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McDonalds Holds Annual Black Media Legends Gala

As the calendar flipped to February, it became Black History Month. For the annual honor, the tri-state McDonalds restaurants select Black Media Legends and Trailblazers. Each year they are showcased on the place mats of customers’ trays.

This year, the lunchtime event moved from the Waldorf Astoria to the Plaza Hotel.

The 18 people are standouts in their fields (TV, radio, and newspapers). But this was all about the great WNBC anchor Sue Simmons, who stepped down last June.

Most of the presenters and award winners mentioned Simmons in their speeches, or ad libbed, due to her remarkable career and presence.

Ironically, John Noel, a reporter with WNBC since 1998, never mentioned Sue’s name in accepting his trophy. FishbowlNY did speak to Noel, a Brooklyn native, about sharing this year’s class with his former colleague.

“If you’re going to call anybody a legend in the media here in New York City, clearly she qualifies for the title,” Noel says. “She’s known and loved by millions of people in the metropolitan area. Much of what she’s done on the air remains legendary.”

The full list of winners after the jump

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Fox 5/WNYW Rocked by a Major Anchor Shakeup

Earlier this week, Alexander and Anastos, in one of Ernie's final 10 p.m. broadcasts.

Channel 5 news viewers take note:  get out your programs and some pencils with erasers, there are changes-a-plenty coming Monday in the anchor pool.

While no one is leaving the station, there’s significant movement. The falling dominos start with Ernie Anastos, who’s losing his prominent 10 o’clock news. Anastos, who turns 69 July 12, remains on the 5 p.m. with Dari Alexander and will continue to host Positively Ernie specials. Anastos, who joined WNYW in 2005.  has worked steadily in New York television news since his WABC days in the late 1970s.

Greg Kelly, 43, shifts from mornings to nights. He’ll assume Anastos’ 10 p.m. seat next to Alexander. In addition, he’ll anchor the 6 p.m. solo, replacing Harry Martin, who remains on sister station WWOR/Channel 9 for the 10 o’clock news alongside Brenda Blackmon.

Filling Kelly’s void on Good Day New York is Dave Price. The one-time Good Day weatherman, Price joins Rosanna Scotto for the 7 to 10 a.m. program.

“Dave Price is an extremely talented and experienced morning news personality. The moment he became available it was clear to me that he would be a great addition to our team, WNYW VP and general manager Lew Leone says in a statement. The Good Day New York viewers will appreciate his charm, sense of humor and intelligence as they start their day with FOX 5.”

These anchor changes at WNYW come just two weeks after WNBC ended its 32-year association with Sue Simmons.

WWOR Gets Exclusive Interview with Cissy Houston, First Time Speaking Since Whitney’s Death

It’s been six weeks since America and the world lost one of its favorite singers–Whitney Houston. But it was a whole different loss for Cissy Houston, Whitney’s mother, and now she’s breaking her silence by giving WWOR/Channel 9 an exclusive interview.

Anchor Brenda Blackmon sat down with Houston Thursday evening at the New Hope Baptist Church in Newark where Whitney sang in the choir as a child, and others sang at her funeral. The interview airs tonight on the Ten O’Clock News.

And in that interview, Houston came out swinging when asked how the media handled coverage of her daughter’s death.

“The media is awful…they think they know everything…these people don’t know anything about her…the media doesn’t know what they are talking about…” She added, “They really chopped on her.”

Cissy Houston had a much different feeling when discussing Whitney.

“I’m very proud of my daughter. She accomplished a whole lot in the short time that she had here… she was a very wonderful person.”

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WNYW Reporter Matt Alvarez Joins WWOR’s Ten O’Clock News

Matt Alvarez, known to viewers for his freelance reporting on WNYW/Channel 5 and sister station WWOR/Channel 9 since April 2010, is joining WWOR’s The Ten O’Clock News as a full-time general assignment reporter.

He’ll contribute to the nightly newscast based in New Jersey and anchored by Harry Martin and Brenda Blackmon.

WWOR news director Jim Driscoll said in a statement, “Matt has done a stellar job on reporting relevant issues affecting tri-state area residents and we are thrilled to offer him this opportunity. From hard-hitting investigative  reports to human interest stories, he has demonstrated a tremendous connection with our viewers.”

Prior to joining Fox in New York, Alvarez was a reporter at TV stations in Columbus, Ohio and Grand Junction, Colorado.

WCBS 880 Traffic Reporter Tom Kaminski Honored By Alma Mater

It was a special day for WCBS 880′s veteran man in the chopper, Tom Kaminski. No, it wasn’t an easy getaway on the roads. 

Kaminski was named the Allen B. Dumont Broadcaster of the Year from his alma mater, Montclair State University. As Kaminski wrote on his Facebook page, his boss, WCBS news director Tim Scheld and longtime reporter Rich Lamb were attendance, along with Tim’s wife Lyn and son JT.

Past winners include WWOR/Channel 9 anchor Brenda Blackmon, WABC/Channel 7 reporter N.J. Burkett, and Inside Edition anchor Deborah Norville.

Kaminski has been a traffic mainstay at WCBS since 1988.

He graduated from Monclair State University in 1984.

TV Personalities, Top Chefs Turn Out for Charity Event

WABC anchor Bill Ritter emcees event

The Center for Hearing and Communication (CHC) is holding its annual gala event next week. The 101-year-old organization has helped thousands of New Yorkers deal with hearing loss and the inability to communicate properly.

CHC is holding its yearly “Feast” Monday night at Pier 60.

WABC/Channel 7 anchor Bill Ritter hosts the event, which features food tasting from 28 of the city’s most famous chefs.

This year’s culinary artists include Iron Chef America competitor and executive chef at Butter, Alexandra Guarnaschelli; the Beacon Restaurant & Bar’s Waldy Malouf; and Ed Brown of his namesake Ed’s Chowder House.

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Longtime WCBS/Channel 2 Anchor Rolland Smith Covering 9/11 on WWOR ‘Most Profound’ Story of His Career

If you grew up in the 1970s in New York, Rolland Smith needs no introduction. After all, he was co-anchor of Channel 2 News for 16 years. But for the next generation, he co-anchored with Brenda Blackmon at WWOR/Channel 9.

That’s where you would find Smith on the horrific morning ten years ago.

Our special series 9/11: New York Remembers looks at how the veteran, Smith, covered the horrible events.

At that time, Smith and his wife rented a house in West New York, New Jersey. The evening anchor saw a problem across the Hudson River.

“I was standing on the balcony talking to her… and I watched the first [plane] go into the World Trade Center,” Smith tells FishbowlNY.

Smith was anticipating the severity, even before the second plane confirmed suspicions. 

“If this is what I think it is, I won’t be home for quite a while,” Smith alerted his wife.

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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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A Day in the Life of Fox 5 and My9 Anchor Harry Martin

Anchoring more than one newscast per shift is nothing new. That is standard operating procedure. What is uncommon, though, is anchoring two newscasts for two different TV stations.

Welcome to the world of Harry Martin. With apologies to the late, great James Brown, when it comes to the local news scene, Martin may very well be the “Hardest Working Man in Show Business.”

Delve into Martin’s day and you see just how special it is.  

The veteran anchor has been a mainstay on WWOR and Fox 5 several years. Since 2009, however, Martin anchors for WNYW, followed by sister station My9 each weeknight.  

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