Monthly Archives: June 2017

Gabe Pressman, New York Broadcasting Giant, Dead at 93

Legend and icon, words that are commonly misused and overused. But they could have been written just for Gabe Pressman. The Bronx native was 93. He was a fixture at WNBC for decades, getting a lifetime contract with his second stint in 1980.

The pioneering broadcaster is credited as the first street reporter in New York, when he joined WNBC in 1956.

“Gabe was the real deal!” Sue Simmons, his longtime WNBC colleague, remembers. “There was no one more respected in our newsroom. In my moments of insecurity, he was always gently supportive.”

Along the way, he interviewed mayors, governors and presidents. Pressman would do just that, “pressing” his subjects to answer for a hard-hitting story and becoming a leading proponent for the First Amendment.

There was plenty of shock in 1972 when Pressman switched channels to WNEW (now WNYW).

Former News Director Ted Kavanau got word from his general manager Larry Fraiberg that Pressman liked the Ten O’Clock News.

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Uncertainty Looms for Future of CBS Evening News

In the wake of Scott Pelley‘s ouster from the CBS Evening News, execs once again are forced to rebuild their signature flagship newscast.

Pelley (left) was dismissed from the broadcast at the end of May, while remaining as a 60 Minutes correspondent. His tenure in the coveted seat started in 2011.

Pelley brought stability to the venerable news coverage, even if the ratings didn’t reflect that opposite NBC with Lester Holt and ABC with David Muir, who at three years is now the elder statesman of network news anchors.

So what happens next for CBS?

One insider with knowledge of the process says management is sifting through a number of internal candidates.

Anthony Mason has been named the interim anchor, expected to last through the summer. He’s been a fixture at CBS for more than 30 years, after stops in local news including WCBS/Channel 2.

“They are playing this really close to the vest,” the insider tells Tuned In, “although Anthony is definitely a top candidate and a very popular one.”

But Mason, who will be 61 later this month, isn’t the only person being scrutinized for the high-profile assignment. Don Dahler, who got the anchor duties Saturday night, could be another possibility. The former WCBS anchor also did extensive reporting for ABC.

The network is also exploring some outside candidates.

However the insider cautions, “Obviously with the [Katie Couric] disaster, they’re going to be very careful about bringing in someone who doesn’t fit in the carefully restored CBS tradition.”

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Lou Young Retires From WCBS

One of the premiere street reporters for more than 35 years, Lou Young leaves WCBS/Channel 2. The station giving a send-off to the popular broadcast journalist, complete with a cake and champagne.

“It made me feel very loved,” Young says.

Call it retirement if you like, but Young has another idea.

“I’m taking a break and it was the perfect time to do it,” Young tells Tuned In.

However, he’s in no rush to resume his career, saying he’s fully decompressing without even watch the news.

“Somebody told me that you don’t know what you’re going to feel like until you walk through the door. I’ve just walked through the door,” Young says . “I need to spend a little time and I’ll figure it out.”

Young worked at the “Big 3” local stations, starting with nine years at WABC/Channel 7 from 1981 to 1990. He moved to WNBC until 1994, before his 23-year stint at WCBS.

“I want to spend some time with my parents,” Young says.

A multiple Emmy Award winner, Young covered some of biggest stories at WCBS, including the search for Boston Marathon bombing suspects, Hurricanes Sandy and Katrina, and, of course 9/11.

“As jobs go, it’s terrific,” Young says.

His retirement was expedited by the sudden death of longtime friend and colleague John Slattery in 2014.

“You keep putting stuff off because, in the back of your mind, you think you’re going to live forever. But you’re not going to live forever,” Young admits. “You’re not going to get to any of this stuff unless you get out and do it. And you can’t do it if you don’t have time. And you can’t have time if you’re working.”