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Posts Tagged ‘Larry Mantle’

Former LA Times Reporter Apologizes for His Role in Gary Webb Tragedy

No one knows the story of late San Jose Mercury News journalist Gary Webb (pictured) better than OC Weekly managing editor Nick Schou. So it’s always interesting when Schou chimes in about the matter, especially  just ahead of the production of a Hollywood movie inspired by Schou’s 2006 Webb biography Kill the Messenger.

Schou takes issue with a May 22 Los Angeles magazine article written by Jesse Katz. In that piece, Katz, a former LA Times reporter, in Schou’s opinion feebly apologizes for being one of Webb’s many media detractors. From Schou’s piece in – unusually – LA Weekly:

Katz buries and downplays his role in the debacle. Katz says he was just one of many reporters who ganged up on Webb. He apologizes only for bloating [Rick] Ross’ importance in his first Times piece on the dealer.

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It’s Now KPCC-SAG-AFTRA

In this afternoon’s KPCC item about some very exciting in-house business, reporter and union organizing committee member Adolfo Guzman-Lopez was quoted as follows:

“The vote count is clear. We look forward to sitting down with management to collectively bargain for the content employees at KPCC.”

He’s referring to a January 11 supervised tally of KPCC employees in favor of SAG-AFTRA unionization. But is a 35-to-26 vote count really that “clear?” FishbowlLA is somewhat surprised that nearly 40% of the 69 employees who will be covered by the new contract voted against it. (A union rep tells us that 69 ballots were cast, but eight challenged, hence the final vote total of 61.)

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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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KPCC Going Viral with Story About Restaurant’s Unique Approach to Cell Phones

On Tuesday’s edition of AirTalk, KPCC host Larry Mantle chatted with Eva restaurant chef and owner Mark Gold about the establishment’s provocative new policy. Customers who check their cell phones at the door are entitled to a five percent discount off the total bill.

A day later, this story about the mid-city eatery’s innovative gambit has begun its viral creep via foodbeast.com, Gawker, the San Francisco Chronicle and LA Times. By tomorrow morning, it’s likely dozens more outlets will have replicated.

The calls coming into KPCC yesterday morning and comments on the matching website page are running about 9-to-1 in favor of the policy. One female caller noted that she feels the more discretely allowable act of texting, not talking, is what isolates people most from the human interaction of a normal, bygone-era restaurant meal.

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LA Press Club Announces Nominees for Journalist of the Year

In the category of 2012 Radio Journalist of the Year, KCRW’s Warren Olney is surrounded. Per this weekend’s preliminary announcement of finalists for the LA Press Club’s 54th SoCal Journalism Awards, his fellow nominees are all sixth-tenths of a click down the FM dial: KPCC’s Larry Mantle, Stephanie O’Neill, Molly Peterson and Frank Stolze.

Dylan Howard, last year’s Entertainment Journalist of the Year, is nominated once again in that category. The only difference is that this time around, he’s representing celebuzz.com rather than Star magazine and Radar Online. For the repeat, he will have to best Nikki Finke, THR’s Alex Ben Block and LA Weekly film critic Karina Longworth.

Meanwhile, despite a recent LA riots coverage snafu, Longworth’s alt-weekly colleague Simone Wilson is in the Online Journalist of the Year bracket, alongside a bunch of political outlet heavyweights. She’ll have to beat CNN.com’s Michael Martinez, Truthdig’s Chris Hedges, The Huffington Post’s Robert David Jaffe and the enviroreporter.com tandem of Michael Collins and Denise Ann Duffield.

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KPCC Had a Case of the Mondays

It was a rough Monday morning for the folks over at KPCC.

Larry Mantle points out the station’s digital audio system crashed, which brought live programming to a screeching halt:

As best I understand it, our digital audio system completely crashed around 5 this morning.  We had no ability to pull audio from our storage system, severely limiting Steve Julian’s ability to gather local news stories for “Morning Edition.”  However, given Steve’s, and his producer’s, resourcefulness, they were able to transfer a limited number of stories to a portable hard drive from which they could be aired.

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Photo: Bill Stout Memorial Award Recipients

Larry Mantle, Warren Olney and Patt Morrison received the inaugural Bill Stout Memorial Award for Excellence in Broadcast Journalism Tuesday night in the Mark Taper Auditorium at the Riordan Central Library.

From left to right: Joe Hicks, Warren Olney, Larry Mantle, Patt Morrison, David Lehrer.

(Photo by Robert Lurie)

Broadcast Trio Named Recipients of Inaugural Award

Larry Mantle, Warren Olney and Patt Morrison were named recipients of the inaugural Bill Stout Memorial Award for Excellence in Broadcast Journalism. The trio will receive their award on Oct. 18 in the Mark Taper Auditorium at the Riordan Central Library.

Mantle has served as host of AirTalk on KPCC since 1985, the longest continuously airing daily talk program in Southern California. Olney is the executive producer and host of KCRW’s Which Way, L.A.? and To The Point. Morrison is a columnist at the Los Angeles Times and the host of the Patt Morrison show on KPCC.

The Bill Stout Memorial Award was created by the Community Advocates, Inc., a non-profit in the human relations field led by David A. Lehrer and Joe R. Hicks, and chaired by Richard J. Riordan. Mantle, Olney and Morrison were selected for pursuing their careers in the tradition of Stout. Stout was a longtime KCBS anchor who passed away at the age of 62 in 1989.

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Darth Vader at Comic Con

comiccon01.gif So between listening to KPCC’s Larry Mantle‘s coverage of the earthquake, we are going through our notebook for more Comic Con stuff.

This is a picture of (of course) Darth Vader. The actor was seven feet tall. We thought he was on stilts. He was a good two feet taller than his handler there to hand him towels and wipe the finger smudges off his costume.

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LAT Former, Current Employees Talk

Marla-Cone.gifWhile LAT Editor Russ Stanton prepares to deliver what must be a pretty awkward keynote speech at the OC Press Club Awards tonight (check back with us for more on that later), former Times staffers Marla Cone, William Lobdell, Larry Stewart and Henry Weinstein were on KPCC‘s “Airtalk” with Larry Mantle to discuss the disembowelment of the newspaper industry. Fun stuff. Hear it here.

– Via LA Observed.