TVNewser FishbowlDC AgencySpy TVSpy LostRemote PRNewser SocialTimes AllFacebook 10,000 Words GalleyCat UnBeige MediaJobsDaily

Posts Tagged ‘Patt Morrison’

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.

Read more

Mediabistro Course

Magazine Writing

Magazine WritingStarting September 4, learn how to get your work in top publications! You'll learn how to create captivating stories editors will want and readers will love, understand which magazines are right for your stories, craft compelling pitch letters, and more! You'll leave this class with two polished articles and corresponding pitch letters. Register now! 

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.”

Read more

USC Prof to KPCC: You Blew It with Patt Morrison

Carol Muske-Dukes, an author and professor of English-creative writing at USC, takes KPCC 89.3 management to task on The Huffington Post for the way they have recently treated Patt Morrison. The SCPR radio personality and Pulitzer prize winner was shown the studio door in early September after years of weekday, on-air service:

The valedictory eloquence of Morrison’s thoughtful September 7 farewell stood in stark contrast to KPCC management’s close-mouthed handling of their cancellation of the show. There was, by all reports, no announcement or explanation by the station’s administrators until days after Morrison’s show vanished – literally “into thin air.” Then, on the creaky-voiced Larry Mantel show, which had been re-positioned and extended in the wake of the Patt cancellation, there was a brief, vague reference to the termination by president and CEO Bill Davis, who murmured something about a “change.”

Although KPCC has assured that Morrison will continue in the future to contribute to the station, an online petition was launched urging the Southern California Public Radio operation not to cancel Morrison’s program. Muske-Dukes meanwhile called the station to complain, and to vp of content Russ Stanton’s credit, he returned her call.

Read more

KPCC Drops Patt Morrison, Expands Brand & Martínez

After six years on the air, KPCC (89.3 FM) has decided to drop the Patt Morrison show, according to a announcement Tuesday morning on the station’s website.

In regards to Patt Morrison‘s future at the station, vice president for content Russ Stanton told the staff that “I am very pleased to report that Patt will be shifting into a new role here that draws on her unique experience and style.”

Read more

LA Times Amps Up Poet’s Anti-Awesome Campaign

Although LA Times reporter Gale Holland failed to be convinced by Echo Park journalist, author and poet John Tottenham (pictured) that the word “awesome” should be banned from popular use, there’s no doubt her interview feature last week did an awesome job of shining a light on his efforts. The strand was picked up two days later by the Daily Mail and again this afternoon in the form of an interview on KPCC with Patt Morrison.

Expect to hear a lot more in the coming days about Tottenham’s Campaign to Stamp Out Awesome, or CPSOA for short. Ground zero for the effort, as Holland noted, is the LA bookstore Stories, where Tottenham also works.

The crusading poet faces an uphill battle, with his dreaded term equally embedded in the media lexicon. Among the outlets relying on the A-word this afternoon for article headlines are Jezebel.com, The A.V. Club and Patch.

Read more

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.

Read more

Actress Zooey Deschanel Slams LA Times Columnist Patt Morrison

Let this be a lesson to all journalists. Lazily quoting a professional colleague for the purposes of a weekend opinion piece can sometimes cause out-of-context remarks to be framed in an even more distant and confusing context.

Actress Zooey Deschanel (pictured) has taken issue today with a Sunday op ed piece in the LA Times by KPCC radio host Patt Morrison. It’s not so much the conjecture in the first paragraph that the actress might be a “snobby cow.” Rather, it’s that Morrison relied for her Royal Couple-downtown LA musings on remarks given by the actress to USA Today film critic Claudia Puig. Writes Deschanel:

I am completely and utterly shocked that a professional journalist, whom I have never met, would take a partial quote out of context and use it as the basis for a misguided personal attack…

Read more

Tonight: Rudolph Herzog Talks Hitler and Humor at Stories

Rudolph Herzog, son of legendary filmmaker Werner Herzog, will be at Stories bookstore in Echo Park tonight to talk about his new book Dead Funny: Humor in Hitler’s Germany. Herzog will be appearing alongside special guests Dana Gould and Joseph Mattson to lead a discussion on the topic of “humor and Hitler.” We’re told Jerry Stahl will likely make an appearance as well to read from his Joseph Mengele novel.

Herzog will be on Patt Morrison‘s show this afternoon talking about the same topic.

Tonight’s event starts at seven. More info here.

New York Times Executive Editor Gets Aggregated by Arianna

In a very entertaining op ed piece today entitled “All the Aggregation That’s Fit to Aggregate,” New York Times executive editor Bill Keller (pictured) winds his way to what the AOL-Huffington Post deal portends for the future of journalism.

The headline is of course a wink to the famous slogan of his own newspaper. He bemoans “the American Idol-ization of the news”, or tendency of major outlets to allow Twitter trends to dictate the focus of online coverage. He also shares a hilarious Arianna Huffington anecdote:

I once sat beside her on a panel in Los Angeles (on — what else? — The Future of Journalism). I had come prepared with a couple of memorized riffs on media topics, which I duly presented. Afterward we sat down for a joint interview with a local reporter. A moment later I heard one of my riffs issuing verbatim from the mouth of Ms. Huffington. I felt so… aggregated.

Read more

NEXT PAGE >>