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Stations Begin Storm Mode as Blizzard Closes In

Let the hunkering begin!

With a blizzard warning blanketing New York, area stations are treating the impending storm with necessary seriousness.

This afternoon, ahead of the snow, WCBS started its wall-to-wall coverage. Anchors Maurice DuBois and Kristine Johnson led the team into action at 3 p.m., with reporters stationed throughout the tri-state area. Joining Lonnie Quinn in the “Weather Center” was John Elliott, who was seen shoveling the icy, snowy mix on the roof. A WCBS spokesperson tells FishbowlNY that the same group will be in place starting tomorrow at 6 a.m.

WABC also got a 3 p.m  start with Bill Ritter and Lori Stokes at the desk. Weekend meteorologist Jeff Smith assisted Lee Goldberg.

WNYW did not offer extended coverage until its 5 p.m. newscast. Channel 5 did give viewers hourly updates with Nick Gregory. Sister station WWOR also broke in for top-of-the-hour reports with Audrey Puente. Channel 9, like most stations, ran a live press conference by New Jersey Governor Chris Christie at 3:45. Harry Martin briefly did a recap.  WNYW skipped the governor’s news conference to stay with The People’s Court.

WNBC ended the Christie remarks from Trenton by sequeing into the start of its “Severe Weather Coverage” at 4 with Tom Llamas and Shiba Russell.

NY1 and NY1 Noticias were in non-stop mode for the blizzard. On Saturday morning at 9:30 a.m., NY1 will present a special half hour with the latest storm information.

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WNYW Anchor Dari Alexander’s Unfortunate ‘Sitting Shiva’ Misspeak

The 10 p.m. newscast begins. Steve Lacy and Dari Alexander open the broadcast recapping yesterday’s funeral of former Mayor Ed Koch. Before Linda Schmidt, the first live reporter begins, Alexander introduces her at Gracie Mansion, the place where the Koch family, and Mayor Bloomberg will be sitting shiva today.

Related: FishbowlNY, Memories of Longtime Media Favorite, Mayor Ed Koch

Instead, the sacred and solemn ritual of Judaism was reduced to ridicule.

Alexander said the family will be “shitting” shiva. Like speaking a foreign language, which it probably was, Alexander slowly corrected to “sitting.” Another deep pause brought “shiva,” a phrase, even said correctly, appeared to be coming from her lips for the first time.

Alexander has been criticized at times with her different on-air partners. With previous night time co-anchor Greg Kelly, Alexander’s cell phone went off during the broadcast. It caused an awkward, embarrassing moment for her and viewers.

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Stations Converge on Newtown to Cover Solemn Weekend

Yet another mass murder…this time in Newtown, Connecticut. The deranged man opened fire in an elementary school killing 20 youngsters, all shy of their eighth birthday. Seven adults were also gunned down, including the shooter’s mother.

The rampage is the second deadliest school shooting in U.S. history, behind the Virigina Tech massacre in 2007 where 32 students died.

The weekend was the time for families and friends to cope with the insurmountable loss. President Obama attended last night’s prayer vigil.

Although Newtown is on the outskirts of the New York tri-state area, it’s close enough for stations to easily send reporters to cover the services.

By Saturday, this was anything but a typical story. WNYW/Channel 5 brought in Dari Alexander to co-anchor with Christina Park. Likely unrelated, top meteorologist Nick Gregory was on-duty Saturday night as well.

For the Sunday night vigil, it was WABC/Channel 7 that shined. Bill Ritter anchored for Newtown, while Sade Baderinwa was behind the desk. Ritter struck the perfect balance of reporting the information, while masterfully dealing with the incredibly sad story.

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WCBS Brings in “A” Team for Hurricane Sandy Coverage

Hurricane Sandy is churning in the Atlantic, and approaching New York. Preparations for the serious storm have caused the area TV stations to cover the impending destruction.

Most of the city stations took Mayor Bloomberg’s briefings live and New Jersey Governor Chris Christie‘s comments. WCBS/Channel 2 left wall-to-wall mode at 1 p.m. to join the New York Jets game. However, sister station WLNY TV 10/55, anchored by Cindy Hsu, broke into the Munsters Marathon for the latest Christie press conference.

Channel 2, though, was first to bring in the main team. At halftime of the Jets game, viewers got another sense of the severity as Maurice DuBois and Kristine Johnson assumed the coverage with Lonnie Quinn tracking the potentially deadly storm.

“I’ll be with you all night, guys,” Quinn said.

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Mitt Romney Convention Displaces 10 O’Clock Newscasts

The major networks were ready to go with the closing of the Republican National Convention. The main attraction of the night, and the week, was Mitt Romney‘s acceptance speech to the nation.

Romney hit the podium just after 10:30, as WNYW/Channel 5 and WPIX/Channel 11 were well into their 10 p.m. broadcasts. WWOR/Channel 9 typically ends its newscast at 10:35.

Even though Romney was live over the air at NBC, CBS, and ABC, there were other outlets that carried Romney’s big moment.

