Welcome to the first edition of Robservations -- a midday bonus of items on the media beat:
- Paul Harvey, the Chicago-based radio giant who died last February, had a 20-year secret friendship with FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover, documents just released under the Freedom of Information Act show. The Washington Post reports that Harvey often submitted advance copies of his radio scripts to Hoover, who in turn "helped Harvey with research, suggested changes in scripts and showered the broadcaster with effusive praise." Hoover died in 1972, but Harvey reportedly maintained his close ties to the FBI.
- Norman Goldman, a Los Angeles-based attorney who doubles as a syndicated talk show host, has been picked up by Newsweb Radio progressive talk WCPT-AM (820). His show will replace canceled Air America talker Ron Reagan from 5 to 8 p.m. WCPT is simulcast on WCPY-FM (92.5) and WCPT-FM (92.7) and WCPQ-FM (99.9).
- How much was the Jay Leno fiasco costing NBC affiliates?