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The Annual Hungerthon Underway on CBS Radio Stations; Dedicated to Pete Fornatale

WhyHunger is the organization at the heart of Hungerthon, the yearly charity event broadcast today on many stations, primarily owned by CBS Radio.

Started in 1975, this year’s event takes on a special need–victims of Superstorm Sandy. The devastation altered the airing of Hungerthon, which traditionally runs close to Thanksgiving.

“Hurricane Sandy created a crisis that was front and center in everyone’s minds and life experience,” Noreen Springstead, director of marketing and fundraising for WhyHunger, tells FishbowlNY. “Families who had never before been without food or shelter were forced to endure these hardships for the first time, and many are still struggling to meet their basic needs.”

Despite the agency’s focus on the long-term poverty crisis, WhyHunger partnered with numerous tri-state groups to provide essential food and water to those struggling in the days and weeks since Sandy.

“Through Hungerthon’s many public service shows we are shining a spotlight on those organizations and also raising funds for their work,” Springstead says. “We have long-term relationships with the most effective organizations in New York and New Jersey that are solving the hunger problem and are able to support them during this critical time.”

Springstead says those in need can call the national hotline at 1-866-3-Hungry for assistance.

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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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June PPMs: WLTW Keeps Top Spot, WHTZ Moves into Second

Without any fanfare, it’s a typical month for WLTW/Lite FM. The Adult Contemporary giant was number one in the just-released overall PPM ratings for June.

Lite FM saw its huge numbers dwindle from May (8.1 to 7.7). But the station maintained its 5,600,000 cume (audience).

A surprise at number two, where WLTW sister station WHTZ/Z100 made a nice .5 leap.

Despite only slipping .1 for June, WCBS-FM fell from its usual second-place perch. The Classic Hits format, now under the direction of longtime WLTW programmer Jim Ryan, finds a home in third.

It’s the second ratings book for WBLS since the Urban station gave a voice to several displaced KISS FM/WRKS personalities following ESPN’s takeover of the 98.7 frequency.

WBLS had a fourth-place showing, with only a minimal drop off to 5.6.

As for ESPN/WEPN, the all-sports station lost .2 to 1.6 in the overall ratings. By contrast, rival WFAN improved slightly to 3.3.

More ratings insight after the jump

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New Opportunities Await Former WINS Anchor Sandi Klein

Sandi Klein, an afternoon mainstay at 1010 WINS, stepped away from her anchor role last month. She tells FishbowlNY that it was her decision to give up the high-profile position.

“It’s an anomaly to leave a venerable institution like WINS,” Klein admits. “People really don’t do that.”

In Klein’s case, this was not a retirement. She left the daily grind of All-News.

“I just thought I’d like to try something else within the broadcast field,” Klein says.

Klein has been working non-stop in New York since 1980. She made a career as a freelance newscaster at numerous FM stations, before her WINS debut in 1993.

“I guess it never really registered,” Klein says. “I guess I’m just shocked at how old I am or how fast it went.”

Klein points out that she has not lined up her next job yet.  She says leaving WINS, albeit a difficult decision, wasn’t one that lingered.

“This was something that was starting to brew like February or March,” Klein says.

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WINS Sports Anchor Campaigning Against ‘Wimbleton’

The All-England Club is the center of the sports universe. Beginning today, the Wimbledon Championships are underway across the pond in a suburb of London.

The pomp and circumstance, complete with the royal box in the stands, sets Wimbledon apart from other premiere sporting events.

However, even with all of that prestige, the sporting event must share at least some time with on-air mistakes. Calling the championship, established in 1877, “Wimbleton,” with a “t,” is almost as old as the grand slam tennis tournament.

WINS sports anchor Marc Ernay begins his second year at the helm of a project. Ernay aims to shine a light at those in the media who make the errors, encouraging a $1 punishment for the “infraction.”

“It’s more like a ‘kangaroo court’ relying on listeners & broadcast colleagues ro report ‘violators’ in a good-natured way,” Ernay tells FishbowlNY.

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Veteran WINS Reporter Terry Sheridan Jumps Ship for WEMP

This summer marks one year for FM News 101.9/WEMP. Prior to the debut, owner Merlin Media went after its eventual competition by grabbing several WINS employees.

WEMP is at it again.

Terry Sheridan, a reporter with WINS since May 2001, has been named WEMP newsroom manager, effective tomorrow. At WINS, Sheridan covered numerous big stories, including the 9/11 attacks and the Flight 587 plane crash.

“It’s bittersweet to be leaving WINS after 11 years, but I’m excited and looking forward to the opportunity to join the team at FM News,” Sheridan tells FishbowlNY.

Before his stint at WINS, Sheridan had a three-year run as director of programming and operations at Westwood One’s Shadow Broadcast Services.

Throughout his 30-year radio career, Sheridan has also been heard on WCBS 880 and WOR.

A Fordham University graduate, Sheridan was program director at the school’s WFUV.

