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Radio Wars: One man’s reasons for converting to “The Game”

It seems that nothing else in the Bay Area sports news cycle gets people quite as fired up as “radio wars”does. I am one of those people whose radio presets stay on the sports talk stations. KNBR has been a staple in my life for some time now. It makes sense – when sports consume your life, you enjoy discussing them. If you enjoy discussing sports, you enjoy listening to sports discussion. If that discussion is entertaining, that’s all the better. Maybe that’s why the news of Pablo Sandoval and sexual abuse was merely a tremor on the interweb while the news of Ralph Barbieri being fired nearly broke Twitter.

Back when KNBR was the only game in town (pun intended), it seemed above criticism. The year before Dan Dibley left for what would eventually become 95.7 the Game was    a golden age in radio for me. I rarely missed a Radnich show. I would schedule my  10 minute breaks at work so that I could be back in time for the best half hour in radio with Tony Bruno. My fiancé nay-saying a plan became known as “Lee Hammer says no.” I uttered the word “yes” every time something suggestive was said.

Actually, I still do those last two.

Times have changed

I used to be a pretty unapologetic KNBR fanboy. I was crushed when Dibley left for The Game, a radio station that was new and different (therefore weird and icky, right?). Before Dan was a radio personality, he was a counselor at my summer camp growing up (sorry to bust you out, Dan). He was the reason I started listening to KNBR in the first place. My loyalties, it seemed, became torn. What ensued changed my perspective on sports talk radio in the Bay Area, whether I liked it or not.

Converting to The Game

(Disclaimer: the opinions expressed in this piece belong to me, Ruthless Sports Guy, and do not reflect those of Bay Area Sports Guy. This is how I see Bay Area radio only, so if you don’t like my opinions, take it out on me, not him.)

If you guys are regular readers then you know the story. KNBR, in an attempt to keep up with the new guy in town, has let its fan base down. Almost every failed experiment, new gimmick or personality that they threw on the station has failed to resonant with me. This (along with a sudden inability to stream KNBR on my work computer) drove me to become a 95.7 The Game listener.

I should make this clear – I haven’t completely abandoned KNBR. I still listen to a great deal of it – as long as the Giants, Warriors* and 49ers games are still broadcasting on “The Sports Leader,” I’ll always have a reason to tune in.  The content of their shows, however, simply wore off on me.

* Yeah, so about those Warriors games…

The Rise Guys

Although I can’t put a finger on why, The Rise Guys are just plain entertaining. They offer objective opinions, a wide breadth of topics and an engaging line-up of discussions starters. Every show has its gimmicks, and The Rise Guys may have a few too many of them, but the chemistry between Whitey Gleason, Mark Kreidler and Dibley seems genuine. They keep me from changing the station, and that’s what counts. Either that, or maybe I’m just tired of hear excuses being made for the Giants every day.  Yeah, that might be it.

The Rise Guys/The Wheelhouse

Again, the FM side just entertains. John Lund seems to have a fresh, objective perspective on the sporting world, and I really enjoy Mychael Urban. The Wheelhouse goes light on listener opinion (I’m not sure that I’ve ever heard a caller get on the Wheelhouse air), whereas other shows carry themselves on caller interactions for what seems like hours sometimes. Part of the reason that sports talk radio stays entertaining is because there is something new to discuss every day. The Game, unlike their couterparts, seem to keep the topics fresh.

The Drive with Tierney and Davis

This is the slot of sports talk that I like to call “commercial switching.” You probably know what I’m talking about – you’re listening to KNBR until Tolbert throws it to commercial, so you switch it over to 95.7, hoping they’re not on a commercial break as well. They are, so you instinctively go to 1050, only to realize that for some reason KNBR broadcasts Tolbert there too. Then he finally returns from break, only to talk for 30 seconds and throw it back to commercial again.

That’s how I treat drive-time sports talk. I can take and leave both shows, especially now that Ralph Barbieri is gone. I like Eric Davis and I like Tom Tolbert. This is a wash. Sometimes this turns into “listen to one of those same 3 CDs in your car” time slot.

