Archives: October 2011
The new kid on the news block, WEMP, fails to use the historic snowstorm to its advantage.
As Merlin Media’s FM News 101.9/WEMP was officially starting in August, we reported on their failed coverage of record-setting rainfall.
On Saturday, weather brought the spotlight was back to WEMP with the most October snow to ever fall in New York (1.3 inches), and much more in the suburbs.
Forecasters had been eyeing this weekend for the affects of a Nor’easter in the tri-state region.
However, WEMP did not to plan accordingly.
In the afternoon, as the storm intensified, listeners heard anchors Therese Crowley and Gene Michaels lead with the weather story. WEMP even offered updates from staffers, including anchor Catherine Smith, Doug O’Brien, and producer Judy Speicher. Unlike stalwarts WCBS and WINS, WEMP featured the radio pros “holed up” in their homes.
The New York Yankees announced late this afternoon that the team has extended its radio contract with WCBS 880 through 2012.
A statement from CBS Radio says the team “retains the option to extend the agreement for another year,” but both sides “intend to continue discussions about a longer term partnership.”
Yankee games have been on WCBS since 2002 when the all-news station outbid 77 WABC for the rights.
Sterling has called every Yankee game on radio since 1989. His on-air partner Waldman joined the team in 2005 as the color commentator.
- TVSpy: A case of one rotten apple seeking to spoil the bunch — a protester downtown assaulted a WNYW reporter this morning.
- UnBeige: Richard Prince describes Bob Dylan’s paintings in the Gagosian Gallery as “good paintings.” Well done Prince. Well done.
- PRNewser: Rainn Wilson and the taco Twitter fiasco is a reminder that when you’re famous, people pay way too much attention to what you say.
Here’s a look at what FishbowlNY stories made the most buzz this week.
- Martha Stewart‘s Daughter, Alexis, Gives Awkward Answers on Today, October 24
- Steve Jobs to Rupert Murdoch: “Fox Has Become an Incredibly Destructive Force in Our Society,” October 25
- Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia Cuts 40 Staffers, October 25
- WABC and WPLJ Layoffs, Veteran Air Personality Dave Stewart Among Casualties, October 22
- Long Awaited Layoffs Come to Metro Traffic in New Jersey, October 26
- Jill Abramson: “I Don’t Want Every Story to be 1,800 Words,” October 21
- The Daily Adds Two, October 24
- Taking a Tour of MSG Transformation Project, October 20
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The station, in a statement, announced a parting of company with its longtime anchor, without explaining why.
“Jim Watkins and WPIX-TV have decided to end their relationship after 13 years and three Best Newscast Emmy Awards. PIX11 salutes Watkins’ years of service to the station and to the community during his time as a valued newscaster at the station. Jim bids a fond farewell to his many PIX co-workers over the years, especially Kaity Tong.”
It’s a different tone than we reported last month, when multiple sources said Watkins was fired earlier, and he was not permitted back in the building.
The Wall Street Journal has decided to start showing some love to the world of e-books. Starting this weekend, the paper will include e-books in its best-seller lists, which had previously only included hardcover and paperback books. The list will be gathered by Nielsen BookScan.
Much like the New York Times’ best-seller lists, the Journal’s will be broken into four groups: e-book and physical sales for fiction and nonfiction, and e-book sales only for fiction and nonfiction.
The Journal’s lists won’t feature number of copies sold, just rankings, which is probably much to the dismay of authors looking to do some bragging.
The New York Times may be considered the “paper of record,” but throughout the last 75 years Consumer Reports has become the magazine that the buying public has relied upon.
To mark the diamond anniversary, Consumer Reports’ year-long celebration ramps up at the historic Grand Central Terminal today and tomorrow. The two-day, public event will include interactive, hands-on, testing exhibits, an expert panel discussion on food safety and demonstrations.
While Consumer Reports is celebrating its glorious past, the magazine, based in Yonkers, is always looking toward the future for its readers.
The organization yesterday released a new poll that shows that 87 percent of Americans are highly concerned about distracted driving and patient safety, especially hospital infections (69 percent).
Patch is an up and down venture, but one person who seems to love the local news network no matter what is Yankees first basemen Mark Teixeira.
According to a Patch spokesperson, Teixeira stopped by a Greenwich Patch event last night and posed for pictures while telling editors that he’s a big fan of the site. He even said that he follows his hometown of Severna Park, Maryland’s Patch.
It’s nice to see the Yankees supporting journalism, even if it would be much nicer to see them playing right now.
Maria Rodale, the CEO of Rodale Inc., has made some big changes at the publishing house. Adweek reports that the company is now split into three groups: Healthy Living, Active Living and Digital/Brand Development.
The Healthy Living Group includes Men’s Health, Women’s Health, Prevention and Organic Gardening. It will be overseen by David Zinczenko, who now holds the title of Excutive Vice President, General Manager. Active Living, which includes Runner’s World, Bicycling, and Running Times, will be overseen by David Willey, who is now a Senior Vice President, General Manager. The third group, Digital/Brand Development, doesn’t have a General Manager in place yet.