WOR 710 is marching into the future with Elliot Segal, succeeding John Gambling, who announced his retirement last month. Elliot in the Morning debuts January 13. Segal’s show has been heard in Washington on WWDC/DC 101 and Richmond’s WRXL. It will continue to air on those stations. WOR listeners will get a mix of sports, music, culture, and news from Segal.
“I’m excited to be coming back to New York, to a station with such a legendary history,” said Segal in a statement. ”We have built something very special in Washington, DC and Richmond and I’m beyond thrilled that the show will continue airing on DC/101 and XL-102. Now, WOR will be home to Elliot In The Morning and I couldn’t be more anxious to get going.”
Segal was part of the Z100 Morning Zoo in the mid-1990s.
With the new year, the Clear Channel talk station welcomes Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity. Their shows are syndicated by Clear Channel’s Premiere Networks. The veteran hosts keep their familiar time slots at WOR; Limbaugh from noon to 3 p.m. and Hannity airs from 3 to 6 p.m.
2014 also means baseball, as WOR will be the radio home for the Mets.
“This is an incredibly exciting time for WOR,” said Joe Puglise, President and Market Manager for Clear Channel New York. “Bringing America’s top two talk show hosts to our lineup, the entertaining Elliot Segal and his team to the mornings and becoming the flagship station for the Mets will allow us to create unprecedented marketing opportunities for our partners and unbeatable programming for our listeners.”
Overnight viewers may know Rob Nelson for his three years with ABC News Now. Nelson has also been a co-anchor on the network’s America This Morning. Staying in the company, Nelson has been named weekend morning anchor at WABC, succeeding Phil Lipof. Last month, it was announced that Lipof would leave Channel 7 for WCVB in Boston. His final newscast is December 8. A WABC spokesperson confirmed Nelson’s hiring, which was first reported by @Ny_NewsObserver. Nelson is not expected to start until sometime in January.
In March, Nelson was switched to dayside at ABC News. He was a correspondent for all platforms and programs.
As ABC News President Ben Sherwood remarked in a statement at the time, “Rob’s reporting, grace and humor infused each broadcast with a winning style he perfected over many years.”
There was barely enough time for the direct deposit to be activated.
John Houseman, who we reported last month was hired by WCBS-TV as an executive producer, is no longer with the station. Houseman had more than 30 years at Channel 11, mainly as assistant news director, until he was dropped from the Tribune O&O in May.
An insider tells Tuned In that Houseman resigned from his Channel 2 post, although other sources believe he may have been axed. A WCBS spokesperson declined to comment.
The nation was forced to come of age and have its innocence shattered. Fifty years ago today, Americans suffered a tragic generational moment when President John F. Kennedy was gunned down. It was a sunny, late fall afternoon as Dealey Plaza and the Texas School Book Depository were about to become part of the lexicon.
It was even harder to fathom for the youth.
Pablo Guzman was 13 years old. He was an eighth grader at Our Lady of Pity in the South Bronx. In the next half-century, Guzman would become a hard-nosed street reporter, primarily known for his work on WCBS/Channel 2. But that fateful day in Dallas would remain with Guzman throughout his career.
“It was permanently etched,” Guzman tells Tuned In. “I went to Catholic school so you can imagine what his election and his murder meant.”
Kennedy was the first Roman Catholic elected president. So parochial schools felt like their “Favorite Son” was killed. But of course, the sadness permeated much deeper.
Tuned In has learned that Cablevision has bludgeoned its News 12 Traffic and Weather service, located on Channel 61 in several tri-state locations.
Cablevision has confirmed the staff layoffs, although not by name or the amount of people affected.
“We recently made adjustments to News 12 Traffic & Weather that resulted in the elimination of some positions,” a News 12 spokesperson says. “News 12 Traffic & Weather continues to deliver traffic and weather updates more than 10 times per hour, 24/7, and viewers can also get real-time updates on News12.com or on News 12 mobile apps.”
Tuned In has learned that the entire full-time air traffic staff has been sent packing, leaving only a handful of temps in the wake. We were not able to confirm the fate of meteorologists at the channel.
Among those out the door in the restructuring, Lisa Ritchie, a longtime radio personality on Long Island. Producers Dave Steckel and Dave Squillante were apparently also part of the purge, sources say. However, we’re told that managers Pete Shields and GM Jeff Blum will remain.
T&W started in the early 1990s. It features an off-camera traffic reporter showing maps and cameras for New York, the Hudson Valley, Long Island, Connecticut, and New Jersey.
