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Stations Begin Storm Mode as Blizzard Closes In

Let the hunkering begin!

With a blizzard warning blanketing New York, area stations are treating the impending storm with necessary seriousness.

This afternoon, ahead of the snow, WCBS started its wall-to-wall coverage. Anchors Maurice DuBois and Kristine Johnson led the team into action at 3 p.m., with reporters stationed throughout the tri-state area. Joining Lonnie Quinn in the “Weather Center” was John Elliott, who was seen shoveling the icy, snowy mix on the roof. A WCBS spokesperson tells FishbowlNY that the same group will be in place starting tomorrow at 6 a.m.

WABC also got a 3 p.m  start with Bill Ritter and Lori Stokes at the desk. Weekend meteorologist Jeff Smith assisted Lee Goldberg.

WNYW did not offer extended coverage until its 5 p.m. newscast. Channel 5 did give viewers hourly updates with Nick Gregory. Sister station WWOR also broke in for top-of-the-hour reports with Audrey Puente. Channel 9, like most stations, ran a live press conference by New Jersey Governor Chris Christie at 3:45. Harry Martin briefly did a recap.  WNYW skipped the governor’s news conference to stay with The People’s Court.

WNBC ended the Christie remarks from Trenton by sequeing into the start of its “Severe Weather Coverage” at 4 with Tom Llamas and Shiba Russell.

NY1 and NY1 Noticias were in non-stop mode for the blizzard. On Saturday morning at 9:30 a.m., NY1 will present a special half hour with the latest storm information.

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Dave Price Turns Dancing With The Stars Interview into Awkward Good Day New York Segment

Good Day New York is busy wiping egg from its face following an unfortunately memorable segment.

One of Dancing With The Stars “professionals” was interviewed on WNYW’s Good Day New York yesterday morning. It started out decent enough with Maks Chmerkovskiy, who discussed his second stint with Kirstie Alley for the All-Stars version of the popular ABC show this fall.

It didn’t take long, however, for the interview to stray into the uncomfortable.

Meteorologist Audrey Puente (in for Mike Woods), a huge fan of the show and Chmerkovskiy, was invited to sit with co-anchors Dave Price and Rosanna Scotto as they spoke to the Dancing star.

Audrey, whose dad was the iconic Salsa performer Tito Puente, asked what was his favorite genre of music.

Price, then turned the proceedings downright awkward, “Audrey wanted to ask a question, have you ever made love to a weather woman before?” (See video clip after the jump)

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Greg Kelly Slides Into Prime Time as WNYW Main Anchor

After a four-year stint in mornings, an eternity in TV news, Greg Kelly left Rosanna Scotto behind. His cache is being enhanced as the lead anchor at WNYW/Channel 5. Last night, Kelly assumed his new role at 6 p.m. and co-anchor with Dari Alexander at 10 p.m.

But as we reported yesterday about the new look in the mornings, a July 2 television debut can be considered a “soft launch” as many viewers are on vacation. Curious, though, Kelly’s new partner, Alexander, was also off last night for his first night. Instead, back-up anchor Sharon Crowley was in her seat.

Kelly, who had a great chemistry with Scotto on Good Day New York, has the makings of a top-flight evening anchorman. He did hard news for Fox News Channel prior to his daytime assignment on WNYW.

From the start, it was serious business for Kelly, reporting on the Con Ed situation. There was clearly some nervous energy that will settle down in due time.

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WWOR Unveils 10 p.m. Newscast Monday

As we reported last month, WWOR/Channel 9 is making the move to 10  for its weeknight newscasts. Now we have new details on the Ten O’Clock News with anchors Brenda Blackmon and Harry Martin.

The 30-minute newscast will be divided into three segments. First, the ‘Nine at 10″ starts the broadcast with the top news stories in 9 minutes. Sound familiar?

Over at WPIX/Channel 11, management runs the “11 Stories in 11 Minutes” at the beginning of their newscast.

Back at WWOR, segment two is “Take it On” –an issue-oriented debate featuring guest contributors and in-depth discussions about the day’s headlines.  

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Co-Anchor Harry Martin Calls WWOR Bringing News Back to 10 p.m a ‘Great Opportunity’

After two years, My9/WWOR is returning to its longstanding 10 p.m. news slot, The Ten O’Clock News beginning June 27. WWOR had moved its evening newscast to 11 p.m. and sliced it to 30 minutes.

Now the veteran news team consisting of anchors Harry Martin and Brenda Blackmon, meteorologist Audrey Puente, and Russ Salzberg on sports get the earlier start. The broadcast remains at 30 minutes, half the length of the original Channel 9 10 p.m. newscast.

“I think it’s a great opportunity,” Martin tells FishbowlNY. “Lew Leone, our general manger, said there’s an audience that really wants to watch us at that time.”

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