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The Year’s Most Popular FishbowlNY Search Terms

Stand up and take a bow, Dave Price. For the period of January 1 through December 26, the former CBS / The Early Show weatherman ranks as the most frequently typed outside search-engine term of any kind with regards to FishbowlNY organic keyword traffic.

Top Ten FishbowlNY People Searches

DavePricePic1. Dave Price
2. Rob Morrison
3. Greg Kelly
4. Jodi Applegate
5. Joe Nolan
6. Ashley Morrison
7. Domenica Davis
8. Charles McCord
9. Bill Evans
10. Mark Simone

Just beyond this group at 11. is the late Jennifer Rosoff. Her death this summer remains in many ways the saddest story of the year involving an NYC media professional. A bright, shining light extinguished by city code that even when “adhered” to, did not keep an old balcony safe.

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FishbowlNY: Year in Review

As we get ready to usher in 2012, let’s take one more look at the biggest broadcasting stories that FishbowlNY covered in 2011.

In January, Scott Clark closes out a brilliant career at WABC, retiring after nearly a quarter-century at Channel 7.

Maurice DuBois makes his debut as WCBS/Channel 2 lead anchor when he is promoted to nights opposite Kristine Johnson. Chris Wragge shifts his energy to The Early Show, but that wasn’t the last we would hear from him.

Also as 2011 began, veteran radio talk host Curtis Sliwa adds an afternoon shift to his Apple/WNYM duties.

In February, among the notable events, WNBC/Channel 4 welcomes home Shiba Russell from Boston. She was named weekend anchor with David Ushery. Russell fueled speculation that she was Sue Simmons’ “heir apparent,” as the main (if not exclusive) fill-in for the legendary anchor, who started at Channel 4 in 1980.

On the radio, Craig Allen, a veteran in his own right, agrees to a three-year extension as WCBS 880’s chief meteorologist. Two months later, Allen marked 30 years at the station.

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Charles McCord Leaves Imus Behind–Next Stop, Arkansas

If you missed it last week, on Friday morning Charles McCord walked away from his newsreader/sidekick role on WABC-AM-based Imus in the Morning. He had announced his retirement last month.

It was McCord’s final chance to take a ”loving” shot at his longtime friend, colleague, and on-air partner.

“I’m sick of it. I just want you to know, I’m sick of it and I’m gonna be damn glad to be going down to Arkansas because I’m not going to have to sit here and stare at that freakin’ frame of yours,” McCord ranted. “For God sake, enough already. Stop eating voodoo food. Eat something that requires silverware–a knife and a freakin’ fork! Look at you. For God sake, you look like Phyllis Diller.”

Imus led the laughter in the studio.  Here’s a link to McCord’s last hurrah.

McCord had worked with Don Imus since the early 1970s at WNBC.

Connell McShane of Fox Business Network, which simulcasts Imus in the Morning, takes over for McCord starting today.

Most Popular FishbowlNY Stories for the Week

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

  1. Former Newsweek President Explains Magazine’s “Disaster” First Quarter Ad Sales, April 18
  2. Roger Ailes Allegedly Caught Spying on Newspaper Reporters, April 18
  3. New York Times and Wall Street Journal Win Pulitzer Prizes for Journalism, April 18
  4. Veteran Imus Sidekick/Newsman Charles McCord Retiring, April 15
  5. New Adweek Features Typo on Cover, April 19
  6. Exploring the New Toni Braxton and Sisters WEtv Reality Show, April 12

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Veteran Imus Newsman/Sidekick Charles McCord Retiring Next Month

Johnny Carson had Ed McMahon, Michael Jordan had Scottie Pippen, and for the better part of the last 40 years Don Imus has had Charles McCord.

The veteran newsman/sidekick for the Imus in the Morning show officially announced his retirement, effective May 6. It was first reported by the Daily News this morning.

By the time the story hit newsstands, Imus was already discussing his longtime collaborator’s future. He said that McCord was looking forward to spending more time with his family. Imus added that the first order of business for McCord is to go fishing in Arkansas—alone. Imus told his 77 WABC listeners (and nationwide radio and TV audience) that Connell McShane of Fox Business Network (which simulcasts daily) will take over the news updates beginning Monday, May 9.   

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Breaking: CBS Cancels Imus

imus_head_fbny.jpgWFAN just announced during its annual Radiothon that CBS has cancelled the Imus in the Morning program, a day after MSNBC dropped its simulcast.

Developing …

UPDATE: Statement from Leslie Moonves:

From the outset, I believe all of us have been deeply upset and revulsed by the statements that were made on our air about the young women who represented Rutgers University in the NCAA Women’s Basketball Championship with such class, energy and talent. Those who have spoken with us the last few days represent people of goodwill from all segments of our society — all races, economic groups, men and women alike. In our meetings with concerned groups, there has been much discussion of the effect language like this has on our young people, particularly young women of color trying to make their way in this society. That consideration has weighed most heavily on our minds as we made our decision, as have the many emails, phone calls and personal discussions we have had with our colleagues across the CBS Corporation and our many other constituencies.

UPDATE #2: Imus’ wife, Deirdre, and co-host Charles McCord will fill in for him during tomorrow morning’s radiothon on WFAN.

Jews, Mexicans, Blind Black Musicians: Imus’ History Of Hate Talk

imus_rutgers_hos.jpgThe Imus-’Nappy ‘Hos’ incident on April 4 may have shocked people like Al Sharpton, but it shouldn’t have shocked WFAN, MSNBC or the show’s listeners whatsoever.

A recent history [via Media Matters] of hate-talk:

  • March 27

    Former Imus sports announcer Sid Rosenberg appeared on the program and referenced a story in the New York Daily News headlined “Serena Shocked by Racist Heckler.” Rosenberg commented, “I was on an airplane,” suggesting that he could not have been the one heckling professional tennis player Serena Williams.

  • March 16

    Executive producer Bernard McGuirk, performing as his character “Cardinal Egan,” said that “the whole nation is talking about” reports of a “young colored fellah pretty much deckin’ the old bag from New York and takin’ away some of her money.” McGuirk continued: “I’m speaking, of course, about [Sens.] Barack Obama [D-IL] and Hillary Clinton [D-NY].”

  • March 6

    McGuirk said that Hillary was “trying to sound black in front of a black audience” when she gave a speech on March 4 in Selma, Alabama, to commemorate the 1965 “Bloody Sunday” civil rights march. McGuirk added that Clinton “will have cornrows and gold teeth before this fight with Obama is over.” Earlier in the program, in reference to Clinton’s speech, McGuirk had said, “Bitch is gonna be wearing cornrows.” McGuirk also said that Clinton will be “giving Crips signs during speeches.” The Crips are a Los Angeles-based street gang.

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