Kate Scott’s star keeps rising. The Olympics have created a musical chairs effect in Bay Area media, and Ted Robinson will be in Rio when the 49ers play their first two preseason games. As a result, Bob Fitzgerald moves over from the radio side to KPIX and Scott will handle play-by-play on the radio.
Scott went from anchoring on two shows (Murph and Mac, Gary Radnich with Larry Krueger) to one (M&M) on KNBR when she took a job with the Pac-12 Network, where she’s done play-by-play for women’s basketball, softball, soccer and volleyball. In the past she served as a play-by-play announcer for high school football games, too. However, as someone who has both covered dozens of football games while standing on the sidelines of high school fields throughout the Bay Area, and stood on the home sideline of Candlestick Park (R.I.P.) a handful of times (including NaVorro Bowman’s pick-6, which was the last truly great moment the 49ers have enjoyed), I know all too well that the speed isn’t even comparable.
However, you can’t get this far this quickly in sports media without working hard, and I’m sure Scott’s preparation will pay dividends when the 49ers starters play one or two quarters against the Texans and Broncos on Aug. 14 and 20. Now, there’s a local media blogger (hint: we share a last name, only his also includes a “Lie”) who recently found out about Scott getting to announce these next two games, and he had an absolute conniption.
Rich, you sound crazy going off on someone in your blog in such a personal way. Plus, what’s the big deal? These are PRESEASON games — one starts on Sunday at 4 pm against the Olympics and the other kicks off at 6 pm the following Saturday against a Giants game on 680.
BREAKING: a KNBR personality was going to announce these games. With Fitz on the TV side, who other than Scott or Ted Ramey would the 49ers have chosen? I guess Scott Reiss might have been an option, since he does play-by-play for Stanford on KTCT (KNBR 1050), but his KTVU duties may have gotten in the way.
— Speaking of those Stanford broadcasts … I haven’t heard who’ll do color commentary for the first two preseason games, but I’m assuming it’ll be like last year, with Tim Ryan on KPIX and Keena Turner on KNBR/KGO. Ryan knows his stuff, particularly in the trenches, but if I was the 49ers I’d consider replacing him once his contract expires with Todd Husak. This is all subjective, but Husak provides some of the best in-game football analysis I have ever heard on the radio.
— I’m probably not going to do a weekly media column. Media Monday just made sense in the headline because it happens to be Monday. Just wanted to set appropriate expectations here.
— I caught a little of Radnich hosting by himself last week, including an interview with Larry Baer that absolutely obliterated the clock in Radnich-and-Tony-Bruno-esque fashion. The Baer interview ended at like 11:04. After noting that the interview got some complimentary texts, Radnich talked about how “longform” interviews aren’t in style anymore, and that he loves the new format where Larry Krueger gets angry about things and Radnich talks him off the ledge. Gary almost sounded believable when he said that! C’mon, it’s clear he likes Larry, but he has to miss doing throwback radio, where he steers the ship he gets to play-one-on-one with interviewees.
— Aloha means hello. Larry Beil recently returned for a 3-day stint on SportsCenter.
— On Friday I was lucky enough to be on CSN Bay Area’s best show, SportsTalk Live. (Yes, I’m completely biased. As the kids say, don’t @ me.) The other panel member was one of my favorites, Marcus Thompson. The host, filling in for the great Jim Kozimor, was another favorite of mine, Guy Haberman. Hmmm, we might be on the verge of having too much berman in one column.
— Anyway, I swear there was a point to this … Oh, yeah. When Henry Wofford interviewed Rudy Ortiz, Drew Hoffar and Kevin Frandsen, the hosts of KNBR 1050’s new morning show “The Audible” (which premiered this morning), I realized CSNBA was promoting Entercom and Cumulus personalities in the same show. It wasn’t anything noticeably different from the norm — I’ve seen Rod Brooks and John Lund on the same show long before Lund left Greg Papa for Tom Tolbert. But it’s interesting how CSN is a melting pot for local media personalities from every station and newspaper (along with the occasional blog).
— Speaking of Mr. T … what do you, the listener, think of Tolbert and Lund? It’s kind of crazy to think Lund is only Tolbert’s third long-term partner at KNBR. Tolbert has been around so long, I remember driving through the City with my friends on a road trip when Tolbert hosted solo after Pete Franklin’s last show.
