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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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Most Popular FishbowlNY Stories for the Week

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

  1. New York Times reporter Leaks Maureen Dowd Column to CIA, August 28
  2. Cover Battle: The New Yorker or Vice, August 30
  3. New York Live Makes Another Programming Switch to 12:30 p.m.; Jane Hanson (left) to Exit Show Friday, August 27
  4. News Corp. Either Loves Obama or Really Hates Romney, August 23
  5. Bloomberg Insider Calls Reagan a ‘Socialist,’ Waits for Republicans to Burn Convention to the Ground, August 28
  6. Weekend Weathercaster Domenica Davis Out at WNBC; Steve Villaneuva Bolts WPIX to Fill Slot, August 24
  7. Howard Stern Marks 30th Anniversary of New York Debut at WNBC, August 30

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Weekend Weathercaster Domenica Davis Out at WNBC; Steve Villaneuva Bolts WPIX to Fill Slot

Domenica Davis is being replaced at WNBC. FishbowlNY has learned that the weekend weather anchor has been bounced in favor of WPIX morning traffic reporter, Steve Villaneuva.

It’s a return to meteorology for the easy-going Villaneuva, who joined WPIX in January. Viewers will recall his work at WWOR/Channel 9 as meteorologist and sister station WNYW/Channel 5 from 2002 to 2006. He’s a New York native, having grown up in Flushing and was educated at Holy Cross High School and New York University.

We’re told that Villaneuva leaves his PIX full-time gig for a steady gig at 30 Rock. Along with the weekend work, Villaneuva will produce for main meteorologist Janice Huff. A WPIX spokesperson confirms the move to WNBC. His last day at Channel 11 is expected to be September 7.

As for Davis, the meteorologist arrived at WNBC in the summer of 2010. Before that, she was a forecaster on Fox News Channel starting in 2007.

A WNBC spokesperson did not comment.

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