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Posts Tagged ‘WPIX’

Erykah Badu & WPIX’s Mario Diaz Are BFFs

In case you missed it, singer Erykah Badu waltzed into a Friday live shot by WPIX reporter Mario Diaz, who was at the time trying to sum up the Shia LaBeouf mess. After gliding into the background, the singer moved closer and playfully planted an air-kiss on Diaz.

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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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From Israel, Former WPIX Entertainment Anchor Emily Frances Now Runs HowtoMomTV

A lot can happen in a few years. Back in 2010, Emily Frances was the morning news entertainment anchor at WPIX and trying to get pregnant through In Vitro Fertility treatments. Today, she is the mother of two young children and a Tel Aviv-based Internet entrepreneur.

“My husband and I are loving Israel,” Frances tells FishbowlNY after moving there from New York in September. “It is the best place to raise children. Israel is a kid-centric country where money is truly invested into playgrounds, kids activities and schools.”

“We love the fact that family is so important here,” she continues. “People have careers but the careers don’t define them. After [my four-day-a-week, intensive] Hebrew classes, I ride my bike to a place called Namal. It’s the old Tel Aviv port and has been gentrified like the Meatpacking District. I sit outside at a cafe and write my blogs, optimize my videos and do social media for HowtoMomTV.”

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John Houseman Out at WPIX After 31 Years

John Houseman, the veteran director at WPIX/Channel 11, is leaving. Tuned In reports that Houseman’s departure, according to a WPIX spokesperson, was “amicable.”

Houseman had been with WPIX for 31 years. He took over as news director following the departure of Bill Carey last year.

For more on this story, head over to Tuned In.

Tribune Exec: Filling WPIX News Director Slot is Priority One

WPIX has been without a news director since October. But the station isn’t exactly driving into the darkness alone. Veteran Channel 11 manager John Houseman was named interim news director when Bill Carey stepped down after three years.

Parent company Tribune exited bankruptcy recently with Peter Liquori as the new CEO.

Also new is Larry Wert, Tribune’s head of local broadcasting for the company’s 23 stations. Sister site TVSpy reports Wert has made hiring a PIX news director his main objective.

FishbowlNY attempted to reach a WPIX spokesperson for comment.

Most Popular FishbowlNY Stories for the Week

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

1. Rob Morrison Denies Report of “Comeback” Via Tell-All Book, March 11

2. Jodi Applegate “Lost Sleep for Seven Months” Deciding to Leave WPIX to Have a Baby, March 8

3. Reporter Sean Hennessey Leaves WCBS-TV for Teaching Job in Boston, March 11

4. WSJ. Money Debuts Saturday, March 7

5. Meteorologist Domenica Davis (left) “Surprised How Long [She] Stayed” at WNBC, March 7

6. No Women Among the “Most Powerful” in Sports Media, March 7

7. Exclusive: Don Dahler Leaving Channel 2 for CBS News, March 7

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WPIX’s Greg Mocker Talks Soda Ban on CNN

Mayor Bloomberg’s soda ban was scheduled to go into effect tomorrow, meaning no more “gulps” larger than 16 ounces, or two-liters with a pizza. But a judge has invalidated the ban of sugary, super-sized drinks.

WPIX reporter Greg Mocker made his first CNN appearance yesterday to discuss the latest attempt by Bloomberg to get, if not force, the city to be healthy.

‘I just always talk from my point of view as a guy who lives in the city, is amazed by it, and confused by it at times.” Mocker tells FishbowlNY.

His connection to the cable news network is the weekend executive producer, who had been producing Dr. Steve on WPIX and other Tribune stations.

“Maybe I can do some more of those,” Mocker says. ”I think anytime we can talk about New York City is good.”

During the week, of course, viewers can find Mocker on the PIX News at Ten, tracking down an MTA official, or perhaps getting to the bottom of potholes.

“We have momentum at Channel 11,” Mocker says. “I like what we’re doing. There is a sense there that people are turning to us.”

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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. Time Inc. and Meredith Talks Stall Because No One Likes Iowa, March 6

2. Freelance Journalism’s Downside Perfectly Captured, March 5

3. Cablevision Lays Off Dozens in MSG Varsity Restructuring, February 27

4. WNBC’s Scott Stanford (left) Makes News Anchoring Debut, March 4

5. Ashley Morrison Returns to WCBS as MoneyWatch Anchor, February 27

6. WPIX Falls in February Sweeps; ‘Expect Changes Everywhere’: Source, March 1

 

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Jodi Applegate ‘Lost Sleep for Seven Months’ Deciding to Leave WPIX to Have a Baby

Jodi Applegate left WPIX to start her family. The former WPIX anchor and her husband YES announcer Michael Kay have their first child, a two-month old girl. Applegate was a guest with WOR’s Joan Hamburg yesterday. She talked about the surrogacy route that was taken to pregnancy and her difficult decision to walk away from WPIX in December.

“I was thrilled to have [5 and 10 p.m. newscasts] and I really enjoyed working at PIX,” Applegate says. “But that’s a pretty hard schedule to do with an infant [and] a husband who travels.”

Related: FishbowlNY, Applegate To Step Down From PIX11

Once her gestational carrier was chosen and the pregnancy was realized, Applegate admitted being torn between family and career.

“I lost sleep for seven months,” Applegate says. “I am not exaggerating when I say I tossed and turned about for seven solid months, right up until the moment.”

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Meteorologist Domenica Davis ‘Surprised How Long [She] Stayed’ at WNBC

A view of Davis from her Twitter page.

It was a short stint, but Domenica Davis built her TV brand with two years as weekend meteorologist at WNBC. In August, FishbowlNY learned first that Davis’ contract would not be renewed. She left Channel 4 in October.

Davis also spent three years as weather anchor on Fox News Channel.

Although the camera and Davis mesh beautifully, the WNBC gig many times didn’t appear to be her best fit. Now Davis tells FishbowlNY, in her first interview since leaving Channel 4, she is exploring a slightly altered career path.

“I’ve always been a feature reporter and hosted special event coverage prior to working at FNC and WNBC. It’s something I really love and have a lot of fun doing,” Davis says.

Davis holds a special place for weather, but the outlook for a return in the near future is unlikely.

“I love being a meteorologist but it was getting to be too much of the same thing every day and I feel I have a lot more to offer,” Davis says.

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