Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Great List of Bay Area Radio Hall of Fame Inductees

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. (July 16, 2008) — Seventeen local broadcasting legends, including
longtime favorites Alex Bennett, Rosie Allen, Renel Brooks-Moon and Dave Sholin, are members
of the Bay Area Radio Hall of Fame’s Class of 2008.
Four of the Bay Area’s most popular sportscasters — Bob Fouts, Russ Hodges, Don Klein and
Roy Storey — are members of the latest class, as is the “World’s First Airborne Traffic Reporter,”
Hap Harper.
The latest group of honorees — the third to be enshrined — will be inducted during a public
ceremony on October 1 in Berkeley. More than 6,000 votes were cast online and in person during
the open balloting period, which ended on July 1.
The complete Class of 2008, listed alphabetically, includes:
® ROSIE ALLEN — Currently the co-anchor of the KGO (810 AM) Afternoon News, Rosie
began her local radio career at Oakland’s KNEW and San Francisco’s KNBR. She moved to
ABC-owned KSFX (103.7 FM) in 1976 as public affairs director, before joining co-owned
KGO a year later as weekend talk show host and part-time news reporter/anchor. In 1984, she
became co-anchor of KGO’s afternoon newscast.
® ALEX BENNETT — Bay Area born and raised, Alex started his broadcasting career at San
Rafael’s tiny KTIM (1510 AM), which he used as a springboard to success in New York City
at WMCA and WPLJ. Upon his triumphant return to San Francisco, Alex became morning
man at KMEL (106.1 FM), KQAK (98.9 FM, “The Quake”) and KITS (105.3 FM, “Live
105”). He later hosted a technology-oriented talk show on the CNET Radio and, since 2003,
has been one of the stars of Sirius Left (Channel 146) on New York-based Sirius satellite radio.
® RED BLANCHARD — One of broadcasting’s zaniest personalities ever, Red Blanchard
bridged the gap between radio’s network-oriented “golden age” and the disc jockey-driven
“modern era” in the 1950s. Working with a cast of oddball characters – most of them his own
invention – Red gained a fanatical following with his live program on KCBS (740 AM), one of
the last radio shows to be performed before a studio audience in the Bay Area. Popularized the
1950s catch-word “Zorch!”
® RENEL BROOKS-MOON — Renel’s remarkable career has led her from being one of the
last personalities on the original KFRC during its “Big 610” heyday in the 1980s to being one
of the ringleaders of KMEL’s pioneering “Morning Zoo” to full-fledged stardom as host of
“Renel In The Morning” on 98.1 Kiss FM since 1997. The Oakland-born graduate of Mills
College, known to many as the in-stadium voice of the San Francisco Giants, received the most
votes during this year’s Hall of Fame voting, being named on more than 27% of all ballots cast.
® BOB FOUTS — The voice of San Francisco 49ers football in the 1950s, Bob was also a
popular sportscaster and commentator on KSFO (560 AM) as well as on Bay Area television.
His son, the Pro Football Hall of Fame quarterback Dan Fouts, followed in Bob’s footsteps as
a respected broadcaster.
® BILL GAVIN — Perhaps best known for creating the industry-standard record tipsheet The
Gavin Report, Bill Gavin was a pioneering disc jockey who created and hosted “Lucky Lager
Dance Time,” which garnered an extensive audience throughout the western United States. In
1958, three years after he began “Dance Time,” Gavin parlayed his knowledge of music into a
mimeographed tipsheet covering Top 40 records, which quickly became a “must read” for
radio station programmers throughout the industry. Bill Gavin died in 1985 at the age of 77.
® HAP HARPER — Radio’s original airborne traffic reporter, Hap was a Marine Corps
lieutenant and pilot during World War II whose friendship with KSFO’s Don Sherwood led to
an on-air role as in-the-air weather reporter. Spotting an auto accident on the Bay Bridge one
day, Hap described the aftermath and helped create a new industry. In addition to KSFO, he
also was a popular personality on KFRC, KNBR and the combined KSFO/KYA-FM. Howard
“Hap” Harper passed away in 2006.
® MIKEL HUNTER HERRINGTON — An innovator, entrepreneur and radio original,
“Captain Mikey” – also known on the air as “Hot Rocks Hunter” and “Oil Can Harry” – was a
Top 40 disc jockey at San Jose’s KLIV (1590 AM) and helped to pioneer the album rock
format at the Southbay’s KOME (98.5 FM); he later repeated that success at L.A.’s KMET. A
noted wine connoisseur, he relocated to Napa later in his career, working at KVON/KVYN
within a cork’s throw of the vineyards. Named to the San Jose Rocks Music Hall of Fame
(2007). Mikel Herrington died in 1997 of leukemia at the age of 62.
® RUSS HODGES — Educated as an attorney, Kentucky-born Russ Hodges arrived in San
Francisco in 1958 as the voice of the transplanted Giants, working alongside Lon Simmons
(BARHOF Class of 2006) for a dozen years on the team’s radio broadcasts. Known for his
trademark call of “Bye bye baby” on Giants’ home runs, Hodges attained baseball immortality
for his legendary call of Bobby Thomson’s “Shot Heard ’Round The World” (“The Giants win
the pennant! The Giants win the pennant!”) in 1951. Inducted into the broadcasters’ wing of the
