Monthly Archives: April 2013

NY1 Revisits Hurricane Sandy Six Months Later

ny1By JERRY BARMASH

For millions in the Rockaways, Coney Island, and Staten Island, life will never be completely back to normal.

NY1 looks at how many city residents coped with Superstorm Sandy and are still in the process of rebuilding.

NY1’s Sandy 6 Months Later, premieres on Friday at 8 p.m., will be co-hosted by reporters Dean Meminger and Elizabeth Kaledin from two locations hit hard by the storm. Replays will be shown on Saturday at 6 p.m. and Sunday at 6 p.m.

In addition, NY1 Noticias will broadcast its own special, A seis meses de Sandy on Friday 9 p.m. and will be hosted by anchor Carleth Keys.

Both news channels’ Hurricane Sandy specials will focus on follow up pieces to the countless news stories they covered in the days after the super storm.

First Time Mom Jodi Applegate ‘Interested’ in TV Return ‘If Something Pops Up’

photo (4)By JERRY BARMASH

Motherhood is definitely agreeing with ex-anchor Jodi Applegate. She took a step back from her high profile gig at WPIX in December to concentrate on expanding her family with husband, YES Network’s Michael Kay.

Applegate had been the solo anchor of the station’s 5 and 10 p.m. broadcasts. Her hope was to remain with the station in a part-time capacity while caring for her three-month old daughter. Kay took to Twitter moments before she signed off at PIX to air his displeasure with the Channel 11 brass.

“That was unfortunate. It’s hard to really convey emotion in 140 characters,” Kay tells Tuned In. “I just felt that if they would have just let her do one show, she would have stayed. They needed her for two [shows] because she’s so good. But I didn’t mean any animosity toward it at all.”

The PIX anchor since October 2010, Applegate offered to tape segments, giving her a presence in both broadcasts.

“That just wasn’t in their plans,” Applegate says. “I understand. They’re running a business.”

A WPIX spokesperson tells Tuned In, “Leaving PIX11 was Jodi’s decision. We enjoyed working with Jodi and offered her several different options at the end of her contract but she chose not to renew.”

She also realizes the business of TV news and parenting can make strange bedfellows.

“Anchoring a newscast isn’t like working in a factory, except that time-wise, hours are very rigid. I was there after 11 p.m. every night. Anyone who has kids who works that shift knows that it’s tricky,” Applegate says.

Going forward, Kay wants the PIX experience to play heavily in his wife’s future endeavors.

“The next job that she has I hope that they’re more ‘mommy friendly,’” Kay says. “Not that they weren’t, but they needed her for two shows. The next job she is going to want to be a mom and be on TV.”

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WPIX and the Boston Bombing Coverage

PIX11_LogoBy JERRY BARMASH

It was a long day’s journey into night. But for WPIX, it was a riveting day of coverage from Boston as the second marathon suspect was ultimately captured.

WPIX, which welcomed a new news director this week, was the place to be Friday for the best video and reporting.

It started at 4 a.m. with morning anchors Sukanya Krishnan and Frances Rivera, who worked into the afternoon. Channel 11′s non-stop coverage rolled on with Tamsen Fadal and Larry Mendte taking over the anchor desk.

PIX had several reporters on the scene in and around the Boston area, including Jay Dow and Erica Pitzi.

But the day belonged to James Ford. The usual morning reporter started his day at 2 a.m. During the next 21 hours, Ford provided viewers with some of the most riveting images. Ford and his videographer became “embedded” with the S.W.A.T. and police. His “war zone” reporting was must see TV, even when cops ordered the cameras on the ground for safety purposes.

WPIX resumed regular programming Friday night at 11:30.