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of this legendary CBS radio flagship station
Anchors Lou Adler (left) Jim Donnelly (right) 1978. Photo courtesy Martin Hardee.
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| BUSINESS REPORTER KEN PREWITT DEAD|
Prewitt, who was 68, died of cancer at his home in Manhattan on April 11, 2015. Before moving to Bloomberg Radio, Prewitt was the voice of business at Newsradio 88. He and Ray Hoffman, a current business reporter at WCBS, were colleagues at WERE in Cleveland before emigrating to New York.
Obituary at Bloomberg News
Bob Moon of Bloomberg anchors this audio
Ray Hoffman has this tribute
Part memoir, part history, this is the incredible
story of Newsradio 88's helicopter fleet and its pilots
Agnes Green, former chief desk assistant and newsroom coordinator at WCBS,
was a mainstay of the news operation for many years. And a good friend. --DS
| FORMER WCBS REPORTER LOU MILIANO DEAD|
Miliano, who was 67, died of cancer at a hospice on January 12, 2015, in Florida, according to a posting on the CBS News Radio website. Lou's career at CBS began in 1989 until his retirement in 2007
"I worked with Lou for many years, and the great thing about him as a newsman was his attention to ambient sound. He never did what we once called "stand-upers" without background audio, demonstrating, in the Edward R. Murrow tradition, an attention to the immediacy of time and place. In a business filled with prima donnas and egos, he was both independent and a nice guy." --Don Swaim
IN MEMORIAM by MICHAEL KAHN
sensational tribute by a long-time friend HERE
with ex-WCBS staffer Michael Kahn
"Lou really did it all, and he surely did it his way. He was unique." --WCBS 880 reporter Rich Lamb
"He was fearless, creative and smart! It took me years to figure out that his hair was not his own! If there is nat sound in heaven - Lou will find it!" --Bernard Gershon, former WCBS assistant news director
"So incredibly talented. He changed the way a foreign correspondent sounded on the radio, and a generation followed." --Jeff Caplan, former WCBS anchor
"Lou was a gentleman through and through. He was amazing in his use of sound." --Roslyn Barreaux Brendzel, former WCBS newswriter
Lisa Fantino, ex-WCBS staffer, offers this excellent REMEMBRANCE
"He painted great word pictures and was one of the best at using audio and natural sound to bring listeners to the scene of breaking news." --Tim Scheld, WCBS 880 news director
Lou and Tim Scheld covering the 1995 funeral of Yitzhak Rabin in Jerusalem
new page consolidates and adds to previous
entries on the history of WCBS
JOHN LANDERS VISITS |
Radio buff, hockey expert, and WCBS contributor John Landers calls on CBS Radio's new headquarters, housing all the CBS-owned stations in New York. Here's his photo-montage:
RITA SANDS' SCRAPBOOK(S)
Former WCBS anchor Rita Sands gives us dozens of candid, behind the scenes Newsradio88 snapshots from her own collection dating back to the 70s and 80s. They're presented here in slideshow form:
|TODD GLICKMAN: 35 YEARS
ON THE AIR AT WCBS
Veteran meteorologist Todd Glickman launched his career at Newsradio88 on May 5, 1979, at 6:06 AM, and has been going strong ever since.
Todd writes: "I did my first weathercast on WCBS 880, with Gary Maurer as the anchor. That was a lot of "8s" ago! Thanks to then News Director Lou Adler and GM Robert Hyland III who gave me the chance; and to my friend and colleague Craig Allen for letting me sit in the Weather Center "Big Chair" from time-to-time for over three decades."
Here's Todd's first Newsradio88 office, the WCBS Weather Center at Black Rock:
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Todd's anniversary was celebrated on the air by Chief Meterologist Craig Allen and anchors Steve Scott and Brigitte Quinn: LISTEN
Retired anchor Bob Gibson says: "I'd be remiss if I failed to take this opportunity to say that while I was unaware until now, I'm not surprised that Todd was offered the position of Chief Meteorologist only because over the years, regardless of what Mother Nature tossed at the metropolitan area, he has always
been able to explain it in an easy to understand manner. At the same time, the station has been in the excellent hands of Craig Allen, and his three-decades-plus tenure is testament to that!"
at the portable WCBS Weather Center, New York MarathonAND WHILE WE'RE AT IT....VISIT:
| |Glickman | Compendium of Newsradio 88 memorabilia -- even junk -- along with photos, including the WCBS traffic 'copter, dating to the 1980s. Collected by long-time meterologist Todd Glickman. See all HERE|
WCBS MEMENTO GALLERY
A collection of WCBS souvenirs, program schedules, artifacts, pictures, posters, old ads, memorabilia, hats, clothes, kitsch, and just plain junk.
|Mitch Lebe, budding announcer
Dedicated to Newsradio 88's younger,
| WAYNE CABOT CELEBRATES 25|
YEARS AT NEWSRADIO 88
Paul Murnane in background. Photo by Todd Glickman
FOR WAYNE CABOT, THE LONGEVITY &
THE DREAM ARE STILL ALIVE
by Bob Gibson
Voice of North Carolina Ltd.
