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Posts Tagged ‘Alex Cohen’

Madeleine Brand ‘Presses Play’ on New Noon Show on KCRW

Promo_madeleineprimaryMadeleine Brand launched her new KCRW show “Press Play” on Monday after spending over a year off public radio airwaves.

Long a rush-hour fixture in Los Angeles, she quit her top-rated morning news show on KPCC in September 2012 after the Southern California Public Radio station forced her to take A. Martinez, a former sports commentator, as a co-host. KPCC, a rival NPR-affiliate to KRCW, was required to hire a Latino co-host to receive the full payment of a $1.8 million grant from the Corporate for Public Broadcasting.

Brand resurfaced a month later on public television, contributing to KCET’s “SoCal Connected.” The next month, she was already reportedly in talks with KCRW.

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Mediabistro Interview: Phil Hendrie

For the briefest of moments before my recent chat with radio mimic extraordinaire Phil Hendrie, I was tempted to ask him to do portion of our Mediabistro “So What Do You Do?” interview as a fictitious character. Say, maybe, a disgruntled unemployed AM radio vet bitching about guys like Phil Hendrie taking away all the good jobs.

The truth is, Hendrie has always worked very hard for his success. This fall, at age 61 with stepson Alex Cohen at his side, he’s got the sleeves rolled up for another run at U.S. syndication bragging rights with his modified version of The Phil Hendrie Show. From our Q&A:

“If you want to be real honest, the radio show is a billboard for the digital business. My [website] subscription business makes really good money. The radio show right now, and for the last six years, has not.

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Tess Vigeland Fills In for A Martinez

Having manned the post-game phones on ESPN 710 AM all miserable Lakers season long, no one deserves a vacation more than A Martinez. He’s off today through the 20th of May and filling in for him at the KPCC Take Two end is Tess Vigeland (pictured).

There aren’t too many people who jump back and forth between LA’s two FM public radio stations, but the talented Vigeland is one of them. She was just on KCRW Tuesday hosting To The Point and has also stepped in recently a few times on the Santa Monica NPR station’s Which Way LA. Her last prior fill-in stint on Take Two was a few months ago.

“It’s probably fairly rare,” she tells FishbowlLA this morning via email of the KPCC-KCRW skein. “I’m grateful to both stations for lending me the microphone!”

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KPCC Revisits UK Rock Band Joy Division’s Saddest Day

The book tour for Joy Division bassist Peter Hook’s memoir Unknown Pleasures stopped by KPCC’s Take Two this morning. A definite treat for show co-host Alex Cohen, who rates the 1976-80 band as one of her personal favorites.

Halfway through the interview, Hook eloquently addressed the suicide of lead singer Ian Curtis. He noted that unlike the rest of the band members at the time, Curtis had a mortgage and marriage to contend with. As well as a medical diagnosis of epilepsy and quiet-life recommendation from the doctor that he willfully ignored:

“I’d sort of convinced myself in the book that Ian had got ill towards the end of Joy Division,” Hook told Cohen. “When I came to do the timelines, I realized that he was ill very much from the start…”

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KPCC President Bill Davis Wanders Into Impromptu Open House Q&A

At last night’s KPCC “Millenials” mixer, several small groups of listeners took turns getting a guided tour of the public radio station’s Pasadena headquarters. LA journalist Luis Gomez was among the October 2 visitors and tells FishbowlLA that as he, his girlfriend and others did the walk-through, they happened upon KPCC president and CEO Bill Davis (pictured).

“He came out of his office as we were walking by,” Gomez explains. “He said hello, thanked people for being KPCC members and then asked if there were any questions.”

NAHJ member Gomez needed no further encouragement. Among the interesting nuggets garnered and noted (picking up where Davis left off last week with Larry Mantle):

- Madeleine Brand left KPCC for a “lucrative TV production deal.” Let the guessing game re-begin: Current TV? NBC LA? Ora.tv?…;

- Since hiring A Martinez, KPCC’s Latino listener number have doubled;

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Madeleine Brand Exits KPCC

In the wake of some major grumbling from KPCC fans about the new weekday morning pairing on KPCC 89.3 FM of Madeleine Brand with former 710 ESPN AM reporter A Martinez, that peanut gallery now has something new to chew on. She’s leaving.

Per an announcement today on the SCPR website, Brand has chosen to pursue “other career opportunities.” There’s no mention of the fracas surrounding recent changes to her program, but that push-back likely factored into her decision. She will be replaced alongside Martinez by Alex Cohen (pictured), local anchor on the KPCC airwaves during the station’s broadcasts of All Things Considered and Marketplace. From today’s announcement:

“We are very fortunate to have in Alex a co-host with the combination of news judgment, experience and a lively, energetic on-air presence,” said vp of content Russ Stanton. “She has a range of experience in public broadcasting and journalism that few can match; she is smart, tenacious and insightful…”

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The End of Day to Day: The Video

NPR’s Day to Day is going…do you call it dark? Dead? Silent?…On March 20th. This video features Madeleine Brand and Alex Cohen talking about losing their jobs.

We’re going to go give what we earn for this post to KPCC while we’re thinking about it. Serious.