Krasny TV-Radio Critic Bill Mann says Michael Krasny’s “Forum” on KQED-FM 88.5 is the most-listened-to local talk show in the country. The low-key, witty Krasny, who’s been on the San Francisco NPR station 17 years, was bounced from his previous job, on commercial radio, for … interviewing too many writers! The salespeople at 50,000-watt newstalk giant KGO said Krasny’s author-laden show attracted – here’s a charming term – too much “tonnage.” “Tonnage,” Krasny explains, shaking his head, “Means older listeners.
Two commentators on the radio industry in the Bay Area have entirely different takes on Michael Krasny’s new book “Off Mike: A Memoir of Talk Radio and Literary Life.” While Ben Fong-Torres (writing for the Chronicle) complained that the KQED-FM host wrote about himself too much, Brad Kava (writing in the Merc) says that’s OK because Krasny, 62, “doles out some of his toughest shots at himself, as he grew from a Cleveland hoodlum to the holder of a doctorate
Ben Fong-Torres, writing in the Chronicle, says Michael Krasny’s new book “Off Mike” should have been titled “On Mike” because it focuses so much on Krasny (left). Fong-Torres writes, “It’s just too bad that, given the chance to illuminate the medium, the process of his craft — the interview — and the subjects themselves, he chose to keep the light so often fixed on himself.” Fong-Torres notes that Krazny, who holds down the 9-11 a.m. shift at KQED-FM 88.5, gives
In his “Multimedia Notes” column, Bill Mann says KGO-AM has a policy of refusing to book guests who have appeared first on another Bay Area station. KQED-FM’s Michael Krasny is quoted by Mann as saying the policy is ridiculous. Krasny adds: “However, we’ve found that, despite their clout derived from their No. 1 berth, we have leverage at ‘Forum’ based on the simple fact that our numbers are significant and more books are purchased by our listeners. And when necessary,