A Tale of Two Skirts
Mayor Michael Bloomberg today compared the groundswell of support for change that propelled Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio to victory, to the fashion industry changing hemlines on clothing.
Musing during his weekly radio sit-down with WOR’s John Gambling, the mayor rejected the idea that Mr. de Blasio’s election was a rebuke of his 12 years in City Hall.
John Gambling, the WOR radio host famous in New York’s political world for co-hosting a weekly show with Mayor Michael Bloomberg, is leaving his post just a handful of days before Mr. Bloomberg leaves office at end of the year.
Mr. Gambling, 63, made the announcement early this morning on the air.
As Seen on TV
Anthony Weiner, whose mayoral bid imploded following revelations that he’d continued sexting long after his resignation from Congress, was already plotting a Plan B more than six months before he lost his bid for Gracie Mansion, sources said.
A coalition of labor unions has launched a major Spanish-language radio campaign touting City Council Speaker Christine Quinn for mayor.
SEIU 32BJ, the Hotel Trades Council, the Mason Tenders District Council and Teamsters Joint Local 16 have teamed up as “Unidos para Comunidades Trabajadoras” for the one-minute spot, which touts Ms. Quinn’s record and declares: “It’s time we had a mayor who looks out for us.”
On August 9, WBAI, the listener-supported radio station, announced that it was laying off most of its paid staff. The only surprise in the announcement was that it took so long.
WBAI, one of five stations in the national Pacifica network, has been failing for years. Some of its problems are the familiar ones of “legacy” media, to use that annoying but fashionable term. But most of its problems were home grown. The programming was mostly unlistenable. Hosts who couldn’t talk very well yammered on about material they didn’t understand. Interviewers knew nothing about their interviewees. Health nuts flogged miracle cures and conspiracists spun elaborate theories. I recall turning on the morning drive time show and listening for 20 minutes to someone the host never identified—and, in all that time, I never got an idea of what the interview was supposed to be about.
In the beginning there was radio, and everyone tuned in collectively. Satellite radio changed the equation slightly as listeners moved to create their own sound experiences, free of commercials and all those unwanted stations. Then, along came podcasts, and it seems there’s one for every listener these days. Now you can personalize your own aural Read More
REMARKS WERE MADE
On Sunday, New York City’s world-famous hip hop radio station, Hot 97, held their yearly Summer Jam concert. Earlier that day, one of the station’s DJs, Peter Rosenberg, decried the oeuvre of Summer Jam headliner Nicki Minaj while introducing another act, Kendrick Lamar. His charge was about Minaj’s recent single, which has a decidedly pop-oriented slant to it: ”We’re all about that real hip-hop, not ‘Starships.’”
A colleague jokes that NPR’s lobby is…elected officials. And this email, from Public Advocate Bill de Blasio’s spokesman, only underscores that point, coming hours after a similar one from Rep. Steve Israel.
De Blasio’s spokesman:
Today, House Republicans are calling an emergency meeting to cut 100% of federal funding to public broadcasting.
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Shock jock Howard Stern announced this morning, on his show of course, that he has signed a new five-year deal with the company. The DJ spent a year teasing listeners with hints that he may leave, and the last few weeks have seen rumors that he would either retire, join the judging panel Read More
Michele Norris is the first black female to host a major weekday show at NPR, but there was no mention of her in This Is NPR, a book celebrating the 40th anniversary of the public radio organization.
Norris told the Tampa Bay Tribune that she was “disappointed” by her Read More