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Anchors Lou Adler (left) Jim Donnelly (right) 1978. Photo courtesy Martin Hardee.
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| PALMER PAYNE, 1930-2018|
The early WCBS news anchor died September 2, 2018, in Boothbay Harbor, Maine.
A Remembrance from Bob Gibson
A native of Cincinnati, Palmer was a handsome and an imposing figure at about 6' 7'' and was always a pleasure to have as a newsroom colleague. We met at WCBS, New York in early 1974 where Palmer spent more than a decade in a career which began at age 20 in the Army where he distinguished himself as a combat correspondent for Armed Forces Radio. In one instance, in early 1951, we're told that Palmer Payne was able to make a recording while parachuting behind enemy lines with the 187th Airborne Regimental Combat Team. Palmer earned a flurry of military accolades including the Korean Service Medal with four battle stars. As exhilarating as all of that was, it was just the beginning of a civilian career that spanned parts of five decades and began in Lynn, Massachusetts, and included subsequent broadcast stops in New Hampshire, Vermont and upstate New York before Payne began making a name for himself as an anchorman and reporter at Boston's WNAC, WRKO, and the Yankee Network. He also hosted the radio talk show, "Boston Forum," and worked as news broadcaster at Boston's Channel 7, WNAC-TV. All of that put him in a position to apply for and win an anchorman slot at New York's WCBS NewsRadio88 in the late 60s. It was the outset of a 26-year stint in the Big Apple, where this tall, lean man, with a baritone voice delivered the news locally on "88" and later on several other stations plus on ABC Radio coast-to-coast. Despite his size and his sound, Palmer was as friendly as they came and had no problem in good hours or bad delivering the stream of important stories that was NewsRadio88.
| AN EIGHTH GRADER'S INTERVIEW WITH |
JIM DONNELLY, 1973
by Larry B. Kling
I unearthed clips from an interview I did as a middle school student with [the late WCBS anchor] Jim Donnelly at Black Rock ca. 1973. You can hear the wonderful clatter of typewriters as he speaks to me in the old "88" newsroom.
The original recording was made on a Sony that was kin to the device WCBS's field reporters were using at the time.
I did the interview for a school report on the news media. Donnelly and I covered the waterfront, including discussing the story he found the toughest to put on the air (RFK's assassination, when Donnelly was still at WNEW-AM, where my grandfather, Dave Sohmer, worked as an engineer), the quest for objectivity amidst the rise of advocacy journalism (a trend he said bothered him a great deal), and radio's role as a source of news (and the high bar set by the WCBS news team to report with immediacy and accuracy).
I am struck today, as I was as a boy, by Donnelly's unshakable integrity. These clips convey why he is truly one of the great standard bearers of modern broadcast journalism.
Larry B. Kling, Highland Park, N.J., WCBS Newsradio listener since 1967
| RALPH H0WARD, 1941-2018|
Ralph Howard, former WCBS newswriter and anchor -- later WINS and "The Howard Stern Show" -- died of pulmonary fibrosis on August 7, 2018, at the age of 77. Howard, who was married to the actress Julie Halston, had undergone a lung transplant in 2010. Services were held on August 12 at Riverside Memorial Chapel, New York City.
| NEXT BOARD: SAT, NOV 3, 2018, TEANECK, NJ|
A packed semi-annual meeting of the CBS "Board" took place in Teaneck, New Jersey, on May 19, 2018, and was marked by honoring the achievements of two Board members: Mitch Lebe who launched his start in New York Radio in 1958 as a teenage disc jockey on WINS -- and is still on the air! And WCBS's Rich Lamb, marking his 40th year as a reporter at the all-news station. Board members also shared memories of three departed broadcast figures: Reid Collins, Lou Adler, and David West.
Mitch Lebe is awarded his certificate of appreciation by CBS Board Chairman Richard Lorenzo
Rich Lamb gets his due from Richard Lorenzo
More Photos HERE
Photos from all recent luncheons HERE
RICH LAMB -- 40 YEARS AT 880
Rich, an award-winning reporter, launched his
career at WCBS in 1978 and is still going strong.
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FRAN SCHNEIDAU, RETIRED WCBS |
CONNECTICUT BUREAU CHIEF
Schneidau, a native of New Caanan, Connecticut, died December 27, 2017, at the age of seventy-eight. A former stockbroker, she joined Newsradio88 in 1978, and for thirty-nine years reported on happenings in the Nutmeg State. Previously, she was with WICC in Bridgeport.
Fran retired from WCBS in February 2017, which led Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy to proclaim February 3 as Fran Schneidau Day.
After learning of her death, Malloy issued this statement:
"For nearly forty years, Fran's voice was heard delivering news from the State of Connecticut to millions of radio listeners throughout the greater New York City metropolitan area, and she did it with class, reputability, and her own trusted style. She dedicated her profession to journalism, and was respected by so many including numerous young and upcoming reporters who consistently cite her as an inspiration. We will miss Fran, and we extend our deepest condolences to her family, friends, and colleagues at WCBS."
