Goodbye, Sue Simmons
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WNBC, which decided not to renew Sue Simmons' contract this year, is saluting the longtime anchor with on-air tributes as she bids farewell to the network today after 32 years there.
For our own salute, we offer a Sue Simmons clip that's a favorite around here—her 1985 interview with Kate Bush, tied to her tour for the album Hounds of Love.
The only better similar thing I remember is an appearance on the '80s daytime local talk-show "Attitudes" by Karen Finley, for which I was in the studio audience. (Can't find video of that.) If you don't remember "Attitudes," you may remember the famous "Saturday Night Live" spoof by Jen Hooks and Nora Dunn.)
Anyway, it's equal parts infuriating, charming, lazily executed and easy to watch and so seems to capture both what Simmons' harshest critics and most devoted fans have seen in her these last three decades. For the most part, even when she's being a little nasty, there's something likable, and distinctly old New York about it, isn't there?
See what you think:
In other news...
Times-Picayune food critic Brett Anderson has been un-laid-off. [Poynter]
The New Republic's talent raid continues. [The Huffington Post]
The New York Post is bumping up its newsstand price again. [Dylan Byers/Politico]
The owners of the old New York Times building want it to become a haven for new media. [Bloomberg]
Why Time Inc. changed its mind about the iPad. [Ad Age]