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A New Pope Elected; WPIX Breaks In for Special Report

The bulletin that the world has been waiting for is here! White smoke pouring from the Sistine Chapel chimney and Cardinal Bergoglio of Argentina has been named the new pope. While all the local stations in New York broke in with network coverage shortly after 2 p.m. (although WNYW was delayed in picking up Fox News Channel’s feed), it was truly a New York experience on WPIX.

Channel 11 did their own reporting with Mary Murphy and Dan Mannarino at The Vatican. Tamsen Fadal anchored from the PIX studios.

Fadal spoke on the phone with several experts and theologians.

There was a live glitch with one of those interviews, Maureen Tilley of Fordham University, when the call dropped and dial tone was heard. They reestablished the line a few minutes later.

Murphy and Mannarino also found people in the Rome crowd. The duo under umbrellas talked to a New Yorker draped in an American flag who has Cardinal Dolan on his wish list.

Waiting for the new pope to emerge, WPIX added a live report from Ann Mercogliano, stationed at Dolan’s “home,” St. Patrick’s Cathedral.

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WPIX’s Greg Mocker Talks Soda Ban on CNN

Mayor Bloomberg’s soda ban was scheduled to go into effect tomorrow, meaning no more “gulps” larger than 16 ounces, or two-liters with a pizza. But a judge has invalidated the ban of sugary, super-sized drinks.

WPIX reporter Greg Mocker made his first CNN appearance yesterday to discuss the latest attempt by Bloomberg to get, if not force, the city to be healthy.

‘I just always talk from my point of view as a guy who lives in the city, is amazed by it, and confused by it at times.” Mocker tells FishbowlNY.

His connection to the cable news network is the weekend executive producer, who had been producing Dr. Steve on WPIX and other Tribune stations.

“Maybe I can do some more of those,” Mocker says. ”I think anytime we can talk about New York City is good.”

During the week, of course, viewers can find Mocker on the PIX News at Ten, tracking down an MTA official, or perhaps getting to the bottom of potholes.

“We have momentum at Channel 11,” Mocker says. “I like what we’re doing. There is a sense there that people are turning to us.”

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WPIX Falls in February Sweeps; ‘Expect Changes Everywhere,’ Source

We told you about WABC having another successful ratings period.

That’s not the case on East 42nd Street.

WPIX was handed a gift last summer when WNYW made abrupt changes. With Greg Kelly off the mornings, WPIX had a chance to make headway against its rival.

However, Channel 5 hit the “re-do” button last month putting Kelly back on Good Day New York. Not only did the show put a dent in any Channel 11 traction, it clipped NBC’s Today show for the February sweeps.

So with that backdrop, we explore WPIX’s efforts in the period.

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Reporter Ann Mercogliano Joins WPIX on Freelance Basis

Quietly reporter Ann Mercogliano exited WCBS and sister station WLNY last month. A two-time winner of the FishbowlNY year-end “Barmash Award” would prove her talent by immediately finding work. She landed at WPIX/Channel 11 beginning with last night’s 10 p.m. newscast.

Mercogliano, who has done her share of lighter pieces, was thrust into a hard news story. A Queens cab company, filling up the parking spots on the streets, including at the nearby church, is causing problems for parishioners getting to Mass.

She showcased the PIX and Greg Mocker style on the ”track of something different.” Mergoliano was seen chasing after a taxi driver, who rushed into his car and took off. Going to the source, she walked into the taxi company asking, “Are the drivers parking next to the church?”

Mercogliano, an Emmy nominated reporter for WNBC’s coverage of the Royal Wedding in 2011, also called the taxi owner a couple of times, “I want to get your side in, Sir.”

Anchor Tamsen Fadal slightly altered the multi-syllabic reporter’s surname.

A WPIX spokesperson tells FishbowlNY that Mercogliano has been hired on a freelance basis for the morning and evening, where needed.

WPIX Reporter Magee Hickey Channels Her Mom to Honor Her Father at Annual Cabaret Event

For the third straight year, veteran reporter Magee Hickey is gathering many colleagues for a musical fundraiser.

Hickey is giving back to the community in a personal way. Money raised will support the Lawrence F. Hickey Center for Child Development in the Bronx, part of Astor Services. Students attending that Dyre Avenue school range in age from three and five.

Hickey’s late father co-founded the school. The senior Hickey died three years ago at age 91, just weeks before the first fund-raising event.

“We close each show singing a song he loved, The Very Thought of You,” Hickey says.

Her dad wasn’t an educator. His background was in concrete.

“He developed the property in the Bronx for this school,” Hickey says.

Mr. Hickey’s “major” may have been construction, but he earned a “minor” in altruism. The elder Hickey was head of his church’s parish council and neighborhood coalition for shelter.

“A nun from a nearby school asked for his help in the building because it was a hole in the wall, and they knew my father had a history in construction,” Hickey recalls. “So he started volunteering at that school [Lexington Avenue and 67th Street] and then word spread that there was this Larry Hickey who liked to help out at special needs schools.”

