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I'm not sure if I enjoy the ratings posts as insomuch as I enjoy just posts about what's happening on sports radio and the media in the Bay Area. They are your most commented threads and bring out the most interesting of discussions. I'm still a little confused on the whole Ric Bucher thing. I heard him on the morning show last week so apparently he wasn't leaving to begin with.
I really don't listen to The Game anymore, except for maybe Damon's show but even with that it's not much. I sometimes listen to the Murph and Mac show but man that show is bad and I agree that KNBR has way way too much commercial time. Not commercials, because they play the same ones (Quicken Loans, Kars for Kids, ect) but it's over and over and over again. I mean from like 6:00 in the morning to 6:10, it's sports updates and commercials. I think they've brought it down to a half hour of actual show, to which I'm like "how much are they paying these guys just to sit there for a half hour and then talk for another half hour?"
I'm finding more and more I've been going to national radio, like CBS or NBC, and I do miss Fox Sports Radio in the Bay Area. I still wish (because he has bay area ties with the Raiders) 1050 would stop the simulcast (Which feels so meaningless now) of Tolbert's show and bring back JT The Brick. Unfortunately, there is no relationship with FSR anymore so I doubt that will happen. I could also do without the unnecessary replays of sporting events, be in the Giants, Warriors, or 49ers.
1 week, 6 days ago on August sports talk ratings look like July ratings, and June ratings …
@Scott no2 @GregMolumby I bet if the Rise Guys had all those restrictions (Topic radio, Questions for Kriedler, etc) taken off, they would have been the best of the sports radio shows. They were already better than Murph and Mac, but then that's not too hard.
3 weeks, 2 days ago on When the going gets tough, the Huff gets going (on a permanent vacation): Aubrey Huff quits 95.7 The Game’s morning show
Man The Game changes hosts so much. I wonder what The Rise Guys are thinking. I heard they went onto a Sacramento ESPN station but the dismantaling of yet another Morning show on The Game makes me think they shouldn't have fired The Rise Guys to begin with.
I wish we can get a save Drew Remenda campaign going. That's more shocking right now.
3 months ago on #KeepJim worked: Jim Barnett says he’ll call every game in 2014-15
@griffm60 @GregMolumby Soccar is commercial free for the most part. Hockey Overtimes are also Commercial Free, for the most part. I know there needs to be commercials, but my point is there are too many. And if they have to have commercials, continue to show the Race.
4 months, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://awfulannouncing.com/2014/nascar-on-fox-hitting-record-low-ratings.html
My problem was Nascar on TV is all the commercials. I mean with all the advertising that happens during the race itself, why do they need to go to commercial every 2 minutes and miss like 5 minutes of racing per segment. For example, one of the races I try to watch was the Sanoma Race (It's local) but I didn't sit down to watch commercials over and over. For all the millions of dollars that NASCAR makes in advertising, some of that should go to the networks to have either racing commercial free, or get the picture in picture throughout the ENTIRE race instead of at the beginning and end.
But I liked the Dan Hicks/Mike Mayock pairing. That will be missed.
5 months ago on Conversation @ http://awfulannouncing.com/2014/espn-gets-a-wild-card-game-nbc-gets-a-divisional-playoff-game-for-this-season.html
That was a hell of an experience for a first time going to a Stanley Cup Playoff game. That building was electric all night long, and it was so much fun.
5 months ago on Sharks’ depth, McLellan’s wizardry too much for Kings in Game 2
Was that supposed to be funny? To me it is highlighting ESPN's biggest problem and why Sportscenter sucks now and has since Rich Eisen left.
5 months ago on Conversation @ http://awfulannouncing.com/
@justme21 @GregMolumby Yeah the Simulcast did start because of Giants baseball, but that was with Ralph and Tom. Now that Ralph is not there, there really is no reason to continue doing it.
