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Archives: October 2012

All Night | Free Storm | Dance Your Worry Away

TVNewser: Evening newscasts are going for the long haul tonight. Wonder what they’re going to talk about?

FishbowlDC: Hurricane Sandy coming through your hood? Track it for HuffPo! No they won’t pay you, dummy.

TVSpy: The storm is no match for the power of Gangnam Style.

Jimmy Kimmel Live Shelves Opening Night of Brooklyn Week

Jimmy Kimmel was planning a triumphant return to Brooklyn, commemorating the Nets debut in the borough later this week. However, Sandy happened, resulting in the cancellation of the first Jimmy Kimmel Live at the Brooklyn Academy of Music tonight.

As late as yesterday, a Kimmel spokesperson said the show would go on, even though there are no buses and subways.

“We are hopeful to be back on the air tomorrow night with Howard Stern, Tracy Morgan, and Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings.”

Brooklynite Kimmel, 44, grew up in the Mill Basin section of the borough.

FishbowlNY also has a special “Back to Brooklyn” series being delayed until Thursday, the night that the Nets officially unwrap their regular season schedule in Brooklyn.

Does Target Know Something About the Presidential Election We Don’t?

Michael Schneider of TV Guide Magazine spotted these Mitt Romney masks at a Los Angeles-area Target store. They are labeled, “Mr. President,” which strikes us as a bit premature, as the presidential election hasn’t happened yet.

As Schneider points out, “Regardless of who wins the upcoming election, as of October 31, 2012, Barack Obama is Mr. President. And he does not look like this.”

Further research reveals that Target is also selling “Mr. President” masks that look like Obama, for a politically balanced, if not factually accurate, Halloween section. Neither makes for a particularly creative costume, though. We suggest “binders full of women” or “Obamacare death panels.”

And the Dumbest Most Cynical SEO-Driven Hurricane Story Goes To…

Yahoo News, for this little gem.

SEO is useful and all, but, Jesus, do you have to be so damn transparent about it? It’s one thing to optimize your headlines, it’s another thing to craft a wholly useless story on your political blog (a blog, might we add, that you’ve spend big money gussying up by hiring names like Virginia Heffernan) specifically for click bait.

You can almost see the wheels churning: “I know, if we just put Sandy and Obama in the headline, 1 billion people will click on our story! Now if only we could find a way to put ‘Brittney Spears’ vagina’ in there too…”

The saddest thing is it actually looks like some time was spent on the piece. Yahoo even has a little chart demonstrating the names of other major hurricanes and their donation patterns. Katrina is also, apparently, a Democrat.

WFAN to Begin FM Simulcast Friday

The deal is done! WFAN makes its debut as a FM simulcast of 660 AM Friday morning at 12:01.

Mike Francesa told listeners today that WFAN programming will duplicate on 101.9 FM, the frequency is currently owned by Merlin Media with its Alternative Rocker WRXP.

As we reported earlier this month, CBS Radio is acquiring the Merlin slot for $75 million. At the time, operations manager Mark Chernoff told FishbowlNY that the WFAN simulcast, which will use the call letters WFAN-FM, is until further notice. He said the next step for CBS Radio is to formally purchase the station.

Darhil Crooks Discusses The Atlantic’s Evolving Look

Darhil Crooks, the creative director for The Atlantic, is just getting started. The November issue is the first to feature Crooks’ designs, but he told FishbowlNY that he has big plans for the title as he makes his imprint felt.

Crooks is highly respected in the magazine design world. During his time at Esquire the magazine received a nomination from the Society of Publication Designers for 2007 Magazine of the Year, and his revamp of Ebony — the first in its history — had readers excited about the brand. Now with The Atlantic, Crooks said it is time to up the ante.

“My main goal [for the magazine] is to step our game up visually by improving the way we present the ideas in the magazine and creating a more reader-friendly experience,” explained Crooks, via email. “I want The Atlantic to be bolder and riskier.”

Crooks has begun to change the Atlantic by altering its “features” presentation. He felt that the magazine placed too much emphasis on a template, and thus tended to downplay the significance of the issue’s longer pieces.

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Get $2 a Word at Real Simple

O: The Oprah Magazine and More may target a similar demo, but no other pub can compare directly with Real Simple‘s content. With over 2 million readers, articles cater to women from their 20s to their 60s. “We cast a pretty wide net in terms of the areas that we cover, so each one of our beats could theoretically compete with a different magazine,” said deputy editor Noelle Howey, “and we also try to pitch as much of our content as possible to as broad a range of readers as possible.”

Therefore, your best bet is to make sure your pitch has an element of universality, while keeping in mind the pub’s editorial direction. “‘Real Simple’ is the defining characteristic of the magazine,” explained Howey. “We are a service magazine presenting solutions, and the idea is to take complicated concepts and simplify them for the reader.”

For more info, read How To Pitch: Real Simple. [subscription required]

KCRW’s ‘Masquerade Ball’ Rocks the Park Plaza

KCRW’s annual Masquerade Halloween party rocked the Legendary Park Plaza Hotel for the fourth year in a row over the weekend. Your humble Fishie was in attendance and is still recovering. Sadly, he was driving, so he can’t even say he got drunk and hung over. Nay, he’s simply old and out of shape and can’t dance until 2 a.m. anymore without a week of pizza and bed rest to recuperate.

Although Mexican Institute of Sound and Z-Trip both put on great shows, the highlight of the night was undoubtedly seeing John Lydon, better known as the Sex Pistols’ Johnny Rotten, singing along to Deee-Lite’s “Groove Is In the Heart.” Cross that one off the bucket list.

We have to admit, we were a bit disappointed that Masquerade goers didn’t seem to get our brilliant Gordron Gartrelle costume. Although the two people who did thought it was hi-larious. Props to the lovely and talented Jennifer Calica for making the shirt from scratch.

All in all the event raised nearly $70,000 for KCRW’s coffers–topping last year’s effort. A smashing success.

More photos after the jump:

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Lucky is Sorry for Making Britney Spears Look Terrible

Hell hath no fury like a Britney Spears fan scorned. If the editors of Lucky magazine didn’t know this already, they do now. Fans of the pop star directed their outrage at the magazine for its December cover, which features a seriously plastic-looking Spears donning a wig.

On Twitter, Spears enthusiasts blasted Lucky for the photo, calling it “horrendous” and “lazy & unprofessional.” One fan even asked the magazine to do another shoot with the real Spears.

The backlash was so excessive, Lucky issued the following apology:

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NYSBA Hall of Fame Ceremony Postponed by Sandy

There is another casualty of the dangerous Hurricane Sandy.  The New York State Broadcasting Association has postponed its annual Hall of Fame reception originally scheduled for Thursday evening at the Paley Center.

“After discussions with the Paley Center, we simply cannot guarantee the venue will be operational by Thursday,” NYSBA president David Donovan wrote in an email. “It all depends on [the] severity of storm’s damage, availability of power and transportation.”

Donovan says the event will be rescheduled for a date to be determined in November or December.

This year’s class includes former WNBC sports anchor Len Berman, WPLJ (and former WHTZ/Z100) morning show host Scott Shannon, and WOR Radio staple Joan Hamburg.

Photo credit: 979trueoldies.com

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