It’s a callous way to end a faithful employee’s decades-long radio run. But as reported by syracuse.com’s Geoff Herbert, that’s just what Y94 did earlier this week:
Central New York radio personality Kathy Rowe is “no longer with” Y94FM (WYYY-FM) after more than 30 years on the air, iHeartMedia Syracuse Market Manager Rick Yacobush confirmed Tuesday. Rowe appeared on the Y94 morning show earlier that day, but then listeners noticed when she was unceremoniously removed from the station website.
“30 years and you can’t even make an announcement? Slow Clap, ClearChannel (IHeartMedia will never be a thing),” Twitter user @TedConroy complained.
Rowe had been with Y94 since 1982, serving at one point as program director. Herbert also discovered that another central New York iHeartRadio personality, Jim Free, was let go the same day from 92.5 KGB in Binghamton. The parent company is dealing with a mountain of debt these days, so perhaps it’s part of broader cost-cutting measures. Stay tuned.
Previously on FishbowlNY:
WOR Rudely Shows ‘New York Radio’s First Lady’ the Door
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Real Simple has hired Brian Madigan as director of video and Hannah Norling as an assistant producer for Realsimple.com.
Madigan most recently worked as BuzzFeed’s photo director. This is a homecoming for Madigan, as he previously worked for Real Simple before leaving for BuzzFeed last July.
Norling as an editorial fellow for Southern Living.
Many will argue that being a reporter theses days is like riding a roller coaster. On Wednesday, that notion was doubly true for an assortment of northern Ohio media types.
Per today’s Sandusky Register front page, Melissa Topey was among those who attended the media preview of Cedar Point’s massive new Valravn attraction. In her seat row when she took the ride was Cedar Fair CEO Matt Ouimet and Jeff Putz, co-publisher of Cedar Point-focused website Point Buzz:
Putz had already rode Valravn twice. As we walked off the ride, he shared his thoughts.
“It is fantastic, it exceeds expectations. The forces on it are unexpected,” he said. “The roll at the end of the second dive was unexpected. I love the way you float through it.”
Today, a special “First Rider” event is being held at the park, benefitting the LeBron James Family Foundation. The so-called “dive coaster,” one which in this case stops at the top for four excruciating seconds before taking riders on a 75 miles per hour, 223-foot drop, was built by Swiss firm Bolliger & Mabillard. Valravn is Cedar Point’s 18th roller coaster and holds ten impressive structural records.
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Welcome back to another edition of FishbowlNY’s weekly Cover Battle. This round we have Glamour taking on Entertainment Weekly.
Glamour’s latest features Chloë Moretz wearing a leather jacket with nothing but a bra underneath. Majority of America’s bikers please note that this is not a look you can pull off.
EW’s new cover, meanwhile, features Game of Thrones’ worst kept secret — Kit Harington pops his collar.
A new study from the Pew Research Center found that for mobile news readers, long-form articles are a significant draw.
The report analyzed data from more than 74,800 mobile articles via 30 news sites. Readers spent about twice the amount of time on long-form pieces (defined as 1,000 words or more) than on short-form pieces. The average engagement time was 123 seconds for long-form and 57 seconds for short-form.
The Pew study also found that while there are many more short-form pieces created for the mobile reader, long-form articles attract just as many eyeballs.
“Article for article, long-form stories attract visitors at nearly the same rate as short-form: 1,530 complete interactions per long-form article and 1,576 per short-form,” explained the report.
To help promote the Ricky Gervais–Eric Bana Netflix comedy feature Special Correspondents, The Onion has cranked out a pair recent posts sponsored by the streaming network. Unfortunately, the April 29 and May 5 entries are are about as funny as the film.
We get it; these are ads, not sterling Onion contributions. Still, there’s no reason “Journalism Style Tips” should consecutively make the same general joke about reporters using profanity twice (there are five jokes, total) or end with a punchline that makes little sense in this digital age.
