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Heil Gets Served and Grilled

More than twenty media types gathered last night at LOOK to eat a course (or three) and raise a glass (or twelve) to Emily Heil’s gig as the new half of WaPo’s “Reliable Source” column.

Neither Amy Argetsinger, who is vacating the column, nor Reliable’s Roxanne Roberts were in attendance but dinner host Janet Donovan still managed to pull together an impressive and multi-generational roster of Washington gossip columnists and journos.  Among those in attendance were Annie Groer, radio hosts Bill Press and John McCaslin, Politico’s Patrick Gavin and wife Anne, Whispers columnist Nikki Schwab, USA Today’s Sue Davis, CNN’s Matt Dornic, NJ’s Ben Terris, K Street Kate Michael, Mary Bird, Washington Life’s Kevin Chaffee, The Hill‘s Emily Goodin, Roll Call‘s Warren Rojas, and LOOK owner Michael Kosmides.

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UrbanDaddy’s Pimp Party

urbantoplessresized.jpgSugar daddies, baby daddies, cool daddies and big daddies all feted the official launch of UrbanDaddy DC at the W Hotel last night. Snowed out on Thursday evening, last night was “take two” for the schwanky shindig and a much needed break from Blizzard-palooza 2010.

Celebrating with Washington editor Jeff Dufour were a roster of over-the-top entertainers like a rockin’ deejay, bad-ass electric violinist, topless (body painted) models, dancers and notable guests such as WaPo’s Amy Argetsinger, WBJ’s Jen Nycz-Conner, Politics Daily’s Emily Miller, Matt Cooper, Washington Kastles owner Mark Ein, Winston Lord, Daily Caller’s Becca Glover, Victoria Michael, Project Beltway’s Rachel Cothran, Daily Caller’s Moira Bagley, Examiner’s Nikki Schwab, MTP’s Betsy Fischer, Politico’s Jonathan Martin, White House heartthrob Jon Favreau, TWT’s John McCaslin, Amy Holmes, Elizabeth Thorp, Equinox restaurant owners Todd and Ellen Gray, The Hill’s Christina Wilkie and the party’s planners – Barbara Martin and Jayne Sandman Dufour of Fingerprint DC.

Despite a heinous hangover, I can vouch that a good time was had by all – especially the ladies of Qorvis who dominated the dance floor.

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WBJ’s Jen Nycz-Conner, WaPo’s Amy Argetsinger, UrbanDaddy’s Jeff Dufour and Politics Daily’s Emily Miller

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Daily Caller’s Becca Glover and Project Beltway’s Rachel Cothran

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Quinn, Gillespie & Associates Ring in the Holiday Season in Style


VandeHei, Stoddard, Allen, Quinn and kiddies.

Last night was a big night for holiday parties – the Brunswick Group held court at L2, Scene Bisnow celebrated at Public Bar but the evening’s big ticket event was hosted by Quinn, Gillespie & Associates on the roof of the new W Hotel.

Complete with ice sculptures, a snow machine, a snow globe bar, DJ Chris Burns and a jazz quartet, the party drew big names from the political and media worlds, including Rep. Steny Hoyer and Fox News’ Brit Hume.

Clinton White House counsel and QGA Chairman Jack Quinn welcomed to his scenic bash, a glam bipartisan guest list — Rep. Joe Crowley (D-NY) and Sen. Kay Hagan (D-NC) mingled with former Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott (R-MS) and former Sen. John Warner (R-VA). And hostess with the most-ess Susanna Quinn dazzled in a gold cocktail dress.

Media noteables: Fox News’ Bret Baier and Amy Baier, CNN’s Ed Henry, NBC’s Savannah Guthrie, Libby Leist and Betsy Fischer, Tammy Haddad, Politico in full-force- Jim VandeHei, Mike Allen, Kim Kingsley, Jonathan Martin, Anne Schroeder Mullins, Patrick Gavin and Kiki Ryan, John McCaslin, Google’s Craig Walker, Peter Cherukuri, ABC’s Emily Lenzner, Polson Kanneth and Courtney Cohen, WaPo‘s Amy Argetsinger, Roll Call‘s Jackie Kucinich, The Hill‘s A.B. Stoddard, Jared Allen and Christina Wilkie, CongressDaily‘s Erin McPike, Chris Brown, Mix 107.3′s Tommy McFly, Politics Daily’s Emily Miller, Yeas and Nays’ Tara Palmeri, Elizabeth Thorp, Jayne Sandman, UrbanDaddy’s Jeff Dufour, Tim Burger, Kimball Stroud and Todd Flournoy.


Quinn does an interview with WashingtonPost.com.

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TWT Celebrates “America’s Morning News” Launch


Melaine Morgan, John McCaslin and John Solomon.

TWT editor John Solomon hosted a party at Morton’s in Georgetown last evening to celebrate the launch of “America’s Morning News,” TWT‘s new radio program. He introduced co-hosts John McCaslin and Melanie Morgan- new to DC from the west coast- to a crowd that included Tony Kornheiser, Politico‘s Mike Allen, Christina Wilke, the Examiner‘s Kiki Ryan, Wendy Gordon and Janet Donovan.

We spoke to Solomon to clear up some confusion about where “America’s Morning News” currently airs. TWT hasn’t yet signed a contract with a DC station, but yesterday’s launch did air on about 20 stations around the country. We hear there are actually two local stations interested and this should be resolved in the next week. Clips are also on TWT‘s website.