LOU ADLER, MAJOR WCBS FIGURE, DIES|
Adler in 2007
Adler, eighty-eight, who lived in Wallingford, Connecticut, entered a nursing home in Meriden, Connecticut, two years ago for the treatment of Alzheimer's, and died on Dec. 22, 2017. Born in upstate Jamestown, New York, on April 18, 1929, Adler was a graduate of SUNY, Fredonia. He llater earned a masters from Purdue.
Not to be confused with the record producer and talent manager of the same name, Lou Adler joined WCBS in 1959 as a reporter before moving to WCBS-TV. He returned to Newsradio88 in 1967 as morning anchor and reporter when the station went all-news under General Manager Joseph Dembo. In 1970 he received the Howard Blakeslee Award for his radio series "Report on Medicine."
In 1971, he was named by General Manager Neil Derrough as the station's news director, replacing Marvin Friedman. Despite his supervisory duties, Adler continued his morning drive anchor slot, paired with Jim Donnelly. Under Derrough, Adler was responsible for scaling down the news department, staffed by more than 100 newsroom employees, into a tighter, more efficient operation. At the time, Adler told The New York Times that his assignment was to turn a good station into an interesting one, and that its pacing and sound was comparable to a newspaper's front-page layout.
Adler (l) with Jim Donnelly in their heyday, ca. 1972
He left the station to become news director and anchor at WOR Radio in 1981 at a reported salary of $350,000 a year. In 1985 he was elected president of the Radio-Television News Directors Association.
Following his stint at WOR, where he had a contentious relationship with WOR's Station Manager Rick Devlin, Adler was named a professor of broadcast journalism at Quinnipiac University and director of Quinnipiac's Ed McMahon Mass Communication Center. At the age of seventy he earned a law degree from Quinnipiac. He was also owner of 250-watt WKFD-AM in Wickford, Rhode Island, which went off the air in 2001.
He leaves a wife, Thalia, and a daughter, Valerie, who says no funeral is planned, but at some point there will be a celebration of his life.
An interesting sidenote is that Lou Adler was an uncle, by marriage, of Deborah Rodriguez, long-time anchor at WCBS, and now morning anchor of CBS News Radio. Lou's brother David married the sister of Deborah's father.
A special tribute to Lou Adler by veteran broadcaster Gil Gross here
MORE TRIBUTES TO LOU ADLER here
Adler named WCBS News Director in Variety, Oct. 27, 1971. read
This aircheck of Adler/Donnelly from Nov. 1, 1978. listen
WE SAW HIM ON THE RADIO|
CHARLES OSGOOD has stepped down from his long-running radio gig, "The Osgood File," citing health issues. Previously, he left the CBS "Sunday Morning TV broadcast, which he anchored for twenty-two years. He began his CBS career as a morning anchor on Newsradio 88. More about his life and career HERE
courtesy Bob VanDerheyden
BYE, BYE, CBS RADIO|
CBS Radio is no longer CBS Radio as such, all of the former CBS owned and operated stations are now the property of a company called Entercom, which is based in Bala Cynwyd, Pennsylvania. Entercom now owns nearly 245 stations, including WCBS, in America's top 50 markets.
The CBS News radio entity was not part of the Entercom deal and will continue to produce hourlies for affiliates, at least for now.
End of an Era. A quick history of CBS Radio's rise and decline at INSIDE RADIO
David Field, Entercom CEO, iterates the new owners' corporate philosophy:
MERVIN BLOCK WINS |
NEW YORK PRESS CLUB AWARD
Block (left) receives the 2017 NYPC 2017 President's Award from Steve Scott
Block was cited for writing "the book on news writing." Such books of his as Writing Broadcast News have become staples in the industry. Merv has been a staff writer at WCBS, at CBS News where he wrote for Walter Cronkite, as well as stints at NBC and ABC.
WCBS RADIO's RODRIGUEZ NEW|
CBS NEWS RADIO MORNING DRIVE ANCHOR
photo by Steve Scott
Deborah Rodriguez anchored midday and afternoons for Newsradio 880, joining the station in 1992. She was also news director of WCBS-FM from 2008-2014. Rodriguez's hourly newscasts can be heard on CBS News Radio affiliates Mon-Fri starting at 5am. Her broadcast career includes positions at Mix 105, WNSR, WGBB and WHVM. Congrats, Debbie.
WINNER OF THE 2017 NAB MARCONI
RADIO STATION AWARD
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:
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,
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.
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THROUGH THESE PORTALS...
Original Newsradio88 studios at 51 W. 52nd St.
Black Rock, 51. W. 52nd St.
A designated NYC landmark
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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