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Lou Adler * Jim Donnelly
Anchors Lou Adler (left) Jim Donnelly (right) 1978. Photo courtesy Martin Hardee.
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FRAN SCHNEIDAU, RETIRED WCBS
CONNECTICUT BUREAU CHIEF
1939-2017


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.
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    A special tribute to Lou Adler by veteran broadcaster Gil Gross
    here

    MORE TRIBUTES TO LOU ADLER
    here
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  • 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



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    FORMER WCBS REPORTER WALT WHEELER DIES

    photo by Rita Sands
    Funeral services for former WCBS News Reporter Walt Wheeler, were held on December Dec. 9, 2017, in Castleton, New York, near Albany. Walt, who died on December 2, 2017, was educated at Wesleyan and Michigan State universities, and spent a decade with Newsradio88 as a general assignment and political reporter. Previously, he worked at NBC News, and radio stations in Manchester, Meriden, and New Haven, Connecticut. After leaving WCBS, Walt helped to launch the Empire State Network, which served radio stations across the state. He was 77.
    A full obituary can be read HERE

    SOME OF THE TRIBUTES TO WALT
    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: HERE

    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.

    The semi-annual meeting of the CBS "Board" took place in Teaneck, New Jersey, on October 28, 2017, highlighted by a talk by the Bergen Record's John Cichowski, who helped to expose the scandal involving Governor Chris Christie and the politically-motivated George Washington Bridge lane closings, which led to Christie's political downfall.

  • For photos of the Oct 28 luncheon and a special cartoon issue issue of the Board's The New York Crimes click HERE

  • Photos from all recent luncheons HERE


    some of those attending the Oct. 28 luncheon gathered for a group shot

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    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 HERE

  • 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.

    ROBERT VAUGHN

    Jim Donnelly (l) Robert Vaughn (r)

    Long-time WCBS anchor Robert Vaughn died of cancer Monday, September 11, 2017, at the age of 87 at the Hospice Center in Palm Harbor, Florida. For much of his career at Newsradio 88, Bob was paired with Jim Donnelly and Rita Sands.


    Rita Sands, Robert Vaughn


    Vaughn & Donnelly on the air


    Bob and reporter Fred Fishkin at the CBS Board meeting, Teaneck, May 21, 2016.
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    WCBS Anchor Wayne Cabot, in one of his 50 stories commemorating the 50th anniversary of Newsradio 88, offers this remembrance of Robert Vaughn from the perspective of Vaughn's son Rob: LISTEN (runs 14:22)

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    HAIL AND FAREWELL:
    TRIBUTE TO ROBERT VAUGHN

    by Bob Gibson

    In a competitive industry jammed with people and positions, Bob stood out. His good looks were a plus for his TV work but his mellifluous voice was a definite asset for radio and television. His career began in his native South Carolina working as a newsman at WSPA Radio in Spartanburg where he was also an announcer at WSPA-TV, playing "Captain RC" on a kid's quiz show, (sponsored by Royal Crown Cola), and giving away some nice prizes including bikes. But the time came in the late 50s that Robert wanted more and Florida caught his fancy.

    As Bob told me many years ago, he had an offer to go to Atlanta powerhouse WSB Radio where the management really wanted him, but that feeling was not mutual. Bob wound up going to work at WSUN, (perhaps the definitive call letters for Florida), in St. Petersburg.    read more
    HERE

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    THOSE WERE THE DAYS
    Memoir of Early Newsradio88

    by Robert Vaughn
    HERE


    WINNER OF THE 2017 NAB MARCONI
    LEGENDARY RADIO STATION AWARD

    details HERE






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

    THE DAYS OF WILBUR & ORVILLE
    1960s-era photo of the WCBS traffic helicopter fleet, flown by Bob Richardson and a roting crew of pilots (who called themselves on the air Wilbur and Orville). Before All-News began in 1967. Read Rita Sands' illuminating history of the Newsradio88 traffic choppers and its pilots: HERE.
    Photo courtesy of John Landers.


    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:




    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!


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

    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

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  • 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
  • WCBS "Art" Gallery
    memorabilia
  • Behind Every Great Building...
    The CBS Ediface

  • WCBS's Dave Atherton reads Poe

  • Memories of WCBS
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