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Help Us Advise Tommy McFly On Turning 28

Today is Tommy McFly of FreshFM’s last day being 27 and the radio host took to Facebook to solicit advice from friends before turning 28. Well, we’re here to help him out and want to make sure he’s advised as well as he can be before venturing into his 28th year on planet Earth.

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So send us yours (to fishbowlnick@gmail.com or via the anon tip box at fishbowldc.com) and we’ll include in a birthday post tomorrow. My advice, after the jump.

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Radio Personality Highlights His Zit

There are a lot of ways to get attention in Washington. You can heckle the President in the Rose Garden, dress up in lettuce bikinis by PETA, say Ann Romney never worked a day in her life or sometimes the downright bizarre will do. Such as dabbing toothpaste on your pimple and tweeting it out.

Here we have 94.7 Fresh FM morning radio host Tommy McFly showing off an apparent beauty tip. Don’t worry. Later on, he moves on to the urgent topic on everyone’s minds: “boob sweat.”

In Live! Contest, Local Reporter Finds Her Element

Things didn’t pan out for Markette Smith in her run to co-host Live! with Kelly Ripa this Tuesday. She lost last week to three other contestants who received more online votes across the country.

Smith said she knew something was off on Wednesday when one of the show’s producers, all of which she felt she’d developed a good rapport with, wouldn’t look her in the eye while talking to her during rehearsal. “I knew something was wrong,” Smith told FBDC in a phone interview. “I’m a journalist, so I know when people aren’t telling the whole truth. It’s just a gut feeling.” She said she called her husband to tell him she wasn’t feeling confident that she had received enough votes online from the day before and that producers didn’t spend as much time with her that morning as they had with the other three contestants.

Her shot at appearing on Live! began earlier this summer with Smith, along with thousands of other hopefuls, submitting a video of herself “singing and dancing.” She used her background in web producing to mobilize friends and family in a social media campaign to grab the attention of the show’s producers. “I’m so glad that I have a social media background,” she said, “because nobody told me– nobody said ‘Okay Markette, get on social media because you’re gonna need to get votes.’ It was second nature for me.”

Smith used Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Google Plus, Internet memes (a friend superimposed Smith’s face onto the body of Rosie the Riveter) and something called GetGlue, a type of FourSquare but rather than “checking in” at actual places, users check in with TV shows, movies and music. She saw her Twitter followers double from 300 to 600 and the “likes” on her Facebook fan page tripled.

In early July, Smith, who currently works as a freelance TV entertainment reporter, was selected as a top 25 finalist. “Once I made it to the top 25, I was in it to win it,” she said. “I was very serious about winning.” From there, she reached out to Fresh FM for support. ABC7 also reported on Smith and the contest. Soon enough, Smith reached the top five and began the on-air, in-studio portion of the show’s contest in New York. “Not to sound overconfident,” but she said all her hard work to make it that far paid off.

Last Monday, as the only female in the final five, Smith took to the stage to make a live pitch as to why she should win. It worked. “That day I got the votes,” she said “I felt very comfortable on stage. Speaking to the studio audience. Looking right at that camera. I felt in my element.” She moved on to the top four.

During her time in New York, Smith got to meet Ripa, whom Smith described as a “true professional.” Smith watched Ripa record promos for the show. “She did them all in one take,” she said. “And she told me I was one of her husband’s favorites.”

But on the second day in-studio, things didn’t go so hot. “It was fine,” Smith said, sounding less than enthused at the memory. Each contestant had to answer 60 seconds worth of rapid-fire questions. “The stakes were getting higher and higher every day,” she said. Smith drew a question asking who her favorite person was. She answered, with a stutter, that it was “God.” Then, realizing God isn’t actually a person, she named her husband.

Due to a lack of votes, Smith was eliminated the next day. Still, she said she learned a lot from the experience. “If you believe you can do something,” she said, “or you want to push yourself and challenge yourself to do something different, you can do that. It’ll happen. It’ll happen!”

For now, Smith will continue working as a red carpet correspondent for AMC Movie News. Her next step is move to New York City or Los Angeles to continue pursuing her career as a TV features reporter. But there’s more to it than just being a TV journalist. “I want to connect with my audience, engage them and story-tell on multiple platforms,” she said. “I don’t even know if that job exists yet.”

