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Longtime WINS Anchor Sandi Klein Takes Her Leave

Klein at the mic/newyork.cbslocal.com

Nearly two decades have passed since Sandi Klein first cracked the mic on 1010/WINS. Yesterday, after 13 years as an afternoon anchor, Klein pulled her last air shift at the station.

Since November 2010, as part of an on-air restructuring, Klein and veteran p.m. drive anchor Larry Kanter worked a newly configured midday shift from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

She went “off format” for a brief goodbye to listeners.

“More people get their news from 1010 WINS than from any other radio station in the nation. And it’s been my honor and pleasure to deliver it for the past 20 years,” Klein says.

Then Klein announced newscast credits “for the last time,” including the service aide and editor.

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Cumulus Changes: John Foxx Gets WPLJ PD Gig; Jeff Miles Leaves Middays

It’s a busy day in the Cumulus neighborhood. Several reports indicate John Foxx is about to land at WPLJ as program director. What that means for the legendary programmer, Scott Shannon, is unclear. But All Access says Foxx will work “alongside” Shannon. But there’s no explanation as to whether Foxx will be an equal to Shannon or if, in fact, he’ll become Shannon’s boss.

Shannon, who turns 65 this year, celebrated 20 years in the morning with Todd Pettengill in 2011.

Foxx, who had worked for sister station KLIF in Dallas, joins WPLJ July 9th.  WPLJ operations manager Tony Mascaro adds the same title with WABC

Shannon promoted Mascaro to operations manager in 2010 after his 13-year stint as music director.

In other WPLJ news, midday jock Jeff Miles is said to be leaving for an undisclosed Cumulus property. That announcement will be made later this month.

77 WABC’s Geraldo Rivera to Host Job Fair

Still having trouble finding steady work? Cumulus’ 77 WABC and WPLJ are helping the community-at-large with a job fair at the Jacob Javits Center. Geraldo Rivera will be on-scene, hosting his 10 a.m to noon show from the fair Tuesday, May 15th.

Rivera’s program, with the fair’s theme, Putting America Back to Work, will include guests doing their part to get people off the unemployment line.

The job fair runs from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and will feature recruiters from all industries available to meet with job seekers. More details are available on WABC’s website.

And the Winner of New York’s Best Radio Team…

WCBS 880 1980s morning anchors Robert Vaughn (left) and Jim Donnelly/WCBS Appreciation Site

This week we asked you to select your favorite radio teams spanning the decades in New York. FishbowlNY gave you several to choose from in the news field, primarily at Newsradio 880, where anchor teams are their bread and butter. Other categories represented were talk, sports, and music morning show.

Here’s a look at the winners, starting at number 5.

The WCBS-AM anchor team of Wayne Cabot and Harley Carnes— 6 percent (parts of 1992 – 2004)

Number 4. WPLJ’s Scott Shannon and Todd Pettengill — 7 percent    (1991- present)

At number 3. Boomer Esiason and Craig Carton on the WFAN morning show — 8 percent   (2007-present)

Number 2. WFAN’s Mike and the Mad Dog — 17 percent  (1989-2008)

And the number 1 pick for favorite radio team, after the jump

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Time to Pick the Best Radio Team in New York

First, we had the poll showing Chuck Scarborough and Sue Simmons were the all-time number one anchor team in your hearts. Now,  it’s time to choose the best radio team in New York City. Whether in news (several tandems from Newsradio 880), sports (Mike and the Mad Dog), or morning teams (Dr. Dre´ and Ed Lover; Scott and Todd) 

As always, you can add any additional selections below. The poll closes Thursday at 6 p.m. We’ll have the results on Friday.

Despite Some Technical Glitches, EAS National Test Successful

The results are in for the first nationwide EAS test held Wednedsay by FEMA.

All New York City radio stations were scheduled to participate in the 2 p.m. test. However, Cumulus’ WABC and WPLJ were unable to air the less than a minute test, due to a technical glitch.

New York State Broadcasters Association President David Donovan tells FishbowlNY the snafu was the “signal for EAS coming into ABC.”

Overall, Donovan says the test was successful for New York stations, cable and satellite providers.

Donovan says considering this was only a test, it was the perfect time to get the kinks out.

“What we really need to do is work on that last link,” Donovan says.

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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. Martha Stewart‘s Daughter, Alexis, Gives Awkward Answers on Today, October 24
  2. Steve Jobs to Rupert Murdoch: “Fox Has Become an Incredibly Destructive Force in Our Society,” October 25
  3. Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia Cuts 40 Staffers, October 25
  4. WABC and WPLJ Layoffs, Veteran Air Personality Dave Stewart Among Casualties, October 22
  5. Long Awaited Layoffs Come to Metro Traffic in New Jersey, October 26
  6. Jill Abramson: “I Don’t Want Every Story to be 1,800 Words,” October 21
  7. The Daily Adds Two, October 24
  8. Taking a Tour of MSG Transformation Project, October 20

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Veteran Overnighter Dave Stewart Leaves WPLJ on ‘Great Terms’

WPLJ overnight jock Dave Stewart has crossed a generation of fans, starting at the station in 1989. He found his “voice” two years later as the pre-dawn DJ.

As we reported Friday, Stewart was among more than a dozen staffers laid off at WPLJ and WABC-AM.

Stewart says it was harder for program director Scott Shannon and general manager Steve Borneman to part ways with their longtime air personality.

“Steve was heartbroken,” Stewart tells FishbowlNY. “It was harder on them than it was on me.”

His transition from swing announcer to the overnight happened around the same time as Shannon’s debut at WPLJ.

“[Scott] liked somebody with production skills, which I had, for the morning show to help out with them,” Stewart recalls. “We just all kind of clicked.”

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Scott and Todd Producer Running NYC Marathon In Honor of Dad

Thousands of people, from amateurs to world class runners, will trek across the five boroughs Sunday, November 6 in the New York City Marathon.

One of those people, making his first attempt at pounding the pavement for 26.2 miles, is WPLJ morning show executive producer Joe Pardavila.

“I’ve cut Doritos, Twinkies, and Mountain Dew from my diet, so I should be ready to go,” Pardavila says. “I also run about 10 miles a day, so that should help too.”

But for Pardavila, who works closely with Scott Shannon and Todd Pettengill and is affectionately known as “Monkey Boy,” this was more than good excuse to diet.

“I’m running in the memory of my father, Arturo, who passed away 6 years ago after [a] long battle [with] Huntington’s disease,” Pardavila says. “I’m doing anything I can to raise awareness and money for the cause.”

To that end, he is seeking donations for his marathon run. Those interested can get more details at: http://www.crowdrise.com/MONKSMARATHONRUN/fundraiser/pljmonk

Pardavila was been with Scott and Todd on WPLJ since the mid 1990s (this is their 20th year together) as associate producer. He was promoted to his current position in 2004.

Former Z100 and WPLJ Personality Patty Steele Joins 77 WABC

Veteran radio personality Patty Steele has signed on with WABC-AM, effective next Monday. Steele will be producer and sidekick for midday host Joe Crummey.

For several years at WPLJ, Steele had been news director and morning show on-air contributor for Scott Shannon and Todd Pettengill

“Patty is loved by all who know her. She’s whip-smart, spontaneous, and real,” Laurie Cantillo, WABC program director, tells FishbowlNY. ”When she was a guest recently with Joe, I was blown away by the listener response, with many calling her a ‘breath of fresh air.’”

Steele also spent time as a DJ at WHTZ/Z100, and was an anchor at WCBS 880 in the 1990s.

Crummey’s show airs from 10 a.m. to noon.

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