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Sue Simmons is Part of Black Media Legends Class of 2013

For the 12th year, McDonalds is honoring Black History Month with its Black Media Legends and Trailblazers ceremony.

The standout among the 18 names is recently retired WNBC anchor Sue Simmons. The iconic anchor spent 32 years at Channel 4.

This year’s media list also includes WPIX reporter Jay DowErrol Louis, the host of NY1′s Inside City Hall, and John Noel of WNBC.

Some radio notables being praised are Deon Levingston of WBLS and WLIB, Fatiyn Muhammad of WBLS, and DJ Clue of Power 105/WWPR.

Robert F. Moore of the New York Daily News is also part of the 2013 class.

The gala luncheon will be held February 1 at the Plaza Hotel.

WPIX Sees Strong Gains in Morning and Evening Newscasts for 2012

The numbers don’t lie! WPIX enjoyed a successful 2012. In year-to-year figures released by the Tribune-owned company, Channel 11 bested its rivals at WNYW and WCBS in the crowded 4 a.m. competition, while tying WABC in that early broadcast.

Equally as impressive, when the local morning shows switch to the network, WPIX has reason to pump its chest, defeating CBS This Morning.

WPIX was the only station to record gains in every hour of the elongated morning newscasts, according to Nielsen Media Research.

Drilling down in the early morning news, from December 2011 to December 2012, Channel 11 delivered double and triple digit percentage growth in the “advertising-friendly” adults 25 to 54. In the 4 a.m. hour, the PIX11 Morning News saw a 100 percent increase from 2011 to 2012. In the 5 a.m. hour, the Morning News saw a 33 percent increase year to year, while the 6 a.m. hour, WPIX increased by 20 percent.  But, the good vibrations don’t stop there for Channel 11, with another 33 percent bounce in the 7 a.m. hour.

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WPIX Provides Special Childhood Obesity Week Programming

Channel 11 is using its PIX Morning News to help shine a light on the epidemic of obesity among children. The Centers for Disease Control says there has been a dramatic rise in the last 30 years, with the number of overweight youngsters more than tripling.

WPIX is teaming up with Cohen Children’s Medical Center to provide awareness, while empowering families. Running all week, WPIX will air special features in the 7 a.m. hour this week.

Among the topics to be discussed: On Monday, with 10 percent of children having too much fat in their liver, reporter Ellyn Marks examines fatty liver disease with the chief pediatric gastroenterologist at Cohen Children’s Medical Center.

On Tuesday, WPIX will explore the growing trend of Type 2 diabetes among young children.  Other areas to be focused on this week include weight management and sleep apnea.

Michael Kay Takes Jab at WPIX, as Wife, Jodi Applegate Does Last Newscast

Jodi Applegate and Michael Kay are preparing to welcome their first child. Applegate delivered her final newscast for WPIX last night at 10. The station announced last month that her focus was on being a mommy and she would not return to Channel 11 after the maternity leave. She and the YES Network sportscaster are expecting a daughter via gestational carrier next month.

As Applegate was about to hit her mark for the last time at PIX, Kay shedded some light on his wife’s departure.

Kay using his @RealMichaelKay handle on Twitter wrote, “@jodiapplekay is leaving because she wanted to do just one show in order to care for the baby on the way. PIX said it was both or none.”

Kay also tweeted moments later, “Parting amicable but she wants to work in due time in a position that is more mom friendly. Tough call for her giving up NY anchor position.”

Applegate addressed it indirectly as she left the air last night.

“This shift just wasn’t compatible with motherhood right now in my life.”

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Breaking: Cablevision and Tribune Strike a Deal, WPIX Returns to Air

Cablevision has reached an agreement to resume carrying Tribune stations. That means WPIX/Channel 11 gets its full audience back. PIX lost approximately 3 million Cablevision customers when the issue involving retransmission fees broke down August 16th.

“We are pleased to have reached agreement with Tribune to return its stations to Cablevision, particularly its FOX affiliate in Connecticut, the only source of Fox programming for about 50,000 of our customers.  We sincerely appreciate the patience of our customers as we worked to reach an agreement that is consistent with our focus on minimizing the impact of rising programming costs on cable rates,” Bethpage, New York-based Cablevision said in a statement tonight.

