Hark! The Herald! (Gingerbread House Edition)

December 3, 2014

From our Walt Whitman desk

Question: When is a Gingerbread House Decorating Competition more than just flinging some frosting around?

Answer: When a Boston Herald scribe is one of the judges!

First, here’s how the Boston Globe’s Namesniks name-dropped the story:

Local celebs support Home for Little Wanderers


There was some fierce competition at The Home for Little Wanderers’ annual Gingerbread House Decorating Competition, held Tuesday at Showcase Cinema de Lux at Legacy Place in Dedham. Among those constructing homes worthy of Hansel and Gretel were former TV anchor Bianca de la Garza, “American Hustle” actresses Erica McDermott and Melissa McMeekin, actress-producer Christy Scott Cashman, Magic 106.7’s Candy O’Terry, Summer Shack’s Jasper White, and baseball scribe Peter Gammons. The event raised $30,000 for The Home for Little Wanderers, which is one of New England’s largest child welfare agencies.


That’s okay, but the frosting local tabloid gave a clinic on how to hit the sweet spot.

For starters, give it the top of Page One.


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Then give it all of page 16.


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Holiday nut graf:

I was lucky enough to judge the competition with Joan Wallace-Benjamin, the president of the Home, our very own Kerry Byrne, Celtics mascot Lucky, Boston Magazine’s Leah Mennies and Magic 106.7’s Chris Shine.


And that, my friends, is how it’s done.

Bianca de la Gonza (II)

June 3, 2014

As the hardreading staff mentioned earlier, former WCVB morning minx Bianca de la Garza bid Boston ad-ieu in the local dailies on Sunday. Our post generated two Facebook comments from opposite ends of the spectrum.

Really admire her – smart, beautiful, hard-working. But who wrote this? Imagine a girl from Milton, graduate of Emerson in local television? Look around B, Emerson is a broadcasting powerhouse, and Milton ain’t the sticks.

Who picked that outfit? Not to be a prude, but: What does that neckline have to do with journalism?


Okay so today, Bianca got some love from Track Gal Gayle Fee at the Boston Herald and this version of the non-journalistic neckline could easily bring a blush to the face(book) of the latter commenter.


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File Under: Hot News.


Bianca de la Gonza

June 3, 2014

From our Late to the Going-Away Party desk

The hardreading staff was out of two-daily-town over the weekend, so we missed Bianca de la Garza’s farewell tour in the local dailies on Sunday.

But we must say, it was impressive.

Boston Globe ad (in two easy-to-read pieces):


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Slightly less impressive Boston Herald ad:


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Most impressive: That the ads appeared at all.

Lucky gal, Bianca.


It’s Ladies Day at the Boston Herald!

February 5, 2014

It’s a regular Galathon at the feisty local tabloid today. Start, appropriately, with Page One.


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Because the Herald has a new Race for Governor Poll to tout, it splashes the gubernatorial hopefuls across four pages inside (note that Martha Coakley gets the Inexplicable Green 1- good luck?).


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A few pages later, it’s the other cover gal in the spotlight.


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Here’s the nut graf:

“This is one of the best days of my life,” [de la Garza] said. “You’re just going to see me in a 
totally new way. Under the news umbrella, I can only really do so much. So it’ll be a little bit more unfiltered. Let’s call it Bianca unanchored.”


And here’s video of de la Garza talking about her new Lucky Gal Productions, which will produce the as-yet-unnamed “late-night, personality-driven program [focusing] on Boston’s celebrity, fashion and nightlife scene.”



It’ll be interesting to see if de la Garza follows the lead of Style Boston, the largely unwatchable show that’s just advertising in TV-magazine drag. She’ll be a Lucky Gal if she can avoid that.


Storm und Drag

October 30, 2012

The Boston Herald’s coverage of the local Hurricane Sandy coverage is all about The Dress.

From the Track Gals (and Megan!):

Bianca de la Garza’s dress weathers storm

The local TV stations were whipped into an 81 mph frenzy by Hurricane Sandy yesterday, and while the record barometric pressure, killer tides and flying projectiles were all very interesting, inside the Track Shack we were most mesmerized by Bianca de la Garza’s red dress.

Channel 5’s morning anchor reported for duty looking like she had just come from da club, in a slinky, skin-tight red number with cutaway cleavage that came to a knot at her shoulder. Va, va voom!

Meanwhile, the rest of the journalism world was in hurricane drag, as The Track helpfully illustrated in this side-by-side composite:


That’s (top to bottom) WHDH’s Victoria Block, WHDH’s Steve Cooper, and WCVB’s Susan Wornick, for those of you keeping score at home.

And speaking of keeping score, the hardreading staff checked the Boston Globe, but they apparently pulled their reporters off the Bianca beat.

Once again, the Track stands alone.