If listening to WINS is as much a part of your morning ritual as that first cup of coffee, then you undoubtedly know Judy DeAngelis.
The veteran 1010 WINS anchor is set to retire, Tuned In has learned. Multiple sources say the morning mainstay will leave the station in September.
But before the retirement party takes place, we’re told DeAngelis has struggled with leaving three previous times. Barring any cold feet or last minute negotiations, DeAngelis will end a run of more than 25 years at WINS.
She was also a newscaster on WNBC in the 80s, during the Soupy Sales–Joey Reynolds era at 660.
DeAngelis remained at WNBC until WFAN took over the frequency in 1988.
No more splitting time for versatile reporter Eileen Lehpamer. She is ready to take on television in a full-time role. Lehpamer tells Tuned In that she’ll be on the crime and court beat for News 12 Long Island. She’s been a reporter at News 12 since 2003.
But her focus to TV means radio takes a backseat.
Lehpamer grew up in the business at WINS, rising up the ranks in more than 15 years. She began her WINS career as a news production assistant in 1997; a year later she became a writer. By 1999, Lehpamer started sitting at the “editor’s desk.” For the first time, listeners heard more than her name as a WINS reporter in 2001.
“It is bittersweet though to leave WINS.” Lehpamer says. “It is my home.”
The broadcasting bug first bit the native New Yorker at Fordham University’s WFUV.
Now with radio in the rearview mirror, she is ready for the challenge ahead.
“I am extremely excited and looking forward to breaking more stories in my expanded roll at News 12 Long Island,” Lehpamer says.
After her final WINS shift Sunday, Lehpamer jumps into her full-time debut the next morning.
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.
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.
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.