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Archives: August 2012

Yankees Extend Radio Rights with WCBS 880 in 2013

When it comes to the Yankees, the radio suspense is over for another year. The team is maintaining its WCBS address. The flagship station of Yankee radio broadcasts since 2002 has agreed to a one-year extension for the 2013 season. John Sterling and Suzyn Waldman are expected to remain at the mics. Sterling, playing his best Lou Gehrig, has not missed a game since joining the Yankees radio team in 1989. Waldman has been calling Yankees games on WCBS since 2005.

The CBS deal puts a major snag in ESPN’s hopes of acquiring the marquee franchise. In April, ESPN moved its New York voice to 98.7 FM. FishbowlNY attempted to reach WEPN for comment.

WCBS, which provides night time coverage to more than 30 states, will again carry the entire regular and post-season Yankee schedule.

At the end of last season, like a coveted free agent, the Yankees settled for a one-year agreement with WCBS.

Death Battle | Movie Man | Singing and Caring

Porn Offers Roll In on Child Bride Courtney Stodden’s 18th Birthday

The adult entertainment industry appears to have been counting the days till Courtney Stodden turned 18. The teenager, who became national news at 16 when she married 51-year-old actor Doug Hutchison, turned 18 yesterday and was promptly flooded with job offers from porn companies.

According to TMZ, four different adult film studios are interested in making movies with Stodden, who may be considering the new career path. She told TMZ, “I’m not going to say yes and I’m not going to say no.” When asked what her husband thought of the porn offers, Stodden said, “He seems a little frightened right now.”

With her lucite stiletto heels, revealing outfits, and teased blonde hair, Stodden has been working a classic stripper look since first becoming tabloid fodder. But she identified herself as a model/actress/singer, even releasing a handful of songs. And most Hollywood hopefuls that turn to porn don’t have their husband’s Lost royalty checks to fall back on, so maybe Stodden’s just toying with us.

Highlights from Frank Rich’s Reddit AMA

It seems like everyone is doing an “Ask Me Anything” (AMA) on Reddit nowadays. President Barack Obama did one yesterday (Republicans: He should be focusing his attention somewhere else! Democrats: He’s in touch with the youth!), and now Frank Rich, writer-at-large for New York, has done one. Below are some highlights.

How to deal with writer’s block:

Alas, there is no trick. And it’s a problem that has dogged me since I started writing under deadline for a college paper. You just have to keep going — get something down. The terror of the empty page (or computer screen) must be fought tooth-and-nail.

Why he left The New York Times for New York:

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NBC Validates ‘The Michael J. Fox Exception’

In this week’s edition of TV Guide magazine, LA bureau chief Michael Schneider has the lowdown on how actor Michael J. Fox’s return to NBC series work came to pass earlier this month. It all happened incredibly quickly.

The prime time sitcom will be loosely based on Fox’s family life and dealings with Parkinson’s disease. Schneider writes that instead of the usual two-week pitch process, it took just two days for Fox and his project partners – Sony Pictures Television, producers Will Gluck and Sam Laybourne – to consummate a deal:

That’s partly because NBC’s whopping [guaranteed] 22-episode order was too big to ignore — and too much for the other networks to match. Major episodic commitments were a bit more common in the 1990s, but the networks long ago stopped making such risky, pricy bets. But a show starring an icon like Fox doesn’t come along every day. Gluck calls it “The Michael J. Fox Exception.”

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New York Times Reporter Says Column He Purposely Sent to CIA Was a Mistake

Well we finally heard from Mark Mazzetti, the New York Times reporter who leaked a Maureen Dowd column to the CIA. In Arthur Brisbane’s piece on the incident, Mazzetti apologizes for sending Dowd’s article and explains what happened:

I did make a bunch of calls and was doing this on deadline. As part of the process, I also did send the column. It was definitely a mistake to do. I have never done it before and I will never do it again.

As you might recall, in his correspondence with the CIA, Mazzetti wrote, “This didn’t come from me… and please delete after you read. See, nothing to worry about.” That doesn’t really sound like a “mistake” to us.

In fact, it sounds like someone purposely doing something they know they’re not supposed to and trying to cover up their tracks. But we all see things differently in life, right?

FishbowlNY Poll: Readers Again Make Case for Dave Price’s Exodus From Good Day New York

FishbowlNY readers and WNYW viewers have decided for the second time this month that Dave Price should be dropped from Good Day New York. And it should be emphasized, those same readers don’t just want him replaced by anyone, they want Greg Kelly back in mornings alongside Rosanna Scotto.

In our latest poll that started two weeks ago, we asked for an opinion of Price’s performance on Good Day.

Mitt Romney or President Obama would be thrilled being on the receiving end of staggering results like this.

Price is certainly no Howard Cosell, but if our (unscientific) poll is any indication, viewers either love him or hate him.

With a 50 percent landslide, 63 percent of our voters choose,”Bring back Greg!” Delving deeper, we find even more of an “anti-Price” wave. Another 12 percent “pulled the lever” for our poll choice, “Bad choice by Channel 5, he shouldn’t be a morning news anchor!” That means 3/4 of the poll takers want Price out, with or without Kelly returning to the seat.

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Wholesale Changes at Flaunt Magazine

There’s a new tandem installed at the top of Flaunt magazine, ready to take the handsome LA-based publication to greater heights. Five-year company vet Matthew Bedard, fresh from setting up the publication’s Paris division, is now editorial director, while president Erica Cornwall joined the company in July. Together, they are overseeing not just editorial but also advertising, integrated media, events and special collaborations.

“I began my career working for Danielle Steel, had positions at Universal Pictures Marketing and Full Picture, then was vp at Starworks Group,” Cornwall tells FishbowlLA. “Last October, I founded a company called Revel Collective and remain responsible for branding, curation, producing and development for clients like The Art of Elysium and Alain Mikli. I also will remain the entertainment editor for Wonderland, Man About Town and Rollercoaster magazines.”

A few weeks ago, the position of Flaunt executive editor was dissolved, with title holder Maxwell Williams leaving the magazine as well. In his place, Cornwall and Bedard are looking to hire a pair of editors based separately in LA and New York. (Flaunt co-founders Luis Barajas and Jim Turner remain on board as, respectively, editor-in-chief and creative director.)

“We’re taking our time to make sure the candidates are the right fit,” she explains. “We want people who are fully engrossed in the fine art, music, fashion, beauty and philanthropic worlds nationally and internationally.”

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Cover Battle: The New Yorker or Vice

Welcome back to FishbowlNY’s weekly Cover Battle. This week we have The New Yorker versus Vice. The New Yorker features Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan doing things that best buddies do, like work on cars without their shirts on. We’re not sold on the duo quite yet, but they do stand a chance of being our favorite bromance since Brody Jenner and Justin Bobby.

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Ira Glass, Movie Producer

A few years ago, NPR’s This American Life highlighted comedian Mike Birbiglia’s struggles with sleepwalking. This summer, that report has morphed into the semi-autobiographical feature comedy Sleepwalk with Me, produced and co-written by show host Ira Glass. The film opened in New York last week and expands tomorrow to LA’s Nuart Theatre and several other cities.

As Glass and his star tell LA Times reporter Amy Kaufman, there was a key difference between the radio and film production processes. The decibel level:

“We turned a corner where you felt comfortable shouting at me,” Birbiglia said. “And vice versa,” Glass added with a smile.

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