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Posts Tagged ‘Renee Montagne’

NPR West Vet Ben Bergman Sliding Over to KPCC

Culver City-based Morning Edition producer Ben Bergman is an active Twitter user, often sharing observations about men’s professional tennis and developing trends in the media.

This morning, it was also time for a major career announcement. After recent assignments such as heading to Hawaii with Renee Montagne to interview the Dalai Lama, he has decided to jump to Pasadena-based cross-town rival Southern California Public Radio (SCPR):

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Steve Martin on Twitter’s ‘New Form of Comedy’

Comedian Steve Martin recently visited the Culver City studios of NPR West to talk about his new book The Ten, Make That Nine, Habits of Very Organized People. Make That Ten: The Tweets of Steve Martin. Today’s resulting “Morning Edition” interview with Renee Montagne is a fascinating discourse on the art of 140-character joke writing.

Martin explained that after joining Twitter, he and his wife became enamored by the laugh-out-loud quality of many of his followers’ responses. For example, after Martin tweeted that he was as “happy as a clam. Wait, are clams really happy?” because his LP “Rare Bird Alert” was #3 on Amazon, a follower replied, “The chilling sound of clam laughter has caused many fishermen to quit the sea.”

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Harvey Weinstein Cops to Some Laughable ‘For Your Consideration’ Ads

There has always been the perception that some awards season ads taken out by the studios and plastered with a solemn “For Your Consideration” tease are solely for the benefit of the clients in question. Much like a big fat billboard on Sunset Blvd. for a likely big fat flop, these category of promos are all about ensuring that a creative collective will be ready and willing when the next project comes around.

Still, it’s refreshing to hear someone like Harvey Weinstein personally fess up to the hazards of the FYC trade. In a seven-minute inteview with Renee Montagne for NPR’s “All Things Considered,” “Morning Edition,” he admitted being guilty of some dubious PR:

“Sometimes I’ve had to take out some of the funniest ads in my life: ‘For Your Consideration …’ and then you look at, fill in the name, and you go, ‘Oh my God, this is embarrassing. Come on, what person put a gun to my head to make me take the ad out?’”

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Carl Kasell’s Last NPR News Broadcast Today

ckasell.jpgNPR‘s Carl Kasell will broadcast his last “Morning Edition” this morning.

In advance of wrapping up his newscasting job, Kasell, who first anchored “Morning Edition” in 1979, talked to co-host Renee Montagne about his career and upcoming plans. Although he will be leaving the morning news show, he will continue to emcee and judge NPR’s quiz show “Wait, Wait…Don’t Tell Me!” among other duties for the non-profit radio network.

“I hear the word retirement a lot concerning my current situation, and the only thing I’m retiring is my alarm clock,” Kasell said. “No longer will I hear that clock go off at 1 o’clock in the morning, or five after one, as I like to say, because I like to sleep in.”

Interesting fact: about 2,000 people have Kasell’s voice on their answering machine.

Listen: Carl Kasell: After 30 Years, A Chance To Sleep In –NPR

Previously: After 30 Years, NPR’s Kasell Retires From Newscast –FishbowlDC

(Photo by Antony Nagelmann via NPR)

Liz Smith Remembers The Good Old Days Of Gossip Columns

This week, NPR‘s “Morning Edition” is featuring conversations with press agents and gossip columnists. Today features an interview with the “Grand Dame of Dish,” Liz Smith.

In this preview, Smith recalls the beginning of her gossip column writing days in the 1950′s. “There were just wonderful, silly things happening,” she said. “And, you know, then society was slopping over into show business. It wasn’t just society, or what was left. It was also these big movie stars.”

Previously: Liz Smith’s Long Goodbye: ‘I Will Go Bravely On!’