Tuesday, March 30, 2010

March 30, 2010 News


From Fishbowl NY:

Sumathi Reddy, general assignment reporter for Newsday, is joining The Wall Street Journal's New York team to write about restaurants, reports the New York Observer. The Journal has been making several changes of late in the food space. Last week, the paper added Jay McInerney and Lettie Teague as wine columnists, and dropped restaurant critic Raymond Sokolov earlier this month.

Full story HERE.

From LA Observed:

Gustavo Turner [is now] music editor of the LA Weekly, replacing Randall Roberts.

Details HERE, and more on Randall Roberts below.

Also from LA Observed:

The Huffington Post is reporting that Adam Nagourney, the chief national political correspondent for the New York Times, is leaving Washington to be the paper's Los Angeles bureau chief. Current bureau chief Jennifer Steinhauer is heading the other way, to cover Congress in the Washngton bureau.

More info HERE.

From the LA Times:

Randall Roberts has joined the arts and entertainment group as pop music editor, overseeing the popular Pop & Hiss blog and coverage of the fast-evolving recording industry, the vibrant local scene of bands and hit-makers, and national and international artists from country and jazz to hip-hop, pop and rock ‘n’ roll.

Jori Finkel will join the staff to cover art and architecture

Take THIS LINK for additional details.

Thanks to Flo Selfman for passing this contact along, if you don't already have it on your mailing list:

Mike Carlin, Editor
Century City News
P.O.Box 69854
Los Angeles
CA 90069
Tel 310 597 1828
Fax 424 789 2136

Mike's gmail.com address is centurycitynewsent@

Variety has DETAILS of layoffs at KCBS/KCAL, among them morning co-anchor Suzanne Rico, news operations manager Doug Dougherty and executive producer Jeff Soto. Long-time weathercaster Johnny Mountain retires.

KPCC updates:

New address/phone:
474 South Raymond Avenue
Pasadena, CA 91105
Phone: (626) 583-5100
Fax: (626) 583-5101

And, from LA Observed:

Madeleine Brand, the former host of "Day to Day" on National Public Radio, will host a news magazine show in the old DTD slot at 9 a.m. on KPCC's daily schedule.

More HERE.


Poynter has the full memo HERE from Tim Gray, Variety editor, titled 'It doesn't make economic sense to have full-time reviewers.'

Per LA Observed on March 1:

KSCN, the Cal State Northridge radio station at 88.5 FM, switched at 10 a.m. to Adult Album Alternative (AAA or Triple A) format 24 hours a day.

Thanks to Larry Mayer for THIS LINK to the press release:

From Dikla Kadosh, a while ago, at the Jewish Journal:

I am no longer the Calendar Editor at the Jewish Journal of Greater Los Angeles. To reach the new editor, Ryan Torok, please address all event-related emails to "calendar" (@jewishjournal.com). And kindly remove [my] email address (diklak) from any mailing lists.

Entertainment Tonight emails are @cbs.com and no longer @cbsparamount.com

Take the LA Times' Jerry Hirsch off your food/business lists, and add him to auto, per THIS rather un-recent Times Reader's Rep memo

Lisa Sweetingham is now deputy editor at Angeleno, replacing Jade Chang who's now the online executive producer.


Deepest condolences to family and friends of the lovely Mark Ferber, with whom I crossed paths many times in my work over the years with the Los Angeles Philharmonic. Mark, who worked at the Hollywood Bowl for 45 years, passed away March 14 at age 60.

This LA Times OBIT has more about him, but even if you think you didn't know him, you probably did. If you've ever attended a concert at the Bowl, you heard him as "the voice" that made the pre-concert greeting and the post-concert farewell, live every performance. Among my favorites: "Secure all cel phones, wine bottles and other noisemakers," and "Don't empty your ice chest on the sidewalk."

RIP, Mark. Will miss you.