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My First Big Break: Keith Olbermann

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Keith Olbermann may be best known for his stints at ESPN and MSNBC, but early in his career, he worked at local stations including WCVB in Boston and KCBS in Los Angeles. Olbermann’s broadcasting world view was formed much earlier, when he would watch local New York anchors Jim Jensen, Bill Beutel and Roger Grimsby. Then, an internship at WNYW put him on the path on TV stardom. And, as it turns out, the guy who gave Olbermann his “First Big Break” would give him another break later on.

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ESPN’s SportsCenter, ‘What’s Your Show?’

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Since the launch of ESPN in 1979, SportsCenter has been the network’s flagship program. For the last 35 years, the program has transcended sports, providing highlights, news, commentary and feature stories while dominating American sports television.

Recently MediabistroTV traveled to Bristol, Conn. to capture the process of creating such an iconic sports broadcast.

When we asked show producer Tom DeCorte about dealing with the chaos of producing a one-hour sports show, he gave the one piece of advice every producer, heck, every human, should tape to their foreheads: “Part of it is just being willing to change.”

Check out our behind-the-scenes look at the groundbreaking program as we asked veteran SportsCenter anchor John Buccigross: “What’s Your Show?”

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‘We’re Basically the Newspaper of Record,’ Nexstar CEO Talks About Local TV

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Nexstar CEO, chairman and president Perry Sook was one of 12 industry leaders to be inducted into the Broadcasting & Cable Hall of Fame Monday night at the Waldorf Astoria in New York City.

MediabistroTV caught up with Sook to ask about Nexstar’s next move and his views about the state of local TV.

“With the decline of newspaper and circulation and also the decline of days of publication, we’re basically the newspaper of record,” said Sook. “I think the services we provide to markets like Burlington, Vt. and Rochester, N.Y. and Salt Lake City, Utah are absolutely essential and hard to duplicate anywhere else.”

How David Muir Got His First Big Break

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David Muir has known since he was 12 years old that he was going to be a TV news anchor. What he didn’t know is that four weeks into being named the main anchor of ABC’s “World News Tonight,” his show would be No. 1 in the ratings.

That happened last week.

While Muir’s biggest break came this summer, his first big break came when he was in middle school, growing up in Syracuse, NY, when he sent a letter to longtime WTVH anchorman Ron Curtis writing, “I hope to have your job one day.” Then, Curtis wrote back.

Former North Carolina Local Anchor Talks About Turning Viral Video Host

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A local TV news job can catapult talent in many different career directions, and for one former WCCB Charlotte anchor, that direction has gone viral.

Beth Troutman hosts “Right This Minute,” a viral video talk show airing on 161 stations across the country including HLN. She started out behind the camera working on TV classic “The West Wing,” later getting the political bug herself as a candidate for U.S. Congress. “That’s how I actually ended up in front of the camera; I ended up hosting  a morning show for the Fox affiliate in North Carolina,” Troutman told TVSpy in an interview. “The great thing is when you have experiences that you’re open to it kind of informs you as a human being and makes you comfortable in your own skin.”

Steve Hofstetter Brings ‘Laughs’ to FOX

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Steve Hofstetter can take the heat. The stand-up comedian has been heckled more times than he can remember. But that doesn’t faze the former Sports Illustrated columnist. “Stand-up, to some people, is a springboard. To me it is my life force,” he tells MediabistroTV. For his new show “Laughs,” debuting Saturday night on FOX and MyNetwork stations, Hofstetter has scoured the country to find the best club comedians. “Being a king and a kingmaker at the same time,” he says. And he doesn’t kid around when he predicts “Laughs” will be around for a long time. We caught up with Hofstetter last week at New York’s Gotham Comedy Club.

How to Get What You Want: Negotiation Tips from a Pawn Broker

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It’s not a huge leap in logic to think a pawn broker would be a pretty effective negotiator. Usually, the biggest conflict in any reality TV pawn show is the bargaining over what something is worth.

Les Gold star of truTV’s Hardcore Pawn and owner of Detroit’s American Jewelry and Loan offers his tips on how to get what you want, even if it means walking away from what you want.

So, save this video for the next time you have to haggle for a new contract or you’re looking for that raise you deserve.

Part Three: Is Hardcore Pawn Really Reality TV?

Part Two: Why are Pawn Shop Shows so Popular?

Part One: Five Weirdest things Pawned

Is Hardcore Pawn Really Reality TV?

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Viewers of reality TV often want to know if what they’re watching is an actual day in the life of the stars or if it’s enhanced reality with scripted characters and faked scenes.

Recently, we got a chance to ask the people who might know, the starts of truTV’s Hardcore Pawn Les and Ashley Gold.

Watch the video to hear what they have to say about those fantastically wacky customers.



Part Two: Why are Pawn Shop Shows so Popular?

Part One: Five Weirdest things Pawned

Hardcore Pawn Stars on Why Pawn Shop Shows are so Popular

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Remember when pawn shops were dark, dirty and cramped storefronts where you’d go to get twenty bucks rent money for the $300 stereo your parents gave you for Christmas? Now that pawn shops are featured on reality TV, the former dens of iniquity are revealing a softer. brighter side complete with a family focus.

Recently Les Gold and daughter Ashley, stars of truTV’s Hardcore Pawn sat down with MediabistroTV to give us some insight into why viewers like to watch them doing what it is they do. One hint? How much would you pay for a slightly used prosthetic leg?



Last week: Hardcore Pawn stars talk about the weirdest things they’ve bought or sold.

Next Week: Is Hardcore Pawn real or just reality show?

Erin Burnett Would Kiss Dan Rather Every Night… on the TV

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Erin Burnett‘s first big break came in a very old school way. She wrote a letter to someone in the TV news business whom she admired. But it went beyond just letter-writing. “I was essentially a Willow Bay stalker,” Burnett tells us. But her desire to work in broadcast news began much earlier in life and involved Dan Rather. “I kissed Dan Rather every night. I’d go over and give him a peck on the lips on the TV.” Here’s Erin Burnett’s First Big Break:

Dan Rather was one of the first people we profiled in our “My First Big Break” series back in 2012. For that, and more videos, check out our YouTube channel and follow us on Twitter: @mediabistroTV

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