The New York Sun Kicks Off Podcasting

1102udohock.JPGThe New York Sun is following the Times as the second New York daily to offer podcasts. Their debut effort was a broadcast of the WNYC 10th Anniversary Gala (with new WNYC drive-time hosts John Hockenberry and Adaora Udoji pictured to the right). The gala included a live presentation of NPR’s Wait, Wait Don’t Tell Me with David Hyde Pierce & Lili Taylor alongside Paula Poundstone, P.J. O’Rouke and Roxanne Roberts and live music from Ann Hampton Calloway. Other guests included Kurt Andersen, Brian Lehrer and Leonard Lopate.

The Sun offers a good recap:

The bellinis and dinner rolls looked as they always do, but the dinner program did indeed offer something different. Musical talent Ann Hampton Callaway sang about the station with improvised lyrics. “Three cheers, it took only 84 years to leave the nest” was one of her gems, referring to the station’s move to its own offices — scheduled for the spring — from city-owned space in the Manhattan Municipal Building.

Before the chocolate souffle came a shortened, slightly drunk version of the Chicago-based current events trivia show, “Wait, Wait… Don’t Tell Me!” Host Peter Sagal, official judge and scorekeeper Carl Kasell, and regular panelists P.J. O’Rourke, Paula Poundstone, and Roxanne Roberts were all on hand. Answering questions about prospective American presidential candidates Mayor Giuliani and Senator Clinton were actors Lili Taylor (who won her round and therefore won Rep. Nita Lowey’s husband, Steve Lowey, the honor of having Mr. Kasell record his answering machine message) and David Hyde Pierce, who lost his round.

The gala provided great one-time-only entertainment while raising more than $1 million.