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Archives: February 2012

EXCLUSIVE: LA Clippers Want ‘Clipper Darrell’ to Drop His Name

Despite the addition of Chris Paul and first place in the Pacific Division standings, the Los Angeles Clippers are still … well … the Los Angeles Clippers.

The front office wants superfan “Clipper Darrell,” aka Darrell Bailey, to drop the Clipper nickname.

After Bleacher Report was denied media credentials while doing a profile on the man who has stood by the Clippers through thick and a whole lot of thin, Bailey called team president Andy Roeser to get an explanation.

Carl Lahr, senior vice president of marketing and sales, eventually returned Bailey’s call last week and informed him that the organization didn’t need him doing stories or speaking to the media on behalf of the team.

“We got to talking and I said the way I feel, you don’t want Clipper Darrell no more,” Bailey told FishbowlLA Wednesday. “You want Darrell Bailey back. They said, ‘You would do that?’”

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And the Ratings Winner is… WABC/Channel 7 with Oscar Night

It is traditionally one of television’s biggest nights of the year. And despite the usual criticism, the Academy Awards was easily the most-viewed show of the week nationally, and in New York.

The Sunday night telecast, seen on WABC/Channel 7, had an estimated 4.2 million viewers with a bulging 21.7 rating, according to Nielsen. The Oscar Red Carpet special took the next three slots in 30-minute intervals, with the final portion ramping up to the actual event at number two (2.9 million/14.8).

After Hollywood’s annual pomp and circumstance came Fox’s own version. The two-day American Idol final judgment yielded a Top 5 and 6 performance.  As the judges whittled the field down to the Top 25, 1.2 million fans tuned in for the two-hour presentation Wednesday (with a 6.0 rating), while another 1.1 million watched Thursday (1.1 million/5.7).

More from the Top 10 after the jump

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Mike Catherwood Says Radio Career Has Been ‘Insane’ Since Filling in on Live

Mike Catherwood is a 32-year old radio veteran, known to most people outside of New York as the co-host of the national syndicated Loveline with Dr. Drew. The show, though, is not heard in New York.

Catherwood, got his big exposure with the Big Apple when he was selected by Live with Regis and Kelly as part of the “Men of Radio Co-host for the Day” contest. By January of 2011, the native of Pasadena, California had a fill-in opportunity on the show opposite Kelly Ripa. That led to an appearance last season on Dancing With The Stars.

“It’s been insane. I’ve been lucky enough to have way more success in the radio industry than I could ever dream of. But the radio industry is an incredibly anonymous industry,” Catherwood says. “When you all of a sudden put your face out there on such a visible stage as the Regis and Kelly show, it was crazy to see people’s reactions.”

Click to read the complete interview with Catherwood.

Daniel Pearl Posthumously Baptized by Mormons

Daniel Pearl, the Jewish-American Wall Street Journal reporter notoriously executed by terrorists in Pakistan in the months after 9/11, has been posthumously baptized by Mormons, reports the Boston Globe.

Helen Radkey, an excommunicated Mormon who combs through the church’s archives, said that records indicate Pearl, who was Jewish, was baptized by proxy on June 1, 2011 at a Mormon temple in Twin Falls, Idaho.

“It’s a lack of respect for Danny and a lack of respect for his parents,” Pearl’s widow Mariane told the Globe. “Danny would laugh…because it’s silly. It’s a bit surreal…But there is a more serious concern behind it, of respecting people’s identity and integrity.”

Mariane Pearl also called on Mitt Romney to use his sway with the Mormon church to publicly condemn the posthumous baptisms of Jews without the consent of their estates.

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The New York Times’ Facebook Timeline Goes Back to 1851

The New York Times is feeling awfully nostalgic lately. On Monday it launched a Tumblr for its huge archive of ancient photographs, and today it has updated its Facebook page to include information all the way back to September 18, 1851, when the paper debuted. Known back then as The New-York Daily Times., it was available for one cent.

