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In response to this diatribe, White, who can now be heard mornings on Alice in the company of ex-Patridge Family wiseacre Danny Bonaduce (a pairing that seems to be getting more awkward and annoying with each passing day), penned one of her own. In an August 14 posting on her Web site, jamiewhite.com, she wrote, "Let me just say the whole Frosty [and] Frank thing is over...OVER!!! So for God's sake...please get over it!!
"Don't you think Frosty and Frank want to move on as well?" she continued. "How sad for them that their first appearance back to Denver in a year they spent discussing me...Please let them have a show, and please don't bring me up. Because I know that a successful show will not happen if it's The Frosty, Frank and What Happened to Jamie Show." She closed by stating that she had no intention of discussing "the boys" ever again.
White's anger at being ripped on a station where she's supposedly still a big star makes perfect sense, but the motivation behind the Stillwell/Kramer fete remains mysterious. Prior to the visit, Alice program director Jim Lawson said Frosty and Frank had been invited to provide "closure" for themselves and listeners, and he maintained that there were no plans to reinstall the twosome at Alice. But because the station's sale from AMFM to Salem Communications hasn't been completed, he was severely limited in what he could discuss.
Stillwell and Kramer, who are no longer under contract with AMFM, were under no such restrictions during their Alice homecoming, and while they didn't announce their return, they both said they would love to do so. If that happens, the highest-profile place for them to do their thing would be in the mornings in place of White.
Whose famously grating laugh may not be heard last. Tuning out: In this space last week, Channel 7 general manager Cindy Velasquez said that departing news director Diane Mulligan had been invited to stay in her post until October 1 to aid the transition for a new hire. Guess the transition's over: As of last week, Mulligan was out entirely -- although she makes a point of saying that she and Velasquez are "still good friends."
That, in the TV news game, is what's known as a happy ending -- and an abrupt one.
Judging Jeanette: The Denver Post spilled a considerable amount of ink following its winning of a Pulitzer Prize in the breaking-news division for its coverage of the April 1999 shootings at Columbine High School. But its reporting failed to mention an intriguing fact that's central to "Eyes Off the Prize," a critical examination of the Pulitzer process by journalist Seth Mnookin that appears in the September edition of Brill's Content: Jeanette Chavez, the Post's managing editor, was on the jury that made the paper a finalist for the award.
Because of a Pulitzer rule preventing jurors from talking with other jurors about submissions from their own publication or those connected to it via ownership, Chavez didn't get to specifically tout the merits of the Post's work; she wasn't even present at discussions of it or a similar package from the Rocky Mountain News that failed to make the cut. But she admitted to Mnookin that she was able to make veiled allusions to Columbine while considering other proposals, noting, for example, that staffers who covered Hurricane Floyd for The News & Observer in Raleigh, North Carolina, benefited from an opportunity to prepare that journalists responding to "a shooting at a suburban high school" didn't have. Furthermore, Frank Scandale, the Post's assistant managing editor for news, noted that several reporters at the Pulitzer celebration were apparently concerned enough about a potential conflict of interest to ask Chavez about it directly. Not that the public had a clue: Nothing about Chavez having been a Pulitzer judge has appeared in the Post to this day.
Full disclosure, that's not.
However, the Post did publish a hilarious correction concerning an August 13 column by self-proclaimed "black avenger" Ken Hamblin ("Man Without a City," November 18, 1999). In his piece, about the anti-Semitism that might be stirred up among African-Americans after the naming of Connecticut Senator Joseph Lieberman as the Democratic vice-presidential candidate, Hamblin grumbled, "Liberal blacks continue to display reverence for President Bill Clinton, who failed to name a black to his cabinet." Not quite: As the Post pointed out, there are two blacks in Clinton's cabinet right now (Secretary of Labor Alexis Herman and Secretary of Transportation Rodney Slater), and past Clinton appointees have included Mike Espy, Hazel O'Leary and the late Ron Brown, whom Hamblin mentioned in a column in 1998.
Then again, Hamblin's apparent inability to identify African-Americans isn't entirely incomprehensible, considering that he mainly hangs out with Republicans...