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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. Source: Anchor Rob Morrison ‘Lied to the Station’ About Injured Face; May Be Fired From WCBS, February 19

2. Cover Battle: Cosmopolitan or Vibe, February 21

3. Rob Morrison Resigns From WCBS-TV Amid Wife Choking Allegations, February 20

4. Former Anchor Rob Morrison Faces ‘Very Serious Blow to His Career’: Legal Expert, February 21

5. WCBS-TV Anchor Rob Morrison Arrested for Allegedly Choking His Wife, February 18

6. Hot 97′s Peter Rosenberg Sorry if Nicki Minaj ‘Felt Bad’ About His Summer Jam Comments, February 15

 

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(VIDEO) Hot 97′s Rosenberg Sorry if Nicki Minaj ‘Felt Bad’ About His Summer Jam Comments

Many people got acquainted with Peter Rosenberg, one part of the Cipha Sounds and Rosenberg Hot 97/WQHT morning show, after a controversial turn last summer with Nicki Minaj.

But there’s much more to the man.

Rosenberg, originally from the Washington, D.C. suburbs, isn’t just a hip hop guru, he’s a fan of broadcasting. Right from his Twitter bio, he pays homage to one of his idols, calling himself the ”Jewish Johnny Carson.” He says the title was self-imposed after the PBS documentary on Carson aired last year.

“I’ve always pursued things that I dreamed of doing,” Rosenberg tells FishbowlNY. “I dreamed of being like Funkmaster Flex and all the great jocks who were on Hot 97, and the other thing I’ve dreamed about doing is being a late night host.”

Rosenberg has branched into television with numerous projects for MTV. But as he told FishbowlNY in the video clip, Rosenberg has always been fascinated by hip hop.

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NYC Media Come Out for Love & Hip Hop 3 Premiere

Love & Hip-Hop 3 Premiere

Over 400 members of New York media and bloggerati packed Kiss & Fly in the Meatpacking District Thursday to watch the premiere episode of VH1′s Love & Hip-Hop 3, which airs Monday January 7. For those not in the know, that’s the show that goes inside the lives (more personal than professional, really) of hip-hop stars.

While the show’s first outing focused mainly on rapper Jim Jones and his family and friends, this season has a lot of upstarts whose affiliations with the music world are flimsy at best. I’m still trying to figure out what it means for Rashidah Ali to be a “shoe consultant” to the stars, but, hey, whatever works for you.

Here are more photos from the event, courtesy of photographer Stephen Knight: Read more

Hot 97 Listener Countdown–Vote for Top 97 Songs of 2012

Hot 97/WQHT will ring in 2013 with a countdown of the best songs of year gone by. The selections are entirely up to you. From now until December 31, listeners are encouraged to visit the Hot 97 site and choose their favorite Hip Hop and R&B tracks. Then wait for New Year’s Day when Hot 97 counts down the Top 97 starting at noon.

While voting online, check out the Top 97 videos of 2012.

Hot 97 is also planning some special radio for Christmas weekend. Starting Friday at noon, the station will spin mixes of today’s best artists alongside throwbacks from Hip Hop greats. The mixing runs until Christmas Day at 11:59 p.m.

Hot 97 to Aid People Impacted by Hurricane Sandy

Hot 97′s Hip Hop Has Heart Foundation will be delivering clothing and other goods to city and New Jersey residents who were impacted by Hurricane Irene this weekend. Today and tomorrow, at shelters in Staten Island, Coney Island, Queens, Manhattan, Long Island and Newark, the station’s charity will distribute shirts, assorted clothing, HD radios and blankets.

“Hot 97 has deep roots in not only the hip hop community, but also with the people of New York and New Jersey; when they hurt, we hurt,” reads a statement from the station. “This is the beginning of our efforts to assist with rebuilding the New York tri-state area. Hot 97 aims to bring hope and encouragement to all those affected by this overwhelming disaster.”

Hot 97 will also be holding a fundraiser tonight at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center in Newark. Comedian Mike Epps will be performing at 7 p.m., and a portion of the proceeds will go to the Hip Hop Has Heart Foundation, to help with Hurricane Sandy relief efforts.

