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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.”

Ringing in 2012 with Some New Year’s Resolutions

Countdown is on before 2012 arrives. But before we say so long to 2011, there’s just enough time to gather some new year’s resolutions. Several notable personalities provide their resolutions for 2012.

WNYW/Channel5 anchor Ernie Anastos:

I’ve always looked forward to starting a new year with a renewed sense of purpose.  

One of my personal resolutions for 2012 is to bring more positive and uplifting stories to the media by highlighting the good things happening in our world. We need it. Viewers have always been asking for it, which is why I hosted my first TV special on Fox 5, “Positively Ernie.” Now, I’m hoping to turn it into a regular weekly show to help make a difference. My wish is for good news for the new year! 
WNBC/Channel 4 sports anchor Bruce Beck:

  • I would like to lose 10 pounds to get down to old playing weight.
  • I would like not to choke on the 18th hole in the club championship.
  • I would like to cover a New York team winning a world title in all four major sports in 2012.

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Veteran West Coast Radio Sports Reporter Joins WINS

As we reported recently, Sid Rosenberg took over morning sportscasts earlier this month on all-news juggernaut 1010 WINS. His daily shift is from 6 to 10 a.m.

Beginning on January 4, Bob Harvey started doing the updates preceding Rosenberg at 5:15 and 5:45 a.m.

Harvey is a longtime Southern California sports anchor, having worked at KFWB for the past 26 years.

WINS news director Ben Mevorach tells FishbowlNY that Harvey, who is being paid by Shadow Broadcasting Services, does the WINS reports from Los Angeles.

“Using him allows us to have the final scores when our teams are out on the west coast,” Mevorach says.

Of course that means, like with Rosenberg who has an ISDN line connected to his South Florida home, the chances for technical glitches rise.

Such was the case this morning when Rosenberg’s 6:45 a.m. report was delayed for two minutes.

Despite a highly formatted station with little room for error, Mevorach doesn’t have any plans to adjust equipment.

“They happen to everyone and when they do, you fix them and move on,” Mevorach says.

New York Radio Veterans Weigh In On Ted Williams Saga

You heard about the incredible story of Ted Williams who has been homeless throughout the last 20 years in Ohio. Williams, a former radio announcer who grew up in Brooklyn, has a second chance waiting for him.

Williams got lost on the wrong track with a combination of drugs and alcohol. This week, as part of the media frenzy, Williams declared that he has been clean and sober for two-and-a-half years.

“Having so many friends and family that have battled addictions, that really popped out at me,” Johnny Sialiano says. “I was really, really happy for him for that.”

Sialiano, known as Goumba Johnny, is a radio veteran who left WKTU in December after 15 years on air.

“He’s now bearing the fruit of all his hard work in beating his addictions. It’s just an unbelievable story,” Sialiano tells FishbowlNY.

(TVNewser has the latest on Williams’ numerous job offers.)

More reactions from notable radio personalities after the jump

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Sid Rosenberg Says Joining WINS a ‘No Brainer’

As we reported last week, veteran radio talker Sid Rosenberg is joining 1010 WINS as morning sports anchor. The one-year deal starts Monday.

Rosenberg, known for having strong opinions and making controversial comments on WFAN (especially with Don Imus), may not have been the first choice for many to get the WINS gig.

“What people have to understand is, I have not given up on my radio talk show….That hasn’t changed,” Rosenberg tells FishbowlNY. ”But given the opportunity on top of that to get my voice on one of the most listened to stations in the country…it was a no brainer for me.” 

A polarizing radio figure, Rosenberg says on WINS he’ll find a way to inject his personality into the sportscast.

“It’s going to have a lot of New York flavor, obviously,” Rosenberg, a Brooklyn native, joked. “Just my accent alone gives you that. Certainly, it’s going to be energetic and it’s going to be enthusiastic, and there will be audio every now and then that will make you chuckle.”

