KRON grounds copter, KTVU changes beats

SF media blogger Rich Lieberman reports that KRON 4 no longer operates a traffic helicopter due to financial constraints. For the same reason, almost all of the station’s employees are being paid at an “at-will” scale, which means “no personal services” contracts that bump up one’s take-home pay. Even Gary Radnich, perhaps the station’s best known personality, is on the “at-will” scale, Lieberman indicates. At Channel 2, David Stephenson will replace Rob Roth as SF Bureau Chief. Rob has been

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Radnich, Willie Brown to do Comcast 49ers shows

Longtime KRON 4 sports director Gary Radnich (right) and former SF mayor Willie Brown (left) have been hired by Comcast SportsNet Bay Area to do 49ers post game shows and other programs related to the team. SportsNet Bay Area plans to do an hour post-game show with locker room interviews, Coach Mike Singletary’s news conferrence and expert analysis. They’ll do the show at Candletstick for home games. After road games, they’ll be based in SportsNet’s new studio, 24-hour newsroom and

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Additional TV gig for Radnich

Comcast SportsNet West will simulcast Gary Radnich’s morning show on KNBR 680 beginning in September. Radnich is in his 16th year at KNBR and 23rd as sports director at KRON-TV for more than 20 years. His morning show will include reporters Dan Dibley and Ray Woodson. It will be seen on Comcast Cable channel 400 in the Bay Area, DirecTV channel 698 and Dish Network channel 409.

Suspense builds over possible KRON sale

After months of silence about Young Broadcasting’s attempt to sell KRON-TV, it was a shocker yesterday to see this on Sale of KRON – BREAKINGFrom our tip jar: We still do not have a clear indication of where or when this sale will take place. There has been a considerable amount of discussion surrounding NBC and selling KSTS/Telemundo 48 and converting that to Telemundo 4 or the other way around NBC would move the Telemundo to 11 and NBC4

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Radnich: KRON sale two weeks away

Young Broadcasting could be two weeks away from selling KRON 4. That’s the word from Channel 4 sportscaster Gary Radnich (pictured), who briefly mentioned the sale on his KNBR show this morning (MP3) while horsing around with fellow sports-talker Tony Bruno. Radnich: KRON could be two weeks away from a sale. We’re very excited. Bruno: Is that good or bad? Radnich: It’s good, very good. Let’s put it this way. Good for me, bad if you are VJ [a video

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KRON cancels the ‘Nine O’Clock News’

KRON Channel 4 is dropping its “Nine O’Clock News” in September when the independent station becomes a “My Network TV” affiliate and begins airing the network’s primetime soap operas from 9 to 11 p.m., according to Chuck Barney’s TV column in today’s Contra Costa Times. In order to get the new network, KRON was required to air the soaps in primetime (8 to 11), which meant either dumping the news or “Dr. Phil.” The “Nine O’Clock News” was anchored by

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