A few other highlights from the Times’ page:

  • The first Sunday edition was published on April 21, 1861, because of the public’s desire for more news about the Civil War and an ongoing exposé that revealed the ponys used in the Pony Express were actually horses
  • The hyphen was dropped from the paper’s name in 1896
  • The price of a weekday Times skyrockets to two cents in 1918, sparking riots in all 27 streets across the nation
  • In 1942, the first crossword puzzles began appearing. This is also the beginning of the now widely accepted practice of cursing at a newspaper
  • The Times unveils its website in 1996 and doesn’t charge anyone for access, an error it still regrets so please subscribe dammit

Snag $2 A Word At GQ

Since its start as a trade magazine, GQ remains the sophisticated older brother of the lad mag genre. And although editors expect nothing short of poised perfection in all pitches, senior editor Will Welch said they welcome irreverence with no shortage of humor in their front-of-book sections.

“There’s always a need for coverage with a super distinct point of view and the right sense of humor,” Welch said. ”The most immediate thing is for freelancers to show familiarity with the skeleton of our magazine: what the sections are and what the tone of the writing is.”

For contact info for GQ editors and more details on what they consider a perfect pitch, read How To Pitch: GQ. [sub req'd]

ASME Announces Digital Ellie Nominees

The American Society of Magazine Editors announced the nominees for its “Digital Ellie” awards. The digital properties of The Atlantic and New York magazine as well as Slate and the Daily Beast lead the pack with three nominations each. People magazine’s website is the only LA-based digital pub to earn a nomination (at least that we were able to see). Mother Jones picked up a nod in the “Reporting” category for its Occupy Wall Street coverage.

Full list of nominees after the jump:

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Businessweek Revamps Website

The days of Bloomberg Businessweek magazine looking a hell of a lot better than its website are officially over. used to be boring and complicated to navigate — basically the exact opposite of the print counterpart — but now it’s vibrant, clean and inviting. The new look is thanks to Richard Turley, Businessweek’s Creative Director, who routinely makes the magazine a must see.

We’re happy it has changed. We would routinely stay away from its site because of the clutter, but with a revamp, Josh Tyrangiel, the magazine’s Editor-in-Chief, said things are different now. “We’ve completely realigned the culture of Businessweek so it’s a digital news organization, he told Adweek. “People have turned on the juice.”

A Businessweek spokesperson wanted us to note that it wasn’t just Turley who is responsible for the new site; he worked on it along with a team of people. Now you know.

LA Film Critics Head to Missouri

The three-day conference “Based on a True Story: The Intersections of Documentary Film and Journalism” kicks off tonight at the University of Missouri School of Journalism with a special screening of The Waiting Room. But the real meat-and-potatoes discussions will take place Thursday by means of four different panels.

LA Weekly film critic Karina Longworth will be among those examining how transparent filmmakers should be about any manipulated aspects of their non-fiction, while LA Times film reviewer Betsy Sharkey will follow later in the afternoon for a discussion entitled “Documentary Entertainment and Its Audience:”

To what extent do new forms of documentary filmmaking overlap with entertainment? Has the recent success and expansion of documentary filmmaking altered audience expectations, and does that success promote or discourage filmmakers from telling the brutal truth? Are audiences expecting slices of life, melodrama, or groundbreaking journalism when they see a non-fiction film, and how have these varied expectations changed the task, the self-representation, and the films of documentary filmmakers?

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Duke Denies Grantland Credentials to Rivalry Game With UNC

You’d think with names like Bill Simmons, Charles Pierce and Chuck Klosterman on its roster, plus the backing of ESPN, Grantland wouldn’t have any trouble getting its reporters credentialed to big events. You’d be wrong. Grantland writer Shane Ryan will not be allowed access to the big Duke/North Carolina basketball game this weekend, despite the pleas of his editor.

“The request was for a credential for one of their bloggers rather than one of their feature writers such as Bill Simmons,” Duke’s associate sports information director Matt Plizga told Poynter.

That decision did not go over too well with Simmons.