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Tom Brokaw Reminds: The Academy Doesn’t Always Reward the Right Stuff

TheRightStuffHave you caught up yet with Tom Brokaw‘s weekday syndicated radio blast “An American Story”? If not, you should.

Brokaw has been applying a veteran newsman’s perspective to a wide range of news and pop culture topics. He’s been recording these since last fall and they never fail to entertain, inform.

Today, Brokaw highlighted a point that we have made again and again over the years. Because there are so many more worthy candidates each year than the Academy Awards process can possibly accommodate, the list of overlooked films, performers and craftspeople grows longer each year. The mistake many people make is to hold the Oscars exclusively accountable for this; simple mathematics deserves an equal share of the blame.

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WNYC Names New David Lewis Metro Editor

David Lewis has been named WNYC’s new metro editor. Lewis has taught at CUNY’s Journalism School for the past seven years, and prior to that served as an associate producer at CBS News, and a correspondent at NY1.

In a memo obtained by Capital New York, Jim Schachter, WNYC’s VP for news, cited Lewis’ extensive experience as one of the reasons for tapping him as metro editor:

In that brief moment when Pete Hamill was editor of the Daily News and Bill Clinton was president of the United States, he covered a controversial stab at addressing income inequality (called, at the time, welfare reform). At NY1, he covered Hillary Clinton’s first Senate campaign. Working with Ed Bradley at ’60 Minutes,’ he was one of the producers on a profile of a new police chief (of Los Angeles) named Bill Bratton.

Lewis’ appointment is effective February 10.

Madeleine Brand ‘Presses Play’ on New Noon Show on KCRW

Promo_madeleineprimaryMadeleine Brand launched her new KCRW show “Press Play” on Monday after spending over a year off public radio airwaves.

Long a rush-hour fixture in Los Angeles, she quit her top-rated morning news show on KPCC in September 2012 after the Southern California Public Radio station forced her to take A. Martinez, a former sports commentator, as a co-host. KPCC, a rival NPR-affiliate to KRCW, was required to hire a Latino co-host to receive the full payment of a $1.8 million grant from the Corporate for Public Broadcasting.

Brand resurfaced a month later on public television, contributing to KCET’s “SoCal Connected.” The next month, she was already reportedly in talks with KCRW.

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Cumulus Positioning NASH FM as National Country Radio-Lifestyle Flagship

NASHFMLogoIf there were a couple of country and western songs in the rotation about battling 2013-14 winter blizzards and the #polarvortex, chances are the following numbers would be even more impressive. But as it stands, Bloomberg Businessweek staff writer Felix Gillette frames the radio stats as solid:

In December 2013, according to Nielsen (NLSN), 94.7 Nash FM reached 988,000 cumulative listeners, making it the 19th most popular station in the New York region. That’s still well behind such New York mainstays as No. 1 ranked 106.7 Lite FM, (5.3 million listeners), No. 7 ranked Hot 97.1 FM (2.5 million), and 15th-ranked WFAN-FM sports radio (1.7 million).

According to Gillette’s piece, the performance of NASH FM is on track to exceed Cumulus’ initial break-even expectations and become profitable sometime later this year. The 94.7 FM station is also the flagship for a growing national network of re-branded Cumulus stations in Detroit, New Orleans and elsewhere. Recently, the company sponsored a “Nash Holiday Bash” at the Beacon Theatre and has an ongoing lineup of local concert events.

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Spike Lee Gets Sirius

A month after the launch of Sirius XM’s NBA Radio, the audio vertical has its first official rabble rouser – Spike Lee.

SiriusNBARadioLogoPer a tipped release to the AP, the filmmaker will debut bi-weekly show  Spike Lee’s Best Seat in the House January 30 at 7 p.m. Subscribers can catch it via Channel 217:

“While he’s well known for his courtside allegiance to the Knicks, he knows the league and its history inside and out and can bring together the worlds of basketball and entertainment like no one else can,” SiriusXM president and chief content officer Scott Greenstein said in a statement.

