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Sue Simmons, Candid in Rare Interview, ‘Came Within Two Weeks of Being in a Wheelchair’

There are broadcasting legends, and there is Sue Simmons. FishbowlNY caught up with the iconic anchorwoman for a rare one-on-one interview, as she was being named a Black Media Legend at the Plaza Hotel Friday.

Simmons left WNBC in June after more than three decades at the anchor desk. Three months earlier, word broke on what many considered an unthinkable story—Simmons would not get a contract extension.

Related: FishbowlNY, Sue Simmons Ends Historic Run at WNBC

“I already knew my contract was up and I got threatened with suspension,” Simmons says. “I didn’t say a word until after I left.”

Once Simmons’ future status was published it caused her nothing but angst.

“The last several months from March to June was pretty much a nightmare for me,” Simmons admits. “Because after you’ve worked with your teams and your friends for that long it’s very difficult to come to terms with the fact that it’s not going to be anymore.”

Simmons adds that there was no bitterness as she began the “farewell tour” at WNBC.

“How would you complain about 32 years at one job, in television, in New York City, and being part of the longest running anchor team in New York’s history?”

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Sue Simmons in First Interview Since Leaving WNBC: ‘I Cried Every Day’

Joy Behar lined up an exclusive interview with exiled former WNBC anchor Sue Simmons. In the interview that aired last night on Current TV’s Joy Behar: Say Anything!, Simmons talked about her reaction to WNBC management not renewing her contract after 32 years.

“Somewhere along the line there were mixed signals and I didn’t think it was going to end,” Simmons says. “I think I cried every day.” (see the Current TV clip after the jump)

Simmons, one-half of the legendary team with Chuck Scarborough, left the air for the final time June 15. She was replaced by thirty-something anchor Shiba Russell at 11 p.m.

“Does she realize she has only three more years to go before they give her the boot?” Behar ponders.

“I haven’t discussed it with her,” Simmons laughs. “I just wished her well and moved on.”

Asked by Behar why Scarborough, who joined Channel 4 in 1974, remains with station, Simmons said,”they viewed him as being more engaged then I was.”

Scarborough keeps a full plate each day, anchoring at 6 and 11 on WNBC, and a one-hour newscast on digital channel New York Nonstop.

As for Simmons, fans won’t have to wait long to see the beloved anchor again. As we reported last month, she’ll appear as a reporter on tonight’s season premiere of Law & Order: SVU.

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WNBC’s Charity Event Raises Close to $200,000

WNBC and its digital outfit New York Nonstop, held the 2nd annual Nonstop Day of Giving Telethon last month. Partnered with WOR and WBLS, WNBC raised close to $195,000 to benefit City Harvest, an organization dedicated to feeding hungry men, women, and children in New York City. The money raised will allow City Harvest to rescue and deliver more than 720,000 pounds of food to those in need.

“Working with such influential media partners has greatly helped us to raise awareness about City Harvest’s mission,” says Michael Jack, WNBC general manager and president. “The continued success of the Nonstop Day of Giving allows us to further advance the cause of ending hunger, an issue facing more New Yorkers than ever before.”

Ahead of the holiday season, on December 15, famed DJ Egypt of WBLS and Governor David Paterson of WOR, each had special guests on their shows, which were based from the NBC Experience Store at 30 Rock.

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New York Nonstop Hosts Day of Giving Telethon

This isn’t only the time of the year for family and friends to gather. It is also the time to think about the less fortunate.

New York Nonstop is hosting today’s 2nd Annual Nonstop Day of Giving. New York Nonstop, the digital arm of WNBC, is partnering with City Harvest, WBLS, and WOR for the day-long charity telethon that runs until 8 p.m.

This year, the station joined forces with City Harvest, the world’s first food rescue organization feeding the hungry of New York City, as well as new media partner, radio station WBLS, along with returning media partner WOR radio.  Both radio stations will be broadcasting at times throughout the day from the MSNBC.com Digital Café at the NBC Experience store in Rockefeller Plaza.  WNBC will also feature live highlights direct from Rockefeller Center with celebrities, local dignitaries, and key business people who will talk about their charities and the importance of giving.

Proceeds from the Nonstop Giving telethon will benefit City Harvest, a nonprofit organization dedicated to feeding New York City’s hungry men, women, and children for more than 25 years.  Those interested in making a donation can call 1-800-826-9888.  

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Gearing Up for Tonys, New York Nonstop Takes Viewers In the Wings

WNBC’s local information and lifestyle digital channel, New York Nonstop, will air a marathon of In the Wings, a new series focused on Broadway.  The marathon will begin tonight just before midnight and will continue until Sunday at 1 p.m., ahead of the 65th Annual Tony Awards airing that evening on WCBS/Channel 2.

