The New York Media Softball League continues to heat up as landlocked editorial staffers channel their sublimated rage into line drives. Two-time champions the Wall Street Journal Capitalists faced off against the Newsweek/Daily Beast team during Week 2 of the league’s exhibition play. In 2010, the only team to slay the mighty Beast was Newsweek. After a tumultuous year in which the properties merged and the editorial reins were handed to Tina Brown, the combined entity can be sure of at least one outcome: a better, tougher softball team.
The Peabody Awards–so much more staid and trustworthy than those flashy Emmys!–announced the recipients of their prizes for excellence in media this morning, and the list is deliriously familiar, if worthy: PBS’ Great Performances, American Masters, and American Experience, C-SPAN’s online library, HBO’s The Pacific. All very worthy recipients! But the more lowbrow Read More
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.
If Read More
“When I bring a guy home, he has to measure up to Kai Ryssdal,” said the brunette. “The only guy close on NPR is Jad from Radiolab.”
“When Kai Ryssdal talks about money–oh, Jesus!” said the blonde, of the host of Marketplace. She mimed a swoon.
“Kai’s gotten me through a lot,” said the brunette. Read More
WNYC’s politics web site is expanding.
Washington Post and Time.com alum Catlin Thompson gets the editor slot, where she takes over for the award-winning Anna Sale, who becomes the site’s first full-time reporter. Their site has been populated by lots of good reporting from WNYC’s newsroom, and insightful analysis gleaned from Read More
WNYC has a great story about blind technology specialist Chancey Fleet:
Her house, in Sunset Park, is filled with gadgets. One of them intones, in perfect, soothing fembot, the color of any garment she runs it over. Another reads out the latest articles from The Atlantic–don’t expect to understand a word, however, because Read More
“What? How do I introduce? Do I say something?” — Christopher Walken, whispering to someone as he comes back from a break. He is actually doing an excellent job subbing in for Leonard Lopate on WNYC right now. Read More
July 8, what a magical day!
Today in 1924 America’s most-listened-to public radio station went on the air, and in 1889 the Wall Street Journal, by some counts America’s highest circulating paper, printed its first issue.
Pizza party is at the Chuck E Cheese in Long Island City. You know when it starts if you Read More
Today, the New York Times sold its radio station WQXR in a three-way deal that will bring the cash-starved news organization $45,000,000.
From the release:
The New York Times Company has entered into an agreement with subsidiaries of Univision Radio Inc. and with WNYC Radio for the sale of WQXR-FM, its New York City radio Read More
Last Thursday, at the Audit Bureau of Circulations’ annual conference, Mayor Michael Bloomberg dropped by the Waldorf-Astoria to deliver brief remarks to a ballroom about two-thirds full. Having just finished with a press conference on the fiscal crisis, he targeted his opening joke at The New York Times with a quip that seemed to capture Read More