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Former WPIX Anchor Jodi Applegate Does Morning Fill-In Hosting at WOR

Jodi Applegate parlayed a recent WOR appearance into occasional work on the station.

Applegate, a career TV anchor, last graced the screen on WPIX until stepping down just before Christmas to settle into family life with her husband, Yankees/YES announcer Michael Kay.

Related: FishbowlNY, Applegate “Lost Sleep for Seven Months” Deciding to Leave WPIX to Have a Baby

Earlier this month she made her first comments since exiting as the 5 and 10 p.m. anchor. She was a guest with the venerable Hamburg discussing her choice to walk away and focus on her first child.

This week, Applegate was back on WOR as a fill-in for John Gambling.

She ended her two-day stint yesterday praising the longtime host.

“Hats off to John,” Applegate said. “This is tricky. It’s great working with Joe [Bartlett], J.J. [Kennedy], and everybody here but I’m exhausted. Let me go back to caring for a newborn.”

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Jodi Applegate ‘Lost Sleep for Seven Months’ Deciding to Leave WPIX to Have a Baby

Jodi Applegate left WPIX to start her family. The former WPIX anchor and her husband YES announcer Michael Kay have their first child, a two-month old girl. Applegate was a guest with WOR’s Joan Hamburg yesterday. She talked about the surrogacy route that was taken to pregnancy and her difficult decision to walk away from WPIX in December.

“I was thrilled to have [5 and 10 p.m. newscasts] and I really enjoyed working at PIX,” Applegate says. “But that’s a pretty hard schedule to do with an infant [and] a husband who travels.”

Related: FishbowlNY, Applegate To Step Down From PIX11

Once her gestational carrier was chosen and the pregnancy was realized, Applegate admitted being torn between family and career.

“I lost sleep for seven months,” Applegate says. “I am not exaggerating when I say I tossed and turned about for seven solid months, right up until the moment.”

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MSG Network Tops the List with 2013 Emmy Nominations

Looking to add to their totals: WCBS colleagues Lonnie Quinn and Chris Wragge show off Emmy gold at 2012 event

Award season is in full swing! It culminates with the Oscars later this month. But not so fast. The New York Emmy Awards announced its nominations today.

MSG Network leads the pack with 67 nominations. WNBC has the most among over-the-air outlets with 58 nominations.

There are dozens of award categories and here’s a brief rundown…

WCBS’ Chris Wragge, a multiple winner, has been nominated for Best Evening Newscast (under 35 minutes). He was tapped for anchoring the East River helicopter crash in October, 2011. He also received three other nominations, including coverage of a sportscast/series for the Giants Road to Super Bowl 46. He is also a nominee for the prestigious Best Anchor.

Among those joining Wragge in that category are WABC weekend morning anchor Phil Lipof, Tom Llamas of WNBC, and Sukanya Krishnan from WPIX.

Veteran WNBC anchor Chuck Scarborough is in the running for the News Special category, hosting a 9/11 10th anniversary broadcast.

Scarborough’s new nighttime partner, Shiba Russell got a couple of nominations for her 5 p.m. and 11 p.m. anchoring.

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Michael Kay Inks Multi-Year Extension with YES Network

We’ll be hearing a lot more “See Ya!” on Yankee games. Michael Kay has signed a multi-year extension to remain the Yankees lead broadcaster on the YES Network.

Kay, with the network since its inception in 2002, has been honored with three Emmy Awards and 21 nominations during that time. He’ll also keep his hosting duties with CenterStage and other specials.

“I could not be happier,” Kay says. “Continuing to live a childhood dream as the TV voice of the Yankees while working with the best group of people in the business on the country’s best regional sports network is as good as it gets. I can’t wait to start another season.”

In addition to his YES work, Kay is an afternoon radio personality on ESPN 98.7 FM. In December, Radio Ink magazine named his the second-most influential local sports talk show in America.

“We are pleased that Michael will continue to play a vital role here at YES,” John Filippelli, president of production and programming at the YES Network, says. “For the past decade on YES, Michael has been the voice of the Yankees deftly capturing the drama, intensity, and passion associated with the greatest franchise in sports. He is one of the pre-eminent play-by-play announcers in baseball and is a first-rate interviewer as well, as evidenced by his stellar CenterStage.”

2012: The FishbowlNY Year in Review

It was a year that featured the FM band being rediscovered like the progressive music era of the late 1960s.

ESPN took the lead in April by moving (after simulcasting) WEPN/1050 to 98.7. The 1050 position has since become New York’s only 24-hour Spanish sports talk outlet.

It was a surprise to no one, that CBS Radio expedited its quest for an FM station, when Merlin’s ill-fated news operation, turned Alternative Rocker, became available in October. WFAN is now simulcast on 660 and 101.9.

As for Merlin, it yanked the 24-hour FM news attempt (WEMP) in July–less than a year after it started. Merlin returned to its previous format held by Emmis, and continuing the “Bobby Ewing shower scene” theme, management even resurrected the WRXP call letters.

