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Volume 24 No. 117
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          NEWSDAY's Harry Berkowitz examined the "soaring" value
     of cable networks and wrote that Cablevision "is one of a
     number of major players reaping the rewards of the booming
     cable network business" with a total worth currently
     estimated at $3B.  The "most valuable cable network" is
     ESPN, with its total worth estimated at $9B (NEWSDAY, 5/9).
     ...In DC, Ken Denlinger profiled John Thompson and his role
     as host of a weekly talk radio show on WTEM-AM.  Thompson,
     who "has shown his witty and relaxed side" as host, has
     delivered "twice the audience" of men 25-54 that tuned in
     during the fall and the Arbitron rating for men 18-34 "is
     even better" (WASHINGTON POST, 5/8)....In N.Y., Keith Kelly
     wrote that SI "retracted" its original statement last week
     that its book on the coaching techniques of former UNC
     basketball coach Dean Smith was written by Smith with David
     Chadwick.  The book was instead written "solely by
     Chadwick."  SI Publicity Manager Robin Shallow: "It was
     human error.  It certainly wasn't intentional" (N.Y. POST,
     5/9)....CBS SportsLine presents a week-long special starting
     today examining the "advancement and inequities provided for
     African-Americans in sports" (CBS SportsLine, 5/9)....FSN's
     Keith Olbermann, previewing upcoming highlights during a
     lead-in to a commercial break last night: "We promise we
     will not try to sell you a magazine" (FSN, 5/9).