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Top Headlines of the Day, 1.20.14

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Trending topics and the headlines driving clicks around town. Here are the day’s top stories for Monday, January 20, 2014.

The Washington PostU.S. confronts U.N. over Iran’s invitation to talks

Washington TimesU.S. warships deploy for Sochi Olympics

Washington Examiner: Obama marks Martin Luther King Day with service project

Washington City Paper: How Much Is Bao Bao Worth?

USA TodayPoll: More side with Snowden on NSA spying

The Hill: Tax reform faces roadblocks

POLITICO: Yellen’s appeal goes mainstream

Roll CallThe One House Appropriator Who Didn’t Vote for the Omnibus

National Journal: Obama’s Threat of Executive Action Won’t Help the Economy

Daily Caller: Texas Toast? Report: Texas Democratic candidate’s real ‘Texas Story’

WTOP: Mild Monday to turn into snowy Tuesday

ABC 7: Biggest snow of the season on the way

NBC 4: Region Could See Most Snow in 3 Years Tues

CBS 9: Winter Storm Warning for DC Metro Tuesday

Fox 5: Heavy snow expected for DC area; Winter Storm Warning issued

Updates for NBC Washington, CNN @ 11am, and WTOP Mornings

announcementLots of internal news coming out of our top news orgs recently. Here’s some more to round out the week.

NBC’s Alex Wallace will head the network’s Washington bureau according to a memo sent out by NBC Prez Deborah Turness. In it, Turness said, “As SVP News, Wallace will become the General Manager/360 Leader for ‘Nightly News‘ and ‘Meet the Press,’ and will lead all our editorial and political coverage out of the DC bureau.”

CNN today announced changes to its weekday programming lineup. Starting Monday, Feb. 10, 2014, John Berman and Michaela Pereira will co-anchor CNN’s 11am hour of dayside programming. Berman and Pereira will continue to anchor “Early Start” and “New Day,” respectively.

And over at WTOP, starting Monday, Jan. 20, Joan Jones will join Mike Moss to co-anchor WTOP mornings from 5 – 10am.

Them’s Fighting Words! Harvey Weinstein to Take on NRA

nraHollywood heavy weight Harvey Weinstein recently announced to host Howard Stern on his radio show that he has plans to make a film to take down the National Rifle Association.

“I shouldn’t say this, but I’ll tell it to you, Howard,” Weinstein said yesterday on The Howard Stern Show. “I’m going to make a movie with Meryl Streep, and we’re going to take this head-on. And they’re going to wish they weren’t alive after I’m done with them.”

‘I shouldn’t say this?’ Well then why are you on a satellite radio show? Also, that sounds like a threat, and no one likes a bully, especially in 2014.

Of course Washington Times Senior Opinion Editor Emily Miller, author of the widely popular Emily Gets Her Gun” column turned book had an opinion about said interview. Read what she had to say here.

FaceRace: Local Broadcast News

Which local news sources are winning the FaceRace this month? We took a look at the Facebook pages of the top TV and radio stations to find out. Here are the 9 local broadcast stations with a regular newscast, ranked by how many likes they have on Facebook.

The takeaways: 1) WJLA has a clear lead over its competitors but, WTTG is in a strong 2nd place. Though lagging somewhat in the Twitter game, WTTG has narrowed the gap when it comes to Facebook. 2) Though WTOP comes in 5th, right behind NBC 4 and CBS 9, they are holding their own against the TV stations in the social space. On Twitter, they actually rank second among local news sources, with ~47,000 followers. That’s right in between NBC 4 (~62,000) and CBS 9 (~46,000).

Local News

1) ABC 7 (WJLA) – 149,815
2) Fox 5 (WTTG) – 124,544
3) NBC 4 (WRC)  - 79,489
4) CBS 9 (WUSA)73,654
5) WTOP 103.5 FM – 54,768
6) PBS 26 (WETA) – 16,754
7) WAMU 88.5 FM – 6,104
8) NewsChannel 8 – 2,089
9) Univision 14 (WFDC) – 611

 

Brian Williams and Paul Ryan to Talk Poverty at Newseum Thursday

Brian_Williams anchorRep. Paul Ryan (R-WI), NBC’s Brian Williams, and a slew of  other journalists are gathering at the Newseum on Thursday to discuss poverty as part of NBC’s “In Plain Sight” initiative. The two part event will start with Williams interviewing Rep. Ryan, who has been travelling the country recently, visiting low income neighborhoods. He has also challenged his party to adopt a new anti-poverty plan to replace what he has called the “failed” war on poverty. Then Williams will moderate a panel of journalists, including:

  • David Stoeffler, Executive Editor of the Springfield News Leader in Springfield, MO
  • Krissy Clark, Senior Reporter on the Wealth and Poverty Desk for “Marketplace” on American Public Media
  • Susan Smith Richardson, Editor and Publisher of The Chicago Reporter
  • John Sharify, reporter for KING-5 TV in Seattle, WA

They will discuss how the news media covers poverty in America. Members of the media can RSVP to Erika Masonhall at erika.masonhall@nbcuni.com. Press check-in will be at the main entrance.

WHAT: Poverty in America: Reporting the Story
WHO: NBC and the Newseum
WHERE: The Newseum, Walter and Leonore Annenberg Theater, 555 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington, DC
WHEN: Thursday, January 9th, 7:30 PM

NPR’s Gary Knell Takes Over National Geographic Society

National Geographic Society announced today that Gary Knell has taken over as president and CEO from John M. Fahey, who will continue to serve as chairman of the National Geographic board of trustees. Knell previously served as the president and CEO of NPR from 2011 to 2013 and as CEO of Sesame Workshop for 12 years.

