Saturday, March 28, 2015

TV nostalgia: KGO-TV Sat-truck land speed record

TV Spy's Kevin Eck has posted a KGO-TV promo from the 1990s about its sat-truck setting a land speed record of 81.73 mph. The promo harkens back to the time when stations promoted their equipment like InstaCams, Dopler radar and helicopters.

Friday, March 27, 2015

Nan Tucker McEvoy dead at 95

Nan Tucker McEvoy, the last member of the founder’s family to head The San Francisco Chronicle and a prominent olive oil rancher in Petaluma, died on Thursday (March 26) at her apartment in San Francisco. She was 95.

The granddaughter of M. H. de Young, who founded The Chronicle in 1865, McEvoy was the chairwoman of Chronicle Publishing, which included The Chronicle, KRON-TV and other media holdings, from 1981 to 1995.

After the 1994 newspaper strike, members of the de Young family became interested in selling Chronicle Publishing, but McEvoy — who held the largest single share of the company — said the company was not for sale.

“She seemed to be the last member of the family who cared about the people who worked here, and that was important to us,” said Carl Nolte, who has been a reporter at The Chronicle since 1961.

But in 1999, she agreed to sell Chronicle Publishing to the Hearst Corp. Then, McEvoy devoted her energy to her olive oil business.

McEvoy was a founding member of the Peace Corps and a special assistant to the organization’s first director, R. Sargent Shriver. An active philanthropist, she was a board member of the University of California, the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco and the San Francisco Symphony, among other organizations.

Phyllis Ann Tucker was born on July 15, 1919, in San Mateo, the daughter of Nion Tucker and the former Phyllis de Young. Her marriage to the publishing executive Dennis McEvoy ended in divorce. In addition to her son, she is survived by three grandchildren. Here's the Chronicle's obit.

Saturday, March 14, 2015

Press Club contest details coming soon

Keep your eyes on this webpage for the Press Club's call for entries for our annual Greater Bay Area Excellence in Journalism Contest. We hope to post details about entering the contest soon. Last year we got 392 entries from journalists and public relations professionals.

Friday, March 13, 2015

Controversial sports pundit Jay Mariotti lands at the Examiner

Former Chicago Sun-Times columnist and ESPN sports personality Jay Mariotti, whose career came to a screeching halt when he was arrested for stalking and assault-related charges in 2010, has been hired by the San Francisco Examiner as its sports director.

Here's the Examiner's announcement and the Chronicle's take.

While Mariotti spent 16 years at the Sun-Times, he gained a national presence on the ESPN show "Around The Horn," where sports talking heads yell at each other.

When it comes to covering pro teams, Mariotti was never a homer. Former Chicago White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen called him a gay slur, but apologized later. When Mariotti left the Sun-Times in 2008 to write for AOL, and proclaimed print was dead, Roger Ebert wrote a scathing column about Mariotti titled "Jay The Rat."

Mariotti lost his gig at ESPN when he was arrested for domestic violence and stalking a then-girlfriend. He took a plea bargain that spared him from the possibility of being convicted and sentenced to five years in prison, according to the LA Times.

As the Chronicle put it, "Mariotti was confident that he would be accepted in San Francisco, where accusations of domestic violence — later dropped — against Ross Mirkarimi nearly ousted him from the San Francisco sheriff’s office in 2012."

According to the Chronicle, Mariotti compared the plight of the Examiner to “what I walked into at the Sun-Times. But I was able to keep it alive.”