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NYC Stations Cover East Harlem Explosion

Stations in New York City spent several hours this morning covering a building explosion in East Harlem that caused the death of at least two people.

ABC-owned WABC was the first to report the news, breaking in to “Live! With Kelly and Michael” at 9:43 a.m. Ken Rosato and Michelle Charlesworth anchored. WABC had Kimberly Richardson, Rob Nelson and Sarah Wallace on the scene and Marcus Solis live from Harlem Hospital.

CBS-owned WCBS reported the explosion at 9:45 a.m., breaking into “The Queen Latifah Show” for a report anchored by Chris Wragge and Mary Calvi. Don Champion, Hazel Sanchez and John Slattery reported from East Harlem.

NBC-owned WNBC broke in to the fourth hour of “Today” with the news at 9:48 a.m. Michael Gargiulo anchored, with Jonathan Vigliotti, Michael George, Tracie Stahan and Telemundo’s Pablo Gutierrez reporting.

Greg Kelly and Rosanna Scotto reported the news at 9:49 on Fox-owned WNYW. Liz Dahlem and Ti-Hua Chang reported for the station from the scene.

CW affiliate WPIX reported the news at 9:53 a.m. with Kori Chambers, Dan Mannarino and Sukanya Krishnan anchoring. James Ford reported from East Harlem.

Andy Adler Joins WPIX Morning Newscast

andy adlerAndy Adler is joining WPIX, Tribune’s CW affiliate in New York City, as an entertainment reporter and sports anchor for the morning newscast. She will begin in her new role on April 7.

Adler had been working with WPIX on special projects, including the station’s coverage of Super Bowl XLVIII. Before that, she was a host at Time Warner Cable SportsNet in Los Angeles. She has previously worked at WNYW in New York City and at KNBC in Los Angeles.

“After working with Andy during Super Bowl week, we knew she would make a great addition to our team, her talents and energy are the perfect complement to PIX11′s Morning News,” WPIX news director Mark Effron said in a statement.

WABC Anchor Uses Dying Cat to Promote Show


WABC anchor Bill Ritter does an instagram video everyday to promote the New York ABC owned station’s newscast.

He and his co-anchor Sade Baderinwa act out short scenes covering subjects in the news like the dangers of sugar and The Oscars.

Yesterday, he let viewers know he was putting his family cat down. He wanted everyone to know he was there for them because “We’re like family.”

TVSpy knows how hard it is to lose a family pet. But we’ve never seen one used to boost ratings.

WNYW-WWOR Announces New Sales Managers

FOX 5 GOOGLE+FOX owned New York station WNYW and WWOR have announced a couple of moves within its sales department.

Jim Sweeney has been promoted to local sales manager while Walter Augustin has been named national sales manager.

“It is great to see Walter’s career go full circle and be back at the station where he first began,” said Nick Gardner, VP and director of sales of WNYW-WWOR. “Jim [Sweeney] is extremely passionate, intelligent and a creative thinker who has done a great job in his two years at the station.

Augustin has been the VP and regional sales manager for FOX owned Chicago station WFLD since 2011. While Sweeney was the national sales manager for WNYW-WWOR.

Bob Marra Returns to WPIX as Station Manager

wpixlogo_304WPIX is busy beefing up its executive ranks. In the second move announced today, the Tribune owned New York CW affiliate has named Bob Marra station manager.

Marra worked at WPIX for over 13 years before leaving to be VP and general sales manager of FOX owned New York stations WNYW and WWOR.

“Bob is a proven leader; and has guided teams to success for over 25 years.  He motivates and develops people, and his teams fight to win. His extensive industry relationships are unrivaled in New York and will prove to be an asset to PIX11 as we continue to grow the station,” said WPIX president and GM Rich Graziano.

According to Tribune, Marra will “serve as second in-command” and report to Graziano.

Earlier today WPIX announced David Hyman as VP of Creative Services.

David Hyman Named Head of Creative for WPIX

wpixlogo_304Tribune Broadcasting’s New York CW affiliate WPIX has named David Hyman VP of Creative Services.

Hyman has worked with the station for several months as a consultant. He’ll officially join March 10 and report to Rich Graziano, WPIX president and GM.

“I grew up watching PIX11 and I’m thrilled to join Rich’s team and play a role in advancing PIX’s competitive position in the NY market,” Hyman said in a statement.

Hyman last worked as VP and creative director for NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams. He was also VP of Creative Services & Programming for WNBC in New York.

NY1 Political Reporter Calls Spike Lee a Hypocrite for Gentrification Rant

Louis_Errol-534x300In his column in the New York Daily News, Errol Louis, political reporter for Time Warner Cable’s 24-hour news channel NY1, calls out famous filmmaker Spike Lee for comments Lee made recently about gentrification ruining his childhood neighborhood.

Lee, who grew up in Brooklyn’s Fort Greene, went on an extended expletive-filled rant about the gentrification of New York and asked the audience at a Brooklyn’s Pratt Institute, “why does it take an influx of white New Yorkers in the south Bronx, in Harlem, in Bed Stuy, in Crown Heights for the facilities to get better?”

Louis took exception to Lee’s rant saying Lee, himself, has contributed to and benefited from the changes.

It’s the sacred right of every New Yorker to bewail, blame and bemoan the arrival of the folks who arrive in the neighborhood five minutes after we do, but somebody has to call bull on Lee’s complaints about gentrification. This is a man who has made epic contributions to the phenomenon he finds so troubling.

>RELATED: Spike Lee: My First Big Break

Start with Hatch House, Lee’s 9,000-square-foot palace on East 63rd Street — complete with internal courtyard — which he bought from artist Jasper Johns for $16 million in 2006 and recently put on the market with an asking price of $32 million. My friends in nearby Yorkville have been gnashing their teeth for years, complaining about how rents have risen to insane levels, thanks in part to owners buying and flipping high-end properties. Read more

Danger at 11! News Teases from 1985


A Youtube user has pieced together nightmares from his childhood in news tease form.

“Why was I constantly terrified as a kid? Local news teasers, that’s why,” the video description reads. “All of the news teasers gathered here–all of them!–aired during the winter of 1985, during holiday specials aimed at kids.”

WNYW Anchors Settle Differences on ‘People’s Court’

Like an odd version of “This is Your Life,” Greg Kelly and his “Good Day New York” co-anchor Rosanna Scotto appeared on a special WNYW version of “The People’s Court.”

Scotto sued Kelly for pain and suffering. Kelly counter sued for $11 billion trillion.

As part of the evidence against her co-anchor, Scotto showed Judge Marilyn Milian a greatest hits clip of Kelly throwing a hula hoop at Scotto’s head, dumping water on her during a segment and getting sandwiched on top of her during a women’s football demo. Kelly wore an arm sling in hopes of winning sympathy from the audience he kept calling a jury.

Kelly lost. According to the story, he now has to peel potatoes. But after he was repeatedly called unathletic and clumsy he may have already served his sentence.

WNYW Crew Finds Woman Giving Birth on NYC Street

wnyw_birthladyA crew from New York FOX owned station WNYW stumbled across a woman giving birth on a Manhattan street.

It happened yesterday around 3:30 p.m. on the Upper East Side. A WNYW crew was on its way to another story when it saw a crowd in the street.

The station said the woman was trying to get a cab when she went into labor. “She was like, ‘oh, my God, the baby’s coming’,” one witness told WNYW. “And then I could see the baby’s head coming out.”

According to the station, mother and baby are doing well at a local hospital.

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