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Fishbowl5 With CNN’s Jay McMichael

Tonight is the Radio & TV Correspondents’ Dinner, Washington’s second most popular dinner party of the year. Some 1300 people are expected to attend. House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) is the featured House member. Entertainment is comedian Wayne Brady. Brady stepped in after the kerfuffle with FNC’s Greta Van Susteren caused Louis C.K. to back out. CNN’s Jay McMichael is the first cameraman to chair the dinner and we hear he plans to make it pop. We caught up with him to learn more.

How do you feel about Louis C.K. dropping out? Man, we’re happy Wayne Brady is going to be the performer tonight. He’s a triple threat — he sings, he dances and he does improv. The thing with Louis C.K. was unfortunate but we had to move on and I think we did pretty good job of that with Wayne Brady.

What did you think of FNC’s Greta Van Susteren’s influence in C.K. dropping out? I’m not going to comment on that.

Tom Brokaw recently criticized the White House Correspondents’ Dinner on what he dubbed the celebritizing of D.C. journalism. Did you agree with him? Tom Brokaw is entitled to his opinion. We have a different dinner. We’ve made our comment in our remarks tonight about Brokaw. I’d say tune in. I know I’m not giving you any fodder, but I don’t want to give away my stuff. C-SPAN is airing it live: 9 p.m.

Are you antsy for tonight? I don’t normally speak in front of a lot of people. I’m a behind the scenes guy. To be speaking in front of a room of people who make their living speaking on television can be a little nerve-wracking. I have not been practicing in the mirror. But I’m probably going to know the majority of people in the room and think they are wishing me well.

Hey, what’s the worst that could happen? I don’t know. I’m only hoping for the best. I just want people to come here and have a really fun time. 

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Wayne Brady to Entertain at Radio-TV Dinner

Ever since FNC’s Greta Van Susteren helped get Louis C.K. scrapped from the Radio & TV Congressional Correspondents’ Dinner, people have been wondering who will replace him. The comedian dropped out last month saying that he “just didn’t want to do it anymore.” Among other things, Van Susteren had called him a “pig” for using “filthy” language about women in his routines.  She cited the C-word.

The new host is Wayne Brady. We noticed that CNN’s Peter Hamby reported it on Twitter this morning.

Brady is known for improvisational comedy. He can also sing, so this ought to be interesting. Of course, not as intriguing as Louis C.K. would have been.

“Fresh off three nights of sold out shows at The Kennedy Center, we are thrilled that Wayne Brady will return to DC as the featured speaker for this year’s RTCA Dinner” commented Jay McMichael of CNN in a subsequent release we received. McMichael is the first photojournalist to chair the black tie event. “This is an evening you’ll want to experience. We’re shaking things up, showcasing the unexpected, and delivering lots of laughs.”

Clearing up Confusion of RTCA Board Duties

confusion-4.jpeg Thank God for Mike Mastrian, director of the Senate Radio-TV gallery, and a few other trusty Fishbowl readers, for clearing up specifics on the results of the Radio & TV Correspondent’s Association Board elections.

Some confusion swirled on upcoming duties (but for the sake of keeping human relations peaceful today we won’t get into those gritty details). Suffice it to say that “NewsHour’s” Linda Scott’s position as chair comes to a close at the end of 2009. C-SPAN’s Peter Slen is the board’s acting chair for 2010.

“RTCA members serve a two-year term on the committee,” wrote Mastrian in an e-mail. “The person receiving the largest number of votes in the RTCA election becomes chair in the second year of his or her term.”

“So … Linda Scott is the current chair, and her two-year term ends this year. She received the most votes in the RTCA election in December 2007. Peter Slen received the most votes in the RTCA election in December of 2008. He began serving in 2009. He becomes chair in his second term – 2010. And, [CNN's] Jay McMichael received the most votes in the 2009 election. He becomes chair in 2011.

“Hope this helps clear up the confusion.”

Fishbowl5: CNN’s McMichael: “I Was Trying to Get Luke Elected”

mail.jpeg CNN’s Jay McMichael, a 20-year veteran photo journalist on Capitol hill, won the Radio & TV Correspondent’s Association election to the board late last week, making him the first photojournalist to ever be elected chair of the board.

McMichael was anything but gloating over his win that beat out NBC’s Luke Russert among others. “I was trying to get Luke elected,” McMichael said by phone this morning.”We wanted to have two TV people elected. I was disappointed that Luke didn’t get a seat. You know, he’s a young guy. He’ll run again and he’ll have his day and he’ll make it in there.’

McMichael spoke of his father who died two years ago. His father was a page on Capitol Hill in the late 50s who did tasks for then-Speaker Sam Rayburn. McMichael said he wished his father would have known of his win.

McMichael assumes reign of the board in 2011; Linda Scott is chair through 2010.

Q. How are you feeling about your big win?
A. The election and me winning was really not about me. It was about having a representative from CNN and having a photojournalist on the board.

Q. Were you nervous about the election?
A. I wasn’t nervous. I was a little anxious. But I think it worked out well. Everybody’s happy I got this gig so that part is good.

Q. Do you feel like your breaking through a glass ceiling of sorts?
A. I think a lot of photogs in town wanted some representation. The initial push was just to get a seat on the committee. As I spoke to people we thought, why just run half way?

Q. What issues do photographers like yourself run into on Capitol Hill?
A. Photojournalists run into a lot of problems that other people do not — the security issue, parking issue — nobody pushes 100-plus pounds of gear to every event they go to. It takes a physical toll. Because of that, parking is a huge issue on Capitol Hill.That’s the one thing we want is really push for more parking. We want to push for better access. We see radio people or print people go down a hallway and we can’t. With Sen. [Chuck] Schumer [D-N.Y.] becoming head of Rules Committee, we might be able to push for more contemporary rules to more accurately reflect the new media world we’re in. We’re the ones getting shut out of certain situations. When the public can go into areas with Flip cameras that we canÂ’t there’s something wrong with those rules.

Q. Why do you think Sen. Schumer will be of help?
A. He’s a new face. He’s a new person with hopefully some new ideas. Any time you have the changing of the guard you have a chance at adjustments. HeÂ’s pretty media saavy. He understands the value of the press. All I know is I’m going to be a new face and he’s going to be a new face and maybe we can work together.

RTCA Votes Are In: McMichael Wins, Russert Loses

CNN’s Jay McMichael was the top vote getter in the Radio & Television Correspondence Association board elections today.

NBC’s Luke Russert, who ran a high stakes “Vote for Vigor” campaign, complete with fancy cupcakes, ultimately lost with 52 votes.

Other top vote getters included NPR’s Andrea Seabrook (153 votes) and Pacifica Radio’s Leigh Ann Caldwell (95 votes).

Total number of ballots cast: 301.

RTCA Annual Elections Next Week

The Radio & Television Correspondents Association’s annual general election will take place next Wednesday and Thursday.

There are three open positions on the executive committee and seven candidates– Federal News Radio’s Max Cacas, Pacifica Radio (Free Speech Radio News)’s Leigh Ann Caldwell, CNN’s Jay McMichael, Capitol News Connection’s Manuel Quinones, NBC’s Luke Russert, NPR’s Andrea Seabrook and The Hill‘s Erica Wisniewski.

The top three vote-getters will be elected to a two-year term and the person with the highest number of votes chairs the 2011 committee.

Active members can vote in the Senate Radio-TV Gallery from 9am to 5pm on December 9th and 10th.

Check out the cands’ statements after the jump…

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