Marla Wynne Responds About Larry King

Posted: September 14, 1990

Miss Pennsylvania, Marla Wynne, who was dismissed by Miss America judge Larry King as the ugliest of the pageant's 10 finalists, got her chance to respond to the talk-show megalomaniac yesterday on The Joan Rivers Show.

Frankly, she pulled her punches.

"I think Larry King didn't understand what the pageant was about," said Wynne, who said she had been wounded by King's comments. "If he knew the work and hours and the blood, sweat and tears that went into it, he wouldn't have been so quick to be insensitive."

For those who missed it, King, a celebrity judge, appeared on Joan Rivers' syndicated talk show on Monday. When Rivers asked who was the ugliest Miss America contestant, King allowed as how it had to be the ventriloquist, Miss Pennsylvania, whose dummy he said was prettier. (He has since apologized.)

Wynne said she learned of the remarks when she called a Miss Pennsylvania official that day to tell him she wasn't feeling well. "He said, 'Well, if you don't feel well now, you better sit down because you're not going to feel well in a minute.' "

Wynne, 23, said she quickly called her mother. "She was more hurt than angry," said the Easton resident. "And once I let her know, she said, 'I'm coming to get you, where are you?' "

WIP HIRE. Sports-talk WIP-AM (610) yesterday hired New Yorker Jody McDonald, who has been filling in at WIP and its Big Apple competitor WFAN-AM (660), to fill the weekday 1-to-4-p.m. slot.

"We've been talking to Jody for an extended period of time," WIP general manager Jack Williams said yesterday. "(Listener) acceptance to his fill-in work has been phenomenal. We think he's good for what we're trying to do."

McDonald, the son of Joe McDonald, former general manager of the St. Louis Cardinals and the New York Mets, will continue to do his weekend overnight show on all-sports WFAN. But his primary job will be with WIP.

The arrival of McDonald means other changes in the WIP lineup, starting Monday. Angelo Cataldi and Tom Brookshier will continue their 6-to-9-a.m. show, and Cataldi also will continue his 9-to-10-a.m. Sportspage show.

But veteran Bill Campbell, who had the 1-to-4-p.m. shift, moves to 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Peter Brown, who had been doing the 10 a.m.-to-1 p.m. shift, moves to 7 p.m. Brown will lead into whatever game the station airs that night. Howard Eskin's show is being expanded by an hour, from 4 to 7 p.m.

Williams said everyone was happy. "Bill Campbell had told us he prefers to work mornings," said Williams. "There is no scientific formula for this. You just sit around and think about what you think will work."

YIKES. Ed Bradley and the producers at 60 Minutes have plenty of people in Hollywood diving for cover.

If yesterday's New York Post is to be believed, 60 Minutes is working on a segment about those red-hot, grocery-store tabloids, including the National Enquirer. It seems that Bradley has come up with a top-secret list of the Enquirer's paid informants in Tinseltown - you know, hat-check girls, publicists and various creatures of the night who are more than happy to leak embarrassing information to the Enquirer. For a fee, of course.

Word out of Los Angeles is that more than a few moles are wringing their paws in misery, terrified over whispers that 60 Minutes might air names.

THE OTHER TBS. CBS and the Tokyo Broadcasting System (and you thought Ted Turner had the only TBS) announced yesterday that they will combine resources and technology to create the world's largest satellite news-gathering system, starting in April.

In a joint statement, the broadcasting titans said that their agreement would allow for an exclusive exchange of news footage and programming.

PRESIDENTIAL PERSPECTIVE. Former President Jimmy Carter will moderate a two-hour panel on the Persian Gulf crisis Sunday at 8 p.m. on cable's Discovery Channel. Participants include Zbigniew Brzezinski, Carter's national security adviser, and James Schlesinger, his secretary of energy. The discussion will be taped Sunday at the Carter Presidential Center in Atlanta.

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