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WCBS Rides the Giants’ Road to Glory to Impressive Post-Super Bowl Numbers

With the anchor team of Otis Livingston and Chris Wragge positioned on the Lucas Oil Stadium field, WCBS/Channel 2 concluded its special week of Super Bowl coverage with an extended post-game show. 

Making the station’s Big Blue bonanza even more impressive was that WCBS isn’t even the home to the NFL’s NFC. That honor belongs to WNYW/Channel 5. In addition, Channel 2 didn’t televise the Super Bowl last night, as that privilege went to WNBC/Channel 4.

However, WCBS did manage to sway enough viewers at 11 p.m. last night, only losing in the time slot to WNBC, according to Nielsen overnight figures.

WCBS scored a 6.1 rating and an 11 share of the audience at 11 p.m. WNYW, which sequed from its 10 p.m. newscast into Giants post-game and Sports Extra, paled in comparison. The Fox O & O notched just a 2.5 and 4 immediately after the game. By 11 p.m. with Duke Castiglione reporting from Indianapolis, the numbers dropped to a 1.9 and 3.

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Lifelong Giants Fan, WCBS Anchor Chris Wragge Set to Cover Super Bowl

It’s a big week for Big Blue and their millions of fans. But perhaps most visibly is Channel 2 anchor Chris Wragge, a diehard Giants fan, who gets the plumb assignment covering Super Bowl week from Indianapolis. Call it in his DNA, Wragge grew up loving the G-Men from day one.

“I’ve been a fan, literally, since birth,” Wragge tells FishbowlNY.

But more than a fan, Wragge and his family have owned Giants season tickets since the G-Men got their own stadium in the Meadowlands in 1976. From that first game as a six-year-old, Wragge got a first row seat (or section 324) to many of the franchise’s memorable moments.

“I’ve been there for every game, from the [Joe] Pisarcik game to the Flipper Anderson game, to the whole run in 1986,” Wragge remembers.

Of course, as a season ticket holder, Wragge is entitled to playoff seats as well. Baseball is famously talked about as the sport where father’s bond with their son. But Wragge would likely have a differing opinion.

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WCBS/Channel 2 Gears Up for Giants’ Super Bowl Fever

The New York Giants arrive in Indianapolis for Super Bowl XLVI next week, and WCBS/Channel 2 will be there for extensive coverage leading up to the Big Game.

Sports anchor Otis Livingston kicks off Channel 2′s week-long coverage reporting from Indianapolis for the 11 p.m. newscast Sunday night.

WCBS’ Super Bowl preparations will show off a new face at the station. Lisa Kerney makes her debut as weekday morning sports reporter. She most recently served as MLB Network anchor and reporter.

Back to Indy, anchor Chris Wragge, a lifelong Giants fan, reports live during the morning, and the 5 p.m. and 6 p.m. broadcasts.

Additionally, WCBS is bringing its high-tech Mobile2 vehicle to Indianapolis. Veteran reporter Jennifer McLogan will take the trip in the unit, while reporter Derricke Dennis will be based in Boston to hear from New England Patriots fans.

WCBS culminates its Giants coverage with the special Road to Glory from Indianapolis, Saturday, February 4 from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Super Bowl XLVI airs Sunday February 5 on NBC.

Ringing in 2012 with Some New Year’s Resolutions

Countdown is on before 2012 arrives. But before we say so long to 2011, there’s just enough time to gather some new year’s resolutions. Several notable personalities provide their resolutions for 2012.

WNYW/Channel5 anchor Ernie Anastos:

I’ve always looked forward to starting a new year with a renewed sense of purpose.  

One of my personal resolutions for 2012 is to bring more positive and uplifting stories to the media by highlighting the good things happening in our world. We need it. Viewers have always been asking for it, which is why I hosted my first TV special on Fox 5, “Positively Ernie.” Now, I’m hoping to turn it into a regular weekly show to help make a difference. My wish is for good news for the new year! 
WNBC/Channel 4 sports anchor Bruce Beck:

  • I would like to lose 10 pounds to get down to old playing weight.
  • I would like not to choke on the 18th hole in the club championship.
  • I would like to cover a New York team winning a world title in all four major sports in 2012.

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FishbowlNY: Year in Review

As we get ready to usher in 2012, let’s take one more look at the biggest broadcasting stories that FishbowlNY covered in 2011.

In January, Scott Clark closes out a brilliant career at WABC, retiring after nearly a quarter-century at Channel 7.

Maurice DuBois makes his debut as WCBS/Channel 2 lead anchor when he is promoted to nights opposite Kristine Johnson. Chris Wragge shifts his energy to The Early Show, but that wasn’t the last we would hear from him.

