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Joe Kernen, Andrew Ross Sorkin and the Skinny on Jessica Simpson's New Role at Weight Watchers - Posted September 25, 2013
Neither rain nor snow (not yet anyway) or a meltdown on Metro North's Connecticut line (don't ask!) can keep us from our appointed rounds on Wednesdays at Michael's. Who else would tell you which talking heads (Star Jones, ... [GalleyCat]

John Sykes, Tommy Hilfiger and a Real-Life Warrior Princess - Posted June 26, 2013
As the faithful readers of this column already know, lunch at Michael's is never really just about lunch, but it is (usually) a lot of fun. And today was no exception. I was invited to join a 'girl's lunch' for author Mindy Budgor hosted by ... [Fishbowl NY]

John Sykes, Tommy Hilfiger and a Real-Life Warrior Princess - Posted June 26, 2013
As the faithful readers of this column already know, lunch at Michael's is never really just about lunch, but it is (usually) a lot of fun. And today was no exception. I was invited to join a 'girl's lunch' for author Mindy Budgor hosted by ... [FishbowlNY]

Star Jones, Charlie Rose and Manhattan's Most Discreet Fine Jeweler - Posted October 3, 2012
The line to get into Michael's snaked onto the sidewalk today as the fall power lunch season finally got under way. There were talking heads (Star Jones, Charlie Rose... [FishbowlLA]

(VIDEO) Howard Stern Marks 30th Anniversary of New York Debut at WNBC - Posted August 30, 2012
Howard Stern was a personality that radio would not soon forget. But in 1982, listeners in the New York City area could only imagine what the hype was about. And then August 30 happened. Thirty years ago, Stern arrived in New York at WN... [Fishbowl NY]

(VIDEO) Howard Stern Marks 30th Anniversary of New York Debut at WNBC - Posted August 30, 2012
Howard Stern was a personality that radio would not soon forget. But in 1982, listeners in the New York City area could only imagine what the hype was about. And then August 30 happened. Thirty years ago, Stern arrived in New York at WN... [FishbowlNY]

Al Brady Law, Acclaimed Radio Programmer, Personality, Dies - Posted August 1, 2012
Today's breed of radio listeners is likely unaware of Al Brady Law. But Law had three stints in New York radio from the late 1960s to the early 1980s. Law died Monday of a brain tumor in a New Hampshire nursing home. Reports put his age at 67. His work was varied,... [Fishbowl NY]

Al Brady Law, Acclaimed Radio Programmer, Personality, Dies - Posted August 1, 2012
Today's breed of radio listeners is likely unaware of Al Brady Law. But Law had three stints in New York radio from the late 1960s to the early 1980s. Law died Monday of a brain tumor in a New Hampshire nursing home. Reports put his age at 67. His work was varied,... [FishbowlNY]

Breaking: End of Line for Merlin's WEMP as FM News - Posted July 16, 2012
Merlin Media is ready to cut its losses as an all-news FM station. FishbowlNY has confirmed the upstart radio company, owned by Randy Michaels, is holding a full staff meeting at 10 a.m. Tuesday. We're told Merlin is also scheduling meetings at i... [FishbowlLA]

Breaking: End of Line for Merlin's WEMP as FM News - Posted July 16, 2012
Merlin Media is ready to cut its losses as an all-news FM station. FishbowlNY has confirmed the upstart radio company, owned by Randy Michaels, is holding a full staff meeting at 10 a.m. Tuesday. We're told Merlin is also scheduling meetings at i... [Fishbowl NY]

Breaking: End of Line for Merlin's WEMP as FM News - Posted July 16, 2012
Merlin Media is ready to cut its losses as an all-news FM station. FishbowlNY has confirmed the upstart radio company, owned by Randy Michaels, is holding a full staff meeting at 10 a.m. Tuesday. We're told Merlin is also scheduling meetings at i... [FishbowlNY]

WEMP Hires New VP/News Director - Posted May 2, 2012
While WEMP/FM News 101.9 has enjoyed anything but a steady ride since launching last summer, perhaps this will mark the start of smoother sailing. The Merlin Media All-Newser has hired veteran Los Angeles news director Mark Austin Thomas, ... [Fishbowl NY]

WEMP Hires New VP/News Director - Posted May 2, 2012
While WEMP/FM News 101.9 has enjoyed anything but a steady ride since launching last summer, perhaps this will mark the start of smoother sailing. The Merlin Media All-Newser has hired veteran Los Angeles news director Mark Austin Thomas, ... [FishbowlNY]

