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The CBS flagship station in New York, WCBS-TV, is attempting to boost its ratings by hiring a Long Island guy who speaks to the dead. He'll do regular seances on their local evening news. God forbid he reaches the man who created "the Tiffany Network," William S. Paley.

At Premiere, there's a new exec director of marketing & creative services. She's Judy Glassman, formerly with Conde Nast Publications. She reports to Publisher Kim Pinto.

Personally, I thought 'N Sync could have whipped the Giants.

Does CNN or corporate brass read the Sunday Styles section of The New York Times? Pretty embarrassing piece in there by former CNN producer Laura Rowley who, after five years on the job, was canned and "made to feel like a criminal." We all understand layoffs, but this thuggish escorting of career professionals out the door within the hour, for reasons, "not related to your performance here," is a helluva way to burnish the newly merged corporate image.

New publisher for Mary Engelbreit's Home Companion is Bunny Fensterheim, formerly with Kibu and the Parade spinoff, React.

This'll be the 15th straight year Keith Sherman is doing PR for Broadway's Tony Awards.

Diane Newman of Fitness says it's 27% ahead in ad pages over last year for the first quarter.

Mutual Funds (AOL Time Warner) opened its first L.A. ad office with David Mayer the ad manager.

Mark your dance card: May 21 in N.Y. the National Audubon Society holds its gala dinner dance and fund-raiser at Chelsea Piers. When it comes to conservation, these folks wrote the book. For info Christine Biddle at 212-861-8690.

Metropolis, the mag of architectural criticism, turned 20 years old.

New York Publisher Alan Katz says the magazine's first-ever "Shops Issue" shopping guide, out last September, was so successful (with 90 ad pages), he'll do it twice this year, April and October, newsstand only. Not so incidentally, Katz tells me at the mag itself, circ is up and they closed the year with 2,844 ad pages, up 12%-plus.

Money magazine hired Ken Kurson as an editor at large. This kid (he's 32) is a hot ticket, does NPR commentary, is weekly on Yahoo! Finance and AOL, founded Green magazine, is touted as "financial mentor for the Limp Bizkit set," is married, lives in Montclair, N.J., and plays bass. Don't you just hate guys like this?

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