With the words, “Good afternoon. It’s 23 and partly sunny at 3 o’clock,” Brian Carey cracked the mic as afternoon WINS anchor. Yesterday marked his first on-air appearance following a much-publicized horrific beating last September in his Manhattan apartment. The assault left Carey with a broken jaw, shattered eye socket, and bleeding on the brain.
The veteran newsman broke the format momentarily, alluding to his personal struggles at the top of the newscast.
“It’s so good to be back,” Carey told listeners in a strong voice before reading the headlines.
Even longtime traffic reporter Matt Ward couldn’t miss a chance to send well wishes to his colleague.
“Good afternoon, Brian, and welcome back.”
Elton Anthony was charged three days after the assault. His next court date is March 17.
There is conflicting information on how Carey knew Anthony. 1010 WINS’ website states that he was the anchor’s house cleaner and personal assistant. Multiple reports, though, refer to Anthony as a homeless man.