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“Fred Fiske’s Double Life on the Air”

From Marc Fisher:

    Now it can be told: The backwoods voice of Washington’s most popular hillbilly radio show of the 1950s, Skeeter Hawkins, was in fact longtime talk show host Fred Fiske, putting on a Kentucky accent and posing for publicity photos wearing a big cowboy hat.

    Under his own name, Fiske — who in September will celebrate 60 years on Washington airwaves and 30 years at public radio station WAMU — was a disc jockey at WWDC in the ’50s, playing the sounds of Perry Como and Frankie Laine.

Read the rest here.

Morning Reading List, 04.16.07

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  • You think we will all soon forget “Imus-gate” and move on.

  • Marc Fisher on Imus

  • NPR News will offer live anchored broadcast coverage and audio streaming of the Senate Judiciary Committee’s hearing on the Department of Justice Oversight on Tuesday, April 17. The hearing is scheduled to begin at 10 a.m.

  • Deb Howell on journalists and betting pools.

  • To the tipster who asked: “Did Washingtonian mag. ever hire a managing editor?” No.

  • From a Post “Editor’s Note“:

      We’ve redesigned the Sunday section, adding real estate coverage to help you with the biggest purchase you are likely to make. We’ve also added excerpts from our blogs, expanded the Week Ahead calendar and created a new format for Steven Pearlstein’s Sunday Briefing on Pages 2 and 3.

  • Jim VandeHei: “News future is tied to the Web

  • DCRTV “hears that the Q&A Cafe media newsmaker interviews conducted by Nathan’s Of Georgetown owner Carol Joynt will soon be seen on DC’s Comcast system via City Cable Channel 16.”

  • On April 10 & 11 American University’s Center for Social Media and the Washington College of Law’s Program on Information Justice and Intellectual Property hosted a panel on copyright challenges for hosts of user-generated content. Much of the discussion at was based on the results of new research on user practices that the Center for Social Media has just completed.

  • The International Center for Journalists is hosting a public panel on “Immigration and the 2008 Elections: Are We Victims to Political Spin?” on Wednesday, April 18 at the National Press Club.

  • National Public Radio is looking for an Online Video Producer for NPR is also looking for a Associate Producer for OnAir
    Fundraising & Promotion
    , an Editor for Morning Edition, a Supervising Senior Editor for the National Desk and a Development Assistant.

  • EEI Communications is looking for freelance copy writers.

  • Marine Corp Times is looking for a Deputy News Editor.

  • SourceMedia is looking for a Financial Reporter for The Bond Buyer.

  • Oxfam America is looking for a Press Officer.

  • A Washington DC based publication is looking for an experienced Copy Editor for a LongTerm Project.

  • Congressional Quarterly is looking for a Deputy Editor for CQ Weekly Report and a General Manager.

  • Voice of America is looking for a writer.

  • PEJ Talk Show Index for the week of April 1-6 shows, “The Iranian hostage situation and the argument over Iraq policy were hot topics on the cable and radio talk shows last week.”

  • Author and sociologist Eric Klinenberg discusses his book Fighting for Air, at the National Press Club May 3, 2007 6:30 p.m.

  • Kevin Klose, president of National Public Radio, will speak on the future of international news in the U.S. media at 5:30 p.m. on an April 19, 2007 conference at The Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies.

  • USA TODAY announced last week “that its website saw a substantial increase in traffic and registered users following the re-launch of the site.”

  • Los Angeles Times reports, “A dozen companies that own about 250 daily newspapers are preparing to expand a ground-breaking partnership with Yahoo Inc. to share advertising and editorial content, several newspaper executives familiar with the situation said.”

  • Market Watch reports Gannett, “the largest U.S. newspaper publisher, said it is selling the Norwich (Conn.) Bulletin; the Rockford (Ill.) Register Star; the Observer-Dispatch in Utica, NY; and The Herald-Dispatch in Huntington, W. Va. The transaction is expected to close at the end of April.”

    Hat Tips: DCRTV, TVNewser, IWantMedia, Romenesko

  • Taking Out The Trash – 02.26.07

  • An NBC release announced that “Meet The Press with Tim Russert” “continues to dominate the Sunday morning public affairs competition, winning the week ending Sunday, February 18 in all categories both nationally and in Washington, D.C.” Last Sunday, “Meet” attracted 4.035 million total viewers, a 40% lead over CBS’s “Face the Nation,” a 44% advantage over ABC’s “Face the Nation” and a 168% lead over FOX’s “News Sunday.”

  • Separated at Birth and Caption Contests are so hot.

  • The Washington Post reports that the Army’s surgeon general criticized Post stories “disclosing problems at Walter Reed Army Medical Center, saying the series unfairly characterized the living conditions and care for soldiers recuperating from wounds at the hospital’s facilities.”

  • Jack Shafer on “When bad financial news for newspapers is good news for journalism.”
  • E&P has the full list of the 2007 winners for The American Society of Newspaper Editors’ awards for distinguished writing and photography. Among the winners is Washington Post’s Anne Hull.

  • The Examiner’s Dustin Weaver has become the Express’ Nation editor.

  • Washington Post’s Marc Fisher looks at the “fatal attraction” of radio promos.

  • Free Ride sits down with Jan Crawford Greenburg.

  • From last week: “Congestive heart failure on Tuesday took the life of prominent Wheaton attorney Alfred E. Woodward, 93, former DuPage County and Illinois Appellate Court judge and father to journalist Bob Woodward.” Read the full obit here.

  • Taking Out The Trash, 02.14.07

  • From the few shows we offered you, “Grey’s Anatomy” seems to be your favorite, with “24″ a close second. Tipsters wrote in upset that we hadn’t included “Ugly Betty,” “Dirt” and “The Office.”

  • An ABC release announced that “World News with Charles Gibson” is “the #1 evening newscast among Total Viewers, Adults 25-54, Women 25-54, and Households last week.” With 9.7 million viewers “World News” outperformed NBC’s “Nightly News” by 180,000 viewers.

  • E&P reports that in a White House briefing today, Tony Snow called the opening of a New York Times editorial on Iraq today “what may be the dumbest lead of an editorial I’ve seen in a long time.”

  • Slate’s Jack Shafer refutes claims that there is a war on the press. “I don’t pretend that all is happy between the press and the state. The current relationship is hostile and ugly, contentious and noisy. But it’s been that way for a long time.” (Hat Tip: Romenesko)

  • Is ’24′ bad for our troops?

  • Wonkette says that, on Valentine’s Day, the Politico is in love with, well, the Politico.

  • The Sleuth gets you caught up on David Sirota’s efforts to secure press credentials (and David Sirota pushes back).

  • Check out a preview of Fox’s new “Daily Show”-like show, “The Half Hour News Hour.”

  • The Washington Times writes-up their big announcement in today’s paper.

  • MarketWatch’s Jon Friedman criticizes Obama for criticizing the press.

  • Andrea Mitchell won’t be called in the Libby case.

  • Marc Fisher on the media’s winter snow hysteria.