- The Washington Times - Wednesday, March 22, 2006

VMA back in NYC

The MTV Video Music Awards are coming home to the Big Apple.

The awards show, which spent the past two years in Miami, will broadcast from New York City this year, Associated Press reports.

“New York City is our hometown,” MTV President Christina Norman said.

The ocean-blue waters of Miami have been the backdrop for the awards since 2004, with stars arriving by yacht. The awards were presented at the American Airlines Arena, and after-show parties were held on fashionable South Beach.

This year, the awards return to Gotham with Radio City Music Hall as the venue — and MTV has promised to do all in its power to focus attention on the Aug. 31 event.

“We are really looking to showcase the music, culture and people from every borough of this amazing city on TV, online, broadband and wireless to fans around the globe,” Miss Norman said.

The actual MTV Music Video Award, or the Moonman, as it’s often called, hearkens back to the network’s earliest days, in which astronaut imagery helped launch the cable music channel.

‘Idol’ goes wireless

Can’t get enough of your favorite “American Idol” contestant?

Don’t try therapy, although it probably couldn’t hurt — just download some “AI” live performances to your cell phone.

Cingular Wireless, the No. 1 U.S. mobile carrier, is offering ring tones of live performances from the Fox singing show made within 24 hours of the show’s broadcast, Reuters news agency reports.

In previous seasons, customers were able to buy ring tones of the “AI” theme song and many of the tunes featured on the show by the original artists, according to representatives from Cingular, a joint venture of AT&T; Inc. and BellSouth Corp.

Customers now can buy ring tones of the finalists’ performances from each Tuesday show for $2.49 each. Ring tones also will be made during subsequent “AI” shows this season.

For any contestant whose song has not received publisher clearance that week, Cingular will release a new ring tone of a song performed by that contestant in an earlier round of the show.

The wireless carrier has 54.1 million subscribers and added 5 million last year alone. It faces stiff competition from numerous providers, including Verizon Wireless, which has 51 million customers.

Truthiness’ in print

The fake news business is starting to impact the book world.

First “America (The Book),” from “The Daily Show’s” Jon Stewart, sold millions. Now Mr. Stewart’s ex-comedy pal Stephen Colbert is taking his “Truthiness” motto to print.

The publisher of “America (The Book)” is releasing a book by Mr. Colbert, AP reports.

“This book will have the same noble goal as my television show: to change the world one factual error at a time,” Mr. Colbert said.

Mr. Colbert’s book, as yet untitled, is scheduled to come out in the fall of 2007. A longtime fixture on Mr. Stewart’s “The Daily Show,” Mr. Colbert hosts “The Colbert Report,” also seen on Comedy Central. The show mocks such personality-driven news shows as Fox News’ “The O’Reilly Factor.”

Mr. Colbert isn’t a stranger to print. He contributed to “America (The Book),” co-authored “Wigfield” with Amy Sedaris and Paul Dinello and is credited with coining “truthiness,” named Word of the Year for 2005 by the American Dialect Society.

“Truthiness,” by definition, is the quality of stating concepts one wishes or believes to be true rather than the facts.

Compiled by Christian Toto from wire reports.

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