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Memories of Longtime Media Favorite, Mayor Ed Koch

His style was brash and it was all New York! Edward Irving Koch is being laid to rest today. He died Friday at age 88 of congestive heart failure. Koch, a three-term mayor from 1978 to 1989, was a friend to the media, always good for a quote.

Rich Lamb covered Koch’s entire run as mayor for WCBS-AM. Although Koch was ill for the past several months, getting shuttled in and out of the hospital, Lamb was not fully prepared to learn of his passing.

“The phone went off at 6:15 [a.m.], and the first thing I heard was my own obit that I recorded yesterday because we decided we’d better have something ready to go,” Lamb tells FishbowlNY.

The situation appeared grave when Koch was transferred to the ICU at New York Presbyterian-Columbia Hospital.

Before Lamb could wipe the sleepy dust from his eyes, there was a live report awaiting him on WCBS at 6:20.

“As I began to speak on the air I choked up and it really surprised me,” Lamb admits.

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New York Outlets Poised to Cover Second Obama Inauguration

2009 swearing in for President Obama (with First Lady Michelle).

While the historic magnitude of 2009 is not present this time, everyone still likes a good inauguration. As is dictated by the Constitution, President Obama will take the Oath of Office on January 20th to officially start his second term. But since it falls on Sunday, the White House will hold the traditional pomp and circumstance Monday. Coverage will be found on many New York stations.

1010 WINS will use the resources of its network personnel, while also having a reporter available from D.C.’s All-News WNEW-FM.

WCBS 880 will have a presence at the nation’s capital—Marla Diamond. Her reports start this weekend. Additionally, WCBS will carry the Oath, the president’s address, and ceremony live Monday.

Mitt Romney Convention Displaces 10 O’Clock Newscasts

The major networks were ready to go with the closing of the Republican National Convention. The main attraction of the night, and the week, was Mitt Romney‘s acceptance speech to the nation.

Romney hit the podium just after 10:30, as WNYW/Channel 5 and WPIX/Channel 11 were well into their 10 p.m. broadcasts. WWOR/Channel 9 typically ends its newscast at 10:35.

Even though Romney was live over the air at NBC, CBS, and ABC, there were other outlets that carried Romney’s big moment.

Starting on Channel 5, anchors Greg Kelly and Dari Alexander, using the Fox News feed, suspended regular news programming for Romney. When the GOP nominee concluded at 11:15 p.m., Kelly and Alexander stuck around for an additional 15 minutes to give viewers sports (with Ryan Asselta) and weather (with Nick Gregory).

“11:27, a little bit late for the 10 o’clock news,” Kelly says. “But it was a lot of fun.”
“It certainly was,” Alexander added. “An eventful night. So have a great night, and we’ll see you tomorrow.”

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Kyra Time | Katie at Twitter | bin Laden Book

TVNewser: After 14 years at CNN, Kyra Phillips has moved down the hall to HLN. She’ll anchor the cable channel’s convention coverage starting next week.

FishbowlLA: The Katie Couric World Tour continues with a trip to Twitter’s new headquarters in San Francisco. Her new daytime talk show debuts next month.

GalleyCat: A new book (left) exploring the Osama bin Laden raid from the first-hand perspective of a Navy SEAL on the mission,  has topped Amazon’s best-seller list. The book will be published on 9/11.

 

 

Stations Make Plans as Republicans and Democrats Get Ready to Nominate at National Conventions

Obama and Biden accept the Democratic nomination in 2008

The battle between Mitt Romney and President Obama moves to the convention floor next week for the nominating process, and TV and radio stations are ready for extra coverage of the key moments.

The Republicans lead off in Tampa, with Romney awaiting his party’s endorsement next week.

WABC/Channel 7 is sending anchor Bill Ritter to the GOP convention, along with political reporter Dave Evans.  Reports begin Sunday night at 11.

One week later, the Democrats convene in Charlotte, with morning anchor Lori Stokes joining Evans on scene.

As for WCBS/Channel 2, veteran political reporter Marcia Kramer is the station’s lone representative at the conventions.

A spokesperson tells FishbowlNY that Kramer will cover the national news in addition to the New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut state delegations.

WNBC/Channel 4 will also not have an anchor presence. Only reporter Melissa Russo is covering both events live.

A WNYW/WWOR spokesperson did not respond to our request prior to the deadline.

WPIX/Channel 11 is not sending any on-air talent to either convention. The station says without any mystery surrounding the nominees, WPIX will likely just cover it as a news story.

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Petition Started Against Mayor Bloomberg’s Treatment of WPIX Reporter Mary Murphy

A force sympathetic to Channel 11′s Mary Murphy comes out swinging.

