Friday, October 1, 2010

Michael Krasny happy with lots of tonnage

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. They told me writers attracted too many over-54s." But the bookish Krasny got the last laugh with his subsequent and remarkable NPR success. 
    He ripped his old station, KGO, and commercial talk radio in general in a book, "Off Mike: A Memoir of Talk Radio and Literary Life."

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