The move to National Geographic is the fulfillment of an announced Knell made in August of last year. He announced then that after a tenure of only 21 months, he would be leaving NPR. Knell was credited with bringing stability and steady leadership to the organization, which had been rocked by turmoil in it’s upper echelons for years. The chaos at NPR was capped off by the resignation of CEO Vivian Schiller in 2011 following her mishandling of the firing of Juan Williams and a scandal involving a video showing NPR management criticizing conservatives.

Prior to his work at NPR and Sesame Workshop, Knell also served as senior vice president and general counsel at WNET/Channel 13 in New York, was counsel to the U.S. Senate Judiciary and Governmental Affairs Committees in Washington, D.C., and worked in the California State Legislature and Governor’s Office. Knell has been a member of the Society’s board of trustees since April 2013 and has served on the board of governors of the National Geographic Education Foundation since November 2003. He is also a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

 

THR: Bob Grant, Father of Conservative Talk Radio, Has Died

The Hollywood Reporter‘s Paul Bond is reporting that Bob Grant has died at the age of 84. Grant was a long time radio personality who Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity have both credited with paving the way for conservative talk radio. He died in his home in Toms River, NJ on New Year’s Eve. From Bond’s article.

Grant began in radio in the 1940s at WMMB-AM in Chicago and made his way to Los Angeles where he hosted shows on KNX-AM and KABC-AM, delivering sports, news and opinion. He hit it big, though, when he moved to New York in 1970 and hosted a political talk show on WMCA, where his sign-off became “Get Gaddafi,” a reference to Muammar al-Gaddafi, the former Libyan dictator who Grant despised for his anti-Israel policies.

Grant would often begin his show by welcoming his audience to “another hour of the free and open exchange of ideas and opinions,” then he’d take calls from listeners from all corners of the political spectrum. When he disagreed with them, he could be extremely combative, which made for entertaining talk radio and high ratings. When Grant called a New York congressman a “coward,” the representative filed a complaint with the FCC and the matter made its way to the U.S. Court of Appeals, where a judge sided with Grant.

You can read Bob Grant’s obituary published by Branchburg Funeral Home in New Jersey here.

Jake Tapper Resolves to be More Jewish in 2014

We here at FishbowlDC long ago gave up any pretense at self-improvement. But other DC journos aren’t quite as jaded. Lesser-known Bezos property The Express has talked to some local journos about their new year’s resolutions -and the results are revealing. For example: Jake Tapper wants to go to more Hebrew School, question-mark-guy Matthew Lesko has a brand new tattoo, and NBC 4 anchor Aaron Gilchrist doesn’t actually know the city that well. Here are some of the best resolutions from DC media personalities:

Jake Tapper
“Now that my kids are 4 and 6, I want to spend more time getting involved in our spiritual health, in our synagogue — more Sabbath dinners on Friday night, more attendance at Hebrew school, more participation in holidays and, I think, just more discussion of the mysteries of life.” -Jake Tapper, CNN

 
Cokie Roberts“It’s to be more like my mother. She died this summer, and I have been reading the 1,000 letters I have gotten, from people writing about the incredible things she did for them. She, Lindy Boggs, was a member of Congress for nine terms and then U.S. ambassador to the Vatican. She always treated everyone with great love, respect and dignity. As a reminder, I always wear a ring made out of two of her old rings.” -Cokie Roberts, NPR

 

Jummy Olabanji“Mine is to run my first half marathon. I found a training program online; it’s a 20-week program. Another goal of mine is to stick to the training program so I don’t pass out during the race.” - Jummy Olabanji, ABC 7

 

 

 

More celebrity resolutions after the jump

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Salem Brings Hannity to Former ‘Obama 1260′ AM Radio Station

Salem Communications added another conservative star to its ever-growing constellation of assets today. In a press release, they announced that starting in January, Sean Hannity‘s radio show would be jumping ship from the local Cumulus-owned AM station WMAL 630 to WWRC 1260, a local AM station bought by Salem in 2010. Ironically, WWRC was formerly a progressive talk radio station from 2005 to 2010, and was even branded as “Obama 1260″ after it was bought by Red Zebra Media in 2008. It has struggled for the past several years to find an audience in the DC market. Salem hopes to attract more listeners with a conservative talk format.

The announcement follows on the heels of Salem’s Dec 10 purchase of Michelle Malkin‘s Twitter-aggregation site Twitchy.com. They already own Townhall.com and Hotair.com, as well as dozens of Christian and conservative radio stations around the country. They also have a publishing arm, Salem Publishing, and a web content distribution arm, Salem Web Network, both targeted towards Christian and conservative audiences.

Hannity decided to leave Cumulus after he and Rush Limbaugh engaged in high-profile, bluster-filled negotiations with the company. Rush Limbaugh decided to stay, while Hannity moved to Clear Channel-owned Premiere Networks. Michael Savage is slated to take over Hannity’s 3-6 PM drive-time slot at most Cumulus stations, though DCRTV Dave suggests that WMAL might want to find a locally-produced replacement. He notes, however, that Cumulus is rather iron-fisted in their programming decisions and probably won’t allow that.

Diane Rehm: Beloved DC Media Maven/Spiritual Leader of Michigan Hardcore

We’ve been really into this Michigan hardcore band recently…

And by that we mean we just discovered them while googling images of Diane Rehm (don’t ask!). A quick perusal of their lyrics doesn’t suggest an immediate connection to Ms. Rehm:

maybe I shoulda gone to class more/
but my education two pints deep in the gutter at 2:00 pm taught me/
i could never f**king work for them.

But they’ve got spunk… and an unusual vocal presentation, so we guess it makes sense…

Go here to check out their music. Warning: NSWF!!!

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