Nights and weekends in sports radio

Weekday nights, especially those that aren’t occupied by a Giants game, are times that I turn to music or sometimes even go to whatever nationally syndicated show is playing on 1050.

Weekends all come down to Mychael. Urban’s show, “Inside the Bigs,” is just so engaging. I don’t mind that he talks both Giants and A’s. In fact, I’ve taken to liking the A’s more  because of the coverage they get on The Game. There’s a formula to his show, and I like that. Sometimes sports shows can feel like their leisurely wading down the Russian River, meandering without a real point or purpose. Urban’s show feels prepped, intelligent and pointed.  He might be the gem of 95.7 The Game.

Look, 95.7 is not perfect, but this is my opinion. In fact, I’m an unapologetic Damon Bruce   fan – he’s my favorite radio host in the Bay Area. Bruce’s job is difficult – he carries a 3 hour show in the middle of the weekdays on the redheaded step child station 1050 without a co-host. Still, Damon never lacks in callers. He lands great guests. His opinions stay sharp      and witty. He’s good at what he does.

I am entertained and inspired quite frequently when I listen to Damon. Many of my writings have been inspired by Damon’s discussions. It’s not that the Wheelhouse turns me off during its last two hours – it’s just that noon is time to change to Damon, simple as that.

That aside, I was surprised when I realized how much more my dial finds 95.7 The Game now. When the station first started, I chuckled and said to myself that it would never last. I swore by KNBR, and now it clings on to my humble listenership by virtue of Damon Bruce alone. Whether Bay Area Stat Guy’s “ratings wars” are an accurate depiction of each stations following or not are of no consequence to me.  I have converted, for the most part, to the FM dial.

 

 

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Butcherboy415
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Nice article good work again ruthless… Btw I just came back from a 2 week vacation in the Russian River where we drank brews on the river the whole time, great weather great food even better fun! It’s truly Gods country…i have been going up there since i was born…except for the crazy crankers it’s by far my favorite place to get away!

Dan The Pundit
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I couldn’t agree with your assesment of both stations completely, but about 90%. The KNBR teams are stale. Gary without Tony is bad, but pairing him with Larry is more than I can stomach. Bob & Rod have bored me to sleep on more than one occassion because even though they fill their entire slot with callers, it doesn’t matter because they tell them how the caller is always wrong and we are right so take that. Plus the fact that the Game talks about the entire sporting landscape of the area. Not just SF. A’s, Giants, Raiders, Niners, Sharks,… Read more »
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BASG,

I’m glad you used the word ‘entertained’ as opposed to ‘informed’ when describing your affinity for DBruce. There is a big distinction between those two words when describing a sports radio host.

SprinkleMeMane
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I find Damon the most informative and entertaining radio host in the bay. He often talks about topics no one else does, is very honest, and I often listen to is show and come away thinking about things differently than I did before listening. I know he’s very opinionated and I don’t agree with his opinions all the time, so I can see were that could turn some people off. He does however, take tons of calls and gives intelligent, informative interviews w/ good guest on interesting topics.

Otis Byrd III
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I totally agree with you on Damon! I couldn’t have said it better myself. I feel the exact same way.

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Goose you obviously dislike Damon Bruce. Maybe you got shot down on his show once before (happened to me too). Ralph in his prime was appointment radio when something big happened. Now its Damon Bruce.

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I feel like I’m talking to a wall sometimes when discussing DBruce and the fact he is known within the industry to be a great marketer as well an consummate’ actor.’ He is playing a carefully crafted persona on his show designed to get ratings which I find boring for the most part because I rarely learn anything about sports. This concept is entirely lost on most DBruce listeners who are a gullible bunch to say the least. A lot of people on this board confuse charisma and acting sincere with actually being those qualities. That’s what performers do. He’s… Read more »
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I can speak from first hand experience that Damon is not acting. He really feels the way he does on the air. Maybe that is why he can rub many people (including some of his co-workers) the wrong way- he is opinionated and isn’t afraid to tell people what how he feels- even if it isn’t the popular opinion. He’s not afraid to take some heat- Mostly the reason he got put on 1050 in the first place he was too opinionated for the “KNBR mouth piece”. Is he somewhat full of himself? Yes. But not anymore than anyone else… Read more »
Gooselosgatos
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I respect your opinions on DBruce and believe you believe he is not ‘putting on an act.’ That being said, I firmly disagree and for argument sake even if you were correct that he is being ‘authentic’ that might be even worse. That being said, you have totally thwarted my attempt to persuade frequenters to BASG that from a journalists/analysis standpoint Bruce is an utter bafoon. This will be all the ammo DBruce legion will need to justify their ‘unwavering’ and ‘misguided’ allegence to Bruce. Are DBruce’s shows well produced and crafted – absolutely. Is he a hard-working smart marketer… Read more »
SprinkleMeMane
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Breh, you have such insight and knowledge of the radio/media game, why don’t you host a show? You could obviously do a better job than Damon, since you have his “act” all figured out. Or would you rather just rip people from a keyboard?

