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Archives: October 2011

KCRW Halloween Masquerade Party Rocks Per Usual


Photo: Jeremiah Garcia

KCRW’s annual Masquerade party has pretty much become the go-to Halloween event of choice here in LA. Despite the origins of the flu, your humble Fishie was in attendance–with the assistance of ample amounts of Red Bull–and he’s happy to report this year did not disappoint.

Like last year, the event was held at the Legendary Park Plaza hotel across from MacArthur Park. Moby, Mariachi El Bronx, Dengue Fever and Milagres all played–and KCRW’s various DJs alternated sets throughout the night on four different stages. Moby’s performance was so crowded they blocked off the door and wouldn’t let anyone else in 30 minutes before he went on. So we missed the set. In lieu of a description, we’ll give you a great photo by Jeremiah Garcia after the jump.

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5 Things You Need to Know This Week: Halloween!

In a spooktacular, ghoulicious episode of “5 Things You Need to Know This Week,” we count down our five favorite Halloween costumes. With special appearances by Beyoncé, Blake Lively, Brian Williams, and Brian Williams.

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James Garner is His Own Worst Critic

Like most actors, James Garner is not particularly fond of a lot of his work. As he tells CBS News ahead of tomorrow’s arrival of his autobiography The Garner Files, he rates only two of his big screen efforts as being excellent.

What is atypical however is the way the 83-year-old actor and co-author Jon Winokur have chosen to convey this information. As New York Post movie critic Lou Lumenick was one of the first to note, Garner has basically gone Leonard Maltin on himself:

This is the first movie star biography I’ve seen where an actor provides capsule reviews of all his movies. Even more unusually, Garner rates all but one of them from zero to five stars. The ones he rates most highly are The Americanization of Emily (1964) and The Notebook (2004) with five stars…

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October Snowstorm Spells Overtime Assignment for WNYW Anchor Ernie Anastos

In trying to return some normalcy to viewers’ lives, and preparing them for the morning commute, newscasts had typical team coverage to cope with the aftermath of a bizarre October blast of winter.

However, one channel was not typical, bringing in its “big gun” for last night’s coverage. 

Ernie Anastos, the veteran WNYW/Channel 5 anchor, was on the air for Sunday’s 10 p.m. newscast with Christina Park. With many angles to explore, Sports Extra was preempted, expanding the broadcast to an hour.  

There was no 6 p.m. newscast on WNYW due to its NFL commitment.

You’ll recall, in August, Anastos teamed up with Park for the Sunday night newscasts as Hurricane Irene cut a path of destruction across the tri-state.

Meredith Completes Acquisition of Every Day With Rachael Ray

Meredith Corporation and Reader’s Digest Association have completed the agreement for Meredith to acquire Every Day with Rachael Ray magazine and its related digital assets.  In addition, Meredith announced it has finalized a 10-year licensing agreement with Watch Entertainment Inc. for the award-winning brand.

The acquisition includes the popular magazine that’s published 10 times annually with a 7.4 million audience.  The first issue of Every Day with Rachael Ray published under the Meredith banner will be February 2012, available on newsstands in early January.

“We are energized to bring the Every Day with Rachael Ray brand to market as part of the Meredith portfolio,” said Meredith National Media Group President Tom Harty.  “It represents a very important piece of the strategy we are executing to significantly enhance our already powerful reach in the food space.”

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New LA Weekly Editor is Owner’s Ex-Girlfriend

Wow. Neon Tommy’s Benjamin Gottlieb dug up a rather sensational scoop in a well-reported story on incoming LA Weekly editor-in-chief Sarah Fenske. It turns out that back when Fenske was a columnist for the Phoenix New Times a few years ago, she dated Mike Lacey–owner of the Weekly‘s parent company Village Voice Media.

This guy:

“We haven’t been involved for years,” Fenske told Neon Tommy. “I would hope that my work would stand for itself.”

Fair enough. Gross though. Very gross.

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Earthquake App a Rare Misstep for California Watch

Although San Diego Union-Tribune science reporter Gary Robbins applauds California Watch for embracing non-tradition revenue streams, he suggests that their 99-cent earthquake-focused myFault application registers about 2.0 on the consumer value scale. From his review:

It’s a clunky, poorly-designed app that badly depicts the location of many fault zones and fails to include all or part of many well-known systems, making this seismic hazards software worthless. The faults are not labeled, and the designers didn’t include important basic data, such as the dates of notable earthquakes on significant faults or how large of a quake can be expected to occur on a system.

The spring 2011 article series offshoot was developed by Chase Davis, who juggles daytime Center for Investigative Reporting duties with nighttime entrepreneurship. When contacted by Robbins, Davis defended his decision to bypass information readily available from the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS).

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New Shows at Telemundo’s WNJU/Channel 47

With the influx of radio layoffs, the opposite is occurring at Telemundo’s Channel 47/WNJU. The Daily News reports, the Spanish language station is preparing to launch a new public affairs show Enfoque Nueva York (Focus on New York) November 6 at 11 p.m.

The changes come at Channel 47 amid a new management team, and Comcast having recently acquired station owner NBC Universal.

Those changes include adding weekend newscasts (at 6 p.m. and 11 p.m.) to the schedule, starting January 21 with anchor Ivan Taylor.

Weeknight WNJU anchor Jorge Ramos will host Enfoque Nueva York.

For Channel 47, 2012 will mark its 47th year on the air. Telemundo’s rival is New York’s other Spanish-language station Univision’s Channel 41/WXTV, which began broadcasting in 1968.

Clear Channel Radio Names New LA Operations Manager

Andrew Jeffries has just been named Clear Channel Radio’s new operations manager for the LA market. Jeffries was most recently the head of AC formats for 104.3 MYFM and KOST 103.5 in LA. With his promotion, he now becomes responsible for KIIS-FM, KYSR (98.7FM), KHHT (HOT 92.3) and the AM talk stations KTLK, Sports KLAC and KFI. Which means that John and Ken are now his responsibility.

Have fun with that!

Press release after the jump:

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Billboard to Honor Z100 Program Director Sharon Dastur

As part of the Power Player series of Billboard’s Women in Music, WHTZ/Z100 program director Sharon Dastur is among those being recognized.

Billboard honors female executives who drive the business forward with vision, dedication, and hard work. Those selected come from the world of TV, touring, labels, and publishing companies.

Taylor Swift will be on hand accepting her award for Billboard’s Woman of the Year.

This year’s event takes place Friday, Dec. 2 at Capitale in New York City.

Dastur has been overseeing the day-to-day operations at Clear Channel’s Z100 since 1996.

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