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Archives: February 2013

WNBC’s Gus Rosendale Invaded By Howard Stern Fan During Live Shot

There is no keeping those Howard Stern uber-fans from getting their few seconds of “fame.” Last night on WNBC’s 11pm news, Gus Rosendale was doing a live shot in front of a Long Island home that exploded.

As he was doing his live intro, a man wandered into the shot and said, “Baba Booey. Joey Boots is gay on Twitter.”

Rosendale tweeted moments later, “Security! Still hit my roll cue.”

The man was not seen when Rosendale returned live to wrap up his story.

BuzzMedia CEO Says Company Will Be Profitable Sometime in 2013

Today is D-Day at BuzzMedia. However, company CEO Stephen Hansen (pictured) wants to be very clear about something within the context of the layoff of approximately 50 employees (two thirds in New York, the other third in LA).

“One of the things I was committed to when I took over as CEO was making sure we had the capital to make the changes that would really add a lot of value,” Hansen tells FishbowlLA via telephone. “We received a tremendous amount of support from our existing investors and there is $15 million of additional capital that came into the business in the first part of 2013. We’ll be profitable in 2013, so I think we’re in really good shape.”

“For what it’s worth, there are a lot of reasons why people make hard decisions like the ones we’re making now,” he adds. “I’ve been through ups and downs, and crashes, and bubbles bursting, and all that sort of thing. The good news is that’s not the case here.”

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AOL COO Resigns, Susan Lyne Joins as CEO of Brand Group

A couple of big changes to AOL this morning. Arthur Minson, COO of the company, is stepping down from his role, and Susan Lyne has been named CEO of AOL’s Brand Group.

Minson was named CFO of the company in 2009, then was promoted to COO last summer. Minson will remain at AOL, but it’s uncertain for how long. “Artie has played a key role in the turnaround of AOL and that will continue in 2013 during the transition period,” said Tim Armstrong, CEO of AOL, in a statement.”

Lyne was most recently chairman and CEO of Gilt Groupe. In her new role she will oversee a variety of brands, including TechCrunch and Engadget. Arianna Huffington will of course continue to run The Huffington Post.

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Earbits Launches Social Music Currency ‘Groovies’

In this morning’s press release from Earbits, a Venice, CA company whose backers include WordPress founder Matt Mullenweg, CEO Joey Flores clearly highlights the marketplace need for something like Groovies:

“Over 70% of streaming music listeners are non-paying, most of whom also recognize the need to support artists and labels,” said Flores. “Groovies create a social economy that maximizes the potential of this demographic by putting a real value on the actions they take to support their favorite bands. Groovies empower fans to earn rewards, recognition and unlock access to our growing music catalog.”

Here’s a quick example of how the Earbits product works. Each streaming song costs 10 Groovies. If a listener joins a Facebook fan page for a particular or musician, they earn 50 Groovies (thereby unlocking five songs). According to Earbits, the value of a Facebook fan is around $3.60, e.g. a much higher revenue stream than the 0.5-2.5 cents typically paid by streaming services for single audio tracks.

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Perez Hilton Is a Dad

Who would have expected this a few years ago, when he was posting crotch shots of a then-teenage Miley Cyrus‘ on his site? Perez Hilton is a daddy.

Writes Hilton on his site:

I am ready to announce that earlier this month I was blessed with the birth of my first child, a beautiful and healthy baby boy – with lots of hair on his tiny head!

My family is overjoyed at this newest and most cherished addition.

Hilton told the LA Times a few years ago he wanted to have a child by the age of 35. Today’s announcement made no mention of his son’s surrogate mother or if he plans to raise the child alone.

Photo: Perezhilton.com

Three and a Half Decades Later, Stevie Wonder’s Radio Station Still Rocking

NBCLA anchor Michael Brownlee spent some time recently at KJLH 102.3 FM, the Inglewood radio station that has been owned since 1977 by Stevie Wonder. It’s one of only two African-American owned commercial radio stations in all of California.

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Keep It On | A Hill for Hillary | First in Happiness

PRNewser: The people behind Instagram don’t want to see a scantily-clothed Madonna anymore than you do.

GalleyCat: If Bill Clinton got $15 million to write a book, how much should Hillary Clinton get? Allow the Internet to answer that and the figure will be somewhere in the billions.

MediaJobsDaily: A survey finds that the best way to make a good first impression is to smile. Just don’t do it too much, no one likes a weirdo.

BREAKING: Former KCAL Anchor Reported Missing in Santa Barbara*

All manner of LA and Santa Barbara media are sharing the concerning news this afternoon that KEYT-TV 11 p.m. news anchor Paula Lopez has been reported missing. A statement shared by her employers is being widely circulated:

“It is clearly a difficult time for her family and our own family at KEYT. All of us at KEYT stand ready to assist in any way we can.”

“For now, on behalf of KEYT and NPG of California, our thoughts and prayers are extended to Paula as well as her family and those searching to find her. We hope for her safe and speedy return.”

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Cablevision Lays Off Dozens in MSG Varsity Restructuring

Bethpage, New York-based Cablevision has laid off dozens of employees in a major restructuring for MSG Varsity.

A source spoke to FishbowlNY under the condition of anonymity as the severance package hasn’t been yet been received.

“Somebody’s got to say this is wrong. To have a conference call [with] only three sentences and click, and you turn in your badges,” the source described the company’s notification to exiting staffers.

The source says the layoffs took place two weeks ago. Cablevision at the time said in a statement that “it is combining MSG Varsity with Optimum Local, the company’s local programming unit. This will result in an expansion of MSG Varsity’s programming line-up to include local public affairs, educational, and Optimum branded shows to complement its powerful line-up of tri-state high school programming, which is available exclusively to Optimum customers.”

The source, though, intimates that the sale of Cablevision will take place in the summer. Three years ago, Cablevision spun off is subsidiary, Madison Square Garden LP to The Madison Square Garden Company led by company chairman James Dolan.

“[He] will announce a new enterprise where the new owners of Cablevision will continue to run News 12 with Pat Dolan in charge,” the source says. “Public access will be eliminated. MSG Network will continue.”

“Yes, there were some positions eliminated as a result of the merging of MSG Varsity and Optimum Local,” a Cablevision spokesperson says. “As for the rest of these allegations, they are anonymous and inaccurate.”

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