TWT Radio Show Kicks Off With President George H.W. Bush Interview

TWT‘s radio show America’s Morning News with hosts John McCaslin and Melanie Morgan launched today. The show kicked off with an interview with former President George H.W. Bush. You can tune in online here.

They’ll celebrate the launch with a party this evening. Check out FBDC tomorrow for coverage.

Owen Wilson Shows DC Journos Some Love

Owen Wilson is in town, shooting a movie with Reese Witherspoon and Paul Rudd- they’re actually filming in Adams Morgan so we’re practically neighbors.

FBDC hears Owen’s been showing DC journos some love lately, making brief appearances at a book party last night for columnist John McCaslin, and also at a going away party of sorts for Christina Davidson Tuesday at Local 16 on U St.

Morning Reading List, 11.03.08

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Morning Reading List, 07.21.08

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Other People Have Mayflower Stories, Too, You Know…

From the finest silver mane of hair in town…the Washington Times’ John McCaslin:

    Charles Lindbergh celebrated his historic flight there. Jean Harlow spent a morning working the hotel switchboard, and President Franklin D. Roosevelt wrote the famous line “We have nothing to fear but fear itself” in suite 776. Washington debutantes have traditionally been presented to society at the Mayflower. It contained more gold leaf than any building in the country, except the Library of Congress.

    For the record, this writer spent his honeymoon at the Mayflower. Then again, the marriage didn’t work out.

Morning Reading List, 09.21.07

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  • In the latest media fist fight match-up, you think Keith Olbermann would win over Bill O’Reilly.

  • David McGuire is leaving his post as the Director of Communications at the Center for Democracy & Technology to join 463 Communications.

  • Folio reports, “Consumer magazines posted a one percent increase in the share of the media advertising revenue pie during the first half of 2007 when compared to the same period in 2006, according to the Magazine Publishers of America, citing TNS Media Intelligence figures.”

  • “In the news, General David Petraeus’ long-awaited progress report on the war in Iraq made the Iraq policy debate last week’s most heavily covered news story — 36% of all national news coverage was devoted to this story. The public focused intently on Iraq as well. The situation on the ground in Iraq was the most closely followed news story of the week, while one-in-four paid very close attention to Petraeus’ report,” according to the Pew’s weekly News Interest Index.

  • Media Daily News reports, “Media company chief executives participating in the opening day of Goldman Sachs’ annual Communacopia conference widely acknowledged the vulnerability of conventional television and print advertising, while hedging big bets on online target marketing, which has the potential of generating more wealth and sustained value across all of their platforms and businesses.”

  • Bloomberg reports, “Google Inc. extended its lead in the Internet search market over Yahoo! Inc. and Microsoft Corp. in August, capturing more than half of U.S. queries for the ninth straight month, a researcher said.”

  • Poynter Online reports, “Changes in the way news is consumed have increased the demand for journalists to gather sound, pictures and video, as well as words on paper. Whichever you use, never forget that it’s not the tool that matters as much as the way it’s used.”

  • Los Angeles Times reports, “‘Swingtown’ is a CBS television show, scheduled for midseason, about partner-swapping couples. It’s also what CBS executives lightheartedly call their new Internet strategy. The idea is to let their online material be promiscuous: Instead of limiting their shows and other online video to CBS.com, the network is letting them couple with any website that people might visit.”

  • USA Today reports, “Children lose when a company acquires multiple TV stations in their town, according to a study out Thursday from a group that wants to stop the Federal Communications Commission from relaxing ownership rules.”

  • Ross Douthat writes, “Chait-Mania ’07 is over, but like Will Wilkinson, I want to make one last point. It concerns a secondary thesis of Jon’s book – his argument that the Republican Party, and particularly the Bush Administration, has been able to disguise the radicalism of their agenda by effectively gaming the press corps.”

  • His Extreme-ness shows us why CNN is “the most trusted source of hate.”

  • Sad news from Reuters. “Surfing the net has become an obsession for many Americans with the majority of U.S. adults feeling they cannot go for a week without going online and one in three giving up friends and sex for the Web.”

  • Wall Street Journal reports, “Walt Disney Co.’s ABC became the latest major network to strike a deal with AOL allowing its full-length prime-time shows to be available free on the Time Warner Inc.-owned portal.”

  • Reuters reports, “Tribune Co, which is going private in an $8.2 billion deal, said on Thursday that revenue fell in August because of a drop in publishing and advertising sales at its newspapers.”

  • Is the Washington Times’ John McCaslin a Clinton?
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  • National Public Radio is looking for a Design Director, NPR Digital Media, a Search Engine Optimization Specialist, NPR Digital and a Programmer, NPR Digital Media.

  • Towne Group is looking for an Associate Producer/Promotions for the Pentagon Channel.

  • United States Coast Guard is looking for a Public Affairs Specialist.

  • Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond is looking for a Senior Editor.

  • Liberty University is looking for a Photographer.

  • Army Times Publishing Company is looking for a reporter to cover the Federal Government.

  • Carroll County Times is looking for a City Editor.

  • The Baltimore Examiner is looking for a Marketing Research Analyst.

  • Gail Ross Literary Agency is looking for a Paid Intern.

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