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.
Brian 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.
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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.
The 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.
1010 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.