For more info, please check Hot 97′s site.

Hot 97 Adds New Overnight Show with J. Medina

Hot 97/WQHT has created a new sound on the overnights. Up All Night with J. Medina runs from midnight to 5 a.m. Monday through Friday, and early Sunday morning. In addition, the Brooklyn born Medina joins DJ Mister Cee weekly for the popular mix show, Friday Nite Live, from 8 to 10.

“I’m excited about this new chapter in my career at Hot 97,” Medina says in a statement. “I look forward to bringing a new type of energy to overnight radio and turn it up!”

Medina started at Hot 97 as a production assistant. When not on the Emmis-owned Hot 97, Medina can be heard on satellite radio channel Shade 45, and worldwide weekly for the website ThisIs50.com.

Mike Francesa and WBLS Are Marconi Award Winners

The annual Marconi Awards were presented at last night’s NAB gala in Dallas. There is a touch of New York sprinkled in the awards that recognize the best in radio.

Mike Francesa was named Major Market Personality of the Year. The WFAN afternoon host since 1989, Francesa has been solo since 2008. Last week, Francesa, 58, made news of a different kind by briefly falling asleep on the air, which was captured on the YES Network simulcast.

WFAN, which celebrated its 25th anniversary in July, was nominated as legendary station for the first time. But KSTP-FM in Minneapolis/St. Paul took home the honor.

The whirlwind 2012 continues for WBLS. It was chosen as Urban Station of the Year. ‘BLS went from bankruptcy with floundering ratings, to new found popularity with an assist from ESPN, which moved to the former spot on the dial of KISS FM /WRKS 98.7. In the most recent Arbitron ratings, WBLS took solo possession of number two.

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WLTW Holds at First Place; WBLS Leaps to Second in August PPM

The big news of the August PPM is all about WBLS. The Urban Adult Contemporary station is finding new life since the ESPN/KISS FM deal in April. WBLS, now the only game in town for that format, jumped to number two, up .4 to 6.3.

Despite the great WBLS showing, WLTW continues to rule the radio roost. The Clear Channel heavyweight added a .1 to 7.0, but Lite-FM lost a chunk of its lead to ‘BLS in the latest Arbition figures.

WBLS’ good fortune means a backtracking for perennial number two, WCBS-FM. The Classic Hits station slipped into a third-place tie with WHTZ/Z100. However, the two stations got there in slightly different scenarios. CBS-FM gained .2, while Z100 lost .2 for the month.

The homecoming of WRXP to Merlin Media’s Alternative Rocker at 101.9 reaped the rewards. The station shot up a full ratings point to a 1.6.

More from the Top 10 after the jump

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Nicki Minaj Announces Free New York City Make-Up Concert

Queens native Nicki Minaj is finally giving fans what they want–a free concert. The August 14, New York City show is a make-up for bailing on Hot 97′s Summer Jam in June.

“We are excited to offer the first 1,500 fans the opportunity to attend the show,” a link from Minaj’s Twitter account stated on her Website. “You must line up at the venue no earlier than 12 noon at the secret location. The first 1,500 fans in line will receive wrist bands, that will guarantee access to the event.”

Fans are encouraged to fill out a modest form with their name, email address, age and state.

But Minaj isn’t just “talking” to fans. On her Website post, the rapper writes Hot 97, Power 105, Z100, 92.3 Now, and WBLI should “listen and win.”

During Summer Jam, Hot 97/WQHT morning personality Peter Rosenberg ripped Minaj’s new single Starships as too “pop” and not enough hip hop.

It didn’t take long for Minaj mentor, and head of her record label, L’il Wayne to pull her from the show.

At the time she tweeted, “I go above and beyond for my fans. But won’t ever go against wayne’s word. What  he says, goes.”

Photo credit: Billboard.com

Wendy Williams: My First Big Break

In the latest episode of mediabistroTV’s “My First Big Break,” Wendy Williams talks about landing her dream job at Hot 97 and abstaining from sex while she struggled early on in her career.

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