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EXCLUSIVE: Dick Clark ‘Lost’ Interview – Part 2

[Editor's Note: The following, never-before-published interview (Part 1 here) was conducted via telephone on December 23, 1993 by the late Jim Mitteager. The tape, part of a much larger collection bequeathed to Hollywood private eye Paul Barresi, was only recently discovered and graciously provided to FishbowlLA. Our thanks to Barresi for allowing us to share this great bit of nostalgia with our readers, on the anniversary of Clark's April 18, 2012 death.]

Mitteager: Has MTV impacted in a negative way on talent? There’s a lot of packaging that’s going on now that involves skills other than the ability to sing and write good songs. Is it impacting on new talent as opposed to the old days?

Clark: I wouldn’t blame it all on MTV. I’d blame it on the consolidation of the music business, between five or six nationally owned companies. You’ve got all of these big debts that they’ve got to pay. They’ve got them on a timetable, and that includes videos and personal appearances and promotions and all of that. So some new guy, it makes it very difficult to get launched. That’s the whole thing about what’s wrong with the business these days. It’s tough to break through.

Mitteager:  What would be your best advice to an aspiring artist out there that is in that pickle right now, that have no representation and has some talent?

Clark: I would try to get to one of the cities where people find talent, LA, New York, Nashville, Seattle… Get out there and showcase yourself.

Mitteager: I want to rack your brain about people that got there start on Bandstand, or with you in general and have now become award winners on the American Music Awards.

Clark: New Edition, they debuted on Bandstand.

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FishbowlLA Unearths ‘Lost’ Dick Clark Interview

Two days before Christmas in 1993, Dick Clark spent a half-hour on the telephone with a veteran LA journalist.

Although the purpose of the call was to publicize the 1994 American Music Awards, a ceremony that would be dominated by Whitney Houston, the conversation wound up delightfully encompassing much more. It’s an interview that belies the old saying, “Nostalgia ain’t what it used to be,” as Clark touches on Houston, Michael Jackson, his personal friendships and various other topics.

To mark the one-year anniversary of Clark’s April 18, 2012 passing, FishbowlLA will be publishing the interview in two parts on Thursday and Friday. The time-capsule conversation vividly reminds why the host of American Bandstand and New Year’s Rockin’ Eve was so beloved.

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David Wild Revisits the James Franco-Anne Hathaway Oscar Disaster

This week’s episode of Allison Hope Weiner’s Lip.tv interview program Media Mayhem is fantastically entertaining. The guest is David Wild, who got a job straight out of college with Esquire magazine, moved on from there to a staff position with Rolling Stone before winding up (with a little help from Steven Spielberg) as a go-to guy for the Emmys, Grammys and various other awards show/celebrity tributes.

One of Wild’s Oscar writing brushes was the year that James Franco and Anne Hathaway co-hosted. Weiner asks Wild for his thoughts on why it went so wrong:

“I cannot explain it other than I felt like it was the worst blind date in show business history. It was the homecoming queen or head of drama club trying hard in the sweetest possible to put on a show, and a guy who for whatever reason I don’t think wanted to host the show. In fact he went on Jimmy Kimmel and announced his intention to be the worst host in Oscar history. So on a certain level, the show was a tremendous success, because he achieved that goal.”

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Forest Lawn Takes Obituaries to the Next, Digital Level

To showcase the latest version of its “Eternal Tribute” obituary product on the Web, Boston firm Tributes Inc. is pointing media to the example of an everlasting memorial page for Whitney Houston.

On this same day, in concert with the National Funeral Directors Association (NFDA) convention taking place all week in Charlotte, North Carolina, Tributes Inc. is also trumpeting the fact that they have entered into a digital partnership with SoCal’s Forest Lawn. From today’s release:

The Tributes.com platform has been integrated with Forest Lawn’s systems to streamline obituary data collection and management and the Tributes team is collaborating with Forest Lawn to introduce new technologies. Forest Lawn will be fully leveraging Tributes’ flagship product, the Eternal Tribute.

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WWOR Gets Exclusive Interview with Cissy Houston, First Time Speaking Since Whitney’s Death

It’s been six weeks since America and the world lost one of its favorite singers–Whitney Houston. But it was a whole different loss for Cissy Houston, Whitney’s mother, and now she’s breaking her silence by giving WWOR/Channel 9 an exclusive interview.

Anchor Brenda Blackmon sat down with Houston Thursday evening at the New Hope Baptist Church in Newark where Whitney sang in the choir as a child, and others sang at her funeral. The interview airs tonight on the Ten O’Clock News.

And in that interview, Houston came out swinging when asked how the media handled coverage of her daughter’s death.

“The media is awful…they think they know everything…these people don’t know anything about her…the media doesn’t know what they are talking about…” She added, “They really chopped on her.”

Cissy Houston had a much different feeling when discussing Whitney.

“I’m very proud of my daughter. She accomplished a whole lot in the short time that she had here… she was a very wonderful person.”

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Peeking at Hollywood Trades Web Traffic

The worldwide Web traffic in February 2012 for the Hollywood trades is pretty much what you’d expect. THR is a runaway leader with just under seven million uniques; deadline.com comes in a solid second at around a million-eight, followed by TheWrap and Variety.

More surprising are some of the other details compiled in a comScore comparison obtained by FishbowlLA. For example, according to the breakdown, within the U.S., Variety skews youngest among the four trades, hitting the 25-to-34 demo foremost. TheWrap meanwhile reportedly appeals more to women and readers ages 45-to-54. Sharon Waxman’s site also has, by far, the weakest international imprint.

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Mags Continue to Push Whitney Houston

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Since slapping Whitney Houston on a cover has been proven to boost sales, it’s no surprise that she’s still being featured. Houston appears on the cover of April issue of Essence and the March issue of Rolling Stone.

Essence’s issue features tributes to Houston from friends and family, while Rolling Stone examines the singer’s life and attempts to figure out when it took a turn for the worse.

Black Coalition Meets with KFI’s John and Ken

A coalition of Black radio broadcasters, journalists and community leaders met with KFI’s John Kobylt and Ken Chiampou over their comments regarding the late Whitney Houston.

The main concern was the lack of diversity on the KFI airwaves and newsroom. “KFI has 14 shows, and 13 of them are hosted by white males,” activist Jasmyne Cannick said. “There are no blacks in their newsroom. This fosters an environment where negative comments can happen. And they are not living up to [parent company] Clear Channel’s statement of a commitment to diversity.”

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KFI’s John and Ken Return From Suspension

They’re baaaaack.

KFI’s John Kobylt and Ken Chiampou return Monday afternoon following a 10-day suspension for their derogatory comments towards the late Whitney Houston.

The general consensus is split on whether John and Ken should have been suspended for their comments in the first place.

Regardless, I plan on listening to the first segment to see if they discuss their suspension.

 

Sagging Sales? Just Add Whitney Houston

Celebrity magazines know a gold mine when they see one, so it should come as no surprise that they scrambled to plaster Whitney Houston’s face on their covers. According to WWD, People scored the biggest, selling 1.5 million issues of its “Triumph & Tragedy” cover. Us Weekly was the runner-up, with 710,000 copies sold of its Houston issue.

In Touch’s Houston cover sold 625,000 copies and even Life & Style, which only had a smalll picture of Houston on the cover, hit the 420,000 mark.

We’re not even going to mention the numbers for the National Enquirer, which made the classy decision to put a picture of Houston in her casket on its cover. Hopefully the editors — and whoever bought the issue — suffered through a few sleepless nights afterward.

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