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WLTW Expands Overall Ratings Lead for February

Not to be redundant, but it’s another winning month for WLTW/Lite-FM.

The Clear Channel number one mainstay kept residence in its familiar spot with a 7.6 in the overall Arbitron ratings. That’s a .4 boost from January.

By contrast, WCBS-FM slipped to a 6.2 in the current PPM.

WBLS also dropped by .2 to 5.5, while WHTZ/Z100 lost .3 to 5.1.

WINS was next with 4.7, a .2 gain. Sister station WCBS 880 also saw a .2 upgrade to 3.8.

The big news is tracking NASH-FM/WNSH, the city’s first Country station in more than 15 years. NASH in its first full ratings survey notched a 1.6. Just below NASH was ESPN’s WEPN-FM at 1.3, a drop from 1.6. More dramatically, ESPN has lost a point since November.

WFAN-FM kept its distance from its rival. But the ‘FAN, which simulcasts on 660 AM and 101.9 FM, had an uncharacteristic drop of 1.2 to 2.5 for February.

There’s more from the monthly ratings after the jump.

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Former Shadow Traffic Announcer Melissa Exelberth Appears in New Oz Film

Exelberth (front right) in character during filming of Oz: The Great and Powerful

Melissa Exelberth was heard providing traffic reports on numerous radio stations, including WCBS 880 and WINS, during a 16-year run at Shadow Traffic (today’s Total Traffic). The accomplished voice-over artist, who left the former Westwood One company in 2008, is now making a splash being seen in her first feature film.

Exelberth has a part, including a moment of dialogue in Oz: The Great and Powerful. Although mixed reviews accompanied the film’s arrival last weekend, the movie opened with more than 80 million dollars at the box office.

She got the chance to see the yellow brick road first hand because of her voice work in the pre-production with director Sam Raimi.

“That just led to my getting to say a few words on-camera in the movie,” Exerberth tells FishbowlNY. “It was kind of one of those things that evolved from the voice-work that I did earlier.”

Her pre-production work on Oz dates back to early 2011.  But the on-camera acting experience was once-in-a-lifetime.

“Even though I come from a production background, I had never, ever worked on anything of this scale,” Exelberth says. “It was huge.”

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Report: Most New Yorkers Listen to All-News En Route to Work

A report by Arbitron found something that is hardly breaking news to thousands of drivers each morning; New York has one of the longest commutes in the country.

New Yorkers have an average drive to work of 34.7 minutes. At number three, the only surprise is that the New York metro area wasn’t number one. That “honor” belongs to Sussex, New Jersey, with an estimated 37.7 minute commute.

The time spent listening (TSL) for New York drivers is 3 hours and 15 minutes each week. Those Sussex motorists will lose five hours in the car each Monday to Friday from 6 to 10 a.m.

While in the car, of course, radio is still the main pastime. The report indicates that within New York it’s All-News that grabs the most attention between WCBS 880 and WINS.

Even though New York is high on the commuter list, it doesn’t compare to the other markets in the Top 5 (except Washington, DC) in one category. In those megalopolis regions, the report finds 31 percent use mass transit for work, while 49 percent get behind the wheel themselves.

No matter the mode of transportation, the majority of New Yorkers leave their houses in the 7 a.m. hour, with the 8 o’clock hour a close second.

WNBC’s Scott Stanford Makes News Anchoring Debut

Sportscasters have occasionally been seen handling news anchoring. In the last several years, you could see former WNBC sports anchor Len Berman taking part in the news portion of Live at Five. His former colleague Otis Livingston spent weekend mornings as a stopgap anchor with Cindy Hsu on WCBS.

Now, the latest on-air sports personality has made the leap to the news side. WNBC’s Scott Stanford anchored News 4 New York at 7 on WNBC’s digital channel Cozi TV (formerly New York Nonstop).

Hard to recall a sportscaster anchoring on his own. Stanford, though, broke that barrier. He was in charge of the one-hour broadcast Friday night. He’ll get another shot this Friday.

For those expecting the high-octane Stanford to crash and burn in the new role, they were sadly disappointed. The worry is that a sports guy will just “have fun” with news. But this was clearly no hobby. Stanford was as serious about it as the stories he reported.

Despite not having a TV news background, Stanford was able to transfer his broadcasting skills with little issue. Stanford has been all about sports, first as a former afternoon radio standout on WCBS 880 via Shadow Traffic. He moved to TV at Channel 9/Channel 5 before heading to Channel 4, picking up four New York Emmy Awards along the way.

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Reporters to Converge on Vatican City for Election of New Pope

Pope Benedict made the unprecedented decision to retire. It’s the first time since 1415 that a pope has resigned. It’s a busy time at the Vatican. Benedict will make his final appearance was pope Thursday, before the conclave of cardinals pick his successor.

With the even the slightest hint that New York’s own Cardinal Dolan, dare we say it, could become the next pope, starions are flocking to wait for the puff of smoke.

Among the stations sending correspondents is WCBS/Channel 2 as reporter Tony Aiello spends the rest of week Rome.

