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Chris Wragge Takes WCBS Viewers on Snowy Ride in Mobile 2

Chris Wragge trudging through unplowed roads.

Chris Wragge earlier this week was nominated for several more New York Emmy Awards. But the WCBS/WLNY anchor should win a trophy for his snow reporting this morning.

Wragge, who anchored this TV 10/55 newscast last night with Dana Tyler, was on the road for the extensive Channel 2 blizzard coverage starting at 6 a.m. Reporters joined Maurice DuBois and Kristine Johnson who guided viewers throughout the tri-state, especially hard-hit Long Island. Hazel Sanchez and Carolyn Gusoff were stationed in Suffolk and reported on the lack of street and highway plowing. Gusoff spoke to a stranded hitchhiker, complete with sign and thumbs up.

As for Wragge, he took to Mobile 2. He was seen driving on the desolate Long Island Expressway with nothing but abandoned cars to greet him.. Since his full-time return to WCBS in 2011, Wragge has been a regular in Mobile 2 when weather conditions deteriorate, and the worse it gets, the more Wragge shines.

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WCBS-TV Reporter Carolyn Gusoff Tells Story of Horrific Long Island Kidnapping 20 Years Later

It was a sensationalized story that captivated the nation and it happened in our backyard.

Katie Beers was 10-year-old in late 1992 when a family acquaintance abducted her from his Bay Shore, New York home. For more than two weeks, Beers was chained in nothing more than a coffin size box.

Those who recall the story, recall the outrage attached to it.

Now WCBS/Channel 2 Long Island reporter Carolyn Gusoff has co-authored a book with Beers, describing in detail the ugly ordeal that the young girl endured.

Gusoff, first floated the idea in 2008, but on a much smaller scale. At the time, Sal Inghilleri, convicted in 1994 for sexually abusing Beers, was back in court. It triggered Gusoff to think of Beers finally telling about her ordeal.

“So I tracked her down, which was no easy task,” Gusoff tells FishbowlNY. “She had been shrouded in secrecy and anonymity for years.”

But the plucky reporter used her sources to eventually find Beers’ foster parents. They shot down any exclusive interview for local news (Gusoff was at WNBC then). Rather than submit her story for a two-minute TV story, Beers was determined to have it told in book form.

“I volunteered. It was a story that was close to my heart that I covered 20 years ago,” Gusoff says. “I just felt, ‘Who knows this case better than I do?’”

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WLNY Lacks Long Island Focus for News at 9

When WCBS/Channel 2 formally acquired WLNY 10/55 the promise was an upgrade technologically and in front of the camera. However, the most important aspect is missing, keeping WLNY locked in to its home–Long Island.

WLNY, for more than 25 years, was an independent station based in Melville. Its news presence was just a 30-minute broadcast weeknights. It was neither high-tech nor featured the best talent, but viewers knew they had an ally in coverage of Nassau and Suffolk Counties.

Now with WCBS at the helm, cross off the need for better talent from the wish list. Having the entire Channel 2 news team at its disposal, led by anchors Chris Wragge (at his best here, especially hosting a nightly viral video segment) and Dana Tyler, WLNY need not worry about on-air product.

Viewers, on the other hand, can worry that Long Island news they’ve come to rely upon at TV 10/55 is no more. When WLNY does have a Long Island presence with Jennifer McLogan or Carolyn Gusoff (rarely have we seen the two on the same newscast), it’s nothing extra beyond what other stations covered that night.

In a one-hour newscast, you can count on one hand how many Long Island references are made. At the start, the graphic shows “Riverhead, New York,” where the station is licensed. There are the one or possibly two stories based in Nassau or Suffolk Counties. Making it worse, those stories are often pushed down in the broadcast.

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WCBS Unveils Plans for WLNY with New Morning and Primetime Newscasts

With the CBS takeover of WLNY history, Channel 2 is ready to unveil its news plans for that station.

Viewers will see WCBS double its resources with an expanded news presence on WLNY. The old version of 10/55 only aired a 30-minute 11 p.m. newscast.

With a target date of late June or early July, WLNY will add a two-hour morning block from 7 to 9.

“It’s going to be a unique blend,” David Friend, WCBS news director, says. “I think viewers are going to be pleasantly surprised as to what this show is going to be like. It’s going to be different than what already is on television news at that time locally.”

Therefore, WLNY’s main morning competition is WNYW and WPIX.

WCBS general manager Peter Dunn says the ‘LNY morning show will be “totally different” from the WCBS’ 2 1/2 hour early hours broadcast. Anchors and contributors have yet to be announced.

“We have some great assets with the people here, so we’re going to ulitize some of them on ‘LNY,” Dunn says. “We’re going to hire some people from the outside as well.”

However, WCBS management has named its lineup for a new ‘LNY prime time newscast from 9 to 10 p.m. Chris Wragge and Dana Tyler, along with WLNY holdover Richard Rose based on Long Island. Weathercaster Lonnie Quinn and sports anchor Otis Livingston round out the team.

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Most Popular FishbowlNY Stories for the Week

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

  1. Gizmodo Bans its Own Editor for Insulting Commenters, January 25
  2. Stacy London (left) to Produce New Fashion Series on TLC, January 24
  3. Newsweek‘s New iPad App is Worth a Look, January 23
  4. Women’s Day Names Editor-in-Chief, January 23
  5. Changes at WCBS: Carolyn Gusoff Joins Long Island Bureau; Katie McGee Moves to Nights, January 24 
  6. News Corp to Train Wall Street Journal Reporters to Film Videos on Their iPhones, January 24
  7. WNYW Anchor Greg Kelly, Son of NYPD Commissioner, Accused of Rape, January 26

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Changes at Channel 2/WCBS: Carolyn Gusoff Joins Long Island Bureau; Katie McGee Moves to Nights

WCBS/Channel 2 has hired Carolyn Gusoff to bolster the station’s Long Island bureau with veteran reporter Jennifer McLogan. Gusoff, a Queens native, who grew up in Woodmere, was the Long Island correspondent at WNBC for 15 years. Since 2009, Gusoff  has been a freelance reporter at WNYW/Channel 5.

The move is likely connected to WCBS’ acquisition of WLNY/Channel 55 in December. Viewers can anticipate seeing familiar faces from WCBS on the Long Island channel.  

But that wasn’t all for WCBS. Morning traffic reporter Katie McGee now gets to sleep in. She joins Maurice DuBois and Kristine Johnson as entertainment reporter for the 5 p.m. newscast.

Taking McGee’s traffic beat is Alex Denis. She comes to New York after a stint as a traffic reporter in Nashville, Tennessee. She also worked in Panama City, Florida, and as a political correspondent for a TV station in Tampa, according to her website.

 Photo courtesy of AlexDenis.net