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(Video) Alan Colmes Says Being ‘Left of Attila the Hun’ Keeps Him from Radio Clearance in NYC

Alan Colmes is still a busy guy. He is heard nationally on his eponymous Fox News Radio show. He also does guest spots on Fox News Channel, his former prime time TV home with Sean Hannity.

FishbowlNY caught up with Colmes at the recent reunion for WHN, a station that he was part of in the 1970s.

Although his radio show is available live online, including New York, where Colmes remains sidelined. Colmes says rejoining the top market is always a goal, but not something on his radar these days.

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Lauren Berger Writes New Book for Young People Entering "Real World"

Lauren Berger Welcome to the Real WorldCareer Expert, Lauren Berger, releases her second book, Welcome to the Real World: Finding Your Place, Perfecting Your Work, and Turning Your Job Into Your Dream Career (Harper Business), on April 22nd. In this book, Berger shares everything she wishes someone told her after graduation. Her book is the essential guide to anyone starting their first, second, or third job. She encourages readers to be fearless, step outside of their comfort zones, and go after what they want.

(VIDEO) Reunion of WHN Personalities for Country Station’s 40th Anniversary

Jessie, Arnold, Fitzgerald, Taylor, Colmes, and Salamon on panel to celebrate 40 years since WHN’s country debut.

Country is alive and kicking on Cumulus’ NASH FM, a first in 17 years on New York. It was also a rare flip to Country 40 years ago today, February 26, 1973. The WHN call letters started in 1922 at 1050. But country would have to wait several more decades and format adjustments.

By the 1960s, Beautiful Music was in full effect as WHN was resurrected for the second time. Owner Storer made the move to Country. Like today with Cumulus’ NASH FM, Country was never a hotbed for New York listeners. Nearby WJRZ in Hackensack, New Jersey, was one of the few area Country/Western spots. But it was gone by 1971, setting the stage for WHN to fill the void.

Related: FishbowlNY, NASH FM Hires First Air Personalities

The station was sold to the Mutual Broadcasting System in the late 1970s. It got its strongest format competition when WKHK was born in 1980. By 1984, it would become WLTW. WHN prevailed, but the heyday was in the rear view mirror. Two years later, in what was the final nail in WHN’s coffin, Emmis purchased the station. It added sports talk programming to the Mets baseball games, which started in 1983. The Mets also called WHN home in the early 1970s.

On July 1, 1987, WHN’s Country format ceased in favor of the nation’s first all-sports format–WFAN. THe last voice on WHN was Dan Taylor, now WCBS-FM morning man. He talks about the station’s success, and credits program director Ed Salamon for making the difference.

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San Francisco Media Blogger Rich Lieberman Makes Impressive Radio Debut

Over the years, Bay Area blogger Rich Lieberman has built up an extensive network of local media contacts. That Rolodex and well-earned personal reputation were on full display this past weekend as Lieberman launched a new three-hour Saturday/Sunday call-in radio show on KOMY 1340 AM.

Lieberman’s opening guest was KTVU Channel 2 evening news lead anchor Frank Somerville. The conversation eventually segued to a story the host first broke on his blog - Somerville’s adoption of a black girl:

“I have two daughters, one of whom is adopted… Callie just turned eight, and it is just the greatest thing ever… Every single day, I can look at Callie and think, ‘I made a difference in my own little way.’”

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With Two Decades as a Controversial Host, The Apple’s Curtis Sliwa Reflects on His Start in Radio

Curtis Sliwa became world renowned for founding the Guardian Angels in the 1970s. But thanks to his role with the Angels, Sliwa’s radio career was born. He has been a broadcasting veteran for more than 20 years. 

Sliwa, who hosts six days a week at 970 The Apple WNYM, recently spoke to FishbowlNY for a wide-ranging discussion about his life on radio.

He describes the first 13 years (1979 to 1992) of the Guardian Angels as “extraordinarily controversial.” Along with having no luck dealing with officials, Sliwa was arrested no less than 76 times during that period.

But a funny thing happened on the way to the precinct, he was given the opportunity to speak out on radio.

“There were really iconic figures in talk radio who would lend me a microphone so that I could do more than just a 30 second sound bite defending myself,” Sliwa says.

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Mika Brzezinski’s Book Party at Arianna Huffington’s House

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Huffington Post senior editor Willow Bay and co-founder Arianna Huffington hosted a book party for Morning Joe co-anchor Mika Brzezinski‘s new book All Things at Once last night at Ms. Huffington’s Brentwood home. Arianna, perhaps one of the most charming people on the planet explained her role in encouraging Mika when her galleys came out. We don’t know why Joe Scarborough was there…also selling his book released in June of last year. But he was. They’re not married to each other right? Did Alan Colmes have to book tour with Sean Hannity? Somehow Joe made it about him,”It was in this room a few years ago that I predicted Barack Obama would never win against the Clinton machine,” he told the swanky LA literati. “Glad it wasn’t on TV.”

Mika, was finally given the microphone and noted she was warned against writing this book because it was too honest and could “damage her brand.” She seem genuinely impressed with the caliber of the crowd.

We spotted Larry David, yes that Larry David. Sherry Lansing was there. Journos James Rainey from LAT, Tina Daunt now of Huffpo LA, Sandra Tsing Loh, Mickey Kaus of Slate.com and of course Lawrence O’Donnell from MSNBC.

We will post more pictures later today.

Rick Overton Takes on Media

Emmy-winning writer, accomplished actor and George Carlin heir apparent, Rick Overton says good-bye to Bush and tells the media off.

About Alan Colmes,”I cough too hard, I snap my neck!”

About Bill O’Reilly, “Shut up with all your researched details! I’m fed up with answers! Blahh!”

Hall and Oats Take on Colmes

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Pop duo Daryl Hall and John Oates had a reunion last night on the Daily Show with Jon Stewart to give a tribute to Alan Colmes who will be leaving Fox News’ Hannity & Colmes next month.

Brilliant for so many reasons.

Also, was Oats phoning this one in?

Jonah Goldberg on Worst Persons

Jonah Goldberg made it onto Keith Olbermann‘s Worst Persons list yesterday.

Jonah Goldberg is the Alan Colmes of the LAT. Doesn’t exactly bring balance because well…he’s not that sharp for his side.

Did Hannity Dump Colmes To Get Rudy?

rudy_gushes_nyp.jpgRudy Giuliani on Fox News’ Hannity and Colmes last night:

“We still have to formally announce it and do a few more things, but this about as close as you’re going to get. … Today, we just took another step toward running for president. It’s a big step, an important one.”

How did the show get the interview? An unconfirmed but interesting tip:

To get an easy interview, Rudy Giuliani cut a secret deal with Fox News to be interviewed last night ONLY BY SEAN HANNITY. Alan Colmes sat in the studio and didn’t participate.

UPDATE: Not true, says Fox News.