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online history and archive
of this legendary CBS radio flagship station

Lou Adler * Jim Donnelly
Anchors Lou Adler (left) Jim Donnelly (right) 1978. Photo courtesy Martin Hardee.
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forget the history...the profit margin isn't big enough

"...and the signal is clear, strong...unsettling."
by Phil Rosenthal, Chicago Tribune. HERE

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Next Meeting on May 21, 2016
GALA CBS LUNCHEON ON OCT 17, 2015


George Flowers (standing) Roslyn Barreaux Brendzel , Jane Tillman Irving revel at
OCT 17, 2015, Board meeting:
Photos HERE


Special Oct 17, 2015 Celebratory Brochure HERE
Photos from all recent luncheons HERE
  • WCBS Pictorial History HERE

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    LORENZO NAMED CBS 'BOARD' CHAIRMAN

    Former WCBS-FM Music Director RICHARD J. LORENZO replaces Bob Leeder, who retires as chairman after eight years. Lorenzo, a Seton Hall grad, was also an ABC Radio Networks executive and operations manager at WWYZ, Waterbury, CT. He now conducts a rock 'n roll tribute site: The Relic Rack


    FORMER WCBS NEWS DIRECTOR MIKE LUDLUM 1937-2015
    Mike, who was 78, died November 29 in New Jersey after a three-year illness that led to hospice care. More in this remembrance by BOB GIBSON and many others: HERE

    From DON SWAIM: Mike was a consummate professional I was proud to call a friend. He never yelled, as some of our executives were inclined to do, worked well under pressure, was admired by the staff, and upheld the highest standards of integrity and ethics. Mike slightly preceded me at WCBS as the station launched its mammoth all-news operation: he was then morning-drive news producer and I was morning-drive news editor.

    From ROBERT LEEDER: Mike Ludlum's death was sad, sad news. Mike and I went back more than 50 years together, and I always held him in high esteem. He was an extremely creative writer, a talented all around newsman, and an absolute pleasure to work with. Mike and I were dual anchors on an all news morning show called "Nothing But News" back in the early sixties, before WINS went all news. We often traveled together. Aboard a NJ Air National Guard flight to Texas, for example, we covered a troop deployment story. At each NAB convention in Las Vegas, Mike and I always set aside time for a lunch, and we used to laugh about how our offices were one floor apart in Black Rock and we never had time in New York; rather, we would have to travel more than 2500 miles to have lunch! I will always value the time Mike and I worked together. He was an uncommonly gifted broadcaster and a wonderful friend,

    MEMORIAL SERVICE FOR
    MIKE LUDLUM


    Friday, December 4th
    10:30am
    Grace Episcopal Church
    200 Highfield Lane
    Nutley, NJ 07110
    973-235-1177

    Cards or wishes may be sent to:

    Mrs. Melissa Ludlum
    52 Oakwood Avenue
    Upper Montclair, New Jersey 07043

    In lieu of flowers contributions can be made to the Association for Frontotemporal Degeneration.



    For Overall Excellence:
    WCBS-AM



    In the 1980s, Axcess Broadcast Services of Dallas supplied WCBS with a package of radio jingles (roughly based on the Kander & Ebb musical Kiss of the Spider Woman). A WCBS fan, Tony More, assembled the jingles into a single dramatic symphonic piece running more than thirteen minutes. Beautiful! To listen click HERE.   [It's on YouTube]


    Part memoir, part history, this is the incredible
    story of Newsradio 88's helicopter fleet and its pilots


    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:




    new page consolidates and adds to previous
    entries on the history of WCBS



    WCBS MEMENTO GALLERY

    A collection of WCBS souvenirs, program schedules, artifacts, pictures, posters, old ads, memorabilia, hats, clothes, kitsch, and just plain junk.

    HERE



    Mitch Lebe, budding announcer
    Joke! Joke!


    JOHN LANDERS VISITS
    HUDSON STREET

    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:
    HERE

    WCBS-FM PAGE
    Dedicated to Newsradio 88's younger,
    musical sibling Go 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
    1924-2013

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    FORMER NEWSRADIO 88 PRODUCER JERRY LEVIN FINDS SOLACE IN OPERA AND FAITH


    Jerry Levin


    Opera News Sep. 1985
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    click to access

    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.

    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.

    Sis Levin's book, Beirut Diary, describes Jerry's captivity and her efforts to gain his freedom.

    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: jlevin0320@yahoo.com



    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

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    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)

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    BOOK BEAT

    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


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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




  • CBS Radio at 80
    American Heritage.com
  • WCBS Radio's EKKO
    Radio Verification Stamps
  • 1980s News88 TV Spot
    Quicktime Video
  • Rita Sands
    Photo Album One
  • Philly's WCAU: RIP
  • Pictorial “History”
    of WCBS
  • WCBS "Art" Gallery
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  • Behind Every Great Building...
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