Another problem with the items is that they are labeled as infographics, despite the lack of info and, especially, absence of compelling text graphics. Maybe that’s part of the joke. You know, right up there with the absence of a byline.
It would have been funnier if these sponsored bits had leverage The Onion’s new Univision layer. Maybe even by way of a faux newsroom reporter sharing in-the-trenches silliness. Better luck next Netflix time.
Previously on FishbowlNY:
Ricky Gervais Set to Have a Journalism Laugh
For over a year, New York Times columnist Ross Douthat was adamant that Donald Trump would not be the GOP nominee. Gawker collected all the many times Douthat was wrong and posted them here.
To be fair, a lot of people thought Trump wouldn’t get the nomination. But not many were wrong as often as Douthat. Even he understands this, as he tweeted the Gawker post.
Below are just a few of the times Douthat was passionate, but wrong, about Trump.
Spoiler: Trump is not going to be the Republican nominee for president.
— Ross Douthat (@DouthatNYT) December 16, 2015
Again: Trump will not be the nominee. But he just isn't going to fall much in a world where Rubio + Cruz aren't going after him.
— Ross Douthat (@DouthatNYT) December 16, 2015
I'd just like to say that I never once doubted my prediction that Donald Trump would not be the Republican nominee for president. Not once.
— Ross Douthat (@DouthatNYT) February 2, 2016
I don't know what's going to happen, and neither do you. But Donald Trump is still not going to be the nominee. Goodnight.
— Ross Douthat (@DouthatNYT) February 7, 2016
Time Inc. is launching a new streaming video service called the People/Entertainment Network. The network will air a wide variety of videos, including original and live-event coverage.
The network is free to consumers and supported via advertising. It is expected to launch this fall. The service will lean heavily on People and EW’s established brand presence.
“These unique brands are not only cultural forces,” said Jess Cagle, editorial director of People and EW, in a statement. “They occupy a special place in the hearts of consumers. EW taps into the pop-culture obsessions of its audience and takes them deep into the creative process. People entertains, empowers and inspires its devoted, massive audience with amazing and trusted storytelling.”
Remember Bird Flu? What about MERS? How about Ebola? C’mon, you know you were scared you had Ebola!
What do all of those viruses have in common? The hype around them was great, while the chance that you actually contracted one of them was incredibly miniscule. The latest virus the media wants you to worry about is Zika. Time’s latest cover even bolds the headline: “Is the next public health crisis in your backyard?”
No. No it’s not. It’s also not “the next public health crisis.” But sure, freak out about it for now, because tomorrow there’ll be another virus to needlessly obsess over.
A couple Revolving Door items for you this morning, involving Politico and CNN. Details are below.Julia Ioffe is joining Politico as a contributing writer. She was previously a writer at The New York Times Magazine. Brian Ries is joining CNN as a senior producer on its social publishing team. He previously worked for Mashable as a real time news editor.
Woody Allen was on the cover of last weekend’s edition of M: Le Magazine, a Saturday glossy insert put out by French newspaper Le Monde. This weekend, it’s the turn of his Cafe Society star Kristen Stewart.
The official cover is on the left. The provocative shot on the right is an outtake shared on social media by stylist Jean-Baptiste Talbourdet-Napoleone. The wardrobe for the cover is by Chanel; photos were taken by New York-based photographer Brianna Capozzi.
Stewart is set for a big Cannes Film Festival. In addition to the non-competition opener by Allen, she will be seen, applauded and-or booed in the Olivier Asseyas’ drama Personal Shopper, which is competing for the Palme D’Or. The actress also made news this week at the Refinery29 NewFront, where it was revealed that she will contribute to a 12-part short film series for the site, all directed by actresses and collectively titled ShatterBox Anthology. Coincidentally, the first entry in the series, made by Chloë Sevigny, will premiere at the Cannes Film Festival. The installment by Stewart, titled Water, will mark her directorial debut.