WNBC/Channel 4 will send anchor David Ushery, who previously covered the pope, returns to the Vatican for the Conclave of Cardinals that is expected to start next week.

WABC/Channel 7 weekend anchor Joe Torres will be in Rome. The station could not confirm, though, when he will begin to file reports.

On radio, veteran reporter Rich Lamb will make his way to Rome early next week for the Conclave.

WINS is sending Juliet Papa to cover the events at the Sistine Chapel. News director Ben Mevorach tells FishbowlNY, “She has traveled to Rome to cover the Pope on several other occasions for us, so she is well prepared and will bring listeners a very experienced perspective.”

Update: WPIX is sending to reporters Dan Mannarino and Mary Murphy, according to a tweet by Mannarino.

NY1 reporter Vivian Lee is headed to Rome. She’ll cover the papal resignation Thursday. Lee will resume daily updates Sunday as the cardinals hold their Conclave to select the next pope.

 

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Gary Stanley, Former WCBS 880 Sportscaster, Fired Due to Poor Job Performance

Gary Stanley was a talented sportscaster. For nearly 20 years he was a top-flight sports anchor on WCBS 880. Most of that time he was based in the Shadow Traffic (now Total Traffic) studios in Rutherford, New Jersey.

As we reported earlier this week, Stanley left the company, and in turn the station.

Details are emerging about Stanley’s exit.

FishbowlNY has learned that Stanley was forced to take a leave of absence in the fall due to poor job performance.

We’re told that Stanley was warned to get his act together. He did return to the air, before his now less-than-mysterious departure. Although the specific reason for his firing is not known.

What is known, however, is Stanley was not the friendliest person in the business.

“Nobody at Shadow/Total Traffic liked him,” an insider tells FishbowlNY.

He could be acerbic or downright mean to fellow staffers.

“[He was] miserable to deal with, always complaining,” the source contends. “[He] always looked for shortcuts when it came to doing his job.”

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Veteran WCBS-AM Sports Anchor Gary Stanley Exits the Station, Total Traffic

His voice has been a mainstay on WCBS 880 since the New York Rangers won the Stanley Cup in 1994. Gary Stanley has left his full-time sportscasting role with WCBS, produced by Total Traffic in New Jersey.

FishbowlNY has obtained the email that was sent to staffers yesterday.

The terse statement gave only two lines about Stanley.

“I regret to share with you that Gary Stanley is no longer with the company.  We appreciate Gary’s years of service very much and wish him only the best.”

The email adds the promotion of Tom Stephens to full-time on the WCBS sports schedule.

FishbowlNY attempted to reach Total Traffic for confirmation.

Stanley’s time on WCBS predates Shadow (now Clear Channel’s Total Traffic) with four years working directly for the All-Newser.

Since 1985, Stanley has been the voice of Iona Basketball radio play-by-play.

He graduated from Fordham University in the mid 1970s with a B.A. in Communications.

Talking Oscars with Longtime Movie Critic Jeffrey Lyons

Jeffrey Lyons is back on WCBS 880 with his popular movie review segment, the nationally heard Lyons Den Radio.

Lyons, known for more than 40 years of his insightful cinematic critiques and entertaining interviews, worked at 880 from 1975 to 1994. He was also a regular reviewer on WPIX from 1970 to 1991.

Lyons took his local voice national with PBS’ Sneak Previews, which had a 14-year run. Most recently, Lyons brought the “Den” to WNBC. His 13-year run included a syndicated Reel Talk that he created.

With the Oscars being polished up for Sunday’s 85th annual event, it seemed like the perfect opportunity to speak to Lyons and pick his brain about the contenders and possible surprises.

“My upset pick is Hugh Jackman for Best Actor for Les Mis,” Lyons tells FishbowlNY. “Jackman gave one of the great performances I’ve ever seen.”

He expects Daniel Day-Lewis, though, will nab his record-setting third Best Actor for his portrayal of America’s 16th president.

The buzz is building for Steven Spielberg, director of Lincoln.

“I think he’s going to win. He has an Oscar pedigree,” Lyons says. “He hasn’t won enough to suit me. He’s the greatest filmmaker of our time … I’m glad to be alive in the Steven Spielberg era.”

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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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Memories of Longtime Media Favorite, Mayor Ed Koch

His style was brash and it was all New York! Edward Irving Koch is being laid to rest today. He died Friday at age 88 of congestive heart failure. Koch, a three-term mayor from 1978 to 1989, was a friend to the media, always good for a quote.

Rich Lamb covered Koch’s entire run as mayor for WCBS-AM. Although Koch was ill for the past several months, getting shuttled in and out of the hospital, Lamb was not fully prepared to learn of his passing.

“The phone went off at 6:15 [a.m.], and the first thing I heard was my own obit that I recorded yesterday because we decided we’d better have something ready to go,” Lamb tells FishbowlNY.

The situation appeared grave when Koch was transferred to the ICU at New York Presbyterian-Columbia Hospital.

Before Lamb could wipe the sleepy dust from his eyes, there was a live report awaiting him on WCBS at 6:20.

“As I began to speak on the air I choked up and it really surprised me,” Lamb admits.

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