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(Video) Alan Colmes Says Being ‘Left of Attila the Hun’ Keeps Him from Radio Clearance in NYC

Alan Colmes is still a busy guy. He is heard nationally on his eponymous Fox News Radio show. He also does guest spots on Fox News Channel, his former prime time TV home with Sean Hannity.

FishbowlNY caught up with Colmes at the recent reunion for WHN, a station that he was part of in the 1970s.

Although his radio show is available live online, including New York, where Colmes remains sidelined. Colmes says rejoining the top market is always a goal, but not something on his radar these days.

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Phil Boyce Adds VP Title at Salem in New York

Veteran radio executive Phil Boyce is increasing his workload at Salem Communications. The one-time 77 WABC programmer has been handed the title operational VP at 970 AM/WNYM, a.k.a. The Answer, and religion-based WMCA.

Boyce was hired by Salem in February as corporate VP director of the Spoken Word Format. He’ll keep that title as well.

Boyce replaces Linnae Young, who moves from regional VP in charge of the New York cluster to the Tampa group of stations, All Access reports.

Bob Grant to Sign Off From WABC Sunday

It’s been a remarkable ride for cantankerous and controversial Bob Grant. The influential talk show host will leave his one-hour Sunday show this weekend, his third stint at WABC. Grant, 83, rejoined the station in September 2009.

He wrote today on his Web site, bobgrantonline.com: ”I am not sick, I am just a tired of life member of the chorus.”

Grant, who had a highly successful 12-year stint as afternoon WABC host, added: “I will miss you as much as you say you miss me.”

In 1970, Grant made his splash in New York when he arrived at WMCA. For the next seven years he was the station’s ”house conservative.” Grant also worked at WOR twice. Most recently, he was on the air at the Buckley family-owned company from 1996 to 2006.

As Grant writes on his site: “There are other things I want to do with the rest of my life. For one thing, I may have time to write the book we have talked about.”

Grant wrote only one book, the 1996 Let’s Be Heard.

WABC operations manager Tony Mascaro refused to comment.

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WMCA Pioneering Executive and ‘True Gentleman,’ R. Peter Straus Dies

A key player in the growth of New York radio has died. R. Peter Straus was responsible for WMCA becoming one of the top radio stations in the country.

“I was saddened to hear of the death of R. Peter Straus,” former WMCA air personality, Harry Harrison, tells FishbowlNY.

Straus, whose first name was Ronald, had two stints at WMCA. He joined the family business in the 1940s. His father, Nathan Straus bought WMCA in 1943. The elder Straus had been director of United States Housing Authority under President Franklin Roosevelt, and a New York state senator.

After becoming an executive at the International Labor Organization, part of the United Nations, Straus returned to WMCA, alongside his dad, in 1958. A year later, he succeeded his father as president. Another memorable moment occurred in 1959, as WMCA improved its lineup by hiring Harrison. It would be the start of 44 years in New York for the “Morning Mayor.”

“GM Steve Labunski and PD Ruth Meyer transformed WMCA into the ‘Good Guys’ radio station, and it became a huge success in the 60s,” Harrison tells FishbowlNY. “All the staff appreciated the support and encouragement Peter always gave us. He was a true gentleman.”

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Tropical Storm Irene Takes WNYC-AM Off Air

You’ve heard about the numerous power outages in the tri-state area from Hurricane/Tropical Storm Irene. The widespread flooding also took its toll on many homes and businesses.  

One of those businesses that felt the wrath of Irene was radio station WNYC. The AM station had been off the air since Sunday morning at 9:30. 

Late Tuesday afternoon WNYC-AM began the process of getting on the air, returning at low power.

A WNYC spokeswoman says the antenna system suffered extensive damage.

While repairs continue, WNYC says listeners can also find them on their FM counterpart at 93.9, and regular AM programming is being streamed online at www.wnyc.org.

Christian station WMCA, with its antenna in Kearny, New Jersey, not far from where WNYC’s antenna is located, also was knocked off the air.

Exclusive: Former New York Governor Paterson ‘Drawn To’ Work in Radio

Since leaving office on January 1, New York Governor David Paterson has been keeping busy. But not as you might think. The former governor has quietly been forging a new career, which incorporates his previous one.

He has become a radio go-to guy, and surprisingly, not as a guest to discuss politics, but as host of his own show. He brings a knowledge and passion to the subject. Paterson can focus on politics and current events while filling in for John Gambling mornings on WOR. At WABC, there is the Religion on the Line show, which to date he’s done once.  

Arguably, Paterson’s most relaxed at WFAN. Just prior to leaving Albany, Paterson spent the entire afternoon with Mike Francesa. If that was an audition for future on-air work at the sports station—he passed. Recently, Paterson hosted his own ‘FAN show. It was there that FishbowlNY was granted exclusive access to the governor to talk about his new love—radio. Paterson says it may seem new to listeners, but he and radio actually have a long history together.

“When I was a child, I used the radio in place of the fact that I couldn’t read the newspapers,” Paterson says. “That’s how I heard the news.”

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Steve Labunski, Man Responsible for Bringing Ruth Meyer to WMCA in 1950s, Dies

Broadcasting exec Steve Labunski has passed away of natural causes. Labunski was 86.

As general manager at WMCA, he was the person who gave Ruth Meyer her start in New York radio in 1958. Meyer was the trailblazing WMCA “Good Guys” program director through much of the 1960s. Meyer died in January.

At the time, FishbowlNY reached out to an ailing Labunski for reaction.

Radio great Harry Harrison credits Labunski and Meyer for bringing him to New York in 1959. He last saw Labunski during a milestone on-air shift–celebrating his 40th year in the Big Apple.

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Remembering Ruth Meyer, a Trailblazing New York Radio Programmer

At a time when women were at home playing the role of housewife (think 1950s sitcom standards The Ozzie and Harriet Show and Leave it to Beaver) Ruth Meyer was playing the role of accomplished radio manager.

A disciple of Top 40 pioneer Todd Storz, Meyer, sadly today, is largely a lost figure in the industry—except to those who knew her best.

Hired in 1958, for much of the next decade, no one wielded more influence in the market (including Rick Sklar at top rival WABC) than Meyer as WMCA program director.

Meyer died on January 21. She was 80.

“She was a super person,” Harry Harrison, WMCA midday jock under Meyer, says. “She and Steve Labunski [general manager] brought me to New York at WMCA from Peoria [Illinois]. It was late 1959.” (A saddened Labunski was informed by FishbowlNY of Meyer’s passing.)

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