Gooselosgatos
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Sprinkle,
Am I wrong?

Gooselosgatos
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By the way BASG, I can’t actually believe you used the word ‘opinions’ when describing Bruce. Opinions are what someone is ‘actually’ thinks as opposed to saying ‘whatever’ will drive ratings. How can you be inspired by someone who nearly manufactors everything he says. For example, if he says the Warriors management is incompetent for instance he never provides coherent understandable details/reasoning as to why because it would ruin the ethos of the show. He is targeting young males looking for an outlet and they don’t want coherent thought but rather a sports pinada. I love your sight BASG and… Read more »
Stan
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For one thing-I hear ya on the commercials..KNBR doesn’t want sports listeners ,they want commercial listeners..and that’s not me. change the channel to 95.7..and dont bother coming back to Raddy’s every ten minute -a five minute black of commercials. The first hour is usually good..then..it starts in excess.The blocks of commercials. I mean,I dont even have to go over who’s got the talent..just the obscene amount of advertising on KNBR is a drive you away format. And if Ralph’s departure made no difference,then Rod and Fitz must be bringing in big bucks from the Warriors for their infomercial. It cant… Read more »
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Stan – it’s been stated over and over again. KNBR runs a ton of ads, but it’s because they can. It’s the price of being number one. I guarantee you that if 95.7 was pulling in the same ratings, they would have just as many commercials.

Stan
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No,not exactly true. In the year the Giants were owned by the previous company..not nearly as many commercials-even the 2010 World Champ year…hosts often ran over what breaks they had. It wasn’t until Cumulus came in and pushed the commercial pedal to the metal that add time increased hugely. Its been a Dickhead bros, all out money drive since they bought in..only the charity is there pockets..

T
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many stations with big ratings run lots of commericals.

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bingo

610 AM in KC is owned by Entercom, and they play boatloads of commericals cause they’re number one in sports in that market.

They blast KNBR for what they want to do. i have no doubt that the hosts really do want a format that’s cleaner with less commercials, but if by some miracle this time next year they overtake KNBR, they’ll be making Lee Hammer proud with the amount of commericals they’ll be running.

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Yeah Stan, kinda like your constant, non-stop posts here – drivin’ me away.
LOL

Stan
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If only..
And another post where..no citing where I’m wrong..no debate..just Stan,you scare the dumb people!

Paperback Writer
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Hey Stan -here’s your “citing” -COUNT YOUR POSTS !
When you learn how, you’ll see you write the most -stupid , numerous, un-related, off-topic, self -delusional posts.

Stan
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What jealousy. All it is. Rant all you want wankers.
btw,I dont remember one post that you have ever made Simon/pw/slam/Tom/bam/..and nobody else does either..look in the mirror as Raddy would tell you!

Stan
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And thanks for showing us PW, your intellect is on the level of Ted Nugent…

paperback writer
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Now your name calling – sorry about your memory loss. LOL

Sincerely
“Raddy”

Stan
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Its just eats you up when you read people say they like my posts doesnt it PW? Lowell Cohn-Rich Leiberman-other posters here…You just burn green. Thats not name calling,thats a fact!
And,it might be better you get used to not having your way here PAPERBACK..I’m posting as long as I can, or want..

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Stan, now your “name dropping”!

Feel free to post away, it’s a free world, just try not to get upset when somebody disgarees with you one in a while.

