By John Montone, 1010 WINS
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NEW YORK (1010 WINS) – In this city that never sleeps, some people actually do.
My typical early, early morning assignment is to find out what the people think about — the weather, the election, subway and bus fares, toll hikes, traffic, stop and frisk, pedestrian plazas, outdoor smoking bans and everything and anything that might affect the lives of New Yorkers.
Now sometimes it’s easy to find folks to respond even at 4 a.m. On Monday, editor Maloney sent me into the bowels of the subway to get riders’ reactions to a study that says the noise down there can literally be deafening. A news stand man whose business is right on the platform put his fingers in his ears as the N-train roared by and said into my mic, “This is a big problem for us.”
And a young man from Brooklyn wearing monster headphones told me he had Beyonce cranked up to drown out the screeching of metal wheels on metal tracks. But on other mornings asking about other weightier issues, getting informed opinions is almost impossible. And so in their wisdom, my bosses decided to occasionally send out an ambitious young news production assistant named Mike Larkin to gather sound bites in the evening when the streets and restaurants and bars are brimming with humanity.
And it usually works out quite well. The more people you talk to the better your chances of getting that nugget — a comment that is chock full of vital information and spoken in a manner that crystallizes the issue.
So I was taken aback when I listened to the tape Larkin gathered on Monday night in Greenwich Village where he asked young, presumably educated men and women about the impending shut down of the federal government. A young lady named Anastasia told him that the only people who cared were tourists who wouldn’t be able to visit the Statue of Liberty.