Baseball Hall of Fame in 1980, Russ Hodges passed away in 1971 at the age of 61.
® DON KLEIN — One of the Bay Area’s most versatile and knowledgeable sportscasters, Don
Klein served as the play-by-play voice of University of San Francisco basketball, Stanford
football and basketball, San Francisco Seals baseball and hockey, and San Francisco 49ers
football. During the Niners’ glory days in the 1980s, Klein was behind the microphone to
describe all of the memorable plays for six amazing seasons. His broadcasting career spanned
more than fifty years, including as sports anchor on KCBS (740 AM).
® MICHAEL LUCKOFF — The monumental success of San Francisco’s KGO (810 AM) can
be attributed to many factors – great talent, great programming ... and the skilled direction of
Mickey Luckoff, who has served as president and general manager of the station since 1972.
Under his watch, KGO has remained solidly atop the local radio ratings — a position the
station has maintained since the summer of 1978 — while becoming one of the most honored
radio stations in the history of the industry.
® DUDE MARTIN — At the forefront of the Bay Area’s burgeoning western music scene from
the 1930s through the 1950s, Berkeley-raised Dude Martin (born Steve McSwain) and his
band were a staple of local radio and nightclubs. In addition to leading his own western
orchestra, the Nevada Nightherders, Dude hosted programs on KLX, KYA, KSFO and KGO
over the years; at KGO, his morning radio program of familiar tunes, interspersed with
conversation, led to his next venture as one of local television’s first stars on KGO-TV. He
passed away in 1991.
® TERRY McGOVERN — Currently one of the most popular voice actors and coaches in the
industry, Terry McGovern arrived in San Francisco fresh from KDKA/Pittsburgh in 1968 to
become one of the greatest stars of star-studded KSFO (560 AM). His next stop led him to
progressive rock powerhouse KSAN (94.9 FM; “The Jive 95”) during its apex under the
direction of Tom Donahue (BARHOF Class of 2006). Terry later morninged at K-101 and
KSFO/KYA-FM. Beyond radio, Terry is a successful actor who appeared in countless motion
pictures (including “American Graffiti” and “Mrs. Doubtfire”) and numerous television shows.
® DOUG PLEDGER — There was a time in Bay Area radio during which it was nearly
impossible to miss hearing Doug Pledger on the air – as morning man on KSMO and KKHI
(both at 1550 AM), KWUN (1480 AM) or KNBC/KNBR (680 AM), host of specialty
programs (“Pledger Plays The Classics,” “Pledger Plays Polkas”) and advertising pitchman. A
University of Wisconsin graduate with a degree in law, Pledger made his name originally as a
sportscaster before settling in as one of San Francisco’s most popular announcers. Later owned
San Mateo’s KOFY (1050 AM). He passed away in April 2008 at the age of 89.
® DAVE SHOLIN — Another of San Francisco State University’s endless stream of talented
broadcasters, Dave Sholin – “The Duke” – got his start at San Jose’s KLIV (1590 AM) and
KARA (105.7 FM). Having quickly built a reputation for having a “golden ear,” he was hired
by the legendary KFRC (610 AM) as music director; he cemented his reputation by being
named Music Director of the Year by the Gavin Report as KFRC pulled off an unprecedented
string of seven consecutive Billboard Major Market Top 40 Station of the Year awards. Later
named national music director for KFRC’s parent company, RKO General, he took the job
one step beyond by creating a series of RKO Radio Network specials featuring stars such as
Paul McCartney, Rod Stewart and Stevie Wonder, as well as a historic interview with John
Lennon and Yoko Ono conducted only hours before Lennon’s murder. Dave Sholin is
currently the morning host at Classic Hits KFRC (106.9 FM).
® ROY STOREY — Another member of the Class of 2008’s stellar group of sportscasters, Roy
Storey excelled in all fields but was unparalleled when it came to describing ice hockey on the
air. His long career included stints behind the microphone for major league baseball recreations
on KYA and for one of the earliest sports-talk programs in the mid-1950s on Oakland’s KLX.
Roy was also the color and play-by-play voice of the San Francisco 49ers (alongside fellow
inductee Bob Fouts), the Western Hockey League Seals (alongside fellow inductee Don Klein)
and the NHL Oakland Seals. He was the radio announcer for hockey matches at the 1960
Winter Olympics at Squaw Valley, and was the voice of St. Mary’s College basketball for many
years. In addition, he was a news anchor at 1260/KYA in the 1970s.
® RUSS “THE MOOSE” SYRACUSE — One of KYA’s famed New York imports in the
early 1960s (along with Gene Nelson, Tommy Saunders, Peter Tripp, Johnny Holliday and
Larry Brownell), Russ The Moose served as captain of the “All-Night Flight” on “Super Freak
1260,” dive-bombing bad records – and some commercials that didn’t appeal to him – while
serving up tasty laminated yak fat sandwiches to his insomniac passengers. His local career also
took him to KFRC (on two occasions), KSFO (three times), KNBR (once) and back to KYA
(for a total of four stints). A legend among his fellow broadcasters, Russ The Moose passed
away in 2000 at the age of 70.

