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‘If Walter Cronkite and Jon Stewart had a Baby its Name Would be Brian Douglas Williams’

Brian Williams has been immortalized in the Garden State.

At an event in Asbury Park last night, the “NBC Nightly News” anchor was inducted into the New Jersey Hall of Fame, by none other than the state’s most famous resident (not Chris Christie) Bruce Springsteen.

“He first worked in broadcasting at KOAM-TV in Pittsburg, Kansas… didn’t know that existed,” said Springsteen. “Then Washington, Philadelphia and finally New York City.”

“To paraphrase a friend of mine,” said Springsteen, “if Walter Cronkite and Jon Stewart had a baby, and due to the ongoing controversy over same sex-marriage they had to abandon that baby on the New Jersey turnpike, and it grew up to be a news anchor, its name would be Brian Douglas Williams.”

“I wouldn’t trade growing up where I did, how I did, with anyone, anywhere,” said Williams. WATCH:

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Springsteen’s Guitar and Brian Williams’ Tie Bring $250,000 to Bob Woodruff Foundation

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At the Bob Woodruff Foundation’s “Stand Up for Heroes” benefit last night at the Theater at Madison Square Garden, Bruce Springsteen fanatic Brian Williams joined Springsteen on stage to help with the event’s finale: a live auction of an autographed Springsteen guitar, a one-hour guitar lesson provided by The Boss, an invitation to sit in on a Springsteen recording session, and lasagna cooked by Springsteen’s mother. And Williams contributed too: he threw in the tie he was wearing.

The winning bid was a quarter million dollars. Also appearing at the benefit show: Jon Stewart, Jerry Seinfeld, Bill Cosby, Jim Gaffigan and Roger Waters.

The Bob Woodruff Foundation was founded by the ABC Newsman and his wife, Lee, following Bob’s injuries while covering the war in Iraq in 2006. The foundation provides resources and support to injured service members, veterans and their families.

(Photo Credit: Eason Jordan)

Making News Rather Than Covering It: Tales From Campaign 2012

Bruce Springsteen, Jon Bon Jovi, and Ricky Martin were just three of the numerous celebrity endorsers of President Barack Obama in 2012.  All appeared at re-election events, part of a meticulously organized entertainment publicity effort.

One of the key players in attracting talent and overseeing coordination was former GMA and 20/20 Senior Producer – and former CBS News consultant and NBC News producer – Eric Ortner (photographed at right with Jon Hamm at the Democratic National Convention in September).

Now a Los Angeles talent manager and tv/film producer, Ortner became co-chair of the campaign’s Entertainment Advisory Council. He tells TVNewser the celebrity mix was important in helping the campaign “build a network for voter registration and get-out-the vote-efforts” and to “engage and mobilize the audience”.

Otrner says his background as a tvnewser - who’d covered politics for the networks - was helpful. “The real benefit and brilliance” of the entertainment council effort, he reflects, ”was that celebrity surrogates provided media that the campaign didn’t have to buy.”

(Photo Courtesy of Eric Ortner)

NBCUniversal Networks to Air First Hurricane Sandy Telethon

NBCUniversal will hold a telethon on 9 of its networks including NBC, Bravo, CNBC, E!, G4, MSNBC, Style, Syfy and USA Friday night at 8pmET. “Hurricane Sandy: Coming Together” will be hosted by Matt Lauer.

The event will feature performances by artists including Christina Aguilera, Jon Bon Jovi, Billy Joel, Bruce Springsteen and Sting, and appearances by Jimmy Fallon and Brian Williams.

Money collected will be donated to the American Red Cross relief efforts for Hurricane Sandy.

In the past — including after 9/11, the South Asian tsunami in 2005, hurricane Katrina in 2006 and the Haiti earthquake in 2010 — networks from multiple broadcasting companies came together to host a telethon. At this point, NBCU is taking the lead and going it alone on its own networks for the Sandy telethon. They say other networks are welcome to join tomorrow’s telethon.

Specials on Whitney Houston Ahead of Tonight’s Grammy Awards

The day-long coverage of the death of Whitney Houston will culminate on CBS tonight with the Grammy awards where there will be a simple tribute to Houston who died yesterday in her room at the Beverly Hilton hotel. The Grammy’s opened with Bruce Springsteen singing his new single, “We Take Care of Our Own.” Host LL Cool J then opened the  show with a prayer, and a video tribute of Houston singing “I Will Always Love You” from an earlier Grammy awards ceremony.

Just before the Grammy’s, on “60 Minutes” Anderson Cooper led off his interview with singer Adele with the news of Houston’s death. Meanwhile on NBC, “Dateline” was devoting an hour to Houston and on CNN, Don Lemon, who anchored breaking coverage last night from Atlanta, anchored an hour-long special from Los Angeles which included a live news conference from the LA County chief coroner.

