Scott Shannon, who ended his association with WPLJ earlier this month after more than 20 years, will resurface at WCBS-FM as morning host. The station confirms the veteran air personality starts March 3.
Shannon’s appointment moves Dan Taylor from his usual perch to middays. However, the release did not make mention of Ron Parker, the current midday jock. A CBS Radio spokesperson tells Tuned In that Parker will not return to CBS-FM. “However, we are exploring opportunities to keep him with CBS Radio.”
We’re told that Parker had the best ratings among all the DJs on CBS-FM, particularly in the coveted 25-54 demographic.
Scott Shannon in the Morning will include longtime CBS-FM weatherman Mr. G, along with traffic reporter Joe Nolan.
“Not often does a legendary morning drive personality become available with the experience of waking up New Yorkers for more than 25 years,” Don Bouloukos, Senior Vice President and Market Manager, CBS Radio New York, said in a statement. “CBS-FM is a heritage station, and the perfect place for Hall of Famer Scott Shannon. We are thrilled to welcome Scott and his award-winning personality to CBS-FM and the CBS Radio family.”
The holiday season isn’t over until we hand out the Barmash Awards. Our 4th annual list highlights the best TV news personalities of 2013 in New York.
The category of Best Anchor–a competitive group, to be sure. But our choice is WABC/Channel 7’s Bill Ritter. He is the most confident and has the best chemistry with his co-anchors.
Honorable Mention: WNBC’s David Ushery and WCBS’s Cindy Hsu. We didn’t make a separate anchor category for the weekenders. But Ushery and Hsu are no “second-class citizens,” holding their own with their weekday brethren.
Ushery and Hsu have many years of anchoring experience, and both have been passed over for a larger presence during the week. Ushery, though, has been a main fill-in for venerable Chuck Scarborough. Plus, this election season, he was the host of WNBC’s debate programming.
Two stations are sponsoring health expos later this year.
WNBC/Channel 4 is first up. The station joins forces with the New York Giants for the inaugural Health and Fitness expo. It is free to the public, June 22 and June 23 at Metlife Stadium.
The family-geared expo will walk the field where the Giants and Jets call home.
Pavilions will include a community health screening area that will provide comprehensive health assessments designed to educate guests about a variety of health risks. Wellness pavilions will spotlight the most effective measures for disease prevention. Among the activities, attendees can take free screenings for cholesterol, diabetes, and hearing. There will also be tests for prostate cancer, blood pressure, and BMI (body mass index).
WNBC sports anchor Bruce Beck will be on hand throughout that June weekend, along with other Channel 4 anchors and reporters, plus some of the top Giants players will meet fans and sign autographs.
“Our expo is designed to serve the community at large and its many health-related issues,” said Michael Jack, WNBC president and GM. “The expo will be a fun, family day that is absolutely free to the public and guaranteed to have something for everyone.”
If that doesn’t make you healthy enough, WPIX can further scratch that itch.