Jerry Coleman was an integral part of the New York Yankees championship teams in the 1950s. Long before his Hall of Fame broadcasting career began with the Padres, Coleman joined Casey Stengel’s squad in 1949 as a second baseman. His offensive and defensive skills helped the Yankees make six World Series appearances, winning four rings. After winning the Rookie of the Year Award, Coleman earned his only All-Star berth in 1950. That same year, Coleman shined as World Series MVP with a stellar glove. He also drove home the winning run in Game 3.
Marty Appel, long associated with the Yankees as a publicist, producer and author, tells Tuned In that Coleman was the perfect player in Stengel’s world.
“He could play three positions and like Gil McDougald, gave Casey a lot of maneuverability for his system of platoon baseball,” Appel says. “A clutch player, a fine team man, and one of the ‘greatest generation,’ for his service to his country in two wars.”
His playing time was cut short because of flying hours with the Marine Corps during World War II and the Korean War.
Coleman would get another opportunity with the Yanks, beginning a seven-season stint as television play-by-play voice in 1963 on WPIX. There were a couple of pennant winning teams early for Coleman to announce, ahead of the late 1960s doldrums in the Bronx. However, one moment got everyone out of their seats when Mickey Mantle hit his 500th home run in May 1967.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Yankees are staying put in the CBS Radio family, but leaving WCBS 880 for a multi-year deal with WFAN 660/101.9 FM.
In a short press release by CBS, the words New York Mets were not mentioned. The Amazins were the cornerstone of the fledgling all-sports format in 1987, grandfathered in from their 1050 WHN days.
The likely home for the Mets would appear to be ESPN 98.7 FM, which switched from 1050 to eventually secure baseball play-by-play rights. WOR has been mentioned online as another possible home for the Mets.
The Yankees, who in the last couple of years, inked one-year extensions with WCBS, may have been swayed by the 50,000 watt flamethrower that is WFAN. On a clear night, 660 is heard in Florida.
“We are extremely excited to have reached an agreement with CBS Radio,” said Yankees Managing General Partner Hal Steinbrenner. “The paramount consideration was how our fans would best be able to hear our games. Having the Yankees on WFAN-AM/FM provides listeners in the New York metropolitan area and beyond with superior broadcast quality and vast territorial signal strength.”
Influential hip hop producer and DJ Calvin LeBrun, known to millions as Mister Cee, resigned from Hot 97/WQHT today. Cee announced to loyal listeners during his midday mix show that it would be his final time scratching records.
“It’s not a joke, today is my last day on Hot 97. I’m doing what I feel is right for the betterment of the station,” Cee said.
Just before Cee told his audience, the Internet lit up with word that he allegedly solicited a drag queen named Bimbo Winehouse for his services.
It is not the first time that Cee’s extremely private life crashed into his professional life.
in 2011, Cee was arrested for receiving oral sex in his car from an apparent transvestite.
Hot 97 morning co-host Peter Rosenberg tweeted his candid thoughts of Cee.
I do not think Cee needed to resign, but his farewell was epic and classic…love you brother…I will always look up to you
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.
In a abrupt announcement, ESPN and Jared Max have ended their association. We don’t know much about Max leaving ESPN New York 98.7 FM/WEPN, but it can be inferred from his statement that this wasn’t choice.
“I am sorry that Maxed Out will not continue on ESPN New York. I treasure the experiences I had working with and learning from such good men and women — broadcasters, producers and interns,” Max says.
Robin Lundberg was added as co-host of Max’s Maxed Out from 4 to 6 a.m. Max also provided local updates during the national Mike and Mike show. Max left the company as of Wednesday. Reportedly, Lundberg will host the show solo for the foreseeable future.
“My ESPN experience elevated and prepared me for the next exciting chapter in my career in a way which I could not have foreseen,” Max adds. “In the past two and a half years at ESPN, I achieved seismic growth — professionally and personally.”
In March 2011, after 11 years as WCBS 880 morning sports anchor he joined ESPN Radio in New York. Just two months later, Max took to the airwaves and sent shockwaves through the industry when he told his ESPN listeners that he was gay.