Stewart also spoke this week in Hollywood at the Walk of Fame Star induction ceremony of Jodie Foster. The latter said she was thankful the honor was tied more to her films as a director than actress.
The Wall Street Journal has launched a new media-centic podcast titled Media Mix.
Media Mix is hosted by Journal reporters Jack Marshall and Steven Perlberg. Marshall covers digital media and advertising; Perlberg general media and advertising.
The first episode of Media Mix features Marshall and Perlberg interviewing Vox CEO Jim Bankoff.
Profits are down and share prices are moving up in after-hours trading. That, in a nutshell, sums up a crazy day of Tribune Publishing news.
“Tribune Publishing is in the early stages of a compelling transformation, with a well-defined strategic plan to drive increasing monetization of our important brands, capitalize on the global potential of the LA Times and significantly accelerate our conversion of content to revenue through an enhanced digital strategy,” said CEO Justin Dearborn. “While the Board is always open to evaluating any credible proposal that it believes to be in the best interests of the Company and its shareholders, Gannett’s opportunistic proposal understates the Company’s true value and is not a basis for further discussion. The Board is confident that the execution of our standalone strategic plan will generate shareholder value in excess of Gannett’s proposal.”
During the Q1 earnings that followed, Dearborn outlined a few more details about that transformation, revealing that the company plans to open L.A. Times bureaus next year in Mexico City, Rio de Janeiro, Mumbai, Lagos, Moscow, Seoul and Hong Kong. For reporters and editors at Tribune papers, May 4 was just another topsy-turvy day at the office. By comparison, Tribune Media Company shares are currently at around $38.00.
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Jason Whitlock and Colin Cowherd land their own show on Fox Sports’ FS1. “The Monday-Friday afternoon show, which carries the working title ‘Speak for Yourself,’ will be an opinion-based studio show that will anchor FS1’s weekday afternoon block,” Sports Business Daily reports. “It is not clear whether the show will compete head-to-head with ESPN’s long-running ‘PTI,’ which produces the highest ratings for ESPN outside of live games.” Recent Fox Sports convert Skip Bayless will also get his own program in the near future, although the details and the co-hosts remain a mystery for now…
The New York Times refocuses on the research and development world, renaming its R&D lab Story[X] and putting innovation and strategy editor Kinsey Wilson in charge. “With the pace of change accelerating and with a number of vacancies on that team, we thought it was an opportune time to rethink the lab’s work and bring it closer to the work of our product, news and advertising teams,” Wilson wrote in a memo announcing the news… Tony Gervino is out as editor in chief at Billboard, a role he held for the last two years. Craig Marks will stay on as executive editor, now reporting to Mike Bruno, senior vice president of content… Brian Hopman gets promoted to vp and general manager of AP’s Electronic News Production System. He’s been with the company since 1998, most recently as general manager for the Latin American and Spanish media markets… And there are changes at Entertainment Weekly, Us Weekly and more…
Despite the dreary weather — Will the sun ever come out again? — Michael’s was jam-packed with plenty of the usual suspects and the random Hollywood hotshot (Harvey Weinstein) and celebrity (actress Judith Ivey). I was glad my date, InStyle’s smart and personable publisher, Patrick Connors arrived a full fifteen minutes early. Patrick had a lot to say about all the exciting and innovative initiatives in the hopper at the Time Inc. title and the early start gave me a chance to soak up every word before the inevitable din took over the dining room.
I first met Patrick in this very room (where else) when he joined me for a ‘Lunch’ a few years back with Galvanized Brands’ David Zinczenko. At the time, Patrick was svp and publisher at Men’s Fitness (where, coincidentally, he started his career) working with Dave to relaunch the title as a lifestyle brand. Let’s just say things turned out pretty well for all concerned. Patrick quadrupled profitability within his first 16 months on the job and went on to increase the digital business by 150 percent.