As for Ted Ramey, I actually do continue to listen to his show, but it's so weird how he just calls it "The Show". If he is a mainstay, he might have to change the title. Who would have though he, of all the hosts on KNBR, would get his own show. I thought Kate Scott would have been in the front of the line.
5 months ago on March ratings and some notes on Byrnes, Bruce, Barnett
@Sunset Boy Kars4Kids now has like 5 variations of the same commercial so I doubt that will happen. The DGDG stuff does suck though, just like every other commercial on radio. BTW, don't you have to be really strong to flip houses? That must be backbreaking.
- Does KNBR care about it's 1050 property at all? Ever since Gary's Minor League comment when it came to the station, that's pretty much what it's become, with Ted Ramey (Who is a little boring) and the national guys. I still think the Tom Tolbert Simulcast should end and KNBR is stupid for having it continue, and if you really wanted to make 1050 all national, than do it all national, and put on Doug Gottleib and then JT the Brick.
- As for Damon, yeah his show is pretty much the same but I'm glad he did get rid of the whole Nooner thing.
-It will be interesting to see if the A's increase 95.7's ratings. I've kind of started to listen to the station more with Damon's show, but I can't stand the others. I even tried the Morning show and it was OK but not appointment listening.
You know what needs the teamcast concept? Baseball. If I'm watching the world series and my team was playing, I would love to hear the announcers I've heard all year long calling world series games. I mean I know I'm in a minority when I say that Joe Buck isn't that bad, but the prospects of having Kruk and Kuip call a Giants world series would be great. Considering everything is moving to Cable anyway, why not try it.
5 months, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://awfulannouncing.com/2014/final-four-and-championship-game-ratings-tell-interesting-story.html
Isn't the Final Four such a big event that it should always be on the network, in this case CBS? I feel like I'm up on media sports news (Why I follow this site for the most part) but I still don't understand why the final four was on TBS, and not CBS, where it's been every year for the last 20+ years. That might have added to the confusion.
5 months, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://awfulannouncing.com/2014/why-was-there-so-much-confusion-over-the-turner-ncaa-teamcasts.html
@Tom J This was when I think I stopped listening to The Game full time. That decision to not have the games on but to send all their hosts to a Bar to get drunk and be as immature as possible really pissed me off, especially since they got the tournament only a year prior.
6 months, 1 week ago on What does Damon Bruce’s departure mean for KNBR?
I would love it if KNBR brought The Rise Guys to thier station and maybe did something for 1050. That station is now a Barron wasteland and I don't get what KNBR is hoping to accomplish. Are they going all national syndicated? Can they stop doing the Tom Tolbert Simulcast? Are they going to do anything to give 1050 any buzz? I mean I would like to see The Rise Guys come back, but I kind of don't want them to lose John Feinstein either. I wish they would just get rid of Murph and Mac and bring in The Rise Guys to host the morning show. I just think with the handcuffs off, the Rise Guys in the morning would be really entertaining. In fact, I did think they were entertaining by The Game, but the problem with the Game has more to do with format than it does with Hosts. The Rise Guys deserve to be on in this Market.
6 months, 1 week ago on 95.7 The Game tidbits: Bruce gets big raise, they also wanted Krueger
@justme21 @Sunset Boy This is why I listen to John Feinstein. They gave some great coverage on the Rich Peverley incident from last night, something missing on the local stations too busy focused on 49ers and Giants again.
6 months, 2 weeks ago on Huge shakeup at 95.7 The Game – Damon Bruce in, Rise Guys out
Did Damon Bruce just sell out? He's been bashing The Game on his show ever since that station came into existance. Now he's going to join The Game and be the Drive time guy? What about his weekend CBS Show. I'm not sure ESPN would like having one of the employees from their affiliate hosting a national syndication show on their competition.
Can we please stop with the freaking word "insider". I don't watch Yahoo Sports Talk Live because that's all they have on it seems and it's just one big ego stroke fest. They are not insiders. They are analysts who are paid to cover the teams. Most do so badly, but there are some good ones like Miaocco.
