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THR Shines a Light on Terminally Ill Simpsons, Taxi Vet

If you’re looking for the absolute, welcome opposite to all that Anthony Weiner-The Dirty business, this is it. For the August 2 print edition of The Hollywood Reporter, Gary Baum caught up with terminally ill The Simpsons executive producer Sam Simon:

Five months ago, the nine-time Emmy winner – whose post-Simpsons projects have included directing (The Drew Carey Show), hosting (the short-lived poker reality series Sam’s Game for Playboy TV) and consulting (currently on FX’s Anger Management) – was diagnosed with terminal colon cancer. He confirmed during a May 16 WTF With Marc Maron podcast that he was given the prognosis of three to six months to live and that he will donate nearly all of his sizable Simpsons royalties – which he has said earn him “tens of millions” annually – to charity.

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Chinese Charity Sues Nicholas Kristof for Breach of Agreement

Half the Sky Foundation , a non-profit with offices in Beijing, Hong Kong and Berkeley, is going after New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof, his wife Sheryl WuDunn and several others for allegedly misappropriating the organization’s trademarked name.

The plaintiffs claim that after all parties worked hard to come to agreement last fall as to when and how their trademarked name Half the Sky could be used for the purposes of a two-part PBS documentary, the agreement was breached in various ways. From Courthouse News Service reporter Dan McCue‘s summary:

The foundation claims the defendants solicited donations for numerous charities using the Half The Sky mark, displayed it prominently on their website and used it for branding on flyers and on social media platforms including Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, Pinterest, Google+ and YouTube.

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WPIX Reporter Magee Hickey Channels Her Mom to Honor Her Father at Annual Cabaret Event

For the third straight year, veteran reporter Magee Hickey is gathering many colleagues for a musical fundraiser.

Hickey is giving back to the community in a personal way. Money raised will support the Lawrence F. Hickey Center for Child Development in the Bronx, part of Astor Services. Students attending that Dyre Avenue school range in age from three and five.

Hickey’s late father co-founded the school. The senior Hickey died three years ago at age 91, just weeks before the first fund-raising event.

“We close each show singing a song he loved, The Very Thought of You,” Hickey says.

Her dad wasn’t an educator. His background was in concrete.

“He developed the property in the Bronx for this school,” Hickey says.

Mr. Hickey’s “major” may have been construction, but he earned a “minor” in altruism. The elder Hickey was head of his church’s parish council and neighborhood coalition for shelter.

“A nun from a nearby school asked for his help in the building because it was a hole in the wall, and they knew my father had a history in construction,” Hickey recalls. “So he started volunteering at that school [Lexington Avenue and 67th Street] and then word spread that there was this Larry Hickey who liked to help out at special needs schools.”

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WLNY Enjoyed Best 12-12-12 Concert Rating

There were several winners during the epic 12-12-12 concert at Madison Square Garden. First and foremost, through the established Robin Hood Foundation, the concert drew an estimated 36 million dollars for Sandy relief, and that’s before one note of the 5 1/2 hour concert began.

Viewers and listeners were also winners, sitting back to the sounds of Bruce, Daltrey, Billy, Mick, and Sir Paul.

But in New York, there was one other winner of Wednesday’s showcase, WLNY/TV 10 55. The independent station owned by WCBS was one of nearly 40 broadcast and cable outlets simulcasting the event.

WLNY was the most-watched channel or network covering the concert in New York.

WLNY had an average of 263,000 viewers from 7:30 p.m. to 1:15 a.m. HBO ranked second with 247,000, while WPXN was fourth with 236,000 fans and WNET had 189,000 people tuned in.

WLNY saw its peak audience with 399,000 viewers at 9:15 p.m.

Overall, the concert attracted an estimated 1.68 million viewers in the New York market.

The Annual Hungerthon Underway on CBS Radio Stations; Dedicated to Pete Fornatale

WhyHunger is the organization at the heart of Hungerthon, the yearly charity event broadcast today on many stations, primarily owned by CBS Radio.

Started in 1975, this year’s event takes on a special need–victims of Superstorm Sandy. The devastation altered the airing of Hungerthon, which traditionally runs close to Thanksgiving.

“Hurricane Sandy created a crisis that was front and center in everyone’s minds and life experience,” Noreen Springstead, director of marketing and fundraising for WhyHunger, tells FishbowlNY. “Families who had never before been without food or shelter were forced to endure these hardships for the first time, and many are still struggling to meet their basic needs.”

Despite the agency’s focus on the long-term poverty crisis, WhyHunger partnered with numerous tri-state groups to provide essential food and water to those struggling in the days and weeks since Sandy.

“Through Hungerthon’s many public service shows we are shining a spotlight on those organizations and also raising funds for their work,” Springstead says. “We have long-term relationships with the most effective organizations in New York and New Jersey that are solving the hunger problem and are able to support them during this critical time.”

