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Archives: October 2011

Breaking: Laurie Cantillo Resigns as WABC-AM Program Director

Laurie Cantillo, who joined WABC-AM in February 2009 has resigned, according to All

On October 21, Cumulus laid off several staffers at WABC and sister station WPLJ.

Prior to her arrival at WABC, Cantillo was program director at Harpo’s Oprah and Friends Radio Network. She also spent six years as program director at KFYI in Phoenix.

No replacement for Cantillo has been named.

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NYT Reporter Dresses Down Dawn Hudson

Maybe Dawn Hudson would have been better off acquiescing to Michael Cieply‘s interview request.

The New York Times reporter, in the absence of access to the newly named chief executive of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences or her presidential colleague Tom Sherak, has offered up a rather strange passive-aggressive profile of the one-time Film Independent-IFP head.

For every flattering quote, there are basically two narrative insults. At the halfway point of the piece for example, after framing Hudson as a Harvard drop-out who suffered a “rare collapse in confidence,” Cieply goes on to gently question the lineage of her brief acting career:

High Crimes (2002) was directed by Carl Franklin, who won the IFP/West’s Independent Spirit Award for his One False Move in 1993. In 1994, Ms. Hudson had a small part in Angie, directed by Martha Coolidge, who won a Spirit award for Rambling Rose in 1992. The next year, the director Jonathan Wacks, a Spirit nominee for Pow Wow Highway in 1990, cast her in Ed and His Dead Mother.

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Odd Future Band Member Attacks Female Photographer

A performance Sunday in New Orleans by the Los Angeles-based alt hip hop group Odd Future took a violent turn when a band member smacked a female photographer in the face.

The incident began at the end of the band’s first song with a rant from frontman Tyler the Creator, who complained that giving photographers a barricaded area next the stage is not fair to fans. Vyron “Left Brain” Turner then attacked the photogs working in the pit, throwing water at them, whacking and kicking at camera equipment, and delivered a slap to freelance photographer Amy Harris‘s face.

Harris told Louisiana’s NBC33 News:

I have worked many shows before, and I’ve had to deal with a band flinging water at the photographers, but I never expected this to happen. In the pit, the male to female ratio is about 20 to 1. There were way more men in that pit than women.

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October Storm Viewed as ‘Once-In-A-Lifetime Event’ By WABC Meteorologist Bill Evans

Dealing with snowstorms is nothing new to New Yorkers. Those weather systems can be destructive and deadly. But until now, they were never in October. Saturday’s storm produced record-setting numbers that WABC/Channel 7 morning meteorologist Bill Evans finds mind-boggling.

“It was very historical for everyone really,” Evans tells FishbowlNY.

The path of the Nor’ easter blanketed north and west of New York City with upwards of a foot of snow. Central Park eclipsed its previous all-time October high of eight-tenths of an inch with 2.9 inches of snow.

“That’s a tremendous amount of snow when you consider that usually mid-December is when we should start with accumulating snows,” Evans says. “We just don’t see that. It’s a once-in-a-lifetime event.”

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Former LAT Sports Editor Hired by USA Today

Former Los Angeles Times deputy sports editor and Yahoo! Sports executive editor Dave Morgan was named senior vice president of content and editor-in-chief for the USA Today Sports Media Group.

Morgan left Yahoo! Sports in June after five years at the company.

He was so popular with his colleagues that several Yahoo! writers honored their departed boss by changing their Twitter avatar to a photo of Morgan.

Colleague Recalls Advocate Founder Aristide Laurent’s Strangest LA Moment

There’s a wonderful obituary today at for Aristide Laurent, the gay rights advocate who co-founded the Los Angeles Advocate in 1967. He passed away October 26 after a long illness.

It’s not easy summarizing a life as colorful and eventful as this, but writer Toby Grace does so in a style befitting his last name. Along with inspiring mention of how Aristide refused to surrender to a U.S. Air Force investigation that pressured him to identify fellow gay enlistees, there is this look at the hilarious (in retrospect) LAPD raid of the Mark IV Bathouse:

The charity “slave auction,” intended to raise money for the Gay Community Services Center, was utterly misunderstood by the unimaginative straights in the LAPD Vice Squad. They actually thought people were going to be sold into real, down-on-the-plantation slavery! They deployed over 100 cops at a cost of more than $150,000 and came in like gang busters, arresting 40 people including Aristide and charged them with slavery. It was a major public relations disaster for the Los Angeles police, left them looking absolutely ridiculous and stirred up the gay community’s wrath like a stick in a hornet’s nest. All charges were dropped, of course.

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Longtime Press-Telegram Editor Larry Allison Dies at 77

Long Beach Press-Telegram editorial page editor Larry Allison has died from pneumonia at the age of 77. Allison joined the paper in 1957, holding the titles of reporter, copy editor, city editor, managing editor and executive editor over the course of his nearly 55-year career there.

Over at the Long Beach Post, publisher Shaun Lumachi called Allison “the dean of Long Beach media.” Long Beach Mayor Bob Foster also released this statement.

“Larry always went to great lengths to fairly present issues and always had a keen focus on what mattered to the readers of the Long Beach Press-Telegram. He was a gentleman and his dedication to this community, the P-T and the greater Long Beach community will be missed. Nancy and I send our deepest condolences to Larry’s wife and family during this very difficult time.”


Martha Stewart’s Reading List

Adweek caught up with Martha Stewart recently and got her to dish on her favorite TV shows, newspapers and apps. The mogul said that the first thing she does in the morning is put on MSNBC and watch for stock tips. Kidding! She listens for the news and weather.

Stewart also listens to NPR in the background and reads The Wall Street Journal and the New York Times.

Stewart added that she watches “The Daily Show” and “The Tonight Show,” and admitted that watching movies on her iPad was maybe her favorite new thing to do. Also, being the smart woman she is, Stewart squeezed in a plug for Marta Stewart Living’s iPad app.

She did not mention her daughter’s new book.

Jim Ladd Will Get to Say Goodbye on KFI

KLOS-FM disc jockey Jim Ladd was one of a dozen employees abruptly laid off by Cumulus Media last week.

With no heads up from management, it appeared Ladd wouldn’t get a chance to say goodbye to his fans. But Gary Lycan of The Orange County Register reports Ladd will fill in for Lisa Ann Walter on Saturday, Nov. 5 from 4 p.m.-7 p.m.

“(KFI) Program Director Robin Bertolucci was very kind and asked me to do a show because I didn’t have a chance to say goodbye to my audience. I’m looking forward to it,” Ladd told Lycan via e-mail.

Kudos to KFI for doing the right thing and giving Ladd an outlet to conduct a proper farewell.