Ex-Radar editor-in-chief Maer Roshan and Village Voice nightlife columnist Michael Musto
Last night, New York’s media mavens had a chance to mourn Radar at a farewell party at Chelsea lounge Citrine. Originally, the event was billed as a Halloween bash, but when the magazine suddenly folded, it turned into an impromptu funeral. Upon arriving, we spotted RadarOnline executive editor Alex Balk who’s no longer working with the site since its purchase and subsequent gutting by American Media Inc. Par for the course, Balk wouldn’t permit a picture, but he tried to appease us with a promise of a “big celebrity guest” supposedly stopping by the party later on. Radar’s last-ever cover girl Shannen Doherty did indeed make a cameo, but showed up late and left after less than five minutes, making her the only person who spent less time at the party than Balk.
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Several other former Radar employees showed, including features editor Paige Ferrari, director of business development David Cho, and managing editor Chris Cechin. Rumors swirled that Radar staff writer Neel Shah had been hired by Page Six, but when we asked Shah himself, he cryptically told us “I don’t know.” Radar ex-editor-in-chief Maer Roshan was also at the bash — though he declined to comment on the mag’s death for us, we caught him giving a quote to Gawker where he’s been a frequent whipping boy — guess he likes his media coverage rough.
Since Radar‘s a high-profile early casualty of all the death blows being dealt to media these days, media reporters abounded at the event. Across from the bar, Ad Age scribe Nat Ives chatted with Star editor-at-large Ben Widdicombe. Near the front of the room, Village Voice man about town Michael Musto spent more than an hour waiting in vain to interview the evening’s elusive celebrity guest. GuestOfAGuest.com guys John Norwood and Chris Confessore bravely worked the center of the packed crowd. Gawker sent four editors to the party, but only two made it inside — Sheila McClear and new site managing editor Gabriel Snyder. Gawker video guys Richard Blakeley and Nick McGlynn were denied access after Citrine’s staff objected to Blakeley shooting footage that included a garbage truck parked near the red carpet leading into the club. When the venue closed the open bar, some guests headed to an afterparty at Roshan’s swank 12th Street pad.
All in all, it was a strange evening. Citrine is a much more club-like setting than the usual media event bar venues and seeing people partying as a response to the news of Radar‘s demise smarted. Radar‘s multiple births and deaths and its insightful coverage set it apart from other pop culture magazines and blogs, so perhaps it’s fitting that it went out as bizarrely as it came in, and in, and in.
Ad Age reporter Nat Ives and Star editor-at-large Ben Widdcombe.
Former Radar staffers Paige Ferrari and Neel Shah
Huffington Post’s Rachel Sklar and Verena von Pfetten, in costume as “Blair Sklardorf” and “Verena van der Woodsen”
Guest of a Guest’s Chris Confessore and John Norwood.