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Amy Robach Inspires at NLGJA Gala, Plus a TV News Selfie

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ABC’s Amy Robach lit up the room last night as host NLGJA’s Healdines & Headliners event. Robach, who has three more chemotherapy treatments in her fight against breast cancer told the crowd that we all have battles to face, but it’s how you fight that will determine the win.

“Until it hits you here,” she said to the crowd, pointing to her heart, “you don’t really know what it’s like to be in battle. And once you get in there and get your hands a little bloodied and you see your comrades next to you, you become so powerful.” Robach told us the support she’s gotten since her diagnosis in November has been nothing short of overwhelming.

Robach, accompanied by her husband Andrew Shue, was among 300 attendees, including dozens of TV news anchors, reporters and producers who turned out for at the annual event. “They gave me the night off,” said CNN’s Richard Quest who has been front and center for the network’s Malaysia Airlines coverage.

MeredithVieiraAmyRobachWe chatted with Shepard Smith who was trading Miami stories with his former local news colleague, now Weather Channel meteorologist Bryan Norcross. And there was a cross-network, lead-in pairing as CNN’s Noon anchor Ashleigh Banfield was accompanied by MSNBC’s 1pm anchor Ronan Farrow. Farrow told us he’s getting more comfortable each day hosting his “Ronan Farrow Daily.” The cable news newbie says he’s getting good advice from TV veterans.

Tamron Hall told us she’s still adjusting to her new schedule. The new 9am “Today” show co-host is now doing double morning duty with her MSNBC show at 11am, giving her about 45 minutes to prepare for the second show. “I have very good producers who make sure it comes together,” Hall said.

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The Return Of Tiki Barber

Former NFL star Tiki Barber had it made. After retiring from football, Barber began a broadcasting career, picking up a cushy gig with NBC as a correspondent for “Today.” That all came to a screeching halt when it was revealed that Barber had an affair with an NBC intern, and he left his wife to be with the young woman, to whom he is now married.

His media career evaporated, and he would go on to compare himself to Anne Frank, among others.

In the last few months, however, Barber has been making something of a TV comeback. he has appeared no fewer than sic times on CNN since June, talking sports, athletes and other topics, and he has made a pair of appearances on Fox News.

Is Tiki trying for a TV comeback? It sure seems that way.

Boston Mayor Says Nike Store Promo Not 'Dope'

Boston mayor Thomas M. Menino has called upon a Niketown store in his city to remove a window display that includes T-shirts emblazoned with the words “dope” and “get high” and a picture of a spilled pill bottle. Nike says the shirts are part of an action sports campaign (take pills, get in the action?) and not a crass way to romanticize the use of drugs. Menino’s BS detector is not buying it, and he sent a strongly worded letter to Nike asking them to remove the display; but the swoosh pusher has remained firm.

“We maintain our position that they’re not appropriate for the city of Boston. They’re not appropriate for anywhere as far as we’re concerned,” said Menino spokeswoman Dot Joyce.

“Nike should be compelled as an athletic apparel manufacturer to promote health and fitness – rather than drug use,” Joyce said yesterday.

(Photo: Boston Herald)

Kevin Connolly Wants To Direct Kimbo Slice Biopic

When Entourage wraps up this year, actor Kevin Connolly hopes to produce and direct a biopic on street brawler Kimbo Slice.

Connolly hopes Slice, a former bodyguard and MMA fighter, will play himself in the film.

“Kimbo Slice is known as one of the first YouTube celebrities,” Connolly told TheWrap.com. “He was the first person I ever sat in front of a computer and typed somebody’s name into YouTube. His fights ended up on the internet, his backyard fights, and he all of the sudden… became this celebrity.”

Born Kevin Ferguson, he recently sat down with a screenwriter to spill the beans on his life.

“It’s so personal to sit with a writer who you don’t know and tell them your deepest, darkest secrets and your life story, so I think it took him a second to get used to,” Connolly added. “But him and the writer really hit it off, and I couldn’t be happier with the script. I’m ready to go.”

 

Fox: We'd Air All Olympics Events 'Live'

One of the ongoing challenges of Olympics broadcasting is captivating viewers with live footage while using tape delay to save the most-watched programs for primetime audiences. The well-chronicled problem is that the Internet and the explosion of media news in general makes it nearly impossible to keep the public in the dark between the time that tape-delay programs are recorded and when they air. Fox Sports says it will bite the bullet on this dilemma and show everything live if they procure broadcasting rights to the 2014 and 2016 Olympics, which will be bid on next month in Switzerland.

