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Meteorologist Craig Allen Marks 30 Years of Forecasts on WCBS-AM

April 27, 1981—Ronald Reagan was just over three months into his term as president (having escaped an assassination attempt four weeks prior) and we were still three months away from that generation’s Royal Wedding of Prince William’s parents Princess Diana and Prince Charles.

April 27, 1981 was also the date that a young meteorologist from Long Island made his debut at WCBS 880.

Thus began a remarkable run for Craig Allen, doing virtually the same shift (5-10a; 4-7p) ever since. (In February, Allen signed a three-year extension with WCBS).

However, early on Allen had no illusions that he was destined for a 30-year career at a radio powerhouse.

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A Blizzard of Coverage by Local Stations

As the blizzard began to barrel down on New York yesterday with varying intensity, stations gave viewers information on the storm ending their Christmas holiday with varying results.

The best of the bunch was WABC, which provided top-of-the-hour updates until 3 p.m. with meteorologist Bill Evans. After that WABC, which had no sports commitments, went full throttle with complete c0verage. The seriousness of the impending storm was shown when Bill Ritter was brought in to co-anchor coverage. Ritter was joined by weekend anchor Sandra Bookman. For the next four hours, Ritter and Bookman took viewers on a tour of the snow with reporters stationed throughout the region. The meteorologists’ hands were all on deck as well, with Lee Goldberg and Jeff Smith as part of the special broadcast.

Part of WABC’s coverage was to take Mayor Bloomberg’s press conference live. Another feather in their cap—they would be the only station to carry it in its entirety. Ritter and Bookman, along with seven live reporters and Goldberg and Smith returned for an expanded 11 p.m. newscast.

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Past and Present WCBS-AM Talent Swap Memories

Dozens of former WCBS Radio staffers renewed acquaintances at their biannual CBS Board luncheon in Teaneck, New Jersey.

The gatherings started simply enough in 1993 when six WCBS-AM staffers did lunch. In time, organizers (now run by Bob Leeder, a former CBS Radio executive) asked for, and received, the inclusion of station alum.

While primarily CBS on-air and behind-the-scenes folks make up the lunch, the guest list has grown to include other media personalities.

At one table you could find Bob Lape, the veteran food critic on WCBS (and WABC-TV), Stephani Shelton, a former CBS Radio anchor (and TV reporter), and Jane Tillman Irving, a longtime WCBS reporter, and now newswriter at the station. Also in attendance was Mitch Lebe (above), who anchored throughout the 1990s at WCBS. Lebe, into his second half-century in the business, is currently doing newscasts on WOR and WABC.

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