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Yankees Broadcasters’ Sterling and Waldman Return for Another Season on WCBS

It is high, it is far, it is gone. Well not just yet. The ink is drying on the contracts that keep John Sterling and Suzyn Waldman as the Yankees radio voices for 2013 on WCBS.

This could be a “lame duck” season for the Yankees broadcasters. It’s the second season that the team signed a one-year deal with WCBS. He has called every inning since joining the Yankees’ booth in 1989. Waldman teamed with Sterling in 2005.

There has been speculation that ESPN is going to be a major player for the radio package in ’14, now that the network moved to the highly coveted 98.7 FM. Although the signal, especially at night, is not as strong as what 880 offers on the AM dial.

Sister station WFAN could lose its rights to the Mets if CBS Sports Radio takes over the famous frequency– 660.

But for now, it’s status quo, even though it was a fait accompli when the Yankees in August signed up for this year on WCBS.

“They were expected to return and they are,” WCBS news director, Tim Scheld, tells FishbowlNY about the official announcement. “They will be headed to Tampa in days.”
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Country is Back in New York at 94.7 FM

This time there was no stopping Country. It debuted as Cumulus’ new format at 94.7 FM, after a weekend of well-executed ”Wheel of Formats.”

The station promoted 9:47 a.m. as the moment to end the speculation. But not so fast, Cumulus kept it close to the vest through a few more minutes of production.

As the appointed time arrived, a new beginning in New York radio was being revealed. Church bells signaling to everyone the eminent flip.

The theme quickly was “New York” with snippets from Frank Sinatra‘s New York, New York, Alicia KeysEmpire State of Mind, and Billy Joel‘s New York State of Mind.

Interspersed were various clips about the city including David Letterman and John Sterling at the mic for a Yankees’ World Series win.

Finally after five minutes removed from the bells tolling, the announcer finally made it known in dramatic fashion.

“The city known for having it all. It’s the greatest city in the world. And only one thing has been missing—”

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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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Yankees Extend Radio Rights with WCBS 880 in 2013

When it comes to the Yankees, the radio suspense is over for another year. The team is maintaining its WCBS address. The flagship station of Yankee radio broadcasts since 2002 has agreed to a one-year extension for the 2013 season. John Sterling and Suzyn Waldman are expected to remain at the mics. Sterling, playing his best Lou Gehrig, has not missed a game since joining the Yankees radio team in 1989. Waldman has been calling Yankees games on WCBS since 2005.

The CBS deal puts a major snag in ESPN’s hopes of acquiring the marquee franchise. In April, ESPN moved its New York voice to 98.7 FM. FishbowlNY attempted to reach WEPN for comment.

WCBS, which provides night time coverage to more than 30 states, will again carry the entire regular and post-season Yankee schedule.

At the end of last season, like a coveted free agent, the Yankees settled for a one-year agreement with WCBS.

Voting Underway for Baseball Hall of Fame’s Ford Frick Award for Broadcasting

The Baseball Hall of Fame is starting the cycle for the Class of 2013. The Ford C. Frick Award, given each year as a baseball announcer lifetime achievement, is asking fans to select the Top 40 from the Hall’s Facebook page.

The Facebook ballot includes 222 radio and television broadcasters. Among the list are several with notable careers behind the mic in New York. For example, Ken Singleton, the longtime Yankee analyst (and occasional play-by-play man), from MSG Network and YES Network, since its inception in 2002, is on the ballot.

Yankee fans can also choose veteran radio voice John Sterling, calling game every since 1989. His former on-air partner Charley Steiner is on the first ballot. Steiner now handles the Los Angeles Dodgers radio play-by-play work.

Vintage Yankee announcer Bill White is back on the list. White, as he was affectionately known by Phil Rizzuto, was joined in the booth by Rizzuto and Frank Messer throughout the 1970s and 1980s.

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Sexism Struggles for WFAN’s First Voice, Suzyn Waldman: They Were ‘Terrible to Me’

America’s first, all-sports radio station–WFAN–had its first, full-blown workout on July 1, 1987 at the stroke of 3 p.m., and at 1050 on the AM dial. Not so incidental is the fact that Suzyn Waldman was the first talent to grace its airwaves.

“I was sitting in my place in the studio, and you could see into the control room, which was all glass.” Waldman recalls. “And the people from WHN were standing there … holding hands, and people were crying. I was very aware that when my voice hit the airwaves, WHN would cease to exist.”

She provided updates that inaugural afternoon for Jim Lampley‘s show.

For the next 14 years, she was heard constantly at the ballpark or in-studio, as host (two years in midday with Jody McDonald) or reporter.

But beneath the surface, right from the beginning, it was not the greatest time of her career. The primary reason was sexism.

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YES Network Celebrates 10 Years with Anniversary Program

Popping the cork on a milestone, the YES Network airs a special March 13–10 Years of YES.

The two-hour program takes viewers down memory lane from the past decade.  The regional sports network debuted March 19, 2002.

Along with some memorable moments from YES telecasts, game announcers will recount their own tales of standout moments.

The show will focus heavily on Yankees coverage, but not exclusively. There will be highlights from the Nets, plus interview show Centerstage with Michael Kay, and Yankeeography with John Sterling.

Segments include:

  • A look at the 2009 Yankees’ World Series winning season, along numerous milestones during the season, none bigger than Derek Jeter‘s 3,000th hit.
  • Recalling the Nets back-to-back NBA Finals appearances
  • A roundtable discussion with YES broadcasters Kay, Ken Singleton, John Flaherty, Ian Eagle, and Bob Lorenz reflecting on their favorite on-air moments.
  • Interviews with Mike Francesa and Chris “Mad Dog” Russo about their pioneering WFAN simulcast on YES.

The Yankees Remaining on WCBS-AM in 2012

The New York Yankees announced late this afternoon that the team has extended its radio contract with WCBS 880 through 2012.

A statement from CBS Radio says the team “retains the option to extend the agreement for another year,” but both sides “intend to continue discussions about a longer term partnership.”

Yankee games have been on WCBS since 2002 when the all-news station outbid 77 WABC for the rights.

CBS anticipates that announcers John Sterling and Suzyn Waldman will return to the booth next season.

Sterling has called every Yankee game on radio since 1989. His on-air partner Waldman joined the team in 2005 as the color commentator.

YES, WCBS-AM Announcers Celebrate Derek Jeter’s 3000th Hit in ‘Style’

He was already “Mr. November” for a World Series home run in 2001. Now, Derek Jeter has added to his amazing legacy, becoming the first player in New York Yankees history to become “Mr. 3000.”  

But, it was another longball that lifted the Yankee captain into history.

YES Network’s Michael Kay was behind the mic Saturday afternoon in the Bronx as Jeter became just the 28th member of the exclusive club.

‘That’s drilled, deep to left field, going back [Matt] Joyce, looking up— See Ya! 3,000! History with an exclamation point!” Kay screamed. “Oh, what a way to join the 3,000 hit club! Derek Jeter has done it in grand style.” (Watch the clip)

As teammates mobbed Jeter at home plate, Kay and his colleague John Flaherty paused to let the pictures speak for themselves.

After a one minute 45-second respite, Kay resumed his exuberance for the unlikely entrance into 3,000.

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