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Sean Hannity Says He Can’t Wait to Ditch Cuomo’s Empire State

WCNYLogoNew York Governor Andrew Cuomo offended a wide swath of Catholics and conservatives Friday with comments made during a WCNY 93.9 FM with Susan Arbetter. Here’s what is being objected to:

“Who are they? Are they these extreme conservatives who are right-to-life, pro-assault-weapon, anti-gay? Is that who they are? Because if that’s who they are and if they are the extreme conservatives, they have no place in the state of New York, because that’s not who New Yorkers are.”

This morning via Catholic Online, Deacon Keith Fournier is calling on Cuomo to apologize to all “pro-life and pro-marriage New Yorkers.” Meanwhile, Sean Hannity hinted this may be for him personally a final New York state straw. Here’s what Hannity said on his radio show Monday night, per The Global Dispatch:

“Now I want to tell you something – I was born and raised in New York. I want you to know that and I can’t wait to get out of here. I really can’t. I don’t want to pay their 10-percent state tax anymore.”

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Pat Kiernan to Host WABC Radio Show

Pat KiernanPat Kiernan, on our shortlist of Best New Yorkers Ever (also included: Action Bronson, Jerry Seinfeld), is getting a radio show.

The New York Times reports that WABC is shifting its programming to include local coverage, and Kiernan is accompanying the move:

Mr. Kiernan, who is on NY1 each weekday morning, said his show, which will include a co-host who has not been named, would be a recap of the major news and pop culture events of the day. He also emphasized the importance of local programming on the radio, as stations compete not only against one another but also against an ocean of media online.

Kiernan’s show — which debuts next Monday and will air each weekday at 5 pm — doesn’t have a name as of yet. We humbly suggest “Kiernan’s Corner.”

Our creative genius knows no bounds.

Steven Hirsch Moderates X-Rated CEO Discussion

To all those who got a Sirius XM receiver and subscription from Santa this year, welcome to the freewheeling club. We are big fans of the satellite broadcaster’s breathtaking range of musical and talk programming, listened to both at the office and while on the road.

VividLogoPremiering on the service tonight at 7 p.m. ET / 4 p.m. PT on Vivid Radio (Channel 102) is yet another intriguing bit of Sirius content. It’s the debut episode of monthly series CEO Roundtable, moderated by Vivid Entertainment founder and co-CEO Steven Hirsch. Tonight’s episode features Evil Angel Productions owner John Stagliano, Penthouse Entertainment managing director Kelly Holland, Free Speech Coalition CEO Diane Duke and free speech attorney Paul Cambria. From the announcement:

“It’s great to have a regular, unfiltered national media platform that will enable the industry to speak for itself, talk about the challenges we face and the strategies we are using to present great entertainment to our fans,” said Hirsch.

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Bill O’Reilly Takes Over John R. Gambling’s Final WOR Show

JohnGamblingPicThe close of an epic radio run deserves an epic send-off. And so it is with Friday’s final episode of John R. Gambling‘s WOR-AM morning show.

The December 20 program brought to a close the continuous 88-year family radio dynasty of John G., father John A. and grandfather John B. Among those who phoned in Friday was Bill O’Reilly. The Factor host turned the tables on Gambling, noting that radio has changed over the years to become more like “pitched warfare” and asking his interviewer whether that is a good or bad thing:

“I think that it’s, ultimately, a bad thing,” Gambling answered. “In thinking about that question, and having been told that one of the reasons that people have listed to me and listened to all of the Gamblings is the civility…”

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In Astoria, Steinway Pianos Are Still Built to Last

JeffLundenNPRBrooklyn-based freelance arts reporter Jeff Lunden (pictured) cranked out a tuneful item today for NPR’s Morning Edition. It was all about the history of piano maker Steinway & Sons and concerns in musician circles that a recent ownership change will affect product quality.

Lunden got assurances that all will remain the same. He also summarized the intricate, old-school process responsible at a factory in Astoria for each Steinway grand:

It takes 11 months to build a Steinway grand, which features 12,000 separate parts. The factory is a beehive of activity. In one area, thin laminates of wood are glued together and put in a press, to create the distinctive form of a grand piano. In another area, so-called belly men, put the sound boards into the case.

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