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RIP: Don Pardo

For the New York Times obituary of Saturday Night Live announcer Don Pardo, who passed away Monday at age 96, Neil Genzlinger and Bill Carter do a good job of sourcing key portions of a 2006 interview Pardo recorded for the Archive of American Television. Here for example, via that conversation, is how Pardo says he came up with his slowed down and heavily enunciated signature announcing style:

Mr. Pardo said the way The Price is Right was shot led him to develop his peculiar elongated delivery. “The cameras are moving so slowly, and that’s the way I had to describe it: slowly,” he said of the merchandise on the show, which he would describe before contestants tried to guess its price. “Those cameras were large then. You want to make sure you describe what the camera is on.”

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Sticky Notes | Awful TV | Unfunny Business

facebookwiredAllFacebook: Moms and teens across the nation rejoice — Facebook might soon allow users to post stickers in comments.

TVNewser: Not only did Good Morning America interrupt an interview with Michael Brown’s mom by playing unrelated video footage, the clip that played was of a Target store. That’s bad on so many levels we lost track.

FishbowlDC: Hillary Clinton might make a good president one day, but don’t ever count on her for laughs.

A Leap of Columbia University Logic

Normally, we wouldn’t highlight a blog post that ends with this type of disclaimer:

TheBlaze contributor channel supports an open discourse on a range of views. The opinions expressed in this channel are solely those of each individual author.

However, Wayne Root‘s latest channel contribution –  ”Do We Have a Sociopath in the White House?” – is simply too nutty to ignore.

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Early on, the author sets up his argument with the notion that a sociopath’s tendencies are firmly established by the time that person has graduated from high school:

By college, a person’s personality, attitude and behavior is fairly well set. That’s why Obama’s Columbia days tell us so much about his behavior as President today.

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Gawker Shares Egregious Time Inc. Spreadsheet [Updated]

SICrowdSourceCoverWow. Via the Newspaper Guild, Gawker’s Hamilton Nolan has obtained an internal Time Inc. spreadsheet that was used to help decide which Sports Illustrated writers to lay off.

It is column “J” that is already reverberating across social media. The column is titled: ‘Produces content that [is] beneficial to advertisers:’

Anthony Napoli, a union representative with the Newspaper Guild, tells us: “Time Inc. actually laid off Sports Illustrated writers based on the criteria listed on that chart. Writers who may have high assessments for their writing ability, which is their job, were in fact terminated based on the fact the company believed their stories did not ‘produce content that is beneficial to advertiser relationships.’”

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All the Competition News That’s Fit to Recall

newyorktimes-logoThe answer to this great trivia question is: D.M. Redfield. He’s the New Haven, Connecticut reader whose proposed new motto for the New York Times was declared the winner back in 1896.

Wisely, in the end, the NYT decided to stick with “All the news that’s fit to print.” From Adrienne LaFrance‘s item for The Altantic about the paper’s $100 tagline-our-paper competition:

The Times wrote that it had received entries from nearly every state in the union — there were 45 of them in 1896 — and signaled out entries from women. Many contestants “wholly ignored the request for a motto or phrase of only ten words of less,” the Times wrote. Some of the other ideas that readers sent:

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Hearst Names Men’s Group Exec Creative Director

HearstLogoHearst has named Alison DeBenedictis executive creative director, group marketing for Hearst Men’s Group. In this role, DeBenedictis will oversee all branded marketing content for Car and DriverEsquirePopular Mechanics and Road & Track.

DeBenedictis comes to Hearst from Amazon.com subsidiary Quidsi Inc., publisher of Casa.com, Look.com, BeautyBar.com, YoYo.com, AfterSchool.com and Bookworm.com. Prior to that she served as an art director for Condé Nast Media Group.

DeBenedictis’ appointment is effective immediately.

People Accounts for 20 Percent of Time Inc.’s Revenue

A lot of people are dependent on People. The glossy — according to magazine consultant John Harrington  raked in about $1.5 billion last year; meaning it accounts for 20 percent of Time Inc.’s revenue.

With that much riding on one magazine, Harrington told The New York Times that People needs to adapt, and do so quickly. “It’s got to do something that is uniquely different from what it used to do because that information is available so much quicker from other sources,” he said.

Despite People being Time Inc.’s best performing brand, Jess Cagle, People’s editor, insisted he’s not stressed. “I certainly don’t think that I am responsible for the survival of Time,” he told the Times.

No word on what everyone else at the publisher thinks.

Bloomberg Adds Tech Columnist, Promotes Others

bloomberg media logoBloomberg has made a few moves — one hire and a few promotions — that we thought we should highlight.

Katie Benner is joining Bloomberg View as a columnist covering innovation, tech, and Silicon Valley. Benner comes to Bloomberg from The Information, where she served as a staff writer. She previously worked for Fortune, TheStreet.com and CNN/Money.

As for Bloomberg LP’s promotions, John Fraher has been bumped up to executive editor for international government; Ron Mathieson has been upped to regional managing editor for international government; Andrew Barden has been tapped as managing editor for EMEA; and Craig Stirling has been named managing editor for economy in EMEA.

Gloria, Emilio Estefan Cast Wide Net for Broadway Musical

Gloria and Emilio Estefan generated some fun recent headlines on the west coast with a charity dinner and performance at the Hollywood Bowl:

When her husband and producer, Emilio Estefan, appeared onstage after the singer mentioned that he’d inspired her recent recording of “I’ve Grown Accustomed to His Face,” she told the audience proudly that they’d been married for 36 years. “That’s 150 years in Hollywood,” she added.

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This morning, they’re making NYC news with their unusual open call. From the website for forthcoming Broadway musical On Your Feet!:

Gloria and Emilio Estefan are looking for talented hopefuls for the new musical based on their lives to debut on Broadway in 2015. Show us your talent, show us your passion, and show us your rhythm!

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Ferguson Police Threaten to Shoot, Mace Journalists

Police in Ferguson, Missouri have once again clashed with reporters covering the aftermath of the Michael Brown shooting. One cop, who was being filmed by local radio journalist Mustafa Hussein, threatened to shoot to Hussein if he didn’t stop.

The cop can be heard yelling “Get the fuck out of here! You get that light off or you’re getting shot with this!”

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