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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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WCBS-AM Names Brad Heller Permanent Morning Sports Anchor

Breaking: FishbowlNY has learned that WCBS-AM has named interim morning sports anchor Brad Heller to the position permanently. Heller replaces longtime morning sportscaster Jared Max, who left for ESPN 1050/WEPN in March.

Heller has been with Shadow Broadcasting Services, which provides sports reports to the station, throughout much of the last decade.

In 2006, Heller left New York for Columbia, South Carolina, where he was play-by-play voice for the University of South Carolina’s women’s basketball team.

Heller attended Syracuse University, like some famous sportscasters before him: Marv Albert, Len Berman, and Bob Costas.   

FishbowlNY attempted to reach WCBS-AM for a comment.

Lynda Lopez Joins Fox 5/WNYW as Idol Contributor

Lynda Lopez, a veteran of various New York TV and radio stations, is joining Fox 5/WNYW as entertainment contributor for the 10 p.m. newscast. Her primary role, at the start, will be covering American Idol. Ironically, Lopez is the younger sister of Idol judge Jennifer Lopez. Her first report aired last night.

Lynda Lopez previously worked for Fox, first as a weekend anchor for WWOR in 2006. A year later, she moved to Fox 5 and Good Day New York.

As for the 2011 version of Good Day, Julie Chang will provide Idol updates on the Fox 5 morning show anchored by Rosanna Scotto and Greg Kelly. Chang, along with Lopez, will be at the Idol finale in Los Angeles later this month.

Most recently, Lopez was anchoring on WCBS 880.

Lopez replaces Anne Craig who left the station last month.

Craig Allen, WCBS 880 Longtime Meteorologist, Gets Three Year Extension

To paraphrase the inscription at the James Farley Post Office in Manhattan, “Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays the courier from the swift completion of his appointed rounds.”

For Craig Allen, his “appointed rounds” have meant giving listeners the most accurate weather forecast, regardless of the elements.

This April, the legendary Allen marks 30 years as WCBS 880 chief meteorologist, and today FishbowlNY has learned that Allen will remain with his beloved WCBS-AM for several more years.

His contract extension has been finalized, giving Allen another three years at Newsradio 880.

“I’m so proud the relationship will continue. 880  is family. We have been together for 30 years,” Allen tells FishbowlNY. “No other radio station here in the east has had their own exclusive meteorologist for three decades.”

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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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NY Press Club Awards Recognize Times‘ David Barstow, BusinessWeek

nypc.pngThe New York Press Club yesterday announced the 62 winners of its 2009 Journalism Awards. BusinessWeek led the award count with seven wins, while The New York TimesDavid Barstow will accept the Gold Keyboard Award for excellence in investigative journalism at the June 15 ceremony.

Barstow was awarded the Gold Keyboard for his investigative series “Message Machine,” which focused on the Pentagon under former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld and the construction of the case for the war against and the occupation of Iraq.

Barstow’s work beat out two other finalists for the Gold Keyboard prize: The New York Daily News‘ investigation of the planning and construction of the new Yankee Stadium and Mark Thompson‘s Time magazine cover story about the U.S. military’s use of anti-depressant drugs, “America’s Medicated Army.”

In addition to the Gold Keyboard, the NYPC also chooses recipients for two other unique awards: the Nellie Bly Cub Reporter, which honors reporters with three years of experience or less, and the Reverend Mychal Judge Heart of New York for reporting that is most complimentary of New York City. Fortune Small Business‘s Mina Kimes will receive the Nellie Bly for her article “The End of Oil,” while the Rev. Mychal Judge Heart award will be bestowed upon three recipients: Sara Fishko of WNYC, the Associated PressBeth J. Harpaz and Susan Dominus of the Times.

Over 300 entries were submitted to more than 20 categories of NYPC awards by New York-area newspapers, magazines, Web sites and TV and radio stations, with the winners picked by journalists, former journalists and academics with expertise in each specific category.

BusinessWeek was awarded prizes in the business reporting, consumer reporting, continuing coverage, feature reporting, political coverage and spot news categories. Several news organizations, including the Times, the AP, WCBS Newsradio, Bloomberg News, Newsweek/Newsweek.com and The Wall Street Journal all received four awards each.

A full list of the winners is after the jump

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