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New York Outlets Poised to Cover Second Obama Inauguration

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While the historic magnitude of 2009 is not present this time, everyone still likes a good inauguration. As is dictated by the Constitution, President Obama will take the Oath of Office on January 20th to officially start his second term. But since it falls on Sunday, the White House will hold the traditional pomp and circumstance Monday. Coverage will be found on many New York stations.

1010 WINS will use the resources of its network personnel, while also having a reporter available from D.C.’s All-News WNEW-FM.

WCBS 880 will have a presence at the nation’s capital—Marla Diamond. Her reports start this weekend. Additionally, WCBS will carry the Oath, the president’s address, and ceremony live Monday.

Village Halloween Parade is Back on WPIX

The ghouls, goblins and world famous costumes will be on display as WPIX/Channel 11 is the home of the Village Halloween Parade October 31.

PIX Morning News anchors Sukanya Krishnan and Tamsen Fadal host the event, which runs along 6th Avenue from Spring Street to 16th Street. Greg Mocker and Dan Mannarino work the parade from street level.

Ricki Lake, who returned to daytime TV with a new syndicated show airing on WPIX, guest hosts.

The Village Halloween Parade, now its 39th year, first aired on Channel 11 in 2010.  The city’s only night time parade features an audience of over 2 million spectators with 60,000 costumed marchers, hundreds Halloween characters, including giant masks and puppets. In addition, dozens of marching bands playing music from around the world, stilt walkers, jugglers, and break dancers will participate.

The Halloween night “treat” runs from 7:30 to 10.

Lionel Adds His Two Cents as Early PIX Morning News Host

You have to give WPIX/Channel 11 and news director Bill Carey credit for constantly changing viewers minds for what a traditional newscast should look like.

The station, seeking a piece of the competitive morning race, is reinventing the wheel again. By making night time commentator Lionel as host of the 4 a.m. to 6 a.m., WPIX wants to lift itself out of the early hours abyss. In turn, the station would use that lead-in on the PIX Morning News with Sukanya Krishnan and Frances Rivera.

If you’ve watched PIX News at 10, then you’ve seen Lionel pontificate about a wide range of pressing matters. He’s given more than two minutes each night to weave a story with good writing, some humor and a dose of histrionics.

In the morning, right from the opening title, this is Lionel’s show. There are several shots of Lionel at Grand Central Terminal with his one name on the screen, before showing PIX Morning News. All that’s missing is the late Ed McMahon‘s…”Here’s Lionel!” Incidentally, later in the morning, there is no talent displayed in the open.

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WPIX Goes to Bat for Health and Wellness

Bringing together top experts in health and wellness, WPIX/Channel 11 is running an all-day, all-ages expo. The PIX11 Health & Wellness Expo is taking place Sunday, September 25th at the Jacob Javits Center in Manhattan. 

The event, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., is led by WPIX morning anchor Tamsen Fadal and Dr. Steve Salvatore, who hosts his own show Dr. Steve on WPIX and other Tribune-owned stations.

Through the use of classes, demonstrations, seminars and hands-on experience, Channel 11 will provide a day of information and entertainment that the whole family will enjoy. The expo will bring a variety of doctors, nutritionists, sports and fitness specialists, wellness celebrities, authors and a diverse group of experts.

Aside from attaining the healthy knowledge, visitors can meet WPIX talent in the Time Warner Cable Lounge (booth 201), including Jodi Applegate, Linda Church, Mr. G, Sukanya Krishnan, and Kaity Tong.

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WPIX Switches Morning Anchors; Adds Weekend Newscast

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WPIX/Channel 11 is bringing back an early evening newscast starting this Saturday, September 11 at 6 p.m.

The move comes after the Tribune-owned station pulled the plug on its nightly 6:30 p.m. newscast after a brief eight-month run.

“We have two [syndicated] shows that are expiring, and it created an opportunity,” WPIX news director Bill Carey told FishbowlNY. “We realized that we have everything in place because we do a 10 o’clock show [and] people still come in for a full day of work.”

Therefore, Carey says, it doesn’t cost the station anything extra to produce a 6 p.m. weekend newscast.

“It’s good counterprogramming for people that don’t watch football,” Carey admits.

Another change for WPIX involves their morning newscast airing weekdays from 4:30-9 a.m.

As the station prepares for a 4 a.m. start time on September 20, Carey has flipped anchors John Muller and Chris Burrous.

Burrous, who joined PIX in June, is now co-anchoring the PIX Morning News with Sukanya Kristan from 6-9 a.m.

The veteran Muller, on the PIX Morning News since its inception in 2000, will need an earlier wake-up call. He is headed to the 4:30-6 a.m. portion (4 a.m. as of Sept. 20) of the broadcast with Tamsen Fadal.

“We’re kind of timing it so that we can cement our place at 4 o’clock in the morning,” Carey says. “I just feel like the pairings make us a stronger team and we made the flip.”

WPIX has been a trailblazer in the local morning news race. In 2008, they became the first to air a 4:30 newscast. Eventually, the other stations would join WPIX at 4:30.