dailyphoto090807Sykes: Obama Was Talk-Show Inspiration
Wanda Sykes says she wasn’t interested in hosting a late night talk show until Barack Obama decided to run for president. Executives at Fox had been courting Sykes, but she just wanted to do standup comedy, her movie gigs and her role on CBS’ “The New Adventures of Old Christine.” Then came Obama’s campaign, and she realized she also wanted an outlet to discuss her views. Sykes, talking with the Television Critics Association on Thursday, said her Saturday night series debuting this fall on Fox will address the week’s hot topics through monologues, skits and panel discussions. (Continue Reading…)

Cost Cutting Pays Off for Radio One
Radio One Inc. improved its bottom line in the second quarter but sales fell 16 percent as it continued to battle the poor radio advertising market. The Lanham-based broadcasting company (NASDAQ: ROIAK) said net income was approximately $7.2 million for the three months ended June 30, or 12 cents per share, compared to a net loss of $11.7 million, or 12 cents per share, for the same period in 2008. Revenue was approximately $70.1 million, a decrease of 16 percent from the same period in 2008 when it generated $83.4 million. (Continue Reading…)

Rihanna, Kanye and Jay-Z to Open New Jay Leno Show
R&B stars Rihanna, Kanye West and Jay-Z will perform on the premiere of Jay Leno’s comedy and chat show in September, in a apparent bid to grab hip, young viewers to NBC’s new primetime experiment. NBC said on Thursday that the trio would perform “Run This Town” from Jay-Z’s new album, “The Blueprint 3,” when “The Jay Leno Show” makes its debut on September 14 at 10pm. It will be one of the first, major public performances for Rihanna, 21, since she was assaulted in February by her then boyfriend, singer Chris Brown. Rihanna, rapper West and Jay-Z are among the most popular R&B artists in the United States. (Continue Reading…)

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