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Posts Tagged ‘Gray Basnight’

Former Bloomberg Radio Anchor Becomes Published Author

Broadcast veteran Gray Basnight is now making his mark in print. His first book, The Cop with the Pink Pistol by Ransom Note Press, hit the shelves (and the Internet) last week. The murder mystery centers around NYPD homicide detective Donna Prima.

For Basnight, this novel wasn’t based on reality. He points out that the Donna Prima character is based purely on imagination and fantasy.

“Most of it was just having a lot of fun with different things, and different lines I’ve had,” Basnight tells FishbowlNY.

Basnight, who was among more than 100 staffers laid off at Bloomberg Radio/WBBR in 2009, for a time put an exclusive focus on his writing. During that interval, he began to submerge himself with the idea for a historical novel. However, the words didn’t jump onto the page, as Basnight struggled to complete the manuscript.

“I knew that all writers just have to move on,” Basnight admits. “It occurred to me to try to write a detective novel.”

In an effort to make the book standout, Basnight went for proven detective formulas.

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Two Years Since Massive Bloomberg Layoffs, Former Staffers Persevere

On February 4, 2009, more than 100 employees of Bloomberg Radio and TV were laid off. While that’s part of the business, especially as the economy went from bad to worse, at the Mayor’s financial media empire, Bloomberg LP, it was unimaginable. Just do the math—28 years in business, no layoffs until that fateful day.

Last August, FishbowlNY spoke exclusively with veteran anchor Mike Schneider, who along with his staff, saw firsthand the ball rolling the night before.

Dozens were let go, but there were a select few that would find their voice again, working in New York radio and on the national scene. Longtime news anchor Mitch Lebe, at Bloomberg Radio (WBBR) through much of the last decade, is back on the air. He’s doing part-time anchoring on WABC-AM for Metro Networks and Westwood One.     

But this focus is on the names you don’t see on TV or hear on your radio. This is a cross-section of some behind the scenes staffers who had to deal with the Bloomberg debacle, and how they’ve recovered, or attempted to, in the ensuing two years. 

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