Monthly Archives: September 2013

Breaking: Larry Mendte Out at WPIX

LarryMendte_ComingCleanLarry 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.

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Scott Stanford ‘Very Excited’ to Start His News Anchor Career Tonight at WPIX

Scott_StanfordRod Stewart probably wasn’t looking into a crystal ball when he wrote Tonight’s the Night four decades ago. But he could have been talking about Scott Stanford, who makes his anchor debut this evening on WPIX.

Stanford, as has been well documented, arrives on East 42nd Street after a career in sportscasting on TV and radio. Throw in his ongoing wrestling commentating and you’ve got eyes wide and ears perked.

Related: Stanford ’95 Percent Certainty’ to Get PIX Anchor Gig

“[I’m] very excited to join the PIX11 news team tomorrow! PIX11 news will be informative and entertaining as the viewers will feel like they’re hanging out with friends!” Stanford tells Tuned In.

As the countdown is on before Stanford joins Tamsen Fadal at 5 p.m. (and 10 p.m.), it would appear that the veteran broadcaster is trying to play it straight at the start.

He spent the last four years as number two sports anchor at WNBC. Stanford has mixed song lyrics as part of his on-air shtick when telling his nightly sports story.

Exclusive: Attacked WINS Anchor Says He ‘Would Not Have Survived’ Without Neighbors’ Intervention

brian-carey22Brian Carey is opening up about the incident last week that put him in the hospital. The WINS afternoon anchor gives Tuned In exclusive first comments about the beating.

As we reported, Carey was pounded into unconsciousness at his Upper East Side apartment. Carey was in the ICU with a broken jaw and eye socket.

Related: WINS Anchor Victim of Brutal Attack

More details emerged. The Daily News says Carey’s attacker was a homeless man who the anchor had befriended; The New York Post took it a step further reporting from a “police source” that Carey had a sexual relationship with the homeless man.

Carey, though, shoots down that story from his hospital bed.

“The account in the Post about my attacker’s relationship to me was totally inaccurate and hurtful,” Carey tells Tuned In.

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WINS Anchor Reportedly Attacked by Homeless Man Whom He Befriended

brian-carey22The case of who beat WINS anchorman Brian Carey, sending him to the hospital with serious injuries, has taken a bizarre turn.

We previously reported that Carey was an acquaintance of his attacker. Now there are apparently more details. That friend is actually a homeless man, who was spending time at Carey’s Upper East Side apartment, according to the Daily News.

The suspect whose name wasn’t released, reportedly was arrested once for assault. The report says the man visited Carey Monday night when the anchor asked him to get food for them at a local store.

Upon his return, the homeless man reportedly snapped. He started to argue with his radio friend leading to Carey suffering a broken jaw and a fractured eye socket.

Carey was found semiconscious in the building’s lobby.

He remains in an area hospital. Tuned In has learned that Carey is able to speak and is in good spirits.

Photo: 1010wins.com

Yankees Switch Dial Positions, Heading to WFAN in 2014

yankeesThe Yankees are staying put in the CBS Radio family, but leaving WCBS 880 for a multi-year deal with WFAN 660/101.9 FM.

In a short press release by CBS, the words New York Mets were not mentioned. The Amazins were the cornerstone of the fledgling all-sports format in 1987, grandfathered in from their 1050 WHN days.

The likely home for the Mets would appear to be ESPN 98.7 FM, which switched from 1050 to eventually secure baseball play-by-play rights. WOR has been mentioned online as another possible home for the Mets.

The Yankees, who in the last couple of years, inked one-year extensions with WCBS, may have been swayed by the 50,000 watt flamethrower that is WFAN. On a clear night, 660 is heard in Florida.

“We are extremely excited to have reached an agreement with CBS Radio,” said Yankees Managing General Partner Hal Steinbrenner. “The paramount consideration was how our fans would best be able to hear our games. Having the Yankees on WFAN-AM/FM provides listeners in the New York metropolitan area and beyond with superior broadcast quality and vast territorial signal strength.”

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Mister Cee Resigns From Hot 97 Amid New Prostitution Allegations

CeeInfluential hip hop producer and DJ Calvin LeBrun, known to millions as Mister Cee, resigned from Hot 97/WQHT today. Cee announced to loyal listeners during his midday mix show that it would be his final time scratching records.

“It’s not a joke, today is my last day on Hot 97. I’m doing what I feel is right for the betterment of the station,” Cee said.

Just before Cee told his audience, the Internet lit up with word that he allegedly solicited a drag queen named Bimbo Winehouse for his services.

It is not the first time that Cee’s extremely private life crashed into his professional life.

in 2011, Cee was arrested for receiving oral sex in his car from an apparent transvestite.

Hot 97 morning co-host Peter Rosenberg tweeted his candid thoughts of Cee.


