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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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Stations Make Plans as Republicans and Democrats Get Ready to Nominate at National Conventions

Obama and Biden accept the Democratic nomination in 2008

The battle between Mitt Romney and President Obama moves to the convention floor next week for the nominating process, and TV and radio stations are ready for extra coverage of the key moments.

The Republicans lead off in Tampa, with Romney awaiting his party’s endorsement next week.

WABC/Channel 7 is sending anchor Bill Ritter to the GOP convention, along with political reporter Dave Evans.  Reports begin Sunday night at 11.

One week later, the Democrats convene in Charlotte, with morning anchor Lori Stokes joining Evans on scene.

As for WCBS/Channel 2, veteran political reporter Marcia Kramer is the station’s lone representative at the conventions.

A spokesperson tells FishbowlNY that Kramer will cover the national news in addition to the New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut state delegations.

WNBC/Channel 4 will also not have an anchor presence. Only reporter Melissa Russo is covering both events live.

A WNYW/WWOR spokesperson did not respond to our request prior to the deadline.

WPIX/Channel 11 is not sending any on-air talent to either convention. The station says without any mystery surrounding the nominees, WPIX will likely just cover it as a news story.

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WCBS 880 Finally Makes the Move to Hudson Street

New home for WCBS 880 afternoon anchors Steve Scott (left) and Wayne Cabot (right)/Steve Scott

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.”

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WCBS 880 Traffic Reporter Tom Kaminski Honored By Alma Mater

It was a special day for WCBS 880′s veteran man in the chopper, Tom Kaminski. No, it wasn’t an easy getaway on the roads. 

Kaminski was named the Allen B. Dumont Broadcaster of the Year from his alma mater, Montclair State University. As Kaminski wrote on his Facebook page, his boss, WCBS news director Tim Scheld and longtime reporter Rich Lamb were attendance, along with Tim’s wife Lyn and son JT.

Past winners include WWOR/Channel 9 anchor Brenda Blackmon, WABC/Channel 7 reporter N.J. Burkett, and Inside Edition anchor Deborah Norville.

Kaminski has been a traffic mainstay at WCBS since 1988.

He graduated from Monclair State University in 1984.

As Expected, Scott Pelley Named CBS Evening News Anchor; WCBS-AM to Keep Simulcast Going

In an announcement as anticipated as much as Katie Couric stepping down last month, Scott Pelley has been named to succeed Couric as anchor of the CBS Evening News.

Unlike Couric, the longtime NBC News anchor and correspondent, Pelley is homegrown, having been with CBS News since 1989.

There has been some speculation, or at least wonder, whether radio stations would continue the simulcast of Evening News starting with Pelley’s debut June 6.

However, Tim Scheld, WCBS-AM news director, tells FishbowlNY that there will be no change to their programming schedule.  

Pelley, the former network Chief White House Correspondent, joined 60 Minutes in 2003.

WCBS-AM, WABC-TV and WNBC Among the RTDNA Award Winners

The Radio Television Digital News Association (RTDNA) has been recognizing top achievements in electronic journalism with the Edward R. Murrow Awards since 1971. Today, the organization announced its 2011 recipients in radio and TV in regions throughout the country.

In the large market radio division, WCBS-AM won four times, including for Overall Excellence.

Newsradio 880 also was victorious for Audio News Series (Chasing the Next High) with reporter Irene Cornell, and Use of Sound by reporter Sean Adams.

“Given the level of competition in the region, we’re thrilled at the honor,” Tim Scheld, WCBS-AM news director, tells FishbowlNY.

Scheld singles out another WCBS award winner, Best Audio Newscast (September 17th 7 a.m.) from the morning after the New York City tornado hit, as dozen of staffers gathered information in and out of the newsroom.

“That’s a nice honor. I’m thrilled for our crew, plus being part of the CBS family, the Murrows mean something special here,” Scheld says.

WBBR/Bloomberg Radio took home the prize for Audio Feature Reporting (The New Economics of Hollywood).

WNYC Radio was named Best Audio Reporting: Hard News (Deportations Before Reform: Anatomy of an Immigration Bust).

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WABC-TV and WCBS-TV Sending Reporters to Royal Wedding

Get the strawberries and cream ready, or perhaps the shepherds pie.  

Showing that the Royal Wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton isn’t just a worldwide affair, but also a “local” event, several New York reporters and anchors are off to London to provide coverage.

WABC/Channel 7 is sending Liz Cho and Kemberly Richardson. They will start filing reports across the Atlantic on Easter Sunday.

WCBS/Channel 2 is assigning veteran Dana Tyler to Westminster Abbey. She’ll also begin her live reports on Easter Sunday.

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WPIX’s Jennifer Jordan Moonlighting at WCBS 880

You probably know Jennifer Jordan for her reporting at several New York stations.  Jordan, who currently does TV work on WPIX/Channel 11, will also be featured on the radio at WCBS 880.

“We’ve brought her in to train for per diem anchoring,” Tim Scheld, WCBS-AM news director, says.  

Beyond that, Scheld says her future at WCBS is to be determined. But, for now, the Daily News reports Jordan will likely average two days a week.  

This marks a return for Jordan to CBS, having worked at WCBS/Channel 2 earlier in her career. The Peekskill native also has been on WWOR/Channel 9.

Annual Hungerthon Wraps Up Today on Several Radio Stations

With millions getting ready to give thanks for what they have, it’s the perfect time to help others in need.

The Hungerthon, in conjunction with World Hunger Year, joins forces with many radio stations to help the organization’s annual fund drive.

Started over the weekend, the Hungerthon concludes today in a big way. More than a dozen city stations will participate today.

  • WCBS-AM 

News Director Tim Scheld tells FishbowlNY that WCBS 880 is hosting the entire phone bank for calls to Hungerthon from any station.

“The newsroom is filled with tables, computers, [and] the conference table has every inch taken up with Hungerthon material.”

The station has coverage from 5 a.m. to 10 p.m. with Wayne Cabot and Tony Guida hosting the Hungerthon portions.

Then there are the auction items that each station is using to entice listeners.

WCBS-AM is offering various packages, among them is a chance to sit in with sportscaster Jared Max and record your own report.

You can win a tour of the Giants’ new training facility, and also bid for a taping of The Daily Show with Jon Stewart.  

 A look at sports themed items on WFAN after the jump.

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Exclusive: Cameron Swayze Discusses Leaving WCBS 880

After spending 22 years on the air at WCBS-AM, as we recently reported, legendary weekend morning anchor John Cameron Swayze Junior retired.

FishbowlNY made contact with Swayze (known to WCBS listeners simply as Cameron Swayze) for his exclusive comments since the retirement last month.

While it’s true that Swayze decided to walk away when his home in Westchester went on the market, he said that made it the right time in his life for a “new adventure.”

But Swayze was not cavalier with his decision.

“Radio is what I do and have done for 40 years and I have loved it with a passion.”

Once he made peace with the choice, he says doing the final broadcast was no problem.

“I tend not to look back,” Swayze says.

The veteran anchor won’t miss having to hear the alarm clock go off at 1 a.m. or “trying to survive a trip down the West Side Highway at 2 a.m navigating safely through the clutter of manic and stoned drivers.” Read more

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