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WINS Sports Anchor Campaigning Against ‘Wimbleton’

The All-England Club is the center of the sports universe. Beginning today, the Wimbledon Championships are underway across the pond in a suburb of London.

The pomp and circumstance, complete with the royal box in the stands, sets Wimbledon apart from other premiere sporting events.

However, even with all of that prestige, the sporting event must share at least some time with on-air mistakes. Calling the championship, established in 1877, “Wimbleton,” with a “t,” is almost as old as the grand slam tennis tournament.

WINS sports anchor Marc Ernay begins his second year at the helm of a project. Ernay aims to shine a light at those in the media who make the errors, encouraging a $1 punishment for the “infraction.”

“It’s more like a ‘kangaroo court’ relying on listeners & broadcast colleagues ro report ‘violators’ in a good-natured way,” Ernay tells FishbowlNY.

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Sportscasting Veteran Don Gould Retires After Four Decades

With the state of broadcasting linked to state of the economy, cost-cutting of talent is commonplace. So it’s nice to see a good, old-fashioned retirement!

Don Gould did that Sunday, in walking away from his weekend morning sportscasting role on WINS for the next phase of his career in South Florida. 

It was earlier this year that Sid Rosenberg, while living in Miami, was dismissed from his weekday morning sports duties on WINS. That coupled with Gould’s move south would indicate WINS and Total Traffic (formerly Shadow/Metro) management’s preference to keep its entire staff in one location.

Nevertheless, Gould, who turned the official retirement age of 65 Sunday, says the hours were wearing thin.

His WINS stint started in 2006, after Gould met with then-executive editor Mark Mason. Even though the talent was paid by Shadow/Metro, Mason cast a big “shadow” over the hiring process.  While breaking bread at a diner, Gould, although flattered, told the longtime radio programmer that it may not be the right match.

“I don’t do sports the way everybody else does sports,” Gould recalls.

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Awaiting Sid Rosenberg’s Successor at WINS

It was a one-year contract and Sid Rosenberg fulfilled his obligation to WINS. The sometimes volatile and self-destructive, but talented sportscaster was doing morning updates on WINS.

Rosenberg told Newsday that he wasn’t fired several weeks ago, but simply it was a mutual parting of the ways.

Rosenberg, however, did point out that WINS was not comfortable with him doing the updates from his home in South Florida, where he’s an afternoon radio sports talk host.  Additionally, Rosenberg said that he was no longer happy dealing with the logistical challenges that the early morning shift presented.

Ben Mevorach, WINS news director, tells FishbowlNY that no replacement has been named. “Marc Ernay [of Total Traffic] has been filling in until we make a final decision.”

WINS Sportscaster Marc Ernay Encourages Broadcasters to Say Wimbledon Correctly for Charity

The Wimbledon Tennis Championships ended Sunday, and with that the opportunity to make the common, albeit lazy, pronouncation error.

1010 WINS sportscaster Marc Ernay, as we reported at the start of the fortnight, has targeted broadcasters mispronouncing ”Wimbledon” and has turned their reporting into a fundraiser for the Prostate Cancer Foundation.

Anyone who heard the mistakes, should simply use social media to alert the person. The individual would then, in turn, owe the charity $1 for each error.

 ”But none of them responded directly to me, so I have no idea if they’re actually sending in any money,” Ernay admits.

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WINS Sportscaster Marc Ernay Rails Against ‘Wimbleton’

The Wimbledon Championships began this morning outside of London. The prestigious, major tennis event has been played since 1877.

For almost as long, sportscasters have been pronouncing the city and the championships as “Wimbleton.”

WINS sports anchor Marc Ernay is fed up with the countless errors, year after year. But just other day, Ernay decided to take matters into his own hands. His plan: each time someone on television or radio butchers the tennis tournament name, Ernay wants a $1 donation given to the Prostate Cancer Foundation.

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Veteran Radio Producer Joel Blumberg Dies at 64

If you’ve listened to a sporting event over the last 20 years, there’s a good chance you’ve been affected by Joel Blumberg’s work.

Blumberg was one of New York’s busiest producers and engineers. Over the years, he was in charge of Islanders, Rangers, Knicks, Jets and St. John’s broadcasts. He was also known by many as the longtime voice of Manhattan College basketball.

Blumberg died Friday traveling to Madison Square Garden on the Long Island Railroad to work the Knicks game for the Miami Heat radio team. It is believed Blumberg, who lived in East Meadow, suffered a heart attack. He was 64.

“He was a terrific mentor and an even better friend,” says Marc Ernay, assistant sports director, Metro/Shadow Broadcast Services.

Another of his many protégés was hired right out of college.

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The Islanders May Have Found a Radio Home at Hofstra

The New York Islanders have been the NHL radio broadcast nomads. In fact, last season the team blew out their radio booth entirely, opting instead for a simulcast of their TV coverage with MSG Network announcers Howie Rose and Billy Jaffe (Jaffe’s contract wasn’t renewed after last season.)

For the past two years, the Isles were heard on Long Island stations WMJC-FM (94.3) and WHLI (1100).

Now, the team may get their own radio voices again—on Hofstra University’s 88.7 FM (WHRU). It would actually be the strongest signal for the Islanders in five years.

The deal, first reported by Chris Botta, the Islanders’ former media relations VP, on his blog–islanderspointblank.com–would likely have veteran Islander voice Chris King as the play-by-play man. The broadcast, though, would be assisted by students.

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