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Tapper Takes Morgan’s Time Slot for a Test Drive

With “Piers Morgan Live” now but a distant memory, the competition for Morgan’s old slot has begun in earnest. Tonight,  Jake Tapper starts a week of double shift duty -he will host both a 4:00 pm and a 9:00 pm version of “The Lead” -in an effort to show that he can be the prime-time star Jeff Zucker is looking for.

While we hear that Tapper is the favorite for the gig, Zucker will also reportedly try out Michael SmerconishBill Weir, and Don Lemon in the hour.

After each potential host has auditioned, Zucker will then subject them all to endurance trials and a gross-out eating contest before forcing them to live together in a house for one month. Only then will Americans have the chance to vote for their favorite.

At least, we’re pretty sure that’s how it works.

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From One Host to Another: Assoc. Producer Leaves Bill Press Show for Michael Smerconish

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After six and a half years, Bill Press Show Associate Producer Dan Henning is leaving to go to work for Sirius XM’s POTUS Channel, specifically the Michael Smerconish show.

See his farewell note… Read more

Separated at Birth: The Balding Edition

Today we delicately pair TBD‘s Arts & Entertainment Editor Andrew Beaujon and Phili radio host and MSNBC Contributor Michael Smerconish. Anyone complaining that their only likeness is their balding, my response is: true. A clear, contributing factor, without a doubt. But it’s the glasses and eyebrow shape, too. The brows are equally thick and fuzzy. Beaujon doesn’t appear too sensitive about his balding…he has mentioned it on his blog and compared himself to the late Telly Savalas. Note to readers: In case you think your eyes are playing tricks on you, they are not. We needed to switch out our original photograph of Beaujon because WCP has certain photo ownership rules and that picture was taken by Darrow Montgomery. We think this one works just as well.

White House Soup of the Day

The White House Soup of the Day, as told to us by MSNBC’s “The Daily Rundown” is…

Potato Leek.

Co-host Chuck Todd sandwiched the soup segment within a race by race feature and an announcement. He said Philadelphia-based radio reporter Michael Smerconish would interview President Obama at 11:40 a.m.. Todd said they’d “exclusively simulcast the interview.” He added, “Maybe before the President sits down with that, he’ll sit down and have some White House Soup of the Day, potato and leek, and maybe he’ll leak it out to us. [Slight Pause] See, that joke never gets old.”

Conservative Radio Host Smerconish Gets Obama One-on-One

President Obama will sit down with conservative radio host Michael Smerconish at the White House tomorrow, Politico‘s Playbook reports this morning. Smerconish will also broadcast his afternoon show from the White House- the first radio show of this presidency to broadcast live from 1600, Mike Allen notes.

Smerconish said today: “I am proud and excited to be the first radio broadcaster on the watch of this President to be invited into the White House to interview the President of the United States and include telephone calls from my listeners… There are no ground rules. I am not prescreening with the White House on what the subject matter will be. I run my radio program with dignity and respect for this president and other public officials. I do not intend to take calls from listeners who want to offer platitudes, nor take cheap shots against the President. I used the last portion of today’s program to seek out listeners with pointed direct and substantive questions about Health Care. We’re looking for questions that have not already been asked.”

TWT Partners w/ CBS Radio Affiliate WHFS 1580

The Washington Times kicked off a partnership WHFS-1580 AM today that will provide listeners with a ‘top of the hour’ newscast plus 30-second features from TWT’s newsroom.

WHFS features a daily lineup of conservative talk-radio hosts, including Glenn Beck, Fred Thompson, Lou Dobbs, Michael Smerconish, and Dr.Laura Schlessinger.

The TWT newscasts will air from 6-9 AM, Monday-Friday.

The Buzz at Smerconish Book Party

An iconic group from Capitol Hill, K Street, NIH and the media gathered at the home of Marina and Daniel Ein‘s home on Thursday to celebrate the publication of Michael Smerconish‘s new book, Morning Drive: Things I Wish I Knew Before I Started Talking.

Folks chattered about Pennsylvania politics (Senator Arlen Specter‘s chances for re-election post-party swap…deemed “excellent” by most) and swine flu. MSNBC Hardball host Chris Matthews extracted an “I’m not running for the Senate” from popular Democratic Pennsylvania Congressman Patrick Murphy while former Senator Ted Stevens talked up WaPo’s MaryAnn Akers.

Roll Call reporters Tory Newmyer, Emily Heil and long-time Chicago Sun Times bureau chief Lynn Sweet made the fete and celebrity biographer Kitty Kelley mixed it up with Politics Mag’s Boyce Upholt.

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Chris Matthews and Rep. Patrick Murphy (D-PA)

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Chicago Sun Times Washington Bureau Chief Lynn Sweet and Biographer Kitty Kelley

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Chris Matthews and Michael Smerconish

* All photos courtesy of nobilephoto.com

Morning Reading List 04.20.09

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Its day 91 covering the Obama administration and week 12 for us. Happy Birthday to Politico’s Carol Lee. What we know and what we’re reading this Monday morning…

NEWSPAPERS | TV | ONLINE | NEWS NOTES | WEST WING REPORTAGE | AWARDS | JOBS | REVOLVING DOOR

NEWSPAPERS

Former Senator Rick Santorum makes $1,750 per column at the Philadelphia Inquirer.

