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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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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.

 

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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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Awaiting Sid Rosenberg’s Successor at WINS

It was a one-year contract and Sid Rosenberg fulfilled his obligation to WINS. The sometimes volatile and self-destructive, but talented sportscaster was doing morning updates on WINS.

Rosenberg told Newsday that he wasn’t fired several weeks ago, but simply it was a mutual parting of the ways.

Rosenberg, however, did point out that WINS was not comfortable with him doing the updates from his home in South Florida, where he’s an afternoon radio sports talk host.  Additionally, Rosenberg said that he was no longer happy dealing with the logistical challenges that the early morning shift presented.

Ben Mevorach, WINS news director, tells FishbowlNY that no replacement has been named. “Marc Ernay [of Total Traffic] has been filling in until we make a final decision.”

Veteran West Coast Radio Sports Reporter Joins WINS

As we reported recently, Sid Rosenberg took over morning sportscasts earlier this month on all-news juggernaut 1010 WINS. His daily shift is from 6 to 10 a.m.

Beginning on January 4, Bob Harvey started doing the updates preceding Rosenberg at 5:15 and 5:45 a.m.

Harvey is a longtime Southern California sports anchor, having worked at KFWB for the past 26 years.

WINS news director Ben Mevorach tells FishbowlNY that Harvey, who is being paid by Shadow Broadcasting Services, does the WINS reports from Los Angeles.

“Using him allows us to have the final scores when our teams are out on the west coast,” Mevorach says.

Of course that means, like with Rosenberg who has an ISDN line connected to his South Florida home, the chances for technical glitches rise.

Such was the case this morning when Rosenberg’s 6:45 a.m. report was delayed for two minutes.

Despite a highly formatted station with little room for error, Mevorach doesn’t have any plans to adjust equipment.

“They happen to everyone and when they do, you fix them and move on,” Mevorach says.

1010 WINS Shifting Daytime Anchors

More changes are coming to 1010 WINS. Starting Monday, the all-news station is shaking up its daytime formatics.

The familiar three-anchor, 20-minute block is being trimmed down to two anchors each half hour.

Lee Harris will handle the top of the hour from 5 a.m. to 10 a.m., while Judy DeAngelis anchors the bottom of the hour.

Larry Kanter and Sandi Klein, former afternoon anchors, slide into the reworked midday shift from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The afternoon drive, which runs from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m., is anchored by former morning newscaster Brian Carey, and Lori Madden.

“The most successful radio stations are those that don’t stand still,” News director Ben Mevorach tells FishbowlNY. “WINS has continuously evolved over its 45-year history.”

Part of that evolution, Mevorach says, included creating new headline packages a few months ago.

WINS keeps its 20-minute news cycles intact.