“We thank our viewers for their loyalty and continued support and we’re looking forward to bringing them the top quality local and national programming they expect, including award-winning news, political coverage, traffic, weather, and live sports, including NFL Football and the World Series,” a WPIX spokesperson said.

Most Popular FishbowlNY Stories for the Week

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  5. The Newspaper Endorsements, October 22
  6. Media Professor Says WPIX Should Trim 10 P.M. News to 30 Minutes, October 23

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PIX11 News Closeup Celebrates 20th Anniversary

It’s been providing a venue for well-known local politicians for two decades. PIX11 News Closeup airs its 970th episode this weekend, as the show marks 20 years.

The public affairs program has been decorated with numerous awards, including three Emmy Awards. PIX11 News Closeup has a loyal following of viewers who either watch or record the program 6 a.m. Sundays.

“We’re on early, but we’re worth watching,” says PIX11 senior correspondent Marvin Scott, who has hosted the program since its inception.

In addition, the anniversary retrospective will replay Sunday night at 10:30 p.m. Mayor Bloomberg will be a special guest.

The guest list over the years is a Who’s Who of political and community leaders from New York and New Jersey. New York governors Hugh Carey, Mario Cuomo, George Pataki, and David Paterson have appeared, along with their New Jersey counterparts. New York City mayors Ed Koch, David Dinkins, Rudy Giuliani and Michael Bloomberg have been guests.

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Media Professor Says WPIX Should Trim 10 P.M. News to 30 Minutes

Now that WPIX is moving on without its captain, we analyze if they are better off, and what’s ahead for the Tribune flagship?

Earlier this month, we reported Bill Carey stepped down as Channel 11 news director. It was a three-year run that attempted to finally lift WPIX past rival WNYW. But Queensborough Community College media professor Eileen White thinks aside from the new bells, whistles, and talent, nothing much has changed at WPIX. She says the newscasts, primarily at 10 p.m., attempted to reinvent the wheel, but in the process, alienated viewers.

One of Carey’s signature moves were to extricate Jodi Applegate from News 12 Long Island and bump seasoned partners Jim Watkins and Kaity Tong.

“That smacks of ageism too,” White tells FishbowlNY. “Let’s just put younger people on, because younger people like [watching] younger people.”

Ironically, Tong, 63, earlier this year gave testimony in an age discrimation lawsuit filed by former WPIX news director Karen Scott.

White also points to a more chronic problem for WPIX, the Fox prime-time lineup.

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Veteran Reporter Magee Hickey to Run First NYC Marathon in Memory of Mom

Hickey prepares for her first NYC Marathon

“She would love that I’m doing this in her memory to raise money for other people, because her life was always about doing for other people.”

With those words, WPIX/Channel 11 reporter Magee Hickey is preparing to run her first New York City Marathon. She formed a Channel 11 team to run on behalf of the American Cancer Society. Hickey’s mother Jean died of colon cancer five years ago.

While the New York native takes pride in exploring news experiences, a 26.2 mile jaunt across the five boroughs definitely goes to a different level.

“They stress your first marathon is not about speed, because if you run too quickly in the beginning then you’ll have nothing left for the back half of it,” Hickey tells FishbowlNY. “A lot of people get injured. Lots of people are limping and never run again.”

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Village Halloween Parade is Back on WPIX

The ghouls, goblins and world famous costumes will be on display as WPIX/Channel 11 is the home of the Village Halloween Parade October 31.

PIX Morning News anchors Sukanya Krishnan and Tamsen Fadal host the event, which runs along 6th Avenue from Spring Street to 16th Street. Greg Mocker and Dan Mannarino work the parade from street level.

Ricki Lake, who returned to daytime TV with a new syndicated show airing on WPIX, guest hosts.

The Village Halloween Parade, now its 39th year, first aired on Channel 11 in 2010.  The city’s only night time parade features an audience of over 2 million spectators with 60,000 costumed marchers, hundreds Halloween characters, including giant masks and puppets. In addition, dozens of marching bands playing music from around the world, stilt walkers, jugglers, and break dancers will participate.

The Halloween night “treat” runs from 7:30 to 10.