Also please try to drop the mind reading – it’s all projection , anyway.

That’s it for now, from me. Back to sports.

Thanks,
H. Cosell

Stan
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Since when is insults with no point,called disagree?
And your right-free country to post all I want..

Plenty have proved I’m wrong???..wow-a true republican, lose and declare victory!

Elvis
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Stan, I love your insights. Please don’t let anyone intimidate you or put you down. There are certainly people with an interest in bashing the Game while propping up the old and busted. we can guess who they are.

Stan
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Stan

Elvis, it had crossed my mind that I’m targeted by those outfits flunkies. But.they aren’t slowing me down..just the opposite.

simon
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People demonstrate that Stan is wrong all the time, he’s just too stupid to recognize it.

simon
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People demonstrate that Stan is wrong all the time, he’s just can’t admit.

AJ
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Nice article. While I agree with a few of your statements, others I absolutely disagree, but this is all based on personal preference. I enjoy the Rise Guys when I’m up at that time, but they can get a little shticky. I mean, how many times do they have to play that annoying “questions for Kriedler” stinger? Play it once and finish the segment. I probably enjoy them too because I cannot listen to Radnich. As for the Wheelhouse, I have to disagree with your assessment. “The Game, unlike their counterparts, seem to keep the topics fresh.” Generally, I believe… Read more »
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Nice piece ruthless, i am like like that as well with my sports radio dial. I’m mainly on ‘The Game’ with the exception to Damon Bruce in which i switch between him and ‘The Wheelhouse’. Same goes to when Damon overlaps with ‘The Drive’ for that one hour. Although the “The Game” has its obvious weaknesses like discussing the same sports topic every other hour, I am more of a fan to them compared to “The Sports Leader”. Hopefully they are here in the long run because having a rival can bring out the best for both stations. If the… Read more »
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I ran Marty Lurie’s show A LOT.

It makes me want to put a gun in my mouth a pull the trigger, splattering my brians all over the glass between Studio G and Studio H.

Damon Bruce is the only reason to ever listen to KNBR other than a 49ers, Warriors or Giants broadcast.

I miss the Bruno Segment, that’s when KNBR died.

SprinkleMeMane
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Awesome.

formerKNBRemployee
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thumps up for the Andre Nicatina reference.

B.A. Rich
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What Nickatina reference?

formerKNBRemployee
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dude’s name is “sprinklememang”.

B.A. Rich
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B.A. Rich

E-40 is known for Sprinkle Me. Not Andre Nickatina. Bad bay area rapper knowledge.

formerKNBRemployee
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I’m a white kid from the burbs- still no excuse, some of my favorite rappers are white kids from the burbs.

I have brought dishonor to my family.

My bad.

B.A. Rich
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Haha. All good FormerKNBR.

I’m sure I speak for everyone who reads/comments, we appreciate you sharing your insights on KNBR.

Otis Byrd III
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I agree with you on Damon Bruce. He pretty much has the only listenable show on KNBR. The Gary and Larry Show is somewhat of a close second, but Radnich ruins his own show. Yeah, it is too bad that they got rid of the Bruno segment, but Tony Bruno wasn’t getting along with Giants fans, and he pimped the Phillies probably a little too much for KNBR’s liking. Then you had those comments he made last year about Ramon Ramirez and Bochy. Imagine if he was still on Gary’s show when he made those comments. That wouldn’t have been… Read more »
Steve
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Marty is essentially free labor. He sells the spots for his show and he loves doing it. Each extra hour he’s on the air, I am pretty sure they don’t have to play for syndication rights.

formerKNBRemployee
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My name is Dan Browne. I worked at KNBR for almost 3 years- I worked my ass off to get from an unpaid promotional gig- to the weekend board op for giants, marty lurie, myke urban, a fill-in sports update anchor and the voice of the “49ers player spotlight”. I helped with 49ers games, pressers and highlights. Would I love to still work in radio, yes? But I have other responsibilities in my life- and I actually make more money now and work much closer to home. (living in the south bay I took bart to work 3 times a… Read more »
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as far as my Marty comment goes, I was obviously exaggerating- it wasn’t that bad. I’m sorry- that comment was over the top, but I did not enjoy my time running that particular style of program.

