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Radio Moves and Media Quick Takes


Angela Yee is set to broadcast her last show on The Breakfast Club on Friday. Cardi B called in to the show on Thursday and suggested that she might like to sit in as guest host. It appears that the replacement plans for Yee are still up in the air. The Breakfast Club will move into new studios in January.


98.7 ESPN Radio New York shakes up their lineup with more local programming. The Michael Kay Show with Hot 97's Rosenberg of Ebro in the Morning remains in place. Bart & Hahn will leave the national ESPN Radio lineup. In January they will be heard exclusively on 98.7 FM discussing New York sports from 12-3pm. ESPN New York trails Sport Radio WFAN in ratings across the board as these programming changes were expected. >Read more...


Amy Robach and TJ Holmes of GMA3 hosted the show today as usual. The anchors on Good Morning America's 3rd Hour that airs in the afternoon on ABC are involved in an extramarital affair as reported by the London based tabloid The Daily Mail. ABC execs have been holding “emergency meetings” to address the mayhem since news broke of the affair. Disciplinary actions could be forthcoming...


CNN boss Chris Licht cut all live programming and has laid-off long time host Robin Meade at its sister network HLN, once known as Headline News. A number of reporters on CNN have lost their jobs as well.


Radio One's R&B station Magic 95.9 lands in second place in Baltimore's radio ratings with a 7.4 share of the audience 6+...


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August 13, 2009

James Brown gets first interview with Michael Vick

CBS Sports and NFL Pre-game host James Brown sat down with Michael Vick for the quarterback's first on-camera interview since he was released from federal prison in mid-July for charges related to his former dogfighting ring this Sunday on 60 Minutes. Brown offered some of his observations with NFL Network's NFL Total Access on Wednesday evening.

Of Vick's involvement with dogfighting, Brown observed that Vick "was introduced to it at a very young age, so he didn't see much wrong with it." Brown even said that there was "tacit approval" of dogfighting in Vick's childhood neighborhood, and that police did nothing to discourage it.

Of Vick's mindset today, Brown said: "Michael Vick was very resolute. He was very committed and passionate about his efforts to continue educating youngsters, particularly youngsters and young folks in urban areas, because that's the audience -- the target population -- that he thinks he can be most effective with."

Brown also said he "repeatedly" asked Vick about his remorse over his involvement with dogfighting. "He answered the question very sincerely," Brown says. "He was very steadfast in answering the question -- he didn't shy away from it. He knew that it was gonna be a tough interview. ... He understood why those questions had to be asked."

Brown says he also focused on what Vick learned in prison, the people he's now surrounding himself with and how his decision-making has changed, among other topics.

Brown also interviewed former NFL coach and now Vick's mentor Tony Dungy for the piece and Humane Society of the United States CEO Wayne Pacelle. -Source USA Today


James Brown who attended Harvard University and played basketball there, was encouraged by radio legend Petey Greene to enter broadcasting after working in corporate America. He became an analyst with the NBA's Washington Bullets in the 1980's and later on a news anchor for Channel 9 in D.C. You can see more of Petey Greene and James Brown in the following documentary...


The 60 Minutes interview is a major coup for CBS TV and is the first time anyone has conducted an interview who was not a part of the program as a regular correspondent. Congrats James.

1 comment:

  1. "there was "tacit approval" of dogfighting in Vick's childhood neighborhood, and that police did nothing to discourage it."

    This is why I feel that ignorance of the law is a valid defense. If the police, who are supposed to "protect and serve" don't stop crimes when they see them, the perpetrators should not be punished for "a pattern of behavior". I believe it's called "mitigating circumstances" or something like that.

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