Jordin Sparks Has Lipstick Flub at Journo Charity

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At Childhelp’s “Capitol CAREaoke” charity event last night, the Fox News crew narrowly beat CNN’s team in most money raised.

FNC’s Shannon Bream, Jennifer Griffin, Jake Serwer, Lanna Britt and Fox Business’ Rich Edson were joined by local Fox reporter Melanie Alnwick to sing “Don’t Stop Believing.”

CNN’s Dana Bash, Lisa Desjardins, Lisa Sylvester, Jill Chappel, Gloria Borger, Peter Morris and Athena Jones performed a sloshy rendition of “Sweet Caroline.”

As Glittarazzi‘s Greg Blakey put it: “Fox did a good ass job.”

ABC 7′s Rebecca Cooper founded the event and told FBDC she started the fundraiser five years ago as an alternative to the usual stuffy black-tie events in Washington. She said they intended for members of Congress to be the performers, but the ones who agreed to sing got cold feet. “So at the last minute I had to recruit all my friends in journalism,” Cooper said. She told us Chris Matthews and his wife Kathleen have been two of the events’ “worst singers.”

Before the karaoke started, R&B singer Jordin Sparks, a celebrity ambassador to Childhelp, posed for pictures and took questions from the media. During the photo op a friend nearby alerted her that she had lipstick on her teeth. STOP THE PRESSES. “Everyone, Photoshop the lipstick off my teeth!” Sparks instructed after clearing it off.

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Some attendees participated in a silent auction, which featured two tickets to a Madonna concert and two porcelain miniature lions (valued at $900), among other items.

Fresh FM’s Tommy McFly, Kelly Collis and Jen Richer performed “Love Shack” and thought it would be a good idea to toss frisbees into the audience, which was full of wine glasses and dinner plates. Can you say DUNCE?

The event drew in a total of $310,000 in donations.

Notables

ABC 7′s Kendis Gibson, Natasha Barrett, Kris Van Cleave and Pamela Brown; WRQX’s Aly Jacobs, Brooke Ryan and Chilli Amar; D.C. Councilman Jack Evans; NASCAR’s Paulie Harraka; Sen. Jon Kyl (R-Ariz.); LushClick‘s Elizabeth Manressa; Pamela’s PunchPamela Sorensen; Kate Michael of “K Street Kate”; and former Politico reporter Kiki Ryan, now with “Komen for the Cure.”

Quotable

“$18 million for charity at 10 years old? That’s fuckin’ insane.” — Random attendee remarking on child prodigy and violinist Brianna Kahane who performed at the event and has raised that much money for charity.

Media Frenzy at Real Housewives Premiere Party

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The owners of Half Yard Productions with the Real Housewives of DC cast.

Extra, CNN, WaPo, the Examiner, Politics Daily, Politico, The Hill, CBS and NBC are just a few of the media outlets that showed up to cover last night’s premiere and screening party for Bravo’s “Real Housewives of DC,” held at the Madison Hotel in downtown Washington.

The invite-only fete featured all of the “housewives” and their families except for White House crashers Tareq and Michaele Salahi who hosted their own pay-for party down the street at Josephine — a good move considering the crowd at the Madison booed the notorious couple each time they appeared on screen.

Even without the Salahis, the event offered its fair share of drama and whispers when Lynda Erkiletian arrived with a Secret Service-looking security detail of four in tow. More catty comments were made about Catherine Ommanney who showcased her sickly physique by wearing a tacky, slinky, backless dress.

But it wasn’t all would-be reality stars….Washington media was out in full force. FishbowlDC caught up with Politico‘s Kiki Ryan, the Yeas and Nays ladies – Nikki Schwab and Katy Adams, Liz Glover, WaPo’s Amy Argetsinger, Amy Holmes, The Hill‘s Emily Goodin, Omarosa, The Hill‘s Christina Wilkie, Washington Life‘s Michael Clements, Politics Daily’s Annie Groer, NBC’s Janet Donovan, Mix 107.3′s Tommy McFly, WUSA’s Angie Goff, CBS News’ Christine Delargy and even Washingtonian‘s Garret Graff whose knowledge and love for reality television baffled and amazed us.

