It appears that some San Francisco Bay area radio listeners are just as loyal, or more loyal, to their favorite KNBR 680 AM host as they are to the San Francisco Giants.(See reader comments at the end of this story.)
While KNBR's Sports Phone 680 show has been handed to former big leaguer F.P. Santangelo, Giants fans who follow the 7-10 p.m. broadcast are up in arms over the move of host Damon Bruce to afternoons on the sister station KNBR 1050 AM.
Dozens of fans have used this space to criticize KNBR's decision to move Bruce to afternoons while moving Santangelo, who also handles some analysis duties on Giants broadcasts, into the prime-time slot.
Folks who really want their voices heard by KNBR officials can e-mail or telephone:
Lee Hammer, Program Director
If anonymous input is preferred, listeners can telephone:
KNBR WHINE LINE: (415) 995-6998
Bruce is a smart broadcaster who understands the need to attract an audience, so he has seemed to go out of his way to be the critic in the wilderness that some Bay Area listeners feel is filled with KNBR hosts who fawn over the San Francisco Giants, Golden State Warriors, and San Francisco 49ers. He found an audience.
Bruce often became so concerned with stirring things up that he skimmed the facts. Not long before he was given the afternoon show on KNBR 1050 AM, he complained that the Giants should've passed on signing hitters Aubrey Huff and Mark DeRosa and signed starting pitcher Brad Penny. It was widely reported that Penny actually turned down a better offer from the Giants to sign with the St. Louis Cardinals.
Santangelo's shown he's willing to be frank in his assessment of the Giants. He'll just have insight that allow fans to get a wider view of organization.
Santangelo and play-by-play broadcaster Dave Flemming will handle postgame duties following Giants broadcasts this season.