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Posts Tagged ‘Megan Meany’

Host Lauren Scala Hopes People Will Be ‘Inspired By’ New York Nonstop’s Great American Health Challenge

Billed as a docu-reality show, WNBC digital platform New York Nonstop is running The Great American Health Challenge.

But don’t let the title fool you—this is pure New York.

This is a unique 12-week program where participants from the five borough complete “healthy” tasks such as: smoking cessation, nutrition, and sleeping better.

In the end, several grand prizes will be awarded, but the teams are also vying for the title “healthiest borough.”

“It is a battle of the boroughs,” says host Lauren Scala. “There [are] five teams of three people that represent each borough.”

Unlike the typical reality show that features contestants eliminated each week, here everyone remains until the end.

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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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