The wait is over for a new GM at Tribune’s flagship. Rich Graziano succeeded Eric Meyrowitz today as WPIX’s next President/GM. Graziano takes over the position immediately and will report to Tribune’s President of Broadcast Media, Larry Wert. Since 2009, Graziano has been in charge of Tribune’s Hartford properties, including publisher and CEO of the Hartford Courant. He was also VP/GM at WTIC and WCCT. Just nine days ago, Tuned In broke the news that Meyrowitz was out at Channel 11 after three years on the job.
“Rich is a skilled and innovative leader who has achieved great success in managing large-scale media operations and delivering results for viewers, advertisers and the community,” Wert says. “We’ve made a number of changes at WPIX, both on-the-air and in the management ranks—the station is gaining momentum. Rich is the perfect addition to lead the new team we’ve assembled.”
Graziano has more than 20 years of media experience, including a stop at WLVI in Boston.
“WPIX is an iconic brand. The station has a distinct history and a wonderful legacy in New York,” Graziano says. “I see tremendous opportunity to lead WPIX to excellence, through hard work, innovation, and by creating value for our viewers and advertising partners.”
WPIX VP and GM Eric Meyrowitz has been fired. Sources confirm to Tuned In that Meyrowitz’s last day at Channel 11 was Thursday. There had been rumblings that Meyrowitz would not have his contract renewed. A WPIX spokesperson refused to comment.
While the buzz has been surrounding night time changes at WPIX, notably Scott Stanford‘s ascension to news anchor, the public is speaking in record numbers about the morning newscasts.
It’s three months since our breaking news filled the Internet that Frances Rivera would not have her contract renewed. We’ve received feedback from dozens of people and we’re still getting comments. Here is a sample of some strong opinions posted to Tuned In.
Chrissy Craig writes, “I thought Francis Rivera did an awesome job…loved her smile…sense of humor and her charm.”
Barbara Fortini says, “I am completely floored! I have been looking for Frances for weeks. Frances Rivera is a very pleasant, professional and enjoyable to watch… Too bad for PIX because many people will not be viewing the news without Frances at the helm.”
Joel Santos concurs, “I thought Francis was out on emergency leave or maybe even vacation, but now morning after morning of not seeing her around, it was obvious something was wrong. I googled Francis Rivera to read this heart wrenching news! This must’ve been a decision based on politics, because anyone who tuned into the PIX11 Morning News saw there was nothing but chemistry on the air between Sukanya and Francis.”
On paper, it seemed to be a great career move for Jill Nicolini. But after only two years, the popular entertainment reporter has exited WNYW/Channel 5 for WLNY. A station spokesperson confirms that Monday she debuts as traffic reporter on Live From the Couch. It’s a homecoming of sorts for Nicolini, who gained a huge following from her traffic and entertainment segments during her seven years on WPIX. The two-hour broadcast is hosted by Channel 2′s John Elliott, Lisa Kerney, and Carolina Bermudez. The latter two personalities have been on maternity leave, giving former WPIX anchor Jodi Applegate some extended “couch time.”
There is another Channel 11 connection to WCBS (WLNY sister station). John Houseman has been named a new Channel 2 executive producer. Houseman spent more than three decades in the WPIX newsroom or management. His star was at its brightest when Bill Carey left for another venture last year. Houseman got his second chance as interim news director, but ultimately the station hired Mark Effron. Houseman was let go from the Tribune flagship in May, just days after Effron took the reins pushing him back to his longstanding assistant news director role.
Larry Mendte is the latest casualty of the new WPIX regime. Tuned In has learned that Mendte is no longer with Channel 11 or Tribune. A well-placed source confirms that Mendte’s contract wasn’t renewed, but that the parting was amicable.
Astute viewers of the revamped 5 and 10 p.m. newscasts with Scott Stanford and Tamsen Fadal noticed that Mendte and his nightly commentaries have been conspicuous by their absence since earlier this month.
Mendte, a three-time Emmy winner for his PIX pieces, joined WPIX in February 2010. The commentaries originated from Channel 11, but aired on several other Tribune owned stations. Mendte’s departure is the latest purge by news director Mark Effron to eliminate the staff hired by former news director Bill Carey.
Mendte could be thought-provoking or controversial. He used his platform on multiple occasions pressing Congress to pass the 9/11 First Responders Health and Compensation Bill. When it passed six months later, Mendte was honored with several awards
In 2011, he made a historic trip to Libya. He was the only journalist to accompany former congressman Curt Weldon on a peace mission.
There was also anchoring at PIX for the veteran broadcaster. Mendte was part of the Hurricane Sandy coverage with Kaity Tong and Jodi Applegate. He was also on the air for 12 straight hours with Fadal as one of the Boston Marathon bombing suspects was killed by police.