Also as 2011 began, veteran radio talk host Curtis Sliwa adds an afternoon shift to his Apple/WNYM duties.

In February, among the notable events, WNBC/Channel 4 welcomes home Shiba Russell from Boston. She was named weekend anchor with David Ushery. Russell fueled speculation that she was Sue Simmons’ “heir apparent,” as the main (if not exclusive) fill-in for the legendary anchor, who started at Channel 4 in 1980.

On the radio, Craig Allen, a veteran in his own right, agrees to a three-year extension as WCBS 880’s chief meteorologist. Two months later, Allen marked 30 years at the station.

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Time to Handout 2nd Annual Barmash Awards for Excellence in TV News

It’s that time of the year—time for buying Christmas trees, and subsequently decorating them with all the trimmings. Our Jewish friends are digging out the menorahs, and making sure they have enough candles.

But it’s also the season for countless awards. FishbowlNY is no exception, as we present our 2nd annual Barmash Awards, honoring the local TV news scene here in New York.

As the title indicates, there is no committee making these decisions—just one co-editor.

While our intention isn’t to specifically balance the award winners, it does show the enormous talent we have to choose from across the dial.

Best Newscast (morning)

The chemistry works perfectly between WABC/Channel 7 veterans Lori Stokes and Ken Rosato. Stokes, though, brings that special connection to morning viewers. Stokes has a warm and friendly demeanor as she virtually “wakes” up people each day. Bill Evans is one of the best TV meteorogists, only falling short in the overall category to a colleague.

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Most Popular FishbowlNY Stories for the Week

Here’s a look at what FishbowlNY stories made the most buzz this week.

  1. “Wasn’t a Surprise” for Ousted Early Show Anchor Chris Wragge , November 15
  2. The Cast of VH1′s Love & Hip Hop Meet the Press, November 14
  3. The Village Voice Sues Time Out New York… November 16
  4. Newsweek/The Daily Beast Ousts Publisher Ray Chelstowski, November 14
  5. Vanity Fair Publishes Special Hollywood Scandal Issue, November 16
  6. Anderson “Not Good Fit” for WPIX, Leaving for WNYW in 2012, November 11
  7. Society of Professional Journalists Denounces Occupy Wall Street Arrests, November 15

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‘Wasn’t a Surprise’ for Ousted Early Show Anchor Chris Wragge

EXCLUSIVE: The news broke last week –another year, another revamp to CBS’ morning entry–The Early Show. Today, at the West 57th Street headquarters, CBS execs unveiled the new wake-up team of veteran interviewer Charlie Rose and Oprah’s BFF, Gayle King.

At the same time in the Meatpacking District, soon-to-be former Early Show anchor Chris Wragge was emceeing the launch of AmberWatch TV.

It was there that FishbowlNY caught up with the genial anchorman.

Wragge, who left WCBS/Channel 2 as the station’s top presence at the end of 2010, says he saw it coming.

“They’ve been great. They’ve been very upfront with me,” Wragge admits. “When new people come in they want their people fronting their new shows. So, it wasn’t a surprise to me [and] didn’t come as a shock to me.”

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WCBS/Channel 2 Anchor Chris Wragge Hosts AmberWatch TV Preview

Creating a unique experience for parents and caregivers, the AmberWatch TV Network has been formed on Cablevision’s Optimum service. The  channel (613) was established in an effort to make child safety a national priority.

The interactive, on-demand content is designed to help people with children make sense of the world that we live in, while giving them the tools for safe and healthy choices in the most difficult moments.

WCBS/Channel 2 anchor Chris Wragge host the AmberWatch TV preview on November 15,

AMBER alerts were named for a nine-year-old Texas girl who was abducted and murdered in 1996.

Stations Cover Deadly Helicopter Crash

A helicopter crashed and sank yesterday afternoon in the East River near 34th Street. Our sister site TVSpy reports WCBS/Channel 2 anchor Maurice DuBois was first on the air. As the station’s coverage continued, Chris Wragge was joined live from the scene.

Channel 2, according to the on-screen graphic, had exclusive rescue video.

In a bizarre moment, with anchors Liz Cho and David Navarro on the air, WABC/Channel 7 put a Twitter photo on the screen from WPIX/Channel 11 reporter Greg Mocker (as shown above).

“I posted it to Twitter,” Mocker tells FishbowlNY. “They must follow @gregmocker.” 

Mocker is referred to as an “eyewitness at the scene.”  

TVSpy has details on of how other stations handled the story.

Update: Mocker gave a mention to FishbowlNY during the WPIX 5 p.m. newscast on Wednesday.

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