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Oct. 19, 2011

MEDIA TRAINING 101: DON'T FALL ASLEEP

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By Greg Hazley

Calypso King Harry Belafonte is a YouTube sensation after appearing to doze off at the start of a morning news show interview in Bakersfield, Calif., on Oct. 14.

Belafonte claims he was meditating during a technical glitch. His spokesman, Ken Sunshine, took a light-hearted approach to the incident noting the drag of hundreds of interviews on the 84-year-old singer in promoting a documentary, memoir and CD.

Said Sunshine: "True to form, there was a technical glitch in the feed to a local station in Bakersfield, CA. His earpiece wasn't working, so he decided to take the time to meditate before the rest of his Day-O ... Maybe the world would be a better place if more people took a moment to meditate."

Text 100's Sean Audet noted, "This little gem yesterday fell from the sky and into the PowerPoint decks of media trainers everywhere," while adding a few media training tips of his own...


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