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Acerbic WNYC Host Steve Post Passes Away

WNYCLogoNew York Daily News writer David Hinckley describes Steve Post as one of “New York radio’s all-time great contrarians.” After learning the ropes at WBAI, Post earned that reputation beginning in 1982 on Morning Music, the WNYC he took over from Robert Lurtzema. Post passed away Sunday at age 70:

The show was primarily music, but Post also injected commentary on matters from Ronald Reagan to WNYC management. He often grumbled that reading “underwriting” messages on WNYC was not much different from reading ads on commercial stations.

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How James Brown Helped a Fledgling Reporter Turn It Loose

ShutterstockJamesBrownThe day before James Brown answered the door at his home in Beech Island, South Carolina in the summer of 2003, reporter Karen Fragala Smith had valiantly rustled up bus fare. From her Huffington Post blog item:

I had withdrawn the last hundred bucks from my checking account and boarded a Greyhound bus for Augusta, Georgia, just over the state line from Beech Island. I was in town to interview James Brown for Newsweek magazine.

Well, sort of. I was an editorial assistant who spent most of my time arranging travel accommodations for the director of the foreign language editions, and making photocopies for an elderly editor who found both the technology of a copy machine and the fact that women in the office weren’t just secretaries anymore, to be equally confounding. I was eager to do something that resembled journalism.

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Remembering the Quest for Tom Snyder’s First Guest

TomSnyderOn this date seven years ago, Tom Snyder passed away in San Francisco. To honor the broadcaster’s life and legacy, longtime friend and producer Michael Horowicz likes to annually at this time share a fond Snyder anecdote.

Adding to the significance of this anniversary is the fact that July 29 is also the date that Horowicz himself was born.

“Much has been made recently about a new talk show’s ‘first guest,’” Horowicz tells FishbowlNY. “There was excitement over Jimmy Fallon’s first guest on The Tonight Show (Will Smith), as well as Seth Meyers on his first show (Amy Poehler). It was the same in December 1994, as we prepared to debut The Late Late Show with Tom on CBS the following month.”

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Miami Beach Officials Aiming to Cancel Arthur Godfrey

At the height of his post-World War II popularity, Arthur Godfrey hosted two weekly CBS-TV series and another 90-minute weekday radio-TV program (Arthur Godfrey Time).

Per Wikipedia, the end-of-the-week daily show was a little different:

The Friday shows were heard on radio only, because at the end of the week, Godfrey traditionally broadcast his portion from a studio at his Virginia farm outside of Washington, D.C., and TV cameras were unable to transmit live pictures of him and his New York cast at the same time.

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RIP: Elaine Stritch

Broadway World has one of the first and best comments about the passing of the 89-year-old stage and film legend. It comes from Stritch’s agent Joel Dean:

“Elaine was truly one-of-a-kind. She was feisty, irascible and at the same time very vulnerable. After first meeting her she was very protective and hard to get to know but once I did she would be a friend forever. I learned not to be intimidated when she yelled at me which was very often.”

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Steve Forbes, John Kerry Call Attention to Journalist’s Unsolved Murder

Will the July 9, 2004 murder in Moscow of rising Forbes Russia editor Paul Klebnikov ever be solved? It’s hard to say.

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On Wednesday, Forbes Media CEO and editor-in-chief Steve Forbes sent out several tweets marking the tenth anniversary of the crime, including the message above. And from Washington D.C., Secretary of State John Kerry issued a powerful statement, which began as follows:

Ten years ago today, an American journalist was shot and killed as he left his Moscow office. Paul Klebnikov did more than write about politics and business in Russia. He was a voice of conscience in the fight against corruption.

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A.O. Scott’s Uncle Eli Passes at Age 98

There’s a rather unusual video sitting towards to top of the New York Times obituary for actor Eli Wallach. Ahead of Wallach’s lifetime achievement Oscar in 2010, the actor – then 95 – welcomed grand nephew A.O. Scott to his Upper West Side apartment for a warm-hearted conversation. Wallach was Scott’s Great Uncle.

“I keep forgetting my lines,” Wallach jokes at the end of the video. “Just ad lib,” Scott replies.

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Casey Kasem Memorial Imbued with the Spirit of Humanitarianism

ShutterstockCaseyKasemAll three children from Casey Kasem‘s first marriage were at a memorial held in Los Angeles over the weekend for their legendary dad. And it is one of those offspring, Kerri Kasem, who has delivered a most inspiring quote.

Here’s what she told New York Daily News west coast bureau chief Nancy Dillon:

“The one thing I heard over and over from people was that the memorial inspired them to live a better life and be a better person. Everyone got to hear about my dad’s humanitarian work and what a great father and friend he was.”

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RIP: Felix Dennis

DennisPublishingLogoIn the U.S., Dennis Publishing’s footprint had been reduced to The Week and Mental Floss. But it is of course for the vertiginous rise of Maxim magazine that the company’s flamboyant chief executive chairman Felix Dennis will be most remembered here.

With news that Dennis passed away over the weekend at age 67 after a long battle with throat cancer, the fond reminiscences are starting to be shared. From a piece by The Guardian‘s David Hepworth:

Although Felix loved the company of journalists and photographers, he never made the mistake of getting hung up on editorial. When Maxim was at its height in the United States, I sat with him while he went through a new issue, purring over every page of advertising, pulling out a gatefold and cackling, “You know how much they paid for that?”

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A Father’s Day Tragedy

This is absolutely horrific.

CloserMagazineLogoOver the weekend in the Hamptons, Closer magazine editor-in-chief Annabel Vered and her husband Josef Burstein witnessed the death of their six-year-old daughter Tess. While trying to dart across the road in front of their property on Sunday, the little girl was hit by a car driven by an elderly neighbor.

From a report in the New York Post:

[Maurice] Wittenberg and his wife, Harriet, 76, who was in the car with him, told The Post that they had been returning from their weekly trip to the local King Kullen supermarket…

“I feel it wasn’t my fault, but it’s still a terrible thing to know you’ve killed an innocent little child. It was the worst day of my life,’’ the man said.

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