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Welcome to the First ‘Barmash’ Awards for Best in Local News

There are a zillion different year-end countdowns and awards. Well, before too many days go by, here’s one more.

These are the “Barmash Awards” given for the best talent and newscasts in New York TV news. This is by a committee of one—me.

Best Newscast (early morning)

Today in New York (WNBC): Darlene Rodriguez and Michael Gargiulo, Chris Cimino (weather), and Megan Meany (traffic)

Despite only being together for a couple of years, this is well-oiled machine. They have a terrific balance of good personality and good news sense. The Rodriguez and Gargiulo anchor team took some time to establish their chemistry—but by 2010 became the gold standard for dawn patrol. Another important plus is Cimino, doing that shift for more than a decade. He is one the best forecasters, not just at the station, but could easily hold is own among the “prime timers” as well.

Many more “awards” after the jump.

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Rob Morrison Gets Weekday Morning Anchor Slot at WCBS

Rob Morrison has been upgraded from weekend to weekday morning anchor at WCBS-TV.

FishbowlNY has obtained an internal memo sent by GM/President Peter Dunn to staffers this morning congratulating Morrison on his new appointment.

Morrison takes over for Maurice DuBois who assumes the station’s evening anchor duties.

“Thankfully, Rob has both the experience and familiarity with morning news viewers that make him a natural successor,” Dunn writes in the memo.

The memo, though, made no reference to Morrison’s morning co-anchor. Mary Calvi has been doing a more than capable job since Kate Sullivan left for Chicago earlier in the year.

Morrison will now be seen Monday through Friday from 4:30 a.m. to 7 a.m. (along with additional updates during The Early Show), and on the noon newscast.

DuBois and Morrison start their new roles on January 3.

The changes began at WCBS after Chris Wragge was named weekday co-host of The Early Show.

Prior to joining WCBS, Morrison was the 10-year co-anchor of WNBC’s Today in New York.

No word on Morrison’s weekend replacement.

WCBS-TV Weather Anchor Megan Glaros Joins Several Former Colleagues in Chicagoland

Megan Glaros gave her final forecast at WCBS/Channel 2 on August 15. She is off to Chicago at CBS owned and operated WBBM-TV as weathercaster for their new morning show.

Glaros, a former NFL cheerleader, previously lived in the Windy City.

Joining Glaros on the early morning newscast is her former WCBS weekend co-worker Steve Bartelstein.

He was tabbed as co-anchor of the revamped broadcast, starting August 30.

Last month, Kate Sullivan left her WCBS morning duties alongside Maurice DuBois. Sullivan, who started the exodus west to WBBM, was hired for the station’s evening newscasts.

Wald Leaves KTLA/Sullivan Out at Weekly/Thompson Pulled from L & W

Lots of media movement:

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Jeff Wald, news director of KTLA for the last 15 years, is leaving to take care of his family. Wald’s wife died last winter. No replacement has been named.

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Kate Sullivan, music writer at LA Weekly, has been replaced by Randall Roberts, a ex-New Times guy from St. Louis. Tabloid Baby hopes she’ll invite everyone to read her private blog.
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NBC plans to pull those Law & Order episodes with Fred Thompson, as he comes close to announcing his bid for the Republican presidential nomination To avoid running afoul of the government’s equal time provisions for candidates, the network won’t schedule a L&O repeat with Thompson after Sept. 1 if he’s officially a candidate by that time. Cable doesn’t have to play by the same rules, which is lucky, as he’s in 115 episodes.

And Maya Rudolph out at SNL?