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Jerry Barmash

A versatile on-air reporter/anchor for more than 25 years, Jerry Barmash has been heard on numerous stations, including WINS, WBBR (Bloomberg), and WALK. Since 2009, Jerry has been a fill-in news anchor at WFUV. That same year, he began writing about the New York media with a focus on the local broadcasting scene. Jerry joined Mediabistro in August 2010. Follow Jerry on Twitter @JerryBarmash, or drop him a note at jbarmashfbny@gmail.com.

Most Popular FishbowlNY Stories for the Week

Here’s a look at what FishbowlNY stories made the most buzz this week.

1. Maxim is Up for Sale, March 15

2. Andrew Sullivan Tightens Paywall Because People are Cheap, March 19

3. Judge Grants Rob Morrison Modified Protective Order for Sake of His Son, March 14

4. Hearst Allegedly Cuts Scott Sassa Because He Sexts, March 14

5. Esquire Editor is Cool with Objectifying Women, March 20

 

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It Comes Down to This…

It’s been an exhilarating 2 1/2 years at FishbowlNY. But this is a bittersweet day. Whenever there is change, there is inevitably sadness. Today is my last day at FBNY. I’ve been hired by the New York Daily News as a TV writer for their newspaper and Web editions.

As I celebrate my 15th wedding anniversary, I say so long to an enriching experience, which helped forge an opportunity that was too good to pass up.

After 20+ years in broadcasting (and still filling in at WFUV), my “reinventing” was underway as a media writer in 2009. That part of my career got a huge boost starting in August 2010 as FishbowlNY co-editor.

My series marking the 10th anniversary of 9/11 was one of my proudest Mediabistro moments.

In time, this blog site writer would start to scoop the “big boys” with breaking news or exclusives. It’s mind-boggling to think that I’m now one of those “big boys.”

I didn’t win an Oscar, but I have a few people to thank for making my time at Mediabistro so enjoyable.

It starts at the top with Chris Ariens, the editorial director of all things Mediabistro. He allowed me to do “my thing” with minimal interference, except when warranted.

Chris O’ Shea is the co-editor who brings a wit and knowledge to everything he writes, and he was a pleasure to work “alongside.”

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Walking Dead Climbs to Number One for First Time in New York

AMC’s Walking Dead had the rare feat–number one for the week. The horror drama actually tied for the top spot in Nielsen’s New York prime time ratings with CBS’ The Big Bang Theory.

The shows averaged 961,000 viewers and a 4.9 rating.

American Idol occupied the next two positions. There were 904,000 WNYW viewers and a 4.6 rating for a third-place showing of the Thursday night results. Idol‘s performance night was fourth with an estimated 872,000 fans and a 4.4 rating.

Person of Interest was next at number five (844,000/4.3), while CBS was also represented by NCIS at six (805,000/4.1). It tied with ABC’s Bachelor: After the Rose (800,000/4,1). The two-hour Bachelor finale tied for 10th (699,000/3.6).

WNBC had just one Top 3o entry, Celebrity Apprentice at number 18 with 539,000 Channel 4 viewers and a 2.7 rating.

The latest episode of History’s The Bible notched 475,000 viewers and a 2.4 rating.

More from the Top 10 after the jump

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FishbowlNY Newsstand: Your Morning at a Glance

Tribune Exec: Filling WPIX News Director Slot is Priority One

WPIX has been without a news director since October. But the station isn’t exactly driving into the darkness alone. Veteran Channel 11 manager John Houseman was named interim news director when Bill Carey stepped down after three years.

Parent company Tribune exited bankruptcy recently with Peter Liquori as the new CEO.

Also new is Larry Wert, Tribune’s head of local broadcasting for the company’s 23 stations. Sister site TVSpy reports Wert has made hiring a PIX news director his main objective.

FishbowlNY attempted to reach a WPIX spokesperson for comment.

Tonight Show Reportedly Returning Home to New York

The Tonight Show has been an NBC staple since 1954. For the first 18 years of its existence, Tonight was recorded in Rockefeller Center beginning with original host Steve Allen. In 1972, Johnny Carson, already a decade on the job, brought the Tonight Show to Burbank, California, and with it all the stars Hollywood could offer.

Now a pair of bold moves are reportedly set for the once vital franchise that would bring the show “home.”

There have been rumors for weeks, if not months, regarding current Tonight host Jay Leno‘s status. The New York TimesBill Carter says Late Night host Jimmy Fallon is expected to get the coveted promotion by the fall of 2014. But Carter also reports Fallon will take the Tonight Show back to New York. Late Night with Jimmy Fallon is broadcast from 30 Rock.

The Times quotes a senior executive saying, “There is no way on earth that this is not going to happen.”

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FishbowlNY Newsstand: Your Morning at a Glance

Bobby Valentine and SNY Close, But ‘Nothing Finalized’

Call it a homecoming of sorts.

Former Mets manager Bobby Valentine is reportedly close to joining SNY for a handful of Met games this season. Valentine, the volatile skipper, led the Mets from 1996 to 2002. In 2000, he piloted the Amazin’s into the Subway World Series against the Yankees.

A spokesperson says, “SNY has had conversations with Bobby [and his reps], but nothing is finalized at this moment.”

However, there was official word from the Valentine camp yesterday about his co-hosting an NBC Sports Radio show. He’ll rotate with Chipper Jones and Stan Van Gundy on the midday show starting April 1.

Former WPIX Anchor Jodi Applegate Does Morning Fill-In Hosting at WOR

Jodi Applegate parlayed a recent WOR appearance into occasional work on the station.

Applegate, a career TV anchor, last graced the screen on WPIX until stepping down just before Christmas to settle into family life with her husband, Yankees/YES announcer Michael Kay.

Related: FishbowlNY, Applegate “Lost Sleep for Seven Months” Deciding to Leave WPIX to Have a Baby

Earlier this month she made her first comments since exiting as the 5 and 10 p.m. anchor. She was a guest with the venerable Hamburg discussing her choice to walk away and focus on her first child.

This week, Applegate was back on WOR as a fill-in for John Gambling.

She ended her two-day stint yesterday praising the longtime host.

“Hats off to John,” Applegate said. “This is tricky. It’s great working with Joe [Bartlett], J.J. [Kennedy], and everybody here but I’m exhausted. Let me go back to caring for a newborn.”

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