Starting on Channel 5, anchors Greg Kelly and Dari Alexander, using the Fox News feed, suspended regular news programming for Romney. When the GOP nominee concluded at 11:15 p.m., Kelly and Alexander stuck around for an additional 15 minutes to give viewers sports (with Ryan Asselta) and weather (with Nick Gregory).

“11:27, a little bit late for the 10 o’clock news,” Kelly says. “But it was a lot of fun.”
“It certainly was,” Alexander added. “An eventful night. So have a great night, and we’ll see you tomorrow.”

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(VIDEO) Dari Alexander’s iPhone Goes Off During 10 O’Clock News

It was a night for recapping the horrific events from Aurora, Colorado. Greg Kelly was co-anchoring his first 10 p.m. newscast with extensive breaking news.

The unfortunate story that captivated New Yorkers involved the alleged gunmen who fired at least 70 times at the midnight premiere of The Dark Knight Rises. WNYW/Channel 5 opened the broadcast with a live shot from the Denver surburb, although it featured a typo on the screen for the location: “Colorodo.”

Kelly did drop the ad-libbing quality during the coverage, a mainstay of the NYPD commissioner’s son. But unlike his counterparts at other stations, Kelly laid the emotion on too thick, seeming insincere.

However, it was his on-air partner who fell victim to an embarrassing moment. At 10:47, as the newscast returned from a commercial break, Dari Alexander was flustered by her iPhone starting to play music or a musical ringtone.

Adding to the unprofessionalism, Alexander, it appears, was in the midst of a conversation with Kelly when the red light went on. (See video below)

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Greg Kelly Slides Into Prime Time as WNYW Main Anchor

After a four-year stint in mornings, an eternity in TV news, Greg Kelly left Rosanna Scotto behind. His cache is being enhanced as the lead anchor at WNYW/Channel 5. Last night, Kelly assumed his new role at 6 p.m. and co-anchor with Dari Alexander at 10 p.m.

But as we reported yesterday about the new look in the mornings, a July 2 television debut can be considered a “soft launch” as many viewers are on vacation. Curious, though, Kelly’s new partner, Alexander, was also off last night for his first night. Instead, back-up anchor Sharon Crowley was in her seat.

Kelly, who had a great chemistry with Scotto on Good Day New York, has the makings of a top-flight evening anchorman. He did hard news for Fox News Channel prior to his daytime assignment on WNYW.

From the start, it was serious business for Kelly, reporting on the Con Ed situation. There was clearly some nervous energy that will settle down in due time.

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Ernie Anastos Co-Anchors Annual Greek Parade on WWOR

The 74th annual New York Greek Parade is coming to WWOR/Channel 9 Sunday afternoon. Arguably, the city’s most famous Greek-American personality, WNYW/Channel 5 anchor Ernie Anastos, is co-hosting the live event on the Fox sister station. Anastos will be joined by Fox Business Network anchor Nicole Petallides.

Anastos’ Channel 5 colleague, and fellow Greek-Americans, meteorologist Nick Gregory and Jill Nicolini will provide live reports from along the parade route.

This year’s parade focuses on Greece’s 191st anniversary of independence. New Jersey Senator Robert Menendez – who is Cuban-American but enjoys Greek food — will serve as Grand Marshall.

More than 100,000 participants and spectators are expected to line Fifth Avenue Sunday afternoon. WWOR’s coverage runs from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Meteorologist Nick Gregory ‘Fortunate’ to Celebrate 25 Years at WNYW

The Reagan Revolution still had two more years, Platoon was Oscar’s choice for Best Picture, and the New York Mets staged one of the most dramatic comebacks in World Series history.

Also in 1986, meteorologist Nick Gregory arrived at WNYW/Channel 5.

“It was so exciting for me because I grew up in [New Rochelle] New York,” Gregory tells FishbowlNY. “From childhood really, and into my teens, I was also thinking that maybe one day I could do this.”

On December 26, Gregory commemorates his 25th anniversary at the station. A quarter-century earlier, it began with the answer to the trivia question—who were the anchors on his first night?  Barbara Laskin and Steve Powers.

“I just had this rush of excitement and adrenaline and saying, ‘I’m actually back home in New York, on New York television, living the dream,” Gregory recalls.

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WNYW Anchor Ernie Anastos Gets the David Letterman ‘Top 10′ Treatment

In the days following Hurricane Irene’s devastating march up the East Coast, David Letterman did a fitting Top 10 list on the Late Show.

You’ll recall, every local TV station went around-the-clock that weekend with Irene coverage. Of course, the Weather Channel also had all hands on deck, treating it like their Election Day, and in the process notching a large audience.

On Wednesday, August 31st, Letterman did a Top 10 list: How the Weather Channel Can Boost Its Ratings.

Among the list at number 10: More erotic-shaped clouds

7. Less weather; more Hillbilly Handfishin’

4. Three-words: 500-Day Forecast

Then, a nice surprise at number two: Hire Ernie Anastos.

Beyond that, Letterman added a six-second clip to prove his comedic point. However, it wasn’t from Anastos’ storm coverage on WNYW/Channel 5. Instead, viewers saw the infamous viral video of Anastos saying “Keep Plucking that Chicken!” to meteorologist Nick Gregory in September 2009.

Watch the clip after the jump.

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