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MSG Network Tops the List with 2013 Emmy Nominations

Looking to add to their totals: WCBS colleagues Lonnie Quinn and Chris Wragge show off Emmy gold at 2012 event

Award season is in full swing! It culminates with the Oscars later this month. But not so fast. The New York Emmy Awards announced its nominations today.

MSG Network leads the pack with 67 nominations. WNBC has the most among over-the-air outlets with 58 nominations.

There are dozens of award categories and here’s a brief rundown…

WCBS’ Chris Wragge, a multiple winner, has been nominated for Best Evening Newscast (under 35 minutes). He was tapped for anchoring the East River helicopter crash in October, 2011. He also received three other nominations, including coverage of a sportscast/series for the Giants Road to Super Bowl 46. He is also a nominee for the prestigious Best Anchor.

Among those joining Wragge in that category are WABC weekend morning anchor Phil Lipof, Tom Llamas of WNBC, and Sukanya Krishnan from WPIX.

Veteran WNBC anchor Chuck Scarborough is in the running for the News Special category, hosting a 9/11 10th anniversary broadcast.

Scarborough’s new nighttime partner, Shiba Russell got a couple of nominations for her 5 p.m. and 11 p.m. anchoring.

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WNBC’s Bruce Beck Nails Sixth Straight New York Sportscaster of the Year Award

Think of the New York Yankees of the 1940s and 1950, or to a lesser degree the Joe Torre era of the late 1990s. All the teams did was win. Well, Bruce Beck has become a local TV news dynasty.

For the sixth consecutive year, the WNBC sports anchor has been selected as the New York State Sportscaster of the Year. Beck shares the honor with SNY/Mets announcer Gary Cohen.

There’s no truth to the story that the annual award recipient chosen by the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association has been renamed the “Beck Award.”

“Well it’s not like winning a Barmash award – that’s a goal of mine,” Beck jokes.

In all seriousness, he says being recognized for the award a half-dozen times in a row is the mark of consistency.

“We strive for that in our field — just like the athletes we cover,” Beck tells FishbowlNY.

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Presenting the Envelope Containing the Barmash Award Winners..

The chestnuts are roasting, the yule log is burning, and it’s another shot at those weighty new year’s resolutions. It’s also the season for the Barmash Awards. The third annual examination of the best TV news personalities in New York.

We begin with the Best Morning Newscast.

Everyone is chasing WABC. The veteran team of Lori Stokes and Ken Rosato, the epitome of morning anchors, along with senior meteorologist Bill Evans are a great combination of talent and chemistry.

Best Sports Anchor—The local Emmy Awards can’t be wrong year after year. Bruce Beck is the most popular sports anchor in New York. Although entertaining, like his predecessor Len Berman, Beck is more nuts and bolts. And it works effortlessly.

Best Weather Anchor–Although Evans and Lee Goldberg at WABC hold their own, this is Lonnie Quinn‘s year. The weatherman shined with his, seemingly, non-stop Sandy coverage. Quinn finds a way to entertain and inform, and especially with severe storms, He understands his role perfectly, never causing a panic.

Special Superstorm Sandy Achievement: WPIX

Everyone worked hard to provide Sandy coverage. But Channel 11 took it further. The PIX Morning News did three remotes from areas devastated by the storm. Sukanya Krishnan, Frances Rivera, and Tamsen Fadel took viewers to parts of the Jersey Shore, Staten Island, and Nassau County.

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WNBC Sends Bruce Beck and Katy Tur to London Olympics

Let the Games begin!

Channel 4, the New York home of NBC’s extensive Olympic coverage, is enhancing the Games by sending two reporters to London.

Sports anchor Bruce Beck and reporter Katy Tur will provide updates and features for WNBC newscasts. Their reports will be seen each day of the fortnight starting Thursday and air on Today in New York, along with broadcasts at 5 p.m. and 11 p.m. The noon will be pre-empted by the Olympics.

In addition, David Ushery, who hosts The Debrief, anchors a nightly show from Studio 3C, The Olympics Zone. The 30-minute-program runs at 7:30 Monday through Saturday nights during the Games. The program will feature local Olympian profiles and interviews from London, competition recaps, and other stories of interest to viewers.

“We are proud to offer our viewers local coverage of the London 2012 Olympic Games,” said Michael Jack, president and general manager of NBC 4 New York. “With live reporting from our talent in London, to special programming such as The Olympic Zone, and extensive social media outreach, we will keep our viewers updated on the latest and most exciting Olympic news.”

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Mike Francesa ‘50-50’ on Renewing WFAN Contract in Two Years

Whether you call him arrogant, curt, opinionated, argumentative, abrupt, or intolerant, Mike Francesa agrees.

However, as we conclude our celebration of WFAN’s 25th anniversary, the longtime afternoon host was nothing but open and candid during our wide-ranging, sit-down interview.

Francesa, the station’s signature talent, an afternoon mainstay for 23 years, is starting to think about retirement.

“My contract will expire in two years from right now. For the first time ever, we’re not going to negotiate until a year from now,” Francesa admits to FishbowlNY. “… When we’re a year out, we will have a conversation, Dan [Mason, CBS Radio, president and CEO], Mark [Chernoff, WFAN operations manager]. Les Moonves [CBS, president and CEO], if he gets involves. He did last time.

