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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.

To read all our SoundBits profiles, click here.

Another Blago Denial – This One About the Shady Gov’s Mane!

“He has a sense of humor about the hair,” Cynthia tells us of Blago’s arresting coiff.

“He has a sense of humor about the hair,” Cynthia tells us of Blago’s arresting coiff.

If Rod Blagojevich does in fact have a, ah, “secret styling agent,” don’t bother asking him to confirm it.

During an interview on BlogTalkRadio’s Morning Media Menu, ABC News anchor Cynthia McFadden recounts how she probed the embattled Illinois governor this week about his rum- ored grooming-implement guy – but came up empty-handed.

“In real life, is his hair as impressive – when you’re sitting in the same room with him?” MMM co-host Glynnis MacNicol asks Cynthia about Blago, who was arrested by the feds last month on corruption charges – and who’s presently in the midst of impeachment proceedings.

Brushes off rumors.

Blago: Brushes off rumors.

“He came down to me right after [The View co-host] Joy Behar ruffled his hair. While they were putting on the microphones and adjusting the lights, I said to him, ‘So, Joy Behar touched the hair. How was that, governor?’” says Cynthia.

“I asked him on-camera [about] written reports that say he has a guy on his staff who, among other responsibilities, carries the brush – that they call ‘the football.’

So I asked him about that. He denied it,” she says, before quipping, “I have more on his hair – but I’m going to save that for my book!”

To hear Cynthia’s full interview, click here.

Tucker Carlson on Obama-Inauguration Controversy: ‘How you can decide you have exclusive rights to something that takes place on the National Mall?!’

Poor Barack Obama.

Just hours before he’s sworn in as America’s 44th commander-in-chief, another controversy comes along to taint his big day.

Bad media move?

Obama: Bad media move?

As The Washington Post reported Saturday, Obama is being criticized for selling exclusive TV rights to his inaugural events – for more than $5 million.

The deals cut by the incoming administration include $2.5 million from HBO to air last night’s all-star concert, featuring Bruce Springsteen, Stevie Wonder and Beyoncé, at the Lincoln Memorial – which was attended by the president-elect, and vice president-elect Joe Biden.

So if you haven’t got HBO, you were out of luck.

Separately, Walt Disney Co. paid $2 million for two specials that will air, respectively, on its Disney Channel and ABC net:

Tonight’s children’s concert at Verizon Center, hosted by soon-to-be First Lady Michelle Obama and Biden’s wife, Jill Biden, and featuring Miley Cyrus and the Jonas Brothers; and the “Neighborhood Inaugural Ball” tomorrow, at which Obama is expected to make his first official speech of the evening – and have his first dance with his wife as First Couple.tucker-carlson2

“These are public events taking place on public property. The Mall is not owned by the Inaugural Committee or this administration or any television network. It belongs to…all 308 million of us. So how can decide you have exclusive rights to something that takes place on the National Mall!” Tucker Carlson tells BlogTalkRadio’s Morning Media Menu today.

“There’s a principle at stake. You could make money – I don’t know – why don’t we name The White House?” adds the  former CNN and MSNBC anchor.

“We could call it ‘The Staples House’ or ‘The Home Depot House!’”

To hear Tucker’s full interview on Morning Media Menu, click here.

For more on the TV-rights controversy, click here to read The Washington Post story.