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The Year’s Most Popular FishbowlNY Search Terms

Stand up and take a bow, Dave Price. For the period of January 1 through December 26, the former CBS / The Early Show weatherman ranks as the most frequently typed outside search-engine term of any kind with regards to FishbowlNY organic keyword traffic.

Top Ten FishbowlNY People Searches

DavePricePic1. Dave Price
2. Rob Morrison
3. Greg Kelly
4. Jodi Applegate
5. Joe Nolan
6. Ashley Morrison
7. Domenica Davis
8. Charles McCord
9. Bill Evans
10. Mark Simone

Just beyond this group at 11. is the late Jennifer Rosoff. Her death this summer remains in many ways the saddest story of the year involving an NYC media professional. A bright, shining light extinguished by city code that even when “adhered” to, did not keep an old balcony safe.

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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. New CBS Game Show Offering Editorial Assistant Job at Cosmopolitan as Top Prize, January 9

2. NRA President Attacks The Journal News, Gawker, for Publishing Gun Owners’ Information, January 10

3. Threats to Journal News Staffers Are Intense, January 7

4. Mark Simone (above) Grabs Late Morning Slot at WOR, January 7

5. Cover Battle: Businessweek or Wired

6. NYC Media Come Out for Love & Hip Hop 3 Premiere, January 4

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Mark Simone Grabs the Late Morning Slot at WOR

Changes are afoot at Clear Channel’s newest property. With the ownership of WOR Radio officially transferred from Buckley Broadcasting, Clear Channel is moving quickly to put its fingerprint on the venerable talk station.

Longtime WABC host Mark Simone has jumped ship, having been named the weekday 10 a.m. to noon host, effective immediately.

After more than a dozen years at 770 on the AM dial, Simone tells FishbowlNY, a move to 710 is not easy.

“I’ve never had an unpleasant moment with the management there, they were wonderful to me from the beginning to the end,” Simone says. “I’ll miss WABC and never thought I’d want to leave, but this is probably how some people at Microsoft felt years ago when they left to go to Apple.”

Neccessitating the professional address change for Simone is the fact that ex-WABC president and GM Steve Borneman is assuming a management role at Clear Channel and WOR. Simone says working for Borneman at WABC was a pleasurable experience.

“He’s a great leader and the best GM we ever had on the 17th floor at WABC and everyone on the air there would tell you that they would follow him anywhere,” Simone admits. “So, while I hate leaving the best coworkers in radio, it may not be long before many of them decide to join me [at WOR].”

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Longtime Liberal Talker Lynn Samuels Found Dead

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Veteran radio host Lynn Samuels has died. Former 77 WABC colleague and friend, Mark Simone confirms to FishbowlNY that Samuels, uncharacteristically, missed her weekend Sirius XM show. Simone says the NYPD was called to her Manhattan home Saturday where Samuels’ body was discovered. She was 69.

While no cause of death has been determined, Simone points out that she was a heavy smoker.

At the height of her WABC popularity, Simone recalls, Samuels shared a desk with Rush Limbaugh. She was his lead-in for a time from 10 a.m. to noon.

But before she blossomed on the radio, Simone got to know the opinionated Samuels in the early 1980s–and actually helped her forge a new career path.

“She used to sell the New York Post on the corner of 57th [Street] and Fifth [Avenue],” Simone tells FishbowlNY. “I would tape the man on the street interview there a few times a week. She had such a distinct voice.”

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Henry Kravis, John Huey & Kim Kardashian’s BFF

1003_mockup.gifThe usual suspects were (mostly) present and accounted for at Michael’s today. The people watching parade included the money men (Henry Kravis), entertainment moguls (Richard Plepler), and social types (Binky Urban) with the random reality show curiosity (Kardashian sidekick Jonathan Cheban) thrown in for good measure.  You were expecting a Real Housewife again, were you? Sorry, we just can’t deliver a Bravolebrity every week.

I was thrilled when Atria Book’s founder and publisher Judith Curr invited me to lunch, since I’ve long been a fan of the  Simon & Schuster imprint. Next year marks Atria’s 10th anniversary, and Judith has plenty of big things lined up for the 80 books she’ll publish in 2012. “It’s our birthday, but ‘the reader’ gets all the presents,” she told me. I’ll say.

Since launching Atria in 2002 with Marlo Thomas‘ runaway best seller, The Right Words at the Right Time, Judith has been the guiding force behind many books  that tapped into the zeitgeist. It was Judith who brought Rhonda Byrne‘s The Secret into the cultural lexicon and helped it sell 20 million copies worldwide in 51 languages. In March, she’ll publish Byrne’s latest, The Magic, which takes readers on a 28-day personal discovery based on the power of gratitude. “I’m up to Day 10,” she told me, explaining that Byrne instructs readers to write down 10 things to be thankful for on a daily basis and to use recitation and affirmations to bring all good things into their lives. “It’s working for me!” she said. We can’t wait to read it.

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Diane Clehane & Judith Curr

Curr’s love of all things books extends to how one looks (“They should be gorgeous!”) and to how a story should resonate with readers. Having worked for Christian Dior in public relations and marketing in her native Australia before landing her first job in publishing in 1996 for Bantam Doubleday Dell, aesthetics have always been a key element in the packaging of her titles. She arrived at lunch today with a copy of the just out Culo By Mazzucco, a stunning tome with over 200 photographs and works of art by Raphael Mazzucco celebrating the female form. Never one to rely on looks alone, Judith also made sure the book had an interesting and headline making point of view. To wit: Culo is edited by Jimmy Iovine and Sean “Diddy” Combs.

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101.9 FM–A Brief History Lesson

As we wait for Merlin Media to offer its final version of 101.9 FM (WEMP), how about a look down memory lane at 101.9 through the years?

Of course, recent history means Alternative Rocker WRXP, which took ownership of the frequency starting in 2008.

But 101.9 goes back to the 1940s with WGHF for its first owner William G. Finch. After having the station since 1945, Finch moved the station to its new home at 101.9 in 1947.  A year later, it became the New York City affiliate for the Rural Radio Network.

In 1955, the first of several sales took place as 101.9 was handed over to Muzak. The call letters changed as well to WBFM.

WBFM and its elevator music lived on 101.9 through the Kennedy years. In 1964, the frequency enjoyed the start of some of its most successful radio stations.  

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WABC Honoring Talk Show Giant Bob Grant for Career Milestone

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In honor of his 40th anniversary in New York radio, Bob Grant is being honored by 77 WABC-AM on Monday.

Calling it Bob Grant Day, the station, which Grant calls home for a third time, will have a salute to the legendary talk show host.

Mark Simone hosts the two-hour on-air roast of Grant from 10 a.m. to noon.

Listeners will hear some of Grant’s favorite memories, plus live tributes from Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, Mark Levin, Mike Huckabee, and Monica Crowley.

The station also says you can expect some surprise guests from the history of New York radio.

Fans are welcome to call and share their memories of Grant.

Bob Grant Day will be streamed online at www.wabcradio.com. Additionally, WABC will produce a behind-the-scenes video of the event that will be available later Monday on their website.

Grant, 81, started the New York portion of his illustrious career on September 20, 1970 at WMCA. He had a memorable stint doing afternoons at WABC from 1984-1996, along with two gigs down the dial at WOR-AM.

Grant returned to WABC in September 2009 to host Sunday afternoons from noon to 2 p.m.