OVER AND OUT: Radar magazine has folded for the second time. Editor in chief Maer Roshan released the following statement to The New York Observer Wednesday night: “Radar Magazine and Radar Online made a significant impact on the cultural landscape, breaking news and publishing groundbreaking stories that struck a chord with our unique, much-coveted audience … We are currently engaged in productive discussions with a number of new investors and I look forward to continuing operations in the near future.”

A source with knowledge of the situation said backer Mort Zuckerman initially wanted to continue funding Radar’s Web site, but ultimately decided to pull out of that as well.
Sara James

A WHOLE NEW HER: Katie Couric clearly has been working hard on her image recently, but the effort goes back much farther than that.

In the past 14 months, Couric has received a personal makeover from Vogue (featured in the March 2005 issue of the magazine, which aired as a segment on “The Today Show”), a home office makeover from Real Simple (also for a segment on “Today” in October 2004) and now her daughters’ bedrooms have gotten the treatment in the January issue of House Beautiful.

It turns out, though, the only transformation Couric requested was the one that appeared in Vogue. For the home office makeover, Real Simple collaborated with her on the idea as part of the magazine’s annual “Get Organized” series on “Today.” And her daughters’ rooms were done by her longtime interior designer, Karen Reisler. The photos only ended up in House Beautiful because Reisler has a friend who works there.

“Katie’s one of the most loyal friends I’ve ever had,” said Reisler. “When I approached her [about doing the story in House Beautiful], I’m sure she didn’t love the idea of exposing the rooms, but she did it for me, and I appreciate that. Because it’s very invasive to have a photo shoot in your home” — to say nothing of a morning show segment filmed by a television crew.

This story first appeared in the December 15, 2005 issue of WWD.  Subscribe Today.

Reisler redecorated Couric’s entire home a few years back, designing each room to look like a different part of the world. “I had done [the girls’] rooms five years ago, and a five-year gap in a kid’s life is huge,” she said, explaining the need for the recent update. As for Couric, Reisler didn’t think she needed much in the way of style advice: “She’s a great person to work with because she has such definite ideas. The hardest clients are the ones who don’t know how to make up their minds.”
S.J.

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