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L: Lynda Erkiletian R: Stacie Scott Turner

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The media frenzy at the Madison.

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D.C. Blogger Gets Botoxed But Avoids Full-on Heidi Montag

heidi_montag_people_plastic_surgery.jpg Elizabeth Thorp, a D.C. correspondent for Momlogic.com and public relations rep, is no longer a Botox virgin.

She was convinced to get needled after a series of incidents – many involving being compared to twentysomethings – that mortified and prompted action. “Dude your mom is hot!” she heard one night while out dancing with 24-year-old Mix 107.3 FM’s DJ Tommy McFly.

Thorp explains what Botox does as opposed to fillers like Restylane and Juvaderm. She also talks cost – Botox can run you $400 to $2000 depending on “how many units are used.”

All in all, Thorp writes, having Botox was worth it. “I’m saving up!” she says in anticipation of her next treatment that may involve other kinds of treatments.

Find out the ins and outs of getting Botoxed here.

Question to readers: Which journos around town have gone under the needle or would like to? Write us and tell us your thoughts at mediabistro@fishbowldc.com or write me at FishbowlBetsy@gmail.com.

Media Mix at Private Concert

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L to R: Intern Tanya Neshat of the Tommy Show, Angie Goff, Karen the New Mom, Tommy, Alison Starling, Abby Fenton, Rebecca Cooper, and Ashley Estill.

Radio personalities Tommy McFly and Chilli Amar emceed a Mix 107.3 FM private concert with Colbie Caillat at the Gibson Guitar Studio in D.C. Thursday. The singer performed Thursday evening at Wolf Trap with Sheryl Crow.

Plenty of media on the scene: Angie Goff, WUSA9, Tara Palmeri, the Washington Examiner, Niki Clark, Pamela’s Punch, John Arundel, Associate Publisher of Washington Life, Elizabeth Thorp, Mom Logic, Tanya Neshat and Karen the New Mom from “The Tommy Show,” Ashley Estill, Managing Editor of On Tap Magazine, Abby Fenton, WJLA, Alison Starling, WJLA, and Rebecca Cooper, Washington Business Tonight News Channel 8.

Note: Credit and thanks to Ashley Estill for the photograph and above content.

Happy Birthday to McFly

23176_597967890_10_n.jpg FishbowlDC would like to wish Tommy McFly, our favorite radio DJ from Mix 107.3 FM, a very happy birthday. He turns 24 today.

He wrote on his Facebook page: “What a differnce a year makes. Finished 23 strong with great friends, family, show and my first TV SEGMENT! Bring it on 24… Can’t wait to see what’s around the corner but also ENJOYING THE RIDE! Thanks for all the Birthday Wishes!”

His first TV segment (you can watch below) was “Let’s Talk Live” on News Channel 8, which aired Wednesday at noon. “Tweens are terrifying,” he said in the interview on his coverage of the Jonas Brothers concert Wednesday morning at 6 a.m.

For birthday lunch today at Lia’s in Friendship Heights, he dined on a bison burger, fries and gazpacho. “Just ate my body weight in lunch,” McFly joked via text.

We’re going to help him celebrate this weekend at District, where many a journo will show up to toast him.

Journo Trash Talks for a Good Cause, Pol Pretends to be Someone Else

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The jokesters: Reps. Simpson and Latham

Despite the soggy weather, a variety of scribes, politicians and friends turned out for the 7th annual Hole-in-One for Cornerstone Kids Golf Tournament today at the Kenwoood Golf & Country Club in Bethesda.

The event was to raise money for Cornerstone School, a financially struggling private school in northeast D.C. Things got hopping with lunch in the clubhouse that included hot dogs, hamburgers, chips, cookies and delicious Georgetown Cupcakes. Schoolchildren in attendance appeared to be enjoying themselves.

