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Posts Tagged ‘Ron Kaye’

Former Colleagues Pay Tribute to Deceased Daily News Editor

From 1985 until 2000, when he had to retire because of a diabetic medical condition, Los Angeles Daily News editor Bob Lund was a tireless force in the San Fernando Valley publication’s newsroom. In the wake of his death earlier this month in North Carolina, his former work mates have nothing but high praise for the Florida native.

After working for the Denver Post, San Francisco Examiner, the Dallas Times-Herald, and Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Lund came to the News and ran it after the 2004 Northridge earthquake from a makeshift office in Torrance. A key element of newsrooms is mentoring, and in that regard, Lund was evidently a champ:

“Bob was a very good editor with young reporters coming into the business,” said Daily News columnist Dennis McCarthy. “He had a very light touch. And a big heart. He was a mentor for many young journalists.”

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Rating the New Richard Johnson Gossip

Where’s the first big scoop? That’s our question after keeping an eye on the initial efforts of former Page Six grand poobah Richard Johnson for Rupert Murdoch‘s The Daily.

With Johnson sitting shoulder-to-shoulder on the west coast with the likes of TMZ and Radar Online, it’s going to take more than tired rehashes of the Kim Kardashian-Prince stage dance story and bad Spider-Man Broadway reviews to make a mark. Another “Flash” item today about Adam Sandler snubbing print reporters at the red carpet premiere of Just Go with It is a real reach (it’s not unusual for A-listers to do only TV promo-ing), and like the other two tidbits, is anchored in New York.

Earlier this week, Johnson had a bit more luck when he looked at how estate lawyers are getting rich over bogus Michael Jackson lawsuits and shared the directorial aspirations of GEICO caveman commercial actor Ben Weber. Weber wants to make Heirloom, a personally relevant drama about Huntington’s disease

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Coalition Fights for Restoration of LA Public Access TV Channels

Remember John Cunningham‘s LA public access TV show Driveways of the Rich and Famous? We do, lovingly.

Nevertheless, the migration of such programming to YouTube and a gazillion other online streaming outlets is going to make it that much more difficult for a new coalition featuring the likes of Ed Asner, Vin Di Bona and former LA Daily News editor Ron Kaye to be successful in their effort to restore LA’s public access TV channels, dialed down in 2006.

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Glendale News-Press and Burbank Leader to Tag-Team on Sunday Paper

Two papers under the LA Times Community Newspaper umbrella are collaborating on a joint venture. The Glendale News-Press and the Burbank Leader are combing forces to put out a new Sunday effort: The Sunday News-Press & Leader. The paper will automatically be delivered to more than 31,000 LA Times sunday subscribers throughout Glendale, La Crescenta, Montrose and Burbank and will contain a front-page column from former Daily News editor Ron Kaye.

As a consequence of the merger, the News-Press is scrapping its Monday edition.

Press release after the jump:

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What Do You Do When New Media Has Stripped Your Profession of Profits and Job Security? Start a Blog!

DN00-kaye.jpgFormer Daily News head ed Ron Kaye has started a blog, Ron Kaye L.A., with categories ranging from “Los Angeles” to “The Valley” (hmmm… were did he stand on that whole secession issue again?), Kaye thanks everyone at the Daily News “from telephone sales to the printing plant, from advertising, circulation and all the other business offices — dedicated people who gave the paper character and identity.”

He also notes the obvious:

The newspaper business has been tough for a long while and getting worse day by day so the stress level has been high and I can’t put into words just how good it feels to be free of it, to be free to participate in civic life just as me without a formal role, to speak publicly purely in my own voice and work directly for the things I believe in.

… and expresses a bit of optimism:

I want to write from my heart and I want others to post their stories at, to engage in a public conversation about who we are and what we could become if we pull together and work together for the common good.

We’ll never know what that is or how to achieve it unless we talk about our experiences, our values, our needs and our aspirations. I believe with all my heart that that kind of public conversation will cut through the fog of political, media and corporate double talk and lead us to the common ground where we can start solving the problems of our community and make life better for us all.

Good luck, Ron! We’ll be checking in.

LA Herald Examiner’s Almost-20th Reunion Party


With L.A. media seemingly on its death bed, why not revisit an old ghost?

The Journalist from around the globe are expected to attend a party Thursday night recalling the venerable L.A. Herald Examiner, which shuttered not-quite 20 years ago.

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LA Daily News Layoffs–Volunteers Due by Noon Today


Layoffs at the LA Daily News were announced late yesterday. Reporter Brent Hopkins blogs:

Corporate will cut 22 jobs in Editorial by the end of the week, bringing us down to 100 people in the newsroom. They’ll be spread between management and rank-and-file, but the numbers will vary depending on who volunteers by noon tomorrow.

Editor Ron Kaye will continue in his role.

FBLA Goes to the Party: Los Angeles magazine

Los Angeles magazine threw a deb party for Amy Saralegui , the new publisher. Charming and affable in a long black coat (designed by her brother in law), Salagui had been with Texas Monthly (another Emmis Publishing title), but moved to LA in a flash, and is renting Timothy Leary’s old pad.

There was talk about the WGA strike, but not enough to be a conversational trend.

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Mickey Kaus, Anna Soellner (Center for American Progress), Roland Wiley (RawInternational), Bob Johnson (, Linda Deutch

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Amy Alkon, Ron Kaye

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Kit Rachlis, Amy Saralegui and Senator Mark Ridley-Thomas