Otis Byrd III
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Oh yeah, I remember you. I remember hearing your name on Gary’s show, Marty Lurie’s show, Damon’s show, and some other shows, and you worked with them. I remember you doing the sports updates too. Thanks for sharing your experiences at KNBR with us! It must be cool to work for a sports radio station, especially at a station like KNBR. As you can see on here, working at KNBR would be a place we all wouldn’t mind working at, since a lot of us on here like sports, even though the business of sports radio as we’ve seen, kind… Read more »
Otis Byrd III
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*the business of sports radio as we’ve seen, kind of ruins that desire of wanting to work for a sports radio station.

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I dont always agree with your opinions FKNBREmployee but I enjoy your takes and havemade a point of reading them thoroughly when I scan through the site. Furthermore, I think it’s admirable to stick up for the ‘little people’ at KNBR because as with most companies they are the ones who usually get the shaft. I read Lieberman’s posts and enjoy many of them but he crosses the line far too often between factual reporting and outright slander. Though I do credit him with sticking up for the industry as a whole with respect to pay based on meritocracy, worker’s… Read more »
Stan
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Hey Dan. why the only Caucasians hosts at KNBR?..at least since Hammer became PD.?
And- why did Dibly leave?..tired of metering lights and being a second banana? Or -he tired of Radnich?

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Like I stated earlier stan, I have ZERO knowledge of managemenr decisions- and even if I did know, I wouldn’t say anything, because I don’t talk about other people’s business. Rod is black, Kate Scott is a female, Jenn Violet is the Asst. PD and she is a woman, there are 2 female board ops. There was a black board op there for many years as well. Sport talk is a white male between the ages of 18 to 45 medium. To make the listener comfortable, you want to have people that are similar to the audience you are hoping… Read more »
Stan
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No wonder they fired you. Your as obnoxious as all hell.
Btw-If you were nearly as bright as you think you are Dan,you would know that diversity brings a better,wider content. But.you accept that its normal to hire for the “white mans looks and sound”,so I guess you wont ever really get it.

Elvis
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Stan, this shows the mindset of the people knbr hires. No need for diversity to them.

Stan
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Thanks Elvis..they think they will shout me down? Never!

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the game is ok. But I now find most sports talk nearly unlistenable because every thinks their opinion is right and everyone else is an idiot. and nobody is funny. they all try to be. I listen for the sports updates in all honesty- and that’s about it, At least 95.7 THE GAME hits their updates on time- so I can hear one and go back to my ipod. KNBR always hits the update 2 to 3 minutes past the top or bottom of the hour. I like KNBR’s delivery of the updates a bit better than the game. But… Read more »
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If you listen to Damon online, have you noticed that they don’t seem to come back from commercial breaks? I’m starting to suspect that one of the producers keep forgetting to press a button. Anybody else notice this?

Paco
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Hey what happened to Rod Brooks. Everytime I tune in to Rod and Bob, Rod is off. Anyone know whats going on? Unlike most of you, I actually like their show.

Stan
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Ruthless(and its a fun to spell and say then acronyms!) I used to post my local media write ups on SF Hate,I was surprised to see back then3-4 years ago,nobody was writing about local sports with all the new media explosion..I even asked Sue Slusser what happened to the media blog she had?..turned out to be 1996 was the last time she wrote about local radio and TV.
So,I know this is a popular and too long neglected subject and BASG could still do more..like interview the local saps..I mean hosts!

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I’ve noticed that to. It’ doesn’t seem like they start Damon’s show until 12:06. I’m listening to a commercial now. Are they trying to force him out?

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Good piece RSG.

What eventually lead me away from KNBR was the silly and constant sound drops here would hear on Murph and Mac and on Radnich’s show.

Although, I noticed that the sound drops on Radnich’s show have lessen.

Listen to Murph and Mac. I sometimes think I am listening to two teenagers trying to come-up each other with one-liners. Who can be cooler. Juvenile humor reins supreme from 5:00am-9:00am.

That is why KNBR soured on this listener.

