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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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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.

New York Stations Cover One-Year Anniversary of Hurricane Sandy

hurricane sandyWith the one-year anniversary of Hurricane Sandy around the corner, local stations in New York are producing special coverage looking back at the storm and its aftermath.

NY1 has been covering the upcoming anniversary throughout the week with a series of special reports. The channel will air hourlong specials on both Saturday and Sunday at 8pmET. “One on One with Budd Mishkin” will also focus on the storm and its aftermath on Monday.

CW affiliate WPIX has slated three specials on Hurricane Sandy. “The First 36 Hours,” a behind-the-scenes look at a WPIX news crew trapped in rising floodwaters in Queens, airs Friday at 10:30 p.m. On Sunday, WPIX will air “Hell and High Water: One Year Later,” a 30 minute special hosted by Scott Stanford and Tamsen Fadal. And on Tuesday, the storm’s anniversary, WPIX’s morning newscast will air “Still Standing: After Sandy,” with the entire morning newscast on location from the storm’s worst affected areas.

NBC owned WNBC launched a series of reports on the storm that have aired throughout the week on the 5 p.m. newscast. Michael Gargiulo, whose parents own a home in the hard-hit Breezy Point, Queens, will anchor a half-hour special at 7pmET on Saturday.

ABC owned WABC will produce an hourlong special at 4pmET on Tuesday, October 29. The program will look at what work has been completed and what is still ahead in the recovery process.

Fox owned WNYW will have special reports from throughout the region on Tuesday: Robert Moses from Seaside, N.J., Joel Waldman from Long Beach, Long Island, Stacey Delikat from Breezy Point and Kerry Drew from Staten Island.

WCBS has been airing a series of vignettes on the storm featuring the memories and reflections of its anchors and reporters throughout the week. The CBS O&O has extensive coverage planned from locations around the region Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday of next week.

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

WNBC’s Michael Gargiulo Reports From Fire-Ravaged Breezy Point: ‘I just could not brace myself for what I encountered here’

Michael Gargiulo stepped away from the WNBC anchor desk on Wednesday to visit Breezy Point, a beachfront area of Queens that was devastated during Hurricane Sandy. Gargiulo, whose parents own a home there, provided emotional coverage from the fire-ravaged town.

“You try to brace yourself for what you’re going to see, but I just could not brace myself for what I encountered here,” Gargiulo told Tom Llamas and Shiba Russell. “I’ve been coming here my entire life. I have to tell you, I just didn’t recognize where I was here in Breezy Point.”

“I have covered tornadoes, I have covered hurricanes and earthquakes. And not that these disasters are in competition with each other, but it’s shocking to see the impact on the people in the community. You see it here, and it is really sobering to see this devastation,” Garguilo continued, his voice thick with emotion. “And still in Breezy Point, two American flags still flying in the distance. And that’s Breezy Point for you.”

For WNBC’s Checky Beckford, a Memorable Debut

WNBC‘s newest general assignment reporter, Checky Beckford, is having a memorable first day at the New York City NBC O&O.

Beckford made her debut this morning, reporting live on Hurricane Sandy from Long Beach. Morning anchor Michael Gargiulo introduced her during the 7amET hour, saying, “What a debut you’re making, Checky.”

“Not the most flattering appearance, guys,” Beckford said. “The wind slapping me in my face, the rain coming down hard. It’s extremely hard to stand here now as each hour goes by.”

Beckford comes from KOVR in Sacramento, where it is 61 degrees and sunny today.

Several Shot Near NYC’s Empire State Building

Shortly after 9 a.m. this morning, a shooting erupted near the Empire State Building in New York City. At least two people are confirmed dead.

WABC was first to report the news at 9:16 a.m. Phil Lipof anchored coverage, aided by traffic reporter Shannon Sohn, who was in the station’s helicopter over the scene.

Mary Calvi first reported the news on WCBS at 9:20 a.m. The station went into continuing coverage around 9:33 a.m., with Dick Brennan reporting live from the scene of the shooting. Read more

WNBC (Finally) Unveils New Studio

WNBC is “soft-launching” its new studio this week.

After months of planning and construction, the WNBC news team finally began working out of the new studio last Saturday.  The space, which includes an 82-inch interactive touchscreen and an integrated weather center, is located just down the hall from NBC’s “Nightly News” set at 30 Rockefeller Plaza. 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.

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