Madonna revealed more than skin when she pulled off her top at her New York concert Thursday -- showing off black letters on her lower back spelling "OBAMA."
Tom's Take: Well, I guess Obama can attract the older vote.
No, not the president, his family or the numerous actors and political heirs who spoke glowingly of Barack Obama during the Democratic National Convention.
I’m talking about the media — and especially MSNBC, whose presence and influence in Charlotte were nearly as grand as the president’s.
No one pretends anymore that MSNBC is an objective observer to the news. Obviously, the decision was made to be aggressively progressive. With the exception of “Morning Joe,” where Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski co-host a roundtable of commentators, politicos and actors who dispense praise and criticism equally to Democrats and Republicans, the cable network’s other political shows are unapologetically pro-Democratic, pro-Obama.
Thus, the powers that be correctly imagined themselves as co-players at the Democratic convention. A section of downtown Charlotte was reinvented as MSNBC Plaza, which included an open-air studio, a cafe, a lounge and the “MSNBC Experience,” for which fans stood in long lines to enter, cheering as their favorite stars appeared. A looming tower above the outdoor stage featured huge head shots of the well-known anchors. The president’s visage on T-shirts here and there was a mere comma to the anchor’s exclamation points.
I happened to be in the MSNBC Plaza during a daytime concert when the lead singer announced, “Chris Matthews is in the hall! Chris Matthews!” All I could think was, good thing Obama didn’t show up at the same time. He might have been ignored.
New York is about to get another round of expansion in the fastest-growing segment of radio: sports talk.
Starting Friday afternoon, ESPN Radio turns its 1050 AM frequency over to ESPN Deportes, Spanish-language sports talk.
That means English-language ESPN Radio will only be heard in New York on 98.7 FM.
WFAN has retained a comfortable lead over ESPN Radio in local sports talk, though ESPN got what it hopes will be a breakthrough win in August.
For the first time, says David Roberts, vice president and general manager of ESPN Radio New York, ESPN Radio beat WFAN during a weekly day part.
ESPN Radio’s Colin Cowherd and Mike Lupica finished a hair ahead of ’FAN in August for the 10 a.m.-1 p.m. hours.
ESPN Radio has doubled its total New York audience since getting the 98.7 signal, says Roberts, to more than 900,000 a month.
The seat was kept warm by 59 different guest co-hosts over the past 10 months. They've ranged from celebrities to sports stars, including former Giants defensive end Strahan, who has guest co-hosted several times.
The magnitude-3.3 quake was centered in Beverly Hills at 3:26 a.m. There are no immediate reports of damage, according to the AP.
In January 2012, Washington, D.C.’s newest all-news radio station, CBS’s WNEW 99.1, took to the airwaves for the first time, signaling the beginning of a new era in Washington news radio. This was thanks in large part to the hard work and enormous vision of Steve Swenson, the vice president and market manager of CBS Radio in Washington, D.C.
Swenson has undertaken a battle in the DC market that is reminiscent only to the biblical story of David and Goliath. As the undeterred and fearless David, Swenson, armed with patience and nearly 50 news staffers, has set his sights on conquering the DC metro market. With his trusted partner, News Director Michelle Komes-Dolge, he has positioned WNEW strategically, and it is now poised to shake up the competition in the capital.
Swenson, a 30-year veteran of news radio, relocated after 13 years in New York City to launch the brand new D.C. area station, which will feature all news, all the time. WNEW gives metro listeners an alternative to WTOP News, the competing station that Swenson headed in the 1990s and nurtured into the most listened-to radio station in Washington.