Sara Lee Kessler Exits FM News 101.9/WEMP - Posted February 29, 2012
Change is in the air and on the air at the upstart newser 101.9/WEMP. FishbowlNY has learned that veteran broadcaster Sara Lee Kessler has left the station. Kessler, best known for her long-running stint as WWOR/Channel 9 anchor, had been a rep... [Fishbowl NY]

Sara Lee Kessler Exits FM News 101.9/WEMP - Posted February 29, 2012
Change is in the air and on the air at the upstart newser 101.9/WEMP. FishbowlNY has learned that veteran broadcaster Sara Lee Kessler has left the station. Kessler, best known for her long-running stint as WWOR/Channel 9 anchor, had been a rep... [FishbowlNY]

Merlin Media Tries to Work Magic in Finding a New Programming VP at WEMP - Posted February 6, 2012
The wheels of the Merlin Media's experimental All-News FM format are still coming off. As we reported over the weekend, WEMP 101.9 VP of programming Liz Aiello was ... [Fishbowl NY]

Merlin Media Tries to Work Magic in Finding a New Programming VP at WEMP - Posted February 6, 2012
The wheels of the Merlin Media's experimental All-News FM format are still coming off. As we reported over the weekend, WEMP 101.9 VP of programming Liz Aiello was ... [FishbowlNY]

Liz Aiello Ousted as WEMP Programming VP - Posted February 4, 2012
To say the ratings for WEMP/FM News 101.9 have been in the tank since hitting the air in August would be kind. In the latest Arbitron numbers, the Merlin Media start-up slipped from a .6 to a microscopic .5. Those ratings indicate a failed experiment, and heads are rolling on Hudson Street. ... [AllTwitter]

Walter Sabo Reportedly Out at as Merlin Media COO - Posted December 31, 2011
With the clock about to strike midnight on 2011, it also appears to have struck midnight for Walter Sabo as Merlin Media chief operating officer. Sabo, on his personal LinkedIn page, lists Merlin Media as his employer from May 2011 to ... [SocialTimes.com]

Tom Brokaw, Vernon Jordan and the Shy Divorcee - Posted November 16, 2011
It was SRO at Michael's today. The dining room was so jam packed every sqaure inch was occupied by a mogul (Mel Karmazin!), media heavyweight (Tom Brokaw, ... [FishbowlLA]

Tom Brokaw, Vernon Jordan and the Shy Divorcee - Posted November 16, 2011
It was SRO at Michael's today. The dining room was so jam packed every sqaure inch was occupied by a mogul (Mel Karmazin!), media heavyweight (Tom Brokaw, ... [Fishbowl NY]

Tom Brokaw, Vernon Jordan and the Shy Divorcee - Posted November 16, 2011
It was SRO at Michael's today. The dining room was so jam packed every sqaure inch was occupied by a mogul (Mel Karmazin!), media heavyweight (Tom Brokaw, ... [FishbowlNY]

Barbara Walters, Harold Ford, Jr. and Bravo's Chris March - Posted October 5, 2011
We could barely keep up with the steady stream of A-listers who poured into Michael's today. When we arrived a little before noon, there was a handful of power brokers quietly hunkering down to business over their Cobb salads in the back of the room. By the time Bravo's latest star,... [FishbowlLA]

Barbara Walters, Harold Ford, Jr. and Bravo's Chris March - Posted October 5, 2011
We could barely keep up with the steady stream of A-listers who poured into Michael's today. When we arrived a little before noon, there was a handful of power brokers quietly hunkering down to business over their Cobb salads in the back of the room. By the time Bravo's latest star,... [Fishbowl NY]

Barbara Walters, Harold Ford, Jr. and Bravo's Chris March - Posted October 5, 2011
We could barely keep up with the steady stream of A-listers who poured into Michael's today. When we arrived a little before noon, there was a handful of power brokers quietly hunkering down to business over their Cobb salads in the back of the room. By the time Bravo's latest star,... [FishbowlNY]

101.9 Adds Jock Dave Packer to Staff; Gives Rumor to Hybrid News/Music Format - Posted July 18, 2011
New York's new station at 101.9, which dropped the Rock format on Friday when it was fully taken over by Merlin Media, is preparing for a changeover to News. Last week, we told you that several WI... [Fishbowl NY]

101.9 Adds Jock Dave Packer to Staff; Gives Rumor to Hybrid News/Music Format - Posted July 18, 2011
New York's new station at 101.9, which dropped the Rock format on Friday when it was fully taken over by Merlin Media, is preparing for a changeover to News. Last week, we told you that several WI... [FishbowlNY]