In August of last year, Patrick was tapped as publisher for InStyle. In this role, he heads up sales and marketing across all platforms, in addition to developing new growth opportunities and revenue streams alongside longtime editorial director Ariel Foxman. Having worked at Condé Nast as associate publisher of Glamour and Details, this is Patrick’s first tour of duty at Time Inc. “They really respect the consumer,” he told me. Just the other day Patrick and Ariel helmed a joint presentation on “the future of the brand” for CEO Joe Ripp and the company’s board of directors. The symbiotic relationship of InStyle’s editor and publisher has been critical to the overall success of the brand. “The [publishing] culture has changed,” Patrick said between bites of chicken paillard. “We have to be in each other business every day. In order to connect to the consumer, we have to have an understanding of each other’s business. It’s a collabortation.”
As a longtime fan of the title (I still have the very first issue with Barbra Streisand on the cover) I told Patrick I liked the luxe new look of the magazine, which was unveiled with the March issue. The first redesign in six years included the introduction of “bespoke” typeface dubbed ‘Luce’ font in honor of Henry Luce. “InStyle’s font had been copied ten times over,” said Patrick. “The new font elevates the brand but we didn’t change the content.” But there were additions. “We learned the consumer loved [our] sections so we added ‘The Get’ and ‘The Guide.'” One thing that didn’t change was the trim size. “Joe [Ripp] asked us about it. Playing with trim size is a game magazines play with advertisers, but what are you really getting? You’re not getting more content.” The powers that be opted to increase the paper stock instead. “[Our reader] is an affluent woman who likes luxury, our product has to feel luxurious, not flimsy when she’s holding it.” Obviously, it’s working. “We’re the number one selling brand on the newsstand. We sell more than 97 percent [of the magazines] out there.”
In the race to reach — and keep — the all-important fashion and beauty shopper with money to spend on her favorite brands, InStyle is miles ahead of its competitive set with more women with a household income of over $100k than all the other fashion books, including Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar and even Vanity Fair. “The InStyle Collection” — print, digital, mobile — reaches 11.7 million uniques every month. Here’s the statistic that really made me sit up and take note: Every month each reader purchases an average of seven items solely from InStyle’s ads — more than any other competitor.
All of this is catnip to advertisers who, in addition to keeping their print programs [pages are unchanged versus last year] are flocking to digital programs. The reason why? “There is only 6 percent duplication between our print and digital user. They’re psychographically similar, but it’s a different consumer,” Patrick told me.
One of the biggest areas of growth is in branded content. Thanks to the new “amazing” InStyle Studios located in Time Inc.’s downtown offices, editorial and advertising teams are better able to work together to keep pace with increased advertiser demand. “Advertisers want custom content. The question is: How do we incorporate advertising in content in a way the consumer is interested in? It’s all about balance. It’s not just slapping a logo on something. It’s about integrating product and the right messaging.”
The focus in print has always been on fashion and beauty while InStyle.com, which produces 100 posts of original content every day, encompasses the broad spectrum of lifestyle content. “It’s all about living a super stylish life.” Regardless of the platform, everything InStyle does is delivered through the lens of the aspirational yet accessible celebrity. In two weeks, the site will launch an InStyle Weddings vertical, with a “beefed-up” editorial team who will produce 50 pieces of original content for the launch and deliver 30 new postings daily. Also coming: Lip Service, which will feature “the voice of celebrities and influencers” with messages of empowerment and encouragement to connect to the site’s female fans. In September, a new video series, Lifestyles of the Super Stylish, will offer readers an up close look at celebrities and other brand-appropriate personalities and incorporate advertisers’ products. All of this, said Patrick, plays to InStyle’s strengths. “Balancing luxury and reach is a very hard game to play that few brands can do. InStyle is just like Louis Vuitton and Chanel in that regard. We can increase out scope and not lose the luxury [of the brand.]”
