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Archives: January 2012

MANHATTAN Magazine Launches New Social Title

This fall, MANHATTAN magazine is launching a new title, Charity & Social Datebook, which will highlight charity, cultural and social events.  Former Town & Country editor Alexis Clark will serve as editor of the annual guide.

Clark was a senior editor for eight years at Town & Country, where she covered philanthropic and cultural events across the country.

“Finding an editor who thoroughly understands all aspects of New York’s dynamic social and philanthropic scene was the priority, and we most definitely found that person in Alexis,” says Leslie Wolfson, publisher of MANHATTAN. “And I have no doubt her experience and talent will help make Datebook a resource that affluent New Yorkers and the people who run our city’s various charitable organization can’t live without.”

“I couldn’t have asked for a more exciting project to work on,” Clark says. “Having attended and covered the most prestigious philanthropic events in New York for so many years, I feel very connected to the city’s charitable scene and I relish the opportunity to make Datebook a beautiful publication that will serve this very giving community.”

Charity & Social Datebook will be comprised of a calendar listing, profiles of social and civic leaders, features on selected charities and photos from New York charity events.

Last year, MANHATTAN announced that it would be increasing its frequency from seven to ten times a year in 2012.

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Evidence | Unbelievable | Liquor Songs

  • SocialTimes: Lance Armstrong is going to hide all the needles first and then share exclusive pictures and videos with fans on the social networking site, Mobli.
  • AllTwitter: More proof that the world is a terrible place — some celebrities earn between $2,500 and $8,000 to send out sponsored tweets.
  • AgencySpy: A very creative way to use liquor bottles.

The Yankees Return to WWOR/Channel 9 in 2012

For the eighth consecutive year, the New York Yankees are calling WWOR/Channel 9 their over-the-air home. Yankee fans will see 21 games during the season on the Fox-owned station.

In making the announcement, WWOR general manager Lew Leone said, “We are proud to continue our partnership with the YES Network as we work together to deliver another exciting broadcast season of Yankees baseball to tri-state viewers.”

Among the highlights of the 2012 Channel 9 schedule:

  • The first broadcast is April 10 at the Baltimore Orioles
  • The first home game is May 18 against the Cincinnati Reds
  • Two Mets games: June 8— at Yankee Stadium; June 22 at CitiField
  • Two Red Sox games: August 17 at Yankee Stadium; September 11 at Fenway Park
  • Final broadcast: September 25 at Minnesota Twins

“YES has enjoyed a very productive relationship with WWOR over the years, and Yankees fans will benefit from the continuity this deal brings,” said John J. Filippelli, president of production and programming at the YES Network.

Eric Garcetti Has a Twitter Doppelgänger

L.A. Councilman Eric Garcetti has a pretty funny Twitter impostor. It might not be up to Ruth Bourdain standards, but it’s not “Santorum” either. Garcetti’s staff seems to be taking the whole thing in stride. “The tweets are harmless,”  Garcetti spokesman Yusef Robb told the LA Times. “But we would hope people follow the authentic Eric Garcetti, so they’re getting accurate and helpful information.”

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Director of Communication for NYC’s Dept. of Education Joins News Corp.

News Corp. has named Natalie Ravitz as Chief of Staff to Rupert Murdoch. Ravitz has been Director of Communications for the city’s Department of Education since the summer of 2010.

The Los Angeles Times reports that Ravitz will be starting at News Corp. in about two weeks.

In an internal memo obtained by the LA Times, Murdoch said that Ravitz will help “prioritize my commitments to align with key News Corp. initiatives.”

Lifelong Giants Fan, WCBS Anchor Chris Wragge Set to Cover Super Bowl

It’s a big week for Big Blue and their millions of fans. But perhaps most visibly is Channel 2 anchor Chris Wragge, a diehard Giants fan, who gets the plumb assignment covering Super Bowl week from Indianapolis. Call it in his DNA, Wragge grew up loving the G-Men from day one.

“I’ve been a fan, literally, since birth,” Wragge tells FishbowlNY.

But more than a fan, Wragge and his family have owned Giants season tickets since the G-Men got their own stadium in the Meadowlands in 1976. From that first game as a six-year-old, Wragge got a first row seat (or section 324) to many of the franchise’s memorable moments.

“I’ve been there for every game, from the [Joe] Pisarcik game to the Flipper Anderson game, to the whole run in 1986,” Wragge remembers.

Of course, as a season ticket holder, Wragge is entitled to playoff seats as well. Baseball is famously talked about as the sport where father’s bond with their son. But Wragge would likely have a differing opinion.

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Veteran Jock Bob Shannon Remains a No-Show for WCBS-FM Listeners

WCBS-FM mainstay Bob Shannon has been missed recently on his midday shift. The veteran of the Oldies, now Classic Hits station, has been replaced by night jocks Ron Parker and Joe Causi for the last several weeks.

Staffers are left to speculate about the reason for Shannon’s silence.  

“No one has heard from Bob in several weeks,” a source tells FishbowlNY.

Shannon arrived at CBS-FM in the early 1980s. After the Jack FM debacle, Shannon was rehired by the station, linking listeners to CBS-FM’s glorious past.

Tackle The Web With True-Life Tales

Who says your first-person essays have to be limited to print? We’re ending our four-part series on personal essays with a nod to the growing digital outlet, with 15 sites all eager to publish your piece. is hungry for unique stories only you can tell, while three parenting pubs want to read “click-y content” that’ll bring the laughs. You can even tweet “tiny truths” to in 130 characters or less.

Find out more on word count and submission etiquette at Personal Essay Markets, Part IV [sub req'd]. And don’t forget to revisit our Parts I, II and III for advice on tackling the oldie-but-goodie print pubs.

Michael Wolff to Join U.S. Guardian

Michael Wolff has a new stomping ground: The Guardian, stateside.

Anthony De Rosa, Reuters’ Social Media Editor, just tweeted that Wolff will be covering “media, tech, publishing and politics,” and that his first column will debut tomorrow.

Wolff simply said, “Yup. Hanging my hat at the Guardian.”

The Daily’s Publisher on Year One: ‘We’ve Absolutely Met Our Expectations’

Few things have been as harshly scrutinized in the last year as The Daily. Sure, “Scream 4″ was attacked for not taking advantage of the superior talents of David Arquette, and more recently Lana Del Rey has been critiqued about 4,347 times too many, but The Daily seemed to get blasted more than anything. So how is The Little Tablet Paper That Could doing now? Its Publisher, Greg Clayman, says “just fine, thank you.”

Digiday reports that The Daily has the same reach as The Detroit Free Press or The Seattle Times, with about 250,000 monthly readers and 100,000 paid subscribers. It also continues to have the support of big-time advertisers, such as IBM and BMW and has finally worked out all of its technical issues. This, according to Clayman, is all part of the plan.

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