Fox News’s “Geraldo At Large” will dedicate much of his show tonight to coverage of Houston’s death.

OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network announced tonight it will air “Remembering Whitney: The Oprah Interview” Thursday at 9pmET/PT. The special will include Houston’s final in-depth interview, which first aired on Winfrey’s daytime show in September, 2009.

CBS Scoops Itself, As Adele Sings for Anderson Cooper

Tonight CBS will televise the Grammy Awards, which will feature a tribute to Whitney Houston, a new song from Bruce Springsteen and  the long-awaited return of Adele, who hasn’t sung since the Fall due to vocal chord surgery. Right before the Grammys CBS will air a new episode of “60 Minutes,” in which Anderson Cooper profiles the singer.

Friday morning “CBS This Morning” previewed the piece, and ended up scooping itself, as Adele sang “Rolling in the Deep” a capella for Cooper. In other words, Adele’s first public song was not on the Grammys, or even “60 Minutes,” but “CBS This Morning.”

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Cablers Take HBO-Event Obama Speech Live

While HBO exclusively broadcast this afternoon’s concert outside the Lincoln Memorial featuring Bono, Usher, Bruce Springsteen and, well, just about every other musician/celebrity, the cablers went live to the event when President-elect Barack Obama took to the podium just after 4pmET. ABC News took it live as well with a special report. Throughout the afternoon, wide shots were employed by the cablers, but the speech was the only part taken live (will ABC follow suit when it comes to the first Inauguration ball?).

Also, FishbowlNY’s Glynnis MacNicol is posting pictures of some events in D.C., including from the “Morning Joe”/Daily Beast brunch. After the jump, check out Mika Brzezinski with some Obama champagne:

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Click continued to see Mika with her Obama champagne…

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The Ticker: Woodruff, Maddow, CBSEyeMobile…

> Stand Up for Heroes takes place November 5 in a benefit for the Bob Woodruff Foundation as part of the New York Comedy Festival. Regis Philbin hosts and Bruce Springsteen and Ricky Gervais perform.

> The newest Rachel Maddow profile comes from TV Guide’s Stephen Battaglio, and he asks her how she’s different from Keith Olbermann. “Because I don’t watch TV, I’m not going to have the same interest in going after right wing guys on TV,” she says.

> Ad Age’s Michael Learmonth writes about how CBSEyeMobile.com, which allows users to upload photos and video, is learning one of the lessons of the internet — people enjoy being inappropriate. Also, the potential pitfalls when companies advertise on user-generated content.

Making the Move — Invesco

dnc_8-24.gifSometime around 3amET, the cable and broadcast networks will be making the move to Invesco Field, to set up for Sen. Barack Obama‘s acceptance speech.

The move was described to us as a “disaster,” by an insider today, but it has to be done. ABC News political director David Chalian said it will be like, “covering two different Democratic Conventions.”

invesco_8-27.jpgNBC anchor Brian Williams tells TVNewser, although it will be a, “logistical challenge,” it has been done before. “Everyone has got to remember Kennedy did it in Los Angeles,” he said. “But this will be something.”

CBS Early Show EP Zev Shalev told TVNewser this morning he’s happy with the anchor handling the duties. “We’re blessed by a guy who can talk off the cuff,” he said of Harry Smith. “He’s experienced and terrific.”

And although Shalev said it’s, “going to be a big challenge,” he said, “It’s why I like television.”

Tomorrow will have Bruce Springsteen, Jon Bon Jovi, 80,000 people in the crowd and staging that has been described as resembling an “ancient Greek temple” (and described to us as looking like the White House Rose Garden). Any guesses on ratings for tomorrow night?

Two Concerts, Six Blocks and Seven Million Viewers*

miley_7-25.JPGWithin just a few blocks of each other, two distinctly different sounds emanated from Midtown Manhattan this morning. While tween sensation Miley Cyrus performed on the plaza at NBC’s Today show, singer-songwriter Feist was performing on ABC’s Good Morning America in nearby Bryant Park. We were there for each this morning, as were thousands of others.

The two spaces are very different. Plaza vs. park. Intimacy vs. atmosphere.

feist_7-25.JPGLast Friday, Good Morning America saw more than 13,000 screaming Miley Cyrus fans in Bryant Park. This morning Feist drew about 700. The Today show puts their Cyrus crowd in that same 13,000 range, although the smaller space meant many watched on monitors while standing around corners, without sight of the stage. A lucky few got close enough to reach out and touch Cyrus or her half-dozen backup dancers.

Click continued for the full morning rundown, from a stop in the control room and Miley’s dressing room, Meredith Vieira‘s take on the morning and a look at what you don’t see on GMA…

*Estimate: The final ratings will be released Thursday.

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