We attended the 12th Annual Giants of Broadcasting luncheon in New York City today where prominent members of the broadcasting, media and corporate communities honored leaders of TV and radio. Chuck Scarborough longtime main anchor at WNBC’s was honored and jokingly thanked NBC for “not firing me.” Scarborough joined WNBC in 1974 and has won 31 Emmy Awards in his storied career. Other honorees included former ABC, NBC and CBS executive Fred Silverman and Regis Philbin, who couldn’t attend due to a scheduling conflict, so his former “LIVE” co-host Kathie Lee Gifford accepted on his behalf. 170 Giants of Broadcasting have been honored since 2003, including Barbara Walters, Charlie Rose, Bob Schieffer, Brian Williams, Tim Russert and Ken Burns. TVNewser has more on today’s event.
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With the final hour of How I Met Your Mother fast approaching, do yourself a favor and peruse AM New York news editor Caroline Linton‘s wonderfully angled look-back. She runs down what have been, in her opinion over the course of nine seasons, the program’s “most NYC moments.”
Highlighted episodes encompass Woody Allen, public transit, Regis Philbin and the dangerous prism of late night:
How I Met Your Mother taught us an important lesson way back in Season One: Nothing good happens after 2 a.m. In the episode with that title, Robin drunkenly calls (kids, back in 2006, before there was Tinder, single people made their drunken mistakes via phone) Ted to come over at 2 a.m.
As devoted as we are to covering the Fellini-esque scene that is Wednesdays at Michael’s, we do occasionally break tradition and report the news from 55th and Fifth on other days of the week when we’re invited to especially dishy lunches with A-listers. Monday’s head-spinning gathering of the “Cosmo 100″ hosted by the hotter-than-hot editrix Joanna Coles more than fit the bill. Boasting one of the year’s most impressive guest lists, the estrogen-fueled confab now in its second year, brilliantly showcased Joanna’s savvy for bringing together her vast network of female overachievers from every conceivable sphere of influence for the dual purpose of some high-profile networking and some serious brand building. “Last year when I came up with the idea for this lunch, people came and didn’t really know what to expect,” Joanna told me as she stood in the lounge accepting air kisses and posing for photos with the growing throng of well-wishers. “This year, we had people calling up asking to come.”
Among those that did make the final cut: actresses Sarah Jessica Parker (“This is my new favorite yearly lunch!” she told me) and The Carrie Diaries star AnnaSophia Robb (The original Carrie and Carrie 2.0 met for the first time in the dining room and posed for their first ever joint photo during cocktails); The Daily Show‘s Samantha Bee; Arianna Huffington; Mika Brzezinski (whose late arrival during Joanna’s opening remarks earned the Morning Joe cohost some cheeky chiding about her tardiness); celebrity fitness guru Tracy Anderson; supermodel Coco Rocha (who sported a chic shorter hairstyle and towered over the crowd); producer Desiree Gruber; designers Georgina Chapman and Stacey Bendet; Jimmy Choo founder Tamara Mellon; A&E Network’s Nancy Dubuc; Politico‘s Kim Kingsley; Atlantic Record’s chairman Julie Greenwald; lobbyist Heather Podesta (whose striking silver locks, sky high Louboutins and flawless makeup earned her my pick as the best-dressed guest); Harvard Business School professor and TED talker Amy Cuddy; Lauren Zalaznick; Leslie Sloane; Liz Kaplow; The Chew‘s Daphne Oz; attorney Robbie Kaplan (who argued Edie Windsor‘s case before the Supreme Court); director and producer Alexandra Kerry (Dad is Secretary of State John Kerry); Laurie Tisch; and aspiring songstress Sky Ferreira, a frequent subject of lensman Terry Richardson. Read more
It’s been 36 years since Bing Crosby passed away in Madrid, Spain. But his memory shines bright each holiday season, with extra help this Christmas from lifelong fan Regis Philbin.
Philbin credits Crosby as his idol and greatest inspiration growing up, leading to an eventual opportunity to sing for the superstar on The Joey Bishop Show. There’s no better person to be in the middle of Sirius XM’s Bing Crosby Christmas Radio (Channel 111), which will re-up December 20 at 12:00 pm ET and air through noon December 26. From today’s announcement:
The channel will feature vintage Bing Crosby holiday radio programs from 1942-1962 and two new specials: SiriusXM’s Crosby Christmas Town Hall, an intimate Q & A hosted by Philbin with Crosby’s wife Kathryn, son Harry and a select group of listeners, and a music show on which Kathryn will share memories and the stories behind her favorite Bing Christmas songs.
