We won an award! (And we didn’t have a clue about it!)

Earlier this month I was emailing with the good folks over at Platial — the map tagging and social networking site — about becoming a tester for their new iPhone Beta viewer. And while I didn’t manage to make the cut for that, Platial’s Tracey Rolling knew instantly who I was and was happy to inform me that Suburbarazzi’s Star Map won one of the 2007 Platial and Frappr Map Awards. Who knew?!


Click here to see the other winners.

And of course, if you haven’t seen the new and improved version of our suburban star map, check it out here.  


More thoughts on RNN’s Oscar Preview Special

oscar2.jpgHey, it’s Chris here. Ted and I initially posted the footage of the RNN Oscar Preview Special at about the same time, so I’m just going to supplement his words with a couple of thoughts.

As Ted mentioned, many thanks go to anchor/reporter Karen DePodwin and the entire RNN crew for thinking of us when she first pitched the Oscar Preview Special. I know Ted and I were really proud and thrilled to be a part of it.

Plus, we’d highly recommend ordering an imitation Oscar and surprising someone with it. We swear we didn’t tell her in advance! We also didn’t have the heart to tell her it wasn’t real. But maybe it’s got chocolate inside, so if that’s true, it would not be a total loss.

Transcript of Howard Stern reporter’s interview with Suburbarazzi’s Chris Serico

sirius.jpgIt ran about five minutes later than expected, but Sirius satellite radio tonight broadcast a 90-second news report of reporter Steve Langford asking me about the exclusive Suburbarazzi interview I conducted last month with Howard Stern sidekick Fred Norris.

While I await permission to post the audio from the interview, here’s a transcript of what aired about an hour ago on Sirius channel 100:


ralph-howard.jpgRalph Howard (Howard 100 News anchor): I’m Ralph Howard. Fred Norris, exposed! Fred doesn’t say much on the Stern show, but this time it was friendly Fred, the guy with the band. It’s Howard 100 News: Spotlight!

me2.jpgVoice-over: Howard 100 News: Spotlight!

Chris Serico (Suburbarazzi): Every now and then, I actually do listen to the plugs at the end of the show. And Fred was talking about King Norris appearing at Mickey Spillane’s in Eastchester.

steve-langford.jpgSteve Langford (Howard 100 News reporter): Reporter Chris Serico, a big Stern fan, who jumped at the chance to interview Fred Norris when he heard the man of mystery would be appearing in his area.

Chris Serico (Suburbarazzi): Fred could not have been more accommodating. He was outstanding, well-spoken and extremely courteous with all of the fans who came up to him and said hello.

Steve Langford (Howard 100 News reporter): Serico’s impromptu interview for his blog, called Suburbarazzi, yielding some great quotes from Fred, including who he’d most want to see appear on the Stern show.

Chris Serico (Suburbarazzi): He said, “You know what? Brad Pitt. Because he so doesn’t want to do the show and he’s a big fan. And I’d like to know what it’s like to be going to bed with one of the sexiest women on the planet — even though she might be crazy and has too many tattoos for my liking.”

Steve Langford (Howard 100 News reporter): And will they ever dare to do a Fred roast on the show?

Chris Serico (Suburbarazzi): He said, “That’s in the hands of the gods. I don’t know. That’s up to them. If they’re feeling lucky and want to take their lives (in) their own hands, be my guest.”

Steve Langford (Howard 100 News reporter): That said, reporter Chris Serico observing something that even long-time listeners to the Stern show might not necessarily pick up.

king-norris02.jpgChris Serico (Suburbarazzi): There’s a kindness about him. And I think that’s sort of the lost of the talk of his being a Martian or Earth Dog or whatever. There’s a genuine kindness that, you know, he sort of exudes and that’s sort of lost in the nuances of the show.

Steve Langford (Howard 100 News reporter): Fred Norris, class act. For Howard 100 News, I’m Steve Langford.


My thanks to Langford for the opportunity to discuss the interview, his professional approach and for latching onto the story in the first place. Although, in fairness, it warrants clarifying that Suburbarazzi these days is very much Ted Mann’s blog, too.

(Logo and Howard 100 News photos courtesy of Sirius; Pictures of Norris and me courtesy of … me.)

UPDATE: Suburbarazzi-tinged interview to air at 5:32 p.m. on Howard Stern’s main Sirius channel

howard.jpgSteve Langford of Howard Stern’s news department just called a few minutes ago to confirm that the Suburbarazzi-related interview with me is scheduled to air today at 5:32 p.m. on Channel 100 on Sirius satellite radio.

Langford warned the report is on the shorter side of things because this week was particularly newsworthy, particularly in the department of Robin Quivers’ romantic life. I’m guessing my segment will be 30 to 60 seconds, but hey, better than nothing!

(AP Photo/Richard Drew)

And now a word about our dreadful blog host, Media Temple

We’re back … for now. As you may have noticed, Suburbarazzi — and all of our LoHud Blogs siblings (with the exception of Yankees) — have been the victim of repeated outages for the last two months. After spending weeks and weeks troubleshooting the problem, I can assure you we’ve left no stone unturned.

