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Archives: January 2014

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PRNewser: U2 is debuting a new song during the Super Bowl, so now you know of at least one moment that’s prime for a bathroom break.

TVNewser: The Weather Channel’s president said “I intend to win” when discussing the ongoing battle between the channel and DirecTV. Things are getting serious.

GalleyCat: A judge sentenced a fugitive to read Malcolm Gladwell books while in prison. Double punishment!

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Super Bowl XLVIII Radio Row: The Raw Numbers

When listening to, as we have at various points this week, in-town programs like The Dan Patrick Show and Jay Mohr Sports, it’s easy to forget how crowded the radio coverage galley for a Super Bowl has become. For that, we turn to Ken Fang‘s summary at AwfulAnnouncing:

There are 104 stations broadcasting live from this year’s Super Bowl Radio Row in New York… In the massive Sheraton Times Square Meeting Room, tables are set up from front to back with radio stations, all broadcasting simultaneously. The constant noise can be auditory overload to the untrained ear. There are the typical sports radio brands like “The Fan,” “The Fox,” “The Game,” “The Score,” “The Locker,” “The Gym” and “Good Karma” (Good Karma? Yes! Good Karma!).

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CNN Digital Expands New York Video Group

cnn-logo-275x275CNN has added six staffers to the online video development group in New York, FishbowlNY has learned. They include vets from News Corp., Reuters and Fast Company.

CNN Digital Managing Editor Meredith Artley calls video is “a top, top, top priority” for 2014 and beyond. The staffers will join the group led by Chris Berend, CNN Digital’s VP of video development.

    • Vivek Kem joins CNN from Fast Company. Berend wrote that Kem will “work closely with Mike Senzon to keep us sharp, creative and proactive in our programming.”
    • Jonathan Reyes comes to CNN from Visualy, where he served as creative director. Reyes will work with CNN’s designers and producers.
    • John Tortora joins from News Corp. “He is a gearhead with style and massive creativity, along with a seemingly infinite willingness to help,” wrote Berend.
    • Connor Boal was most recently with Now This News. Berend explained that Boal “understands how to plug into social news conversations with smart stories.”
    • Jackson Loo will serve as a producer for CNN. He, like Boal, was formerly with News Corp.
    • Deb Brunswick  has been with CNN since 2006, most recently serving as photographer/editor/producer for The Next List. ”I just know that any time I asked someone in the building about Deb they wouldn’t stop saying great things about her,” wrote Berend.

The Most Popular FishbowlNY Posts for The Past Week

TimeLifeBuildingRockCenter_articleboxHere’s a look at the FishbowlNY stories that made the most buzz this week.

1) Layoffs Coming to Time Inc. by Next Week

2) Friends of Critically Injured Arts Journalist Hold Candlelight Vigil

3) Kanye West Confronted Anna Wintour About Lena Dunham Vogue Cover

4) And Now for Something Completely Different: Eric Idle Tweets About Scientology

5) Clinton Spokesperson Provides Stupid Answers for BuzzFeed’s Stupid Questions

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NFL’s Brad Smith on Fashion Week and the Super Bowl

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Philadelphia Eagles’ wide receiver Brad Smith isn’t heading to Jersey to watch Super Bowl XLVIII, but he was in New York today to promote his “Design for Brad Smith” competition, the winner of which will be revealed during New York Fashion Week. This morning MediabistroTV sat down to talk to Smith about the competition. We also asked for his thoughts on the controversial comments Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman made during his NFC championship post-game interview with Fox Sports’ Erin Andrews.

Watch our Mediabeat interview below:

We’ll have more on the “Design for Brad Smith” competition during our coverage of New York Fashion Week next week. And to watch more mediabistroTV videos, subscribe to our YouTube channel and follow us on Twitter: @mediabistroTV.

Pam Oliver Revisits Her Meme-rable Hair Day

Philadelphia Daily News sportswriter Jenice Armstrong has today what for many will be an essential piece of Super Bowl lead-up reading. A chat with Fox News sideline reporter Pam Oliver about the reaction to the latter’s now infamous NFC Championship hair.