The Bay Area Radio Hall of Fame’s Class of 2008 will be celebrated during a gala ceremony and
luncheon on Wednesday, October 1, at the Doubletree Inn on the Berkeley Marina. The
ceremony, presented jointly by the Bay Area Radio Museum and the local chapter of Broadcast
Legends, will be open to the public. For reservations, please visit

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Monday, July 14, 2008

Marconi Radio Award Nominees Announced

The Wolf and KOIT from SF score big:

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From: "NAB Media Relations"
Date: July 14, 2008 6:11:40 AM PDT
Subject: 2008 NAB Marconi Radio Awards Finalists Announced


July 14, 2008

Kristopher Jones


WASHINGTON, DC – NAB announced today the finalists for the NAB Marconi Radio Awards honoring radio stations and on-air personalities for excellence in broadcasting. The winners will be announced on September 18 at the NAB Marconi Radio Awards Dinner & Show held during The NAB Radio Show at the Austin Convention Center.

The finalists are:

Legendary Station
KOIT-FM San Francisco, CA
KSTP-FM Minneapolis, MN
WBLS-FM New York, NY
WBT-AM Charlotte, NC
WSM-AM Nashville, TN

Network Syndicated Personality of the Year
Glenn Beck, Premiere Radio Networks
Bob & Sheri, Greater Media Charlotte
Neal Boortz, Cox Radio/Dial Global
Steve Harvey, Premiere Radio Networks
Kidd Kraddick, Yea! Network

Major Market Station of the Year
KBWF-FM San Francisco, CA
KIIS-FM Los Angeles, CA
KOIT-FM San Francisco, CA
WBLS-FM New York, NY
WMAL-AM Washington, DC

Large Market Station of the Year
KOA-AM Denver, CO
KSDS-FM San Diego, CA
WEBN-FM Cincinnati, OH
WLNK-FM Charlotte, NC
WSWD-FM Cincinnati, OH

Medium Market Station of the Year
KSTZ-FM Des Moines, IA
WLAV-FM Grand Rapids, MI
WNCT-FM Greenville, NC
WTUE-FM Dayton, OH

Small Market Station of the Year
KAIR-FM Atchison, KS
KBHP-FM Bemidji, MN
WGIL-AM Galesburg, IL

Major Market Personality of the Year
Eric & Kathy, WTMX-FM Chicago, IL
Grandy & Andy, WMAL-AM Washington, DC
John & Ken, KFI-AM Los Angeles, CA
Glenn Ordway, WEEI-AM Boston, MA
Ryan Seacrest, KIIS-FM Los Angeles, CA

