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WPIX Reporter Magee Hickey Channels Her Mom to Honor Her Father at Annual Cabaret Event

For the third straight year, veteran reporter Magee Hickey is gathering many colleagues for a musical fundraiser.

Hickey is giving back to the community in a personal way. Money raised will support the Lawrence F. Hickey Center for Child Development in the Bronx, part of Astor Services. Students attending that Dyre Avenue school range in age from three and five.

Hickey’s late father co-founded the school. The senior Hickey died three years ago at age 91, just weeks before the first fund-raising event.

“We close each show singing a song he loved, The Very Thought of You,” Hickey says.

Her dad wasn’t an educator. His background was in concrete.

“He developed the property in the Bronx for this school,” Hickey says.

Mr. Hickey’s “major” may have been construction, but he earned a “minor” in altruism. The elder Hickey was head of his church’s parish council and neighborhood coalition for shelter.

“A nun from a nearby school asked for his help in the building because it was a hole in the wall, and they knew my father had a history in construction,” Hickey recalls. “So he started volunteering at that school [Lexington Avenue and 67th Street] and then word spread that there was this Larry Hickey who liked to help out at special needs schools.”

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New York Reporters Hunker Down in New Orleans for Hurricane Isaac

Seven years ago today, after nearly being swallowed up by Hurricane Katrina, the New Orleans area is being assaulted by Hurricane Isaac and New York reporters are on the scene.

WNBC/Channel 4 anchor Tom Llamas reported live from New Orleans during last night’s 11 p.m. newscast with Chuck Scarborough and Shiba Russell as the storm was about to make landfall.

WABC/Channel 7 had the only other local presence in the Big Easy. Reporter Jim Dolan also handled the impending fury at 11 p.m. with David Navarro (in for Bill Ritter at the Republican National Convention) and Sade Baderinwa at the anchor desk.

At WCBS/Channel 2, Drew Levinson reported live with Maurice DuBois and Kristine Johnson. Levinson, though, is a national correspondent for CBS Newspath, an affiliate news service.

This week marks the one-year anniversary of Hurricane/Tropical Storm Irene hitting our area.

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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Stations Cover Deadly Helicopter Crash

A helicopter crashed and sank yesterday afternoon in the East River near 34th Street. Our sister site TVSpy reports WCBS/Channel 2 anchor Maurice DuBois was first on the air. As the station’s coverage continued, Chris Wragge was joined live from the scene.

Channel 2, according to the on-screen graphic, had exclusive rescue video.

In a bizarre moment, with anchors Liz Cho and David Navarro on the air, WABC/Channel 7 put a Twitter photo on the screen from WPIX/Channel 11 reporter Greg Mocker (as shown above).

“I posted it to Twitter,” Mocker tells FishbowlNY. “They must follow @gregmocker.” 

Mocker is referred to as an “eyewitness at the scene.”  

TVSpy has details on of how other stations handled the story.

Update: Mocker gave a mention to FishbowlNY during the WPIX 5 p.m. newscast on Wednesday.

WABC Reveals Post-Oprah Anchor Lineup; New 4 p.m. Newscast

Whether WABC is ready for Oprah Winfrey to leave the air next month after 25 top-rated seasons doesn’t matter now. The eventual 4 p.m. change is about to happen. Today, WABC took the first step— making its own changes. First off, the station finally announced the anchors to helm the new 4 p.m. newscast that will replace Oprah’s time slot. Our sister station TVSpy details the changes in the air at WABC.

While no on-air talent is leaving, WABC is playing a bit of anchor roulette.

Liz Cho and David Navarro will anchor at 4. Cho remains at 6 p.m. with Bill Ritter.

The day, arguably, means the most for Navarro, who had a homecoming at WABC in December after a 10-year absence in Chicago.

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WABC-TV Hires Chicago Meteorologist Amy Freeze for Weekend Mornings

WABC-TV/Channel 7 has turned the corner from the ugly situation involving Heidi Jones.

The station has hired Amy Freeze, yes Freeze, as their new weekend morning meteorologist.

Freeze, 36, had been the former chief meteorologist at the Fox affiliate in Chicago. 

TimeOutChicago.com reports that Freeze was bounced out of her job unceremoniously on February 20 after four years, as her contract wasn’t renewed. 

Now in New York, though, WABC news director Kenny Plotnik tells FishbowlNY that Freeze will be an asset to the station. 

“She brings a wealth of knowledge that will mix in very well with our three people, in terms of understanding the weather, explaining it to our audience, and strong forecasting.”

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Good Day Wake Up Still Looking for Anchor

Fox5/WNYW is still seeking an anchor for their early morning newscast Good Day Wake Up.

David Navarro, who recently left the Fox affiliate in Chicago, was set to take over the Good Day Wake Up duties.

However, a deal to bring Navarro, a former WABC-TV reporter, on board at WNYW fell through.

Nauert_9.22.jpgFor now, a WNYW spokeswoman says Heather Nauert remains co-anchor as the station ramps up their search for her on-air partner.

The station says there is no timetable for adding that new anchor.

At times, Nauert has filled in solo, while on other mornings she has been joined by various members of the Fox5 staff.

Good Day Wake Up, along with Good Day Early Call runs weekday mornings from 4:30-7 a.m.

It’s the precursor to Good Day New York with Greg Kelly and Rosanna Scotto, airing from 7-10 a.m.