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Kathie Lee Gifford Lands Regis for First Episode of New Podcast

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To the freewheeling and long-form interview format on October 23 is coming another name-brand participant: TODAY co-host Kathie Lee Gifford. She is set to kick off her PodcastOne network program Kathie Lee and Company with none other than, as first guest, Regis Philbin. From today’s announcement:

“I’m so looking forward to this new podcast adventure,” says Gifford. “I feel like I’m in an episode of The Jetsons, soaring into unknown territory on my podcast.”

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Website Connects Darwin Bestseller to Intelligently Designed Media Campaign

The Discovery Institute, a Seattle-based organization that bills itself as “the intellectual home of the modern intelligent design movement,” is celebrating this morning. All because the book Darwin’s Doubt is set to debut at #7 on this Sunday’s New York Times non-fiction bestsellers list.

After applauding the NYT for a “remarkably accurate” plot synopsis of Stephen Meyer‘s new book, David Klinghoffer, a senior fellow with the Center for Science and Culture (CSC), explains that there are no missing media links. Good old-fashioned promo-ing was an important part, he writes, of the bestseller momentum:

Dr. Meyer has been on The Michael Medved Show several times, on the The Dennis Prager Show, The Dennis Miller Show and many other national and local talk-radio programs. Not trivial either is the decision by Barnes & Noble to feature the book with in-store displays in 300 of its bookstores across the country, likely due in part to the strong sales record of Meyer’s first book, Signature in the Cell.

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Vegas Radio Personality Hopes to Have LA ‘Answer’

This week, KRLA 870 AM operates under the slogan “Intelligent. Conservative. Talk Radio.” and offers Glenn Beck weekday mornings from 6am to 9am. But that will change next week when Las Vegas radio personality Heidi Harris takes over his slot while the station as a whole gets rechristened as “The Answer.”

Owner Salem Communications, which did a similar re-branding trick recently with WNYM 970 AM in New York City, is folding both KRLA and Inland Empire sister station KTIE 590 AM under this new “Answer” umbrella. For Harris, it’s a move to a major market after a rather unusual start thirteen years ago in Sin City. From the press release:

Harris was first heard on the air on KDWN in Las Vegas in 1998 during the Monica Lewinsky scandal, when she volunteered to go on the station for free. Her unique take on that issue and others caught the attention of crosstown competitor KXNT, where she became co-host of the morning show in 1999.

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Matt Weiner Revisits the Casting of Don Draper

Mad Men creator Matt Weiner was on Dennis Miller’s radio show today, basking in the after-glow of Sunday’s fifth season debut. The AMC series is Miller’s favorite program, and at one point the conversation drifted to the casting of Jon Hamm as Don Draper.

Weiner recalled that at the time of the pilot, the Hollywood trend was for anti-leading men protagonists such as Seth Rogen, and that Hamm was struggling to gain traction. When asked who he originally envisioned as Draper, Weiner told Miller he appropriately reached way back:

“When my casting director asked me who I wanted for the role, I was like, ‘Honestly, I’ve narrowed it down to two people – get me William Holden or James Garner…’ They’re like, ‘You can’t say that.’”

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WNYM/The Apple Rebrands as The Answer

The Answer Takes a Bite Out of The Apple

The Apple/970 WNYM began running promos recently saying the “Old Apple was going away,” and to check out the station starting today for the answer.

Well, it’s just that–Salem’s owned The Apple has been rebranded as The Answer in on-air promos, top-of-the-hour IDs, and show opens.

The program schedule has been altered slightly, especially the local presence with Curtis Sliwa getting a later morning start. It’s still a three-hour block for the Guardian Angels founder, but now it’s from 7 to 10 a.m.

Nationally heard Bill Bennett‘s Morning in America takes the 5 a.m. to 7 a.m. slot.

A couple of Dennis’ –Miller and Prager get an hour earlier start time for their syndicated shows. Dennis Miller moves to 10 a.m. to noon, while Dennis Prager takes the noon to 3 p.m. block.

The other weekday programming remains unchanged: Michael Medved from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m., Sliwa and Jeffrey Lichtman from 5 p.m to 7 p.m., and Hugh Hewitt on 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.

The changes were announced by Salem’s new VP and director of spoken word format, Phil Boyce, who joined the company last month.

Oprah’s California Neighborhood Gets Second Weekly Newspaper

Can you imagine what the Christmas tips in Montecito might be for newspaper delivery boys and girls? That vaunted teen profession may generally be going the way of the fax cover page, but at least in the privileged Santa Barbara hood of Oprah Winfrey, Rob Lowe, Dennis Miller, and many other celebs, the newspaper business is still good.

