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One of NY1 Original Reporters Wants to Be Mayor

Adele Sammarco, who worked at NY1 from 1992 to 2001, is running for mayor of Matawan, New Jersey.

With no Democratic candidates in the race, Sammarco told the Matawan-Aberdeen Patch, “I felt strongly, as a resident, that all residents of Matawan needed representation.”

Sammarco has lived in the Monmouth County borough for five years.

Sammarco, who was fired by NY1, unsuccessfully sued Time Warner last year for sexual harassment, claiming she had been the victim of a hostile work environment.

Since leaving broadcasting behind, Sammarco forged careers in public relations and marketing. Today, she is a licensed real estate broker in Monmouth and Ocean Counties.

FishbowlNY attempted to contact Sammarco.    

Photo courtesy of adelesammarco.com

WNYC Host, Producer Jad Abumrad Named a Genius

Since 2005, Jad Abumrad has been the producer and co-host of nationally syndicated Radiolab, based at the WNYC studios. Today, Abumrad has been selected by the prestigious MacArthur Foundation as a 2011 MacArthur Fellow. Monetarily, Abumrad gets $500,000 for his intellect.

Abumrad put his grey matter to good use—c0-creating Radiolab, which through audio explorations, Abumrad is able to examine scientific and philosophical dilemmas, enriching listeners with the experience.

Abumrad takes his background as a composer to orchestrate dialogue, music, and sound effects into compelling documentaries that draw listeners into investigations of otherwise intimidating topics.

The 22 winners received a surprise phone call from the Foundation, saying  the cash prize has no-strings attached over the next five years. MacArthur Fellowships come without stipulations or reporting requirements and offer Fellows unprecedented freedom and opportunity to reflect, create, and explore.

Abumrad received a B.A. from Oberlin College in 1995.

Most Popular FishbowlNY Stories for the Week

Here’s a look at what FishbowlNY stories made the most buzz this week.

  1. Steve Malzberg Out at WOR, Replaced by Former Governor Paterson , Sept. 1 (left)
  2. Conde Nast Launches New Social Tool, Aug. 29
  3. New York Times Photographer Has Legs Blown Off, Takes More Pictures, Aug. 30
  4. Patch Gets Big Traffic Bump from Hurricane Irene, Aug. 29
  5. TV Stations Go Wall-to-Wall for Irene Coverage All Weekend, Aug. 28
  6. Michelle Obama Graces the Cover of October Essence, Aug. 31

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Former Governor David Paterson Gets a ‘Surprise’ as WOR Afternoon Host

From the statehouse to the studio. 

Former Governor David Paterson, who had been a frequent fill-in for morning man John Gambling, takes over the slot on a regular basis starting next week.

Unlike his predecessor, though, Paterson’s show will not be heard nationally on the WOR Radio Network.

“They don’t want me to worry about everything being national,” Paterson tells FishbowlNY. “They want me to start out being local. That’s kind of a debate that’s going back and forth between them.”

While Paterson would certainly welcome the larger listenership, he’s happy to focus on what he knows best.

“Rather than take on the added pressure of trying to be interesting to a national audience, [they want me to] start with something I know–the local audience,” Paterson admits. “That’s where my experience has been during the Gambling show.”

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Ex-Spy Claims Bush Administration Asked CIA to Attack Blogger

Juan Cole

Glenn Carle, an ex-CIA spy, is alleging that the White House – under then President George W. Bush – at least twice asked the CIA to gather information that would discredit Juan Cole, an outspoken liberal blogger and Professor at the University of Michigan. At this time, Cole was writing highly critical posts regarding the Iraq War on his blog Informed Comment.

Carle tells The New York Times that he refused to take part in the operation because it’s illegal, but that didn’t stop other CIA officials from trying to gather information that would slander Cole:

In an interview, Mr. Carle said his supervisor at the National Intelligence Council told him in 2005 that White House officials wanted ‘to get’ Professor Cole, and made clear that he wanted Mr. Carle to collect information about him, an effort Mr. Carle rebuffed. Months later, Mr. Carle said, he confronted a C.I.A. official after learning of another attempt to collect information about Professor Cole.