Other radio doings during 2012, include Geraldo Rivera turning to the medium early in 2012 at WABC. By summertime, the veteran TV host was syndicated to Cumulus stations nationwide.

In August, Clear Channel acquired WOR. As the FCC signed off on the deal, two shows were canceled last week, Dr Joy Browne and Governor David Paterson. This remains a fluid story heading into 2013.

TV also had its share of shakeups. In certain instances you could say this was management’s version of “Out with old and in the new.”

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Most Popular FishbowlNY Stories for the Week

Here’s a look at what FishbowlNY stories made the most buzz this week.

  1. FishbowlNY 2012 Magazine Cover of the Year Poll, December 17
  2. The Atlantic Wins Magazine Cover of the Year, December 20
  3. Clear Channel Layoffs Begin at WOR; David Paterson and Dr. Joy Browne Axed, December 20
  4. Michael Kay Takes Jab at WPIX, as Wife, Jodi Applegate Does Last Newscast, December 20
  5. New York Times Memorializes Sandy Hook Victims with Stark Front Page, December 16

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Michael Kay Takes Jab at WPIX, as Wife, Jodi Applegate Does Last Newscast

Jodi Applegate and Michael Kay are preparing to welcome their first child. Applegate delivered her final newscast for WPIX last night at 10. The station announced last month that her focus was on being a mommy and she would not return to Channel 11 after the maternity leave. She and the YES Network sportscaster are expecting a daughter via gestational carrier next month.

As Applegate was about to hit her mark for the last time at PIX, Kay shedded some light on his wife’s departure.

Kay using his @RealMichaelKay handle on Twitter wrote, “@jodiapplekay is leaving because she wanted to do just one show in order to care for the baby on the way. PIX said it was both or none.”

Kay also tweeted moments later, “Parting amicable but she wants to work in due time in a position that is more mom friendly. Tough call for her giving up NY anchor position.”

Applegate addressed it indirectly as she left the air last night.

“This shift just wasn’t compatible with motherhood right now in my life.”

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New York Jets to Call ESPN New York Home for Several More Years

Another vital piece of the ESPN 98.7 FM game plan has come to fruition. The station inked a multiyear deal with the New York Jets. As part of the package, 98.7 will continue to be the radio home of the team. The Jets also maintain a presence on ESPN Deportes Nueva York at 1050 AM, the only 24-7 Spanish sports talk station in the city.

“Our partnership with the New York Jets is one of the finest in professional sports,” ESPN New York VP/general manager Dave Roberts tells FishbowlNY.

The Jets contract features all the bells and whistles of game-day coverage, including the pre- and post-game shows on both stations.

In addition, 98.7 keeps its focus on J-E-T-S throughout the season with the Jets Player Spotlight Mondays at 3:30 p.m. Head coach Rex Ryan is interviewed Mondays at 5:15 p.m. on the Michael Kay Show, and the Inside the Jets segment takes place Mondays at 7 p.m.

With the Jets locked in, all current play-by-play properties have been secured long term.  In August, the Knicks and Rangers re-upped with ESPN Radio.

“The Jets, like the Knicks, are part of an overall strategy to serve the sports fans,” Roberts says. “Play-by-play partnerships are a crucial part of what we’re about.”

Jodi Applegate to Step Down from PIX11

Jodi Applegate is stepping down from her position as anchor of PIX 11 News at Five and PIX 11 News at Ten. Applegate made the decision to resign because she and her husband — Michael Kay — are expecting a daughter in January, via gestational carrier. Applegate has been with WPIX since 2010.

“After years of putting my career first, I’ve decided to step back for a moment and enjoy this new role,” Applegate said, in a statement. “It was a difficult decision to choose to step away from a full-time anchor position but I want to take this time to enjoy being a new mom and focus on the baby. I’m looking forward to returning to media in the future.”

“We have enjoyed working with Jodi, she will be greatly missed and we wish her and Michael all the best,” added Eric Meyrowitz, PIX11′s vice president and general manager.

Applegate’s final broadcast is December 19.

Yankees, Ibanez Heroics Catapult YES Network to Record Setting Night

Moments after Raul Ibanez crushed his second home run of the night, YES Network was on the air with complete coverage of the dramatic ALCS win.

Michael Kay was in place at the Stadium with David Cone, while Bob Lorenz, John Flaherty, and Jack Curry supplemented from the studio.

As expected, fans couldn’t get enough Yankee talk, switching to YES Network following the playoff game on TBS. It became the highest-rated first-round post-game on the YES in eight years (October 9, 2004).

Last night’s wrap-up to the dramatic outcome averaged 128,000 households or a 1.73 HH rating. It peaked from 11:30 to 11:45 p.m. with a 2.47 household rating or an estimated 182,000 households.

The Yankees can advance to the ALCS with a victory tonight against Baltimore. Win or lose, the YES Network will have the special edition post-game show.

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