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Archives: December 2012

Joan Kron is Still Okay with Plastic Surgery

At 84 years old, Joan Kron — editor-at-large for Allure and veteran investigative journalist covering all things plastic surgery — has seen it all. The New York Times reports that during her 20 years of covering the field for publications such as The Wall Street Journal, the Times, and New York, not many people get exposed to what she has:

She can often describe in stomach-churning detail the painful risks these surgeries carry, like the burns and nerve injuries that come with liposuction or the scarring that follow abdominoplasties.

Yikes. And some more:

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Terry Glover, Managing Editor of Ebony, Dies

Terry Glover, managing editor of Ebony, died on December 24 from colon cancer. She had been with the magazine since 2006, when she joined as a senior editor for Glover was named managing editor in 2009.

“Terry was the heart and soul of the Ebony team,” said Amy DuBois Barnett, editor-in-chief of Ebony, in a statement. “She was one of the best editors I’ve ever worked with, and had a lovely kind demeanor and a fabulous sense of humor. The Ebony team will feel her absence every single day.”

Linda Johnson Rice, chairman and CEO of Johnson Publishing, added, “Terry touched many with her warm spirit and glowing smile during her six years with Johnson Publishing. Her contributions to Ebony were innumerable and her passion shone through in everything she did. Terry will be greatly missed.”

WLTW Caps 2012 as Number One Station in New York

It was another successful year for WLTW. “Lite” FM/106.7 finished 2012 where it started–as New York’s most listened to station. WLTW, which switched to Christmas music prior to Thanksgiving, enjoyed a huge leap in its monthly PPM Arbitron ratings.

For December, the Clear Channel heavyweight had an 8.4. WLTW registered a 6.5 for November.

By contrast, 2012′s perennial number two WCBS-FM took its familiar slot with a 6.8.

The resurrection of WBLS takes the Urban music home into 2013. The YMF Media-owned station is holding at third with a 6.1.

Back to the Clear Channel cluster, Z100/WHTZ was fourth with a 5.1. WKTU made a .4 gain to 4.5. Classic rocker WAXQ/Q 104.3 saw a .6 jump to 4.4.

The city’s two Spanish outlets cracked the Top 10—WSKQ and WXNY, both with .6 gains, to 4.8 and 4.3, respectively.

More of the December ratings analysis after the jump

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The Atlantic Publishes First Original eBook

The Atlantic has chosen Battle at the End of Eden to be its first original ebook publication. The book, by Amanda Martinez, examines how conservationists must sometimes go to extreme measures to keep some of the world’s rarest animals from dying.

It sounds good, right? Here’s Scott Stossel, editor of The Atlantic, singing its praises:

As we explore new vehicles for delivering the kinds of rich, deeply reported stories that define The Atlantic, I’m incredibly proud that Battle at the End of Eden marks our first foray into original ebook publishing. Amanda’s piece, which she reported over many months from the Galápagos Islands and along the coast of California, sets a high bar for the ‘AtlanticSingles’ to come in the months and years ahead.

Battle at the End of Eden is available only on the Kindle, for $0.99.

FishbowlNY Newsstand: Your Morning at a Glance Publisher Puts Himself Out There with ‘Ask a Gay’

Take my column, please. That has pretty much been the approach espoused by publisher Henry “Hank” Scott with his weekly column “Ask a Gay.”

Patterned after OC Weekly editor Gustavo Arellano‘s “¡Ask a Mexican!,” Scott’s tongue-in-cheek responses to emailed questions from readers are a bold and brash attempt to connect with a major part of the WeHo constituency. Is it working? We’re not sure, but the format certainly has fun leapfrogging over usual letter-from-the-publisher boundaries. Here for example is how Scott began a recent response to a woman asking whether celebrities still need today to worry about staying in the closet:

So you’re asking me if Tom Cruise is gay? Don’t know. Haven’t slept with him. And seriously, he’s so not my type (I like ‘em edgy and have a thing for shaved heads)…

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Privately Public | Smile With Your App | Fun Times

SocialTimes: Here is your ironic social media story of the dayMark Zuckerberg’s sister accidentally made a private moment public, all thanks to Facebook.

AppNewser: There’s a Tyra Banks app. It is not fierce.

TVNewser: John Miller has been going to crime scenes since he was nine years old. Great?

LA Weekly Adopting Five-Star Restaurant Rating Scale

This seems like a no-brainer. Especially for an alt-weekly always on the lookout for additional ways to get its hooks into a readership hungry for good eats, great events and the ease of quick-scan capsule reviews.

Starting in the new year, LA Weekly will adopt a zero-through-five-stars rating scale for restaurants. As Jonathan Gold‘s 2012 replacement Besha Rodell explains, the idea took root during her whirlwind LA spring job interview and city tour with food editor Amy Scattergood:

At one restaurant, we ran into one of the city’s best-known chefs. He had no idea who I was, of course, or why I was there. But he and Amy got to talking about the subject of star ratings. The LA Times had just abandoned its long-standing star system, and the chef bemoaned the loss.

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Beyoncé to Grace Cover of Vogue

According to the New York Daily News, Beyoncé is going to grace the cover of the March issue of Vogue. Annie Leibovitz allegedly finished shooting the pop sensation last week.

Hopefully this new Beyoncefied (a technical term for “making something great”) cover is better than the last time she appeared on the front of Vogue.

Brian Williams Doesn’t Like ‘Rock Center with Brian Williams’

Count Brian Williams among the many people who don’t like Rock Center with Brian Williams. According to the New York Post, Williams is going to separate himself from the struggling show, which has been shuffled to four different time slots already.

Sources claimed that with the latest shift (starting February 8, Rock Center will air at 10 p.m. on Fridays) Williams “will start distancing himself from the show. It may even no longer be called ‘… With Brian Williams’ and other people will start anchoring the show.”

Apparently with low ratings piling up, there is some uncertainty as to whether Rock Center will continue, and Williams wants to save face if the show is canned. But c’mon, how could anyone stay mad at Williams? Look at that hair. And that smirk! Only people who are good inside/very, very rich smirk like that.