Monthly Archives: December 2013

And the Winner Is…

Scott_StanfordWe’re about to turn the page on 2013. But before we do, it’s time to reveal the top media moments of the year.

It was a tight race, but Scott Stanford pulled away as your choice for outstanding New York media moment.

Stanford, who successfully made the switch from sports at WNBC to news anchor on WPIX, received 25 percent of the vote.

WWOR/Channel 9 dropping its nightly newscast was TunedIn readers number two pick with 19 percent of the vote.

The Rob Morrison saga, resigning from WCBS/Channel 2 following an alleged domestic violence issue was third, taking 15 percent.

WFAN ends its long relationship with the New York Mets was fourth with 11 percent of vote.

We got a handful of “write-ins,” including one person writing “The New York news landscape without Stan Brooks.” The WINS iconic reporter died earlier this month at 86.

Now let the best of 2014 begin, and Happy New Year!

Meteorologist John Marshall Resurfaces On WCBS

marshallYou didn’t drink too much eggnog–that was John Marshall making a return engagement on WCBS.

Marshall, most known to viewers for more than a decade as the weekend meteorologist on WNBC, joined the Channel 2 team in 2010. His weekend stint, though, ended only seven months later.

Now Marshall and WCBS get a “re-do,” thanks to weekend meteorologist Vanessa Murdock taking a maternity leave.

While Marshall doesn’t know if he’s in the long-term plans at Channel 2, he is just happy to get the call from the bullpen.

“[I’m] thrilled to be delivering the weather to the New York City tristate again, pitching in for the ‘deuce,'” Marshall tells Tuned In.

Marshall’s reconnection with WCBS was made possible by his former Channel 4 news director Dan Forman, now a managing editor on West 57th, who called to offer the freelance opportunity.

Embattled Reporter A.J. Clemente Heads Home to Teach in New York

aj-clemente-lgSome people would say A.J. Clemente has used up his 15 minutes of fame. That fame, after all, was created when he was fired last April from a Bismarck TV station for cursing on the air. Oh, did we mention it was his first night on the station or anywhere professionally?

Clemente became a media darling, whisked into the national spotlight with appearances on NBC’s Today and Late Show with David Letterman. A month later, when the smoke had cleared, Clemente oddly used his new found celebrity to tend bar in Delaware for $2.23 an hour (plus tips).

Now the Bronx native is heading home.

Clemente, 25, tells Tuned In that he’s about to teach a seven-week broadcasting course at a private school in Manhattan.

“It’s to help high school international students,” Clemente says. “They have passion for the media industry and I’m just trying to help them out as I’m trying to proceed with my career.”

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Veteran WINS Reporter Stan Brooks Dies at 86

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Brooks (r) with WCBS 880 anchor Steve Scott at the New York Press Club holiday party on December 9, 2013.

Stan Brooks was an original voice of 1010 WINS. He was a reporter, for many years at City Hall, decades on all-news 1010 WINS. Brooks, who predated the station’s format change on April 19, 1965, died today likely from complications due to lung cancer. He would have been 87 next month.

News director Ben Mevorach tells Tuned In that Brooks died at his Manhattan home surrounded by family.

“While we grieve for the loss of this great man, please bear in mind that Stan was ready for this,” Mevorach says. “He left with no regrets, he left knowing he was beloved and he left with the comfort of knowing that his children and their children knew how much he loved them.”

But, one special love of Brooks’ life belonged to his late wife Lynn.

“No man ever loved a woman more than Stan loved Lynn. He saw his own death not as an end but as a time when he would be able to rejoin Lynn and simply continue on with the sixty year love affair that they had shared on earth, ” Mevorach adds.

Earlier this month, the City Hall radio room was renamed in Brooks’ honor.

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What Was the Most Memorable Media Moment of 2013?

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Is Scott Stanford your pick for top media moment of 2013?

The clock is about to strike midnight on 2013. That means it’s time go down memory lane for the Best Moments of the Year. Good or bad, there were several standout moments representing the media landscape in New York.

Among them,

  • Rob Morrison was under media scrutiny for allegedly choking his wife, Ashley, in February. Within days of the incident, Rob was officially gone from his morning anchoring duties at WCBS-TV.
  • Greg Kelly, however, was welcomed back to mornings, as co-anchor of WNYW’s Good Day New York. Kelly spent six short months as the station’s lead anchor at night. The failed experiment caused a “do-over” in January, re-teaming the popular Kelly with Rosanna Scotto.
  • WPIX made some waves by hiring sportscaster Scott Stanford as a news anchor.
  • No need for a news anchor at WWOR. The Fox affiliate pulled the plug on the Ten O’Clock News and any semblance of a news department. Continue reading

Winning Mega Millions, Channel 11 Reporter Says You’re More Likely To Get Murdered

PIX11_LogoAs the mega millions jackpot soared beyond $600 million, newscasts were catching lottery fever. But one station suffered a black eye for its handling of the story. You know, those typical reports where people are asked what they would do with all that money.

We were saturated with them yesterday, but WPIX took a different tack. Reporter Arthur Chi’en delved inside the numbers, showing how rare it was to win the huge payoff. Chi’en got the expertise of a mathematical professor. Formulaic equations indicated shelling out $175 million for lottery tickets would be enough to take home the big prize.

Another common angle is to show the odds of winning the lottery as compared to other events. Chi’en threw that into his piece last night as well. The veteran Channel 11 reporter pointed out that you were “50 percent more likely to be struck by lightning.”

But Chi’en took it to another, more inappropriate level, saying you were “8,000 times more likely to be murdered.”

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Cablevision Likely Selling to Time Warner in February

Rumors started a few years ago that Cablevision would ultimately sell the company. Now comes the strongest move in that direction. Tuned In has learned exclusively there is a 95 percent certainty that Cablevision will sell to Time Warner by the end of February. To make the acquisition more attractive, we’re told that the Bethpage, NY media company will undergo mass layoffs.

In addition, Cablevision honchos Tom Garger and Michael O’Neill, someone with knowledge of the situation says, have been given until February to make a case for public access being workable. If not, the channels and the executives likely would be gone.

Earlier this year, Cablevision sold its western cable outfit Optimum West to Charter Communications for $1.62 billion in cash. The company turned a third quarter profit in November, beating earnings projections. However, a year earlier Cablevision faced a $3.8 million loss.

Cablevision, founded by Charles Dolan, was started in 1973. The company failed to take itself private in 2005 and 2007.

While Cablevision have always stood firm against selling the company, in recent months that stance has wavered. For example, while announcing Cablevision’s earnings in August, CEO James Dolan said, “You never say never.”

A Cablevision spokesperson tells Tuned In, “As a matter of long-standing policy, we do not comment on rumor or speculation in the media.”

WOR Unveils New Morning Show

WORWOR 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.”