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SoundBits: Semi-Roving (and Fantasy Sports-Loving) Media Maven Steve Krakauer

The list of guests who’ve graced MediaBistro.com’s Morning Media Menu in 2009 alone reads like a who’s who of big-media talent. To wit: Cynthia McFadden and Terry Moran of ABC News, Chris Cuomo of ABC’s Good Morning America, Chris Hansen of NBC News, Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski of MSNBC, John Roberts and Kiran Chetry of CNN, Becky Quick of CNBC, Liz Claman of Fox Business Network, and former CNN anchor Tucker Carlson. So it’s no wonder that we’ve dragged Steve Krakauer into our green room this week for a grilling. Along with Glynnis MacNicol of MediaBistro’s FishbowlNY.com, the New Jersey native, who now resides in Manhattan, takes to cyberspace each weekday at 9 a.m. ET as host of what’s fast shaping up to be the media industry’s premier radio program. That said, we’re on in three… two…

Lean and mean: One-man reporting team Steve (above) covering Barack Obama’s speech at the Democratic National Convention in Denver last summer.

Lean and mean: One-man reporting team Steve (above) covering Barack Obama’s speech at the DNC in Denver last summer.

Give us a 15- second pitch for your show – why should listeners tune in?

We tell you the media news of the day in 15 minutes or less, and bring on special guests from around the industry.

Tell us two things listeners would be surprised to learn about you?

One would have to be that I’m a big fantasy baseball and football fan – and I’m lucky to have the wide array of shows on BlogTalkRadio’s Fantasy Sports Channel. Also, I spent a year as an NBC page (like “Kenneth the Page” [played by Jack McBrayer] on 30 Rock), roaming the halls of 30 Rock while working on Saturday Night Live and Late Night with Conan O’Brien, and giving hundreds of studio tours.

Who’s your broadcasting hero?

I’m not sure who my broadcasting hero would be, but certainly one of the radio titans would be Rush Limbaugh, who we were pleasantly surprised to learn listens to the show (or at least someone on his staff does).

[Editor’s Note: To read about Rush’s Morning Media Menu mentions – and hear those excerpts from his show – click here.]

CAPTION: And getting the lowdown from MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski at the TVNewser Summit in NYC this month.

And getting the lowdown from MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski at the TVNewser Summit in NYC this month.

If you could book any person on earth as a guest on your show, who would it be and why?

Of course we’d love Rush to come on. And ever since former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich started showing up on every channel, we’ve wanted to have him as a guest as well. Blago – if you’re reading – you’re welcome any time!

As we speak, what are you wearing?

Jeans and a T-shirt…boring. As I usually broadcast from my apartment before heading to work, I’m usually on my way to becoming fully dress- ed for our 9 a.m. podcast.

What’s the strangest thing you’ve ever done while in the middle of hosting your show?

There’s been a couple times where we’ve taken the podcast on the road for a “roving podcast.” We’ve broadcast from MSNBC’s Morning Joe green room and from an office at CNN’s American Morning, while inter- viewing the hosts of each show. It was a little strange wandering around those studios talking to various TV news personalities on speaker on my iPhone.

To sample Steve and Glynnis’ show, Morning Media Menu, click here.

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