Large Market Personality of the Year
Amos Brown, WTLC-AM Indianapolis, IN
Bob Conners, WTVN-FM Columbus, OH
Cornbread, WIL-FM St. Louis, MO
Kelly, Mudflap & JoJo, KYGO-FM Denver, CO
Moon & Staci, KSTP-FM Minneapolis, MN

Medium Market Personality of the Year
Corey & Jay, KDJE-FM Little Rock, AR
Tony Gates, WLAV-FM Grand Rapids, MI
Dave Kane, WCMF-FM Rochester, NY
Jim Villanucci, KKOB-AM Albuquerque, NM
Don Weeks, WGY-AM Albany, NY

Small Market Personality of the Year
Mark Clark, KRCH-FM Rochester, MN
George & Katie, WAXX-FM Eau Claire, WI
Kate Hayes, KOZT-FM Fort Bragg, CA
JJ Thomas, KOFM-FM Enid, OK
Will & Barry, KITX-FM Hugo, OK

Spanish Format Personality of the Year
Diamond Boy Luis, KXOL-FM Los Angeles, CA
Los Hijos De La Manana, KTTA-FM Sacramento, CA
Marimar, KMYX-FM Bakersfield, CA
Eddie "Piolin" Sotelo, KSCA-FM Los Angeles, CA
Omar & Argelia, KLVE-FM Los Angeles, CA

AC Station of the Year
KSTZ-FM Des Moines, IA
WJJR-FM Rutland, VT
WLIT-FM Chicago, IL
WTMX-FM Chicago, IL

CHR Station of the Year
KHKS-FM Dallas, TX
WKFS-FM Cincinnati, OH
WKST-FM Pittsburgh, PA
WNCI-FM Columbus, OH
WSTR-FM Atlanta, GA

Country Station of the Year
KMFX-FM Rochester, MN
KSON-FM San Diego, CA
KYGO-FM Denver, CO
KZKX-FM Lincoln, NE
WFMS-FM Indianapolis, IN

News/Talk Station of the Year
KFI-AM Los Angeles, CA
KKOB-AM Albuquerque, NM
WBEN-AM Buffalo, NY
WJBC-AM Bloomington, IL
WTMJ-AM Milwaukee, WI

Oldies Station of the Year
KQQL-FM Minneapolis, MN
WBHF-AM Cartersville, GA
WNCT-FM Greenville, NC
WOLX-FM Madison, WI

Religious Station of the Year
WFMV-FM Columbia, SC
WLIB-FM New York, NY
WMIT-FM Black Mountain, NC
WTLC-AM Indianapolis, IN
WVEL-AM Peoria, IL

Rock Station of the Year
KBZT-FM San Diego, CA
KOZT-FM Fort Bragg, CA
WAPL-FM Appleton, WI
WMGK-FM Philadelphia, PA
WSWD-FM Cincinnati, OH

Spanish Station of the Year
KMYX-FM Bakersfield, CA
KNRV-AM Denver, CO
KNUV-AM Phoenix, AZ
KSCA-FM Los Angeles, CA
KTTA-FM Sacramento, CA

Sports Station of the Year
KESN-FM Dallas, TX
KGME-AM Phoenix, AZ
KXNO-AM Des Moines, IA
WEEI-AM Boston, MA
WGR-AM Buffalo, NY

Urban Station of the Year
WBLS-FM New York, NY
WFXC-FM Raleigh, NC
WHQT-FM Hollywood, FL
WKYS-FM Washington, DC
WPHI-FM Philadelphia, PA

The NAB Marconi Radio Awards were established in 1989 and named after inventor and Nobel Prize winner Guglielmo Marconi.

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Sean Moeller, from

Sean Moeller is a guy that radio stations are going to come to hate.

He's doing what they used to do, so far under the radar, that by the time they realize what he's up to, it will be too late.

The Rock Island, Ill. native has built an amazing retro recording studio out in the middle of nowhere, and they are coming. Indie rockers, up-and-comers, established rock stars, such as Carly Simon, Ani DiFranco, Amy Mann and Amos Lee, and some 3 million fans are finding his website (, his analog studio, Futureappletree1; and the pizza parlor that houses their live shows. (They are also booking a 1,500 seat opera house.)

