BRADY'S BUNCH

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WCBS-TV's handsome, craggy, and longest-running evening news anchor Jim Jensen, who died the other day at 73, was also the most ferocious competitor in N.Y. media softball. His (well, Channel 2's) team played double, even tripleheaders, and was almost completely manned by ringers -- athletes Jim got the station to hire as "3rd tape courier" or "newsroom floral arranger." There were times Mr. Paley must have shaken his head and just wondered.

Washington Post business reporter Tim Smart becomes a deputy editor at U.S. News' "news you can use" section.

Disney Publishing Worldwide named Steve Aster VP-circulation & global ops.

In Chicago, Tribune Co. named David L. Underhill VP-intergroup development. He'd been VP-video & audio of the Tribune Publishing Co.

Marilyn vos Savant, the Parade mag columnist who knows practically everything, has written her first play, a comic drama, "Poppa's Will," to be produced Nov. 17-20 at Chernuchin Theatre, 314 W. 54th St. in Manhattan.

Look, he's a wonderful ballplayer. But the Red Sox really have to seek professional help for Nomar Garciaparra before the young man injures himself readjusting his batting gloves.

When does the next Concorde depart? Glorious, last month's House & Garden Paris issue, with its charming essay by editor Dominique Browning about seeing Paris through children's eyes.

Longtime Ad Age sales exec Brian Quinn joined AdOutlet.com as senior VP-sales & business development. Good man, big college hoops maven.

Westwood One's Manhattan office moved to 40 W. 57th St.

Premiere Editor Jim Meigs says its annual "women in Hollywood" lunch is Nov. 14 at the Four Season in L.A. They'll honor Gwyneth, Goldie and Glenn. If you need more than first names, you can't attend. O.K.?

House & Garden's new exec director of creative services is Jeanne Noonan Eckholdt. She was a marketing whiz at Town & Country.

Newsstand sales glamorous for Glamour: up 18 per cent in the third quarter over the period last year. No big promotional push, they assure me; just hot covers.

Cathy O'Brien's the new VP-GM of Entertainment Weekly, succeeding George Vollmuth, promoted to a big job at parent Time Inc.

Janice Grossman, who as prez/sales & marketing for Primedia, works with 26 magazines, reports: Seventeen's December was the best issue in its history for ad pages, Modern Bride will close the year with pages up 6% over '98, and Soap Opera Digest is tracking 24% in pages and 27% in revenue.

Richard Kinsler (a Playboy topper), is the new publisher of Popular Science.

Magazine circulation whiz Lindsay Davidson set up his new circ head-hunting company, Prime Source, at 521 Fifth Ave. in New York.

Denise Anderman is the new associate publisher for Scientific American. She was

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