- The Washington Times - Tuesday, May 29, 2007

Listeners to XM Satellite Radio’s 1940s music channel on June 6 will find themselves transported back in time — more than usual, that is.

Sixty-three years have passed since Allied forces landed on France’s Normandy coast, but World War ll will seem like it’s happening in real time on XM-4. Beginning at 12:41 a.m. June 6, the station will broadcast the original NBC radio news bulletins heard by listeners two generations ago.

The segment will be based on the same schedule as the originals, running through 5:45 p.m. June 7.

“Once we discovered that this material existed, we felt we had an obligation to bring it to XM listeners,” said Marlin Taylor, program director of XM’s 40s decade channel. “No one else would undertake such an endeavor and it is our role to keep the music and history of this era alive and available to those living in the 21st century.”

To date, the news bulletins have been housed in the National Archives and the programming schedule in the Library of Congress. The XM special will include music of the era.

XM has several channels devoted to music of each past decade, beginning with the 40s and ending with the 90s. Competitor Sirius Satellite Radio starts a decade later, with decade channels from the 50s to 90s.

Blogger spotlight

Last week, the Politico unveiled a new feature that takes a look at “some of the most influential or rising bloggers.”

Authored by staff writer Ryan Grim and titled “Blogjam,” the project acknowledges the power of political blogs — whether it’s about discrediting Dan Rather or a Fox News Channel debate.

For his first two profiles, Mr. Grim highlighted the outspoken liberals Kevin Drum of washingtonmonthly.com and Matt Stoller of mydd.com.

Readers are invited to give feedback and send blog nominations to blogjam@politico.com. Blogger entries will be updated whenever “the blogger makes a notable contribution to political dialogue.”

The new kid on the block, Politico is owned by Arlington-based Allbritton Communications, which also owns local ABC affiliate WJLA-TV (Channel 7) and NewsChannel 8. The publication debuted in late January.

I.J.’s second act

I.J. Hudson, who spent 20 years as a reporter for Washington’s NBC affiliate WRC-TV (Channel 4), is now communications director at the Bethesda firm of Garson Claxton LLC, local media blog dcrtv.com first reported.

Mr. Hudson, who started at the firm on April 2, said the new job entails “a little bit of this and that, a combination of trying to improve visibility of the firm, working on their Web site” and giving clients advice on dealing with the media.

“There are parts that I’ll certainly miss,” he said of live shots and the newsroom atmosphere. “But working at a law firm, you’ve got to get things right. And they still allow me to wear cheap suits.”

Vance to be honored

Speaking of Channel 4 … Jim Vance, longtime WRC anchor, is being inducted this summer into the 2007 Hall of Fame by the National Association of Black Journalists. Mr. Vance joined the NBC station in 1969 and has sat in the anchor chair since 1972. He has racked up 15 Emmy Awards in his 40-year career.

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