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Time to Pick the Best Radio Team in New York

First, we had the poll showing Chuck Scarborough and Sue Simmons were the all-time number one anchor team in your hearts. Now,  it’s time to choose the best radio team in New York City. Whether in news (several tandems from Newsradio 880), sports (Mike and the Mad Dog), or morning teams (Dr. Dre´ and Ed Lover; Scott and Todd) 

As always, you can add any additional selections below. The poll closes Thursday at 6 p.m. We’ll have the results on Friday.

Radio Host Steve Malzberg Gets Fill-in Duty for Curtis Sliwa at The Apple 970

Steve Malzberg is getting some quality time with listeners this week. The former WOR host, on the radio sidelines since September when he was dropped by WOR in favor of former Governor David Paterson, will host the morning show on The Apple 970/WNYM all week from 5 a.m. to 9 a.m.  The conservative talker, Malzberg fills in for his longtime friend and former WABC colleague, Curtis Sliwa, his “step-brother in solidarity.”

In other Sliwa news, reportedly his afternoon on-air partner Gerson Borrero is off the broadcast. FishbowlNY has made multiple attempts to reach the Apple program director, Peter Thiele.

According to the WNYM Website, Sliwa is listed as solo host from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

FishbowlNY: Year in Review

As we get ready to usher in 2012, let’s take one more look at the biggest broadcasting stories that FishbowlNY covered in 2011.

In January, Scott Clark closes out a brilliant career at WABC, retiring after nearly a quarter-century at Channel 7.

Maurice DuBois makes his debut as WCBS/Channel 2 lead anchor when he is promoted to nights opposite Kristine Johnson. Chris Wragge shifts his energy to The Early Show, but that wasn’t the last we would hear from him.

Also as 2011 began, veteran radio talk host Curtis Sliwa adds an afternoon shift to his Apple/WNYM duties.

In February, among the notable events, WNBC/Channel 4 welcomes home Shiba Russell from Boston. She was named weekend anchor with David Ushery. Russell fueled speculation that she was Sue Simmons’ “heir apparent,” as the main (if not exclusive) fill-in for the legendary anchor, who started at Channel 4 in 1980.

On the radio, Craig Allen, a veteran in his own right, agrees to a three-year extension as WCBS 880’s chief meteorologist. Two months later, Allen marked 30 years at the station.

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Longtime Liberal Talker Lynn Samuels Found Dead

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Veteran radio host Lynn Samuels has died. Former 77 WABC colleague and friend, Mark Simone confirms to FishbowlNY that Samuels, uncharacteristically, missed her weekend Sirius XM show. Simone says the NYPD was called to her Manhattan home Saturday where Samuels’ body was discovered. She was 69.

While no cause of death has been determined, Simone points out that she was a heavy smoker.

At the height of her WABC popularity, Simone recalls, Samuels shared a desk with Rush Limbaugh. She was his lead-in for a time from 10 a.m. to noon.

But before she blossomed on the radio, Simone got to know the opinionated Samuels in the early 1980s–and actually helped her forge a new career path.

“She used to sell the New York Post on the corner of 57th [Street] and Fifth [Avenue],” Simone tells FishbowlNY. “I would tape the man on the street interview there a few times a week. She had such a distinct voice.”

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Most Popular FishbowlNY Stories of the Week

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

  1. Time to Hand Out the Barmash Award for Local TV News Excellence, December 14
  2. NYPD Continues to Block Journalists from Covering Occupy Protests, December 13
  3. People Thought Anna Wintour’s First Vogue (left) Cover Was a Mistake, December 9
  4. Geraldo Rivera Gets 77 WABC Midday Slot, December 12
  5. The Kim Kardashian Effect Hits a Slump, December 14
  6. Pulitzer Winner Don Van Natta Jr. Leaves The New York Times for ESPN, December 9

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Penn State Football Chaplain Guests on This Weekend’s WABC Religion on the Line

As a disgraced Penn State tries to heal in the aftermath of the child sex abuse scandal, 77 WABC is ready to air a special edition of Religion on the Line.

This weekend marks the first time in 46 years that Penn State will be without Joe Paterno as head coach.

Religion On The Line welcomes Penn State Football Chaplain Reverend Tim McGill to the broadcast at 9:05 Sunday morning.

Rabbi Joe Potasnik and Deacon Kevin MacCormack will examine the latest details in the ugly story that has captivated the nation.  McGill also serves as Penn State’s campus director for Athletes In Action.

Perhaps a preview to what’s in the WABC interview, is the fact that McGill told The Christian Post, “The players are numb, at least on the football team. They’re shocked.”

Religion On The Line is WABC’s longest running program, beginning in 1982. It can be heard Sundays from 7:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. on WABC and online at www.WABCRadio.com/Listen.

Despite Some Technical Glitches, EAS National Test Successful

The results are in for the first nationwide EAS test held Wednedsay by FEMA.

All New York City radio stations were scheduled to participate in the 2 p.m. test. However, Cumulus’ WABC and WPLJ were unable to air the less than a minute test, due to a technical glitch.

New York State Broadcasters Association President David Donovan tells FishbowlNY the snafu was the “signal for EAS coming into ABC.”

Overall, Donovan says the test was successful for New York stations, cable and satellite providers.

Donovan says considering this was only a test, it was the perfect time to get the kinks out.

“What we really need to do is work on that last link,” Donovan says.

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Chuck Armstrong Named Interim WABC-AM Program Director

A day after Laurie Cantillo resigned as WABC-AM program director, the Cumulus talker has tapped its temporary replacement.

FishbowlNY has confirmed that assistant program director, and Web program director Chuck Armstrong has been named on an interim basis.  

Armstrong will be handling the day-to-day operations while the hiring process is ongoing. 

Armstrong, who joined WABC in June, says, “I have been told until further notice.”

He adds there is “no current timeframe.”

Cantillo left WABC yesterday just shy of three years on the job.

Most Popular FishbowlNY Stories for the Week

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

  1. Martha Stewart‘s Daughter, Alexis, Gives Awkward Answers on Today, October 24
  2. Steve Jobs to Rupert Murdoch: “Fox Has Become an Incredibly Destructive Force in Our Society,” October 25
  3. Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia Cuts 40 Staffers, October 25
  4. WABC and WPLJ Layoffs, Veteran Air Personality Dave Stewart Among Casualties, October 22
  5. Long Awaited Layoffs Come to Metro Traffic in New Jersey, October 26
  6. Jill Abramson: “I Don’t Want Every Story to be 1,800 Words,” October 21
  7. The Daily Adds Two, October 24
  8. Taking a Tour of MSG Transformation Project, October 20

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Veteran Overnighter Dave Stewart Leaves WPLJ on ‘Great Terms’

WPLJ overnight jock Dave Stewart has crossed a generation of fans, starting at the station in 1989. He found his “voice” two years later as the pre-dawn DJ.

As we reported Friday, Stewart was among more than a dozen staffers laid off at WPLJ and WABC-AM.

Stewart says it was harder for program director Scott Shannon and general manager Steve Borneman to part ways with their longtime air personality.

“Steve was heartbroken,” Stewart tells FishbowlNY. “It was harder on them than it was on me.”

His transition from swing announcer to the overnight happened around the same time as Shannon’s debut at WPLJ.

“[Scott] liked somebody with production skills, which I had, for the morning show to help out with them,” Stewart recalls. “We just all kind of clicked.”

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