“…Two years could be enough. It would be 25 years. I don’t know. It depends on a lot of things… Right now, I’d say it’s ’50-50,’ it could go either way.”

Francesa, 58, realizes that any decision about his future would be made for him once he stopped being a revenue generator.

“I am an economic realist. I’ve understood from the beginning this is a business,” Francesa says. “And that’s why I feel blessed that I’ve been able to be here in this position for 25 years.”

Of course, the bulk of those years Francesa shared, sometimes contentiously, with Chris “Mad Dog” Russo. Their 19-year partnership ended suddenly in 2008 when Russo (“Mad Dog”) bolted for Sirius XM.

“I didn’t begrudge him leaving for one second. I never had an issue with that,” Francesa says. “It just wasn’t handled properly, which I think he now understands it and would readily admit.”

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Less Than Seamless Transition for WNBC at 11 p.m.

Another glaring omission graced TV sets last night tuned to WNBC/Channel 4. It was the third night of Shiba Russell as permanent co-anchor with Chuck Scarborough at 11 p.m. As you undoubtedly know, Russell replaced Sue Simmons, who did her final broadcast Friday after 32 years.

The introductory chyron showing the anchors’ names was not included. It’s likely, though, to have been a calculated maneuver, as every other reporter and anchor featured in the newscast was clearly identified, including sportscaster Bruce Beck and meteorologist Janice Huff.

Just the night before as we reported, the opening graphic had the “Ghost of Anchors Past,” with Simmons’ name greeting viewers with Scarborough, instead of Russell.

Separately, the 20-second headlines atop the 11 p.m. newscast were only voiced by Scarborough. It was a night where team coverage of the oppressive heat was tops. The omission of Russell suggests to viewers, when big news breaks Scarborough and his 38 WNBC years are there.

Sue Simmons Ends Historic Run at WNBC, Wants to Be ‘Employed Elsewhere at Some Point’

And so at 11:35 last night, New York’s all-time great anchor team ceased to exist. “Chuck and Sue” became a test pattern of TV history.

Sue Simmons concluded a 32-year run at WNBC, sitting next to her “TV husband” Chuck Scarborough for a final time.

It was a moment inevitable for three months, since the New York Post broke the story that Simmons would not be offered a new contract.

In analyzing the Simmons farewell, praise is given to the station for devoting the closing 15 minutes to everything Sue.

Sprinkled in before commercial breaks, earlier in the newscast, were taped tributes from late night host Jimmy Fallon, who pointed out that his show originates from WNBC’s former home– studio 6B. In front his studio audience, Fallon showed a miniature version of a vintage Chuck and Sue photo displayed on the wall outside the studio.

Jay Leno also had brief, kind words for his NBC Universal colleague 3,000 miles away.

Back live at 30 Rock, the most touching moment of the night went to sports anchor Bruce Beck, who switched his schedule to work the special occasion, saying, “Thirty-two years, 32 roses. I love you dear,” as he handed her the bouquet and they shared a kiss.

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WNBC is Home to Sunday’s Super Bowl XLVI

The Giants and Patriots meet again for the NFL top prize, and WNBC is the station bringing fans the action.  Along with Super Bowl XLVI coverage Sunday night on NBC, Channel 4 sports anchor Bruce Beck and reporter Siafa Lewis have been in Indianapolis all week for the preparations.

Then rapid Giants fans get one step closer to the Big Game with the special News 4 NY: Deja Blue–Rematch in Indy hosted by Beck tomorrow at 7. The show replays at 11:30 a.m. Sunday.

Super Bowl XLVI kicks off at 6:30 p.m. from Lucas Oil Stadium.

(Video) WFAN Loses Mike’d Up to WNBC; Settles for Mike’s On as Title

Mike Francesa was in need of a new title for his WFAN afternoon sports talk show. Mike’d Up was created by WNBC for Francesa’s Sunday night sports show in 2003. Francesa carried over the title to WFAN when Chris “Mad Dog” Russo left in 2008.

“NBC-TV owns the rights to Mike’d Up and we couldn’t agree on a solution for WFAN and Mike to continue to use the name,” Mark Chernoff, WFAN operations manager, tells FishbowlNY.

Instead, WFAN debuted Francesa’s new title yesterday: Mike’s On, complete with a new jingle package (see after the jump). Francesa downplayed the change to his listeners, saying, “A week from now you won’t remember the old one.”

Francesa dropped his WNBC show in July. Oddly, Channel 4 keeps Mike’d Up on the air with sports anchor Bruce Beck.

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WNBC’s Bruce Beck Named Local Sportscaster of the Year

The tradition continues for Bruce Beck. The WNBC/Channel 4 sportscaster has  been named New York Sportscaster of the Year for a fifth straight year. 

Beck, in his 14th year with WNBC, replaced Len Berman as the station’s main sports anchor in 2009.

Beck will be honored at a gala banquet in June. The event includes NBC’s and MLB Network’s Bob Costas and John Feinstein of the Washington Post being inducted into the National Sportscasters Hall of Fame.

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