Around the town
Around the town
Stan Brooks, a radio reporter at 1010WINS for more than 40 years, died at age 86. (The New York Times)
WME super agent Ari Emanuel is making a bid to get his clients, MSNBC’s Morning Joe co-hosts Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski, to take over Meet the Press, which has had slipping ratings of late. (New York Post)
Big Apple Idolatry
The Brits just think that a Gin and Tonic can solve any problem, even declining newspaper sales. The Times of London is selling branded small-batch gin. The label (created by paper’s designers) features The Times lion resting on juniper branches, a quote from the newspaper’s founder and a bottle stopper stamped with the Times ‘T.’ (MediaWeek)
surveying the wreckage
– The Weather Channel’s Jim Cantore (recently profiled by The Observer) was the main guest on Letterman last night after Kate Hudson dropped out. See, in a perfect world, you wouldn’t have the guy who spent 24 hours in Battery Park during Sandy as the pinch-hitter for an actress whose biggest news right now is a cameo on Glee.
“I was joking with my friends from Seattle on Sunday,” The Weather Channel’s SVP of Marketing and recent New York transplant Eric Hadley told The Observer. “They kept asking what the weather was like, and I said, ‘It’s like a January day in Seattle.’”
The former Bing executive had a busy evening. First, “a little party” at the Standard Hotel from 6:30-8:30. (“Most guests didn’t show up,” he remarked.) When the lights went out, everyone went home, but Mr. Hadley had work to do, taking crews out to survey the destruction, including that of artist Mark Seliger’s Charles St. studio, which had its front completely obliterated by Hurricane Sandy.
“This is the most nervous I’ve ever been about a storm,” The New York Observer was told by the last man on Earth you’d ever want to hear those words from. “There’s just too much uncertainty.”
To illustrate that he’s not being hyperbolic, he said that this was also the first time he had ever brought a dry suit on a job, mentioning that if we were to follow him the next day, we should be very aware of the possibility of contracting hypothermia and the potential loss of some digits.
Not to mention the flying debris. “I wish I had brought a helmet,” the man said. He is not joking.