Two lawmakers – GOP Reps. Mike Simpson (Idaho) and Tom Latham (Iowa) showed up in shorts and golf shirts. Simpson stood out in a blinding bright orange top; Latham donned a more subdued light watermelon-hued shirt. The Hill‘s Kate Oczypok was the unfortunate recipient of Simpson’s prank. When she asked him for his name, Simpson could be heard slowly spelling out his surname: “L-a-T-o-u-r-e-t-t-e,” Simpson said, referring to his Ohio GOP colleague Rep. Steve LaTourette, who was not there. Latham jokingly warned Simpson that he had an election coming up and couldn’t afford any bad press.

The scene also included tough talk from CNN’s chief White House correspondent Ed Henry toward FNC’s evening anchor Bret Baier.

While Baier played his hot golf skills cool (“I do okay,” he told FishbowlDC), Henry copped to “slugging it out.” Then he (jokingly) cracked on the FNC anchor, saying Baier was sure to beat him “because he’s a man of the country club. He gets a lot of practice, so I’m not surprised he’s going to be beat me like a drum.”

Baier did admit to a 5 handicap (for non-golfers, this is very good in golf language). “It’s a little like Ireland out there, which is good for traditional golfers,” he said. “This is an important cause.”

To be sure, Henry are Baier are friendly acquaintances, but there is no bromance between them. Henry may have been lightly heckling Baier about golfing skills, but he grew serious about the gift bags (as much as anyone can be serious about gift bags). “I have a problem because the gift bag has Fox News on it,” Henry told Autumn VandeHei, wife of Politico‘s executive editor Jim VandeHei, whose younger brother, Clay Hanna, runs Cornerstone School. Autumn co-chaired the event with Susanna Quinn, wife of Jack Quinn of Quinn Gillespie & Associates, who also attended. The Quinns played golf for the cause.

Autumn said proceeds for the event surpassed what they expected, allowing students to finish out the year, “which was necessary,” she said.

But let’s dwell on those gift bags. Could a CNNer like Henry possibly parade around the club with a bag that screams “Fox News”?

Henry was assured that he could have a Politico gift bag in place of one that said Fox News. Tommy McFly, a radio host for MIX107.3 FM who volunteered his time for the event, explained that the paper FNC bags were for V.I.P.’s (for no reason in particular, just the way it was organized). Both FNC and Politico kindly donated bags for the event. So even if you did get a Fox News bag, McFly explained, there was still a canvas Politico tote inside it. Henry looked relieved. He said he much preferred to have a Politico gift bag.

Before the event, the rain poured. Attendees began e-mailing Susanna Quinn to ask if the event was still on.

To which she replied, “Man up.”

Other attendees: Politico‘s VandeHei, Jonathan Martin, Patrick Gavin and Mike Allen; NBC “MTP” Executive Producer Betsy Fischer; WTOP’s Bob Madigan and Stacy Kerr, aide to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.).

But no event is complete until Allen shows up and thanks you for coming, even though he hasn’t planned or hosted the event whatsoever. “Thanks for coming out!” he graciously told FishbowlDC toward the close of lunch.

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The V.I.P. gift bag and contents.

More pictures and gift bag contents after the jump…

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NewsBabes Paint Georgetown Pink!

Just what every good cause needs… babes.

Lindsay Czarniak, Angie Goff, Pamela Brown, Laura Evans, Brianna Keilar, Alison Starling, Rebecca Cooper, Cynne Simpson, Mike Conneen and Elizabeth Manresa were just some of the NewsBabes out last night to support breast cancer research.

According to Goff’s blog, over 500 people turned out for the 2nd annual Newsbabes Bash for Breast Cancer at the Ritz-Carlton Georgetown. Susan G. Komen for the Cure founder Ambassador Nancy Brinker and DC’s First Lady Michelle Fenty co-hosted and made remarks at the event.

Also sporting pink: WTOP’s Bob Madigan, Biz Journal’s Jen Conner, On Tap Magazine’s Ashley Estill, Politico‘s Kiki Ryan, CBS’ Christine Delargy and NBC’s Luke Russert- in a cotton candy jacket and matching tie. And where there are babes, there is Andy Baldwin who would never miss such an event!

Mix 107.3 was broadcast live from the Ritz by Tommy McFly– watch him turn the mic on these news babes here.

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