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Newspaper Revisits Kodak-Kennedy Connection

For retired Kodak engineer Roland Zavada, this week is not only the emotional 50th anniversary of John F. Kennedy‘s assassination. It also marks the end of his desire to actively talk about his role in authenticating the Zapruder fim.

Yesterday in Dallas, on the first day of the 19th annual JFK Lancer conference, Zavada gave a speech titled “Authentication: That’s a Wrap!” Today in Rochester, he’s on the front page of the Democrat and Chronicle, for a fascinating feature story by staff writer Sean Lahman:

Zavada’s work has been the focus of criticism in several conspiracy-theory books. Harrison Livingstone’s book, The Hoax of the Century: Decoding the Forgery of the Zapruder Film doubles down on the author’s contention that the footage was altered, edited after the fact to conform to the single gunman theory and hide what really happened.

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Arianna Cuts the Ribbon at HuffPost Hawaii

Another day, another impressive HuffPost vertical.

In her announcement post celebrating the debut of Huffington Post Hawaii, site founder Arianna Huffington highlights a most impressive lynchpin. In this case, HuffPost is partnered with an outfit named the best news site in Hawaii for the past three years by the Society of Professional Journalists:

We are delighted to be partnering with Honolulu Civil Beat, a beacon of journalism in Hawaii focusing on public affairs and investigative reporting, with deep roots in the local culture. In its three years, Civil Beat has committed itself to the mission of its founder, Pierre Omidyar – who also founded eBay – and has created a “a vibrant civic square.”

They’ve published investigations of topics ranging from the condition of Waikiki’s iconic Ala Wai Canal to police disciplinary files and why they are kept secret from the public. And their investigative series on the skyrocketing costs of school bus contracts prompted state officials to revamp the way contracts are handled. This is real impact journalism.

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YES Network Celebrates 10 Years with Anniversary Program

Popping the cork on a milestone, the YES Network airs a special March 13–10 Years of YES.

The two-hour program takes viewers down memory lane from the past decade.  The regional sports network debuted March 19, 2002.

Along with some memorable moments from YES telecasts, game announcers will recount their own tales of standout moments.

The show will focus heavily on Yankees coverage, but not exclusively. There will be highlights from the Nets, plus interview show Centerstage with Michael Kay, and Yankeeography with John Sterling.

Segments include:

  • A look at the 2009 Yankees’ World Series winning season, along numerous milestones during the season, none bigger than Derek Jeter‘s 3,000th hit.
  • Recalling the Nets back-to-back NBA Finals appearances
  • A roundtable discussion with YES broadcasters Kay, Ken Singleton, John Flaherty, Ian Eagle, and Bob Lorenz reflecting on their favorite on-air moments.
  • Interviews with Mike Francesa and Chris “Mad Dog” Russo about their pioneering WFAN simulcast on YES.

Check out our Redesigned Homepage

If you haven’t seen it yet, head over to to check out our all new — but not yet finished — homepage. We’ve decluttered the place after years of adding links, more links and even some more links.

It’s got a much cleaner look featuring the four main features behind the brand: Jobs, Courses, Events and News, with mega drop-down menus to take you further into the site.

There are more prominent sharing buttons for our Facebook and Google+ pages, our Twitter stream and our YouTube Channel. We’ve enhanced the search bar while simplifying the overall experience.

We say it’s not quite finished because this is just phase one. Stay tuned for phase two in the New Year, with even more functionality with the same great content you’ve come to expect.

98.7 Kiss/WRKS Having Reunion Party to Mark 30th Anniversary

As we told you yesterday, 98.7 Kiss FM/WRKS reached the big 3-0.

To celebrate, the longtime Soul and R&B station is reuniting past air personalities. On Thursday, August 11th, Kiss is holding its 30th Anniversary Reunion Party on the plaza at the Adam Clayton Powell Jr. State Office Building (125th Street and Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Boulevard).

The list of guests is a who’s who of Kiss from yesteryear.

Legendary alumni Ken “Spider” Webb, Mike Love, and Diana King are just a few who will take part in the festivities. Fans will also see DJ Ace, Tanya Simpson, Bobby Gailes, and Hot 97 DJ Funkmaster Flex. And there will be many more Kiss on-air notables, including Dean Meminger, Nicole Brown, Raqiyah Mays.

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Legendary Voice of 98.7 Kiss FM/WRKS, Newsman Bob Slade Celebrates Station’s 30 Years

Today marks Soul/R&B station 98.7 Kiss FM/WRKS’ 30th anniversary. One constant at the station has been morning news anchor Bob Slade.

In fact, Slade predates Kiss at 98.7, starting at the frequency in 1975 when it was the disco-led 99X/WXLO.

These days Slade, who FishbowlNY sat down with recently, is also an historian of all things “Kiss.”

“There had already been a few Kiss stations at that time,” Slade recalls. “So they figured that’s a good advertising slogan, people will remember ‘Kiss.’”

He says the lips created for the new logo belonged to former DJ, the late Mary Thomas.

Slade says RKO General wanted established DJs to get the station off the ground. Thomas and Chuck Leonard were among the first announcers added to the Kiss lineup.

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WBLS, WKTU, and WRKS with Michael Jackson Memories to Mark Second Anniversary of Death

Unfortunately, sad occasions are used to mark time.

This weekend, the music world remembers Michael Jackson, two years after his passing, and some New York radio stations are planning special coverage.

WBLS/107.5 is paying tribute throughout the weekend with Jackson’s music, interviews from the station’s extensive archives, and listener tributes.

Program director Skip Dillard tells FishbowlNY that WBLS listeners will also hear celebrity comments, recorded concert audio, and special Jackson Mastermixes.

But WBLS isn’t the only station honoring the fallen superstar.

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Rosanna Scotto Has ‘A Lot More to Give’ as She Marks 25 Years at Fox 5

Rosanna Scotto is a quintessential New Yorker, more so a Brooklynite. And since 1986, the hometown girl has been on-air for Fox 5/WNYW.

A quarter-century at any one company is impressive. In this industry, though, it’s nothing short of amazing.

“Despite the changes to the business over the years, I kind of kept my head down and kept my focus on trying to get the big story of the day,” Scotto admits. “I think that’s not only how I survived, but thrived.”

Starting tomorrow, Good Day New York (which she co-anchors with Greg Kelly) commemorates her milestone anniversary with a special retrospective and surprises for Scotto. 

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