At various points we thought our problems might be related to our tag clouds, Varsity Insider blog, and even those wonderful little embedded databases you used to find on blogs like Hall Monitor and Small Bites. Alas, even after taking down these features (or blogs), the problem just didn’t go away. Even purging all our Rosie O’Donnell coverage didn’t do the trick (though it was clensing). That error screen of death (“LoHud Blogs are Down”) kept rearing its ugly head. While many of us began to suspect that the problem may not be on our end after all, that truth was only crystallized during the latest outage. Indeed, all of our problem appear to be directly the result of our blog host, Media Temple.

gs-bloggers-logo.jpgFor the past two years, we’ve been hosted on what is known as Grid Server — Media Temple’s low-cost hosting option which boasts an “on-demand scalability [that] means you’ll always be ready for intense bursts of traffic and the growing audience resulting from your online success.” Course, it didn’t quite work like that for us. And, as any quick Google search will tell you, we’re not alone. What was touted as “on-demand” hosting ended up being a lot more like a bunch of old Apple IIC’s strung together with twine and earwax.

The good news: We’re finally switching over to a dedicated hosting plan from Media Temple — what they call their Nitro servers. Hopefully that means no more outages. And for all you bloggers out there in cyberspace considering getting MT’s grid plan, be careful. Very careful.

Suburbarazzi Week in Review on RNN: Forbes’ rich list has lots of LoHud love, Richard Moll gets ‘Fantastic’ in Yorktown

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This week’s quiz: Of these “Today” show personalities, who did NOT make Forbes’ most recent list of Top TV Earners?

A. Matt Lauer (formerly of Ardsley, Chappaqua and Hartsdale)
B. Al Roker (formerly of Yorktown)
C. Meredith Vieira (currently of Irvington)

The answer is at the end of the clip and after the break.


Shockingly, the answer’s Al Roker. The guy’s been on “Seinfeld” for cryin’ out loud! Give him a raise.

The original Suburbarazzo says sayonara

zeliger.jpgToday was a very sad day in the land of Suburbarazzi, as we had to bid adieu one of the founding fathers of this blog. We pleaded with Robert not to go — or at the very least to continue stalking Lower Hudson Valley celebrities in his free time — but, alas, he just laughed in our face.

After one last good-bye cake from Riviera Bakery (the frosting message: “20 Months Sober!” Which, of course, Robert came up with himself), our intrepid blogger left LoHud HQ once and for all.

I asked him to make a farewell post, but fact-checking for the InTown dining guide kind of got in the way. Still, if you’ll indulge me, I’d like to do some reminiscing for him …

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Suburbarazzi’s Emmy Recap on RNN

Emmy leftovers, anyone? I know this is getting up about a day too late, but I think doing this week’s segment a day earlier than our usually scheduled Tuesday slot on RNN kind of threw everyone for a loop.

Anyway, here’s our recap of which Lower Hudson Valley celebs won and lost on Emmy night, which originally aired Monday night.


This week’s quiz:
Chappaqua’s Vanessa Williams may have gone home empty handed last night, but her second season of “Ugly Betty” is looking to be even more buzzed about than the first, thanks in part to some very interesting guest stars. Which of these stars WILL NOT be on the show.
A. Victoria Beckham
B. Rick Fox (Williams’ ex-husband)
C. Al Gore
D. Betty White

The answer is after the break.
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Suburbarazzi Week in Review on RNN

On tap this week: Robert Z talks about Rosie O’s forthcoming memoir, “Celebrity Detox”; Vanessa Williams’ missing Yorkie; and former Sneden’s Landing resident Angelina Jolie.

The answer to this week’s trivia question, about which local star has a new TV show debuting this summer, is after the break.


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Suburbarazzi Week in Review on RNN

At last, we finally have the ability to show you our weekly Tuesday segment on RNN’s Hudson Valley Newscenter Now. Among the topics discussed in this week’s segment: Michael Moore’s legal troubles, whether the Donald Trump bubble has finally burst, and Matt Dillon’s bid to become an eco-friendly celeb. The answer to this week’s trivia question — Which star from the new “Grey’s Anatomy” spinoff, “Private Practice,” hails from the Lower Hudson Valley? — is available after the jump.

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We’ve got friends in high spaces

Inspired by our boozing buddies at The Crawl and their MySpace page, we went and sold ourselves out to Web 2.0, too. We now have our very own slice of NewsCorp synergy: www.myspace.com/suburbarazzi

Lo and behold, a few days after setting this up, we now have countless virtual celebrity friends (well, 10 anyway). Beyond blowing virtual kisses to Meredith and Hayden and Rosie, though, we’re not exactly sure what to add to our profile. Our favorite Jesse McCartney tunes? YouTube video of Meredith Vieira kicking it with the Rockettes? We’re open to suggestions — especially if they involve spray-painted goats.

(Incidentally, in case you were wondering, Stephen Baldwin hasn’t accepted our invitations to frienddom, but we’re confident that the good Lord will one day let him open his heart to us.)