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Longtime WINS Traffic Reporter Jeff McKay Leaves Metro Networks Just Shy of 20 Years

It’s hard to imagine being stuck in traffic without Jeff McKay to guide you along.

But yesterday was final his 1010 WINS traffic shift. McKay left his employer, Metro Networks, one week shy of 20 years.

Crys Quimby, Metro Networks New York VP, Programming and Operations told her staff that where McKay is headed remains a mystery.

“He gave two weeks notice, but is not at liberty to talk about his new position yet, so we agreed to hold off on this announcement,” Quimby said.

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WCBS/Channel 2 and WFUV Top NYSBA Awards for Broadcasting Excellence

At it’s annual dinner the New York State Broadcasters Association distributed Awards for Excellence in Broadcasting.

WCBS/Channel 2 was the big winner last night among New York City television stations, with five honors.

WCBS won awards for Outstanding Spot News (CBS 2 News at 11: Gas Explosion), Outstanding Hard News Story (Staten Island Bias Attacks), Outstanding Feature News Story (Robo-Tripping), Outstanding Locally Originated Newscast (CBS 2 News at 11: Tornados Hit NYC), and Outstanding Sportscast (Road to Glory: Feud in Foxborough).

WXTV, the Univisión owned-and-operated Channel 41, earned a nod for Outstanding Promotion Announcement or Series (X-Final), while WPIX/Channel 11, won for Outstanding Locally Produced TV Show (PIX Presents 2011 N.Y. International Auto Show).

A look at the radio winners after the jump

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Merlin Media Moves Closer to Potential WRXP Flip, Names Walter Sabo COO

Since buying a trio of Emmis radio stations last week, including New York’s WRXP, Randy Michaels has kept adding important parts to its upper management at newly formed Merlin Media.

Today, the fledgling company named Walter Sabo (left) as chief operating officer. Sabo, a former executive at ABC Radio, RKO Radio, and NBC’s FM station group, founded his New York-based Sabo Media consultancy in 1984.

“Success requires building brands that are unique, desirable and difficult to duplicate. Walter has the vision, intelligence, leadership skills, and experience to move Merlin beyond current convention and to take advantage of emerging media opportunities. It also means attracting special, talented people, and Walter knows how to do that,” said Michaels.

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WINS Sportscaster Marc Ernay Rails Against ‘Wimbleton’

The Wimbledon Championships began this morning outside of London. The prestigious, major tennis event has been played since 1877.

For almost as long, sportscasters have been pronouncing the city and the championships as “Wimbleton.”

WINS sports anchor Marc Ernay is fed up with the countless errors, year after year. But just other day, Ernay decided to take matters into his own hands. His plan: each time someone on television or radio butchers the tennis tournament name, Ernay wants a $1 donation given to the Prostate Cancer Foundation.

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CineSport, Sports Video Provider to New York Post, Expands

CineSport is not a name most people are aware of. But you’ve likely seen their product. CineSport is the nation’s number one online syndicator of sports video. In New York, the work of CineSport is seen on the New York Post website. Prior to combining CBS resources onto one Internet clearing house, 1010 WINS and WFAN incorporated the videos on their sites.

Those sports videos are tailored to the specific websites and their visitors. Among CineSport’s other ”clients” includes the Los Angeles Times and Chicago Tribune.

Now CineSport, based in New York, is expanding into entertainment and gossip news. CineStars will offer up-to-the-minute perspective on stories with national and local appeal. In addition, CineStars will provide celebrity interviews, movie and music reviews from established critics, and a first look at the big entertainment news of the day.

“Our goal is with CineStars is to deliver the most compelling national and local entertainment programming on a platform that easily integrates into a site’s editorial and tech infrastructure,” said CineSport CEO Gregg Winik. “In addition, our history of monetizing online video makes CineStars a must have product.”

The New York Post is one of the charter partners accepting the new daily product.

Sid Rosenberg Says Joining WINS a ‘No Brainer’

As we reported last week, veteran radio talker Sid Rosenberg is joining 1010 WINS as morning sports anchor. The one-year deal starts Monday.

