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My First Big Break: Keith Olbermann

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As a kid growing up in the Hudson Valley, Keith Olbermann would watch New York news anchors Jim Jensen, Bill Beutel and Roger Grimsby. But it was an internship at WNYW that put him on the path on TV stardom. And, as it turns out, the guy who gave the sports-to-news back to sports broadcaster his break in TV would give him another shot later on. We headed over to Olbermann’s Times Square studio where he told us about his “First Big Break.”

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What’s Your Show? ESPN’s SportsCenter

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SportsCenter has been ESPN’s flagship program since the network launched in 1979. For the last 35 years, the program has transcended sports, proving highlights, news, commentary and feature stories while dominating sports television. MediabistroTV recently traveled to Bristol, CT for a behind-the-scenes look with veteran SportsCenter anchor John Buccigross showing us around. After learning the lay of the land, we asked: “What’s Your Show?”

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‘Mad Men’s’ Matt Weiner: ‘Find a Way to Turn Rejection into Something that Inspires You’

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ABC News anchor Robin Roberts, NBC Sports chairman Mark Lazarus, and CBS chief research officer David Poltrack are among the newest members of the Broadcasting & Cable Hall of Fame. Their honors came Monday night at a black tie event at the Waldorf Astoria co-hosted by Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly and NBC Sports anchor Bob Costas.

MediabistroTV caught up with several TV luminaries, including Kelly, Costas, “Mad Men” creator Matt Weiner and even former New York Yankees manager Joe Torre, to get their keys to success. WATCH:

Steve Wilkos: What’s Your Show?

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Spend any time watching afternoon TV on one of your local stations and you’ll see The Steve Wilkos show.

Host Steve Wilkos, a former security guard for The Jerry Springer Show, has seen a lot of baby mama drama, infidelity feuds and polygraph tests.

Recently the crew at the Wilkos camp gave mediabistroTV a chance to peek behind the chair throwing to see what really goes on during production.

One thing we saw that we never thought about before: a lot of the people on the show feel Steve is the only hope they have to solve what ails them.

How Steve Hofstetter Went From Writing for Sports Illustrated, to Hosting a TV Show

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Queens-born comic Steve Hofstetter can take the heat. The stand-up comedian has been heckled more times than he can remember. But that doesn’t faze the former Sports Illustrated columnist. “Stand-up, to some people, is a springboard. To me it is my life force,” he tells MediabistroTV.

For his new show Laughs, debuting Saturday night on FOX5 and more than 20 other TV stations, Hofstetter has scoured the country to find the best club comedians. “Being a king and a kingmaker at the same time,” he says. And he doesn’t kid around when he predicts “Laughs” will be around for a long time. We caught up with Hofstetter last week at Gotham Comedy Club.

Hardcore Pawn Stars: ‘We’re Not Actors’

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Viewers of reality TV often want to know if they’re watching actors or real people.

Recently, we got a chance to ask the people who might know, the starts of truTV’s Hardcore Pawn Les and Ashley Gold.

While Les told MediabistroTV he’s an actor inasmuch as a good salesperson needs to be an actor, the two assure us what you see on the show is real.



Part Two: Why are Pawn Shop Shows so Popular?

Part One: Five Weirdest things Pawned

Hardcore Pawn Stars on Popularity of Pawn Shop Shows

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Remember when pawn shops were dark, dirty and cramped storefronts where fictional detectives would go to sweat a confession from an equally fictional shop owner? Now that pawn shops are featured on reality TV, the former dens of iniquity are now revealing a softer side complete with a family focus.

Recently Les Gold and daughter Ashley, stars of truTV’s Hardcore Pawn sat down with MediabistroTV to give us some insight into why viewers like to watch shows about what they do. One hint? Anyone looking for a slightly used prosthetic leg?



Last week: Hardcore Pawn stars talk about the weirdest things they’ve bought or sold.

Next Week: Is Hardcore Pawn real or just reality show?

Hardcore Pawn Stars Talk About the Weirdest Things They’ve Pawned

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Two members of Detroit’s Gold family, the stars of truTV’s hit reality show Hardcore Pawn, recently made a swing through New York City.

We asked Father Les and daughter Ashley about some of the weirdest stuff they’ve seen people sell for quick cash.

Number one on the top five list? Jack Kevorkian‘s “Death Mobile.”

Next week we’ll ask the Gold’s why they think Pawn Shop shows are so popular.

Erin Burnett Planned to Marry Dan Rather

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Erin Burnett‘s first big break came in a very old school way. She wrote a letter to someone in the TV news business whom she admired. But it went beyond just letter-writing. “I was essentially a Willow Bay stalker,” Burnett tells us. But her desire to work in broadcast news began much earlier in life and involved Dan Rather. “I kissed Dan Rather every night. I’d go over and give him a peck on the lips on the TV.” Here’s Erin Burnett’s First Big Break:

Dan Rather was one of the first people we profiled in our “My First Big Break” series back in 2012. For that, and more videos, check out our YouTube channel and follow us on Twitter: @mediabistroTV

Gloria Steinem, Queen Latifah Talk Careers at the 2014 Matrix Awards

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The New York Women in Communications held its annual Matrix Awards in April, and our MediaJobsDaily editor Vicki Salemi was on hand to chat with powerful women in media on their careers. Presenter Gloria Steinem remarked on the importance of female mentorship; honoree Eileen Naughton, vice president of sales at Google, revealed what makes an outstanding Googler; and Grammy winner and actress Queen Latifah, also honored that night, shared why she made the leap from performer to daytime host. Also doling out nuggets of advice: Today show co-hosts Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb. Watch:

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