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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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Chuck Armstrong Named Interim WABC-AM Program Director

A day after Laurie Cantillo resigned as WABC-AM program director, the Cumulus talker has tapped its temporary replacement.

FishbowlNY has confirmed that assistant program director, and Web program director Chuck Armstrong has been named on an interim basis.  

Armstrong will be handling the day-to-day operations while the hiring process is ongoing. 

Armstrong, who joined WABC in June, says, “I have been told until further notice.”

He adds there is “no current timeframe.”

Cantillo left WABC yesterday just shy of three years on the job.

Breaking: Laurie Cantillo Resigns as WABC-AM Program Director

Laurie Cantillo, who joined WABC-AM in February 2009 has resigned, according to All Access.com.

On October 21, Cumulus laid off several staffers at WABC and sister station WPLJ.

Prior to her arrival at WABC, Cantillo was program director at Harpo’s Oprah and Friends Radio Network. She also spent six years as program director at KFYI in Phoenix.

No replacement for Cantillo has been named.

WABC and WPLJ Layoffs, Veteran Air Personality Dave Stewart Among Casualties

Last month, Cumulus officially completed its acquisition of Citadel Broadcasting. That led to the other shoe dropping yesterday with several layoffs at New York’s Cumulus stations 77 WABC and WPLJ.

All Access reports that as many as 15 staffers combined from the two stations were let go Friday.

Among the notables, WPLJ longtime overnight DJ Dave Stewart, who not only ends an era at WPLJ (22 years), but he was one of the last remaining live overnight jocks in New York.

Stewart will now concentrate on his syndicated show Retrostars.

FishbowlNY attempted to reach Stewart for a comment.

WPLJ evening DJ Christine Richie was another air personality shown the door, along with general sales manager Helen Hammel.

Over at WABC, Sunday host Mancow Muller did not survive the cuts, although he still has a weekday job as morning host on the Chicago-based Talk Radio Network. Muller was hired by WABC program director Laurie Cantillo in September 2010.

All Access says former Sean Hannity producer Jill Vitale was also laid off on the WABC side.

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.

WABC-AM’s John Batchelor Visits Poland This Week

The John Batchelor Show, broadcast nationally from WABC-AM, headed to Poland for special shows on Sunday and Monday night. As Batchelor wrote on his website, he arrived “to attend the annual March of the Living that commemorates the Holocaust and the liquidation of the Krakow Jews.”

Of course, by Sunday night, there was only one topic on everyone’s mind–the death of Osama Bin Laden.  

“The parallels are striking, as John and his guests eloquently reminded us,” Laurie Cantillo, WABC program director, tells FishbowlNY. ”There is still much evil in the world, and we need to be vigilant and informed through thoughtful programs like this.”

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Veteran Imus Newsman/Sidekick Charles McCord Retiring Next Month

Johnny Carson had Ed McMahon, Michael Jordan had Scottie Pippen, and for the better part of the last 40 years Don Imus has had Charles McCord.

The veteran newsman/sidekick for the Imus in the Morning show officially announced his retirement, effective May 6. It was first reported by the Daily News this morning.

By the time the story hit newsstands, Imus was already discussing his longtime collaborator’s future. He said that McCord was looking forward to spending more time with his family. Imus added that the first order of business for McCord is to go fishing in Arkansas—alone. Imus told his 77 WABC listeners (and nationwide radio and TV audience) that Connell McShane of Fox Business Network (which simulcasts daily) will take over the news updates beginning Monday, May 9.   

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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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Friends, Colleagues ‘Nominate’ Veteran Newsman Mitch Lebe for New York’s Broadcasting Hall of Fame

As we examined last week, staffers are finding their way since the break up two years ago from Bloomberg LP.

One of those is Mitch Lebe, now a fill-in news anchor primarily on 77 WABC.

Lebe is a radio lifer, in the business for more than 50 years.

Last year, this reporter began a campaign to get Mitch inducted into the New York State Broadcasters Hall of Fame.

While waiting for a decision, FishbowlNY reached out to some friends and colleagues that know him best. Needlessly to say, there was a consensus. 

Mitch began his radio career at WINS in 1958 billed as “The Teenage Disc Jockey.”

There were several stations over the years, but his greatness was solidified with stints at WYNY/66 WNBC, WCBS-AM, and WBBR (Bloomberg).

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Is WABC Radio Misleading Listeners?

Before listeners hear Rush Limbaugh each afternoon on WABC, they are greeted by the booming sound of Johnny Donovan.

Each hour Donovan, a former Musicradio 77 WABC DJ, announces:

“Broadcasting from high atop the WABC broadcast center, overlooking Madison Square Garden in midtown Manhattan, this is New York City‘s most listened to talk radio host: Rush Limbaugh.”

The average listener might think Limbaugh is opening the mic at the WABC studios in New York. In reality, though, Limbaugh is 1,200 miles south in Florida.

“I wouldn’t dream of changing the original show open,” Laurie Cantillo, WABC program director, tells FishbowlNY. “The Rush open…is as much a part of the history of WABC as Johnny Donovan and Cousin Brucie.”

Limbaugh made headlines last year when he decided to sell his Fifth Avenue penthouse over the state’s stringent tax code.

At the time, he told his radio minions that his plan was to “get out New York totally.”

Cantillo says, “I assure you that Rush listeners know that Rush lives in West Palm Beach and why he left New York.”

Over the summer, Limbaugh made good on his promise, officially skipping town.

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