Aligning the brand with Hollywood events has also proven successful. The magazine’s Golden Globes Party is one of the hottest tickets during award season. “It’s really a time when celebrities come to be with their friends and be themselves,” said Patrick, who went to his first one this past January. He showed me a slick sell piece touting last year’s inaugural InStyle Awards, which were held last October at The Getty Museum in Los Angeles. Everyone from Gwyneth Paltrow (who won the ‘Style Icon Award’) to Kim Kardashian West turned out for the swanky affair. “It was the first time the museum had partnered with a media brand,” he said, adding that the museum was interested in leveraging the brand’s “Hollywood” connection. Patrick told me that when planning the event, the editors wanted to reach beyond celebrating the A-listers and include the people who worked tirelessly to turn mere mortals into stars. “People think Jennifer Aniston just rolls out of bed and shows up looking beautiful on the red carpet when it reality, there is a team of people who work with her. Because of social media, our readers, especially millennials, are really interested in the behind-the-scenes people.” It’s no wonder with the 2 billion impressions generated from the event, the team at InStyle is hard at work on this year’s ceremony.
Ah, millennials. I just can’t seem to have ‘Lunch’ with anyone in media without discussing this idiosyncratic, often elusive consumer. At InStyle, the strategy to reach and engage millennial is very clear. “For them, it starts with social media. That’s how they engage with the brand first. They’re big on experiential because then they can document it on social media.”As you might expect, video plays a major role for this digitally-obsessed consumer. “Social, our Facebook Live where people tune into watch video live and the luxury content we’re developing are our three video strategies.” But Patrick is careful to note that InStyle isn’t hung up on age. “Our customer is not so much defined by age. We found our content has to be relevant for all ages.”
“You have to be everywhere and open to change,” said Patrick as we finished up our coffee. “It’s about flexibility. You can’t dictate to the consumer, you have to go where she is.” That also extends to his own job description. “I’m not a publisher of a magazine, I’m the publisher of a brand. There’s so much opportunity. I couldn’t be happier. It’s a time of change and at Time Inc., they’re changes for the better.”
Here’s the rundown on today’s crowd:
1. Mickey Ateyeh with actress Judith Ivey and friends
2. Eva Mohr
3. Penske Media vice chair Gerry Byrne
4. Agent Ed Victor
5. Harvey Weinstein presiding over a table of folks we didn’t recognize. Anyone?
6. Andrew Stein
7. Two of my favorite sole men: Footwear News’ Michael Atmore and Manolo Blahnik’s George Malkemus
8. Judy Price
10. Gillian Tett
11. Bill Stanton
12. Cosmetic World’s George Ledes and Christine Schott Ledes
14. Wayne Kabak and Larry Kudlow
15. Nick Loeb, yes Sofia Vergara’s ex.
16. Cece Cord
17. Digital Place Based Ad Association CEO Barry Frey
18. LAK PR CEO Lisa Linden, who was nice enough to introduce me to noted food systems expert Karen Karp. The gals were celebrating Karen’s upcoming marriage to her business partner Dick Batten. Congrats!
20. Francesca Bean
21. The Wall Street Journal’s Teri Agins and Patrick Murphy
23. Tech guru Shelly Palmer
24. Bob Tobin
25. Jim Casella
27. Patrick Connors and yours truly
Faces in the crowd: Bravolebrity Caroline Stanbury who, so we’re told, celebrated her 40th birthday with a 70s-themed blow out earlier this week in London (She is one of stars of Bravo’s Ladies of London, one of my guiltiest of guilty pleasures). I would have loved to chat with her, but she looked like she was on mission on her way back to the Garden Room. Cheerio!
Diane Clehane is a FishbowlNY contributor. Follow her on Twitter @DianeClehane. Send comments and corrections on this column to LUNCH at MEDIABISTRO dot COM.
This literary tapestry of the human experience will delight readers of all backgrounds. Designed by the legendary Milton Glaser, who created the I ♥ NY logo, 100 Years brings together color, type, and text to illuminate the ebb and flow of an entire life.