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Westwood One News Unveils Correspondents

WestwoodOneNewsLogoEarlier this month, Westwood One announced it was launching its own news service:

Powered by CNN, Westwood One News will provide stations around-the-clock news updates from one to five minutes in length. Additional programming will include live two-ways with both Westwood One and CNN correspondents, special reports, live feeds of breaking news and sound bites for local news production.

Now comes the related staffing news. Per an announcement today, CNN’s Steve Kastenbaum has been tapped to head up the service’s New York City bureau as senior correspondent. Crossing over in D.C. meanwhile will be NBC News Radio’s Bob Costantini:

Kastenbaum, for the past year, has worked at CNN as as a producer, reporter and CNN Newsource correspondent. Recently, he reported from Ferguson, Missouri on violent clashes between protesters and police. His coverage of New Jersey Governor Chris Christie and investigative work on the so-called “Bridgegate” scandal resulted in several exclusive reports.

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New York Radio Vet Judy DeAngelis Retires

This is what it sounds like when a 26-year 1010 WINS veteran (Judy DeAngelis) signs off, for the final time, on a Tuesday morning:

And this is what it sounds like when a colleague (WCBS-FM’s Dan Taylor) sets his farewell to music:

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1010 WINS Pays Tribute to Stan Brooks

StanBrooksHow’s this for a great first paragraph? It was written by 1010 WINS director of news and programming Ben Mevorach:

His strength was his humility. His stature was his dignity. He was just over 5 feet in height but was a giant of a man. 1010 WINS senior correspondent Stan Brooks died peacefully at his home on Monday afternoon. He was 86 years and 11 months old. He worked until he was 86 years and 10 months old.

They don’t make reporters like Bronx-born “Brooksie” anymore. From his favorite song lyric (Neil Young) to his recollections of calling some bank robbers later immortalized in Dog Day Afternoon, the WINS remembrance by Mevorach and CBS New York VP, editor-in-chief Mark Mason has it all:

On August 22, 1972, John Wojtowicz, along with Salvatore Naturale and Robert Westenberg, attempted to rob a branch of the Chase Manhattan bank on the corner of East Third Street and Avenue P in Gravesend, Brooklyn. Wojtowicz and Naturale held seven bank employees hostage for 14 hours. Wojtowicz, a former bank teller, had some knowledge of bank operations.

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News Reporter Argues Stories About Rape Don’t Need Adjective ‘Brutal’

CBSNewYorkLogoIf the first post by 1010 WINS news reporter John Montone is any indication, this is going to be a fun weekly audio blog to keep checking back on.

You read that right. You can either read or listen to Radio Free Montone. To kick things off, he tees off on the click-bait and in other cases simply careless use of superfluous or inaccurate adjectives. Stuff like this week’s “startling” Tom Hanks health news and many outlets’ de facto description of a rape:

How about the word “brutal” used to describe a rape. Is that word really necessary? Can a woman be tenderly raped?

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Former Shadow Traffic Announcer Melissa Exelberth Appears in New Oz Film

Exelberth (front right) in character during filming of Oz: The Great and Powerful

Melissa Exelberth was heard providing traffic reports on numerous radio stations, including WCBS 880 and WINS, during a 16-year run at Shadow Traffic (today’s Total Traffic). The accomplished voice-over artist, who left the former Westwood One company in 2008, is now making a splash being seen in her first feature film.

Exelberth has a part, including a moment of dialogue in Oz: The Great and Powerful. Although mixed reviews accompanied the film’s arrival last weekend, the movie opened with more than 80 million dollars at the box office.

She got the chance to see the yellow brick road first hand because of her voice work in the pre-production with director Sam Raimi.

“That just led to my getting to say a few words on-camera in the movie,” Exerberth tells FishbowlNY. “It was kind of one of those things that evolved from the voice-work that I did earlier.”

Her pre-production work on Oz dates back to early 2011.  But the on-camera acting experience was once-in-a-lifetime.

“Even though I come from a production background, I had never, ever worked on anything of this scale,” Exelberth says. “It was huge.”

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Report: Most New Yorkers Listen to All-News En Route to Work

A report by Arbitron found something that is hardly breaking news to thousands of drivers each morning; New York has one of the longest commutes in the country.

New Yorkers have an average drive to work of 34.7 minutes. At number three, the only surprise is that the New York metro area wasn’t number one. That “honor” belongs to Sussex, New Jersey, with an estimated 37.7 minute commute.

