Hollywood on the Potomac

The Gatekeepers

February 14, 2018

Have you been in touch with John Kelly?  That was a question posed to former Chief of Staff to President George W. Bush  Josh Bolten about current Chief of Staff  Kelly to President Trump. “You know, not really. I mean, we met several times on several occasions and he’s always been very gracious and said: ‘Oh, we need to get together and talk,’ but when you’re Chief of Staff it’s pretty hard to call us in the middle of the day and say: ‘Why don’t I call up that guy who had this job ten years ago and see if he can help me with this budget negotiation.’  It doesn’t really make a lot of sense. Denis (McDonough, President Obama’s COS) was extraordinarily gracious in reaching out to his predecessors, but he was in a different environment. John Kelly is fighting a pretty big fire every day. Not to say that Denis and I didn’t, but he’s fighting a really different kind of fire. I think he’s a distinguished public servant, a patriot, trying to do a hard job under, I would guess, the hardest circumstances of any of us that has ever gotten that job.”  The occasion was Institute for Education’s (IFE) 27th Season Kickoff  INFO Salon with West Wing Gatekeepers: Demystifying the Role of Chief of Staff  hosted by H.E. The Ambassador of the Kingdom of Belgium Dirk Wouters and IFE’s founder Kathy Kemper.  Kelly, of course, has found himself  in a maelstrom of controversy which began shortly before the event started by what most would consider the mishandling of the Rob Porter scandal, White House Staff Secretary to President Trump.



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Martin's Tavern

February 8, 2018

“My grandfather was a very stocky, good looking Irishman with blond hair and I was told at one point that when they were bringing a caravan of whiskey down from up north, there was a scene almost out of Elliott Ness, if you will. The convoy was stopped in the dark of night, a line of headlights went on, stopped the caravan, a voice told everybody to get out of the cars that were bringing the caravan down and had them all line up out front of the headlights. A voice did holler out at that time and said, ‘The stocky guy with the blond hair, you stand over to the side.’ With that, everybody else lost their life. They took these tommy guns and they shot everybody and confiscated and/or stole the whiskey but let my grandfather go. A lot of people asked why do you think or ‘Why was your grandfather spared?’  I think it probably was because Sam Rayburn was one of his best friends and he was very good friends with Lyndon Johnson. I think that just with his connections, to keep from getting any backlash, they let my grandfather go.”  Excerpted from a one on one interview with Billy Martin by Hollywood on the Potomac.  And so began Billy Martin’s Tavern.

Located in the heart of Georgetown at the corner of Wisconsin and N Street in DC, Billy says: “Martin’s Tavern has been here for 85 years continuously: The same family, the same location, same corner.  What more could we ask for? Martin’s is one of the few Washington, D.C. establishments at the heart of the city since the Great Depression. This is the best party in the city. We like it in February because nobody has anything to do. So what are we doing tonight? This is the customer and employee appreciation party in February, the coldest week ever.  Free food, free drinks.”  And, the staff was off for the night to mingle with their customers.

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Dynamic Duo

February 7, 2018

C plus C equals Curtis & Cosby, the new dynamic duo coming to 77 WABC on February 6th weekdays from 12-3 PM.  Collectively they have been called charismatic, controversial, legends, iconic, feisty, spirited, award winning – and both share a Polish heritage.


Hollywood on the Potomac received 77 WABC radio’s announcement last night: “The powerhouse pairing of quintessential New York host Curtis Sliwa and acclaimed Emmy-winning journalist Rita Cosby is the dynamic new talk show Curtis + Cosby. The Curtis + Cosby show brings together two renowned New York natives and experienced broadcasters for the first time: Curtis Sliwa, the iconic founder of the Guardian Angels and Rita Cosby, the award-winning TV/Radio host and best-selling author. Sliwa enters his fourth year hosting Middays on 77 WABC. Cosby continues as 77 WABC Political Editor, expanding upon her role since 2014 hosting the Gracie Award-winning Election Central and The Rita Cosby Show.


Chad Lopez, Vice President/Market Manager, Cumulus Media-New York, said, “Curtis and Rita are larger than life personalities and exceptional hosts who really understand what makes New York tick. Our listeners, our advertisers, and our staff are excited about the show.” Craig Schwalb, WABC Program Director, said, “This is basically a New York dream team. Two veteran New York broadcasters and celebrated New York personalities that our listeners simply adore. It’s an incredible combination.”

Rita Cosby, WABC Host and Political Editor, said, “I am thrilled to co-host the brand new ‘Curtis + Cosby’ show with my longtime friend, radio superstar Curtis Sliwa. With such an unprecedented barrage of endless news topics, now is the perfect time for us to join forces and engage our listeners in a way you will hear nowhere else.”

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