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Archives: October 2010

KCRW ‘Masquerade’ Fundraiser: Our NPR Station Is Way Cooler Than Yours


Photo: Henry Rollins by Jeremiah Garcia

Not sure how the rest of the NPR umbrella is faring in its fundraising efforts in the wake of the Juan Williams fiasco. But here in Los Angeles, our member station KCRW seems to have figured out a nice formula for bringing in the cash — being awesome. KCRW put on its annual Halloween-eve “Masquerade” fundraising party on Saturday. And let’s just say this was not your mid-90s scweddy balls NPR scene.

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Cablevision And News Corp. Finally Call A Truce

It took two weeks and 19 hours, but the bickering between Cablevision and News Corp. has drawn to a long overdue close.  That sound you are hearing is a much deserved sigh of relief by three million local Cablevision subscribers who can now tune in to Fox for tonight’s World Series game three and tomorrow’s Packers-Jets 1p.m. showdown.

In addition to WNYW/Fox 5, New Yorkers will be pleased to have My9 Network, Fox Business Network, National Geographic Wild, and Fox Deportes back on their cable dial.

Read on to see how Cablevision broke the good news to their customers.

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Hola! INK Publishing Seeks Editor-In-Chief for Spanish-Language Magazine

Ready to let your career take flight? INK Publishing, the world’s leading publisher of in-flight magazines, is looking for an experienced editor-in-chief for a Spanish-language magazine for a Mexican airline.

If hired, you’ll be responsible for managing all of the editorial functions of the magazine, ensuring its quality and best practices, making sure it stays within budget and adheres to deadlines. The job is based in Brooklyn, N.Y. — locals only, please.

The ideal candidate will have at least three years of senior-level editorial experience with a Spanish-language magazine, and have extensive knowledge of the Mexican market. You should also have top-notch editing skills, and, needless to say, speak Spanish. Interested? Apply here.

Clownfish of the Week: Valerie Latona

Yesterday, the TelePictures blog TooFab.com revealed the text of an apology email circulated to several dozen readers of Shape Magazine by editor Valerie Latona. Apparently, this group was extremely displeased with the publication’s October 2010 cover photo of LeAnn Rimes in a red bikini, along with the teaser tag ‘How Working Out Saved Me,’ a reference to her extramarital affair with CSI star Eddie Cibrian.

Wrote Latona:

Please know that our putting her on the cover was not meant to put a husband-stealer on a pedestal-but to show (through her story) how we all are human. And this woman in particular found strength in exercise in what she said was her most difficult personal moment.

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Don We Now Our Gay Apparel | Playground Politics | Moonewoking

  • FishbowlLA: I do wish I could hire this choir to follow me around or to announce my arrival at parties / meetings / the post office by singing my theme song. (“Thoia Thoing,” by R. Kelly. Since you asked.)
  • FishbowlDC: The Onion and TBD were playing nice, but then Politico came and kicked some sand in their faces. And now everyone’s Garanimals are ruined.
  • Buzzfeed: Nothing says Halloween quite like drunk ewoks doing the moonwalk and humping Al Roker.

Have a safe and happy Halloween, everyone! Please send us pictures of your costume if you happen to dress as something fun, like Anna-Winour-as-Snookie or Graydon-Carter-emerging-from-a-Chilean-mine.

Stars Flock to Huffington Post Game Changers Party

Image via HuffPo

“Innovators, mavericks, visionaries, and leaders” convened in downtown New York Thursday night as The Huffington Post celebrated its 100 Game Changers of 2010. Neon centerpieces including a flaming orange shopping cart and lime green globe adorned the darkly lit Skylight Studios space, and we thought for a minute we mistakenly showed up for Arianna Huffington‘s big, fat Greek Bat Mitzvah. Not to worry: A bacon cheeseburger passed hors d’oeuvre cleared up the confusion. Giant screens projected winners in each “Game Changer” category, from food to activism to education — though we didn’t spot a Divorce vertical (maybe next year!).

Amid the swarm of celebs, we spotted Sean Penn, Anderson Cooper, Gayle King, Paulina Porizkova, Tom Colicchio (adorably holding hands with his wife), Marcus Samuelsson, Gail Simmons, and Fern Mallis, but we just had to stop and talk to former governor Eliot Spitzer. Even though we were tempted to ask to see his socks, we took the high road and asked him about his new show on CNN, Parker Spitzer. We asked Spitzer what the hardest part has been so far, and he responded, “Only having eight to 12 minute segments to work with” for each guest. What has he learned since the first taping? “Talk quickly because you only have eight minutes.” He told us he wishes he had an hour instead (we have a feeling that’s never gonna happen), and when we asked who he’d most like to have on the show, Spitzer named Bill Clinton and George W. Bush, remarking that the latter ex-prez “always has a lot to say” and adding, “The fun part is interviewing people I don’t necessarily agree with.” We couldn’t agree more, Mr. Spitzer.

Follow the jump for HuffPo’s red carpet video coverage.
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This Weekend: KCRW Hosts Halloween ‘Masquerade’ Fundraiser

For the second year in a row, KCRW is hosting a massive fundraising party over Halloween weekend at the Park Plaza. Called “Masquerade,” the show will feature music from Cut Chemist, Gram Rabbit and The Duke Spirit. 14 KCRW DJs will be also be spinning at the event, including, we’re told, Henry Rollins.

The show takes on an added significance in the wake of the Juan Williams/NPR fiasco–which has threatened to hamper fundraising efforts for member stations. If this show sells out like last year, at 75 bucks a ticket, it would go a long way towards easing any post-Williams fundraising malaise.

More details on KCRW’s site.

LA TV Stations Reap Election Ad Bonanza

LA Times TV industry beat reporter Meg James has the lowdown on a different kind of boffo BO, though some might argue that it still involves a bunch of 3-D jackasses.

Via the newspaper’s Company Town blog, James tips her own story about some staggering figures being compiled by Wells Fargo Securities media analyst Marci Ryvicker:

Ryvicker found that LA stations had collected $105 million [in political ad spending] by the third week of September – three times as much as New York stations. And that was before the candidates’ spending sprees kicked into high gear. By the time election season is over, LA stations could take in as much as $150 million in political money.

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Adam Rapoport Heading To Bon Appetit

WWD is reporting that Adam Rapoport, GQ‘s style editor, is heading to Bon Appetit as editor in chief next week, taking over for Barbara Fairchild.

Bon Appetit saw another major change just yesterday when it was announced that Carol Smith was leaving her post as publisher for Condé Nast’s food group, which includes Bon Appetit, and that Bill Wackermann would be assuming responsibilities for the group’s titles, which also includes the Gourmet brand.

Essence Magazine Announces New Fashion Hires

Today, Essence announced several additions to its fashion editorial team: Marielle Bobo is now the senior fashion editor and Zandile Blay takes the title of Essence.com’s fashion editor. In addition, Toccara, of “America’s Next Top Model” fame, will Essence as a contributing style editor.

Bobo has previously lent her fashion and style expertise to titles such as Harper’s Bazaar, Glamour, WWD, Allure, and Vanity Fair, among others. She often makes appearances as a style expert on televisions shows like “Good Morning America” and “The Today Show,” and most recently served as the senior fashion editor for Ok! magazine.

Blay is a style columnist for The Huffington Post and was formerly Paper magazine’s women’s market editor. She has also worked for Seventeen, as an editor, as well as New York mag, InStyle and Complex.

Toccara began contributing to Essence in September, and will provide style tips and fashion advice both in print and online, via video blog, at Essence.com

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