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The Year’s Most Popular FishbowlNY Search Terms

Stand up and take a bow, Dave Price. For the period of January 1 through December 26, the former CBS / The Early Show weatherman ranks as the most frequently typed outside search-engine term of any kind with regards to FishbowlNY organic keyword traffic.

Top Ten FishbowlNY People Searches

DavePricePic1. Dave Price
2. Rob Morrison
3. Greg Kelly
4. Jodi Applegate
5. Joe Nolan
6. Ashley Morrison
7. Domenica Davis
8. Charles McCord
9. Bill Evans
10. Mark Simone

Just beyond this group at 11. is the late Jennifer Rosoff. Her death this summer remains in many ways the saddest story of the year involving an NYC media professional. A bright, shining light extinguished by city code that even when “adhered” to, did not keep an old balcony safe.

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Rating the Weiner ‘Cubicle Guy’ Soundtracks

In this corner, we have The Daily Beast’s take, set to a sort-of square dance-like jig:

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WOR Longtime Chief Engineer Leaves, Hopes Station Retains ‘Hometown Feel’

The latest change at WOR involves a key off-air talent. As chief engineer, Tom Ray had his hand in every technical aspect of WOR and the WOR Radio Network since joining the station more than 15 years ago.

Ray tells FishbowlNY that it was solely his decision to walk away. “I’ve been thinking of leaving for a while now, not anything against Buckley or the radio station,”

Ray does have thoughts about his now-former home with Clear Channel. “The station had a hometown feel,” Ray cautions. “I hope it’s going to retain its hometown feel because it’s something that’s different in the market with all the big stations.”

Connoisseur Media Struck Down by FCC for Challenge of WOR Sale and Z100 Renewal

Connoisseur Media has lost on its claim with the FCC. Connoisseur was fighting the sale of Buckley’s WOR Radio to Clear Channel. The media company also complained about the WHTZ/Z100 license renewal.

At issue for Connoisseur was that Clear Channel and its Aloha Station Trust had not divested all of the stations placed in trust when Clear Channel went private, All Access reports. Additionally, Connoisseur contends, Clear Channel’s bid for one of the Trust stations would violate the Commission’s order.

Connoisseur asked the FCC to set a six-month deadline for divestiture.

In response, the Commission noted that the Trust is not a party to either the WOR deal or the Z100 renewal and that the evidence does not show improper influence nor control of the trust stations by Clear Channel. Furthermore, Radio Online reports, it found that Clear Channel is qualified to hold the WOR and WHTZ station licenses and that the grant of the Assignment Application is consistent with the public interest.

Most Popular FishbowlNY Stories for the Week

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

  1. Z100 Names New Co-Host (left) for Elvis Duran‘s Morning Show, August 10
  2. Fareed Zakaria Definitely Plagiarized The New Yorker, August 10
  3. New York Times Public Editor Says Lolo Jones Piece Was Too Harsh, August 9
  4. Clear Channel to Purchase WOR Radio, August 13
  5. Helen Gurley Brown, Iconic Editor, Dead at 90, August 13
  6. Kelly Ripa Gets $20 Million A Year to Act an Idiot, August 9

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Clear Channel to Purchase WOR Radio

Clear Channel has announced plans to purchase the venerable AM news/talker WOR 710 from Buckley Radio. Terms of the agreement were not released. A mandatory meeting was held this morning at WOR informing staffers of the dramatic, if not somewhat expected news.

The legendary WOR goes back to the origins of radio, 1922. Since its founding, WOR has had a longstanding commitment to technology and innovation; it was one of the first radio stations in America to use directional antenna to increase the scope and range of its broadcast, was the first AM radio station in New York to broadcast with HD radio technology and is one of the best radio broadcast signals in the U.S.

Change seemed to be on the horizon for Buckley Radio, a “mom and pop” ownership, when president Rick Buckley died after 40 years at the helm in July 2011. Buckley had succeeded his father as head of Buckley Radio.

“WOR is an iconic New York City brand with a rich history and an exciting future,” John Hogan, chairman and CEO of Clear Channel Media and Entertainment, says.  “Clear Channel is excited to add WOR as a powerful, high potential complement to our New York brands.  We believe WOR makes our already incredible platform even more interesting for listeners, advertisers, and strategic partners and we look forward to the tremendous potential WOR adds to Clear Channel Media and Entertainment New York.”

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Newly Inducted Hall of Famer Regis Philbin Praises WNYW Anchor Ernie Anastos

Veteran WNYW/Channel 5 anchorman Ernie Anastos was emcee for the New York Broadcasters Association Hall of Fame ceremonies Monday night on Lake George.

The next morning, Regis Philbin, a member of this year’s Hall class, showed several pictures from the event on Live with Regis and Kelly. One photo had Philbin displaying his trophy, alongside NBC Nightly News anchor and Broadcaster of the Year, Brian Williams, and the 2007 inductee Anastos.

Of his Philbin said Anastos “was terrific.”

In addition to Philbin, among those being inducted in the NYSBA’s Hall of Fame were the  late but legendary air personality William B. Williams and Rick Buckley, the head of Buckley Broadcasting and WOR.

Veteran Radio Host Joey Reynolds Hopes for ‘Anti-Christ of Demographics’ With New York Nonstop Show

Joey Reynolds is a legendary broadcasting personality with more than 50 years under his belt.

Reynolds, most recently, was overnight talk show host on WOR and heard nationally on the WOR Radio Network. That gig, the longest of his career, lasted 14 years.

Now Reynolds is returning to TV, where he has dabbled throughout his career.

Beginning last night (this morning), Reynolds took his banter and wit to WNBC’s digital platform—New York Nonstop, hosting a two-hour All Night with Joey Reynolds.

The show is long awaited. After leaving WOR in April, it was rumored to start as soon as last May. 

Seen each Monday night (Tuesday morning) through Friday night (Saturday morning) from midnight to 2 a.m., Reynolds says All Night will eventually offer a “triple play” for viewers, simulcasting the show online and syndicated for radio. (InsideRadio.com reports the program, initially, will be heard on WOR HD Radio, with many other stations to follow.

“What used to be able to be done with one ad in The New York Times, now needs to be in radio, television, [and] magazines. It’s gotta be all over the place,” Reynolds admits. “You can’t just be one thing anymore. You have to be on more than one platform.”

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