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Most Popular FishbowlNY Stories for the Week

Here’s a look at what FishbowlNY stories made the most buzz this week.

  1. WNYC Host, Producer Jad Abumrad Named a Genius, September 20
  2. The New York Times Has Smart Commentators, CNN Doesn’t, September 21
  3. Brides EIC Out After 25 Years, September 16
  4. Self Names New Managing Editor, September 21
  5. Conde´ Nast Continues Changes, September 16
  6. Food Network Magazine Toasts Bobby Flay, September 20
  7. The Onion is Leaving New York, September 22
  8. Bill Keller Tackles Obama in First Op-Ed, September 19
  9. Veteran Anchor Mike Schneider to Helm NJTV Nightly Newscast, September 19
  10. Former WNYW/Channel 5 Reporter Andrea Day ‘Excited’ to Take Career in ‘Different Direction,’ September 21

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WNYC Host, Producer Jad Abumrad Named a Genius

Since 2005, Jad Abumrad has been the producer and co-host of nationally syndicated Radiolab, based at the WNYC studios. Today, Abumrad has been selected by the prestigious MacArthur Foundation as a 2011 MacArthur Fellow. Monetarily, Abumrad gets $500,000 for his intellect.

Abumrad put his grey matter to good use—c0-creating Radiolab, which through audio explorations, Abumrad is able to examine scientific and philosophical dilemmas, enriching listeners with the experience.

Abumrad takes his background as a composer to orchestrate dialogue, music, and sound effects into compelling documentaries that draw listeners into investigations of otherwise intimidating topics.

The 22 winners received a surprise phone call from the Foundation, saying  the cash prize has no-strings attached over the next five years. MacArthur Fellowships come without stipulations or reporting requirements and offer Fellows unprecedented freedom and opportunity to reflect, create, and explore.

Abumrad received a B.A. from Oberlin College in 1995.

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.

WCBS/Channel 2 and WFUV Top NYSBA Awards for Broadcasting Excellence

At it’s annual dinner the New York State Broadcasters Association distributed Awards for Excellence in Broadcasting.

WCBS/Channel 2 was the big winner last night among New York City television stations, with five honors.

WCBS won awards for Outstanding Spot News (CBS 2 News at 11: Gas Explosion), Outstanding Hard News Story (Staten Island Bias Attacks), Outstanding Feature News Story (Robo-Tripping), Outstanding Locally Originated Newscast (CBS 2 News at 11: Tornados Hit NYC), and Outstanding Sportscast (Road to Glory: Feud in Foxborough).

WXTV, the Univisión owned-and-operated Channel 41, earned a nod for Outstanding Promotion Announcement or Series (X-Final), while WPIX/Channel 11, won for Outstanding Locally Produced TV Show (PIX Presents 2011 N.Y. International Auto Show).

A look at the radio winners after the jump

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Bloomberg and WCBS-AM, Big Winners of New York Press Club Journalism Awards

Winners were announced for the 2011 New York Press Club Journalism Awards yesterday. Bloomberg LP and NY1 each won four awards, while WCBS 880 was honored with three trophies.  

Winners were selected from 20 categories. The award presentation will take place Monday, June 13 at the Water Club.

The complete list of winners after the jump

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WNYC Launches Public Insight Network to Explore Education

WNYC Radio launched its Public Insight Network (PIN) today, built on a service grown and powered by American Public Media (APM) and used by many newsrooms across the country. The initiative gives local newsrooms a direct link to people in their community and develops insights from people’s lives, work and personal experiences.

WNYC is using the PIN to ask educators, administrators, and parents to weigh in as  sources on topics, ranging from Chancellor Cathie Black’s performance to potential layoffs for teachers. The input from these sources adds depth and understanding to WNYC’s news coverage that a top-down approach might not reveal.

“Joining the Public Insight Network family gives us more direct access to people in the community with relevant personal experience that helps illuminate a story – and also gives them more direct access to us,” said John Keefe, Senior Executive Producer of News. “Everyday New Yorkers can put themselves forward as experts in their own communities and help inform the way we report a story, and in turn, how our listeners understand an issue.”

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New York Public Radio Hires Former NBC Executive as Chief Digital Officer

New York Public Radio, the parent company of WNYC (AM and FM) and WQXR, has named Thomas Hjelm as chief digital officer.

Hjelm brings a wealth of experience to the position.

He spent time at NBC as senior director of content strategy and business operations for the Local Media wing.

Previously, Hjelm was a creative director of marketing at AOL,  and a director of their broadband services.

WQXR Host Terrance McKnight Commemorates Black History Month with Special Programming

With February being Black History Month, classical music station WQXR and Terrance McKnight have lined up special programming.

Throughout the month, as host of the Saturday night program All Ears, McKnight gives listeners insight into famous black musicians.

It starts on February 5 with A Musical Biography of Bill T. Jones.

“Bill’s not a musician… He’s a chorographer. When I watch Bill’s work, I saw or I heard similarities to what I do on air, and all about mixing genres,” McKnight tells FishbowlNY.

He says using a biography of Jones through music, listeners will find out “those important kind of points of collision where music became important, and by extension how it became important in his work years later.”

McKnight, since joining WQXR in 2009, has become a popular destination for legions of New York classical music aficionados. He was first heard in the area on WNYC in 2008. (WNYC parent company New York Public Radio purchased ‘QXR from The New York Times in 2009.)

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WNYC Announces Grant to Step Up Local Journalism


WNYC Radio has been awarded its first major grant toward an initiative that will significantly increase the station’s award-winning local journalism efforts.

The Charles H. Revson Foundation has pledged a total of $1 million in funding over a two-year period. The grant will support the station’s new digital journalism initiative using radio, digital and broadband technology to build greater capacity for coverage and conversation around issues facing New York City.

The three main goals of the initiative:

  • To invest in robust editorial content on-air and online in key areas at the heart of a democratic society
  • To engage in important conversations around meaningful and challenging issues
  • To create sustainable editorial partnerships and open source applications that serve as models for collaboration and sharing across the public media system Read more

WNYC Reporter Honored with Daniel Schorr Journalism Prize

Ailsa Chang, a reporter for non-commercial News/Talk WNYC-AM and FM, wins the prestigious 2010 Daniel Schorr Journalism Prize.

The Poynter Institute reports Boston University and that city’s NPR affiliate announced Chang as this year’s recipient. She will be honored at a ceremony on Nov. 10.

The $5,000 prize is awarded to public radio journalists 35 years old and under.

Chang was selected for her investigative reporting of Detroit’s broken public defender system. Her piece aired on NPR’s award-winning newsmagazine, All Things Considered in 2009. 

Since joining WNYC, Chang has focused on terrorism, criminal justice, and the courts.

The prize, in its ninth year, is named for the NPR legendary senior news analyst. Schorr passed away in July at 93.

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