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Morning Media Newsfeed: Aereo Files for Bankruptcy | MSNBC Hires Ex-WH Staffer

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Aereo Files for Bankruptcy (TVSpy)
With a post on the company’s blog Friday morning, Aereo founder and CEO Chet Kanojia announced the company had filed for bankruptcy protection. THR The digital TV service, which broadcast network owners battled in courts for offering access to broadcast TV signals via digital devices, made a voluntary Chapter 11 filing, it said in the statement. “We encountered significant challenges from the incumbent media companies,” said Kanojia in the statement. Mashable Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection is typically expensive and allows for the company to restructure its debt. While filing for bankruptcy does not necessarily mean the end of the business, Kanojia struck a tone in a statement on Aereo’s website that insinuated the company was done. Variety New York-based Aereo had raised about $97 million, from investors including IAC chairman Barry Diller, media investor Gordon Crawford, Himalaya Capital Management, Highland Capital Partners and FirstMark Capital. Earlier this month Aereo laid off a majority of its staff, including employees in New York and Boston. The company said a small executive team of about a dozen people would remain. GigaOM Aereo’s bankruptcy petition shows it owes roughly $2 million to a list of creditors that include Internet companies like Level 3 and Google, as well as several law firms. But the most significant creditors on the list are names like ABC and Fox, the TV networks that are continuing to sue Aereo over copyright infringement. Aereo’s filing simply states “unknown” in the amount owed to the “litigation party” TV stations, which also include PBS, Telemundo and NBC.

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Denver Website Rallies Broncos Fans Against Phil Simms

The handiest way to get a sense of why Denver Broncos fans have so quickly signed a petition asking CBS Sports to stop assigning former Giants QB Phil Simms to their team’s televised contests is @philsimmsquotes. The Twitter account live-tweets color commentary made by Simms during NFL broadcasts, and among the snippets highlighted during the Broncos September 14 contest vs. the Kansas City Chiefs is: “When you’re in this air, you’re lighter, you’re faster.”

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Local website The Denver City Page, sensing an opportunity, threw up a change.org petition protesting Simms’ “biased drivel” and in a matter of just a few days, the petition is closing in on 30,000 signatures. Many of the signature comments espouse the same, basic theory:

Scott Feiler: I’m signing because Phil Simms doesn’t give insight to the viewers. Instead he indirectly attacks the Broncos organization and fans. Most likely because of personal matters possibly stemming from his son [Chris] not working out when he was on the team.

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Morning Media Newsfeed: Tebow Joins GMA | EU Regulators Approve BSkyB Acquisitions

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Tim Tebow Joins Good Morning America as Contributor (TVNewser)
With football dominating much of the news this week, Good Morning America is adding another former NFL star to its roster. THR / The Live Feed Already ingrained in the Disney-ABC family as an ESPN analyst, Tim Tebow officially makes his debut on the current No. 1 morning talk show as the newest contributor on Sept. 15. HuffPost ABC News said that Tebow will help with the morning show’s “Motivate Me Monday” series, reporting from the studio and towns across the country on inspirational stories. The Sentinel Tebow’s first story will focus on 10-year-old Deven Jackson of Perry County, Pa. Two weeks ago, Jackson played in a midget football game, three years after losing both legs to a rare illness. Tebow spent the day with Jackson and his family at their home. Tebow also spoke to Jackson’s midget football team. The league is trying to raise $10,000 to purchase the proper equipment for Jackson. The Wire Tebow, 27, played college football at the University of Florida from 2007-2009, during which time he became the first underclassman to win the Heisman Trophy. Despite early success in the NFL with Denver Broncos, Tebow struggled in subsequent stints with the New York Jets and New England Patriots.

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Jim Rome Moving to Mighty 1090AM

With Jim Rome‘s replacement officially announced, the media giant formally announced his move to CBS Sports Radio starting Jan. 2.

That leaves just one problem for Los Angeles.

There’s not exactly a local affiliate carrying Rome’s syndicated talk show yet.

Your best bet is tuning in to the Mighty 1090AM based out of San Diego.

Other local options include KVEN-AM (Ventura), KRAK-AM (Riverside), and KAVL-AM (Lancaster/Palmdale).

Rome also shared with his audience that his new Showtime series was picked up for a second season and is moving from weekly to monthly in 2013.

Iconic Sportscaster Marv Albert Reflects on Brooklyn Getting the Nets

Yes! and it counts! That was the plan for Marv Albert, scheduled to be at the mic as the Nets made their official start in Brooklyn last weekend. Fittingly, Albert was to handle the play-by-play opening night against the Knicks for TNT. But Hurricane Sandy canceled that great storyline for the NBA’s preemient voice. Despite the change of plans, Albert, a Brooklyn boy, is part of FishbowlNY’s special series commemorating Brooklyn’s resumption of professional sports.

His homecoming will have to wait as Albert is expected to broadcast from the Barclays Center for TNT two times later this season.

Unless you’ve been under a rock since the 1960s, you know Albert’s amazing resume and, of course, his ties to New York. He called Knicks games, either or radio or TV, for almost 40 years. In 2005, Nets began his association with the Nets as lead play-by-play announcer on the YES Network. Albert has always maintained his legendary break neck pace, but wasn’t able to keep the Nets games on his full plate after last season.

