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Top of the Morning

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On their surfaces, the morning network TV shows are all smiles and perkiness. But behind the sets, there’s a cutthroat competition for the best guests and the most viewers, not to mention hundreds of millions of dollars in ad revenue. New York Times media reporter Brian Stelter went backstage at the morning shows to capture that reality for his first book. It’s an inside look at a media phenomenon Stelter admits many people dismiss as fluff: it also happens to be incredibly big business. Stelter joins us Thursday to talk about it.

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Brian Stelter is a media reporter for The New York Times. He covers television and digital media for the Business and Arts sections of the newspaper, and is a lead contributor to the Media Decoder blog. His new book is called Top of the Morning: Inside the Cutthroat World of Morning TV. You can learn more about the book here.

Doug Fabrizio has been reporting for KUER News since 1987, and became News Director in 1993. In 2001, he became host and executive producer of KUER's RadioWest, a one hour conversation/call-in show on KUER 90.1 in Salt Lake City. He has gained a reputation for his thoughtful style. He has interviewed everyone from Isabel Allende to the Dalai Lama, and from Madeleine Albright to Desmond Tutu. His interview skills landed him a spot as a guest host of the national NPR program, "Talk of the Nation." He has won numerous awards for his reporting and for his work with RadioWest and KUED's Utah NOW from such organizations as the Society of Professional Journalists, the Utah Broadcasters Association, the Public Radio News Directors Association and the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.