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Posts Tagged ‘WWRL’

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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New York Radio Veterans Weigh In On Ted Williams Saga

You heard about the incredible story of Ted Williams who has been homeless throughout the last 20 years in Ohio. Williams, a former radio announcer who grew up in Brooklyn, has a second chance waiting for him.

Williams got lost on the wrong track with a combination of drugs and alcohol. This week, as part of the media frenzy, Williams declared that he has been clean and sober for two-and-a-half years.

“Having so many friends and family that have battled addictions, that really popped out at me,” Johnny Sialiano says. “I was really, really happy for him for that.”

Sialiano, known as Goumba Johnny, is a radio veteran who left WKTU in December after 15 years on air.

“He’s now bearing the fruit of all his hard work in beating his addictions. It’s just an unbelievable story,” Sialiano tells FishbowlNY.

(TVNewser has the latest on Williams’ numerous job offers.)

More reactions from notable radio personalities after the jump

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Legendary New York Jock, Inspiration for Homeless Man/Announcer Ted Williams

Undoubtedly, you have seen the viral video of Ted Williams, a homeless man in Columbus, Ohio. Within hours, he became a media sensation.

Williams, for the few who haven’t seen the video or don’t know his story, was standing on the side of the road with the ubiquitous sign. However, this one said he’s a former radio announcer with the gift from God.

Williams, 53, pointed out that he was born and raised in Brooklyn (where his mother still lives). When he was 14, Williams got hooked on radio after visiting a station. In the first video, he didn’t say what station or who he met, only stating that the person didn’t look anything like he had pictured him.

On the Today Show Thursday, Williams said that the broadcasting idol was Hank Spann at WWRL 1600.

Throughout the 1970s, WWRL had a mix of Soul and R&B hits. Spann was at the heart of it as the station’s afternoon jock. Spann died in 2009.

In an interview with the Daily News shortly after Spann’s death, Bobby Jay said of his former WWRL colleague, “It wasn’t a broadcast, it was a performance.  He’d standing up boppin’ along with the music. He dressed the part, too. He was always fly.”

Jay added that among the station’s notable DJs, Spann was the rock star of the group.