Last month, WEMP named California-based Mark Austin Thomas station VP/news director. The change at the top was needed, in part, because of poor ratings. The April Arbitron figures show 101.9 slipping to a .6, making it one of the lowest charting stations in New York.

WNBC-TV and WCBS-AM Among the Big Winners at Folios

2012 Folio co-hosts, WCBS anchors DuBois and Johnson

The Folio Awards explore the best reporting on Long Island. Television and radio personalities were selected for their work. But make no mistake about it, this celebration of the past year had an unofficial theme–The Red Carpet is out for CBS.

As we reported last month, WCBS/Channel 2 finalized its takeover of Long Island mainstay Channel 55/WLNY, complete with several hours of new programming using Channel 2 talent. And the Fair Media Council, which oversees the Folios, is ecstatic.

The event’s printed program opens with this message:

“Congratulations, FMC Folio Winners 2012 and Welcome, CBS Long Island.”

The same sentiment was echoed in the ballroom of the Crest Hollow Country Club, where at the conclusion of the National Anthem, video screens read “Welcome to Long Island, CBS News.”

The feeling was kept close to the heart of CBS staffers who participated in the awards program. Wayne Cabot presented, alongside his WCBS 880 afternoon partner Steve Scott. Before leaving the podium, Cabot said, “More than ever Long Island is CBS territory,” to which Scott concurred.

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Former 1010 WINS News Director Stan Brooks Recalls Secret Plan for All-News on This Format’s 47th Anniversary

Stan Brooks in 1985/YouTube

If there were a Mount Rushmore symbolizing the best radio reporters in New York City history, Stan Brooks would have to be on that monument!

Legendary isn’t a strong enough word for Brooks.

Not just a New York institution, Brooks is a 1010 WINS All-News original. He is celebrating his 50th year at WINS, having been hired as news director for the Top 40 format on Labor Day 1962.  A month later, Westinghouse bought WINS. FishbowlNY will have more memories from Brooks later this year to mark the golden occasion.  But 47 years ago today, WINS made the move to All-News, with Brooks leading the charge.

He recalls when Westinghouse acquired WINS, the station was the number-one rocker in New York, with an on-air staff that featured Murray the K., Stan Z. Burns, and Jack Lacy.

“But when Westinghouse bought [WINS] they’d never had a station in New York,” Brooks remembers. “And they had a big news operation around the world.

“The headquarters of Westinghouse Broadcasting was in New York, and I guess the executives didn’t feel good about it,” Brooks says. “They kept adding news to the station. Ultimately, it was incompatible. You couldn’t have lots of news and teeny-boppers listening.”

By late 1964, Westinghouse made the decision to add news around the clock: WINS would become the nation’s first All-News station. The timing was perfect for the flip. WINS was no longer a top-rated station, now trailing powerhouses WABC and WMCA.

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Veteran WINS Reporter John Montone Had ‘Story to Tell’ on 9/11 Despite Extremely Difficult Situation

John Montone is a longtime morning mainstay at 1010 WINS. He is most associated with his “person on the street” interviews that allow him some license. Montone can have some fun finding the quirky, off-beat slices of humanity.

However, without missing a beat, when developments warrant Montone gets serious, jumping into breaking news mode.

News was at its most serious on September 11, 2001, as we continue with our special series–9/11: New York Remembers.  

The biggest story prior to 8:46 a.m. was Primary Day in New York City. Montone worked that story from the Upper East Side. After going live, Montone was in the process of filing his taped reports.

He was paged by the station that a “small plane” hit one of the towers at the World Trade Center.

Even if initial reports were accurate, Montone knew it was still a big story.

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WLTW Keeps Number One, WCBS-FM Returns to Number Two

Perennial top rated Soft Adult Contemporary WLTW/Lite FM maintains its stranglehold on number one in the latest Arbitron ratings.

Clear Channel’s WLTW remained at 6.6 for a second straight month, but rival WCBS-FM battled back from a third-place tie.

“Competition is getting tighter, so we are very pleased to see CBS-FM bounce back with a 10 percent gain at number two,” Brian Thomas, WCBS-FM program director, tells FishbowlNY.

CBS-FM improves from a 4.9 to a 5.4 and sole possession of second place.

Thomas says the rumored changes for 101.9 will “most likely benefit WAXQ and WCBS-FM the most.”

Meanwhile, WKTU makes gains from last month’s 4.9, but grabs number three at 5.1.

WHTZ/Z100 keeps pace for the second consecutive survey with a 5.0.

Tropical favorite WSKQ continues to jump by leaps and bounds. ‘SKQ added .6 since April (including .3 last month).

Classic rock station WAXQ/104.3 had a slight upgrade to 4.1 for June.

WCBS-AM, despite carrying the New York Yankees, has been on a ratings freefall. After dropping .7 for May, the All-News station gave back another .3 for June. 

More from the radio ratings after the jump

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