Politico’s Mike Allen addresses critics over the paper and site’s “torture memo” story here.

TV

On the Daily Beast, 7 Best Moments From Sunday Talk.

ABC’s Sam Donaldson on This Week says he’s like to ask Fidel Castro before he dies if he killed President John F. Kennedy. “In his dying breath I’d like to be at [Castro's] bedside and say, did you do it? Meaning November 22, 1963.”

Is PBS “recklessly promoting” Al Jazeera? Via Romenesko: Fox News’ Eric Shawn is concerned about public TV’s “WorldFocus” airing reports from Al Jazeera English, while PBS ombud Michael Getler isn’t so bothered. “I think it is a plus for American viewers to see and understand what is on Al Jazeera English, and that viewers of public broadcasting are quite able to make up their own minds about whether what they are watching has news value or is propaganda.”

Radio talk show host and regular cable news guest Michael Smerconish was on CNN’s Reliable Sources this weekend to talk about his new book “Morning Drive: Things I Wish I Knew Before I Started Talking.” Check out his dish about Fox News’ Glenn Beck, NBC’s David Gregory and CNN’s Larry King here.

NYT‘s David Carr: Cable news stations have been criticized for “event-izing” all manner of minor news occurrences — President Obama’s first news conference comes to mind. But the Tax Day Tea Party was all but conceived, executed and deconstructed in the hothouse of cable news wars.

CNN’s Wolf Blitzer returned to his grad school at Johns Hopkins last week to deliver a speech “President Obama and the World.” More at Yeas & Nays.

Is the Nanny getting a cable news show? Find out at Washington Whispers.

ONLINE

A lesson in proper Facebook etiquette via FishbowlLA.

NEWS NOTES

DCRTV checks out former WUSA anchor Mike Walter‘s documentary “Breaking News, Breaking Down.

TWT’s “Anguish of story can haunt journlists“: Journalists who peer into the abyss of war, crime, and natural disasters as part of their jobs can end up as emotionally scarred as the victims they never imagined joining. “Journalists can experience powerful frustration and demoralization,” said Dr. Frank M. Ochberg a psychologist who specializes in trauma.

Also from TWT- a sitdown with “State of Play” director Kevin Macdonald. “There have been plenty of Washington-set political thrillers, so he tried to make his new by ‘approaching the characters in a different way” and “showing Washington in a different way.’”

More on “State of Play” from DCRTV: Longtime DC sportscaster Frank Herzog gets a part. Also, Chris Matthews, Lou Dobbs, Jim Vance, Jule Carey, Chris Gordon, Eun Yang, and Denae D’Arcy play TV “reporters” in the movie.

WEST WING REPORTAGE

Richard Wolffe on the Daily Beast: “Inside the Obama Family PR Machine.”

HAT TIPS: Mediabistro, Romenesko, Playbook, Calderone

AWARDS, JOBS and REVOLVING DOOR after the jump…

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Sunday Show Preview

NBC’s Meet the Press: White House National Ecomonic Council Director Larry Summers and a roundtable with Fmr. Rep. Harold Ford, Jr. (D-TN), Fmr. House Majority Leader Dick Armey (R-TX), Time’s Rick Stengel, WaPo’s Steven Pearlstein, and Fortune Magazine’s Nina Easton

CBS’ Face the Nation: Senior White House Advisor David Axelrod, Gov. Ed Rendell (D-PA) and NRA Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre

ABC’s This Week: White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel, House Republican Minority Leader John Boehner (R-OH) and a roundtable with ABC’s George Will, Sam Donaldson and Cokie Roberts and WSJ columnist Peggy Noonan

Fox News Sunday: Former CIA Director Michael Hayden, Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-MO), Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and Power Player of the Week opera singer Denyce Graves

CNN’s State of the Union: Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), Sen. John Ensign (R-NV) and Gov. David Paterson (D-NY)

CNN’s Reliable Sources with Howard Kurtz: WashTimes’ Amanda Carpenter, Air America and The Daily Beast’s Ana Marie Cox, CNN’s Frank Sesno and “Morning Drive: Things I Wish I Knew Before I Started Talking” author Michael Smerconish

CNN’s GPS with Fareed Zakaria: President of Afghanistan Hamid Karzai, U.S. Special Envoy to Afghanistan and Pakistan Richard Holbrooke and “Jihad” and “Taliban” author Ahmed Rashid

NBC’s The Chris Matthews Show: The Atlantic’s Andrew Sullivan, NYT’s Helene Cooper, WaPo’s David Ignatius and BBC’s Katty Kay

Washington Week with Gwen Ifill and National Journal: Politico’s Eamon Javers, WaPo’s Spencer Hsu, ABC’s Martha Raddatz and NPR’s Tom Gjelten

Bloomberg’s Political Capital with Al Hunt: Rep. Henry Waxman (D-CA) and Bloomberg’s Christine Harper, Lizzie O’Leary, Jose Enrique Arrioja, Margaret Carlson and Kate O’Beirne

Roll Call TV with Robert Traynham: Former-communications director for the Republican National Committee Danny Diaz, former-communications director for the Democratic National Committee Karen Finney and Roll Call’s Emily Heil

Will update throughout the day as we learn them.