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Archives: June 2012

WFAN Sets Special Lineup to Mark Tomorrow’s 25th Anniversary

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The term “sports radio” made its way into New Yorkers’ consciousness with the arrival of WFAN. Other stations already had sports talk segments and play-by-play of sporting events, but WFAN was the first to make it an around-the-clock proposition.

FishbowlNY has been offering a week-long series in preparation for the ‘FAN’s big day. That day is tomorrow! WFAN turns 25, and to commemorate the occasion, the station is welcoming back former hosts for a day to remember.

The special programming lineup is listed after the jump.

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Richard Beckman Ankles THR Parent Company Prometheus

It makes sense that an outlet owned by Prometheus Global Media would break news of a significant though not altogether unexpected boardroom shuffle. On this lazy summer afternoon, perhaps in a deliberate bit of PR timing, first word of CEO Richard Beckman’s departure belongs to Adweek:

“I came to Prometheus with a strategic vision for the company and, having been fortunate to work with a group of talented individuals on these storied brands, I am proud of what we accomplished here over the last two and a half years. I wish them continued success in the future,” stated Beckman.

“Richard was an important part of our brands’ success in these past years, and we wish him all the best in the future,” stated James Finkelstein, chairman of Prometheus Global Media.

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Howard Stern Finally Gets His Radio Hall of Fame Induction

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The Hall is calling for Howard Stern.

Stern, the self-proclaimed King of All Media, is the highlight honoree of the Radio Hall of Fame Class of 2012, according to Time Out Chicago‘s Robert Feder.

Stern, whose annual omission from the Hall housed at the Museum of Broadcast Communications in Chicago, led to trashing the organization on his Sirius XM show.

In 2004, Stern signed a mega, five-year deal to take his ”shock jock” radio from terrestial to the uncensored satellite.

Stern, who grew up in Roosevelt, New York, had a hugely successful, if not controversial time at 66 WNBC.

After a tumultous three years, Stern arrived at WXRK/K Rock in November 1985.  Just three months later, Stern had the coveted mornings at K Rock. In short order, Stern became a syndication star. In 1992, he was the first person to host a number one morning show in New York and Los Angeles simultaneously.

These days, those who don’t get to hear him on Sirius XM, can see Stern as a judge on NBC’s America’s Got Talent.

The Radio Hall of Fame induction ceremony will be held November 10.

Today for Savannah | Quits for TomKat | Kelly Leaves Mornings

TVNewser: Just as the tears dried from Ann Curry ‘s dismissal yesterday at the Today show, Savannah Guthrie was named her replacement today. Guthrie, although with Matt, Al, and Natalie today, officially joining the morning team July 9.

FishbowlLA: Not to be the bearer of bad news, but Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes are done. The couple, together for five years, had one daughter, Suri.

TVSpy: Greg Kelly bids farewell to on-air wife Rosanna Scotto (above) at Good Day New York. But Kelly hasn’t left the building, just the daypart. He gets a promotion to night time WNYW anchor.

Hey Editors, Did You Know You Can Get PR Flacks to Buy You a Puppy?

Last week Shauna Bass, entertainment director of OK! magazine, lost her beloved Pomeranian Simba to an unnamed illness. As often happens in these situations, Bass was stuck with a huge vet bill on top of her enormous grief. Maybe OK! mag doesn’t pay very well, because Bass then solicited $5k in donations to cover her costs via an IndieGoGo page. Additional donations “will also be put towards the costs of buying a new dog.”

As Gawker pointed out, most of the $5,125 raised to date came from PR people whose job it is to get their clients on the pages of magazines like OK! Gawker felt that was a pretty blatant violation of journalism ethics. Gawker was probably right.

Our biggest complaint, however, is that Bass, who clearly can not afford emergency veterinary care, is planning on BUYING another dog. For the cost of a new Pomeranian puppy, she could rescue a dog from a shelter and have plenty of cabbage left over for vet bills. A dog like little Bella, pictured left, a 2-year-old Pomeranian saved from euthanasia at the pound by One Dog Rescue in Calabasas and now desperately in need of a home.

