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Good Day New York Bests Network Morning Shows in 2014

GDNY logoGood Day New York is the little morning show that could among adults 18-49, according to recent ratings info.

GDNY is hosted by Greg Kelly and Rosanna Scotto and airs from 7:00 to 9:00 a.m. on New York FOX owned station WNYW. So far in 2014, the show is #1 among adults 18-49 with a 1.035 rating, beating out NBC’s Today Show (.917) and ABC’s Good Morning America (.825).

For November, the show came from a third place finish in 2013 with a .945 rating behind GMA (1.407) and Today (1.148), to beat both network shows with a 1.026 in Adults 18-49. GMA had a .979 rating, while Today had a .975.

Byron Harmon, WNYW news director told TVSpy, in a video interview that will air early in January, “That’s been a tremendous boost to the morale. But I also think it’s validation of the hard work of the team we put together and, of course, the amazing chemistry that Greg and Rosanna have.”

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Chris Wragge Posts Eye Surgery Recovery Pic

wragge eye injuryIf you’ve been wondering where WCBS morning anchor Chris Wragge has been, he showed and told everyone where’s he’s been on social media.

“Injury update! As you can see, no filter can make this look any better than it is,” wrote Wragge on both facebook and instagram. “Surgery was a complete success, the recovery is taking a little longer than DR’s expected. Be back @cbs2newsthismorning as soon as I can.”

In an earlier post, the anchor for the New York CBS owned station said he had surgery on his right eye muscle. Through a spokesperson, he told TVSpy he had the surgery because he was “experiencing double vision, eye fatigue and general discomfort.” He added, his recovery is taking longer than expected, but he feels good.

Good Day New York Anchor Meets Royals

WNYW morning anchor Rosanna Scotto was one of many celebrities to meet Prince William and Kate Middleton during the Royal trip to the colonies.

Scotto told viewers on Good Day New York, she refused Kate’s offer of a handshake and demanded she show off her curtsying skills, the result of which was tweeted out by Scotto. Check out the guy standing behind the Royals. Read more

WPIX to Build Barclays Center Studio, Partner with NBA and NHL Teams

wpixlogo_304Tribune’s New York CW affiliate WPIX is teaming up with the Barclays Center, the NBA’s Brooklyn Nets and the NHL’s New York Islanders in a multi-year marketing partnership.

WPIX is building a street level in-arena studio for Brooklyn-based broadcasts. The station will also be the presenting partner of BCTV, the in-house video network airing before and after games and events as well as online.

“We are incredibly excited about our multi-year partnership with Barclays Center, the hottest sports and entertainment destination in New York,” WPIX GM Rich Graziano said about the partnership. “Brooklyn is a global destination with character and cultural cachet, and our Brooklyn studio will give us an even stronger foothold in the borough and the community.”

WNYW’s Duke Castiglione Rappels Down Building with Yankee GM Brian Cashman

This morning on FOX affiliate WNYW, ”Good Day New York” sports director Duke Castiglione accepted a challenge from the general manager of the New York Yankees, Brian Cashman, to rappel down the side of a building in Stamford, Conn.

The event was a dry run for Cashman, who is taking part in the annual “Heights and Lights” Christmas tree lighting show, which is this weekend. This is the fifth year in row that Cashman has rapelled off the 22-story Landmark Building. It was the first time for Castiglione, and Cashman was impressed: ”You’re like a seasoned pro,” he said.

Oh, and Santa Claus was there too.

Couple of Idiots Re-Enact Death of Eric Garner Behind WPIX Liveshot


In the long history of fools acting like fools behind reporters on live television, a man and woman in New York City Wednesday night made a compelling argument for jumping to the very front of the line.

As the city’s newscasts were focused on the grand jury decision not to indict a New York City police officer in the chokehold death of Eric Garner–and the protests that swept into city streets in the hours that followed, these two idiots this man and woman–widely considered to be idiots–found their way into a liveshot by Allison Kaden, a reporter at NYC CW affiliate WPIX.

Kaden was covering protests over the Garner decision, and these two pinheads people decided to re-enact Garner’s death, apparently thinking it was funny. The man choked the woman, who at one point raised her hands in the air, mimicking the moments before Garner was brought to the ground.

Watch it, after the jump: Read more

Michael Jack to Retire as GM of WNBC

mj+new1Michael Jack has announced his retirement as GM of New York NBC owned station WNBC.

Jack was GM at WRC in Washington, D.C. before coming to WNBC in 2010. He told staffers at a Town Hall meeting he would retire in June 2015.

“Michael has been a dynamic leader, who has run three NBC Owned Television Stations over the course of his career,” said Valari Staab, president of NBCUniversal Owned Television Stations. “He has been a trusted confidante and friend to me, a committed broadcaster and a mentor for so many in our division. He has championed the careers of countless individuals, always reaching back to help others in the industry grow. Michael also has a great family. His wonderful wife, Mary, and treasured daughter, Truce, are his true foundation and they deserve more time with him. We will miss him greatly and wish him all the best for a truly wonderful retirement.”

He started his career at with WABC in New York in October 1977. He was an account executive for ABC Spot Sales in Chicago before working for KGO in San Francisco. He spent 10 years as sales manager at Capital Cities National Sales Office in Los Angeles, leaving in 1996 to work at KNBC as VP of Sales. He has also worked as GM of WCMH in Columbus.

Bobby Flay to Appear on WNYW’s ‘Wining and Dining with Rosanna Scotto’

Rosanna-Scotto-1“Good Day New York” co-anchor Rosanna Scotto‘s ongoing segment ‘Wining and Dining with Rosanna Scotto’ on FOX affiliate WNYW, gives viewers a VIP tour of some of the best restaurants in the city. This past February, Scotto spoke with celebrity chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten. This month, it’s all about Bobby Flay.

Scotto will go behind-the-scenes at Flay’s NYC eatery, Gato, where the master chef will finally unveil the secret ingredient to the most popular item on the menu: scrambled eggs.

The special airs Friday, November 21 from 10:30-11:00 p.m. on WNYW.

WNYW Meteorologist Mike Woods Named ‘Sexiest Anchor Alive’

It was a close call, but Mike Woods, a meteorologist at FOX affiliate WNYWbeat out hundreds of hunky local stars to win the coveted title of People‘s ‘Sexiest Anchor Alive.’

From People:

He says he’s not much of a chef, but the self-proclaimed weather authority can make one mean London broil for his date. “There aren’t very many things in my repertoire,” he admits. “I get a little intimidated when it comes to cooking. But my dad gave me this recipe, and it’s actually good— I promise!”

Woods has worked at WNYW since June 2001. He became the morning meteorologist for “Good Day New York” in October 2003. Woods was given the news of his win live on-air this morning. Judging by his shirtless dance moves in the video above, I’d say his new title is well deserved.

Tow Driver Records Argument with WCBS-WLNY Reporter

It looks like WCBS-WLNY reporter Lou Young pulled out the old, “You can’t tow me I’m doing the news!” excuse to avoid having his news van towed.

Young called the Danbury, Conn. tow driver a scam artist after he began pulling the van onto his truck. According to the driver’s tweet (after the jump), Young later paid up.

WCBS declined to comment on the story.