JeniceArmstrongLogoArmstrong blogged, the day after the Seahawks-49ers contest, about the social media brouhaha that resulted from Oliver’s loud do. From FishbowlNY’s perspective, the TV reporter should be thankful that on Sunday January 19, the owner-operator of the Twitter account most logically positioned to take advantage of it all – @Chewbacca – was dormant.

From Armstrong’s item, cheekily headlined “Pam Oliver Brushes Off Criticism:”

“It’s the psychology of it that I want to understand,” Oliver told me during a phone conversation Monday afternoon. “It’s comical. This whole thing is just comical…”

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Rating the Media’s Super Bowl Parties

Several media companies are going to throw Super Bowl parties this weekend. While we appreciate the tradition, it always presents a problem: How do you choose which one to attend? Or, more specifically, how do you choose which one to imagine yourself attending when in reality you’re at home eating Doritos? Luckily for you, we’ve rated several parties.

The FishbowlNY Five Star Rating System™ is extremely technical, so read this carefully — one star means the party sucks, five means you should definitely pretend that you’re rich and cool enough to go. Below are the ratings, via The New York Post’s breakdown.

ESPN ★ ★ ★

Pros: Magic Johnson and Victor Cruz are attending. Performances from Kendrick Lamar and Robin Thicke.
Cons: Joe Flacco will be there. No one likes the Ravens.

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Tom Brokaw Reminds: The Academy Doesn’t Always Reward the Right Stuff

TheRightStuffHave you caught up yet with Tom Brokaw‘s weekday syndicated radio blast “An American Story”? If not, you should.

Brokaw has been applying a veteran newsman’s perspective to a wide range of news and pop culture topics. He’s been recording these since last fall and they never fail to entertain, inform.

Today, Brokaw highlighted a point that we have made again and again over the years. Because there are so many more worthy candidates each year than the Academy Awards process can possibly accommodate, the list of overlooked films, performers and craftspeople grows longer each year. The mistake many people make is to hold the Oscars exclusively accountable for this; simple mathematics deserves an equal share of the blame.

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Cathy Horyn Resigns from NY Times [Updated]

Cathy Horyn, chief fashion critic of The New York Times, is leaving the paper. Horyn cited personal reasons for her departure, and the announcement was made this morning by Jill Abramson, the Times’ executive editor, and Stuart Emmrich, the Times’ styles section editor.

Horyn had been the Times’ fashion critic since 1999. Prior to joining the paper, Horyn served as a contributing editor for Vanity Fair. Emmrich told Capital New York that the decision to leave was “incredibly difficult” for Horyn.

“Though not all designers agreed with her, and more than a few were angered by her reviews, even the ones who banned her from their shows or took out full page ads in WWD ultimately respected the intellectual heft of her reviews and the unquestioned integrity she brought to her work,” added Emmrich.

Update (12:40 pm):
Below is the full note from Abramson and Emmrich, announcing Horyn’s resignation.

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Renée Fleming Comes to Super Bowl XLVIII with Full Playbook of ‘Kudos’

ReneeFlemingPicOpera superstar Renée Fleming, who will perform the national anthem at MetLife Stadium on Sunday accompanied by the New Jersey Symphony and 32 standout U.S. military singers, needs no introduction. However, we have to applaud her for one of the liveliest website “clippings” sections we’ve recently come across.

In terms of both navigation and curation, Fleming’s “Kudos” tab is a breezy blast, bracketed by an April 2013 New York Times article and trio of November 2007 New York newspaper reviews of La Traviata. There’s much more to savor in-between, from how Fleming helped organize a one-night comedic event last winter at Chicago’s Second City to the way she took hold of an Albert Hall “Proms” series in the fall of 2010. From Ivan Hewett‘s excerpted Telegraph write-up:

One of the two star guests alongside the BBC Symphony Orchestra and conductor Jiri Belohlavek was soprano Renée Fleming, and she provided the most ravishing vocal sounds I’ve heard in the Albert Hall these past two months.

Looking resplendent in a purple power frock designed by Vivienne Westwood, she nailed the emotional heart of Strauss’s songs in a way that stilled the waving flags and brought total silence to the packed hall.

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