On June 10th, the Montecito Journal will be joined by a second free weekly newspaper, the Montecito Messenger. Heading up the mid-June competitor is a pretty interesting trio—The Daily Sound owner Jeremy Gordon, documentary filmmaker Sam Tyler, and former Journal reporter Judy Forman. Per a report in the Santa Barbara Independent:

Tyler — who directed Citizen McCaw , which chronicled the meltdown of the [Santa Barbara] News-Press — explained the new paper would be more politically mainstream and less conservative than the Journal, that it would provide home delivery, and that Messenger editors would not comment critically, as the Journal sometimes does, about its own letters to the editor.

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Eliot Spitzer on Working for CNN: ‘I’m having a barrel of fun!’

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— DIANE CLEHANE

Although it might not seem like it given the sheer numbers of journalists reporting from England this week, there are plenty of media folk and fashion mavens who aren’t headed out of town to cover that little get-together at Westminster Abbey on Friday. The dining room at Michael’s was packed today with A-listers of every stripe.  I lunched with my good friend Lisa Linden and Eliot Spitzer and we had plenty to talk about. Eliot joined us fresh off this morning’s shuttle from Boston where he’d given a lecture at MIT yesterday. He also taped last night’s broadcast of Inside the Arena from there.

While the rest of CNN is in the grips of royal wedding fever, Spitzer couldn’t be happier to be left out of the lovefest across the pond (“I’m really upset they didn’t send me over there,” he quipped). The subject did come up on last night’s show when he questioned Muslim activist Anjem Choudary about his planned protest at the wedding. While Spitzer pressed him on whether he was planning to “bring violence” to an  event watched by over two billion people, Choudary continually evaded the question. It was fascinating to see a flash of Spitzer’s past as New York’s attorney general come through during the exchange. Perhaps not so coincidentally, it was announced this morning that the group had canceled the planned protest.

When I asked Spitzer if he considered himself a journalist or a commentator, he answered simply, “I don’t know. I don’t mean to be vague. When the issue of objectivity comes up, I don’t think there is any such thing as objectivity. I don’t mean to say you infuse everything with bias and don’t try to be rigorously factual, but how you present every fact depends upon the prism through which you see it.” Read more

Dennis Miller Praises New Rant King Charlie Sheen

Leave it to comedian-turned-radio-pundit Dennis Miller to fire back at Charlie Sheen with a reference as esoteric as many of those spewed by the embattled actor.

Appearing last night as he occasionally does on The O’Reilly Factor, the Santa Barbara resident revealed that he has been thoroughly enjoying the new king of going off on a rant, and compared Sheen to a deceased French playwright. “I find Sheen uproariously funny,” Miller raved. “I think he’s an absurdist supreme. I don’t think I’ve seen a farceur like this since Georges Feydeau at the turn of the 20th century with his plays…”


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Newsweek Celebrates The Year With Interview Issue

091219_COVER-thumb6.jpgThe last big story to come out of Newsweek was the Sarah Palin cover controversy, with a cover image that had been previously featured on an issue of Runner’s World. Not the most glorious way to end out the year.

So The Washington Post Co.-owned magazine decided to end December on a high note, combining its interviews with some of the world’s biggest names into several different segments. There’s Newsweek editor Jon Meacham talking to both Hillary Clinton and Henry Kissinger about the role of Secretary of State (or “Hey, we’re relevant too!”), Bill Maher and Joe Scarborough thinking they are witty while discussing what it is that makes someone a pompous pundit good talk show host (was Dennis Miller not available?), and director Peter Jackson talking with James Cameron about how to make billions of dollars without ever technically selling out.

It’s an interesting tactic to pit one interviewee off another, and one that’s certain to sell copies, even without all the other interviews in the issue, like Bill Clinton, Timothy Geithner and Gen. David Petraeus.

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Bernie Brillstein Dies at 77

Bernie Brillstein.jpgBernie Brillstein, one of the premiere manager/producers in the industry and the orchestrator behind the careers of John Belushi, Jim Henson and a slew of ‘Saturday Night Live’ stars, died this week from complications stemming from double-bypass heart surgery in February.

Brillstein ran the most successful management company in Hollywood in the 1980s and ’90s, repping such stars as Lorne Michaels, Gilda Radner, Dan Aykroyd, Brad Pitt, Adam Sandler, Geena Davis, Martin Short, Jim Belushi, Dabney Coleman, Dana Carvey, Dennis Miller, Nicolas Cage, Rob Lowe and Jay Tarses.Brillstein partnered with Brad Grey in 1991. After producing such shows with Brillstein as “The Sopranos,” “Just Shoot Me,” “NewsRadio” and “Politically Incorrect with Bill Maher.” Grey went on to become the chairman and CEO for Paramount Pictures.

Brillstein was an outgoing, avuncular Santa Clause type who will be sorely missed.