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Madeleine Brand ‘Presses Play’ on New Noon Show on KCRW

Promo_madeleineprimaryMadeleine Brand launched her new KCRW show “Press Play” on Monday after spending over a year off public radio airwaves.

Long a rush-hour fixture in Los Angeles, she quit her top-rated morning news show on KPCC in September 2012 after the Southern California Public Radio station forced her to take A. Martinez, a former sports commentator, as a co-host. KPCC, a rival NPR-affiliate to KRCW, was required to hire a Latino co-host to receive the full payment of a $1.8 million grant from the Corporate for Public Broadcasting.

Brand resurfaced a month later on public television, contributing to KCET’s “SoCal Connected.” The next month, she was already reportedly in talks with KCRW.

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Former Observer Features Editor Has Big Plans for Pasadena Magazine

Maria Russo (pictured), who worked at the New York Observer under Peter Kaplan from 2002 to 2004 before moving west for a four-year stint with the LA Times Calendar section, has been at the helm of bi-monthly city magazine Pasadena since late March. Today, as part of a very ambitious new vision for the publication, she officially launched the revamped website pasadenarose.com.

“They loved my idea of broadening the magazine geographically and going for longer-form stories,” editor-in-chief Russo tells FishbowlNY via telephone. “Pasadena has the second highest concentration of non-profits in the country after D.C. There’s also this incredible science/tech scene with Cal Tech, JPL and so on, that offers all sorts of rich opportunities for coverage.”

And it’s not just about Pasadena anymore. Since the publication was launched in 2007 with backing from Mark Hulme, owner of a Texas magazine empire and currently also a producer on the Ashton Kutcher-Steve Jobs biopic, the area has fully morphed into Greater LA’s equivalent of Brooklyn. The strand between Silver Lake and Pasadena, where Russo works with two other full-time staff and an intern, has exploded with Highland Park, Eagle Rock and Glendale migration and artistic activity.

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KCETLink Has Details About ‘LA Model’ for Catholic Priest Reassignment

Tonight’s episode of SoCal Connected is timely, to say the least. A day after the election of Pope Francis, the KCETLink program has unearthed an old recording of Father Stephen Rosetti talking about the “LA model” for reassigning Catholic priests accused of sexual misconduct.

As SoCal Connected often does, a behind-the-scenes segment frames the story. Madeleine Brand will talk with reporter Vincent Gonzales about both what has gone in to this ongoing enterprise project and a new online search tool* being developed by the program to track where individual priests were stationed. Per today’s pre-show announcement:

SoCal Connected gained access to tapes of a 1996 lecture in which a church official discusses the “LA Model,” an experimental program that placed some accused priests in desk jobs in the Archdiocese or helped them find employment throughout the city, without informing the public of their misdeeds.

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Tony Pierce No Longer at KPCC

It’s been a tumultuous 12 months over at KPCC, what with the departure of Madeleine Brand, demotion of Patt Morrison and – most recently – exit of program director Craig Curtis. Unfortunately, another name can be added to the list: Tony Pierce.

When we first heard about Pierce’s KPCC layoff, it was as much of a surprise to us as his 2011 exit from the LA Times. FishbowlLA contacted Pierce and he was kind enough to give us the following statement:

Yes, it’s true. I was relieved of my duties at KPCC recently. It was quite a shock as I thought I was providing an important and useful service to the Take Two show during the week and to the KPCC website on Saturdays.

But in the ultimate “it’s not you, it’s me” reasoning, I was told it was due to a budget shortfall, and not the quality of my work, that I was being shown the door.

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Gustavo Arellano to Help KCRW Consider All Things Orange County

All that’s left now is for KCRW to officially find room for Madeleine Brand and the circle of KPCC irony will be complete.

That’s because OC Weekly editor Gustavo Arellano (pictured), newly announced as a weekly contributor to KCRW’s end of All Things Considered, was reportedly one of the candidates earlier this year for the KPCC slot briefly assumed alongside Brand by A Martinez. Yes, it’s a small LA radio world.

From today’s announcement:

“KCRW was looking for someone who could shine a bright light on this sprawling, diverse and vitally important region of Southern California, and we are happy to have Gustavo as a guide,” says Gary Scott, news program director at KCRW. “Gustavo is smart, he’s dogged, he’s funny… and he’s occasionally outrageous – but he’s more passionate and plugged in than just about anyone you’ll ever meet.”