6 months, 3 weeks ago on CSN Bay Area names full-time A’s insider
Can we write off this 49ers season? It seems to me that with all the crap we've been hearing, this season is going to suck. That is bad too because it was supposed to be an exciting time opening up a new stadium and all.
6 months, 3 weeks ago on Harbaugh denies wanting more money/power, says he and Baalke speak “hourly”
So with no basis other than to bring up the Damon Bruce saga again, Deadspin accuses Bruce of downloading porn with no shred of proof. That's nice journalism there. Let the hatred flow, I guess.
I'm not saying it was or wasn't Damon, but why point to him by name. Because of his woman comments? Because of his affiliation with Hooters, which is a family restaurant? Whatever.
As for this notice, if this is recently, it's a poorly written notice. One employee could just say, "But these aren't Susquehana computers anymore, they're Cumulus's" and get off scott free. And yes, whoever does download porn is an idiot.
6 months, 3 weeks ago on KNBR tipster sends ancient don’t-download-porno memo to Deadspin for some reason
@burnerboy The current state of all sports radio sucks. It's boring, rehashed crap, for the most part.
7 months ago on January radio ratings, plus 95.7’s “weed or smoothie” game
@ScottPon @Pulgas de Brent Burns Shouldn't that make the rivalry stronger? Sometimes less is more.
8 months, 1 week ago on Pavelski falls short of hat trick in scrappy beatdown of Red Wings
I guess they brought back the Nooner which means we have probably completely moved past Woman-Gate. Makes the reaction to it all the more worse.
8 months, 2 weeks ago on Revisiting the radio “wars”
@Pulgas de Brent Burns @GregMolumby Boy did that boil over quickly. I think the only reason it lasted a week was because A&E allowed it to last a week.
@Otis Byrd III Just to clarify something, I don't think Damon should have been fired, but more suspended. Maybe a week, maybe 2, but not a day which happened to be a national holiday. He got a slap on the wrist and now a few months after people complained, it's a non-issue. It's kind of like the Gun issue. If people were really serious about changing perceptions and laws, you wouldn't be talking about it for 2 weeks and then the issue be shoved to the side. You would still be talking about it and writing in demanding changes almost every day and just keeping the dialog going.
I've been wondering if we were going to get any news on KNBR's switch from Fox Sports Radio to NBC Sports Radio. It seemed like this was a good time to end the Mr. T syndicated on both stations format and go with JT The Brick after Damon's show but they didn't do it. I get they wanted to do this for Giants games with Ralph and Tom, but I still don't understand why they are still doing it. There is no variety in the drive time slot.
I was shocked when I heard the news that Damon Bruce got his CBS Show back. Anyone remember when people were crying bloody murder for Bruce to get fired for his rant. This is pretty much our society in a nutshell. Something happens, people blast that something for a week, and then it get's pushed under the rug never to be brought up again. I wasn't insulted at the time of the comments, but I am a little bit pissed at KNBR's decision to bring him back after a day off and now at CBS Sports Radio's decision to bring him back. I'm not pissed at the comments, but I'm pissed at the reaction and what a non-factor that really was.
Right now I only listen to the national shows (John Feinstien and the NBC Sports Radio show at night). Most of it is more boring football coverage so I've been listening to a lot of music/podcasts lately. I still like Fitz and Brooks, Damon, and I've been liking the last couple of days of Gary and Lerry's show but Sports Radio in the Bay Area really sucks right now. I've also decided other than A's games, I can't stand The Game anymore. I don't need ESPN Radio 24/7 and while 95.7 is local, they might as well be a local version of ESPN Radio and That sucks.
And they want to have the Super Bowl in New York. Man I can't wait till the controversy that week is the cold weather that could possibly not be safe for the players or fans or the various celebrities they have there. Well done NFL, Well done.