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Sports Talker Sid Rosenberg Signs With 1010 WINS

We’ve been reporting that 1010 WINS was trying to complete a deal to have Sid Rosenberg on the station. The two parties have now reached an agreement.

FishbowlNY has learned the contract is signed. Rosenberg is expected to start providing sports updates on the mornings beginning January 3.

As we told you previously, sports talker Rosenberg will handle reports from 6:15 a.m. to 9:45 a.m. weekdays at the all-news station.

Rosenberg, who does an afternoon show in Miami, will be based in South Florida for his WINS shifts.

FishbowlNY tried to speak with Rosenberg. On several occasions, Rosenberg replied that he would talk later that day–to no avail.

No Deal Yet Bringing Sid Rosenberg to WINS

We recently reported that 1010 WINS has agreed to hire controversial talk show host Sid Rosenberg. Newsday first had the story. Other sites have Rosenberg set to start on December 15.

FishbowlNY has learned from sources close to the situation that the deal hasn’t been signed yet, but should be completed within the next one to three weeks.

The abbreviated morning shift will run from 6 a.m. to 10 a.m.   

Technical issues are one of the factors delaying the deal, as Rosenberg will be hooked up from Florida. He hosts an afternoon sports show on WQAM in Miami.

The source says Rosenberg would make a nice hire for WINS because of the creativity and energy he brings, and of course his New York roots (professionally and personally).

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Sports Host Sid Rosenberg Reportedly Set to Join WINS

Sid Rosenberg, the oft-troubled, talented sports radio host is headed back to New York on a regular basis.

Newsday reports Rosenberg, the former WFAN host and contributor, will be the weekday morning sports anchor at 1010 WINS.

The report says Rosenberg will be based in South Florida, where he does an afternoon talk show on WQAM.

Rosenberg, 43, had been a regular on the Imus in the Morning program and midday host at the ‘FAN.

While popular with fans, Rosenberg had several controversial moments on the Imus show. It boiled over for managment on September 12, 2005, when he failed to show up as host for the New York Giants pre-game show, although was spotted at an appearance for FHM in Atlantic City. WFAN execs gave Rosenberg the option to resign or be fired. He resigned.

Rosenberg continued to join Don Imus on the phone. Earlier this year, he returned to WFAN as an occasional host.

WINS and WFAN are owned by CBS Radio.

Jews, Mexicans, Blind Black Musicians: Imus’ History Of Hate Talk

imus_rutgers_hos.jpgThe Imus-’Nappy ‘Hos’ incident on April 4 may have shocked people like Al Sharpton, but it shouldn’t have shocked WFAN, MSNBC or the show’s listeners whatsoever.

A recent history [via Media Matters] of hate-talk:

  • March 27

    Former Imus sports announcer Sid Rosenberg appeared on the program and referenced a story in the New York Daily News headlined “Serena Shocked by Racist Heckler.” Rosenberg commented, “I was on an airplane,” suggesting that he could not have been the one heckling professional tennis player Serena Williams.

  • March 16

    Executive producer Bernard McGuirk, performing as his character “Cardinal Egan,” said that “the whole nation is talking about” reports of a “young colored fellah pretty much deckin’ the old bag from New York and takin’ away some of her money.” McGuirk continued: “I’m speaking, of course, about [Sens.] Barack Obama [D-IL] and Hillary Clinton [D-NY].”

  • March 6

    McGuirk said that Hillary was “trying to sound black in front of a black audience” when she gave a speech on March 4 in Selma, Alabama, to commemorate the 1965 “Bloody Sunday” civil rights march. McGuirk added that Clinton “will have cornrows and gold teeth before this fight with Obama is over.” Earlier in the program, in reference to Clinton’s speech, McGuirk had said, “Bitch is gonna be wearing cornrows.” McGuirk also said that Clinton will be “giving Crips signs during speeches.” The Crips are a Los Angeles-based street gang.

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