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Veteran Anchor Cameron Swayze Retires from WCBS

He was much a part of the weekend as buying bagels on a Sunday morning. John Cameron Swayze Jr (who went by Cameron Swayze on the air), the veteran WCBS-AM anchor, retired last month after selling his house.

Separating Swayze (left, with WCBS afternoon anchor Wayne Cabot in 2006) from the rest of the pack was the decades of experience he brought to listeners.   

“Because of all the news he covered in his career, he knew more about most stories than almost anyone else on the radio,” Tim Scheld, WCBS-AM news director, tells FishbowlNY. “There’s no substitute for context and experience.”

Swayze was also a wordsmith of the highest order. His delivery was as crisp as the autumn air on one of his early morning weekend shifts.

The longtime newsman, who started at WCBS in 1988, had lineage on his side. He is the son of John Cameron Swayze. In 1949, the elder Swayze was tapped to anchor NBC News’ first foray into evening news with the 15-minute Camel News Caravan. Read more

WCBS-AM Pulls President Obama Press Conference

The midterm elections proved to be a devastating loss for President Obama. He watched as the Republicans gained control of the House, and nearly took the Senate also.

Obama had to pick up the pieces, giving his “state of the union” this afternoon.

Most local outlets chose to carry the Obama news conference at 1 p.m., including WCBS 880.  But, WCBS decided to pull the plug halfway through. WCBS news director Tim Scheld tells FishbowlNY that the station will routinely drop out of long form coverage of news events depending upon what else is going on.

Specific to the president’s press conference today, Scheld says he felt comfortable getting back to regular programming after about 30 minutes. 

That meant, though, that WCBS listeners failed to hear one of the presidents’ most resounding lines. Near the conclusion, Obama referred to what took place last night as a “shellacking.” 

Additionally, the news director says another factor was breaking news. Scheld says the unofficial Connecticut Governor winner became known during the Obama coverage.

Within the CBS family, Scheld points out, the press conference was readily available on their website, and shown on WCBS-TV through CBS News.