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A Little Birdy Tells Us…

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That C-SPAN Executive Producer Peter Slen is back on the air Friday morning hosting “Washington Journal” but expect a lot of make-up to hide the 70 stitches on his forehead and broken nose from last week’s fall.

In case you forgot what happened to him, read here.

Hope you’re feeling better, Peter.

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C-SPAN Host Falls, Breaks Nose

11296D.C. papparazzi Mark Wilkins alerted us on Twitter that C-SPAN Executive Producer Peter Slen fell in C-SPAN’s garage Tuesday night. He required an alleged 70 stitches and broke his nose.

C-SPAN Communications Director Howard Mortman confirmed the incident to FishbowlDC.

“Thanks for checking in on Peter,” Mortman wrote by email. “He did have a fall earlier this week and is sporting some new stitches, but he’s already back at his desk today and on the mend.  Thanks for your concern.”

When pressed as to what happened, he added, “Leaving work, Peter fell in the C-SPAN parking garage.  Yes, his nose is broken (no pain), but it only adds to his charm.”

Weiner Makes Second Pants Joke on C-SPAN

Yesterday we reminded you that in October 2009 Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-N.Y.) joked with C-SPAN Host Paul Orgel about whether or not Orgel wears pants on the morning program – he does.

As it so happens, Weiner made a similar joke in December 2010 to a different C-SPAN host, Peter Slen, announcing on the program once again how much he loves being on C-SPAN. An informed Weiner then declared to viewers that Slen indeed wears pants. We’re sure Slen appreciated that as well as his keen [insert pants joke] with [insert C-SPAN host] approach. “I always wondered by the way whether Peter actually wears pants this early in the morning,” the congressman said. “I want to confirm for America that indeed he does.”

Watch here.

Radio-TV Dinner Slideshow

Last night’s Radio and TV Correspondents’ Association held its Congressional Correspondents’ Dinner at the Convention Center. Reporters got all dolled up (mostly in black with a few standouts in hot pink, electric blue and red) and mingled with politicians, some of whom admitted they don’t really fancy attending these events. Pay particular attention to NBC Producer Andy Gross, the silver fox in the 1959 tux with a shawl collar.

C-SPAN’s Peter Slen, chair of the event, deserves a round of applause for the evening’s entertaining program, which included The Daily Show’s Larry Wilmore, who, along with hotdoggin’ Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-N.Y.), got the most laughs. Wilmore got more, but he is, after all, a professional. Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) got the least laughs, but at least he acknowledged it mid-act.

At one point a journalist snatched my notebook away…here are the mystifying results of that: “And charming the pants off Hill staffers was BLANK. Women from both GOP and Democratic leadership were lined up just for the chance to take a photo with this movie star-esque BLANK. BLANK remained demur and professional at all times asking only for exclusive billings.

Claims of not being intoxicated were made.

Enjoy the slideshow.

Radio-TV Correspondents’ Dinner Changes its Name

An event long known as the Radio-TV Correspondents’ Dinner is now being called the Congressional Correspondents’ Dinner.

The first annual event under the new name will be held on March 30 at the D.C. Convention Center and includes dinner, speeches and entertainment. The entertainment isn’t being revealed just yet, we’re told. It will be the 67th annual dinner sponsored by the Congress-based Radio-Television Correspondents’ Association. Members of the print and photography’s galleries will now be able to purchase tickets.

“This is the first public announcement since the RTCA Board changed the name in a closed meeting last year,” C-SPAN’s Peter Slen told FishbowlDC. He explained, “The RTCA board felt it better reflected who was in attendance, especially since we’re opening up ticket sales this year for the first time to all congressionally-accredited media, not just accredited members of the Radio-Television Gallery.”

Ticket sales begin this week. More info…write to rtcadinner@comcast.net.

Laura Bush on having ‘very, very’ normal life in WH

Are private conversations possible in any First Lady capacity?

C-SPAN 2′s Book TV took to the National Mall this weekend to cover Saturday’s book festival. They captured C-SPAN correspondent Peter Slen‘s  interview with former First Lady Laura Bush, who has been crisscrossing the country to promote her book, Spoken from the Heart.

What was revealed: 1) Her relationships with President Bush’s two chiefs of staff Josh Bolten and Andrew Card were close enough that she lunched with them each once or twice a month to talk about “what bothered” her or what “interested” her. She calls them “very fine men.” 2) She also discussed whether it was possible to have private conversations within her White House life. “It is possible to have friendships and a very, very normal life,” she says. …”Really, I knew the White House could be a home.” (Hmmm, maybe so. But has Laura hung out with French First Lady Carla Bruni? In a book out on Bruni, she supposedly revealed that First Lady Michelle Obama reportedly said life in the White House is “hell.” Michelle Obama reps have denied it. Laura also thinks it’s questionable. “She probably didn’t say that at all,” she told Slen. “That was probably made up.”)

Watch the interview clips here and here.

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.”

RTCA Dinner Date Set… St. Patty’s Day 2010

Mark your calendars…

The Radio and TV Correspondents Association just announced via email that the 66th annual dinner will be held Wednesday, March 17th next year, and again at the Washington Convention Center.

Linda Scott with “NewsHour” is this year’s dinner chair. C-SPAN’s Peter Slen, SRN News’ Linda Kenyon, WTOP’s Dave McConnell, Fox’s Chad Pergram, CBS’ Jill Jackson and Al Jazeera’s Jeffrey Ballou make up the rest of the executive committee.

C-SPANers Celebrate Ten Year Anniversaries

C-SPAN executives Brian Lamb, Susan Swain and Rob Kennedy will host a dinner tonight at the Hyatt Regency to celebrate the ten year anniversaries of a number of C-SPANers.

Congrats to Tanya Chattman, Rick Clyburn, Debbie Davenport, Carl Foster, Doug Hemmig, Dallas Hill, Jon Kelley, Tony Laboy, Paul Loeschke, Wes Mangum, Garrette Moore, Paul Munson, Al Porter, Leslie Rhodes, Peter Slen, Art Tiller and Ellen Vest.

They’ll also get a “lovely Crystal Capitol dome” to commemorate the occasion.

Slen Hospitalized

Our thoughts go out to C-SPAN’s Peter Slen, who is in the hospital after being diagnosed with Legionnaires disease, according to one source…