The Ottumwa Courier

Entertainment

October 29, 2013

Former NBC news chief now a Yes man

NEW YORK (AP) — For eight years as NBC News president, Steve Capus worried about Brian Williams, the "Today" show and rapid changes in the news industry. Now he's taking time for a passion project: getting Yes into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Capus is collaborating with two political pros on an awareness campaign for the band that enthralled him when he attended their concert as a 16-year-old in Philadelphia in 1979.

The team is already halfway there: Yes is one of 16 candidates for enshrinement next year, its first time nominated.

"I don't want people to think I've completely lost my mind," said Capus, who after leaving NBC last spring has done consulting work in communications and plans to teach journalism and management. "This isn't my new career. I've got the luxury of some time on my hands and the ability to do some projects that I believe in and have some fun doing."

Capus' enthusiasm is no secret to those who know him. NBC got Yes members to film a salute for his going-away party. A reporter covering a rock hall induction a few years ago was surprised by an aggrieved email from Capus about Yes being overlooked.

"They're all great musicians," said Capus, who's taking bass guitar lessons. "Nobody sounds like Yes does. They've got their own unique sound. They've kind of been the soundtrack to my life."

He was contacted by Republican consultant John Brabender and Tad Devine, a Democrat, to join their effort. Both are Yes fans and admittedly bored between political campaigns. They thought boosting Yes could be fun, and perhaps fodder for a reality TV show about a Republican and Democrat cooperating during polarizing times.

"Maybe we should just play Yes music in the halls of Congress," quipped an amused Chris Squire, Yes bass player.

Text Only
Entertainment
  • 'Game of Thrones' earns a leading 19 Emmy nods LOS ANGELES (AP) — The fantasy saga "Game of Thrones," defying the Emmy Awards' grudging respect for genre fare, emerged as the leader in the nominations announced Thursday with 19 bids, including best drama series. The meth kingpin drama "Breaking B

    July 10, 2014

  • Daytime Emmys red-carpet banter turns dark LOS ANGELES (AP) — When four social media divas were handed red-carpet and backstage interviewing duties for the Daytime Emmys, the result was anything but Hollywood magic. The women who hosted the Emmy pre-show Sunday appeared largely ignorant about

    June 24, 2014

  • 0619 OTT Los Lobos color photo -L -T -M Los Lobos headlining FAIRfest Friday

    FAIRFIELD — Three-time Grammy-winning band Los Lobos has strong ties to Iowa, and that connection will be solidified this weekend as the iconic group headlines FAIRfest while on its 40th anniversary tour. Los Lobos will perform Friday night during th

    June 18, 2014 1 Photo

  • 0530 OTT 5 things logo -T -M Five things to do in southeast Iowa this weekend OTTUMWA — When the weather forecast says "slight chance of thunderstorms" all weekend, you can make two sets of plans. Have a set of activities to enjoy outdoors, but have a backup plan for staying in out of the rain. 1. Outside: Get your landscaping

    May 29, 2014 1 Photo

  • Author Maya Angelou dies at 86 in North Carolina NEW YORK (AP) — Maya Angelou was gratified, but not surprised by her extraordinary fortune. "I'm not modest," she told The Associated Press in 2013. "I have no modesty. Modesty is a learned behavior. But I do pray for humility, because humility comes

    May 28, 2014

  • 0524 OTT Bill Cosby color photo -L -T Bill Cosby proves he's 'Far From Finished'

    OTTUMWA — Talking to comedian Bill Cosby for just a few moments, you suddenly understand how appropriate the name of his "Far From Finished Tour" really is. One of the most legendary personalities of all time, Cosby is coming to spend an evening in O

    May 23, 2014 1 Photo

  • Networks' plea to viewers: Watch now! NEW YORK (AP) — One day into the annual week where television's biggest networks reveal their future programming plans and it was clear what the buzzword was going to be: Eventize. No matter whether it's a word or not, broadcasters talked frequently

    May 19, 2014

  • Supreme Court TV on the Internet [Duplicate] High court to hear dispute about TV over Internet WASHINGTON (AP) — Thirty years after failing to convince the Supreme Court of the threat posed by home video recordings, big media companies are back and now trying to rein in another technological innovation they say threatens their financial well-b

    April 21, 2014 1 Photo

  • MTV Movie Awards big Hollywood studio plug-fest LOS ANGELES (AP) — Last year, the MTV Movie Awards moved up its broadcast date from June to April to incorporate a summer movie plug-fest. Sunday night's show cemented that change as clips from anticipated blockbusters debuted at the madcap ceremony.

    April 14, 2014

  • 0411 OTT Five things logo -M Five things to do in southeast Iowa this weekend OTTUMWA — Music, monster trucks and memorable moments — this weekend will bring an eclectic mix of performing arts, sports, activities and informational sessions to the region. 1. Start the weekend by taking special care of your furry friends. Noah’s

    April 10, 2014 1 Photo

Obituaries
Record
Facebook
AP National