Morning Headlines — 6/25/13

Former KMOX Host Bruce Bradley Dies at 79
A voice very familiar to long-time KMOX listeners, Bruce Bradley, has died. The 79-year-old passed away Saturday in Lake St. Louis.

“There’s a number of people, a small handful if you will, who are so deeply remembered as personalities on the radio,” St. Louis Historian Frank Absher told KMOX. “It was fitting he was on KMOX because KMOX was such a powerhouse in the eighties.” [KMOX]

Hulu Faces a Nebulous Future as It Seeks a New Owner
This year Hulu reached a milestone: viewers streamed more than one billion videos on the site in a single three-month period. 

But the valedictory lap did not last long. Even as the number of views were adding up, so were concerns within the company about the site’s future. 

That’s because Hulu, the Web streaming service that is jointly owned by the Walt Disney Company, NBCUniversal, and News Corporation, is up for sale. And each of the potential buyers brings with it a different vision of what Hulu should become. [NY Times]

Paula Deen has been DROPPED by Smithfield — a company specializing in pork products. Deen had a line of hams with Smithfield ... part of The Paula Deen Collection. The move comes just days after Food Network announced that it, too, was cutting ties with the Southern chef over her use of the N-word. [TMZ]

Big U.S. Advertisers Boost 2012 Spending By Slim 2.8% With a Lift From Tech
Spending by the nation's biggest advertisers looks a lot like the U.S. economy as a whole: good, but far from great, and getting a nice lift from the technology sector and a resurgent auto industry. [Ad Age]

Converged Newsrooms Yield Video Lessons
If other newspapers are flirting with digital video, the Arizona Republic and the Dayton Daily News have already said “I Do” by joining a small but growing group of media companies operating combined newsrooms where every story is a multiplatform project. [NetNewsCheck]

St. Louis' downtown area has rebounded so much in the past decade it’s hard to imagine the seedy garment district that used to define it. Business and residential development has grown to a level such that some believe it is at a crossroads with traditional efforts to work with the city’s lowest rung of residents. New Life Evangelistic Center (owner of St. Louis religious TV station KNLC), run by the Rev. Larry Rice at 1411 Locust Street, is in the middle of the crossroads. His clashes with City Hall have been well documented since the shelter opened in 1976, long before the urban renaissance that sprung up around it. [Post-Dispatch]


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