8 months, 2 weeks ago on Sponsors save NFL teams from embarrassing blackouts
This was a great game to watch. The pace was fast, the Refs didn't start actually calling Kings Penalties until the third period, and it was a thrilling shootout. The Power Play leaves a lot to be desired though, as well as some of those non-saves Niemi had. Still, a game against the Kings the night before Thanksgiving, that was entertaining and exciting and it felt very playoff atmosphere.
9 months, 3 weeks ago on Sharks win thriller over Kings in 17,564th round of the shootout
I know he is only one guy playing on one line, but it seems like Burns makes that entire team better. Maybe it's his style, or just his leadership, but ever since he came back I've been seeing the Sharks from when the season started, rather than the Sharks who had a long losing streak. That coupled with the depth the team has (Hannan scoring for example) makes me really happy with this team, win or lose. Hopefully they can contend come May, but right now, they are just fun to watch.
10 months ago on Sharks continue Eastern Conference dominance by holding off Devils
@Otis Byrd III Most of the posts in these type of threads are not ringing endorsements for either station anyway, so that's just par for the course right? ;)
10 months ago on Sports talk listening habits: are they changing or nah?
Something kind of an addendum to what I said, I've noticed I started listening to more talk radio coming home from work. During the Shutdown and now for Obamacare, I've been going to either Gil Gross or even Mark Levin (Or just KCBS) on the drive home. Levin comes across as an insanely angry individual, but I'm finding I agree with him a lot on this whole Obamacare thing. It's also more entertaining than sports talk these days.
I used to listen to The Game a lot when it was first on but I just
can't get past how every minute of every day is planned. It's the ESPN
Radio of Sports talk, where instead of carrying out topics that are
interesting for two straight (or more) segments, they have to say
something like "Coming up next, it's Questions for Kreidler". Gee,
thanks. Another gimmick that I care nothing about.
KNBR, man I wish Ray Woodson was doing the Morning Show. Do they really
have to have morning zoo radio where it's so annoying that you have to
change the channel? The thing is I like Murph and Mac when they are
doing the show solo. When they're together, it's not good radio.
mentioned my thoughts on Gary Radnich in that thread but the gist of it
is he loves to hear himself talk, pound on the table like an idiot, and
turns a serious subject into a joke on a whim. I don't really
understand the hatred of Fitz and Brooks (Fitz can be condesending at
times but I think that argument is way overblown) and Tom Tolbert with
Ray Ratto might be KNBR's best show with Damon's. That Halloween
episode they had had me laughing throughout the entire first segment it
was hysterical. I just wish that show wasn't on two stations and there
was more variety in drive time. Tolbert with Bayrnes is terrible. As
for Damon, I still think he has the best show on either station and I
will continue listening to him. I do not agree with his stance on Women
and his "Sandbox" and think KNBR handled the situation poorly (Now I'm
asking the question, what courts and why was KNBR so silent) but when
the quality of sports talk is really high, I can afford to disagree with
him on something. In fact, the reaction to his comments from media and
twitter kind of proved his overreactionary point, which I think should
have been the main gist of his argument.
@Brent Burns' Fleas @GregMolumby When you go to the Super Bowl, I have a hard time believing that this was a "super bowl" year.
10 months ago on Wildcard bound? 49ers’ road to the Super Bowl now the same as John Harbaugh’s 2012 Ravens
I hope this experiment works and we get something like the local announcers being able to call the world series eventually. I mean you listen to your local announcers all year long, yet when it comes to the playoffs, you have to settle for national guys who might be bland and dull. As a Giants fan, how great would it be to hear Krukow and Kuiper call the World Series for the SF Fans.
Hopefully this does work and we can see something like it become a reality in pro sports.
10 months, 1 week ago on Turner & CBS plan to revolutionize Final Four coverage next year with local feeds
@Brent Burns' Fleas I don't think we need to go the fire Harbaugh/Trade Kap route, but things aren't as peachy as they were last year.
