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Yankees Broadcasters’ Sterling and Waldman Return for Another Season on WCBS

It is high, it is far, it is gone. Well not just yet. The ink is drying on the contracts that keep John Sterling and Suzyn Waldman as the Yankees radio voices for 2013 on WCBS.

This could be a “lame duck” season for the Yankees broadcasters. It’s the second season that the team signed a one-year deal with WCBS. He has called every inning since joining the Yankees’ booth in 1989. Waldman teamed with Sterling in 2005.

There has been speculation that ESPN is going to be a major player for the radio package in ’14, now that the network moved to the highly coveted 98.7 FM. Although the signal, especially at night, is not as strong as what 880 offers on the AM dial.

Sister station WFAN could lose its rights to the Mets if CBS Sports Radio takes over the famous frequency– 660.

But for now, it’s status quo, even though it was a fait accompli when the Yankees in August signed up for this year on WCBS.

“They were expected to return and they are,” WCBS news director, Tim Scheld, tells FishbowlNY about the official announcement. “They will be headed to Tampa in days.”
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The Annual Hungerthon Underway on CBS Radio Stations; Dedicated to Pete Fornatale

WhyHunger is the organization at the heart of Hungerthon, the yearly charity event broadcast today on many stations, primarily owned by CBS Radio.

Started in 1975, this year’s event takes on a special need–victims of Superstorm Sandy. The devastation altered the airing of Hungerthon, which traditionally runs close to Thanksgiving.

“Hurricane Sandy created a crisis that was front and center in everyone’s minds and life experience,” Noreen Springstead, director of marketing and fundraising for WhyHunger, tells FishbowlNY. “Families who had never before been without food or shelter were forced to endure these hardships for the first time, and many are still struggling to meet their basic needs.”

Despite the agency’s focus on the long-term poverty crisis, WhyHunger partnered with numerous tri-state groups to provide essential food and water to those struggling in the days and weeks since Sandy.

“Through Hungerthon’s many public service shows we are shining a spotlight on those organizations and also raising funds for their work,” Springstead says. “We have long-term relationships with the most effective organizations in New York and New Jersey that are solving the hunger problem and are able to support them during this critical time.”

Springstead says those in need can call the national hotline at 1-866-3-Hungry for assistance.

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Yankees Extend Radio Rights with WCBS 880 in 2013

When it comes to the Yankees, the radio suspense is over for another year. The team is maintaining its WCBS address. The flagship station of Yankee radio broadcasts since 2002 has agreed to a one-year extension for the 2013 season. John Sterling and Suzyn Waldman are expected to remain at the mics. Sterling, playing his best Lou Gehrig, has not missed a game since joining the Yankees radio team in 1989. Waldman has been calling Yankees games on WCBS since 2005.

The CBS deal puts a major snag in ESPN’s hopes of acquiring the marquee franchise. In April, ESPN moved its New York voice to 98.7 FM. FishbowlNY attempted to reach WEPN for comment.

WCBS, which provides night time coverage to more than 30 states, will again carry the entire regular and post-season Yankee schedule.

At the end of last season, like a coveted free agent, the Yankees settled for a one-year agreement with WCBS.

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

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  2. Greg Kelly (left) Slides into Prime Time as Main WNYW Anchor, July 3
  3. Fox 5/WNYW Rocked by Major Anchor Shakeup, June 28
  4. Mike Francesa ’50-50′ on Renewing WFAN Contract in Two Years, June 29
  5. Reuters Hires Caveman to Write Headlines, July 5
  6. WCBS-FM Celebrating 40th with Reunion Weekend, July 3
  7. With Ann Curry Pushed Aside, Savannah Guthrie Expected to Get Spot on Today Couch, June 28
  8. Battle of Morning News, WLNY Debuts on The Couch, July 2
  9. Sexism Struggles for WFAN’s First Voice, Suzyn Waldman: They Were ‘Terrible to Me,’ June 28
  10. Lionel Poised to Take Helm of Revamped Early Morning WPIX Newscast, June 29

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Sexism Struggles for WFAN’s First Voice, Suzyn Waldman: They Were ‘Terrible to Me’

America’s first, all-sports radio station–WFAN–had its first, full-blown workout on July 1, 1987 at the stroke of 3 p.m., and at 1050 on the AM dial. Not so incidental is the fact that Suzyn Waldman was the first talent to grace its airwaves.

“I was sitting in my place in the studio, and you could see into the control room, which was all glass.” Waldman recalls. “And the people from WHN were standing there … holding hands, and people were crying. I was very aware that when my voice hit the airwaves, WHN would cease to exist.”

She provided updates that inaugural afternoon for Jim Lampley‘s show.

For the next 14 years, she was heard constantly at the ballpark or in-studio, as host (two years in midday with Jody McDonald) or reporter.

But beneath the surface, right from the beginning, it was not the greatest time of her career. The primary reason was sexism.

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WFAN Original John Minko ‘Didn’t Know What to Expect’ When Station Started 25 Years Ago

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Our special series marking WFAN’s silver anniversary cannot overlook John Minko. His distinct voice is one of only three from the on-air talent pool that has thrived at the all-sports station for 25 years. The other two are Steve Somers and Ed Coleman.

“I’m the original update person on the weekends from midnight til 6, and also was on the street [reporting] for three days during the week,” Minko tells FishbowlNY, moments before returning to the studio for another live sports report.

During the 2000s, Minko was the radio play-by-play man for Army football on WABC and WFAN’s top rival WEPN/(then ESPN 1050).

These days Minko, 59, is one of the station’s main update anchors, handling the afternoon slot, including for Mike Francesa‘s show, which is simulcast on the YES Network.

But with his quarter-century logged at the ‘FAN, Minko is also an unofficial station historian.

“I remember everybody’s schedule on air from the very beginning,” Minko says. “Every single person.”

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The Yankees Remaining on WCBS-AM in 2012

The New York Yankees announced late this afternoon that the team has extended its radio contract with WCBS 880 through 2012.

A statement from CBS Radio says the team “retains the option to extend the agreement for another year,” but both sides “intend to continue discussions about a longer term partnership.”

Yankee games have been on WCBS since 2002 when the all-news station outbid 77 WABC for the rights.

CBS anticipates that announcers John Sterling and Suzyn Waldman will return to the booth next season.

Sterling has called every Yankee game on radio since 1989. His on-air partner Waldman joined the team in 2005 as the color commentator.