If Cole’s claims are true, it’s pretty insane. Think about it: The President put out an order to have a private citizen smeared because of what the person was writing. It’s scary because it seems a little too likely to be true.

The Daily: Alec Baldwin is Considering Running for Mayor

In the latest chapter of Famous People Think They Can Do Anything Because They’re Famous, we present this: Alec Baldwin is considering running for Mayor of New York City in 2013. According to The Daily, Baldwin has been considering politics since the late 90s, when he told New York magazine that the idea had intrigued him.

What makes now the right time for Baldwin? Anthony Weiner’s wang:

The ’30 Rock’ star, who has long talked about running for political office, believes Weinergate has shaken up the field of candidates enough that he might have a chance to win, a friend of the actor told The Daily. ’Alec said, ‘Hey, maybe this changes the race. The dynamics have shifted,’’ said Baldwin’s pal.

That sounds like a perfectly good reason to consider running the greatest city in the world. If we’re lucky he’ll drag his brothers, Daniel, William and Stephen into city politics as well. Keep your fingers crossed.

New Yorker Editor David Remnick’s Rant on “Race-Baiting,” “Irrepressible Jackass” Donald Trump

The media at large has been, too put it mildly, a little frustrated with Donald Trump and his various birther/affirmative action/book-writing conspiracy claims. President Obama‘s release of his long-form birth certificate today showed that the frustration has reached its peak, and people just can’t take it anymore. The time for politely biting one’s tongue and waiting to see the fallout is over. The floodgates have been opened, and just watch: Sideshow Don is about to get slammed, even more so than before.

New Yorker editor David Remnick unloaded this rant against Trump in the New Yorker‘s news desk blog today, revealing a quietly building fury toward the bombastic reality TV star:

What is there to say anymore about Donald Trump? That he is an irrepressible jackass who thinks of himself as a sly fox? That he is a buffoon with bathroom fixtures of gold? Why bother, after so many decades? There is no insulting someone who lives in a self-reinforcing fantasy world.

But while the Trump circus is fun to watch, and provides great headlines, there are deeply disturbing undercurrents to it that Remnick wants called out:
Let’s say what is plainly true (and what the President himself is reluctant to say): these rumors, this industry of fantasy, are designed to arouse a fear of the Other, of an African-American man with a white American mother and a black Kenyan father…

Donald Trump Tells Fox 5′s Good Day New York That a Run for President in 2012 Will ‘Probably’ Be as an Independent

Donald Trump, who is contemplating a run at the White House in 2012 as a Republican, made the rounds for interviews yesterday, including on Fox 5/WNYW.

Appearing on Good Day New York, Trump indicated that he could be an independent.

“I hate what’s happpening to the country… I think the Republicans are very concerned that I [may] run as an independent…”

Trump appeared live, (although not in studio), with anchors Greg Kelly and Rosanna Scotto.

“I am very conservative… The concern is if I don’t win [the GOP primary] will I run as an independent, and I think the answer is probably yes.”

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Exclusive: Former New York Governor Paterson ‘Drawn To’ Work in Radio

Since leaving office on January 1, New York Governor David Paterson has been keeping busy. But not as you might think. The former governor has quietly been forging a new career, which incorporates his previous one.

He has become a radio go-to guy, and surprisingly, not as a guest to discuss politics, but as host of his own show. He brings a knowledge and passion to the subject. Paterson can focus on politics and current events while filling in for John Gambling mornings on WOR. At WABC, there is the Religion on the Line show, which to date he’s done once.  

Arguably, Paterson’s most relaxed at WFAN. Just prior to leaving Albany, Paterson spent the entire afternoon with Mike Francesa. If that was an audition for future on-air work at the sports station—he passed. Recently, Paterson hosted his own ‘FAN show. It was there that FishbowlNY was granted exclusive access to the governor to talk about his new love—radio. Paterson says it may seem new to listeners, but he and radio actually have a long history together.

“When I was a child, I used the radio in place of the fact that I couldn’t read the newspapers,” Paterson says. “That’s how I heard the news.”

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