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9/11: New York Remembers Revisited

In case you missed any of our special feature 9/11: New York Remembers, today we’re observing the 10th anniversary of the tragic day linking back to the entire series.

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Covering 9/11 for WBBR Was ‘Very Hard’ for Legendary Radio Anchor Mitch Lebe

Mitch Lebe is a veteran newsman with more than 50 years in New York radio.

He worked more than a decade at WYNY and sister station WNBC, followed by WCBS-AM throughout the 1990s.

In the new millennium, Lebe was prominently heard on Bloomberg Radio/WBBR.

On September 11, 2001, he was co-anchor of the afternoon shift.

Lebe spoke with FishbowlNY for our special series–9/11: New York Remembers.

“It was a day that we were starting a new jingle package,” Lebe says.

So that morning, Lebe, wanting to hear what to expect later, tuned to Bloomberg’s website for the streaming audio and the 9 a.m. jingles.

While waiting, he heard a traffic report at 8:55 a.m.

“I hear the helicopter [reporter] say, ‘There are flames coming out of the World Trade Center. We don’t know for sure, but we think a plane hit the building.’”

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Former Bloomberg Radio Morning Anchors Ben Farnsworth and Peter Schacknow Knew Something Was ‘Very, Very Wrong’ as They Covered 9/11

During an 11-year span in the 1970s and 1980s, Ben Farnsworth (left) was known to millions as the afternoon co-anchor at WCBS NewsRadio 88.

But it was at Bloomberg Radio/WBBR where Farnsworth informed listeners about the tragedy of 9/11.

FishbowlNY continues our exploration of the tenth anniversary with 9/11: New York Remembers.

“It was just amazing,” Farnsworth says. “It just kind of came out of the blue.”

The day was even more bittersweet for the veteran Farnsworth.

“The irony is that 9/11 is my birthday,” Farnsworth tells FishbowlNY.  “It certainly affects my life every year on my birthday.”

Farnsworth did morning drive with Peter Schacknow from 6 a.m. to 10 a.m. The team was only in its second week together when the attacks shocked the city.

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1050 ESPN/WEPN Program Director ‘Excited’ With Bloomberg Arrangement

We recently reported about the upshot in morning activity at ESPN.

First, FishbowlNY had the first word that Bloomberg Radio/WBBR would outsource a.m. drive sportscasts to ESPN. Then last week, ESPN joined forces with WABC/Channel 7 to also provide morning sports updates.

Of course, ESPN and Channel 7 are under the same Walt Disney Company umbrella.

In an effort to shed some light on the dual dawn operations, FishbowlNY got the comments of Justin Craig, 1050 ESPN/WEPN program director.

“We’re excited to partner with Bloomberg in this endeavor and to provide New York audiences a new outlet for our work to be heard,”  Craig says.

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WABC/Channel 7 Joining Forces with ESPN for Morning Sports

ESPN and WABC/Channel 7, properties of the Walt Disney Corporation, are taking synergy to the next level. The Daily News reports WABC will outsource morning sports reports to ESPN.

That means, gone are the sportscasts by evening anchor Rob Powers that at times were outdated. Also, it means Powers doesn’t have to wait for late games to finish before recording the morning sportscasts.

Our sister site TVSpy has more on the deal, including comments from Channel 7 news director Kenny Plotnik.

On Saturday, FishbowlNY told you first that Bloomberg Radio/WBBR is now using ESPN anchors during morning drive.

Bloomberg Radio/WBBR To Use ESPN Anchors During Morning Drive

Bloomberg Radio/WBBR-AM will no longer implement its own sportscasts in morning drive. Beginning Monday, FishbowlNY has learned, Bloomberg will start using anchors from ESPN. A source tells FishbowlNY that it’s believed to be a barter deal between the business station owned by the Mayor and Disney’s sports station.

Longtime morning sports anchor Jerry Azar left the station in 2010. Shadow Broadcasting reporters have filled the Bloomberg sports gap since Azar’s departure.

The ESPN deal does not affect WBBR’s weekend sports coverage. Shadow staffers will continue to file sports reports for the station on Saturday and Sunday.

WLTW Widens Lead Over WCBS-FM in March Ratings

WLTW/Lite FM has been an unstoppable force atop the Arbitron monthly PPM overall 6+ rating. The Clear Channel juggernaut is a consistent number one to WCBS-FM’s long-standing number two.

That formula is followed again last month, except that Lite increased its lead over the Classic Hits station.

Lite went from a 7.1 to a 7.6 in March, while CBS-FM, in the oppposite direction, slipped from 5.6 to 5.4.

Z100/WHTZ kept its familiar number three, although also dropping off from 5.3 to 5.1.

It was steady as she goes for Rhythmic Adult Contemporary WKTU (the third Clear Channel station among the Top 4) at a 4.7.

However, Spanish station WSKQ/Mega 97.9 made big gains, jumping from 3.5 to 4.1.

WBLS and WCBS-AM saw no movement in March, both holding at 3.7.

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No Changes Atop the February PPM Ratings: WLTW Maintains Lead; WCBS-FM is Second

WLTW/Lite FM remains the one to beat in the overall (6+ continuous) February PPM Arbitron ratings. The Clear Channel number one mainstay had a 7.1 (up from 6.8 in January). WCBS-FM kept its usual distance at number two, although the Classic Hits station did edge up to a 5.6.

WHTZ/Z100 maintained number three. But the Clear Channel Contemporary Hit Radio station powered up .6 from the previous month to stand at 5.3.

WKTU, also had a big month, moving up to fourth place with a 4.7.

WINS slipped back to 3.8 (from 4.2 in January), while Citadel’s WABC had no gain for the month at 3.7. Joining WABC at 3.7 was WCBS-AM, which had a down February–losing  .7.

More of the ratings after the jump.

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Veteran Reporter, ‘Frustrated Singer’ Vince Lipari Ready to Embark on New Career

Last month, we reported on how several of those affected by the Bloomberg LP upheaval two years ago are finding their footing in new career paths.

Since that piece, another former “Bloomberger” reached out to FishbowlNY to tell his story.

Vince Lipari has been on the broadcasting scene in New York for decades. In the 1980s, Lipari was a reporter for WABC-TV’s Eyewitness News.

He spent several years at Bloomberg, anchoring TV and later doing newscasts on the radio side—WBBR.

Lipari left Bloomberg in 2008, ahead of the massive layoffs.

After trying several others jobs, including selling real estate, Lipari is ready to resurrect his lifelong passion—singing.

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WLTW Maintains Number One in January Ratings, WCBS-FM Closes Gap

It’s still WLTW/Lite FM looking down at the other radio stations. While the January Arbitron ratings show Clear Channel’s Lite FM keeping its number one position, the station did lose some of its gusto from the Christmas survey.

Lite FM scored a 6.8, although not as impressive as the 12.3 during the holiday period.

WCBS-FM, kept at arm’s length, registered a 5.2 (up from 4.8) for second place.

Perennial number three, WHTZ/Z100 jumped slightly to 4.7.

All-news sister stations WCBS-AM and WINS make big gains. WCBS went from a 3.5 to 4.4 in this ratings book, while WINS saw positive improvements from a 3.2 to 4.2.

WKTU wedged between the newsers, slipping to a 4.3.

Citadel-owned WABC also saw nice gains (3.7 from 3.0).

Tropical WSKQ dropped off to 3.3 from a 4.0 the previous month. However, Univision’s WXNY edged up .4 to 2.9.

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