Bella doesn’t have any fancy papers from a breeder, but she does have a lot of love to give, and we think that’s the better option.

Time for a Little Gardening… with Michael Fassbender

As if Cooking with Michael Fassbender wasn’t enough, enterprising Vancouver Film School alums Dayleigh Nelson (actor) and Jordan Griffith (editor) have now uncorked part two of their German actor riff. This time, the Fassbender Living Network framework is a gardening-tips show:

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Most Popular FishbowlNY Stories for the Week

Here’s a look at what FishbowlNY stories made the most buzz this week.

  1. Christina Cuomo New EIC of Manhattan, June 27
  2. WSJ Intern Fabricates Sources, June 26
  3. Weighing Some Options for Sue Simmons, June 25
  4. Hearst Newspapers Fires Reporter for Repeated Fabrication, June 25
  5. With Ann Curry Pushed Aside, Savannah Guthrie Expected to Get Spot on Today Couch, June 28
  6. The Chernoff Chronicles: Celebrating 25 Years of WFAN, June 25
  7. SmartMoney Folds Print Magazine, 25 Staffers Laid Off, June 22
  8. Susan White Rejoins Vanity Fair, June 26

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Disney Extends Worldwide Oscar Rights to 2020

The Oscars will remain under the Disney umbrella through 2020 after a new agreement was reached on Friday with the Motion Picture Academy.

The new deal ensures Disney Media Distribution will continue to own the worldwide distribution rights for another eight years. The current deal was set to expire in 2014. The Oscars is distributed to 225 counties across the world.

Last year, ABC and the Academy reached an agreement for the domestic TV rights of the Oscars through 2020.

Lionel Poised to Take Helm of Revamp Early Morning WPIX Newscast

After two days of reporting the anchor shake-up at WNYW, we can now tell you that a competitor is also making some alterations.

WPIX/Channel 11 is unveiling a new schedule to take effect Monday before dawn.

Lionel will host a revamped two-hour block from 4-6 a.m. FishbowlNY has obtained a memo that news director Bill Carey sent to staffers. In it, Carey points out that the broadcast will be used as a springboard to build viewership, especially with the revenue-generating 7-9 a.m. broadcast, anchored by Sukanya Krishnan and Frances Rivera. FishbowlNY has learned the Lionel-led program will be a conversational, two hours with his unique perspective.

Viewers already see Lionel’s insight in much smaller doses at 5 and 10 p.m. with Jodi Applegate. A WPIX spokesperson says Lionel will continue to provide commentary on the 10 p.m. broadcast.

This time may be the perfect to strike.

Starting Monday, Dave Price joins Rosanna Scotto as co-host on Good Day New York. Greg Kelly takes over on the nightside. Independent station and newly WCBS-owned, WLNY makes its long-awaited attempt in morning news.

FishbowlLA Set Visit: The Young Turks

Watching yesterday from the second floor Culver City control room as The Young Turks’ tireless host Cenk Uygur conducted a split-screen interview about – what else – contentious DC politics, FishbowlLA marveled at the talent everyone there talks about. His ability to do an entire, fast-paced current affairs program without benefit of a teleprompter.

“I’ve worked over the years with Matt Lauer, Katie Couric, Chris Matthews…” raved senior producer Roland Woerner. “I’ve never seen anyone with the ability to do a program like this without a teleprompter.”

The same goes for Uygur’s control-room brain trust. When a host and program run off a teleprompter, all sorts of cues can be “tagged in,” to help coordinate when to throw to a graphic, guest, specific camera shot and so on. With Uygur, there is no such safety net; the resulting flow, presided over with a masterful, arms-wide touch by director Genji Keen, is infectious. TYT’s ultra-modern and even-tempered operation is the kind of 21st century outlet many unemployed journalists would kill to be able to work for.

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