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Rise Guys for me, good chemistry, 25 minute commercial free for my commute (major kudos.) Tried to stick with 95.7 across the board but just cannot listen to Tierney, what will happen when Davis is gone? Drew Hoffer? Ralph’s ouster makes KNBR more viable but Tolbert solo isn’t always great. Tolbert/Byrnes are too similar, though it drastically improves Byrnes. More ipod listening mostly.

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Being a NYC expatriate, I feel I can be an impartial observer of sorts regarding the 2 sports stations. Driving around San Fran during the week, my iPhone’s signal isn’t consistently solid enough to let me listen to WFAN & Mike Francesa, so I’ve sampled both KNBR & The Game quite a bit. I find just about all of KNBR’s personalities insufferable, except for Radnich, believe it or not, but he wears thin quickly also. KNBR’s homerism & constant hype of the Giants is ridiculous & feels a little like brainwashing – KNBR has helped me actually dislike the Giants… Read more »
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Brooklyn – like you I am a transplant. The Wheelhouse’s issue is that Urban is trying to expand his resume instead of playing the role as analyst. plus, since he knows so many of the players it’s hard for him to also rip them. I like it when Steinmatz and Papa is on, but Urban could be better. Agree fully about Tierney. I thought he would be great, but it’s been a year and he’s yet to realize that being a New Yorker talking about Bay Area sports attitude doesn’t work. Also, he worked in a market with 8 teams… Read more »
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Wow! You know Tierney is a total tool when even the New Yorkers can’t stand him. I thought it was my West Coast bias pissing me off daily because Bay Area native and informed journalist Rick Tittle rides the pine while this buffoon gets a prime time slot. I guess it wasn’t just me after all. Tierney really is THAT BAD! He is on the A’s station and his A’s knowledge is non-existant. His Giants knowledge isn’t much better. Doesn’t know Bay Area football. Lazy journalist. Is daddy CEO of the station or does he have racy pics of Jason… Read more »
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Wow man! I could not have said it better. I firmly believe that competition brings out the best. Sadly for KNBR, only D. Bruce has kept his “shine” on. Give The Game a stronger signal and it’s game over. I’m more o.k. with hearing Giants talk on the Game because it’s not homer talk, it’s plain sports talk convo. Go A’s!!!!

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WTF! Is it April Fools Day?

If you all are serious, may your god bless you and peace to you. I’m out.

Bye Bye

Sincerely
Composite Sports Radio Jock
(feeling guilty of what has become of the listening public)

DB3
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I would love to hear your defense of KNBR.

Dan
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Funny, trouble with the KNBR stream is what pushed me toward 95.7 more often as well. Only show I obviously prefer on KNBR is Radnich, and like the author I’ve heavily soured on it since all the changes. Its weird how KNBR tries *so hard* to be robotic and unoriginal, you can tell they hammer the hosts constantly on following the playbook. Ruined the station. Rise Guys fair enough but I don’t understand the obsession with gimmicks and segments. Wheelhouse is great when Papa is there, decent with others. The rest of the day I don’t really care for.
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Great article… Damon Bruce is the ONLY truly engaging show that I will stay on through the breaks for. There’s a reason he’s moonlighted for Jim Rome at times. Radnich isn’t even on cruise control, he became old over night and a lot of it had to do with the loss of Bruno and Dibley; he clearly doesn’t care much for Kate Scott and Larry is like that opinionated guy at the sports bar, that knows everything about everything but in reality is wrong most of the time. Fitz and Brooks are an abomination and frankly so are Tierny and… Read more »
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Yeah, I agree with you on Radnich. Yeah, he probably doesn’t really respect or care for Kate. She’s in a sense, underutilized on the Gary and Larry Show. Her sports knowledge is pretty decent, and she is a diehard sports fan. They do too many sexual inuendos (the “Yes” soundbite) with her a little too much, when she wasn’t really going for that angle at all in her opinion on a certain sports topic. As far as Krueger goes, yeah, you’re probably right, even though I don’t mind Krueger. He was better in his Sportsphone days. You mentioned that Krueger… Read more »
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I concur, and I didn’t go into too much detail which is obviously sketchy when you’re ripping someone on the internet… and you do it anonymously but Krueger clearly wants to do sports, Gary clearly wants to do, “If Charles Manson was a CF and was hitting well…. your thoughts.” Sadly Kate is underutilized, she’s totally sharp, very witty, and sadly yet where Dibs’s wit and charm could be played up a lot of Kate’s doesn’t because, well, you fill in the reason. Larry is much better suited to be on his own and sports phone is probably a better… Read more »
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“They do too many sexual inuendos (the “Yes” soundbite)”

Precisely my point.