— I’m not sure who sounds older based on that last anecdote, me and my high school buddies or Tolbert. We were all young back then!
— Hard to believe: It’s been over four years since Ralph Barbieri was on KNBR.
— Also, KGMZ (95.7 the Game) had been a sports talk station for a year when KNBR fired him.
— 95.7’s program director, Don Kollins, has been there for well over a year, and other than Lund leaving, there haven’t been any major changes. He is truly the anti-Barrett. It sounds like Greg Papa’s show features a rotating set of co-hosts for now, led by Chris Townsend. Other than some different hosts during the weekends, everything has been largely the same for a while on the FM side.
— I was told by multiple sources that Damon Bruce told folks upon leaving KNBR 1050 for 95.7 that he was going to send Tolbert into retirement. Not only is Tolbert still going strong, he’s the undisputed king of Bay Area sports talk.
:Kate Scott graduates from Gary and Larry GREAT NEWS! get it on!!
I name her Cul de Sac Kate- or Kate the Bit Killer-
As Somehow "whenever' she takes the mic in the middle of a segment, bit, or just banter about the jocks- her input is generally some uninteresting Twitter cut and paste-that slows down the IQ of the show.! Zero schtick, and low bar radio entertainment value?
Notice how VERY upbeat Gary and Larry are with Joe Hughes?
Whew! thanks Lee Hammer!
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Rich Lieberman is just an angry old man. I do not get how he doesn't get sued for some of the stuff that he writes. We get it @rlieberman2529, you love black women, you have an issue with gay people in the media despite saying you have no issue with them, KTVU is imploding, Radnich used to cruise the Tenderloin, you hate Gasia and Heather, you love black women, and you love black women. Did I leave anything out?
I know this is only their first 49ers postgame show together, but I already like the 49ers pre and postgame show pairing of Larry Krueger and John Lund. This already flows better than the Krueger and Rich Wolcoff pairing of the past couple of years. Wolcoff was boring and some of his point were kind of out of touch. Krueger is always solid, and I think Lund can add something to this. I'll admit, Lund actually didn't do a bad job when he used to do Raider pregame with Romo back in his 95.7 days.
But yes, 49ers postgame is listenable again! LOL
Also, thanks BASG for letting us know why Kate wasn't on Gary and Larry's show anymore. I kind of figured it had to do with the Pac-12 Network stuff, but I wasn't sure. I think some on here including myself in the last Radio Wars post were wondering why she wasn't on their show anymore.
Good for Kate. She deserves the opportunity. Regarding "Rich", he has regularly dissed Kate. I quit reading his blog, tiring of his never ending misinformation, personal attacks (Ron Owens) and stupid dating escapades..
I always kinda liked Rattos Negative Nancy persona paired with the laid back Tolbert. With Lund it seems like we now have 2 laid back cool bros. Tom's personality has always struck me as natural and genuine. However, Lund almost sounds like hes trying too hard to sound cool. I could be way wrong but these are just my first impressions. I won't hate, I'll collobarate and give him a fair shot.
I give Kate Scott props for having the hustle and drive to further advance her career. Calling an NFL game is pretty big time stuff. I'm sure there's a bunch of salty haters and failed journalists who are jealous of her shine. Trying to make a career out of insulting those you envy isn't easy. People don't actually pay that turd money to read his sorry blog, do they? Surely that's a joke.
It makes perfect sense that Jed's south bay dumpster fire would choose Kate Scott and Fitz to call their games.
As far as Damon goes, not to defend Damon all the time but, he was probably just joking about saying he would put Tolbert into retirement. Yeah, even when Damon says things in jest, he usually means what he says, but Damon respects Tolbert though. I think Damon for the most part is still cool with everyone on KNBR except Gary of course, despite small jabs that he takes at KNBR every now and then.
@katefagan3 Thanks, b. Couldn't do it w/out your support & Gayle Sierens, Beth Mowins, Pam Ward & all the other badasses leading the way.
Lund had way more chemistry with Greg Papa esp. sharing stories about drinking and partying etc...Tolbert much better solo...
