WCBS Newsradio 880 was the last holdout waiting to join its CBS Radio colleagues in the new TriBeCa studio complex. That wait is no more.
On Friday, after several days of training with the new equipment, WCBS-AM turned on the mic for the first time at the Hudson Square facilities.
Afternoon anchor Wayne Cabot, like most, wasn’t thrilled with leaving the Broadcast Center, where history and legendary figures met on a daily basis in the halls.
“But that melancholy evaporated the minute we walked through the glass doors and saw the elegance and class that went into every detail of our new newsroom,” Cabot tells FishbowlNY.
It was 2 p.m., a time that anchor Steve Scott typically anchors solo until station veteran Cabot pulls his chair alongside for the afternoon drive starting at 3 p.m.
For this special occasion, though, the longest-tenured anchor got preferential treatment. Cabot teamed with Scott starting at 2 p.m. to officially welcome the new locale. Cabot, who began at 880 on July 4, 1988, was given the honor of saying the first words from the new studios.
“Wayne’s a modest guy. I don’t think he really cared much, one way or the other,” Scott says. “But, for me, it was very cool to be there as his voice launched the new facility.”