The upcoming star-spangled holiday traditionally conjures up thoughts of history, war and peace, and a fair amount of patriotism. Truth be told, this Fourth of July tale, coinciding with the 237th anniversary of America's independence, is a history story about one man! His name is Wayne Cabot and if his moniker fails to ring any bells perhaps you're not listening to the right radio station! Make no mistake about it, Wayne is a radio junkie in the truest sense of the phrase and this coming Thursday, whether he works or not...he will mark twenty-five years as an anchor at all-news WCBS in New York. Why mention that? WHY NOT?! The broadcasting business revolves around one constant: change! Most anchors, writers, account executives, program directors don't normally enjoy the luxury of long-term employment at one place. Wayne's longevity may not garner a flurry of headlines, but I feel he's more than worthy of a story because of what he's accomplished and yes, his lasting quality.... Continue reading HERE.
WCBS's UNLUCKY PHILLY SISTER STATION
REST IN PEACE
Renamed WPHT as a far right-wing talk station, it fails the Tiffany test, and is an embarrassment to the once-great CBS image.
NEW YORK MAYOR ED KOCH
FORMER NEWSRADIO 88 PRODUCER JERRY LEVIN FINDS SOLACE IN OPERA AND FAITH
Fidelio is Beethoven's only opera, the story of a faithful wife who rescues her husband from a political prison. "Fidelio is my story," said Jerry Levin, ex-WCBS, in 1985 shortly after his miraculous escape from Muslim extremist hostage-takers in Lebanon. Almost an opera story, Jerry's wife, Sis, crisscrossed the Mideast seeking her husband's release. The drama was made into a TV movie, Held Hostage, with Marlo Thomas as Sis and David Dukes as Jerry.
Sis Levin's book, Beirut Diary, describes Jerry's captivity and her efforts to gain his freedom.
Jerry says he treasures an article about him in the September 1985 issue of Opera News titled "To Freedom," in which Jerry compares Sis to Beethoven's Leonore and himself to Florestan.
After graduating from Northwestern, Jerry joined WCBS as a producer in 1967, where his hyperkinetic newsroom style involved wielding a ruler like a riding crop.
Following stints in Birmingham and Houston, he went to CNN, where he became chief of the cable channel's Beirut Bureau, leading to his capture by Hezbollah gunmen.
In captivity and in isolation for eleven months, Jerry played opera games in his mind while experiencing a spiritual reawakening.
Currently, Jerry lives in Birmingham, Alabama, where he and his wife are involved in educational efforts to achieve peace through non-violence. And Jerry has not lost his love for opera. (--DS)
Jerry's email: firstname.lastname@example.org
| In 1993, WCBS launched its worst promotion campaign ever, something to do with slapping down competitor 1010-WINS with a flyswatter. Lost on listeners and the public alike, it did nothing to stop Newsradio 88's abysmal slide to its lowest ratings level since going all-news. click image to watch
1980s NEWSRADIO88 TV SPOTS
A WCBS staffer unearthed these short back-to-back TV commercials for Newsradio88 from the 1980s on YouTube. The first features Yankees manager Lou Piniella, the second actress Sally Struthers. Announcer's voice is Jim Donnelly. Runs thirty seconds. Click on image to play.
Long suppressed by sinister forces at CBS and its accomplices within the federal government, this tell-all chronicle is posted in full on the Internet for the first time as a pdf file. Previously available only in a limited-print edition, it may now be read by all, despite the threat of physical violence and legal action by CBS. TO READ CLICK ON IMAGE LEFT OR HEADLINE ABOVE
THREE BROADCAST LEGENDS
Election night, New York, 11/7/06
Rich Lamb, WCBS; Stan Brooks, WINS; Mitch Lebe, Bloomberg Radio (ex-WCBS)
Combined broadcasting experience: 130 years (rough estimate)
Famed author Norman Mailer appears on Ohio University's "Wired for Books," 1991, one of more than 700 unedited Don Swaim interviews with the greatest writers of the 70s, 80s 90s, and preserved by Ohio University, which organized and posted the archive on the Internet. In addition, all of the broadcast's actual two-minute features, some 3,000 of them, are available as mp3 files at Book Beat: The Podcast. The archive narrowly escaped extinction, but, thanks to Ohio University and Wired for Books, is reaching fans and scholars in a way the original broadcasts could not do. Cited by PC Magazine's "Best of the Internet" in November 2007.
click image to hear Mailer interview
THROUGH THESE PORTALS...
Original Newsradio88 studios at 51 W. 52nd St.
Black Rock, 51. W. 52nd St.
A designated NYC landmark
Philly's WCAU: RIP
WCBS "Art" Gallery
Behind Every Great Building...
The CBS Ediface
WCBS's Dave Atherton reads Poe
Pre-1967 WCBS logo
site edited by Don Swaim
Special thanks to John Landers, Bob Gibson for their contributions
VISIT SOME OF DON'S OTHER SITES BELOW
WCBS Appreciation Site
Book Beat: The Podcast
Wired for Books
Aspinwall HS Class of 55
Ambrose Bierce Site
Bucks County Writers Workshop
Steinbeck in Bucks Co
Growing Up in WW 2
Don's Houses: Where I've Been
Fighting the Hun in WW I
Official Stuart Cummings Ripley Site
Swaim Name in History
The Swaim in America
The Swimsuit Issue