As we reported yesterday, an angered Mayor Bloomberg lost his cool for the City to see, when he didn’t like a question by the seasoned WPIX reporter.

Well, one viewer objected to Hizzoner’s less-than-professional meltdown at the press conference.

The outraged individual, who goes by the handle, TheNews Diva, started a petition simply seeking an apology from Bloomberg and Police Commissioner Ray Kelly.

Bloomberg has made gun control one of his key initiatives, and has gone so far as to have ads running during the Olympics. However, the controversial matter of discarded shell casings got under Bloomberg’s skin yesterday.

When pressed by Murphy asking if the city would change its policy, as we reported yesterday, the Mayor would have none of it.

“Either you want to ask a question and I give you an answer, or please come to the next press conference and stand in the back,” Bloomberg told Murphy. “I’m happy to answer your question, thank you very much. But I’ve given you the courtesy and I expect the same courtesy. Thank you very much.”

The petition on change.org is titled, Mayor of New York City: Apologize to Mary Murphy, WPIX News Reporter.

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Five Reasons Why Mitt Romney’s Camp Doesn’t Want BuzzFeed in Press Pool

Mitt Romney is apparently not a fan of BuzzFeed. The site’s Editor-in-Chief, Ben Smith, tweeted yesterday that Romney’s camp was “attempting to exclude BuzzFeed from the media pool.” As The Huffington Post reports, traditionally, the camp doesn’t select the pool reporters, the rotating news organizations do, and the latter supports BuzzFeed being part of the team.

A Romney spokesperson told the HuffPo, “We do not have a separate blogger pool report,” suggesting that they don’t view BuzzFeed as a news organization. Here, in the spirit of BuzzFeed, are five reasons why his camp might think that. These are all actual BuzzFeed headlines.

  1. The Answer to Your Grilled Cheese Dilemma
  2. 16 Gross Pizzas from International Pizza Huts
  3. 20 Rules for Dating Zac Efron
  4. A Dog on a Camel in a Park
  5. 25 Photos of George Takei Doing The Vulcan Salute

Not exactly heavy hitting journalism. However, a quick glance at HuffPo this morning and what do we see? “Lady Gaga Turns Her Wig Into a Dress (PHOTOS).” Maybe they should both be banned?

Former WPIX Reporter Peter Thorne Joins Comptroller John Liu’s Staff

Peter Thorne was a ten-year veteran of WPIX/Channel 11 before leaving in December.

John Liu is the embattled New York City Comptroller who’s been locked in a fundraising scandal.

The two minds are now uniting, as Liu, the hopeful mayoral candidate in 2013, has hired Thorne as his new communications director.

Thorne began his new position yesterday.

The spotlight has been squarely on Liu since his 25-year-old campaign manager was arrested last month in connection with a fraud scheme.

Now comes Thorne to rescue and to help resurrect Liu’s image.

“Peter is an award-winning, veteran journalist with a deep understanding of New York City and its many diverse communities,” Liu said in a statement. “The energy and insight he brings from his two decades in broadcast journalism will be enormous assets to this office.”

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Student Called ‘Idiot’ By Governor Christie Speaks to Channel 5/Channel 9

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie has made unwanted headlines, calling a former Navy Seal an “idiot” during a town hall meeting 

The media has gravitated to the story. On yesterday’s Good Day New York, anchors Rosanna Scotto and Greg Kelly discussed the incident at the start of the 9 o’clock hour.

Last night, WNYW/Channel 5 and WWOR/Channel 9 reporter JoAnn Pileggi interviewed the Rutgers-Camden second-year law student Bill Brown, who walked into the crosshairs of conflict. The piece aired on both station’s 10 p.m. newscasts.

Brown tells Pileggi that the spotlight casts a negative light on himself.

“I’m not too thrilled about being known as an idiot or being known as a jerk,” Brown says in the interview. “That’s not what I want to be known for. I don’t want to be known as ‘that guy.’”

Brown, who interrupted Christie during a town hall last week, never expected this.

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Trump to Endorse/Ruin a Republican Candidate Soon

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On “Good Morning America” this morning, Donald Trump told George Stephanopoulos that he wasn’t quite ready to endorse — and therefore destroy — a Republican candidate just yet. “I’m friendly with both,” said Trump. “I respect both. I like both… They both want my endorsement. We’ll see what happens but, in a very short time I’ll be making an endorsement.” Trump added that he didn’t think Newt Gingrich would drop out anytime soon, even if Mitt Romney wins Florida, as is expected.

Since Trump decided to leave the nation in suspense, Stephanopoulos pressed him on the Buffett Tax, proposed by President Obama. Shockingly enough, Trump said he needs to know more about it before supporting the idea, then admitted that he didn’t even know his own tax rate.

Sounds like just the kind of man a candidate wants supporting him.

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