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Madeleine Brand in Talks to Join KCRW (Updated)

At the end of an interesting Los Angeles Magazine story about Madeleine Brand‘s departure from KPCC comes some uplifting news: Brand may soon return to radio. As the mag explains:

She’s… in talks with KCRW to launch a program in the same 9 a.m. slot as [Alex] Cohen and [A] Martínez. “It will be just like The Madeleine Brand Show, but better,” she says with maybe a hint of something beyond enthusiasm in her voice. Because in the well-mannered world of public radio, those are fighting words.

The news isn’t such a shock – just weeks ago KCRW general manager Jennifer Ferro told the Los Angeles Times that the station had an eye on Brand. But for her to return in direct competition with the co-host that was the catalyst for her leaving KPCC, well, that would add an especially delicious chapter to the melodrama of the last few months.

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FishbowlLA Set Visit: SoCal Connected

The views from the fifth and sixth floors of KCET’s glass-encased offices at The Pointe in Burbank are spectacular, offering panoramic vistas of next-door neighbors NBC LA, St. Joseph’s Hospital, Forest Lawn in the southern distance and more. Another big difference from the station’s previous red-brick HQ on Sunset Boulevard is that employees are now ensconced in an open-cubicle set-up as sleek as that of a Madison Avenue ad agency.

But these are not the only reasons for the renewed sense of excitement at KCET. Thanks to the expansion of SoCal Connected to four nights a week, the addition of Madeleine Brand to the show’s talent ranks, a recent merger with San Francisco’s Link Media and the resulting imminent arrival of new chief strategy officer Paul Mason, this viewer-supported TV station is very clearly and boldly trying to re-invent the jettisoned PBS model.

SoCal Connected shoots two shows on Monday and another two on Wednesday, with a repeat broadcast Fridays. As FishbowlLA sat at the back of the control room yesterday watching the production of tonight’s November 29 broadcast, we were reminded of that scene in Broadcast News where William Hurt’s character shows nervous newbie Albert Brooks how to properly sit on a sports jacket. TV news is all about the smallest of details.

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KPCC Education Reporter Shifting to AP Law Enforcement Beat

There are long-lead job changes. And then there are really long-lead job change announcements.

This afternoon, Associated Press West Region editor Traci Carl announced that KPCC education reporter Tami Abdollah (pictured) will be rejoining the wire service… on January 7, to cover Los Angeles law enforcement. Abdollah previously worked for AP in Salem, Oregon after a three-year stint with the LA Times:

“We are excited to have Tami join us in Los Angeles,” Carl said. “She is a tireless reporter who will keep AP ahead on an important beat.”

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Madeleine Brand Speaks

Madeleine Brand hasn’t said much publicly since her abrupt departure from KPCC last September. And that hasn’t changed despite participating in an LA Times profile. Although reporter Deborah Vankin did glean some interesting nuggets from her about what went wrong.

Martinez is indisputably “easy on the ear,” Brand acknowledges, but she met him only twice before he was brought on. “One little tryout and … a get-to-know-ya coffee,” she says.

Brand had input early in the long process of interviewing potential co-hosts — and was excited about certain candidates, including OC Weekly editor in chief Gustavo Arellano and CNN’s Nick Valencia — but was “surprised” when she found out in an email that the station had hired Martinez, who is known as the voice of ESPN Radio‘s “Lakers Line” and “Dodger Talk” on AM 710 but came into the job with little hard-news experience.

“I had no idea what his capabilities were,” she says.

Also interesting: crosstown NPR affiliate KCRW has its eye on Brand. “When she became available, it was the clear and obvious conversation to have,” general manager Jennifer Ferro told the Times. “Madeleine’s really talented and definitely belongs on the radio in Los Angeles — we’re gonna try to make that happen.”

Michael Ian Black Imparts Twitter Wisdom to Madeleine Brand

Sometimes a new gig means a new Twitter handle. Such was the case for Madeleine Brand, who recently made the leap from public radio station KPCC to a TV gig on KCET’s “SoCal Connected.” Her Twitter handle of choice was her name, but that was already taken, leaving Brand unsure how to, well, re-Brand. That’s when author and comedian Michael Ian Black, a man with 1.2 million Twitter followers and a whole lot of opinions, stepped in.

Madeleine Brand eventually settled on the sweet and simple @TheMadBrand. We’re following.

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