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NBC New York Exposes ‘Grave’ Ed Koch Mistake

There is probably no one who feels worse right now in all of New York than Tommy Flynn. In an exclusive News 4 report by government affairs reporter Melissa Russo, the stone-cutter and engraver takes full responsibility for inverting the birth year of New York’s beloved former mayor. Instead of 1924, the inscription on the gravestone Flynn worked on for eight months with Ed Koch reads 1942.

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New York Outlets Poised to Cover Second Obama Inauguration

2009 swearing in for President Obama (with First Lady Michelle).

While the historic magnitude of 2009 is not present this time, everyone still likes a good inauguration. As is dictated by the Constitution, President Obama will take the Oath of Office on January 20th to officially start his second term. But since it falls on Sunday, the White House will hold the traditional pomp and circumstance Monday. Coverage will be found on many New York stations.

1010 WINS will use the resources of its network personnel, while also having a reporter available from D.C.’s All-News WNEW-FM.

WCBS 880 will have a presence at the nation’s capital—Marla Diamond. Her reports start this weekend. Additionally, WCBS will carry the Oath, the president’s address, and ceremony live Monday.

Stations Make Plans as Republicans and Democrats Get Ready to Nominate at National Conventions

Obama and Biden accept the Democratic nomination in 2008

The battle between Mitt Romney and President Obama moves to the convention floor next week for the nominating process, and TV and radio stations are ready for extra coverage of the key moments.

The Republicans lead off in Tampa, with Romney awaiting his party’s endorsement next week.

WABC/Channel 7 is sending anchor Bill Ritter to the GOP convention, along with political reporter Dave Evans.  Reports begin Sunday night at 11.

One week later, the Democrats convene in Charlotte, with morning anchor Lori Stokes joining Evans on scene.

As for WCBS/Channel 2, veteran political reporter Marcia Kramer is the station’s lone representative at the conventions.

A spokesperson tells FishbowlNY that Kramer will cover the national news in addition to the New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut state delegations.

WNBC/Channel 4 will also not have an anchor presence. Only reporter Melissa Russo is covering both events live.

A WNYW/WWOR spokesperson did not respond to our request prior to the deadline.

WPIX/Channel 11 is not sending any on-air talent to either convention. The station says without any mystery surrounding the nominees, WPIX will likely just cover it as a news story.

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Stations Rush to Cover Firing of Cathie Black Special Report

It was a tumultous time from day one for Cathie Black as the New York City Schools Chancellor. Today, after brief rumbling of rumors, Mayor Bloomberg took to the City Hall podium to announce Black was out after just three months on the job. He called it a mutual decision between the two, and appointed Deputy Mayor Dennis Walcott as chancellor.

The city stations were there to carry the breaking news just after 11:35 a.m. WCBS-TV, WNBC, WNYW, and WABC broke into regular coverage. WPIX was noticably absent from the proceedings.

WNYW, led by Good Day anchors Greg Kelly and Rosanna Scotto, did a very short recap (with no correspondents or guests) and left the air by noon.

WNBC, with David Ushery, stayed on for an additional 12 minutes, using their reporters (Melissa Russo and John Noel on the phone) and in-studio guest Elinor Tatum, publisher and editor in chief of New York Amsterdam News.

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