Merlin Media Sets Friday for Takeover of 101.9 - Posted July 12, 2011
While the format is still to be determined, various reports say fledgling Merlin Media will remove Rock station WRXP 101.9 from the air on Friday. Reports say Thursday is the final day for the 'RXP air staff. On June 21, Randy Michaels... [FishbowlLA]

Merlin Media Sets Friday for Takeover of 101.9 - Posted July 12, 2011
While the format is still to be determined, various reports say fledgling Merlin Media will remove Rock station WRXP 101.9 from the air on Friday. Reports say Thursday is the final day for the 'RXP air staff. On June 21, Randy Michaels... [Fishbowl NY]

Merlin Media Sets Friday for Takeover of 101.9 - Posted July 12, 2011
While the format is still to be determined, various reports say fledgling Merlin Media will remove Rock station WRXP 101.9 from the air on Friday. Reports say Thursday is the final day for the 'RXP air staff. On June 21, Randy Michaels... [FishbowlNY]

Merlin Media Hires Veteran Radio Programmer Pete Salant - Posted July 8, 2011
Merlin Media is taking another step toward the future. Accomplished radio programmer Pete Salant has joined Merlin Media in an unspecified programming role, sources with knowledge of the information tell FishbowlNY. Salant... [Fishbowl NY]

Merlin Media Hires Veteran Radio Programmer Pete Salant - Posted July 8, 2011
Merlin Media is taking another step toward the future. Accomplished radio programmer Pete Salant has joined Merlin Media in an unspecified programming role, sources with knowledge of the information tell FishbowlNY. Salant... [FishbowlNY]

Merlin Media Takes Next Step with WRXP, Registers New Call Letters - Posted July 7, 2011
Merlin Media, the start-up formed by Tribune castoff Randy Michaels, may have its new call letters ready to go. Perhaps, though, it's all one big tease. As we've been reporting for several weeks, rumors are running rampant t... [Fishbowl NY]

Merlin Media Takes Next Step with WRXP, Registers New Call Letters - Posted July 7, 2011
Merlin Media, the start-up formed by Tribune castoff Randy Michaels, may have its new call letters ready to go. Perhaps, though, it's all one big tease. As we've been reporting for several weeks, rumors are running rampant t... [FishbowlNY]

Traffic Guru Jeff McKay Reportedly Headed to Merlin Media, New 101.9 FM Station - Posted July 6, 2011
Last week, we told you that longtime traffic reporter Jeff McKay left Metro Networks after nearly 20 years. While McKay has been close to the vest about his ... [Fishbowl NY]

Traffic Guru Jeff McKay Reportedly Headed to Merlin Media, New 101.9 FM Station - Posted July 6, 2011
Last week, we told you that longtime traffic reporter Jeff McKay left Metro Networks after nearly 20 years. While McKay has been close to the vest about his ... [FishbowlNY]

Merlin Media Moves Closer to Potential WRXP Flip, Names Walter Sabo COO - Posted June 27, 2011
Since buying a trio of Emmis radio stations last week, including New York's WRXP, Randy Michaels has kept adding impor... [Fishbowl NY]

Merlin Media Moves Closer to Potential WRXP Flip, Names Walter Sabo COO - Posted June 27, 2011
Since buying a trio of Emmis radio stations last week, including New York's WRXP, Randy Michaels has kept adding impor... [FishbowlNY]

It's An A-Lister Buffet! Cate Blanchett, Debra Messing, Star Jones and The Morning Joe Team - Posted February 16, 2011
-- DIANE CLEHANE It's a sure sign that spring is actually on its way when the A-list comes out of hibernation and flocks to Michael's once again. The appearance of Cate Blanchett and ... [Fishbowl NY]

It's An A-Lister Buffet! Cate Blanchett, Debra Messing, Star Jones and The Morning Joe Team - Posted February 16, 2011
-- DIANE CLEHANE It's a sure sign that spring is actually on its way when the A-list comes out of hibernation and flocks to Michael's once again. The appearance of Cate Blanchett and ... [FishbowlNY]

Renee Fleming, Harold Ford Jr & The Social Swells - Posted September 22, 2010
— DIANE CLEHANE Michael's was jammed packed this afternoon with plenty of suits, swells and the requisite random boldface names (Renee Fleming! Harold Ford Jr... [Fishbowl NY]

Renee Fleming, Harold Ford Jr & The Social Swells - Posted September 22, 2010
— DIANE CLEHANE Michael's was jammed packed this afternoon with plenty of suits, swells and the requisite random boldface names (Renee Fleming! Harold Ford Jr... [FishbowlNY]

