio station Bloomberg was acquiring --he would not comment but we'll know soon.

This is very interesting to say the least.


*Rich Lieberman 415 Media Exclusive

*Follow me on Twitter

It's Time To Ask Rich Lieberman

 Oh, should be a fun day. Can't wait for the brigade.

OK, fire away. No subject is off the table. I want compelling questions and I shall do my best to provide compelling answers because I'm a compelling sort of guy.

No morons, please. (Fat chance).

Detour on the porterhouse steak dinner--instead opted for Chinese. Yung Kee saves the night. Kung Pao chicken for everyone.


Follow me on Twitter where you can also ask questions too.

*Rich Lieberman and 415 Media are not responsible for comments made by others on this website

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

At Last, Time To Confront Wednesday PM And This Will Be a Great Start; 415 Media Video Of The Day

{Ms. Aretha Franklin and the great Mr. Lou Rawls}

*Follow me on Twitter

Wednesday Wash; More Ronn Owens; KGO Hires Weekend Reporter In Case The World Ends; KCBS Discovers 'Live and Local' Is Innovative; KPIX Promotes: 'Game ONNNNNN!"

 Wednesday Wash

As a result of the early Sunday morning fiasco in which there was literally no one in the building to so much even answer a phone, KGO Radio hired a weekend reporter who ostensibly will be on hand to cover things, like earthquakes, for example.

Real revolutionary stuff--next thing you know they'll buy some more mic flags too.

*From a station insider on Ronn's future: "Yes, he, (Owens), makes them money but not that much money. No one gives away money for free. If they sign him for a year I'd be surprised but they're so lacking in ideas they probably will."

*More Ronn Owens: When Napa and the Bay Area were recovering and reacting to Sunday's quake, Owens opened up his KGO show talking about his medical disclosure for a good half-hour Monday morning. Instead of waiting until the final hour to talk about his malady, (which would have been the wiser choice), Owens instead chose ego over basic news judgment. Nothing surprising there.

*The "Live and Local" crappola that is all over KCBS is redundant and corny. Of course it's live and local! As opposed to Taped and National? Another dumb slogan that dumbs down the audience.

*Speaking of KCBS, word from 855 Battery was, "Where was Stan?, (Bunger)--indeed it was quite strange that their most popular anchor was nowhere to be seen or heard. PM drive anchor Jeff Bell instead handled the main proceedings.

*KTVU Never Learns: Only seven hours after the quake Channel 2 began running promos of its quake coverage complete with shots of Downtown Napa and reporters covering the scene. You couldn't wait one day? No wonder no one respects them anymore.

*More annoying than "Live and Local", KPIX's dreadful 10 PM CW Sports header, "GAME ONNNNN!" --Oh, please, shut up!

*"I wanted to come out now after Robin Williams." Yeah, sure, I'm sure the contract had zilch to do with it.

*I'm pretty sure Robin Williams didn't sell himself out and pimp mattresses.

*Cumulus and Parkinson's Disease: Not a winning combo.

*I have an aunt with early-stages dementia. I don't need someone to "come out" to become educated.

*Steve Bitker update: Good Morning Stan, Good Morning Susan, Good Morning Holly, Good Morning John, Good Morning Jason, Good Morning Ed, Good Morning Dan, Good Morning Paul, Good Morning Jennifer, Good Morning Janice, Good Morning God.....


*Larry Baer called in KNBR staff Monday after the quake to complain that the shaker cut into Giant's "Diamond Notes." ...Just kidding but with Baer who knows.

*Wait a minute, KNBR barely mentioned the quake. Their idea of "news" is a new Brian Murphy UCLA reference.

*Ronn could have gone en fuego Monday: half hour of his malady and 30 minutes on his new gadgets.

**Follow me Twitter

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Nobody Does This Better


*Follow me on Twitter

Ronn Owens Quick Bullet Points; It's All About The Money; And Numbers Too

*He has a lot of overhead --needs to get paid so coming out now, the timing, as many have speculated here and other places, makes perfect sense. Don't believe for a second he did it because of Robin Williams --baloney.

*His contract is up soon and although there's an option, his ratings are terrible --how bad? The sad sack opposite him at KSFO is beating him and has younger listeners. All Cumulus has to do is simply not renew his contract. It's all business and the Parkinson's disclosure will not affect that move, remember, this is Cumulus.

*He still makes a lot of money for the company and that might propel him an extension of his current deal but probably only for a year. With a buyout. Cumulus has all the leverage here as they did with Ralph Barbieri but Barbieri had an existing contract. Owens's deal is coming up.

*He once told Gene Burns at a lunch at North Beach Restaurant that he couldn't work for 300 grand and that he'd probably quit. The only reason he's still working is he managed to get a better deal at a much less lengthier time. 2 years and an option. He said it himself: he has no hobbies except doing a talk show, traveling and eating good food and drinking expensive wine. He still has a mortgage on his home. He needs the money too.

*He's nowhere near the top of his game but he can still do a decent interview every now and then and, as I said, he makes money for the company. His popularity has dwindled as has his numbers --like everything else his future at KGO will be determined by two men in Atlanta.

*Follow me on Twitter

Ronn Owens

Many of you have asked me about my reaction to Ronn Owens coming out publically to disclose he has Parkinson's disease.

I wish him well.

What? Would I wish him anything else? Please.

First off, I knew about this for years and held off because I wasn't a hundred percent certain.

And what would be accomplished by me going public? His personal life and professional life are separate. I would hope most of you sort of get it.

Just because one is critical about one's professional behavior has nothing to do with health and well-being.

Again, I wish him and his family the best.

*Follow me on Twitter