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NBC Owned Stations Send Team to Sochi

nbc sochi 2014The NBC owned stations has sent a team of 25 anchors, reporters, photographers and producers to Sochi to cover the Winter Olympics, which kick off on NBC tomorrow.

The team, who have dedicated locations in both Olympic Park and additional live shot locations in the mountains, will report daily across the 10 NBC owned stations. WNBC‘s Bruce Beck, KNSD‘s Steve Luke, KNTV‘s Janelle Wang and WRC‘s Alexander Prudovsky, who was raised in Russia and will serve as a translator, are all reporting from the Games.

“The outstanding work of our colleagues at the Olympic Games has always been one of the most successful collaborations between our stations,” Valari Staab, president of the station group, said in a statement. “With a dedicated group working together in Sochi, we will provide a localized perspective on a global event, personalizing the Games in a meaningful way for our viewers at home.”

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WNBC’s Bruce Beck Wins Sixth Straight Sportscaster of the Year Award

WNBC sports anchor Bruce Beck has been named New York State Sportscaster of the Year for the sixth year running.

“We strive for [consistency] in our field — just like the athletes we cover,” Beck told our sister site, FishbowlNY.

Beck has worked at the NBC-owned station in New York City since 1998.

“I love covering the New York sports scene. There is always a game — always a story,” Beck said. “It’s compelling and challenging every day. With nine local teams to cover in the four major sports – your heart never stops pumping. I wouldn’t want it any other way.”

WABC Will Have to Wait Another Year to Run the NYC Marathon

WABC had been promoting a return of the ING New York City Marathon to the station — the first time since 1993. This was to be the first year of a 5-year deal that WABC and sister network ESPN struck with the New York RoadRunners club. ESPN2 was planning to run 3 1/2 hours of the race, the first time in 19 years the marathon would have a national audience. But late today Mayor Michael Bloomberg called off the race, just hours after saying it should — and would — be run.

But the voices to cancel the marathon had grown louder in the last day and had been loudest from Staten Island, where the race begins, and which was hit hard by Hurricane Sandy.

Reporter Marc Santia, who, in June, joined WNBC from WDIV in Detroit, was all set to run his first New York City marathon Sunday. But after days of reporting from hard-hit Staten Island and talking to residents there, he said he just couldn’t do it. This morning, he called his wife to tell her he wasn’t going to run. Mayor Bloomberg’s call to cancel the race late today made the decision a lot easier for anyone else who was conflicted about running.

As for the athletes from around the world who have been training for months and have spent thousands of dollars — the entrance fee alone for non-U.S. runners is $347 — the decision is not as easy to take.

For the last 12 years the New York City marathon, the world’s largest, has aired on WNBC, hosted by WNBC’s Bruce Beck and called by sports announcer Al Trautwig. Tonight on WNBC’s 7pm news, Beck agreed that it was the right thing to do to call off the race.

NYC Stations Cover New York Giants’ Victory Parade

New York City stations devoted all resources this morning to coverage of the celebration parade for the New York Giants, who returned home yesterday after a big win in Sunday’s Super Bowl XLVI.

Rob Powers and Lori Stokes anchored WABC‘s coverage from City Hall. The pair were joined by 10 reporters along the parade route for “up-to-the-second excitement of this great parade,” Powers said.

WNYW-WWOR‘s coverage kicked off at 1o a.m. with Dari Alexander, Ernie Anastos and sports director Russ Salzberg anchoring outside City Hall. Steve Lacy, Jill Nicolini and John Huddy were along the parade route. Read more