“Stay at home if you can and watch channel 7 all day long,” advised WABC reporter Anthony Johnson as he covered the aftermath of a storm that dumped over a foot of snow on the New York area.

New York stations expanded their morning coverage on Thursday to provide local reports on school closings, road conditions, and the city’s clean-up efforts.  Viewers looking for sustained local coverage, though, had to flip to WCBS, not WABC, or WNBC, for that matter.

WNBC was the first to go to network programming as it cut to the “Today” show around 8:30 a.m.  WABC decided to go to “Live! with Regis and Kelly” at 9:00.

As their competitors went to regularly scheduled programming, WCBS continued its special coverage anchored by Rob Morrison and Mary Calvi. Read more