“CBS came to me with the NFL. It was at the time right after Turner and CBS had put together the college basketball deal where I ended up doing Sweet Sixteen and Elite Eight games on CBS,” Albert admits. “It was something I just felt I couldn’t pass up. I knew I would end up doing major games in Brooklyn for Turner. It would have been just too much. I could have stayed and done a partial schedule, and that was the thought, but it would have been just too many games.”

Now, though, Albert is able to wax nostalgic about his childhood.

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Most Popular FishbowlNY Stories for the Week

Here’s a look at what FishbowlNY stories made the most buzz this week.

  1. Dave Price Turns Dancing With The Stars Interview into Awkward Good Day New York Segment, August 18
  2. WPIX Blacked Out ‘Without Warning’ in Cablevision Homes, August 17
  3. Politico Removes Idiot Reporter from Covering Idiot Todd Akin, August 21
  4. FishbowlNY Poll: Readers Emphatically Want Greg Kelly Back on Good Day New York, August 16
  5. Tina Brown Defends Niall Ferguson, August 22
  6. Pat Kiernan (left), Best TV Person Ever, Rumored to Miss Out on Live! Co-Anchor Gig, August 21
  7. Chris Wragge ‘Flattered’ To Be Part of CBS Sports’ U.S. Open Tennis Coverage, August 16

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Chris Wragge ‘Flattered’ To Be Part of CBS Sports’ U.S. Open Tennis Coverage

It’s a double “homecoming” for Chris Wragge. The veteran WCBS news anchor is returning to sports, at least for two weeks. Wragge is getting a spot with CBS Sports at the U.S. Open Tennis Championships beginning Monday, August 27 at Flushing Meadow.

Wragge says it was “totally unexpected” when he was asked last month by Harold Bryant (VP/Production/CBS Sports). Groundwork had been laid by CBS Sports president Sean McManus, who was integral in hiring Wragge for The Early Show in late 2010.

“Sean has been great to me over the years,” Wragge says. “This was a welcome home call.

With the blessing of WCBS executives David Friend and Peter Dunn, Wragge makes his first network appearance since the morning overhaul at the start of the year, and his premiere on CBS Sports.

Wragge is called on primarily as a weekend studio host. The move was necessitated, thanks to the ascension of Bill Macatee to lead play-by-play voice at the Open.

“What it boils down to is, you’ll see more of me if there are rain delays,” Wragge laughs.

But Wragge isn’t joking when it comes to the CBS Sports brand.

“Obviously, it’s just such an amazing franchise, top to bottom,” Wragge says. “To be associated, and to be asked to be a part of any of their properties, I was overwhelmed and flattered to be honest with you.”

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(Video) A Quarter Century of ‘Swishing and Dishing’ for Walt ‘Clyde’ Frazier on MSG Network

At a recent event, MSG Network was promoting its summer block of programming, highlighted by a new MSG’s Vault–Walt Frazier: Before He Was Clyde.

The episode, debuting June 23, centers on the lost video of Frazier’s final collegiate game for the Southern Illinois Salukis. The NIT Championship, originally broadcast on CBS (with Frank Gifford providing color commentary) in 1967 was played at MSG, giving Knicks brass a front-row seat to witness his future greatness. Two weeks later he was the Knicks first-round draft choice.  (Frazier will live tweet during Saturday’s program @nyknicks)

Fast forward 20 years, and Frazier is a Hall of Famer, with his number 10 retired by the Knickerbockers. He guided the franchise to their only two championships to date.

But Clyde was about to embark on a new career–Knicks announcer. First he was describing the action on radio. For more than a decade, he has a new found celebrity on MSG Network.

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Local NBA Season to Begin Minus Marv Albert

With the 149-day NBA lockout on the path to ending over the weekend, the season will be salvaged with a Christmas Day start. The only remaining issue is for the league and the union to iron-out a new collective bargaining agreement.

For many weeks, fans were subjected to revenue sharing and economics 101.

But there is a bigger picture with the NBA likely to resume next month.

There will be no Marv Albert calling local NBA games, after decades in the broadcast booth. But Albert, 70, announced in June that he would leave the YES Network to concentrate on his new NFL gig with CBS. He’s still the top broadcaster of NBA action on TNT. He joined TNT in 1999.

Not many years removed from his Syracuse University days, Albert hooked up with the Knicks in 1967. Virtually every season for the next 37 years, Albert was the lead voice, either on radio or TV. Read more

Marv Albert Joins Turner Sports Announcers for March Madness on CBS

As part of CBS joining forces with Turner Sports to call the expanded NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament this year, fans will be treated to TNT NBA announcers calling some of the action.

That means Marv Albert will team up with his TNT partner Steve Kerr for regional semi-final and regional final rounds on CBS.  

It also marks Albert’s return to announcing college basketball games, something he hasn’t done since his NBC days.

Albert, of course, is also the Nets’ play-by-play voice on the YES Network.

The NCAA Tournament begins on March 15.

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