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NYC Stations Cover 9/11 Museum Dedication

President Barack Obama, survivors and victims’ families gathered this morning at the site of the 9/11 attacks for the dedication of the National September 11 Museum. With the exception of Fox-owned WNYW, stations in New York City provided special coverage of the dedication ceremony, which began shortly after 10 a.m.

Bill Ritter and Lori Stokes anchored on WABC, with Lisa Colagrossi reporting from Lower Manhattan for the ABC-owned station. On CBS-owned WCBS, Mary Calvi and Chris Wragge anchored with Lou Young reporting from the museum. Michael Gargiulo and Darlene Rodriguez anchored on NBC-owned WNBC, with David Ushery reporting from the World Trade Center. On CW affiliate WPIX, Kori Chambers anchored from the studio with Sukanya Krishnan and James Ford live from Lower Manhattan.

Obama, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, and former New York Mayors Michael Bloomberg and Rudy Giuliani all spoke at the ceremony, which lasted about an hour. “It is an honor for us to join in your memories, to recall and reflect but above all to reaffirm the true spirit of 9/11 — love, compassion, sacrifice — and to enshrine it in the heart of our nation forever,” Obama said.

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WNBC’s Darlene Rodriguez Pranked on ‘Today’

Matt Lauer and Natalie Morales tricked WNBC anchor Darlene Rodriguez into looking at an “exorcism” mirror Friday morning on NBC’s “Today” show (video above)

The mirrors are a viral stunt to promote the upcoming “The Last Exorcism Part II.” Lauer and Morales lured Rodriguez to Studio 1A under the guise that she would be looking into a mirror that made her look 10 years younger.

“My hands are shaking!” Rodriguez said after she recovered. “Have you guys nothing better to do?”

Oops: WABC Accidentally Airs Parts of WNBC Newscast

During his weather forecast at the top of the 4 a.m. newscast Monday morning, WABC meteorologist Bill Evans did a double take at what was airing in one of the screens behind him (above left).

That’s because, if you look closely, the programming is the early-morning newscast on rival WNBC, anchored by Darlene Rodriguez and Michael Gargiulo. And it didn’t end there: before switching to a map, WABC showed WNBC’s programming full, taking a live shot of WNBC meteorologist Chris Cimino during his weather forecast (above right, with Evans’ lower-third banner still up). Read more

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

CNBC Will Simulcast WNBC’s 9/11 Coverage Sunday

WNBC‘s planned special coverage of the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks will be simulcast Sunday on CNBC, NBC’s business network.

WNBC, which is the flagship NBC owned-and-operated station in New York City, will be live beginning at 6 a.m. for a two-hour “Today in New York,” anchored by Darlene Rodriguez and Michael Gargiulo. CNBC will pick up the station’s coverage from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. for a special report featuring Chuck Scarborough and Sue Simmons, who will read the names of the 9/11 victims.

The WNBC coverage will span ceremonies at Ground Zero that will be attended by President Obama and former President Bush. Security has been tightened for the occasion following a “credible, but unconfirmed” threat of a terror attack on the anniversary; WNBC was one of the two New York City local stations to show a press conference on the threat from NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg last night. The other was WCBS.

New York Stations Provide Live Coverage of Obama’s Visit to Ground Zero

New York stations preempted regularly scheduled programming this afternoon to bring live coverage of President Obama’s visit to Ground Zero, which occurred around 1:00 p.m. today.

Bill Ritter anchored WABC‘s special coverage from Ground Zero, with Dianna Williams and Sade Baderinwa appearing in the studio. Reporters David Novarro, Tim Fleischer, and Anthony Johnson covered the president’s movements through Manhattan, from a local fire house, to Ground Zero, to an NYPD precinct.

On WCBS, Maurice DuBois was stationed at Ground Zero, in a position similar to Ritter’s, while Marcia Kramer reported live on the president’s appearance, in which he hung a wreath in honor of those that died on 9/11.

“It was truly the most somber ceremony I have ever seen,” Kramer said. “It was a very moving one for the very simplicity… President Obama said much more with his silence than he ever could have with his words.” Read more

New York Stations Well-Prepared for Blizzard that Never Was

Like the snow removal crews stationed around the area, New York stations were well-prepared for the blizzard that never was on Wednesday morning.  As Mayor Michael Bloomberg declared a “weather emergency” Tuesday evening, the market’s ABC, CBS, and NBC affiliates planned expanded morning newscasts with all three stations beginning at 4:00 a.m. Wednesday morning, a half hour earlier than normal.

WNBC led off with a weather report from meteorologist Chris Cimino (left) as anchors Michael Gargiulo and Darlene Rodriguez shepherded coverage that included live reports from Tracie Strahan and Brian Thompson.  When Cargulo asked him if he had brought along a yard stick to measure the snow fall, Thompson nicely summed up the morning’s coverage, saying that he had brought a foot-long ruler instead.

WABC began its expanded newscast with a quick update of the weather and commuting conditions. Anchors Ken Rosato and Lori Stokes spoke with reporters stationed around the area, including NJ Burkett, Stacey Sager (right), Josh Einiger, Lisa Colagrossi, and Anthony Johnson.  Even though snow continued to blanket their surroundings, all of the reporters said that the city’s snow removal efforts were moving along efficiently.

At the beginning of WCBS‘s newscast, Jay Dow (left) reported on the snow removal from a unique vantage point: he was in a car, driving and following a sanitation department truck as it plowed and salted streets in Brooklyn.  After receiving an in-depth weather report from Lonnie Quinn as well as John Elliot, anchor Rob Morrison pointed out that the station had “all four meteorologists working today.”

CW-affiliate WPIX also offered extensive coverage of the storm during its morning newscast, which regularly begins at 4:00 a.m.  James Ford (right) reported live on Long Island where clean-up crews were successfully clearing the roads. Anchors Chris Burrous and Tamsen Fadal spoke with a representative from the Metro Transit Authority about conditions on subway lines. The newscast began with a dramatic graphic open that included images from the Christmas weekend blizzard that rocked the area. The narrator ended with “This can’t happen again.” “Thankfully, so far [its'] not happening again,” Burrous said at the outset of the newscast.