Death Cab for Cutie liked his setup so much, they recorded a version of their newest disc for him and released it on Daytrotter before it came out on their major label, Atlantic.

Indie rockers, (including the Bay Area's, Jolie Holland and Mates of State have been by. So has Of Montreal, the Cold War Kids and Bonnie Prince Billie. Moeller, a 29-year-old former music journalist, hopes his now rare tape and analog recording equipment will snag Neil Young, a musician who has always favored the old, warm sound.

"Most people these days have a Mac book and that's their recording studio," says Moeller, who started the site to help musicians who weren't getting the attenttion they deserved. "You can argue it doesn't sound nearly as good. A lot of these bands have never even recorded on tape, and they love it when they hear the results."

The sessions are notoriously informal. Bands use borrowed equipment, trade instruments and have fun, while engineers Patrick Stolley and Brad Kopplin roll tape. They are now doing five sessions a week, giving Daytrotter visitors for free, 20 new songs.

Moeller and Stolley came up with the idea while working day jobs, Moeller writing for the Rock Island newspaper and Stolley painting houses. The name was random, says Moeller, partly related to his love of horseracing.

The gas crisis has helped immensely. Rock Island is two hours from Chicago and two from Des Moines, a perfect pitstop for bands to stage a concert and make some money, or just stop and record for fans, before heading back to the road. It's one of those largely ignored places where boredom inspires a religious ferver for music and teens looked longingly down the Interstate-- and finally someone is bringing it to town.

Two years ago the site was a word of mouth thing and Moeller's talent for finding solid new acts got the buzz rolling. Now bands and labels are contacting him. They are even advertising there. Warren Haynes' new disc has a featured ad, as do Brooklyn, New York's Shannon McArdle and Little Rock Arkansas' American Princes.

They'd rather play for 100 passionate fans in Rock Island, than in some big city clubs where attitude is more important than music, says Moeller. The site also has a staff of artists, who, like 'zines of yore, add spice to their presentations.

"We are doing what radio used to do," says Moeller. "When I was in high school there were two or three stations I didn't hate. They used to play Nirvana and actual rock and roll. Groups would appear on the stations and when concerts came around, they would have vans pull up outside. Now, nothing is getting played but Three Doors Down and Nickelback. There are only three or four cool stations left, and a lot of cities are hurting for that."

Friday, July 11, 2008

Savage Nation = Sewage Nation

Nationally syndicated radio host Michael Savage, who vehemently opposes the Fairness Doctrine, Thursday gave a good reason why we need one.

The man who calls liberalism a mental disorder and is the third most popular host int he country, spouts his own insanities regularly, most of them veiled and not so veiled hate speech.

Thursday he claimed the fires in California were set by Iranian terrorists. His proof? Well, he said, if the rangers who patrol the forests caught a Middle Eastern terrorist with a blowtorch, "the mean-faced, clip-haired, wide-waisted woman would have to consult a 50-page manual about what to do" and would never make an arrest.

Plus, he said (and I'm paraphrasing here) Mahmoud Ahmadinejad had once made a speech saying that Islam would light a fire in the West.

Now, I know that most intelligent people put this guy's rants in the same category as those supermarket tabloids that tell you that Laura Bush was impregnated by aliens, and so his talk should just be categorized as freedom of speech and ignored.

And the Fairness Doctrine, which requires stations to give equal broadcast time to both political sides, is cumbersome and convoluted at best.

But such irresponsible and incendiary speech really argues for it. There is a tendency to believe the electronic media, more than, say what you would see in a supermarket checkout line. Because the airwaves are owned by the people and licensed by the government for them, there is an expectation that what is broadcast has been checked out and found responsible by the government and its agency, the Federal Communications Commission.

Consciously, or unconsciously, what you hear powerfully beamed over 50,000 watts has an implicit ring of truth (despite all the ads promising larger penises or wealth from the skies).

No one expects to hear something so irresponsible, and so damaging, as a claim that Iran is attacking the U.S. It's in the category of Orson Wells's "War of the Worlds" broadcast, and frankly, responsible broadcasters would pull that plug on Savage just for throwing out a statement like that with no proof.

You have an option though.Don't listen. And don't buy Rock Star energy drink, which his family owns.

For more info:, for a great profile on Savage

Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Sam and Lissa switch times because of the People Meter

People have asked why KBAY's morning team of Lissa Kreisler and Sam Van Zandt have cut their time to 9 a.m. from 10 a.m.

