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The Annual Hungerthon Underway on CBS Radio Stations; Dedicated to Pete Fornatale

WhyHunger is the organization at the heart of Hungerthon, the yearly charity event broadcast today on many stations, primarily owned by CBS Radio.

Started in 1975, this year’s event takes on a special need–victims of Superstorm Sandy. The devastation altered the airing of Hungerthon, which traditionally runs close to Thanksgiving.

“Hurricane Sandy created a crisis that was front and center in everyone’s minds and life experience,” Noreen Springstead, director of marketing and fundraising for WhyHunger, tells FishbowlNY. “Families who had never before been without food or shelter were forced to endure these hardships for the first time, and many are still struggling to meet their basic needs.”

Despite the agency’s focus on the long-term poverty crisis, WhyHunger partnered with numerous tri-state groups to provide essential food and water to those struggling in the days and weeks since Sandy.

“Through Hungerthon’s many public service shows we are shining a spotlight on those organizations and also raising funds for their work,” Springstead says. “We have long-term relationships with the most effective organizations in New York and New Jersey that are solving the hunger problem and are able to support them during this critical time.”

Springstead says those in need can call the national hotline at 1-866-3-Hungry for assistance.

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Remembering Andy Rooney, a ‘Giant of a Man’

He was a staple at CBS for more than 60 years, but Andy Rooney became a household name when he joined 60 Minutes on a regular basis in 1978.  He retired from the program just last month, vowing that he wasn’t retiring because “writers don’t retire, and I’ll always be a writer.”

Rooney died last night in New York at the age of 92.

Another longtime fixture at CBS News, Sunday Morning host Charles Osgood knew Rooney for decades, and says his popularity on 60 Minutes was cemented early in his career.

“An important thing that people overlook about Andy is that he was a comedy writer,” Osgood tells FishbowlNY.

Rooney established his writing chops with CBS heavyweights Arthur Godfrey and Garry Moore.

Later, he moved his talents from the entertainment side to news, collaborating with Harry Reasoner for his prime time “reports.”

But it was at 60 Minutes that Rooney would write for himself and get in front of camera.

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NBC’s Brian Williams and WOR’s Rick Buckley Named Giants of Broadcasting

ABC News' Christiane Amanpour

NBC Nightly News anchor Brian Williams, on the job since 2004, was selected yesterday as one of the Giants of Broadcasting at a ceremony in Manhattan.

Williams, who grew up in Middletown, New Jersey, worked at WCBS/Channel 2 earlier in his career.

Charles Osgood was honored as part of CBS’ Sunday Morning program. Osgood has hosted the iconic broadcast since 1994 when Charles Kuralt stepped down.

“We had an hour and a half, which is time enough to cover a lot of territory and you can devote a little time to things that otherwise you wouldn’t have time for,” Osgood says.

Rick Buckley, who ran WOR Radio as part of his privately-held chain of stations, was honored posthumously. His wife, Connie spoke emotionally about Buckley, who died in July.

ABC’s This Week host Christiane Amanpour (above), the longtime CNN correspondent, was among the inductees.

TVNewser has more from Friday’s event.

We have photos from the luncheon after the jump.

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Brian Williams, Rick Buckley Named 2011 Giants of Broadcasting

Thirteen individuals with a rich history in the business have been selected as this year’s Giants of Broadcasting. The Library of American Broadcasting Foundation puts the event together each year.

Among the stellar list:

  • Rick Buckley (right), who died in July, was head of his own broadcasting company. As president and CEO, Buckley oversaw several radio stations, including WOR.
  • Brian Williams, anchor and managing editor of NBC Nightly News since Tom Brokaw stepped down in 2004. Williams is a multiple-Emmy and Murrow Award winner
  • The men behind CBS’ Sunday Morning—original anchor Charles Kuralt, successor Charles Osgood, executive producer Rand Morrison, and early TV innovator Robert “Shad” Northshield
  • Christiane Amanpour is host of ABC’s Sunday morning political program This Week. But she made a name for herself as CNN’s chief international correspondent.
  •  Brian Lamb is creator, founder, and chief executive officer of C-Span. He has been the main personality of the, now three channels, since launching 32 years ago.

Bill Baker, WNET president emeritus will serve as master of ceremonies. The awards ceremony takes place on October 14 at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in Manhattan.

On Heels of Weiner Controversy, CBS Takes Viewers History of New York Tabloid Headlines

It’s less than a week since Congressman Anthony Weiner announced his resignation following a sexting scandal.

CBS News’ Sunday Morning explored the world of New York tabloids and the battle between the New York Post and New York Daily News newspaper headline writers to drive the salacious story.

The report was narrated by longtime host, Charles Osgood.

WFUV Awards Lifetime Achievement to Longtime NBC Nightly News Anchor Tom Brokaw

Last night, Tom Brokaw, now 71 and a special correspondent for NBC News, was on the phone reliving some of the past 10 years since 9/11 as part of the network’s coverage announcing the death of Al-Qaeda mastermind Osama Bin Laden.

It was just the latest in a long list of major events that Brokaw has covered in his stellar career.

Brokaw, who gave up his coveted Nightly News anchor chair six and a half years ago, is getting a special honor tonight.

He is receiving the Charles Osgood Lifetime Achievement Award in Broadcast Journalism from WFUV. Making the honor even more special, Brokaw will receive the hardware directly from Osgood, the veteran of CBS News, including Sunday Morning since 1994.

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Liz Dribben, Veteran CBS Radio Producer, Dies

Liz Dribben was a pioneering journalist who had ties to New York City. After working at a TV station in her hometown of Buffalo, Dribben made the move to the Big Apple in 1969.

Eventually, she was hired by CBS News for their radio division, where she would spend the next 21 years. Dribben was a senior producer and writer, working closely with some of the network’s biggest names—Ed Bradley, Charles Osgood, Dan Rather, and Mike Wallace among them.

Dribben left CBS in 1993 but kept a busy schedule with numerous jobs, including as a talk show host at WEVD-AM (now 1050 WEPN). She also taught radio reporting at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism.

The Buffalo News reports Dribben died yesterday in a Manhattan nursing home after a long illness. She was 73.

Past and Present WCBS-AM Talent Swap Memories

Dozens of former WCBS Radio staffers renewed acquaintances at their biannual CBS Board luncheon in Teaneck, New Jersey.

The gatherings started simply enough in 1993 when six WCBS-AM staffers did lunch. In time, organizers (now run by Bob Leeder, a former CBS Radio executive) asked for, and received, the inclusion of station alum.

While primarily CBS on-air and behind-the-scenes folks make up the lunch, the guest list has grown to include other media personalities.

At one table you could find Bob Lape, the veteran food critic on WCBS (and WABC-TV), Stephani Shelton, a former CBS Radio anchor (and TV reporter), and Jane Tillman Irving, a longtime WCBS reporter, and now newswriter at the station. Also in attendance was Mitch Lebe (above), who anchored throughout the 1990s at WCBS. Lebe, into his second half-century in the business, is currently doing newscasts on WOR and WABC.

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