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WINS Anchor Brian Carey Victim of Brutal Attack

brian-carey221010 WINS afternoon anchor Brian Carey was savagely beaten into semiconsciousness with a broken jaw at his Upper East Side apartment.

The attack, reports say, took place Monday night in his East 61st Street building. Police also say Carey suffered a deep cut on his head and facial fractures.

Reportedly, Carey was rushed to the hospital in serious condition. He was unable to speak. Carey remains in the intensive care unit.

“Brian has a long way to go but he is making remarkable progress and we expect that he will make a full recovery,” News director Ben Mevorach says. “He is aware of all of the love and support that has been pouring in from around the country. He was deeply moved and deeply grateful. It has lifted his spirits immeasurably.”

The New York Post reports that investigators believe the beating was done by an acquaintance of his. Carey, a fixture at WINS for more than a decade, reportedly struggled to reach the lobby before he collapsed.

Police say Carey alerted them that his cell phone and wallet were missing.

In November 2010, Carey was named the top-of-the-hour afternoon anchor from 3 to 6:30 p.m. when the station revamped its lineup. He has been honored for his on-air work. He won the A.I.R. (Achievement in Radio) as Best New York City News Anchor in 2005. A year later, the Associated Press recognized him for the Best Regularly Scheduled Newscast.

Photo: 1010wins.com

Ashley Morrison Exits CBS MoneyWatch Due to Extended Commute

Ashley MorrisonAshley Morrison is no longer working for CBS MoneyWatch. The blond business reporter, who was seen mornings on many CBS affiliates, including WCBS/Channel 2, has left the company after four years. Morrison says her reason for leaving is due to a combination of a longer commute and early hours.

MoneyWatch is starting to have its reporter on scene from the New York Stock Exchange, instead of West 57th, and that was too much for Morrison.

“I don’t think a lot of people realize that I get up at 12:30 a.m. for work,” Morrison tells Tuned In. “I knew I was going to have to get up at midnight.”

She was also anticipating a longer ride from Wall Street to Darien, Connecticut.

“I didn’t know how I could give another hour and a half, two hours of my day,” Morrison admits.

Morrison would not discuss her husband Rob, who resigned from WCBS in February in the wake of a domestic violence incident. But she did mention their eight-year-old son and how her schedule was a struggle.

“Even when I’m here in the evenings with Jack, I don’t feel present,” Morrison says. “I’m always jetlagged and tired.”

Additionally, she worried that her fatigue could cause a problem on the road.

“I can always find another job, but I can’t get time back with Jack.”

Morrison says the job hunt will wait at least a couple of months.

Photo: Ashley Morrison/Facebook

‘No Compelling Reason to Go to PIX for News at Night’ in Reaction to Scott Stanford as Anchor

Stanford1Now that the smoke has cleared, we’ve had time to reflect on WPIX’s big move. Scott Stanford jumps from second string sports anchor on WNBC to main news man opposite Tamsen Fadal. He gave his final signoff from the Peacock Saturday night.

Tuned In got some industry feedback to WPIX’s decision to give Stanford the high-profile role. Despite Stanford’s lack of news experience, reaction is mixed.

“it’s great for him. He’s not your normal type of anchor, which is what I think is great– one of the funniest guys in the building,” A former WNBC colleague says. “He’s very likeable, easy to work with. We’ll see what his news chops are like, but they’re definitely thinking outside the box at PIX.”

Internally at Channel 11, this insider has a different take on the Fadal-Stanford on-air partnership, which begins a week from today.

“There is just no compelling reason to go to PIX for news at night,”  the WPIX insider tells Tuned In. “Neither anchor has credibility.”

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Jared Max is Done at ESPN 98.7 FM

jared-max-headshot1In a abrupt announcement, ESPN and Jared Max have ended their association. We don’t know much about Max leaving ESPN New York 98.7 FM/WEPN, but it can be inferred from his statement that this wasn’t choice.

“I am sorry that Maxed Out will not continue on ESPN New York. I treasure the experiences I had working with and learning from such good men and women — broadcasters, producers and interns,” Max says.

Robin Lundberg was added as co-host of Max’s Maxed Out from 4 to 6 a.m. Max also provided local updates during the national Mike and Mike show. Max left the company as of Wednesday. Reportedly, Lundberg will host the show solo for the foreseeable future.

“My ESPN experience elevated and prepared me for the next exciting chapter in my career in a way which I could not have foreseen,” Max adds. “In the past two and a half years at ESPN, I achieved seismic growth — professionally and personally.”

In March 2011, after 11 years as WCBS 880 morning sports anchor he joined ESPN Radio in New York. Just two months later, Max took to the airwaves and sent shockwaves through the industry when he told his ESPN listeners that he was gay.

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