The silly sound drops and sexual inuendo are for a young crowd. Let’s see who can out one-line each other. Giggles all around!

Here is a quizz:
Who is producing KNBR’s programs?
Answer: some numbskull.

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Glad you bring up Rome as that’s who DBruce reminds me of.

Little known fact: nearly all of Romes ‘takes’ and material is written by his writers and producers which he then reads off a Teleprompter. Another ‘performer’ whose show is soley designed around creating a compelling persona that will drive ratings as opposed to Rome actually saying what he believes.

Another little known fact: the Jim Rome/Chrissy Everet incident was later found to be staged between Rome and Rams QB Everett.

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Goose; I agree with you on Bruce.
I believe you on Rome-Chrissie – but have not heard that one before, could you please tell us more……….besides it’ll be instructional to some here who believe in Bruce, Fantasy Theater and the notion that expressing misery on the radio will fix their teams.
LOL

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Gooselosgatos Do you have links where can read more about the Rome/Everrt staged fight?
I was not aware that the Jim Rome/Jim Everrt interview was staged.

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It was not staged. Read the ESPN book.

Gooselosgatos
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They have a thing called Google and check author and publisher of the book.

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Type in Jim Rome Chris Everett Staged on Google. Lot of contradictory stuff comes up. Then add ‘producer’ to that in next check.

I’m not a conspiracist per se but neither Rome nor ESPN wants it piblicized as it ruins their credibility.

Also, check out Mark Cuban/Skip Bayless on YouTube.

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Awesome google tip. At first I thought that was a word you invented, but sure enough, the damn thing exists. You are, without question, tremendous at that thing and can not doubt uncover a million internet rumors written by bedwetters living in their mothers basement. In my defense, however, my source is Pulitzer Prize winner Tom Shales and JIM EVERETT! Just read the damn book, in Everett’s own words, and shut your piehole.

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PS. Everything Skip Bayless does is staged, arsehat.

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Rusty,
By any chance do you live in the basement at your mother’s house with the blinds drawn?

By the way, I looked up ‘areshat’ and couldn’t find a definition for it. Though I have heard the term ‘piehole’. Did the author use those words in the book as well?

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Google and a dictionary. I have really short sold your abilities. One of these days you might even work your way up to reading a big boy book. Might I recommend this: http://www.amazon.com/Those-Guys-Have-All-Fun/dp/1609410750/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1342195809&sr=8-1&keywords=those+guys+have+all+the+fun+audio
PS. Yes, I know I linked to the audio version. You’re welcome.

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So wait goose. This dude tells you he got his 411 from a Pulitzer writer and you bring back no substance? Dude, I’m so glad you’re not a national writer for anything important. Glad to know you’re just a fan boy. By the way, Rusty is correct in his post.

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Judging by the radio ratings, it looks like each and every one of the games’ listeners are writing on this post!

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I listen in and out throughout the day depending on what’s happening at work, but it’s usually as follows:

6-9 Rise Guys (way the hell better than M&M)
9-12 Rome (the wheelhouse and radnich suck)
12-3 DBruce (Goose hates him, but I like him so he can go &%#$ himself)
3-whenever Mr. T/the Drive (neither really holds me. Can’t stand Tierney, Tolbert is cool but doesn’t always talk about stuff I’m interested in)

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I have definately struck a cord with the DBruce fans on this board. It was tough for me too when I found out Santa Claus didn’t.

At least we agree on one thing: Fitzgerald and Brooks should be shown the door.

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your whining about damon is second in legend only to stan’s incessant ranting about god knows what

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That’s the cat calling the kettle black with your handle Unemployment.

