(From The Associated Press/The Washington Post)
Network television anchors BRIAN WILLIAMS and DAN HARRIS might wear starched shirts on camera, but in off hours, their new side gigs are worthy of tattered flannel.
That's because both are music bloggers.
Williams's BRITUNES -- a name he quickly found was already in use by a 27-year-old blogger -- launched this month with the NBC NEWS chief anchor's talk with DEER TICK, an indie-rock buzz band from Providence, R.I.
ABC News' Harris has for the past few months operated AMPLIFIED, a Web site that features his interviews with such artists as SIPERDRAG, NEKO CASE, AMADOU and MARIAM, THE VIRGINS and BON IVER.
The blogs appear to be passion plays, rather than calculated attempts at reaching younger audiences.
For anyone whose vision of a network anchor runs to Tom Brokaw stateliness, the sight of Williams on camera comparing the styles of WHITE LIES and INTERPOL is jarring.
His current playlist includes GREAT LAKES SWIMMERS, DEAD WEATHER, THE KNUX and JASON ISBELL.
A New Gig For TV Anchors -- Music Blogging