“We plan on doing everything live. It just makes sense,” Fox Sports president Eric Shanks told USA Today’s Michael Hiestand yesterday.

This will run counter to the past approach of NBC, which has held broadcasting rights for recent Games and usually kept the “best” action for primetime, even though the suspense was often dulled because the public knew who’d won events well in advance.

“You might as well try to reach as many people as you can, whether they’re hard-core fans or primetime viewers,” Shanks said.

And while airing action live would allow other TV outlets to carry Olympic highlights before primetime Olympic shows — something NBC worried about on past Games — Shanks thinks that extra exposure would help primetime ratings: “If it’s shown everywhere, that would amplify the message that the Olympics are on.”

Jenn Brown Replacing Erin Andrews as CWS Sideline Reporter

According to a tweet from ESPN sideline reporter Jenn Brown, she will be working the sidelines/stands/foul territory at the College World Series in Omaha next month, ostensibly replacing Erin Andrews, who has held the spot for several years. Brown said on Twitter, “Guess who’s working the sidelines for the College World Series in Omaha?!? I am super psyched and can’t wait!!”

No official report from ESPN, but we can’t imagine the World Wide Leader would send Brown and Andrews to Omaha, since the universe would probably fold in on itself.

(H/T to Fang’s Bites)

 

 

 

Anonymous NBA Player Calls Out Kevin Garnett

We all know Kevin Garnett isn’t liked by most fans outside of Boston.

But an anonymous NBA player took a shot at the Celtics forward on ESPN.com’s Player X blog:

“Garnett is a punk and a coward. I know, I know. Easy for me to say behind this column. Don’t worry, I’ll tell him to his face, too. And I’m not the only one who thinks that: If you’re not on his team, chances are you hate the guy. You can learn a lot about him by watching his eyes. If he’s talking to you — and he’s always talking — he avoids eye contact. My advice to other guys in the league: Stare him down, and he’ll retreat. From what I’ve seen, he’ll never mix it up with a player who’s bigger than he is. Personally, I think he’s scared to fight — like a playground bully who barks but doesn’t bite. Read more

ESPN 1000 Radio Host Suspended Following DUI

Harry Teinowitz of ESPN 1000 has been suspended following his DUI arrest last weekend.

Teinowitz, one half of The Afternoon Saloon, will be off the air for the rest of the week.

He opened his show on Tuesday by apologizing to listeners and said he made “a horrible mistake in judgment.”

“We take this matter very seriously,” said Josh Krulewitz, an ESPN spokesman. “We all decided it was best for him to address the situation on air directly with his listeners, which he did Tuesday.”

Erik Spoelstra Blames Media For 'CryGate'

Yesterday, Miami Heat head coach Erik Spoelstra said “there are a couple of guys crying in the locker room right now,” after his team’s 87-86 home loss to the Chicago Bulls.

Well, Coach Spo is backtracking on his original comments and blaming the media (surprise!) for overanalyzing his statement.

“This is a classic example of sensationalism, looking for a headline,” Spoelstra said on Monday. “I really think you guys are probably reaching for this. Guys were very emotional about it in the locker room. Heads were down. I saw glossy eyes, but that’s about it. I think everything else is probably an exaggeration.” Read more

Surprise Choice For SI Media Person Of The Year

Richard Deitsch of Sports Illustrated handed out his Media Awards for 2010 and his person of the year was an unusual choice to say the least.

Mike Pereira, the NFL’s former Vice President of Officiating, was selected as Deitsch’s person of the year for his role as NFL rules analyst for Fox Sports. Deitsch goes on to explain why he selected Pereira:

Viewers have longed for broadcasters to provide accurate explanations from the NFL’s byzantine rule book, and Pereira, thankfully, has taken the burden off ex-jocks and announcers, who can come off as befuddled as fans. He has correctly predicted the outcome of 49 of 50 replay challenges this season (he disagreed with the judgment of the refs on a DeSean Jackson reception that was ruled a catch and fumble; Pereira predicted the refs would overturn a play to an incomplete pass), but more importantly, he has imbued viewers with added knowledge. Read more

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