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WPIX Remakes AM Show in Effort to Expand News Coverage Elsewhere

wpixlogo_304Tribune’s WPIX has revamped its morning show lineup. The station said the move was meant to help it invest more resources elsewhere.

A station spokesperson told TVSpy the 4:00 a.m. to 5:00 a.m. hour has been dropped.

And despite reports of Marysol Castro and Dan Mannarino leaving the New York CW affiliate, the station said it has moved the two former anchors to reporting in the mornings with Sukanya Krishnan and Kori Chambers anchoring the entire 5:00 to 9:00 a.m. show instead of just the 6:00 to 9:00 a.m.

In addition to the main anchor changes and new traffic reporter Kaitlin Monte, meteorologist Rachel Frank joins from 5:00 to 6:00 a.m. while Linda Church remains on the 6:00 to 9:00 a.m. show

A Tribune spokesperson told TVSpy, “Moving PIX11 Morning News’ start time from 4:00 am to 5:00 am allows the station the flexibility to invest more resources into the key morning hours and positions PIX11 to expand news coverage in other dayparts later this year.”

Media blogs were speculating that Castro was out at the station and Mannarino was not far behind after Castro shook Mannarino’s hand at the end of Thursday’s show and said, “Hey, dude. It was nice knowing you.”

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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.

On the Move, 9/18/13

Meteorologist Dave Warren joins Al Jazeera America from WCAU in Philadelphia.

Josh Bernstein joins Al Jazeera International as an investigative correspondent. Bernstein was previously senior investigative reporter at KDVR in Denver.

Kori Chambers returns to his native New York as he joins WPIX as morning anchor. Chambers comes from WFLD in Chicago, where he was the morning and noon anchor.

Dan Mannarino has been promoted to early morning anchor at WPIX in New York City. He has been a reporter for the station since 2011. Read more

Marysol Castro Joins WPIX as Early Morning Co-Anchor

Marysol Castro is returning to New York City CW affiliate WPIX as co-anchor of the early morning newscast.

Castro has worked as a weather anchor for CBS’ “The Early Show” and ABC’s “Good Morning America.” She was the traffic reporter for WPIX when the station launched its morning newscasts in 2001.

“Marysol’s experience on-air, both locally and nationally, is a tremendous asset to PIX11 News. Our viewers have watched Marysol grow up here on PIX11 and we are happy to have her back where she belongs,” WPIX vice president and news director Mark Effron said in a statement.

Castro will co-anchor alongside Dan Mannarino, who gets a promotion to anchor after two years with WPIX, beginning September 9.

More from WPIX in the official announcement after the jump. Read more

Dan Mannarino Off WPIX Weekend Anchor Desk

It was a short Summer for WPIX’s Dan Mannarino. Mannarino, who was moved to weekend anchor at Tribune’s New York CW affiliate at the beginning of June, is back reporting and acting as a fill-in anchor for the weekday morning news.

At the time of his move to weekends, TVSpy was told the stint was for the Summer. A Tribune spokesperson confirmed Kaity Tong will anchor weekends solo for now.

Mannarino joined WPIX in September of 2011. Before coming to WPIX, he worked at NY1 News and Verizon FiOs1.

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Dan Mannarino to Anchor Weekends for WPIX

Dan Mannarino will move to weekend anchor for the Tribune owned New York CW affiliate WPIX.

A spokesperson for WPIX confirmed he will anchor alongside Kaity Tong starting this Saturday, adding for now, the move is for the Summer.

Mannarino tweeted out an article from “Tuned In” announcing the move as well as posting it to his facebook page. After getting congratulations from meteorologist Craig Allen, Mannarino tweeted back, “@CraigAllenWx very excited. Thank you, Craig! Can’t wait to Join you and @KaityTong

Mannarino currently reports for the WPIX morning news. He joined the station in September 2011. Before coming to WPIX, he worked at NY1 News and Verizon FiOs 1.

WPIX’s Dan Mannarino Misses Blizzard Live Shots Due to Snowed-In Truck

Our sister site FishbowlNY interviews WPIX reporter Dan Mannarino, who missed several live shots this weekend because the CW affiliate’s satellite truck was stuck in the snow in Suffolk County. The truck operator got stuck in the snow while on his way to pick up Mannarino before his 7 a.m. live shot:

With two feet of snow and no plows in sights, the WPIX truck had no way of reaching Mannarino, meaning the live reporting would be scrapped. But the conscientious reporter had no designs of spending the day in the hotel.

“I called the DPW [Department of Public Works] of that town and they came and sent a plow to get him out. That plow got stuck.” Mannarino says.

As the clock ticked down before his first shot in 45 minutes, Mannarino says a front loader was brought to the scene to remove mounds of snow. In the process, the plow was removed. The Channel 11 mobile unit, though, could not able to be extricated. Read more

WPIX Reporter Magee Hickey to Honor Her Mother by Running in NYC Marathon

Using the memory of her mother, Jean, as motivation, WPIX‘s Magee Hickey tells our sister blog FishbowlNY, she’ll run the New York City Marathon as her first marathon.   Hickey’s mother died of colon cancer five years ago.

“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.”

According to Fishbowl NY, The WPIX reporter got the idea to run when then assistant, now interim, news director John Houseman assigned her to a series of profiles on cancer survivors running the half-marathon.

That’s when it hit the veteran broadcast journalist. She was a cancer survivor, who suggested going through the rigors of training and ultimately running. But a cautious Houseman wasn’t pushing her to participate. He just wanted his reporter to keep her mic in hand, meeting with the cancer survivors regularly for updates on their training. Hickey wanted more, and she got permission to run. However, she was told that her inclusion wasn’t “the story”.

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