Lunch: TV Titans, Ivana Trump, & Devo! - Posted November 18, 2009
— DIANE CLEHANE You never know who you're going to meet on any given Wednesday at Michael's. I've chatted with former presidents, Oscar winners, and tabloid targets who have made the usually unflappable crowd turn and stare, but it's those unexpected, below the radar moments that are often the... [Fishbowl NY]

Lunch: TV Titans, Ivana Trump, & Devo! - Posted November 18, 2009
— DIANE CLEHANE You never know who you're going to meet on any given Wednesday at Michael's. I've chatted with former presidents, Oscar winners, and tabloid targets who have made the usually unflappable crowd turn and stare, but it's those unexpected, below the radar moments that are often the... [FishbowlNY]

Lunch: Power Blondes Rule! Katie Couric, Tina Brown and Barbara Walters Hold Court - Posted July 22, 2009
— DIANE CLEHANE Today at Michael's, they were dishing like it was 2007. As if the head-spinning assortment of media alpha gals (Katie! Tina! Barbara!) wasn't enough to keep us busy, the dining room, bar and lounge was jam-packed with mavens and moguls of all stripes who barely made time to peck... [Fishbowl NY]

Lunch: Power Blondes Rule! Katie Couric, Tina Brown and Barbara Walters Hold Court - Posted July 22, 2009
— DIANE CLEHANE Today at Michael's, they were dishing like it was 2007. As if the head-spinning assortment of media alpha gals (Katie! Tina! Barbara!) wasn't enough to keep us busy, the dining room, bar and lounge was jam-packed with mavens and moguls of all stripes who barely made time to peck... [FishbowlNY]

Lunch: Valerie Bertinelli Weighs In - Posted March 12, 2008
— DIANE CLEHANE As much as we love our bird's eye perch from the bar, it's always a treat when we're invited to dine in the grown up section — especially when the scene is as head-spinning as it was today. Hallmark Channel's senior vice president Jen Geisser and her power... [Fishbowl NY]

Lunch: Valerie Bertinelli Weighs In - Posted March 12, 2008
— DIANE CLEHANE As much as we love our bird's eye perch from the bar, it's always a treat when we're invited to dine in the grown up section — especially when the scene is as head-spinning as it was today. Hallmark Channel's senior vice president Jen Geisser and her power... [FishbowlNY]

Lunch At Michael's: Judy Collins Stops By - Posted December 12, 2007
— DIANE CLEHANE Last week we developed some serious whiplash craning around to keep up with the A-listers that table hopped at lunch. Today's crowd was much more... [Fishbowl NY]

Lunch At Michael's: Judy Collins Stops By - Posted December 12, 2007
— DIANE CLEHANE Last week we developed some serious whiplash craning around to keep up with the A-listers that table hopped at lunch. Today's crowd was much more... [FishbowlNY]

Lunch at Michael's: Presidential Politics & Brian Grazer - Posted September 12, 2007
— DIANE CLEHANE The media mavens, captains of industry and money men were out in full force today where a heaping helping of presidential politics were on the menu. Mayor Joe Armstrong, fresh off his latest trip to Paul Newman's Hole in the Wall Gang Camp hosted ... [Fishbowl NY]

Lunch at Michael's: Presidential Politics & Brian Grazer - Posted September 12, 2007
— DIANE CLEHANE The media mavens, captains of industry and money men were out in full force today where a heaping helping of presidential politics were on the menu. Mayor Joe Armstrong, fresh off his latest trip to Paul Newman's Hole in the Wall Gang Camp hosted ... [FishbowlNY]

Lunch at Michael's: Ken Sunshine: Lindsay's Woes Are 'Beyond PR Issues' - Posted July 25, 2007
— DIANE CLEHANE We've truly hit the dog days of summer when there isn't one Fiji water sipping-celeb in sight come high noon at 55th & Fifth. Luckily, that didn't mean there was a shortage of Tinseltown talk in the dining room. The topic du jour — what else? — Lindsay Lohan'... [Fishbowl NY]

Lunch at Michael's: Ken Sunshine: Lindsay's Woes Are 'Beyond PR Issues' - Posted July 25, 2007
— DIANE CLEHANE We've truly hit the dog days of summer when there isn't one Fiji water sipping-celeb in sight come high noon at 55th & Fifth. Luckily, that didn't mean there was a shortage of Tinseltown talk in the dining room. The topic du jour — what else? — Lindsay Lohan'... [FishbowlNY]

Lunch at Michael's: Peggy Siegal: 'I Want It Now' - Posted June 20, 2007
Perhaps it was the schizophrenic weather that kept most of the familiar faces and celebrity diners away. It was a pretty subdued crowd at 55th & Fifth today. No big stars of stage, screen and nary an editor in sight. (Okay, Kathie Lee Gifford was there.... [Fishbowl NY]