@lime I agree, even though I haven't listened to too much of Lund and Tolbert, mainly because they are on the same time as Damon, I think Lund's chemistry was better with Greg Papa. Yes, we have to give the Lund and Tolbert show more time, but it already feels like it won't be the same as Lund and Papa.
Even though the Afternoon Delight is still solid with either Townsend or Dibley as Papa's co-host, you can tell something is missing on that show. Lund's presense not being on that show anymore is felt through the airwaves. LOL.
I was in 7th grade when Tom started with Ralph, man I feel old.
Great Radnich and Bruno reference there, I remember scheduling my lunch breaks around that segment.
@BASportsGuy towny and Zach are better than Tolbert and db is love hate but entertaining
I can't watch #SNB becuz off some ditz in the booth! Now some ditz is gonna call 49ers games! Nations become SO wussified Nauseating Political Correctness is killing my country. Most people HATE it. But most abide by it.
Richie Lieberman wishes he had a radio career like Kate Scott. He can't figure out why he never got on one of the major stations in the Bay Area
@jadrouny Thanks John!
Kate Scott is really good. Tolbert-and-Anybody is the best thing on radio. Lund is fine. I like Damon but taking shots at Tolbert is exactly what he shouldn't do. Very immature.
Rich Lieberman is an Onion parody of I don't even know what. What a joke. The less said about him the better.
@BASportsGuy sweet fancy Mays, i never looked at Lieberman's blog before. What a piece of shit that guy is.
@BASportsGuy I see. It actually sounds believable since he's taken shots (more like shade) at Tolbert in the past.
Lol. Dbruce destroys Tolbert. Tolbert cried when Ralph was fired. I've never laughed so hard after hearing something on the radio.
@BAS Dork You laugh when a man gets fired after 25 years on air ? Wow. Stay classy.
Lieberman is a homophone. He can't write about (or not allow comments to make his page) Karel, Scott, Aqui, without mentioning their sexual orientation or making wise cracks. The guy has major insecurity issues. Heck he even 'outed' Jerry Jensen today, why?
About once a week his blog has something of interest. The rest of the time he is kissing Michael Savage's ass, ogling over the new weather girl, complaining about KNBR and KGO, SF sports teams (management, announcers) etc. His act is tiresome.
@BASportsGuy Radio Wars baby! Love to see 957 crushing those bums at the Old & Busted. LOL
@BASportsGuy great post! I was literally just thinking when you were going to do another update on this stuff. Love getting the inside scoop
@BASportsGuy I don't care for the Lund/Tolbert pairing. Too much forced laughing and the chemistry doesn't feel natural yet to me
- That Lieberman post was "special".
- Tolbert & Lund will be fine...Lund is meh, and it's going to take some time to get caught up on all of Tolbert's stories so they'll kind of know what the other is talking about. There isn't a good pairing on KNBR for Tolbert right now, IMO. I'm not a big Ratto fan anyway, as his schtick really grates after a while, but he provided a decent foil when he wasn't creating dead air with a pregnant pause before starting his well-thought-out question with, "Ummmm..."
- LOL @ Damon as always. Clown.
- Here's a drinking game: Toss one back every time Joe Hughes says, "right now" during a traffic update.
Tolbert and Lund is pretty hard to listen to. Lund reminds me of a horrible combination of Eric Byrnes and FP Santangelo . I hope KNBR can realize the mistake they made paying Lund all that money and either fire him or move him to Sportsphone 680. I'd listen to Ray Woodson with Tom over Lund any day.
@BASportsGuy lol @ the idea of Damon Bruce sending Tolbert into retirement. I wish people would stop hiring him.
@BASportsGuy Dennis O'Donnell was terrible doing preseason games years ago. Mistakes all over the board.
BASG. The Monday media column sounds like a good idea.
Gives us a reason to ridicule our favorite sports talk station at 680 on the dial.
@BASportsGuy Since u asked in ur article, I am not a fan of John Lund and I dont think he and Tolbert hav chemistry. I liked Tolbert w Ratto
@BASportsGuy somewhere Fitz is crying
@BASportsGuy good column, really enjoyed all the updates. As for Rich L going after Kate-he was so far off base it was comical and sad.