Kreisler says it's a direct response to the People Meter. The station figures that after 9 a.m. is when people listen at work and don't want to hear as much talking.

The popular San Jose morning show used to go from 5:20 a.m. to 10 a.m. It will now air from 5-9a.m.

Stations will be experimenting and trying all kinds of new approaches this summer, as the Meters go into effect. (see my earlier post on the topic).

The goal will be to hold listeners longer, with fewer station IDs and shorter blocks of commercials.

Keep me posted if you hear something different and want to know why.

Monday, July 7, 2008

Arbitron People Meter Explained

Here's my story in the SF Weekly, which, freelancers take note, pays very quickly and well.

Rush Limbaugh, told you SUV's were great and the war in Iraq was great

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Rush Limbaugh is the perfect example of why Reagonomics failed
POSTED July 7, 4:15 PM

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THE more I think about Sunday's New York Times profile of Rush Limbaugh, the more I see that he and his ilk are at the heart of America's problems today.

Here is a guy who has had mega millions of success, and what does he do with his money? He lives alone in a palacial 25,000 square foot mansion, with royal French trappings. He has five half a million dollar cars. He has a $50 million plane.

His idea of a trickle down economy is that he has been known to tip the commoners who serve him in restaurants as much as $5,000.

And he has no guilt for any of it. In fact, he'd tell you, this is what being successful in America means.

Frankly, it's disgusting and should be for anyone with a sense of history or conscience.

Limbaugh is a proud throwback to the days of conspicuous consumption, when robber barons lorded over the masses like monarchy.

Obviously in a capitalist society, he is among the greatest of achievers.

But let's compare him for a minute with two other successful capitalists: Bill Gates and Warren Buffett, two of the world's richest men, who have devoted a good part of their lives to using their fortunes to help others through a massive grant program.

These are men who understand that in true "trickle down" economics, you have to make sure that your money helps those who most need it. Limbaugh would say their philosophies reek of socialism, but even his hero Ronald Reagan assumed that those who had great wealth would use it to benefit society as a whole.

I don't think owning five $450,000 Maybecks or whatever obscene cars this lonely man drives, is the kind of economic stimulus Reagan was talking about. Then again, based on the breaks his and other Republican administrations have given the super rich, maybe it is.

Keep in mind, too, as you fill your gas pump these days, Limbaugh spent years championing SUV's and gas guzzlers as an American right, as a way to show that one has made it.

When I think about that, and his deafness, I realize that it's not only music that he can't hear, but he is dear to the voices and the lives of average Americans.

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Thursday, July 3, 2008

Classic Michael Savage

Savage today, proclaimng that his "freedom of speech" speech was the greatest speech about the topic since Thomas Paine said "Give me liberty or give me death."

Did any of the blatherheads who follow this blow hard pick up on it?

Patrick Henry uttered that line, not Thomas Paine.

And this guy, like the Bowery Boys' Slip Mahoney acts like he knows what he's talking about. Most of the time, it's snake oil. Lies and snake oil.

His freedom of speech speech, by the way, was a pompous blather that he gave when he received a freedom of speech award from Talkers Magazine, the mag's lowpoint. It was given because Savage, unlike some conservatives, had negative things to say about George Bush. It was really a pathetic move by Talker's publisher Michael Harrison.

Savage, who said he would attend the awards dinner, opted out at the last minute, sending instead a video speech, that he now sells on his website, more snake oil.

This guy's greed has no bounds. One of his former producers was talking to him while he ate cole slaw at the back of the Marina Safeway, and threw away the container without paying.

When the producer asked about paying for it, Savage said: "Why should I? They'll never know."

I suspect that's the same attitude he has about the $1 million he raised for the Paul Revere Society, before it had its tax exemption pulled.

Jerry Brown...where is the money, and why have you done nothing about holding his former nonprofit accountable???

"They'll never know...."

In a New York Times profile out this Sunday, Rush Limbaugh had this to say about the Seweage Nation host: "He's not even in my rear view mirror."

Rush was even better on Bill O'Lielly: "Ted Baxter. He's Ted Baxter."

I love it.

O'Reilly, by the way, was the favorite host of Mercury News former television writer Mike Antonucci. Birds of a feather.

Just a third of July rant.

Thanks. and have a happy fourth.