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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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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.


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)


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


THOSE WERE THE DAYS
Memoir of Early Newsradio88

by Robert Vaughn
HERE

WINNER OF THE 2017 NAB MARCONI
LEGENDARY RADIO STATION AWARD

details HERE

HARVEY HAUPTMAN

Respected, retired anchor, sportscaster, and newswriter Harvey Hauptman died on August 2, 2017, at the age of 87. Harvey was one of the members of the inaugural staff of WCBS as it became an all-news operation in 1967. But his tenure began well before as a newswriter for the afternoon news broadcast "Up to the Minute," anchored by Kenneth Banghart. Harvey, an enthusiastic Rutgers booster, later became a sportscaster for the station, and then a news anchor.

A touching funeral service was conducted at Anshe Emeth Memorial Temple in New Brunswick, New Jersey, which was lived streamed. The temple has archived the service, which can be viewed here: HERE

Photo (above) of Harvey at the typewriter in the old WCBS newsroom on Madison Avenue in the early 1960s. Also seated is Ken Banghart, afternoon news anchor. Standing in the white shirt is another WCBS News staffer James L. Brooks, later film director and creator of the "Mary Tyler Moore Show."

READ THE MANY TRIBUTES TO HARVEY HERE

Harvey's memories about his early days at WCBS
can be read HERE



NEXT BOARD MEETING SAT OCT 28, 2017

The semi-annual meeting of the CBS "Board" took place in Teaneck, New Jersey, on May 20, 2017, with an enthusiatic turnout. It was highlighted by the Board's Lifetime Award to retired ABC-TV executive Ed Silverman. HERE

  • For photos of the May 20 luncheon, a shot of the Board's new authors' table, video of Ed Silverman's speech, and the special Donald J. Trump issue of The New York Crimes click HERE



  • Photos from all recent luncheons HERE



  • 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



  • 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.


    Frank R. Sterbenz labored behind the scenes for nineteen years at WCBS -- and was on the ground floor when this hallowed radio station switched to all-news in 1967. Sterbenz says he was the man who came up with the term "newsradio." His own words HERE







    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:




    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

    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.

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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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    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.


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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

    click on links below to open

  • 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
    memorabilia
  • Behind Every Great Building...
    The CBS Ediface

  • WCBS's Dave Atherton reads Poe

  • Memories of WCBS
    Personal Recollections


















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