In the Wings visits Broadway and Off-Broadway theaters, featuring content from backstage and around the theater district. The program also includes profiles of many Broadway and Off-Broadway stars, providing an inside look at their dressing rooms and favorite New York spots.

Tony nominees Whoopi Goldberg and Judith Light are among those showcased.  Viewers get a sneak peek into this year’s hottest new shows. Episodes offer a “backstage access” to many Broadway shows including How to Succeed in Business without Really Trying, Word of Mouth: Sister Act, and Wonderland.

Host Lauren Scala Hopes People Will Be ‘Inspired By’ New York Nonstop’s Great American Health Challenge

Billed as a docu-reality show, WNBC digital platform New York Nonstop is running The Great American Health Challenge.

But don’t let the title fool you—this is pure New York.

This is a unique 12-week program where participants from the five borough complete “healthy” tasks such as: smoking cessation, nutrition, and sleeping better.

In the end, several grand prizes will be awarded, but the teams are also vying for the title “healthiest borough.”

“It is a battle of the boroughs,” says host Lauren Scala. “There [are] five teams of three people that represent each borough.”

Unlike the typical reality show that features contestants eliminated each week, here everyone remains until the end.

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Joey Reynolds’ New York Nonstop Show Returns from Hiatus

It appears that All Night with Joey Reynolds, lately on WNBC’s digital platform New York Nonstop is ready for a return to the airwaves.

As we reported last week, All Night has been on hiatus since Thursday, April 28. Reynolds’ overnight show joined New York Nonstop in January.

According to Reynolds’ Facebook page, the show will return tonight with a “new format.” However, the on-screen television guide (at least this reporter’s) list “To Be Announced” for those two hours.

Just last week, though, producer Myra Chanin told FishbowlNY that she was unaware of any show tweaking.

“I haven’t been told anything about that,” Chanin says.

Sources tell FishbowlNY that the show needed to be reworked before resuming production.

Update: FishbowlNY has learned All Night with Joey Reynolds will not return tonight. But it will be back “soon.”

Hiatus for New York Nonstop’s All Night with Joey Reynolds

It’s been just over three months since veteran broadcaster Joey Reynolds tried a return to TV, a medium in which he worked a little  earlier in his career. His show–All Night with Joey Reynolds– airs at midnight on WNBC’s digital channel New York Nonstop. In a way, it’s an extension of his long overnight radio work with WOR that ended last year.

Now, the show is on a hiatus. Show producer Myra Chanin says the program will return “soon.” Chanin tells FishbowlNY that she thinks the show will be back on the air ”within a week or two.”

The show is already off the air since Thursday morning with no rerun playing in its place.
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Veteran Radio Host Joey Reynolds Hopes for ‘Anti-Christ of Demographics’ With New York Nonstop Show

Joey Reynolds is a legendary broadcasting personality with more than 50 years under his belt.

Reynolds, most recently, was overnight talk show host on WOR and heard nationally on the WOR Radio Network. That gig, the longest of his career, lasted 14 years.

Now Reynolds is returning to TV, where he has dabbled throughout his career.

Beginning last night (this morning), Reynolds took his banter and wit to WNBC’s digital platform—New York Nonstop, hosting a two-hour All Night with Joey Reynolds.

The show is long awaited. After leaving WOR in April, it was rumored to start as soon as last May. 

Seen each Monday night (Tuesday morning) through Friday night (Saturday morning) from midnight to 2 a.m., Reynolds says All Night will eventually offer a “triple play” for viewers, simulcasting the show online and syndicated for radio. (InsideRadio.com reports the program, initially, will be heard on WOR HD Radio, with many other stations to follow.

“What used to be able to be done with one ad in The New York Times, now needs to be in radio, television, [and] magazines. It’s gotta be all over the place,” Reynolds admits. “You can’t just be one thing anymore. You have to be on more than one platform.”

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Tim Minton Chooses to Leave WNBC for New Broadcasting Venture

Veteran reporter Tim Minton is the latest in a long line of staffers to leave WNBC. Unlike the majority of others who didn’t have contracts renewed (including Glenn Zimmerman, profiled last week), Minton chose to walk away on his terms.

“I want to produce different types of content… and I want to have a role in managing it,” Minton tells FishbowlNY.

He says it’s all about timing, given the state of the local TV news today; it was the time to make a break for it.

Minton says he began discussions with executives “up to the very highest level of the company” in the last two years. Ultimately, Minton says it was a variety of factors that that led him to the decision last month of walking away. His last day was January 7.

He points out that choosing to leave is in no way a reflection over the product he’s churned out in the 12 years at WNBC. An 18-time Emmy Award winner, Minton says he was compensated generously.

“For me, it goes beyond what do you want to do in the next three months or six months?” Minton admits. “It’s what do you want to do in two years, five years, ten years? And what’s the vision of the industry down the road?” 

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