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The Year in Review: Ten LA Journo Feel-Good Stories

In the space of a few days this time last year, film critic Alonso Duralde went from tweeting about the vile acts of an LA arsonist, to revealing he had become a victim of carport incineration, to thanking the public at large for donations to cover the purchase of a new vehicle. As such, his experiences stand as one of the more unconventionally heartwarming news stories of 2012 involving an LA journalist.

But there were others. Here are nine more such items from this reporter’s FishbowlLA docket:

Josh Groban Serenades KCRW DJ Anne Litt
The ditty sounds as good today as it did when we first heard it.

Beverly Hills High Student Cracks Obama Press Corps
Look for this guy in the White House press conference room circa Hillary Clinton‘s second term.

KTLA Reporter Uses Old iPad to Report About New iPad
A wonderful example of field reporting iNGENUITY.

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Jackie Johnson, Dorothy Lucey Lead the Way at FishbowlLA

One of the more entertaining ways to crunch website analytics at the end of a calendar year is to take a look at search queries that were phrased in the form of a question. These types of pathways are extra emphatic, a Web search tool for those who want to confirm something very specific.

In 2012, the winner in the FishbowlLA Q-category was CBS LA weather forecaster Jackie Johnson. Four of the top 20 search-engine questions that led people to our site this year were about her, or more precisely, her significant other:

Jackie Johnson married? (#7)
Who is Jackie Johnson married to? (#12)
Who is Jackie Johnson engaged to? (#15)
Is Jackie Johnson married? (#19)

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Jillian Reynolds Fills In the Blanks on Facebook

In the wake of yesterday’s latest Good Day LA shuffle, Canadian-born, LA-shaped Jillian Barberie Reynolds has posted additional information about her exit on Facebook. She wants everyone to know that she was not exactly sacked:

I wasn’t let go as in fired. In fact, FOX was trying to find something for me to do a few times a week. But the truth is I loved being on set. Teasing Steve doing celebrity interviews and working off script and ad libbing! It’s what I do.

I could not imagine doing any other role on that show after almost two decades!! They were hoping I would stay and do segments from the field of some sort but I told them I didn’t think it was a good fit. I love hosting. I just do!! My agent told them we weren’t interested. So…

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Another Memorable Dorothy Lucey-Critter Episode

Our coverage yesterday of WeHo News editor Ryan Gierach’s reaction to the launch of Dorothy Lucey’s blog has turned out to be the FishbowlLA item that keeps on giving.

First came some additional email correspondence between FishbowlLA and Gierach (added as an update to the bottom of the Thursday item). Followed by a classic reminiscence from Michael Horowicz, who has known Lucey personally for a long, long time. She was a bridesmaid at his wedding, but in this case, he’s jumping back to the early 1990s when the two worked together at KCBS.

With Horowicz’s permission, here’s a cat yarn to go along with yesterday’s pooch item:

“The building, known as Columbia Square, had a terrible rodent problem. And nothing the exterminators did worked.”

“So Dorothy and a few others adopted a cat and named it KC. (When I asked her why KC, she replied, “Better than BS.” She had a point.) The cat slept in the prop room just behind the news set.”

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WeHo News Editor Thanks Dorothy Lucey for Letting Him Keep Mascot*

We should all be so lucky as to get the kind of attention Dorothy Lucey has with her first blog item. Her recollection of a Good Day LA exec’s harsh personal put-down was quickly picked up last night by LA Observed and expanded upon today by our sister site TV Spy.

Some of the blog comments rolling in are equally noteworthy. Here for example is the feedback from WeHo News editor Ryan Gierach:

Personally, I must credit you (and GDLA) with giving me the greatest gift of my life. On an October morning four years ago, you were on air petting the dog that my husband Marcus Fant and I had picked from a picture on the Net the morning before as part of your daily adoption feature. We had already named him WeHo (yes, after our city and in honor of his mascot status for my newspaper, WeHo News).

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Tom Snyder Producer Remembers His Trailblazing, Angels-Hating Boss

In honor of this weekend’s doubly momentous anniversary date of July 29, which is both the article author’s birthday and the date his beloved former boss Tom Snyder passed away in 2007, Michael Horowicz has penned a wonderful remembrance at tvweek.com. As the reader comments bear witness, Snyder left an indelible mark.

From 1993 to 1998, Horowicz worked with Snyder in LA for CNBC and CBS. There’s a funny story in the article about how he would accompany the talk show host to the Bel Air Country Club every Thursday night for dinner, but only so Snyder could meet his monthly required minimum member spending limit. We thought it would be fun to hear a few more anecdotes about the legendary media figure’s wide-ranging LA career.

“In 1960, Snyder was fired from his reporter’s job at KTLA,” Horowicz, who recently left WNBC in New York to pursue his own projects with business partner Susan Winston, tells FishbowlLA. “He was crushed and out for revenge. There was only one thing he could do, which was place a curse on the Los Angeles Angels, set to premiere a few months later in the American League. Both the Angels and KTLA were owned by Gene Autry.”

Horowicz says he learned about the curse many years later, in 1995, while watching an Angels game in the CBS conference room with colleagues. Snyder noticed and mentioned the curse that night during his monologue.

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  • AllTwitter: According to a study, 44 percent of employees think Facebook and Twitter negatively impact productivity. We’d read the report, but we need to check out Facebook first. A friend posted a picture of her cat sitting like a person!
  • PRNewser: Here are some new New Jersey Transit ads for dumb people.
  • FishbowlLA: Good Day LA co-host Dorothy Lucey is moving on to Current TV.

Dorothy Lucey Makes a Left Turn to… Current TV!?

Although recently departed Good Day LA co-host Dorothy Lucey is a “self-professed political junkie,” it’s safe to say Al Gore’s Current TV was very low on the over-under list of places she would wind up next.

In what FishbowlLA applauds as a brilliant example of mixing it up, Lucey will co-host tonight’s edition of The Young Turks with Cenk Uygur. We’ll be sure to update this item later with a link or embed of the video.

What to expect? A TYT rep tells us:

“The big news of the day is Obama’s deportation policy change. They’re going to break down the genius of his political move and Dorothy will join in on the discussion. They’re also doing a segment about the “Checks and the City” controversy – last night Sarah Jessica Parker hosted a big fundraiser at her home in NYC and the Republicans went nuts about it. Dorothy will speak to Hollywood’s involvement in the presidential campaign race. Also, they will be discussing drone attacks, and Rolling Stone contributor Michael Hastings will be on for that part.”

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Dorothy Lucey Reminisces with Sam Rubin

When Dorothy Lucey took a seat next to Sam Rubin on the KTLA Morning News today, it was like old times at Sunset Bronson Studios. During the early part of the conversation, archive footage was shown of Rubin and Lucey rehearsing in a conference room for their one-time KTLA program.

Lucey, let go from Good Day LA on May 25 after seventeen years, talked about keeping in touch with Rubin over the years. She recalled one particular teary phone conversation with him about her behind-the-scenes struggles, to which Rubin responded – “Take the money!” Lucey says she knew for about two weeks beforehand that she was going to be let go from FOX.

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Jillian Reynolds Apologizes to Dorothy Lucey

 

Get ready for at least one more day of tears on Fox 11′s Good Day LA.

On Thursday, Jillian Reynolds apologized to the departing Dorothy Lucey for all of the mean things she’s said about her during their 17-year run together.

The real winner in this segment was Steve Edwards, who received a Dorothy-Jillian sandwich hug.

I’m on to you, Steve.

[H/T LA Observed]

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