This sounds like another match made in podcast heaven.
To the freewheeling and long-form interview format on October 23 is coming another name-brand participant: TODAY co-host Kathie Lee Gifford. She is set to kick off her PodcastOne network program Kathie Lee and Company with none other than, as first guest, Regis Philbin. From today’s announcement:
“I’m so looking forward to this new podcast adventure,” says Gifford. “I feel like I’m in an episode of The Jetsons, soaring into unknown territory on my podcast.”
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Had the earliest version of Nickelodeon’s green slime actually been dumped on a human being, the results would have probably been similar to what happened in the late 1990s to comic book artist and San Diego Reader contributor Jay Allen Sanford.
As Sanford recalls today, his unauthorized Contemporary Bio-Graphics treatment of Paul Reubens‘ alter ego Pee Wee Herman eventually led to a one-on-one interview at the actor’s LA home. In character, Reubens playfully at one point dumped on Sanford’s head some old and, it turns out, rancid green slime, resulting in a very strong reaction:
Reubens was still apologizing the next day when he phoned to make sure I’d lived to tell. He kindly picked up the tab for $975, which covered the cost of my hospital visit and of the hair stylist later called upon to “fix” those spots where slime-encrusted hair had been excised from my shaggy ‘do.
The legendary broadcaster, who has logged more hours than any other TV personality in the medium’s history, was given a hero’s welcome on the Good Day set during the 9 a.m. hour. The extended interview was helping to hawk his autobiography, How I Got This Way, now on paperback, and a book signing tonight in New Jersey.
In discussing an excerpt from the book about Philbin’s co-hosts, Price concluded, “The reason they were great is because you were great.”
However, Price’s compliment got a bit confusing, especially to Philbin.
“You can not have success like that without an Alpha that is willing to say, ‘A rising tide lifts all boats,’ and that’s why everyone was a star who you worked with,” Price says.
Philbin without missing a beat made fun of the cryptic phrase.
“You know after every chapter I put what I learned,” Philbin jokes. “And what I just learned from you is, ‘a rising, what the hell is that?”
After further analysis of the “rising tide” line, Philbin leaned over to Scotto, “You’re getting rid of him soon, arent you?”
He may not be Regis Philbin, but the gap-toothed, Giants great Michael Strahan is set to succeed the broadcasting legend. After dozens of on-air auditions, multiple sources say Strahan has been chosen as Kelly Ripa‘s co-host on Live.
Strahan, at 40, and half the age of Philbin, is expected to be unveiled as the permanent replacement when the new season debuts September 4.
The former Giants defensive end, however, will keep his Fox NFL Sunday gig, according to the Los Angeles Times. It also means tallying the frequent flier miles as weekend commuter to the Fox studios in Hollywood.
While it’s great news for the personable Super Bowl champion, it is unfortunate news for NY1 morning anchor Pat Kiernan, who openly campaigned for the seat. Kiernan even got a handful of tryouts with Ripa.
Prior to his first appearance in March, Kiernan told FishbowlNY about his affinity for Live.
“I have long had an interest in co-hosting the show when Regis [Philbin] was there, if he went away,” Kiernan said. “But the opportunity never came about.”
Although Strahan is being touted as the new co-host, Kiernan would only say, “I owe ABC the respect of a ‘no comment’ until they have something to announce.”
The 80-year-old Philbin retired in November.
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A Fourth of July tradition was the most popular for the week in New York.
The annual Macy’s fireworks spectacular, airing on NBC, grabbed the top two positions for the week. The two-hour special, hosted by Regis Philbin, had an estimated 1.6 million viewers and an 8.4 rating for the first hour. The second half held onto 1 million WNBC viewers with a 5.0 rating.
The Yankees and Red Sox had the Sunday night matchup on ESPN, and landed in third place (682,000/3.5). The latest series between AL East rivals also got the prime time treatment from Fox on Saturday. The game tied for ninth (538,000/2.8). The Friday night edition scored an 11th-place result on the YES Network (512,000/2.6).
Last week’s episodes of NBC’s America’s Got Talent were Top 5 finishers, averaging 591,000 Channel 4 viewers and a 3.0 rating.
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