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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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Former Z100 and WPLJ Personality Patty Steele Joins 77 WABC

Veteran radio personality Patty Steele has signed on with WABC-AM, effective next Monday. Steele will be producer and sidekick for midday host Joe Crummey.

For several years at WPLJ, Steele had been news director and morning show on-air contributor for Scott Shannon and Todd Pettengill

“Patty is loved by all who know her. She’s whip-smart, spontaneous, and real,” Laurie Cantillo, WABC program director, tells FishbowlNY. ”When she was a guest recently with Joe, I was blown away by the listener response, with many calling her a ‘breath of fresh air.’”

Steele also spent time as a DJ at WHTZ/Z100, and was an anchor at WCBS 880 in the 1990s.

Crummey’s show airs from 10 a.m. to noon.

Blog Gives Behind the Scenes Look at 77 WABC

With the burgeoning social media and changing digital landscape, listeners are constantly seeking new ways to get original content. 77 WABC is doing its part to satisfy those desires.

WABC has created The 17th Floor, a new blog exclusive to WABCRadio.com. Once there, fans will be treated to an “all access pass” to all things WABC.

 “This is a rare opportunity to peek behind the curtain of the day-to-day operations of 77 WABC,” program director Laurie Cantillo says. “The 17th Floor gives everyone who works behind the mic and behind the scenes a voice. Why should hosts have all the fun?”

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WABC Gives Radio Host Joe Crummey a Homecoming

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WABC is giving the coveting 10 a.m-noon slot to Joe Crummey. The shift had been hosted by Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski, and more recently Mark Simone.

The show, which sits between Don Imus and Rush Limbaugh, is the only non-syndicated daytime show on the station. Program director Laurie Cantillo tells FishbowlNY it will remain that way.

Crummey, a veteran of New York radio, was a DJ at WAPP and WNBC in the 1980s.

He changed career paths by becoming a talk show host at such stations as KFI and KABC in Los Angeles.

“Joe likes to call himself ‘an average Joe with a Crummey radio,’ but the truth is he’s anything but,” Cantillo says. “Joe is a deep thinker who finds fresh ways of looking at topics.” She says that’s what makes Crummey’s style unique.

The show, expected to focus on everything from politics to pop culture, starts on Monday, October 11.