10 months, 1 week ago on Wildcard bound? 49ers’ road to the Super Bowl now the same as John Harbaugh’s 2012 Ravens
When I'm at work, and I'm on break, I would tune into Gary's show, and it seemed like everytime something serious would be discussed, Gary would turn it into a joke and slam on the table like it's the funniest thing in the world. Also, I like Kate Scott, but she is being WASTED on Gary's show with the stupid "Yes" stuff.
As for the whole Damon thing, I'm not sure what else Gary would say. If KNBR management feels that 1050 is a "minor league" station, than sell it to someone else and maybe get a new format in there. I actually listen to 1050 more because I do like the National guys they have (John Fienstien, JT The Brick, even though I can do without Looney) and I wish KNBR did more with the station instead of letting it go to waste. When it was the Ticket, it seemed like a much more energetic station. I wonder why they can't try that stuff again, maybe bring in an MMA show, or have a Sharks Postgame show on that station after every game. The ratings are already abysmal, it can't hurt to change it up a bit and maybe bring in the young demographic. I actually see Damon Bruce's show being more appropriate for the younger demographic.
10 months, 1 week ago on Gary Radnich: Damon Bruce’s comments due to frustration over being stuck on “the minor league station”
That 49ers pissed me off today for four reasons:
1) I'm starting to question Jim Harbaugh's decision making. What was he
doing challenging that touchdown ruled incomplete in the second quarter
with ONE TIME OUT LEFT? Doesn't he know the rule, that you must
complete the process of the catch in order for it to count as a TD?
Just ask Calvin Johnson, that has happened to him probably more than any
other reciever in the NFL. Not only that, but you squandered your
timeouts in the first quarter, you only had one left with 8 minutes, and
you decide to challenge?
2) I saw a game last week with the Saints and Brees looked to be sacked
high and low and both times roughing the passer was called. You might
as well stick a flag on the QB because you're apparently not allowed to
hit him anymore. That protect Brees like there is no tomorrow in this
league and it's frustrating as hell. That was a good tackle, even if it
was forceful. The whole neck thing is just following Newton's laws of
physics. Let the defenders play for crying out loud.
3) I'm actually starting to find the 49ers boring. Kaepernick looks
lost, the recievers are doing nothing, and the play calling leaves
something to be desired. Where's the flash, the creativity. You have
Kaepernick trying to act like Payton Manning (Thus why all the timeouts
are used early) when he should act like Colin Kaepernick, and the play
calling reminds me of some of the coordinators that the 49ers fired.
You don't want to use the read option? Fine, game plan something else
that is better than what they have been doing.
4) That idiot 49er who tackled Sproles after he signaled fair catch
really ticked me off. Ok, you didn't see it, but HE WAS GIVING HIMSELF
UP. At that time of the game is not the time to have a freaking brain
I'm not even sure if the 49ers will make the playoffs now. They don't
look like a playoff team, and the division is now far out of reach.
With the Cards winning, Carolina keeping on winning, and the 49ers
playing like ****, I think we can kiss Super Bowl hopes away. The game
was close today, but it was still a joke.
Will Ruthless stay and do a Sharks viewing party after the game? ;)
I'm out of town but I would consider going if I was still in the Bay Area.
10 months, 1 week ago on Contest winner announcement, plus a reminder to join us at Northstar to watch Niners-Saints
@justme21 I wish. ;)
10 months, 1 week ago on Keith Olbermann isn’t satisfied: Lee Hammer earns “rare consecutive night victory in world’s worst”
I feel like I should be given credit for this article. I called it LAST NIGHT!!!
From your article saying Damon will be back today, here was what I posted:
"The fact that KNBR stayed quiet about this whole thing today really
puzzles me. Yeah I know about the courts and all, but if it really were
a court issue, Damon would not be coming back tomorrow. I wasn't in
the camp calling for Damon's head on a platter, but he should have been
suspended for at least a week if not 2. The fact the he's coming back
tomorrow might put Lee Hammer back on the worst person of the sports
world on Olbermann's show tomorrow night."