Rosenberg, known for having strong opinions and making controversial comments on WFAN (especially with Don Imus), may not have been the first choice for many to get the WINS gig.

“What people have to understand is, I have not given up on my radio talk show….That hasn’t changed,” Rosenberg tells FishbowlNY. ”But given the opportunity on top of that to get my voice on one of the most listened to stations in the country…it was a no brainer for me.” 

A polarizing radio figure, Rosenberg says on WINS he’ll find a way to inject his personality into the sportscast.

“It’s going to have a lot of New York flavor, obviously,” Rosenberg, a Brooklyn native, joked. “Just my accent alone gives you that. Certainly, it’s going to be energetic and it’s going to be enthusiastic, and there will be audio every now and then that will make you chuckle.”

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Sports Talker Sid Rosenberg Signs With 1010 WINS

We’ve been reporting that 1010 WINS was trying to complete a deal to have Sid Rosenberg on the station. The two parties have now reached an agreement.

FishbowlNY has learned the contract is signed. Rosenberg is expected to start providing sports updates on the mornings beginning January 3.

As we told you previously, sports talker Rosenberg will handle reports from 6:15 a.m. to 9:45 a.m. weekdays at the all-news station.

Rosenberg, who does an afternoon show in Miami, will be based in South Florida for his WINS shifts.

FishbowlNY tried to speak with Rosenberg. On several occasions, Rosenberg replied that he would talk later that day–to no avail.

No Deal Yet Bringing Sid Rosenberg to WINS

We recently reported that 1010 WINS has agreed to hire controversial talk show host Sid Rosenberg. Newsday first had the story. Other sites have Rosenberg set to start on December 15.

FishbowlNY has learned from sources close to the situation that the deal hasn’t been signed yet, but should be completed within the next one to three weeks.

The abbreviated morning shift will run from 6 a.m. to 10 a.m.   

Technical issues are one of the factors delaying the deal, as Rosenberg will be hooked up from Florida. He hosts an afternoon sports show on WQAM in Miami.

The source says Rosenberg would make a nice hire for WINS because of the creativity and energy he brings, and of course his New York roots (professionally and personally).

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Sports Host Sid Rosenberg Reportedly Set to Join WINS

Sid Rosenberg, the oft-troubled, talented sports radio host is headed back to New York on a regular basis.

Newsday reports Rosenberg, the former WFAN host and contributor, will be the weekday morning sports anchor at 1010 WINS.

The report says Rosenberg will be based in South Florida, where he does an afternoon talk show on WQAM.

Rosenberg, 43, had been a regular on the Imus in the Morning program and midday host at the ‘FAN.

While popular with fans, Rosenberg had several controversial moments on the Imus show. It boiled over for managment on September 12, 2005, when he failed to show up as host for the New York Giants pre-game show, although was spotted at an appearance for FHM in Atlantic City. WFAN execs gave Rosenberg the option to resign or be fired. He resigned.

Rosenberg continued to join Don Imus on the phone. Earlier this year, he returned to WFAN as an occasional host.

WINS and WFAN are owned by CBS Radio.

November Arbitron Rating Analysis

Once you glance past WCBS-FM and WLTW sharing number one, the November Arbitron PPM ratings (6+) are fairly uneventful. Here is a look at the remainder of the Top 10:

           Station                   October 2010           November 2010

  • WHTZ/z100                4.7                                     4.7
  • WABC                             4.1                                     4.4
  • WKTU-FM                    4.3                                     4.4
  • WCBS-AM                    4.4                                     4.3
  • WSKQ-FM                    3.9                                     3.8
  • WINS                             3.9                                     3.6
  • WWFS                            3.2                                     3.4
  • WAXQ                            3.8                                     3.4

Among the sports stations, WFAN maintained a 3.2 for the second straight survey. Rival WEPN/ESPN 1050 made slight inroads from 1.3 to 1.6.

Emmis Alternative Rocker WRXP, rumored to be on the selling block, slipped back to a 2.1.