By John Montone, 1010 WINS
If you’re one of the millions of listeners who wakes up each morning to 1010 WINS, you’re likely familiar with the voice, and tone, of the station’s intrepid reporter John Montone.
Best known for his no holds barred, man on the street reporting, Montone has been getting in the faces — and ears — of New Yorkers for what seems like an eternity.
Montone is adding to his repertoire by bringing his unique reporting style to print.
So please take a look and listen to Radio Free Montone — a weekly blog where Montone takes you behind the scenes of news radio in New York City, and gives his observations on reporting in the greatest city in the world.
NEW YORK (1010 WINS) –– On any given morning, the floor of my car may look like a landfill.
“Damn it, John.” I often curse at myself while crumbling sheets of note paper on which I have written a news story. The cursing and crumbling are venting mechanisms for the frustration I feel when I can’t write it right — when the words don’t flow. When the sentences are cumbersome. When nothing about my copy will catch the audience’s attention.
As Cosmo Kramer said to the Soup Nazi, “You suffer for your soup.” Well, I suffer for my stories. So much so I have slammed the steering wheel while driving home upon hearing a taped version of a story which could have been told much better.