Though I do agree with your premise that Fitz needs to be kicked to the curb along with Brooks.

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12:09 and Damon’s show starts on streaming. Why can’t they start his show on time?

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Great to see the passion about radio…..Thats what I love the most about the post and reactions.

outside of Bruce, I pretty much have tuned out KNBR and I really have not latched on to The Game.

Mornings and evenings you’ll find me on other stations or music playlists. Afternoons belong to Dbruce

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As far as Damon being fake or being an entertainer/actor goes, I don’t think you can fake what he does. Are there some things that he says or does where you have to ask yourself if he really feels that way, but I’m sure he is sincere with the way he feels about the sports topics he talk about each weekday. You can’t fake that. I do wonder if the feud between him and Gary Radnich is real though,or if that’s kind of hoax. It’s been almost a year since they were paired together. It’s too bad it didn’t work… Read more »
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*There are

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A few thoughts on KNBR’s long commercial breaks and people complaining about the Game’s repetitiveness. (Note, never worked for either nor in radio but these are my beliefs) Some of you have stated that KNBR should charge more for spots instead of running more of them. Here’s the problem in that. As high as their ratings are, they still need to be competitive in the market place when it comes to ads. Charge too much and the competition can double the amount of spots for the same price. Advertisers want the spot heard as many times as possible. If they… Read more »
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But Steve- Cumulus slashed the payroll and eliminated jobs at KNBR. Ralph of course is gone,Raddy was signed for a couple more years at half his peak income at KNBR. And the argument that winning is the sole reason for the ads?..like I said,even in 2010 KNBR wasn’t doing long blocks of commercials. KNBR runs so many commercials now,Comcast cant keep up on simulcasts..they need to play elevator music and post standings while waiting for KNBR to come back on air.
Its Cumulus, Steve..maximize profit,cut quality. Thank God the Dickeys dont build cars or fire extinguishers..

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you are right, maximize profit is the name of the game. You also have to wonder how many of the Giants corporate sponsors have ads built into their contract outside of the regular games.

My point was more they can’t run fewer commercials and still make the same money. People will shop elsewhere.

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“…the argument is that new listeners tune in every hour so you have to keep them informed. In the Game’s defense, they need to build up a following before they stop repeating because they have to hope that the 100 or so new people that find the station for the first time like what they hear and will continue to tune in.” I would actually argue the exact opposite. If a new listener tunes them in at 11:30am, enjoys what they heard, tunes back in at 1pm and hears the same thing, why bother being a listener? Sports and talk… Read more »
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They should sign Radnich and make it no holds barred….

Dibley and Radnich and Bruno, amazing

Stan
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What happened to my post? It was here for an hour..then gone.

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OK..it’s now working..and I did refresh the browser before posting it was gone. Gremlins.

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Obviously a fascist radical right-wing Republican conspiracy trying to shout you down.

smile

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Your learning. It sure ain’t liberals.

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What the hell happened to Papa on 95.7? Did his paycheck bounce, or were his shoulders hurting from carrying the carpetbagger Lund?…

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Greg Papa still works with Lund on 95.7. He’s only on on Mondays and Tuesdays. He might be on vacation too, if he hasn’t been on this week.

Plus, Greg Papa has his other duties to deal with such as Comcast duties with Giants pre and postgame, and then of course, his Raider duties coming up soon. But yeah, he’s probably on vacation right now, if he hasn’t been on.

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I was watching some of Raddy show today..I think he was waiting for a marriage proposal from Larry. Everything Larry said made Gary soooo happy.
Weird.

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You have GOT to be kidding me with Urban! He is the definition of awful. His mush mouth delivery. Half baked thoughts. Poor dictation and delivery. Sensitive skin regarding criticism. Trying to be “hip hop” or “street” or have “street cred”. Please. He is a big white lummox from Redwood City. I didn’t mind him much as a writer, but boy-oh-boy is this guy ego drunk off of the radio mic. I think a fate worse than death would to be locked in a room with him, Tierney, Marty Lurie and a single microphone. Oh, and a constant loop of… Read more »
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Can I hear the niners game on pandora ?

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what is the story behind that “yes” soundbite. who’s voice is it and when/what context was it said?

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