By John Montone, 1010 WINS
It was a slow news day during a slow news month, and we needed a story with legs.
Well, we got what we were wishing for.
The city declared war on those dirty, scurrying, four-legged vermin carriers. Rats! And nothing gets the 1010 WINS morning team more excited than a good “rat tale.”
Editor Maloney dispatched me to Washington Heights, where the city would launch its offensive in “rat reservoirs,” places in parks and sewers where rats have easy access to food and water which allows them to reproduce like rabbits.
Newsman Harris and I dusted off our trusty lines, his about rats being a problem in Gotham since Peter Stuyvesant was hopping around on his peg leg and yours truly ending my reports with, “John Montone, 1010 WINS on Rat Patrol.”
The fine citizens of 152nd street were quite eager to help me make the story sing, providing me with quotes about rats the size of small dogs.
“They must be eating rice and beans,” said one fellow and a woman told of the rodents invading her apartment building. A sanitation worker said he had to kick and shake garbage bags for fear the rats would jump up and bite him. Even a rather aloof gentleman who claimed to be unaware of rat infestation contributed, responding to my question about a war on rats by quipping, “Are they going after the politicians, is that what you refer to as rats?”