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Archives: May 2012

Nic Harcourt Amps Up KCSN-FM Radio Show

Beginning this weekend, Nic Harcourt will have a couple of additional co-hosts of sorts for his 88.5 FM Saturday afternoon program – The Guitar Center and Filter magazine. The focus will also shift more specifically to spotlighting emerging, unsigned talent.

Per a report by LA Times music writer Randy Lewis, the association with LA’s leading musical instruments purveyor means the show title will change from Connections with Nic Harcourt to Connections Made by Guitar Center. The tweaked program will also be syndicated and made available via guitarcenter.com:

“There is more good music being made today than ever before,” Harcourt said in a statement. He came to KCSN last year from KCRW-FM (89.9), where he had once been music director and host of Morning Becomes Eclectic. “If you don’t have the time to troll through the vast array of music blogs, YouTube and social spaces, Connections is a place where we’ll do it for you.”

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Lauren Berger Writes New Book for Young People Entering "Real World"

Lauren Berger Welcome to the Real WorldCareer Expert, Lauren Berger, releases her second book, Welcome to the Real World: Finding Your Place, Perfecting Your Work, and Turning Your Job Into Your Dream Career (Harper Business), on April 22nd. In this book, Berger shares everything she wishes someone told her after graduation. Her book is the essential guide to anyone starting their first, second, or third job. She encourages readers to be fearless, step outside of their comfort zones, and go after what they want.

NYC One-Ups LA Media with Latest Hockey Blunder

Well, it looks like Los Angeles isn’t the only media market that’s having trouble with the NHL playoffs.

According to WABC in New York City, the Los Angeles Kings are playing the New York Islanders — not the New Jersey Devils — in the Stanley Cup Final.

Feel better, CBS2, NBC4 and Fox 11?

[H/T Deadspin]

TONIGHT: Good Magazine Launch Party for New Issue

Good magazine is celebrating their latest issue with a party tonight at Atwater Crossing. Alas, it isn’t free, but it’s a pretty good deal – $10 gets you admission to the event, free beer from Golden Road Brewery, and a copy of the mag’s new migration-themed issue. DJs frosty (dublab) and Enorbito (Mas Exitos) will provide beats for the dance floor.

We haven’t seen the new issue, but we can tell you Good throws consistently good parties. This one starts at 9.

 

 

Rotten Radio | Rock Center Redux | Twitter Surge

FishbowlLA: Here’s one time that being rotten is good! Rottentomatoes.com is bringing its love of movies to radio. Starting next week, Rotten Tomatoes Radio is coming to a Sirius XM receiver near you.

TVNewser: It’s been a rocky road for Rock Center with Brian Williams. The NBC newsmagazine, which returns to the air June 7, embarks on a fifth schedule change since its October debut.

10,000 Words: If you think Twitter’s best days have passed, think again. A new report indicates daily users on the social media site have doubled among adults.

Wired Publishing its First Issue for Free on iPad

Wired began all the way back in January of 1993. For fans of the magazine, tomorrow is a chance to go back in time. According to WWD, Wired will publish its premiere issue for free on the iPad as part of a 20th anniversary celebration.

The articles have been revamped for the tablet and it also comes packed with a 12,000 word story on the team who started it all.

“The only thing more exciting than looking back at that issue and seeing how relevant it is today is being able to share it with the Wired community,” Howard Mittman, Wired’s Publisher, told WWD.

Michael Bloomberg Reads Eight Newspapers a Day

When Michael Bloomberg isn’t busy banning things, he’s reading newspapers. A lot of them. According to VentureBeat, Bloomberg said today that he reads eight newspapers per day, mainly because he trusts what their editors tell him qualifies as news. “The fallacy with that [reading news on the Internet] is I don’t know what I want to read,” said Bloomberg. “I want someone to tell me what to read.”

He also said that he prefers magazines the old fashioned way, despite having an iPad. “What I found was I was four and five weeks behind when it was on my tablet,” explained Bloomberg. “On the other hand, if it’s piled up beside my bed, the tyranny of that pile has forced me [to read].”

We’re guessing that means he won’t be outlawing print media in New York anytime soon, but really, you never know with this guy.

David Pakman Joins The Young Turks Network

Leave it to the youthful and inventive host of Web program The David Pakman Show to turn today’s announcement into a viewer guessing game. Per the video below, Pakman (pronounced “Pack-munn”) shared a bunch of voicemails from Wednesday and overnight, in response to his request for viewers to surmise the identity of today’s “special guest:”

Several fans of the show were spot-on with their suggestion that Thursday’s drop-in would be Cenk Uygur. Together with his The Young Turks co-host Ana Kasparian, Uygur officially welcomed Pakman into the TYT YouTube fold.

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Middle School Teacher Snags Expelled Al Jazeera Correspondent

On May 14, LA Times reporter Rosanna Xia profiled Melissa Chan, the first accredited foreign correspondent to be expelled from China in more than a decade. On May 23, as a result of that article, Chan spoke to Grade 6 students at Suzanne Middle School in Walnut, CA.

It just goes to show what can happen when a newspaper article connects with an enterprising teacher. From a report on Walnut Patch:

Social Studies teacher Steve Cusson contacted Chan and asked her to share her story with his classes after reading the May 14 article… “The students were amazed that they got to meet her,” Cusson said.

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@LAScanner on His Popular Twitter Account

If you aren’t following @LAScanner on Twitter, you’re missing out on one of the most informative (and at times scary) sources of local news on the Internet.

The mysterious person behind the account was recently interviewed by José Martinez of OnCentral:

The person behind the popular @LAScanner Twitter account won’t tell you much about himself, although a phone conversation confirms that he’s, indeed, a “himself.”

Here’s what we know: He was born and raised in Los Angeles and resides “in the 323.” In 1988, when he picked up a scanner for the first time, he was a teenager.

And that’s about it – because that’s all he’ll tell us. Read more

More Bad News for Print

As fans of print (mainly magazines, but we’re New York Times subscribers too!), the above graph, via The Atlantic, is sort of disconcerting. As you can see, the amount of time we spend with print is way out of proportion with how many ad dollars the medium fetches. Meanwhile, digital engagement is almost 20 times higher than that of print, making it a much better bargain for advertisers.

And let’s not even mention TV. That format, quite simply, crushes everything else.

For further analyzation of the graph, head over to The Atlantic.

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