The time spent listening (TSL) for New York drivers is 3 hours and 15 minutes each week. Those Sussex motorists will lose five hours in the car each Monday to Friday from 6 to 10 a.m.

While in the car, of course, radio is still the main pastime. The report indicates that within New York it’s All-News that grabs the most attention between WCBS 880 and WINS.

Even though New York is high on the commuter list, it doesn’t compare to the other markets in the Top 5 (except Washington, DC) in one category. In those megalopolis regions, the report finds 31 percent use mass transit for work, while 49 percent get behind the wheel themselves.

No matter the mode of transportation, the majority of New Yorkers leave their houses in the 7 a.m. hour, with the 8 o’clock hour a close second.

Veteran of Bloomberg Radio and CNBC, Jim Kingsland Dies at 49

Jim Kingsland had business news in his blood. He worked for every major financial media company, including Bloomberg LP, from 1992 to 2006. Kingsland died this week at age 49 after a long illness.

He had severe diabetes, which led to a liver transplant several years ago. His eyesight was poor and his pancreas was compromised.

At Bloomberg for much of the time, he was news director at WBBR.

Wes Richards was host of Bloomberg on the Weekends.

“He had the right stuff, he did the right thing,” Richards tells FishbowlNY. “He was a pleasure to work for and work with and an island of calm and rationality in a sea of chaos.”

Kingsland bookended Bloomberg with FNN/CNBC and Fox Business Network from 2007 to 2010 as assignment editor.

The business journalist also had a passion for numismatics–the study of currency–founding JK Numismatics in November 2006, according to his LinkedIn page.

Kingsland worked at a pair of small suburban stations early in his career. He also was a 1010 WINS traffic reporter via Shadow Traffic in the mid 1980s.

Jim is survived by his wife, Melissa, and three children, Rachel, Benjamin, and Nathan.

Photo credit: www.coinnews.net

Reporters to Converge on Vatican City for Election of New Pope

Pope Benedict made the unprecedented decision to retire. It’s the first time since 1415 that a pope has resigned. It’s a busy time at the Vatican. Benedict will make his final appearance was pope Thursday, before the conclave of cardinals pick his successor.

With the even the slightest hint that New York’s own Cardinal Dolan, dare we say it, could become the next pope, starions are flocking to wait for the puff of smoke.

Among the stations sending correspondents is WCBS/Channel 2 as reporter Tony Aiello spends the rest of week Rome.

WNBC/Channel 4 will send anchor David Ushery, who previously covered the pope, returns to the Vatican for the Conclave of Cardinals that is expected to start next week.

WABC/Channel 7 weekend anchor Joe Torres will be in Rome. The station could not confirm, though, when he will begin to file reports.

On radio, veteran reporter Rich Lamb will make his way to Rome early next week for the Conclave.

WINS is sending Juliet Papa to cover the events at the Sistine Chapel. News director Ben Mevorach tells FishbowlNY, “She has traveled to Rome to cover the Pope on several other occasions for us, so she is well prepared and will bring listeners a very experienced perspective.”

Update: WPIX is sending to reporters Dan Mannarino and Mary Murphy, according to a tweet by Mannarino.

NY1 reporter Vivian Lee is headed to Rome. She’ll cover the papal resignation Thursday. Lee will resume daily updates Sunday as the cardinals hold their Conclave to select the next pope.

 

Photo credit: biography.com

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.

Taking the ‘McKay Way’ to WPLJ, WABC

There are dozens of radio traffic reporters in the New York market. Many of them could be deemed “interchangable” with a cookie cutter sound. Only a select few in the last 20 years have been able to make a career, and be known to a large number of listeners. And then there’s Jeff McKay!

McKay is clearly the most engaging traffic reporter in the business. Therefore, his stock is constantly on the rise. After many years as a full-time gridlock guy on 1010 WINS, mainly nights and weekends, McKay landed as the morning traffic anchor with a managerial role at Merlin Media’s ill-conceived, FM News. But McKay has never been ill-conceived. His reports stay true every 10 minutes, never crossing into gimmicky. He straddles a line effortlessly from entertaining to informing like few in the traffic world have ever done.

Once the writing was on the wall at Merlin last year, and Merlin fired the majority of its staff, McKay began his quest for the next radio home.

“I was looking at a number of scenarios, in radio, television and outside of broadcasting, and had received several offers I liked,” McKay admits. “However, the possibilities with Radiate Media and Cumulus was the best position for me and my family.”

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