According to unconfirmed reports, KCBS is doubling Tuck's current salary, which is reportedly about $400,000 a year. Singer would only say that Tuck had been signed to a long-term contract. . . .
KGTV (Channel 10) raised $234,700 for the victims of the Bay Area earthquake with its post-World Series telethon. While corporate donations helped move things along, more than $150,000 came from individuals who called during the telethon. Channel 10 deserves credit for making a real commitment of time, resources and money, in sharp contrast to those who attempted to get the maximum publicity from the minimum sacrifice. . . .
"Alaska's Killer Whales," a documentary scheduled to air at 10:30 p.m., Wednesday on KPBS-TV (Channel 15), is an interesting and well-photographed look at the controversies surrounding the whales, from the disputes with fishermen in Alaska to Sea World research. But it's a little dated. It discusses the business pressures facing Sea World, without mentioning the recent sale. And the documentary was completed before the recent death of Kandu once again raised the question of the animals' well-being in captivity. . . .
Channel 39's "San Diego Headliners" and Channel 8's "Close-Up with Carl Sisskind" demonstrated the value of local public affairs shows last week. "Headliners" put Sheriff John Duffy on the spot for a lengthy interview, and Sisskind hosted a spitting match between council candidates Ed Struiksma and Linda Bernhardt. . . .
It's official: After several months with "interim" in front of his title, Mike Novak has been named program and operations manager for KFMB-FM (B100). . . .
KKLQ (Q106) has hired Rusty Humphries from KBEQ in Kansas City, to supplement its morning show. Apparently program director Garry Wall will continue to host the show.