Lunch at Michael's: Peggy Siegal: 'I Want It Now' - Posted June 20, 2007
Perhaps it was the schizophrenic weather that kept most of the familiar faces and celebrity diners away. It was a pretty subdued crowd at 55th & Fifth today. No big stars of stage, screen and nary an editor in sight. (Okay, Kathie Lee Gifford was there.... [FishbowlNY]

Lunch at Michael's: Forget Michael Caine — It's Star Jones! - Posted June 6, 2007
Imagine our disappointment when we heard that had we chosen to come by on Monday, we'd have been sipping Bloody Marys at the bar with Claire Danes and Natasha Richardson. Luckily, there were enough faces in today's crowd from filmdom, fashi... [Fishbowl NY]

Lunch at Michael's: Forget Michael Caine — It's Star Jones! - Posted June 6, 2007
Imagine our disappointment when we heard that had we chosen to come by on Monday, we'd have been sipping Bloody Marys at the bar with Claire Danes and Natasha Richardson. Luckily, there were enough faces in today's crowd from filmdom, fashi... [FishbowlNY]

Lunch at Michael's: Wesley Clark & A Model Mystery - Posted April 25, 2007
We missed Jane Fonda by a day. Today's lunch crowd was lacking the star power we've come to expect on our weekly visits so while we were disappointed our usual perch at the bar had been usurped by an unidentified exec, we didn't miss much from our less than... [Fishbowl NY]

Lunch at Michael's: Wesley Clark & A Model Mystery - Posted April 25, 2007
We missed Jane Fonda by a day. Today's lunch crowd was lacking the star power we've come to expect on our weekly visits so while we were disappointed our usual perch at the bar had been usurped by an unidentified exec, we didn't miss much from our less than... [FishbowlNY]

Lunch at Michael's: 'We're Off To Prison' - Posted April 18, 2007
For the boldface names and media mavens who flock to 55th & Fifth on a regular basis, the dining room is like a high school cafeteria without the adolescent angst. The richest and coolest kids in the class spend lots of time table hopping and there's plenty of gossip on... [Fishbowl NY]

Lunch at Michael's: 'We're Off To Prison' - Posted April 18, 2007
For the boldface names and media mavens who flock to 55th & Fifth on a regular basis, the dining room is like a high school cafeteria without the adolescent angst. The richest and coolest kids in the class spend lots of time table hopping and there's plenty of gossip on... [FishbowlNY]

Lunch at Michael's: Tina Brown, Downright Subdued - Posted March 14, 2007
On the menu at today's lunch: a tasty stew of pop culture icons, publishing legends and power brokers — with a side of TV's young-ish guns. There must have been big things afoot. Instead of the usual glad-handing and table-hopping, most diners were deep in conversatio... [Fishbowl NY]

Lunch at Michael's: Tina Brown, Downright Subdued - Posted March 14, 2007
On the menu at today's lunch: a tasty stew of pop culture icons, publishing legends and power brokers — with a side of TV's young-ish guns. There must have been big things afoot. Instead of the usual glad-handing and table-hopping, most diners were deep in conversatio... [FishbowlNY]

Lunch at Michael's: Al Roker, Katie Joel and A Special Birthday Celebration - Posted February 8, 2007
No doubt by attending the Michael's Media Jamboree on a Thursday — due to flu and flood, a day later than mediabistro.com's customary weekly report on the media bigwigs who lunch — things were bound to be a little off-kilter. But as the slightly-less-than-packed c... [Fishbowl NY]

Lunch at Michael's: Al Roker, Katie Joel and A Special Birthday Celebration - Posted February 8, 2007
No doubt by attending the Michael's Media Jamboree on a Thursday — due to flu and flood, a day later than mediabistro.com's customary weekly report on the media bigwigs who lunch — things were bound to be a little off-kilter. But as the slightly-less-than-packed c... [FishbowlNY]

Lunch at Michael's: A Kareem Dream - Posted January 10, 2007
It's official — the holidays are over! It's back to business, people! Now that the weather has finally turned cold (it is January, after all), things are heating up once again at Michael's. The dining room was abuzz with the usual mix of movers and shakers, mo... [Fishbowl NY]

Lunch at Michael's: A Kareem Dream - Posted January 10, 2007
It's official — the holidays are over! It's back to business, people! Now that the weather has finally turned cold (it is January, after all), things are heating up once again at Michael's. The dining room was abuzz with the usual mix of movers and shakers, mo... [FishbowlNY]

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