By the way, there were some points he stated that I whole heartedly agree with, and one of those points was that we live in an overreactionary society. We have blogs like Leiberman or Aweful announcing making fun to announcers for simple mistakes, we have twitter which makes it easier to interact and bully, and I used this phrase today and I will use it again: We have a mob mentality, made easier by social media, ready to attack at will. That is scary where there doesn't seem to be room for analysis and debate anymore, but scorn and ridicule. It's scary where it's either you're with or your against us and you suck is the norm. It's scary that people refuse to hear opposing points of view and if they disagree, that person making the comment is automatically called an idiot, moron (Thank you Lowell Cohn, how professional was that by the way) and people think you should be scolded in public.
Again, I don't agree with what Damon said regarding women, and think he needs to learn that what he said was wrong. I don't agree with how he degrades women (Even though he does have a few on like Slusser, Killion, or whoever), and I do think he has a big ego that get's the best of him most times. However, I do listen to his show, and he brings some great perspectives and actually has a ton of variety of sports topics.
10 months, 2 weeks ago on Sources: Damon Bruce will host his show Tuesday, no longer on 49ers pregame show
The fact that KNBR stayed quiet about this whole thing today really puzzles me. Yeah I know about the courts and all, but if it really were a court issue, Damon would not be coming back tomorrow. I wasn't in the camp calling for Damon's head on a platter, but he should have been suspended for at least a week if not 2. The fact the he's coming back tomorrow might put Lee Hammer back on the worst person of the sports world on Olbermann's show tomorrow night.
@justme21 @GregMolumby @Otis Byrd III That's true. On one end you have the courts, but on the other end are the listeners, and shouldn't they know somewhat what is going on? Maybe not have the staff talk about it, but I do think (And maybe it will happen) that Lee Hammer should appear on the radio (Like the Mr. T Show, when more people are listening) and say what the situation is or write something on the website.
10 months, 2 weeks ago on Ted Ramey will host tomorrow in place of Damon Bruce
@Otis Byrd III I am really surprised how quiet KNBR is about this. Social media is analogious to a mob mentality right now regarding this situation and the station that employs him is acting as if Damon doesn't even exist. I hope they say something soon and I think it really is in their best interest to tackle this head on.
@AJ_Strong @GregMolumby That's true, and KNBR has been around forever. I'm just saying that with all the options now, I don't think KNBR would have the Ratings if they didn't have the 3 big teams. It's kind of like network TV vs. Cable. Way back when, there weren't many channels to choose from. Now there are hundreds and the ratings are showing.
10 months, 3 weeks ago on The future (or lack thereof) for the “Radio Wars” ratings posts
@JimmyJohn @GregMolumby That's where the ratings are, Giants and 49ers. If KNBR didn't have those two teams, I'm not sure if the Ratings would be as great as they are.
I guess I should include Tom Tolbert and Ray Ratto. If it's Tolbert and Byernes, that show is unlistenable too. I did find yesterday's Halloween beginning of the show really hysterical though.
That's understandable, and most of my comments are pretty much the same as they've always been, which is The Game sucks, the lack of variety in the Bay Area Sports radio climate sucks (Tom Tolbert on both 680 and 1050, every day, the unnecessary replays of events at midnight, lack of turnover on hosts from KNBR's standpoint, and the whole thing of I don't know if Gary Radnich really is all that knowledgeable about sports). It really is a shame we have 3 sports stations and other than John Fienstien, DA, Damon Bruce, and Ray Woodson, and sporting events, they really aren't worth listening to.
I'm glad they followed up their first loss with a victory, unlike last year. They played really well last night and Pavelski is a stud. Looking forward to seeing how they look on this long term road trip to the east. First real test of the season comes up this week. If they can go 3-2 (With those 2 losses being either losses or OT losses) than that will be a nice road trip.
11 months ago on Pavelski lifts Sharks to dominant win over Flames