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WLTW Takes April PPM; KISS Closes Shop in Fifth

As the adage goes, the more things change, the more they stay the same. That could have been written about WLTW/Lite FM and its ratings prowess.

Once again, the Clear Channel heavyweight was tops on the overall PPM Arbitron ratings for April by maintaining a 7.5 rating for the second straight month.

WCBS-FM, which last week announced programmer Brian Thomas is leaving to run the CBS Radio cluster in Tampa, kept its number two position by posting a slight gain to 6.4.

The number three and four stations are familiar dwellers as well. Clear Channel sister stations WHTZ/Z100 was third with a .4 boost to 5.6. WKTU marked time at fourth by again registering a 4.7.

It was a strong finish for KISS FM/WRKS, jumping to fifth place with a 4.0. Last month, ESPN/Disney took over the Emmis’ 98.7 FM frequency.

More from the monthly radio ratings after the jump.

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(VIDEO) Stability for Wayne Cabot and Steve Scott as WCBS 880 Afternoon Anchors

Keeping the news flowing, WCBS 880 afternoon anchors Wayne Cabot (r) and Steve Scott

It’s only been a six-year partnership, but WCBS 880 afternoon drive anchors Wayne Cabot and Steve Scott can already be considered a classic radio team. The duo compliment each other perfectly in style and substance.

On the ear, their voices are the right blend to give the listener a smooth transition from story-to-story.

FishbowlNY recently visited the two men at their new Hudson Street studios. WCBS-AM was the final holdout from the New York CBS Radio cluster to head downtown in December.

While on the air, the anchor team took a few moments to speak about what makes its chemistry terrific.

“It’s easy to work with a good partner,” Cabot says. “I have a good partner. It’s easier to work with a good partner because they have your back, because while they’re doing one thing you can focus on something else.”

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And the Winner of New York’s Best Radio Team…

WCBS 880 1980s morning anchors Robert Vaughn (left) and Jim Donnelly/WCBS Appreciation Site

This week we asked you to select your favorite radio teams spanning the decades in New York. FishbowlNY gave you several to choose from in the news field, primarily at Newsradio 880, where anchor teams are their bread and butter. Other categories represented were talk, sports, and music morning show.

Here’s a look at the winners, starting at number 5.

The WCBS-AM anchor team of Wayne Cabot and Harley Carnes— 6 percent (parts of 1992 – 2004)

Number 4. WPLJ’s Scott Shannon and Todd Pettengill — 7 percent    (1991- present)

At number 3. Boomer Esiason and Craig Carton on the WFAN morning show — 8 percent   (2007-present)

Number 2. WFAN’s Mike and the Mad Dog — 17 percent  (1989-2008)

And the number 1 pick for favorite radio team, after the jump

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Christmas Music Means Another Ratings Win for WLTW

WLTW/Lite FM wasn’t playing the role of Scrooge for the holiday season. Arbitron released the Holiday numbers yesterday for the period from December 8 to January 4, and the Clear Channel powerhouse enjoyed a ratings bonanza. The Soft Adult Contemporary station, which kept its popular holiday tradition playing Christmas music, had an 11.o rating. WLTW had a 8.2 for December.

WCBS-FM made a .3 upgrade to 6.2, but of course was swallowed by the WLTW dominance.

WHTZ/Z100 lost .5 to a 4.6, while sister Clear Channel station WKTU dropped .4 to 4.4.

Tropical WSKQ saw no gains at 3.9.

Rocker WAXQ/Q 104.3 retreated .3 to 3.8.

CBS’ WWFS/Fresh 102.7 backed up .4 to 3.5.

WQHT/Hot 97 was one of the few stations with positive numbers–improving .4 to 3.4.

In the battle of the city’s News stations: WINS led the way, despite slipping .2 to 3.2. WCBS Newsradio 88 maintained a 2.8.

However, Merlin Media upstart WEMP lost another .1 to a microscopic .5. Incidentally, the FM station’s CUME dropped from 621,300 to 539,500.

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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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CBS Brings All-News to FM in D.C., Could NYC Be Next?

CBS Radio announces it’s launching an all-news FM station in Washington, D.C. after the new year, and it will have some New York blood. The station’s program director is Rob Sanchez, the longtime WCBS 880 Assistant Director of News and Programming.

But the question begs to be asked–would CBS consider programming an FM news station in New York, and waging a direct battle with Merlin’s FM newser 101.9/WEMP?

“We have no further announcements in regards to our all news stations at this time,” Karen Mateo, CBS Radio, SVP of Communications, tells FishbowlNY.  

Her statement could be cryptic, so FishbowlNY dug deeper.

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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.

Remembering Andy Rooney, a ‘Giant of a Man’

He was a staple at CBS for more than 60 years, but Andy Rooney became a household name when he joined 60 Minutes on a regular basis in 1978.  He retired from the program just last month, vowing that he wasn’t retiring because “writers don’t retire, and I’ll always be a writer.”

Rooney died last night in New York at the age of 92.

Another longtime fixture at CBS News, Sunday Morning host Charles Osgood knew Rooney for decades, and says his popularity on 60 Minutes was cemented early in his career.

“An important thing that people overlook about Andy is that he was a comedy writer,” Osgood tells FishbowlNY.

Rooney established his writing chops with CBS heavyweights Arthur Godfrey and Garry Moore.

Later, he moved his talents from the entertainment side to news, collaborating with Harry Reasoner for his prime time “reports.”

But it was at 60 Minutes that Rooney would write for himself and get in front of camera.

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WCBS 880 Anchor Wayne Cabot Among Those Without Power From Freak October Snowstorm

Wayne Cabot sporting "protest" beard/Courtesy Wayne Cabot Facebook page

Call it “Close Encounters of the Scruffy Kind!”

The rare October snowstorm that blanketed many neighborhoods north and west of New York City has still left many homes and businesses without power.

One of those people with no electricity since the Nor’easter hit last Saturday is longtime WCBS 880 afternoon anchor Wayne Cabot.

Before too long, the lifelong Hunterdon County resident decided to hold a whimsical “beard protest” as a way of drawing attention to his plight.

“As the days went on, I kept seeing my beard get longer,” Cabot tells FishbowlNY. “After five, six days, I was like, ‘The heck with this, I might as well keep this beard going until the power comes back on.’”

As of this writing, it is day seven and still no electricity at the Cabot household.

“My whole street is out,” Cabot says. “Our town is slowly coming back.”

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WEMP Covers October Snowstorm in Haphazard Fashion

The new kid on the news block, WEMP, fails to use the historic snowstorm to its advantage.

As Merlin Media’s FM News 101.9/WEMP was officially starting in August, we reported on their failed coverage of record-setting rainfall.

On Saturday, weather brought the spotlight was back to WEMP with the most October snow to ever fall in New York (1.3 inches), and much more in the suburbs.

Forecasters had been eyeing this weekend for the affects of a Nor’easter in the tri-state region.

However, WEMP did not to plan accordingly.

In the afternoon, as the storm intensified, listeners heard anchors Therese Crowley and Gene Michaels lead with the weather story. WEMP even offered updates from staffers, including anchor Catherine Smith, Doug O’Brien, and producer Judy Speicher. Unlike stalwarts WCBS and WINS, WEMP featured the radio pros “holed up” in their homes.

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