Monday, September 29, 2008

September 29, 2008 News


Nita Lelyveld replaces Megan Garvey, who takes on a different job, as LA Times morning assignment editor. More details here.


Elmer Dills, veteran restaurant critic, died September 15 at age 82. According to the LA Times:

A public memorial service for Elmer Dills, the longtime restaurant and travel critic for KABC-TV and KABC-AM radio, will be held at 1 p.m. Oct. 3 at All Saints Church, 132 N. Euclid Ave., Pasadena.

Chris Rubin, another food writer, died August 15 (way too young) at 49. This is from the Los Feliz Ledger.

Chris Rubin, Wine and Spirits columnist for the Los Feliz Ledger and writer for many local and national publications, died Aug. 15th in Los Angeles of complications of cancer. He was 49. Rubin had received a liver transplant in June 2006 after a diagnosis of a rare vascular cancer, epitheliod hemangioendothelioma. He wrote movingly of his close brush with death, his subsequent marriage, and his heightened appreciation of life in articles for the Ledger and the Los Angeles Times’ Opinion section. Rubin, a longtime Silver Lake resident, had written for magazines and newspapers including the Los Angeles Times, Daily Variety and Travel & Leisure. Born in Los Angeles, Rubin attended UC Berkeley, UCLA and UC Santa Cruz. He combined his passions for music, food, wine and travel in his articles, which also appeared in Rolling Stone and the L.A. Weekly. Most recently he served as Los Angeles editor for Gayot publications. He is survived by his wife, film writer-producer Deborah Calla; father Stanley; mother Kathleen; sister Angie and brothers John and Michael.


According to Cision's Navigator:

Patricia Mays recently accepted a buyout from The Press-Enterprise in Riverside, Calif. and left her post as the sports editor. Assistant managing editor David Ammenheuser is now the best contact for sports-related inquiries.

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

September 24, 2008 News

The LA Daily News has moved! New address:
21860 Burbank Blvd.
Woodland Hills, CA 91367

Congratulations to New Yorker Classical Music Critic Alex Ross for being honored with a MacArthur Genius Award! Read more about it here.

On the other side of the coin... check out this excellent column by the Baltimore Sun's Tim Smith on the Cleveland Plain Dealer's spineless decision to "cave into pressure from a faction representing the [Cleveland] orchestra" by prohibiting its veteran music critic Don Rosenberg from covering the symphony any more in favor of a different critic who, presumably, won't be as, well, critical.

Steve Harvey, another highly missed former LA Times writer, starts a blog.

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

September 18, 2008 News

LAIst previews former LA Times writer Kevin Bronson's soon-to-debut Buzz Bands music blog.

Michael Jackson is gone from KGIL radio, replaced by conservative commentator Laura Ingraham's syndicated talk show. The OC Register's radio blog has this:

Missing is Michael Jackson, whose one-year contract was not renewed. Jackson learned of his dismissal when he returned home Sept. 10 from an Alaska cruise ship trip.

He e-mailed, "No comment, save to say that I found the staff delightful and I had a most enjoyable year. The rest of the story will be told (not by me), very soon. Be well."

KGIL management had no additional comment.

From Christian Chensvold about his web site:

FineArtsLA is sort of in limbo… the site is for sale, if you know anyone who might be interested. The buyer would get:

---An established site already respected by the Opera, Phil, Ballet, and smaller groups, so the buyer can get immediate press passes and access to talent for interviews.

---Plus the Forty Unders program, which has great potential for partnerships in the community, etc.

Even though this site was inconsistently updated, it would be a shame for yet another outlet for arts coverage to disappear, so contact Christian if you are interested in discussing this or know anyone that would. It's Christian@

Sunday, September 14, 2008

September 15, 2008 News

FishbowlLA has this
about a new magazine, Homefront LA, that is described on its website as one that:

…celebrates the unique, exciting lifestyle of Angelenos at home. The magazine goes beyond architecture, home design and real estate to feature people who have a passion for the everyday luxury of home.
It launches in January 2009. An editorial contact email on the website is edit@.

Los Angeles Confidential's New York address (the Niche Media offices from which most of its staffers work) has changed recently:
100 Church St
7th Floor
New York, NY 10007-2601

Writer Harriette Smith asks to have her film and theatre blog mentioned here. She can be reached via aol at harriettepr@.

Thursday, September 4, 2008

September 5, 2008 News

Did you see the news about ALL of KCSN's programs being cancelled? It's on LA Observed, which called its post "Programming slaughter at KCSN."

This rather odd memo with all kinds of TMI came from the LA Times announcing wizards a week or so ago, but the news is basically that the LA Times' Donna Frazier, a perfectly nice person, has been named Image section executive editor.

Not sure when this happened, but Abigail Lewis replaced Avital Binshtock as editor of Valley Life Magazine. New email address is: ValleyLifeMag@. I learned separately that Avital is now doing the LA Times Travel section "Tours & Cruises" column as a free-lancer.

Amanda Peabody replaces Beige Adams at the Beverly Hills Courier and Design Magazine. Email at is apeabody@. Editor Marcia Hobbs reports the magazine's expansion into fashion coverage as well.

Wall Street Journal's new lifestyle magazine WSJ. (note the ridiculous period) debuts Saturday, and you'll find the LA Times' new magazine LA (no periods that I'm aware of) in your paper on Sunday. Can't WAIT to read about Kid Rock. Not.