According to today’s guest, WFUV DJ Pete Fornatale who just wrote a book about the 40th anniversary of Woodstock, Tim Russert was front row at the music-altering event. Forty years later, Fornatale says he misses Russert (who he planned to interview for his book, Back to the Garden: The Story of Woodstock), before the newsman passed away), “because [Meet the Press] was the place you could go to for civilized conversation, even between combatants.”
That statement was made in reference to an apparent spat that’s going on between NBC and FOX newsers Keith Olbermann and Bill O’Reilly. The rivaling opinion-boxes are having their strings pulled by their respective bosses, says Fornatale.
Also discussed: Social media! Well, specifically brands who have been hyper sensitive (not hypo) to what’s being said about them on the Webs. Case in point: we posted a story Friday about PepsiCo CMO Dave Burwick leaving his company (after just 18 months) and 15 minutes later got a call from Pepsi, kindly asking for a minor correction. Unless they refresh AgencySpy every 4 minutes, they’ve got something else going on, eh? Tools of a Web nature.