Springstead says those in need can call the national hotline at 1-866-3-Hungry for assistance.

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WLNY, Clear Channel Part of Huge Sandy Relief 12/12/12 Concert

In today’s world, mega events are televised via pay-per-view, usually at a steep price.

This time, however, we’re all in luck.

The concert for Sandy relief was organized in the days after the devastating superstorm. It takes place on the symmetric December 12, 2012–12/12/12–and is benefiting the Robin Hood Relief Fund.

An estimated 2 billion people worldwide will have live access to the show from Madison Square Garden. MSG Network is among the 34 outlets in the U.S. giving viewers a front-row seat.

WCBS will air the star-studded event on its sister station, WLNY–TV 10/55. WNET/Channel 13 is also scheduled to simulcast the show.

There are multiple other locations for fans, including HBO, Bloomberg, AMC, and IFC.

For those not able to watch the telecast, Clear Channel is the radio home of the 12-12-12 concert. Listeners can take their pick of any New York Clear Channel station (Z100/WHTZ, Lite FM, WLTW, Power 105.1/WWPR, Q104.3/WAXQ, and 103.5 WKTU).

The concert will also be shown live and free in select movie theaters that in the heart of Sandy.

The show starts Wednesday night at 7:30, and is expected to run at least four hours.

Paul McCartney, Billy Joel, The Rolling Stones, and The Who are just a small list of headliners on the program.

Greg Kelly Fails to Win New York’s Funniest Reporter

Newly minted lead WNYW anchorman Greg Kelly competed for the title of New York’s Funniest Reporter. Despite his ad-libbing qualities at the anchor desk, Kelly did not win the charity event held last night at Comic Strip Live.

It was Fox News’ Clayton Morris who grabbed the top prize in the 7th annual event. He edged In Touch Weekly‘s Marianne Garvey. Kelly settled for third place.

“We offer many congratulations, praise, and thanks not only to Clayton Morris but, to all participants in the show who were brave enough to go on stage and help out a great cause,” co-producers Mark Goldman and Ryan McCormick said.

The proceeds will be donated to the Humane Society of New York.

WNBC Marks Earth Week with Event in Harlem

In conjunction with Green is Universal Earth Week, WNBC joined its new parent company for the Comcast Cares celebration. WNBC president and general manager, Michael Jack was among the volunteers at the New York City Housing Authority’s Manhattanville Houses in Harlem.

At Friday’s half-day project, WNBC helped to revitalize and renovate the houses, led by George Oliphant, host of LX-produced George to the Rescue, seen on Channel 4 weekends.

Oliphant worked with his production team and more than 150 Comcast and NBCUniversal volunteers. City Year New York is leading the work that includes building wooden beds for organic vegetables and flowers, constructing benches, removing concrete, and painting murals.

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Imus Annual Radiothon Still Tallying for Charity

Don Imus‘ annual Radiothon is still generating big money for good causes. Imus used his radio show Thursday and Friday to raise funds for several worthy organizations.

The money goes toward CJ Foundation for SIDS, Tomorrow’s Children’s Fund, and the Imus Ranch for Kids with Cancer.

As of today, Imus.com states that radiothon has raised $764,000, and they are still tallying the figures.

Those interested can still call-in donations to 1-888-284-IMUS. Furthermore, listeners can make a $10 donation by texting the word IMUS to 20222.

The Imus Radiothon is also conducting an online auction with various pieces of sports merchandise. Also on the auction docket, a chance to be a guest alongside the I-Man on his daily WABC morning show, syndicated across the country.

WFAN/MSG’s Boomer and Carton Skate for Charity

Craig Carton and Boomer Esiason have injected plenty of enjoyment into listeners’ and viewers’ mornings. Next week, the WFAN hosts, seen on MSG Network, are providing enjoyment for charity.

On Wednesday afternoon, March 21, The duo will lace their skates and hit the Madison Square Garden ice as they host their second annual Garden of Dreams Boomer and Carton Shootout. This year, fans compete against the morning hosts for a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to take a penalty shot against Carton at the World’s Most Famous Arena.

Fans can take part in the action at www.GardenofDreamsFoundation.org to set up a fundraising page for the shootout. Taking it to the next level, the four participants whose fundraising pages raise the most money for Garden of Dreams by March 16th will become members of Team Boomer. As such, they will join Esiason at the event on the Garden ice next week.  

The shootout is at intermission for the final game of the Rangers Skate of the Garden adult hockey tournament. Alumni players include Rod Gilbert, Adam Graves, Ron Greschner, and Brian Mullen.

The Garden of Dreams works tirelessly to fulfill its mission by creating unique and unforgettable events and activities–often involving unprecedented access to MSG celebrities, events, and venues–that have brightened the lives of thousands of special children and their families.

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