C.J.: WCCO dress code warning: No girls allowed

  • Article by: C.J. , Star Tribune
  • Updated: October 29, 2012 - 6:27 PM

A staff reminder about WCCO-AM's dress code might make some wonder if somebody's been showing off the girls too much around the station.

"Naaaaawww," station GM Mick Anselmo said Monday. "Just a reminder from H.R. Business appropriate. I want ties on my sales people."

Well, if the sales people in question wear ties, I do wonder why the "No Excessive Cleavage" reminder is referenced?

In addition to packing away the girls -- as in cleavage -- I understand, the dress code reinforces the need for no wrinkles, no T-shirts, no midriffs, no backs and no sandals to be seen on the job.

Asked if it applied to the on-air talent, too, I believe Anselmo indicated it was an "overall" reminder while noting, "Don't have any issues there."

But I've a feeling this reminder may become relevant in the lives of the radio talent.

Cambria is filling the empty retail space created when Nick's Sporting Goods closed in 2006 on the street level of the WCCO-AM building.

Anselmo wouldn't confirm that WCCO-AM personalities will become viewable in a studio in the window area of the Cambria location, where the real stars will be the countertops and faucets.

"I'm not going to tell you that, but we have a press release coming this week," Anselmo said. "I'll make sure you get a copy of the press release."

Winstead expands NYE gig

Gov. Mitt Romney's "binders full of women" comment during the second presidential debate was such a big hit on Twitter.com that it also resonated with satirist Lizz Winstead.

It gave Winstead the name for her annual Twin Cities New Year's Eve performance, one of her regular trips back to her native state every year.

"I'm going to call it 'The Long and Binding Road,'" Winstead said when reached last week at her home in New York. "Here's what is so astounding to me. In the course of Mitt Romney's life he couldn't find any qualified women of his own -- at Harvard, when he was at Bain, running the Olympics or, I don't know, in life? It took until he ran for governor for him to look around and go, 'What do you know, there are only men around here?'"

Winstead just embarked on Actually.org, a new project with her good friend, Sarah Silverman. "There are too many lies that end up getting perpetuated in the media and never corrected. We decided who better to correct the record than comedians," said Winstead. "She's one of my best friends; she lives in L.A., and normally when we together we are basically eating junk food and watching 'Law and Order' reruns."

Fans of Winstead's don't have to worry about there being a run on tickets this year for her sell-out annual NYE show here. For starters, she's expanding to three shows at the Parkway. "Friday, Saturday, Monday," she said. "We'll have a big party after the New Year's Eve show, with a band in the main room. It will be super fun."

Plans are still evolving, but these are the basics.

A cabin in the woods

Jessica Lange's cabin deep in Northern Minnesota is the only place that is home.

Lange, looking fabulous again, was on "Ellen" last week when this nugget was shared.

Lange said she was the perpetual "new girl" in school because her family moved around so much.

"I have one cabin. It's the only place in the world that I have kind of maintained over a long period of time -- decades," Lange told Ellen. "It's the only place that feels like home. It feels like home for my children, which is nice because they also ended up moving because of me every couple of years, [but] not as much as I moved as a kid. I think I went to eight different schools. How many schools did you go to?"

Ellen answered: "At least eight. ... Just enough to screw me up."

Lange said, "We moved to every little town in northern Minnesota. I think my father was just restless."

Ellen wanted to know if "bears and mountain lions" hung around the cabin that Lange said is "deep" in the woods.

"I saw a lynx. I haven't seen a mountain lion," said Lange, but she's seen "bear, deer, moose, porcupines, otters. I live near water."

After the commercial, Ellen addressed her concerns about the nun Lange plays on "American Horror Story."

Lange was asked to describe the character who Ellen called "mean" to the point of making her scared of Lange.

Lange said, "Well, she's tough. She's not that far out there."

"Oh, yes, she is," said Ellen. "I was not raised Catholic either [and neither was Lange]."

Laughing, Lange -- an Oscar winner who has won an Emmy for her "American Horror Story" work -- said, "You can recognize, like, insanity?"

C.J. is at 612.332.TIPS or cj@startribune.com. E-mailers, please state a subject -- "Hello" doesn't count. Attachments are not opened, so don't even try. More of her attitude can be seen on FOX 9 Thursday mornings.

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